AUGUST 20-25, 2017
For one week in August, children ages 7-16 from the New Jersey and Philadelphia area can attend Camp Bright Feathers. The children that attend camp may either be infected or affected with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of Camp Bright Feathers is to provide a stress-free, fun, recreational camp in the woods for these children that are dealing with an assortment of issues back at home. It’s a chance for these children to be just kids.
The camp is held at YMCA Camp Ockanickon which is located in Medford, New Jersey. The camp sits on over 800 acres in the heart of the pine barons. The camp has two man made lakes where the children can go swimming, boating, and fishing. The campers also participate in land sports, arts and crafts, nature, horseback riding, hiking, tractor rides, campfires, talent show, a dance, and karaoke. The older campers get a chance to enjoy the climbing wall, and zip line. Each dinner has a theme were the campers and staff dress up to win a prize. Tuesday night the camp is treated to an outside entertainment. Wednesday evening the camp comes together for its talent show. The camp comes together on Thursday for its special event and finishes the day with the traditional camp dance. Then on Friday the campers and staff finish with some extra activities and a last meal together.
The camp is run by a mixture of new and long time veteran counselors. Almost all of the volunteers use personal vacation time to be at camp. The staff go through several training (Giving up additional personal free time) to ensure that they can provide a fun and safe time for the campers. Each individual brings their own individual talents and expertise to help provide a memorial experience for each child. Now in our 25th year, Camp Bright Feathers has had the pleasure of providing a wonderful experience to over 2,500 campers and look forward to continuing this experience for many more years.
For additional information about Camp Bright Feathers please check out the following sites below.
ABC News report about Camp Bright Feathers- 2012