Overnight camps foster a sense of natural wonder in young children, perhaps inspiring them to render ancient philosophical questions moot by hearing every tree that falls in the woods. Foster perennial passions with today's Groupon: for $217, enroll a 7–13 year-old in a weeklong traditional overnight camp at YMCA Camp Onyahsa in Dewittville, NY (a $460 value, including a one-time $25 membership fee). Choose between two available sessions:
- Sunday, June 19–Saturday, June 25
- Sunday, June 26–Saturday, July 2
Situated snugly on the beauteous bayshore forest of Lake Chautauqua, Camp Onyahsa boasts a rich, 113-year history of bolstering passions for outdoor adventures, dramatic creativity, and nature-nurturing in kids and young teens. Campers can embrace their inner tree-hugger or plant-handshaker with informative hikes through the verdant woodlands before channeling their naturalistic inspirations into creative writing and drawing classes. Camp Onyahsa takes full advantage of its shoreline, allowing young aqua-lovers to pursue swimming, sailing, tubing, and fishing activities, with rigorous water safety training provided by the experienced staff.
At the overnight camp, radical young it-roughers will bunk in cabins with about eight fellow forest-friskers of the same gender and approximate age, and two supervising adult staff members. Though there is no dearth of organized group sports and activities such as horseback riding, archery, and badminton, the camp is more than an itinerary and campers are encouraged to devise and spearhead their own activities for the group, like making a pizza from scratch or cooperative Sasquatch-snaring.
5411 E Lake Rd.
Dewittville, New York 14728Get Directions