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Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

If your child's ready to spend her summer nights away from home, check out these stellar sleepaway summer camps near New York City.

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Canadensis

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Canadensis

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Lee Mar

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Pocono Trails

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Timber Tops for Girls

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Wayne for Boys and Girls

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Wayne for Boys and Girls

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Pine Forest Camp

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    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Weequahic

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    The Susquehannock Camps

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    The Susquehannock Camps

Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

Camp Canadensis

Sleepaway camps in PA

B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

This camp in the Pocono Mountains, which celebrates both pluralism and Judaism, provides a balanced summer experience while merging well-rounded programming with a sense of family and community. Among its offerings are an outdoor adventure course, a lake and a pool aquatics program, a garden program and many athletic sports. Popular summer events include Maccabiah (color war) and College Day, as well as various off-campus trips to theme parks and overnight trips for the older camps. Camp runs June 29–Aug 15; seven-week session $7,465–$7,825, four-week session (June 29–July 25) $5,590–$5,650, three-week session (July 27–Aug 15) $4,290–$4,590, two-week session (June 29–July 11 or July 27–Aug 8; first-time campers only) $,2,530. Ages 7 to 18.

  1. 661 Rose Hill Rd, 18437
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Camp Lohikan

  • Price band: 2/4

This Poconos camp aims to send kids home with more independence, stronger self-confidence and better social skills than they had when they arrived. While younger campers have a structured daily schedule, older kids can design their own program, choosing from more than 65 activities ranging from skateboarding and field sports to pottery and wake boarding. Camp runs June 29–Aug 21; eight-week session $8,500, six-week session (June 29–Aug 8 or July 13–Aug 21) $7050, four-week session (June 29–July 26 or July 26–Aug 21) $4,700, two-week session (June 29–July 12, July 13–26, July 27–Aug 8 or Aug 10–21) $2,600, one-week session (Aug 21–Aug 27; first-time campers only) $850.

  1. Wallerville Rd, 18437
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Camp Setebaid at Swatara

  • Price band: 3/4

Set on the 800-acre grounds of Camp Swatara in Pennsylvania, this camp offers kids with type 1 diabetes a range of activities, including diabetes education, boating, fishing and a high ropes course. Separate junior camp (ages 8–12) and senior camp (ages 13–18) programs ensure age-appropriate activities for all who attend. Camp runs July 21–27. Please call 570-524-9090 or 1-800-SETEBAID for pricing. Financial assistance available. Ages 8 to 18.

  1. 2905 Camp Swatara Rd, 19507
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Camp Starlight

  • Price band: 4/4

Brother-sister camps for kids who like to do it all, Camp Starlight offers creative and performing arts, athletics, water sports and outdoor adventure. The camp also boasts covered hockey rinks, a regulation lighted soccer field, and a 12,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor facility for gymnastics, dance, fitness and art programs. Camp runs June 29–Aug 17, seven-week session $10,950. Ages 8 to 16.

  1. 151 Starlight Lake Rd, 18461
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Camp Watonka

  • Price band: 3/4

This boys-only camp offers a unique mix of science, sports and adventure. Inside, kids take classes in electronics, astronomy, earth science and computers. Outside, an extensive on-site ropes course includes zip lines and a 50-foot climbing wall. Camp runs June 21–Aug 16; eight-week session $7,200, six-week session $6,200, four-week session $4,500, two-week session $2,600. Ages 8 to 16.

  1. Box 127, 18428
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Camp Wayne for Boys and Girls

  • Price band: 4/4

Brother-sister campuses, located on either side of a private, 95-acre lake, operate separate programs but bring campers together for socials and special events like Carnival, July 4th fireworks and plays. Camp runs June 28–Aug 16, seven-week session $10,700. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 56 Nice People Pl, 18455
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Camp Weequahic

  • Price band: 3/4

Campers build their own summer experience, gaining skills in the areas that interest them, from traditional athletics and water sports to out-of-the-box specialties like magic and fashion design. Camp runs June 28–Aug 10; six-week session $8,750, three-week session $4,800 (June 28–July 19 or July 20–Aug 10). Ages 7 to 16.

  1. 210 Woods Rd, 18439
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Indian Head Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Indian Head Camp is a traditional full season sleep away camp, focusing on excellent instruction in athletics, aquatics, creative arts and outdoor adventure. IHC prides itself in fostering meaningful childhood friendships, and offers children and adolescents a safe and fun environment to grow in character and confidence. IHC offers first class facilities across all program areas. Camp runs June 28–Aug 17, seven-week session $11,100, plus canteen fees. Ages 7 to 16.

  1. 3287 Hancock Hwy, 18417
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Island Lake Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Set in the Pocono Mountains, Island Lake Camp offers kids intense instruction in an array of activities including golf, fencing, gymnastics, waterskiing and photography. Camp runs June 28–Aug 18; three-week session $5,450 (June 28–July 17) or $5,550 (July 17–Aug 5); two-week session $3,300 (Aug 5–Aug 18); combined sessions receive substantial discounts. Ages 7 to 17.

  1. 50 Island Lake Rd, 18462
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Lake Owego Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

This boys-only camp boasts small numbers for individualized attention and instruction. Before camp starts in early June new campers and their families are invited to sleep over on campus to experience firsthand what camp life is like. Camp runs June 28–Aug 16; seven-week session $10,550, five-week sessions $8,650 (June 28–July 5 or July 9–Aug 16), three-and-a-half-week session $6,620 (June 28–July 26 or July 23–Aug 16), two-week session $3,350 (June 28–July 11 or July 23–Aug 5, 7- to 9-year-olds only). Ages 7 to 17.

  1. 1687 Rte 6, 18425
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Pine Forest Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Boasting a state-of-the-art fitness center, newly renovated cabins and a media center, Pine Forest has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 85 years. For those children interested in testing out camp life, the organization also hosts a weeklong cooking camp and a five-day-long basketball camp. Camp runs June 28–Aug 16, seven-week session $10,550. Ages 7 to 17.

  1. 185 Pine Forest Camp Rd, 18425
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Pinemere Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Summer highlights at this JCC-affiliated kosher camp in the Poconos include a private lake, color war, intercamp games and a variety of off-campus trips. Camp runs June 22–Aug 10; seven-week session $7,825, four-week session $5,175 (June 22–July 20), three-week session $4,200 (July 21–Aug 10), one-week session $800 (July 21–July 27, ages 7–12; first-time campers only), three-day session $400 (July 11–July 13, ages 6–10; first-time campers only). Ages 7 to 14.

  1. 865 Bartonsville Woods Rd, 18360
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The Susquehannock Camps

  • Price band: 1/4

Comprising a girls' camp and a boys' camp, this brother-sister operation functions as two separate programs with one philosophy: self-reliance, self-confidence, sportsmanship and leadership. Campers develop tolerance and respect for others and learn how to deal with conflict through athletics, adventure activities, family-style dining, and cabin life. The staff here is particularly noteworthy—more than 95 percent of them attended Susquehannock for at least four years. Camp runs June 29–Aug 18 (first session June 29–July 22, second session July 24–Aug 18); seven-week session $6,550 (ages 7 to 11), $6,750 (ages 12 to 17). Two-week sessions available (ages 7 to 11). Ages 7 to 17.

  1. 2308 Tripp Lake Rd, 18812
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