Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps

At YMCA Camp Ockanickon, we are a culture of caring based on empathy, respect, and empowerment. We welcome everyone, including campers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, visual impairments, trying personal circumstances and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.   Our Specialty Camp Programs foster development, independence, and joy in all of the children who attend.   Children learn about, and come to appreciate, the similarities and differences in one another–and friendships flourish.  Both our counselors and volunteers are well-trained and have vast experience working with children of differing abilities, ensuring that all are safe and secure while they experience the thrills of camp.   If you are seeking a place for a specialty camp, please contact YMCA Camp Ockanickon’s Outdoor Center Director, Dave Kaubin, at 609-654-8225 or at dave@ycamp.org.

In partnership with various agencies, YMCA Camp Ockanickon operates the following Specialty Camps:

Camp Brightfeathers– for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.  This camp which has been in operation for 25+ years is run in conjunction with Haven Youth Center in Philadelphia.  To find out more about Camp Brightfeathers, please click HERE.

Camp Little Rock– for children who are blind or visually impaired.  In partnership with the Little Rock Foundation, this camp has thrived for more than a decade.  To learn about Camp Little Rock, please click HERE to go to the Little Rock Foundation’s website.

Camp Kesem– for children whose parents have or have had cancer.  Columbia University’s dedicated student volunteers help lead this incredible camp.  To learn about Camp Kesem, click HERE to go to the Columbia University Camp Kesem page.

Camp Firefly– a bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one.  This camp is operated in conjunction with the amazing people at the Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association.  To learn all about Camp Firefly, click HERE to go to the Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association website.

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