Families can explore a wide array of YMCA sleepaway and day camp options offered on 600 acres along the Delaware Water Gap in Sussex County this summer at open houses on Sunday.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, which attracts campers from all over New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, offers two dozen camps and trips — from the traditional to the creative, to the adventurous,  including three new options.

The two-week co-ed Tupelo camp for children entering grades two through 10 is the newest traditional camp, with a twist. Campers sample various activities the first week, and then during the second week, they focus on two specialty programs, such as horseback riding, target sports and boating, in which to advance their skills. 

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Minisink Explorers introduces first-timers entering grades two to four to the traditional sleepaway experience with a four-day, three night session that has a low camper-to-counselor ratio.

Pioneers, the newest speciality camp, offers children in grades four through 10 the chance to experience the great outdoors as Fairview Lake Y campers did in 1915. They’ll try horseback riding, cooking over a fire, boating, and archery, and learn woodsman’s skills, including identifying animals and plants.

Kids who crave a sleepaway camp experience but prefer to slumber in their own bed can check out Sussex County YMCA’s Blue Mountain Day Camp.

Blue Mountain campers gather each morning on the shores of Fairview Lake before embarking on fun-packed days of play and learning through a range of activities including swimming, fishing, archery, sports, arts and crafts, hiking and sailing. Horseback riding is offered during certain sessions for children in grades 4 and up.

The Sussex County Y provides free transportation from numerous locations throughout Sussex County to the Blue Mountain Day Camp.

The Fairview Lake Y Camps and the Sussex County Y’s Blue Mountain Day Camp are accredited by the American Camp Association.

The open houses will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fairview Lake Y on March 20. For more information about the Blue Mountain camp, visit sussexcountyymca.org or call (973) 209-9622 for more information. To learn more about Fairview Lake Y camps, call 1 (800) 686-1166 or go to fairviewlakeymca.org.

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