Inclusion at YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc.

“Connection to nature is critical for urban kids. Love the lack of electricity. All good.”

- Specialty camper

At YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. 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, including children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS as well as those impacted by public health concerns and/or violence. 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.

We're proud of our Specialty Camps!

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

Camp Bright Feathers

For children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS as well as those impacted by public health concerns and/or violence. This camp has been in operation for 25+ years.

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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.

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Camp Kesem

For children whose parents have or have had cancer. Columbia University’s dedicated student volunteers help lead this incredible camp.

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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.

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“Camp challenged me a lot and I honored that because I did things in camp that I would never thought of doing in my normal life, for example, zip lining. Even though I am scared of heights, with all the support of the counselors and my friends, I challenged myself and conquered that fear.”

- Specialty camp participant