For Adventure Seekers

Some of the Valley’s top camps for adventurous kids

Camp Addisone Boyce

300 Mott Farm Rd., Tomkins Cove

Girl Scouts craving a bonding experience should hightail it to Camp Addisone Boyce, where their days will be filled with boating, hiking, and a ropes challenge course tempered by cookouts and campfire sing-a-longs. Those in grades four through 10 who are registered for a two-week session can choose to stay for an overnight session to boot. Daily bus transportation is provided to and from locations throughout Rockland and lower Orange counties.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August
Session length: One week or two week sessions
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: Grades K-10, age 15 and up
Cost: Varies depending on session


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Camp Bullowa

15 Franck Rd., Stony Point
845-721-8794; (Debra Stewart)

The Boy Scouts of America Hudson Valley Council oversees two adventure camps, one of which is Camp Bullowa. (See Camp Nooteeming for the second.) Bullowa comes to the rescue of ecology-minded boys living on the western side of the Hudson.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Age: 11-13
Cost: $250 per Boy Scout


Camp Hillcroft

1562 Rte. 55, LaGrangeville

At the 165-acre Camp Hillcroft, an institution since 1950, swimming is part of the daily routine. Along with team sports like kickball and softball, campers also experiment with gymnastics and archery, as well as workshops that put the spotlight on such arts as woodworking and ceramics. Fishing and canoeing on the private lake are among the cherished activities.
Schedule: June 27-August 19
Session length: Four, six, seven or eight week sessions
Drop-off/Pick-up: 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: Grades pre-K through 9
Cost: $2,550-$4,475

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Camp Nooteeming

​22 Camp Nooteming Rd., Salt Point

This second adventure camp run by the Boy Scouts of America Hudson Valley Council is Camp Nooteeming (“Men of the Woods”). Aimed at newbie Boy Scouts, it puts activities like kite-flying, swimming and archery in the spotlight.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July 
Session length: One week per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Ages: 11-13
Cost: $195 per Boy Scout
Contact: Chris Clark at 845-566-7300, ext. 32

Rosmarins Day Camp

12 School Rd., Monroe
646-773-4081; (Allison Berman)

This camp, run by three generations of the Rosmarin family, has been in operation since 1949. The 60-acre campus, set on 150-acre Walton Lake, is ideal for outdoor activities. When they aren’t kayaking, canoeing, row boating, and fishing, campers can partake in field and individual sports like baseball, lacrosse, tennis, and yoga. The robust arts program also lets them experiment in creative realms like ceramics, photography, and dance. Bonus: tuition covers transportation to and from camp.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-August
Session length: Four, five, six, seven or eight weeks per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 3-15
Cost: Varies depending on program


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Woodstock Day School Summer Adventure Camp

1430 Glasco Tpke., Saugerties

The idyllic Woodstock Day School is the setting for an adventure camp in which young ones spend their summers playing the African drum, picking up Frisbees, and tending to the organic garden.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July 3-August 11
Session length: Two weeks per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 3-11
Cost: $650 

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