SUMMERS AT BCNY
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Harriman Base Camp and Summer Cycle
Summers at BCNY are full of activities and excitement at the clubhouses and at our Harriman Base Camp in Harriman State Park. Our clubhouses offer the same high quality and diverse programming with summer schedules that will keep your boy or young man active and engaged while Harriman Base Camp gives juniors and teens the opportunity to experience sleepaway in upsate New York and connect to the arts and sciences of the wilderness. Explore BCNY’s Harriman Base Camp and our Summer Cycle.
Summer Cycle at the Clubhouse
Our high-quality and fun summer 2022 programming will run Monday through Friday from July 5th until August 12th.
To register for BCNY’s Summer Cycle, please fill out this application form. After joining, you will have full BCNY membership and access to fall winter and spring programming.
To register for BCNY’s Summer Cycle, you must become a member. To join BCNY, please select your child’s age group to register.
Harriman Base Camp 2022
Founded in 2018, Harriman Base Camp’s mission is to increase the impact of BCNY’s summer sleepaway camp offered since 1902 to New York City boys and young men. Our vision is to foster emotional, physical, and ethical growth through thoughtful and diverse activities and programs. We help campers develop their individual personalities and voices guided by BCNY’s 4Cs: Connected, Competent, Confident, and Character-Rich. Campers will develop life skills and awareness of social responsibility through outdoor exploration and education. While appreciating their natural surroundings, they will become active stewards of the environment.
Diverse BCNY activities and close friendships will make camp a memorable experience while connecting campers to the arts and sciences of the wilderness.
Camp Session Dates
There will be three camp sessions for Juniors and Teens:
- Session 1 (Juniors, grades 6-8): July 10th– July 22nd
- Session 2 (Teens, grade 9-12): July 24th – August 5th
- Session 3 (Juniors & Teens, grades 6-12): August 15th – August 19th
Members from Abbe and Gerry will enjoy day trips to the base during the week of August 8th – August 11th.
BCNY’s Harriman Base Camp FAQ
Why is BCNY’s camp facility in Harriman State Park?
Our location in New York’s Harriman State Park provides us with many advantages. In a beautiful natural setting, with only other camps for neighbors, our site between two lakes is isolated from commercial and private land use. We have easy access to all Harriman State Park amenities such as hiking on the network of trails maintained by the park, canoeing through adjacent lakes, and camping out at park sites. As part of the park system, we also have the added security of the very diligent Park Police Force.
Will I become a member when I attend Harriman Base Camp?
If you are not already a BCNY member, you will become one. To start participating in clubhouse programs, please contact your local clubhouse in Flushing, Queens or East Harlem.
How will members get to Harriman Base Camp?
Travel to Sleepaway Camp will be by van or bus. Pick-up and drop-off will be at BCNY Clubhouses.
What if my BCNY member is in summer school?
Schedule accommodations will be made for members in summer school. Please see your age-group director.
What will members do at Harriman Base Camp?
Members will enjoy camp activities like making s’mores by the fire, swimming, fishing, hiking and teamwork challenges. They will learn the basics of camping outdoors like setting up a tent, building a fire, plant identification, stalking and tracking and navigating with a map and compass.
What makes BCNY’s Harriman Base Camp different than other camps offered in New York?
BCNY’s Harriman Base Camp experience allows young men that live in the city to connect to the wilderness in beautiful upstate New York. Take a look at our slideshow to see what makes Harriman Base Camp unique.
Camp Homesickness Policy
For over 120 years, BCNY has offered overnight camp programming. We understand that being away from home can be emotionally challenging for campers. As such, we have a parent check-in schedule that allows campers to touch base with guardians, without interrupting their opportunity to acclimate to their new environment.
We also have a homesick protocol in place to support campers and families. Our protocol aims to help campers accept and address their feelings while offering a period to resolve their homesickness with experienced staff and several touchpoints with their guardian.
If a camper’s homesickness cannot be resolved for any reason, we will ensure the camper safely returns home.
Camp phone number: 845-915-3638
If a medical emergency happens while your BCNY member is at camp, you will be notified immediately. There is an EMT on staff who is able to provide emergency care. The closest hospitals to camp are Good Samaritan Hospital and VA Hudson Valley Health Care System.