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A lot has changed since Camp Vacamas’ founding in 1924—for one, the camp is now co-ed—but its number one mission persists: to empower young people. Spread across 230 wooded acres, the camp offers ample opportunity for children to develop relationships with nature and one another, whether going an on overnight trip, swimming in the private 50-acre lake, or while biking through Pennsylvania Dutch country. Parents can enroll their children and teens in one of several programs, including two- or three-week sleep-away camps, day camps, day trips, and overnight retreats. No matter the program, campers will be exposed to a wealth of learning experiences pertaining to social skills, confidence, making new friends, and best practices for roasting marshmallows.

629 Tiorati Brook Rd.
Bear Mountain,
NY
US

You wake up at sunrise to sunlight filtering through a canopy of towering oak trees. In the distance, you might hear the cry of a hawk, or the laughter of children. Those visiting Trail Blazers share this experience each morning as they emerge from their canvas-covered shelters?part of a rustic experience designed to immerse them into the outdoors. Since 1938, the more than 120-year-old American Camp Association?accredited camp has occupied 1,000 acres of Mashipacong Bogs Preserve, a slice of wilderness encompassing a 55-acre lake and access to the Delaware River and the Appalachian Trail.

The certified counselors guide campers in a decentralized camp experience focused on outdoor education and survival-skills development. They coordinate a range of outdoor programs, including youth camps in which children learning about the ecosystem and honing skills from swimming to outdoor cooking to backpacking. Camps culminate in the Vagabond trip: an extended hike, bike, or canoeing excursion designed to test each camper's abilities when not relying on squirrels for directions. Trail Blazers also coordinates school day trips and full-day or overnight custom lesson plans aligned with the New York and New Jersey State Learning Standards.

210 Deckertown Turnpike
Montague,
NJ
US

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.

Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.

700 Highway 22
Pawling,
NY
US

Just 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge lies a summer oasis for kids, where fresh air abounds and activities keep them wholesomely entertained all day. Since 1979, Day Camp In The Park has provided area youngsters with outlets for sports and artistic expression during the summer, when school is out and kids can?t satisfy their math and science cravings. On Lake Tiorati, kids learn how to row and sail, and a multitude of sports fields and courts provide access to just about any game played with a ball. Above all, the camp strives to give kids the chance to reach goals and come home with new achievements, whether by learning new strokes in the pool or remembering all their lines in a play.

556 Tiorati Brook Rd.
Tuxedo,
NY
US

Students should bring: Sneakers are needed for Zumba and Walking Workout.

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 5?10 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2007

Parking: Metered lot and street parking

Q&A with the Manager

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

The best way to keep people motivated is for them to see the results of their hard work!

What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?

Mistakes in form lead to injury. It is very common for people to come to us with back, neck, and shoulder injuries resulting from diligent?but incorrect?home fitness routines. Even if you know the proper form, it isn't always easy to tell if you are implementing it correctly. For this reason, even the best instructors often have their own instructors to observe their form.

Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?

We offer massage, as well as workshops related to health and wellness.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We pride ourselves on having a strong community atmosphere.

129 Main St
Dobbs Ferry,
NY
US

Greenburgh Nature Center boasts approximately 33 acres of woodland preserve teeming with trails and gardens, attracting more than 70,000 nature lovers each year. Animal enthusiasts can investigate the indoor live-animal museum and its more than 100 specimens, and knowledgeholics can binge on the center's continuing research on American eels, waterfowls, eastern screech owls, and flatworms. Outdoor animal displays abound with creatures such as prairie dogs and rabbits. The upcoming exhibit The Way of Water follows the progression of Westchester's watersheds and includes live aquatic animals such as the invisible mermaid.

99 Dromore Rd
Scarsdale,
NY
US