Camp Vacamas

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At Camp Vacamas, young people develop lasting friendships with bunkmates and counselors from many different backgrounds. Campers come from throughout the tri-state region to our nurturing, caring and diverse community where each young person is someone special. Our Junior Camp serves children ages 7 to 13, and our Teen Camps offer adventures to young people from 13 ½ to 16 years of age.

Location and Facilities

Camp Vacamas is located on 230 wooded acres in West Milford, New Jersey, in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains and adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest. Our campus has a 50-acre private lake and beautiful surroundings. It is a world apart in feeling but only 45 minutes from New York City.

Facilities include:

  • Athletic Fields and Indoor/Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Waterfront for swimming, boating and fishing
  • Two-level Ropes Challenge Course
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Nature Center
  • Playground
  • Farm
  • Library
  • Indoor/Outdoor Theater
  • Culinary Arts Center

Program Focus

At Camp Vacamas, we seek to introduce children and teens to the diverse yet unified global society of the 21st century. We bring together a large group of campers and staff members from various races, religions, and cultures to live, learn and play together. As young people get to know others from various social groups and countries around the world, they become comfortable with people who differ from themselves in appearance, clothing, customs and language. Our camp becomes an integrated community, and children begin to see each other as more similar than different.

Another important focus of our program at Camp Vacamas is preventing summer learning loss. During the summer months, students can lose as much as 2 months of reading achievement, and these accumulated losses can have a significant impact on whether students graduate from high school or attend college. At Vacamas, we strive to prevent summer learning loss by offering daily opportunities for reading and writing enrichment in a fun and stimulating environment, culminating in our camp-wide Summer Slam event where campers can perform their own original creations.

Junior Camp offers an action-packed and well-balanced schedule with a broad range of activities and experiences. Discover our Junior Camp >

Teen Camp is a variety of individualized programs designed to challenge, develop skills and educate teenage campers. Discover our Teen Camp >


Camp Vacamas’ reading and writing program has been featured in an ABC News segment, as well as a PBS Newshour segment produced by Learning Matters.