Our youngest explorers get to learn the ropes of outdoor adventuring. At Harriman State Park, they experience camping, day hiking, and water sports alongside friends and caring leaders. Your child will learn more about plants and animals, learn to respect nature and leave no trace. This adventure is perfect for kids who have never been to a sleep-away camp before.



What is the weather like on the Hudson Valley Adventure?

You can expect typical summery weather with lots of sunshine, some rain, warm days and cool nights.

What are the arrival and departure airports for this trip?

Your child will fly to and from EWR (Newark Liberty Airport). We will provide specific travel information once we have placed your child on a trip. If you’re driving your child to this adventure, you will drop off and pick up at the AMC Outdoor Center in Harriman State Park.

How often will my child have access to showers?

Every day; children have the opportunity to shower regularly.

Please tell me about safety at Backyard Basecamp.

Safety and risk management are at the forefront of all our decision-making–from trip planning to leader training to supporting our groups in the field. We cannot guarantee absolute safety–no program can. All recreational activities include inherent risks. Therefore, we strive to manage the risks that we can, knowing we cannot eliminate them. We work hard to recruit, train and support our trip leaders in creating the best trips possible.

Does my child need to have any previous experience?

While no previous experience is required, we have high expectations of our Basecampers. We expect your child - with your help - to select a trip that is appropriate for their interests and abilities. Spend time familiarizing yourself with the details of the specific trip and help your child understand what to expect. We also expect our students to prepare ahead of time: to review the packing list, gather clothing and gear, and complete whatever training the trip requires (for recommended training please see the Before You Go tab above). Once the trip begins, your child should be ready–and excited–to contribute to and enthusiastic Crew where each member feels welcomed and valued.

Please tell me about Backyard Basecamp’s admissions process.

When we receive your application, if your first choice is available, we will: (1) call you to acknowledge our receipt of your application and (2) charge a deposit of $750 to your credit card to hold your place in the trip pending favorable admissions review. If your first choice is not available, we will call you to discuss your second choice, third choice or other options. For more information, and to access our application, please visit our Apply page.

What is Backyard Basecamp’s policy on phones, electronics, and communication?


To maximize independence and self-reliance, we do not permit phone calls, emails or text messages to or from our campers. Your child may call home on arrival and departure with our phones and assistance, and in the case of an emergency. If your child brings a phone for use while en route to Backyard Basecamp, please provide a prepaid cell phone, rather than a smartphone. All phones will be collected on arrival and returned at departure. While we will take reasonable steps to prevent damage, theft or loss, we take no responsibility for phones and we will not make any reimbursements for lost, damaged or stolen phones.


Cameras are welcome but please do not bring any other electronics (e.g., iPods, iPads, Kindles or other readers, GPS or similar devices).


We are committed to providing extraordinary support to you and your child. To that end, the Backyard Basecamp office is staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week during the summer. Our leaders in the field are in touch with our office regularly; they carry cell phones (and in some cases satellite phones). Anytime a camper is treated for an injury or illness by a doctor or other medical personnel, parents are notified by our office. A director will call the parents to explain the nature of the injury or illness, the sequence of events leading up to the injury and/or the steps leading to the treatment. Parents are typically able to speak with the medical personnel, with the leaders and with their child.


5 Days | $1, 035

Start/ End Location

AMC Outdoor Center, Harriman State Park

2019 Dates

Monday, July 8- Friday, July 12

Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26

Monday August 5 - Friday, August 9


  • Completing grade 2-5 in 2019

  • Students grouped by grades (2-3 & 4-5)

  • Groups limited to 12 Basecampers

Challenge Level

2 (1-10, 1 is easiest)

Included In Trip Fee

  • Meals

  • Group Gear

  • Accommodations

  • Activities

  • EWR Airport Shuttle (schedule if needed)

Not Included In Trip Fee

  • Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)

  • Airfare to and from trip start & end

  • Trip Insurance (recommended)