bringing out the
best in kids
2015 Session Dates
Session 1: June 29th – July 10th
Session 2: July 13th – July 24th
Session 3: July 27th – August 7th
Session 4: August 10th – August 21st
Session 5: August 24th – September 4th
Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Download our registration packet located on the right of this page (PDF) or call 845-338-3810, ext. 127.
Bus transportation is available throughout Ulster County.
What does it mean?
It’s the name of a revered 17th-century Indian Sachem (really important chief): See-Wackamano; of the Esopus tribe.
Where is it?
Nestled on 37 wooded acres with a lake, hiking trails and playing fields; beside Tice Ten Eyck Mountain in the Catskill Forest Preserve. It’s just 18 miles west of Kingston in the hamlet of Shokan.
What do we do?
Super fun stuff from arts & crafts to fishing, singing and swimming to name a few. Plus, we have basketball, volleyball courts, game room, archery range AND a high/low roped course!
Open your passport to summer fun right here.
Get ready, get set …Let’s Go!
FIND YOUR PLACE
Kikapu Village: Grade Pre-K or age 4 by 1/1/15
Camper/Staff ratio: 6:1
A “first-taste” of camp designed specifically for young learners. Built-in rest times help Kikapu campers transition through the day as they learn valuable skills – from friendship and teamwork to following a schedule – in their own designated space. Traditional camp activities as well as activities for this age group make up the core of the day.
Catskill Village: Grades K – 1
Camper/Staff ratio: 7:1
This group follows a modified camp schedule, utilizes its own enclosed lodge, which is located close to changing areas and bathrooms. Catskill campers will experience age-appropriate camp and recreational activities under the supervision of our enthusiastic counselors.
Esopus Village: Grades 2 – 3
Camper/Staff ratio: 9:1
Fun-spirited counselors introduce many creative activities and keep our campers moving all day long. Esopus campers participate in all camp activities including our special overnight program which includes a cookout, campfire, and sleeping under the stars. They also get their first taste of our High/Low Ropes Course.
Mohican Village: Grades 4 – 5
Camper/Staff ratio: 10:1
As leadership skills develop, campers have varied choices for their group interactions and opportunities to individually shape their camp experience. Teamwork is highly encouraged. Mohican campers participate in all camp activities including our special overnight program, which offers a cookout, campfire, and sleeping under the stars.
Tonchi Village: Grades 6 – 8
Camper/Staff ratio: 12:1
The future leaders of camp, have the freedom for independence and adventure. Tonchi campers participate in all camp activities including our special overnight program, which offers a cookout, campfire, and sleeping under the stars.
The Leadership in Training (L.I.T.) program is for indivdiuals who haev completed 9th grade by the start of camp on June 29, 2015. The program focus is to develop skills in candidates so they may become future counselors/leaders. All L.I.T. candidates are selected through an application and interview process, and are chosen based on leadership potential. Each L.I.T. candidate must attend a minimum of two camp sessions and the pre-camp training in June.
The Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program is for individuals who have completed 10th grade by the start of camp on June 29, 2015. The program focus is to provide opportunities for direct camper supervision. All C.I.T. candidates are selected through an application and interview process and are chosen based on previous experience with campers and children. Each C.I.T. candidate must attend pre-camp training in June. This is a volunteer position.
This program includes dinner, breakfast, and the next day’s lunch as well as all activities. Inside accommodations are available for incliment weather situations and for those campers who aren’t quite ready to stay outside under the stars.
Fee: $25.00 per overnight
There are so many things to do at camp. Here are just a few of our activities:
Arts & Crafts
High/Low Ropes Course
The day begins and ends with an all-camp assembly. There are three activity periods per day that include teamwork, cooperative games, sports, and group projects. There are three additional periods where campers “choose” their own activity – hone a skill or just have more fun!
Our entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified. There is also a full-time on-premises Health Director. Our waterfront staff is WSI certified and implement the buddy system.
Camping with a Purpose
Campers will gain new abilities, challenge themselves, and learn to work with others as a team. Some of our goals include:
• Keep all of our children and staff safe
• Provide a positive learning experience
• Have trained, caring staff who serve as positive role models
• Teach Y core values – caring, honesty, respect, responsibility
Pre- or post-camp care is held at the YMCA located at 507 Broadway, Kingston. It is available for all sessions of camp.
Pre-camp: 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Post-camp: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Through our Strong Kids Campaign, United Way, and Ulster County Youth Bureau, financial assistance is offered based on available funds through each agency. Assistance applications may be obtained at the YMCA and must be submitted between April 1st and April 30, 2015. A completed camp application must be submitted with your assistance application.
Help send a Child to Camp
Interested in making a donation to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign? Help send a child to Camp this summer! Any amount is appreciated!
Contact us – year round
Winter Phone: 845-338-3810, ext. 127
Summer Phone: 845-657-8288
Mailing address: 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
LOCATION OF CAMP
Camp is located at 432 Peck Road, Shokan, NY, 18 miles west of Kingston. Camp tour dates are offered beginning in April and throughout the camp season. Please call the Camp Director to make an appointment!
DIRECTIONS TO CAMP
Take Route 28 towards Phoenicia (15 miles from Kingston)
After 14 miles, you’ll come to Shokan and Mobile station on Right
1 mile past on RIGHT see sign for Camp on BOSTOCK Road
Make RIGHT onto Bostock; go 3 miles to PECK RD
Make right onto Peck
Camp will be 500 feet on your LEFT
The wooded acreage includes ponds for boating, swimming, fishing and nature studies, four fields, basketball court, two spacious lodges, a game room, archery field, council rings, circuit nature trail, picnic grounds, high and low ropes challenge courses.
MORE THAN A DAY CAMP
Air-Soft Party: (Ages 10—15): Maximum of 12
Kingston YMCA Member Rate: $200
Community Member Rate: $275
Similar to paint ball, but environmentally friendly, Air-Pro time for one hour on our 37 acre property followed by 45 minutes in our pavilion.
SATURDAY: 11:30AM—1:30PM OR 2:00PM—4:00PM
SUNDAY: 10:30AM—12:30PM OR 1:00PM—3:00PM
Ropes Course Party: (Ages 8—15); Maximum of 12
Kingston YMCA Member Rate: $200
Community Member Rate: $275
One hour of ropes course instruction on our high ropes course with a certified ropes leader followed by 45 minutes in our pavilion for your party time. In inclement weather we are not able to climb. In this case, you can reschedule party or opt for indoor camp activity.
Family Camp Weekends
Seewackamano is your passport to weekend fun almost all year long – Available for camping spring, summer, and fall. The facility offers activities the whole family can enjoy: camp fires, traditional camp activities, the option to have your own cabin or sleep outside under the stars, and much more!
Special Event Celebrations
Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation, bridal or baby shower, or just about any other special occasion at camp! Weekend availability.
Need to do some team building with your employees or just get out and have some fun? We will tailor a program for you using our grounds and special facilities including our high/low ropes course.
Men’s Wellness Weekend
Relax and enjoy the great outdoors as well as participate in wellness activites, fishing, boating, and workshops geared towards men. June & October 2015.
Women’s Wellness Weekend
Relax and enjoy the great outdoors as well as participate in wellness activites, yoga, and workshops geared towards women. May & September 2015.
For more information on events listed above, call 845-338-3810, ext. 127.