Since 1946, children and youth have been exploring their faith and living in community at Holmes Camp & Retreat Center. In fact, many of our staff (summer and year-round!) have grown up at Holmes! Together, we strive to provide all who come to Holmes a place where they feel welcomed, loved, and comfortable to both play and learn – to appreciate each other, to recognize and follow God, and to tackle new challenges.
At Holmes, we focus on building a community . Campers and counselors join together to create family groups, with 2-3 counselors and about 8-12 coed campers. This small group model allows campers to form meaningful friendships and counselors to get to know their campers better.
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Our summer program develops self-esteem and self-confidence by encouraging each camper to:
- Demonstrate respect for self, authority and the rights and property of others.
- Develop responsibility through group living tasks.
- Form an interest in exploring and enjoying the natural environment.
- Express creativity through crafts, problem solving, and personal interactions.
- Explore faith through daily opportunities for worship, reflection, or study.
While at Holmes, days are full of fun and fellowship! Every week is a little a different, with campers enjoying:
- Row Boats
- Arts & Crafts
- GaGa Ball
- Team Games
- Nature Exploration
- Bible Study
- Community Service
- 9 Square
- High Ropes
- Low Ropes & Teambuilding
Each day family groups of campers of similar ages will gather together for study and reflection. Time spent in small family groups and large group, and all-camp activities enable the campers to form a close Christian community. These opportunities are the foundation of our summer camp experience. Your child will create lasting memories and friendships!
Holmes Camp & Retreat Center is one of more than 2,500 ACA Accredited Camps nationwide.
For over fifty years, the American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation process has grown to keep pace with changes in the camp industry, expectations of the public, and the challenges of operating a business in today’s highly regulated society.
ACA standards help with every aspect of camp management and operation – including where campers live and play, how we hire and train our staff, the records we keep, how we plan and lead our activities, how housekeeping and maintenance stores chemicals and tools, emergency procedures, and more.
In addition to American Camp Association Accreditation, Holmes Camp & Retreat Center operates under supervision of the New York State Health Department regulations governing summer camps. The Putnam County Health Department conducts extensive review of our planning materials, staff selection and training and camp operation. We receive 2-4 routine visits from the Putnam County Health Department each summer to confirm our compliance with regulations and a safe summer camp program.