Summers at BCNY

BCNY’s Harriman Base Camp in Harriman State Park

Harriman Base Camp’s mission, founded in 2018, is to increase the impact of BCNY’s sleep-away 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 for rising 6th – 11th graders. 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.

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The entrance to BCNY’s Camp in Harriman State Park is located on Arden Valley Road at the turn for Sunrise Road. Click here to view the entrance location in Google Maps.

 

 

Harriman Base Camp 2022

Your Junior or Teen is eligible to apply to the following sleep-away camp sessions:

  • Session 1 (Juniors, current 5th-7th graders): July 10th– July 22nd​
  • Session 2 (Teens, current 8th-10th graders): July 24th – August 5th​
  • Session 3 (Juniors & Teens current 5th-10th graders): August 15th – August 19th

To apply, please attend one of our information sessions.

 

Information Sessions

Harriman Base Camp is a sleep-away camp that helps campers foster a connection to nature, themselves, and their fellow campers. In order to join us this summer, please attend an upcoming virtual information session to learn how to join BCNY’s Harriman Base Camp.

Upcoming Information Session:

Thursday, May 19th

Thursday, May 26th

 

Register Here

 

Want More Information?

Please fill out this inquiry form and we will notify you with future info session dates and details.

For Harriman Base Camp inquiries, please contact Otha Caldwell, Director of Environmental and Wilderness Arts and Sciences at BaseCamp@bcny.org.

 

Registered Campers and Family Portal

We are so excited to see you at BCNY’s sleep-away camp this summer! Please follow this link to access your family portal.

Camp Registration Checklist:

  • Attend Orientation.
  • Submit camper’s physical (on or after last birthday).​
  • Submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Orientation Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 3. 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 5. 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 10. 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 12. 6:30 pm

Summer Cycle at the Clubhouse

To register for BCNY’s Summer Cycle at Abbe Clubhouse or Gerry Clubhouse, you must become a member. To join BCNY, please select your child’s age group below to register. If you’re already a member, your local clubhouse will be in touch about BCNY’s Summer Cycle.

Explorers: current grades 3-4.

Juniors: current grades 5-7.

Teens: current grades 8-11.

For membership or program inquiries, please contact your local clubhouse or email Meredith Gray, director of program development at Meredith.Gray@bcny.org

 

 

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  • Harriman Base Camp Sessions Dates

    Information sessions will be scheduled throughout the spring. Register here

    There will be three camp sessions for Juniors and Teens:

    • Session 1 (Juniors, current 5th-7th graders): July 10th– July 22nd
    • Session 2 (Teens, current 8th-10th graders): July 24th – August 5th
    • Session 3 (Juniors & Teens current 5th-10th graders): August 15th – August 19th

    Members from Abbe and Gerry will enjoy day trips to the base during the week of August 8th – August 11th.

  • Harriman Base Camp FAQs

    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.

    How will members get to Harriman Base Camp?
    Travel to Base 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 sleep away 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 sleep away camp different than other camp offered in New York?
    Harriman Base Camp allows young men that live in the city to connect to the wilderness in beautiful upstate New York with stellar BCNY staff and programming. Take a look at our slideshow to see what makes Harriman Base Camp unique.

  • Harriman Base Camp Emergency Contact Info

    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.

  • Harriman Base 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.

  • 2022 Summer Cycle at the Clubhouse

    BCNY will offer high-quality and fun summer programming during school break. To join, become a member and fill out the appropriate form:

    Explorers: rising 4th and 5th graders

    Juniors: rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders 

    Teens: rising 9th to 12th graders

    To find out more about our fall through spring programming that your member will have access to, click here.