Camp Top of the Pines

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Camp Top of the Pines 2-week programs provide children who have completed Grades K through 9 with the opportunity to experience nature and learn about their environment in a nurturing setting conducive to making friends and gaining new skills.

Location and Facilities

Camp Top of the Pines is located on a mountain top in a 500-acre nature preserve on majestic Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park. Camp TOP feels a world away from the city, yet it is only a 35-minute drive from the George Washington Bridge, in Orange County, NY.

Facilities include:

  • 23 indoor buildings
  • Breathtaking 10 mile long lake
  • Waterfront for swimming, boating and fishing
  • Miles of hiking trails
  • Athletic fields
  • Low Ropes Challenge Course
  • Archery course
  • 3 Indoor Recreational Halls, 2 with Stages

Program Focus

Camp Top of the Pines was developed to provide a well-rounded camp experience on a smaller and more intimate campus, where everyone gets to know one another and becomes part of the camp family. Camp TOP is a terrific choice for the first-time camper who has not spent much time away from home or out of the city. Of course, we also have many campers who comeback year after year to spend time with treasured friends. Since it’s a smaller camp with only 100 to 150 campers per session, each staff members knows every child’s name and campers feel that they are part of a closely-knit community. It’s the perfect supportive environment for making friends, gaining self-confidence and social skills, and learning to love the outdoors.

Bunks and Age Group Divisions

There are four age group divisions at Camp TOP:

OWLS: completed Grades K through 3
HAWKS: completed Grades 4 and 5
FALCONS: completed Grades 6 and 7
EAGLES (Teens): completed Grades 8 and 9

Campers live, play and learn together in small groups called bunks, consisting of 6-8 campers placed together based on their age and interests. Each bunk group has its own counselor who attends all bunk activities and provides constant and consistent care and attention.

TOP campers live in rustic cabins with up to eight children and two staff members. Separate bath houses with showers and flush toilets are located outside their cabin. Campers are encouraged to be a part of the camp community by helping out with simple clean-up tasks. A small portion of each camper’s day is spent working together with bunkmates to ensure that sleeping and activity areas are tidy. Campers are taught to keep track of their personal belongings, make their beds and keep their clothes organized.

Activities

Typical Camp activities include: arts and crafts, sports, fishing, hiking, boating, nature, games, challenge course, dance, camp-outs, creative kitchen, and cook-outs. Camp activities are led by bunk counselors or by specialized activity leaders. Each day, campers also receive American Red Cross swim instruction and have an opportunity for recreational swim.

A highlight of every camp day is All-Camp Activity, TOP’s evening activity which brings together the entire camp. All-Camp Activity might be a carnival, talent show, beach party, Olympics, scavenger hunt, or campfire. During special Theme Days – such as Survivor Vacamas, Kung-Fu Panda Day, International Day, Super Hero Day or Medieval Day-campers are encouraged to dress up and get really immersed in the theme.

Daily Schedule

At Camp TOP, the daily schedule is designed specifically for each age group to introduce campers to new experiences year after year and ensure cherished memories for a lifetime. Each day provides a balance of activities that engage campers in outdoor activities while providing numerous opportunities to develop friendships. Campers have the opportunity to contribute activity ideas and requests.

A typical schedule for TOP Campers:

7:00am
8:00am
8:15am
9:00am
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
12:30pm
1:30pm
2:30pm
3:40pm
4:00pm
5:10pm
5:30pm
6:30pm
7:30pm
9:00pm
9:30pm
9:45pm
Wake up campers: Shower and get ready for the day.
Round up: Announcements, agenda, camp songs and WAKE UP!
Breakfast
Cabin Clean-Up: Make your bed and pick up your socks.
Activity Period One (may be instructional swim)
Activity Period Two (may be instructional swim)
Activity Period Three (may be instructional swim)
Lunch
Rest Hour
Activity Period Four (may be instructional swim)
Juice Call: Have some fruit and a drink to keep you going until dinner.
Activity Period Five/Recreational Swim
Bunk Time: Clean up for dinner
Dinner
Free Hour: Choose your own activity and hang with friends
All-Camp Activity: Evenings are special at Camp TOP
Shower and settle down to bed
Our Famous Milk and Cookies
Lights out (exact timing depends on age group)

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