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Camp Speers YMCA
Dingmans Ferry, PA, 18328
Phone: 570-828-2329
Fax: 570-828-2984

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Camp Speers YMCA was founded in 1948 by north-central New Jersey YMCAs to provide the first inter-racial overnight camp in the YMCA system.

The original site consisted of 310 acres and was purchased in 1948. The purpose was to provide an adventure in intercultural Christian living offering a short term experience for all boys of the middle and lower economic group.  In 1951, it was formally named Camp James M. Speers after a conscientious philanthropist and distinguished member of the New York City business community as well as community leader in Montclair, New Jersey.

Camp Eljabar, originally Camp Nichecronk consisting of 700 acres, was purchased in 1964 and provided opportunities for girls. In 1967, due to the generous support of the Eljabar Foundation, the camp was named Camp Eljabar for Girls. The name Eljabar is derived from the first syllable of the first names of the daughters of Charles and Florence Wallace, Elizabeth, Jane, Barbara, founders of the Eljabar Foundation.

From 1948 -1969, the camp had been operating as an entity of the Central Atlantic Area Council of YMCAs to serve associations that had no camp of their own, to provide low cost camping and to offer interracial camping experiences. In March 1969, the administrative committee set in motion a process to make the organization an independent YMCA.

On October 1, 2014 Camp Speers YMCA joined together with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA to serve at the residential camp and outdoor center branch.  This partnership has allowed us to extend our impact and reach more youth and families a residential experience throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond.

What began as a summer only camp has grown to a year-round program serving close to 10,000 children and families each year.  We remain true to our founding spirit by promoting diversity across the racial, religious and socio-economic lines that divide most communities today.

The mission of Camp Speers YMCA is to serve a diverse community and to build spirit, mind, and body through a unique combination of Summer Camp, Outdoor Education, Conference and Local Community Programs. Our goal is that each camper and program participant leaves our camp a better person than when they arrived, and campers are set on the path to do the right things and contribute to a better world as they continue to grow.


Camp Type:
Year Established:
Age of Campers:
7 to 16
$990.00/wk (Please contact camp for exact pricing.)
Nearest Large City:
New York City


  • Creative Writing
  • General Sports
  • Leadership
  • Adventure
  • Canoeing
  • Delaware River Canoe Trips
  • Equestrian and Horseback Riding
  • General
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ropes Course
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • drama
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Music
  • Pottery
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding, English
  • Horseback Riding, General
  • Horseback Riding, Western
  • Riflery
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Mainstreaming
  • Social Skills
  • Military
  • Personal Growth
  • Adventure (TeenOption)
  • CIT
  • Community Service
  • Internships Programs
  • Leadership ( Teen Option )


(Please contact camp directly for updated session schedule.)

Camp Speers(Grades 3 - 11) We offer Tier Pricing.  Contact our Camp Office for more information

- Session 1: June 26 – July 1 ($ 990)

- Session 2: July 3 – July 15 ($ 1915)

- Session 3: July 17 – July 29 ($ 1915)

- Session 4: July 31 – Aug 12 ($ 1915)

- Session 5: Aug 14 – Aug 19 ($ 990)

- Session 6: Aug 21 – Aug 26 ($ 990)


Teen Adventure & Leadership Training Programs:

Leaders In Training: (2 week program for campers entering the 10th grade)

LIT 1: Jul 3 - July 15 ($ 1940)

LIT 2: July 17 - July 29 ($ 1940)

LIT 3: July 31 - Aug 12 ($ 1940)

Counselor In Training Program: (3 week program for campers entering the 11th grade - CIT registration is considered provisional until registrants complete the CIT application & interview process - contact the Camp Office for the CIT application packet):

CIT 1: Jul 3 - July 22 ($ 2250) 

CIT 2: July 24 - August 12 ($ 2250)

Available during Week 1 & Week 8:  ($ 1,007)

Horseback Riding Lessons: (fees in addition to camp fees - minimum 8 years old)
1 hour per day, 5 days per week - $180 per week

Horse Lovers - 6 hours per day, 5 days per week - $505


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