Summer Camping Program

Anything but ordinary

Our camps are brimming with summer spirit – a morning swim, an afternoon on the ropes course, an evening by the campfire. Summer at Fresh Air Fund camp is an experience that Fresh Air Fund children will never forget.

"Camp has given me the confidence to confront the challenges that lie ahead in life," said one camper. "You just feel free and have fun," said another.

About our camps

Each summer, 3,000 New York City youngsters attend five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York, where they enjoy outdoor activities, make new friends, learn to swim, play sports, and unlock their limitless potential.

  • Camp Anita Bliss Coler (ABC) – Girls aged nine to 12 years old. For 13-15-year-olds at Camp ABC, The Fresh Air Fund has established the Precious Center for Teen Leadership. Inspired by the film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, the Center is intended to give young women a safe, nurturing environment to focus on their futures.
  • Camp Hayden-Marks – Boys aged nine-to-12.
  • Camp Hidden Valley – Boys and girls with and without special needs, eight to 12 years old.
  • Camp Tommy – Boys aged 12-15 years. Named in honor of designer Tommy Hilfiger for his dedication and support of Fresh Air children.
  • Camp Mariah, Career Awareness Camp – Career-focused boys and girls in 7th to 9th grades. As part of our Career Awareness Program, campers at Camp Mariah commit to year-round activities and summer sessions for three years. Children apply in the 6th grade. Named after Board member Mariah Carey for her generous support and dedication to Fresh Air children.

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Year-round opportunities

The Fresh Air Fund has expanded its initiative to intensify its relationship with young campers. Boys and girls from Camps Hayden-Marks, Hidden Valley and Anita Bliss Coler participate in weekend camping programs in the fall, winter and spring. Activities include hiking, cooking, arts and crafts and cooperative games.

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program at Camps Anita Bliss Coler and Hayden-Marks has seen tremendous success in recent years, with the large majority of CITs being former campers. All CITs must be 16 and 17 years old at the beginning of the summer. During summer and weekend camp visits, young people acquire supervisory skills to become future camp counselors. They develop leadership team-building and communications skills through a year-round program.

Camp ABC also offers an opportunity to participate in The Young Women’s Giving Circle. This year-round club presents teens with an opportunity to learn about America’s culturally diverse tradition of giving back to their communities through private contributions. They research, evaluate, and select nonprofit organizations to support, all while enhancing computer, critical thinking, and financial literacy skills.

Campers in the Career Awareness Program commit to three years with The Fresh Air Fund, and the program includes year-round tutoring, off-season weekends, job shadowings, high school preparation and a career fair. As students move into tenth grade, they are invited to join College Connections, where they receive mentoring and programming designed to help them get into college, find funding, adapt to college life and ultimately graduate from the college of their choice.