Camp Discovery



Camp Discovery Day Camp

IT'S OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Over the past decade many campers, families and staff have created life-long friendships, and memories while experiencing all that Camp Discovery has to offer. We are very excited to share this important milestone with our camp family this summer.  
The perfect setting for your child to spend summer days and maybe even some summer nights - Camp Discovery is located at Upper Twin Lakes in Harriman State Park just minutes away from the top of Route 6.

Each year, since its opening, Camp Discovery continues to grow. This rustic and wooded area spans many acres and includes cabins, a dining hall, buildings for special activities, a basketball court, along with boating and swimming in Upper Twin Lakes.

Bus transportation is available with pick up times at 7:00am or 8:00am and drop off times at 5:00pm or 6:00pm at Central Valley Elementary School or the South Orange Family YMCA in Monroe.  If you would like to drop your child at Camp you can, but not before 7:30am and pick up is no later than 5:30pm.

Session 1: July 1st-July 12th (No camp on July 4th)
Session 2: July 15th-July 26th
Session 3: July 29th-August 9th
Session 4: August 12th-August 23rd
Totally Trip Week: August 26th-August 30th

Open House:      Saturday, May 18th 10am-2pm
Meet & Greet:    Saturday, June 29th 10am-2pm 

Come see the camp, meet the camp director and some camp couselors. They will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding Camp Discovery.

making friends
Ages 5-7

Every child looks forward to a summer of fun. At Camp Discovery, Pioneer campers enjoy a summer jam packed with stimulating activities and adventures. Our Pioneers participate in all the traditional and even some not so traditional camp activities such as swim lessons, arts and crafts, sports, dramatic arts, nature, gardening, and music. The Camp Discovery experience teaches campers to appreciate diversity, improves their social skills, and helps develop leadership skills while having fun making lasting summer camp memories.


Ages 8-12

Each day Adventure campers explore new things and partner with other campers to forge new friendships. Nature, arts & crafts, sports, games, drama, special events, swimming, boating and environmental education activities fill a typical camp day. Adventurers build confidence through participation in both individual and cooperative challenges. Group dynamics will be part of the day; problem solving as a team and realizing the positive results of cooperation. Hikes through the hilly terrain of our beautiful wooded camp encourage your   child to appreciate the outdoors as they learn to read a compass while maneuvering through the woods. We also have some special activities planned such as Color Wars, talent shows, cook outs and family events.


fishingLeaders in Training (LIT’s)
Ages 12-15

What better way to keep teens active throughout the summer then to enroll them in a summer program where they will learn important life skills including the skills needed to become future camp counselors. LIT’s spend most of their day shadowing our camp counselors learning to mentor and provide assistance to young campers but there is also plenty of time for them to build positive relationships with their peers. At Camp Discovery, our LIT’s will participate in activities that focus on personal growth, build self-confidence and encourage team work.


Totally Trip Week
Ages 6-12

Totally Trip Week is unique in that both Pioneers and Adventurers can participate. During this week we’ll be venturing out each day on exciting field trips to the Bronx Zoo, Quassy's Amusement Park, Wax Museum, a New York Yankee Game and Funplex. (Trips are subject to change). To participate in this program your child must attend at least one session of our summer camp or be in our Club Kid program.


Camp Discovery Fees               2 Week Session         1 Week
7:00am-6:00pm                          $478                               $272 
7:00am-5:00pm                          $455                               $263
8:00am-6:00pm                          $455                               $263
8:00am-5:00pm                          $437                               $252

Totally Trip Week
8:00am-5:00pm    $335

Bus Transportation $40 per session, $25 for one-way trip
There is NO discount on transportation for campers who attend for only 1 week.

Stay Overnight at Camp Discovery.
Each session we host an Overnight full of FUN. Dates are TBA.
Overnight Fee:  $12.00

To register please visit our Welcome Center or for more information please contact:
Irene Rumsey at (P) 845 956 1493 or (E)

NOTE: All registrations require a $50 deposit per session and bus transportation paid in full.  Registrations MUST include a copy of your child's current immunization records or you will not be allowed to register.

If you apply for financial assistance through our ACCESS program and qualify, your rates may be lower.
(Please be advised that the process takes up to 4 weeks to complete.)
Please click here for a printable ACCESS Application.

Want to be a CIT?: 
CIT interviews will be on April 27th at 1:15 pm at the South Orange Family YMCA.  We are only taking 10 CITs this year and you must be 15 years old by June 1, 2019.  If you are interested in becoming a CIT please email Irene Rumsey at at stating why you want to be a CIT at Camp Discovery.

Want to be a Camp Counselor?:
If you want to be a camp counselor please fill out our application and return it ASAP to Irene Rumsey at The Middletown YMCA or email to

To download our application form click here.

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