The Round Lake Experience
Fun. Friendship. Learning
Far from the stresses of everyday life, Round Lake Camp is located on 1250 wooded acres, approximately 90 minutes from New York City. This meadow and mountain environment creates a backdrop for fun-filled days.
Every camper deserves friends, fun and laughter in a safe and accepting environment. Camp is the perfect setting to create lasting friendships. The group experience is the keystone to success. Each experience at Round Lake is designed to help develop a positive attitude, improve peer interaction and enhance self-image. Campers are placed within a compatible cabin group where constant opportunity for self-understanding and friendship is provided. Friendship and communication are the cornerstones of every camper’s goals. They experience a wide array of activities and are integrated into the daily routine and program of our camps according to their abilities. Round Lake Campers have fun, feel secure in their camp environment, make friends, and have an energizing camp experience!
Please review the FAQ’s for more specifics on what our camp offers. Our Round Lake Campers can add on Total Specialty Camps where they can focus on sports, sciences, art, ceramics, dance or chess.
The Round Lake Goal
Confidence. Achievement. Self Worth.
Campers experience success in their daily lives, develop healthy relationships with their peers and learn necessary life skills. Our campers discover their potential and independent spirit in a secure and open minded environment. We challenge our youth with widely varied physical and cultural activities, always looking to foster individual achievements and pride, while keeping a strong focus on the group dynamic. Our program is flexible and individualized such that each camper’s interests, needs, goals and supportive services can be met. Our campers are encouraged to carry the skills and independence gained at camp into the school year.
The Round Lake Camper
Unique. Valued. Supported
Round Lake Camp serves children between the ages of 7 to 17 with a wide array of special needs. Most campers come from both private and public educational settings in which they have been part of resource programs and/or self-contained classrooms. Acceptance is contingent upon interviews and supportive materials which are consistent with camps’ philosophy. Our campers present with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to high-functioning autism, ADHD, communication disorders, social skills challenges and learning disabilities.
The Round Lake Program
Skills. Variety. Excitement.
At NJY Camps we believe in creating an inclusive environment in which all campers have the opportunity to participate in activities based on their interest and comfort level. Campers are able to attend a typical sleep away camp, while benefitting from the additional supports put in place for Round Lake campers. RLC offers support, structure, and strong supervision. Every activity and event is designed to offer campers life skills that lead to success and a feeling of accomplishment, and developed to encourage our campers to be part of a group. They experience a wide array of activities and are integrated into the daily routine and program of our camps according to their abilities. Camp is structured to enable each camper to respond to clear and consistent expectations, as well as camp responding to individual needs, abilities and expectations of our campers. Supports allow campers to participate in all recreational programs with a high level of comfort. Recreation at camp includes athletic activities such as mountain biking, jet-skiing, sailing, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, high ropes, climbing wall, horseback riding, as well as individualized swim instruction. We also offer an extensive arts program including drama, nature, woodshop, STEM/science, newspaper, computers, cooking, arts and crafts (including painting and drawing, jewelry making ceramics/pottery), and animal center.
Special programs include carnival, banquet, campfires (with s’mores!), cook outs, canoe trips, overnight campouts and Color War.
Older campers participate in a vocational education program six days per week and learn interview and resume building skills. Additionally, our older campers set out on community service field trips one day per week.
Additionally, Round Lake Staff provide speech therapy, occupational therapy, mental health support and academic enrichment as per campers’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) at no extra charge.