YMCA CAMP BURGESS & HAYWARD

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Welcome

 

Our Teen Tradition

Camp Burgess & Hayward’s teen programs have been empowering youth since 1986. Our Base Camp location is on Cape Cod, just one hour south of Boston in the historic town of Sandwich and amidst over 300 acres of forests, meadows and sparkling freshwater ponds. All programs are co-ed and serve youth ages 12-17. We operate year-round and offer a variety of two-week, one-week and weekend programs, where teens have the opportunity to be challenged with engaging activities, make new friends, gain independence, and learn valuable life skills, all while experiencing adventure on Cape Cod and beyond. Check out our Open Houses or Virtual Tour!

 
 

Our Philosophy

With our teen programs, adventure, service learning and leadership are at the core of all that we do. We strive to foster an atmosphere of trust, group membership and value-based learning, where participants enhance self-confidence, leadership potential, peer cooperation, and form lasting friendships during fun and varied activities. Whether it’s learning to surf on Cape Cod, becoming an advanced skier on the slopes of New Hampshire or facilitating camp activities in Northern Ireland, participants are encouraged to set goals and work toward new abilities and achievements. With a variety of summer and year-round opportunities, teens may choose the programs that are right for them.

 
 

Our Staff

We employ a dynamic team of role models from around the United States and abroad. Our leaders are safety-minded mentors and experiential educators who come to us with a range of skills and diverse backgrounds. They each possess a passion for and past experience with empowering youth. Staff must be at least 21 years old, have a clean driving record, and currently hold First Aid, CPR/AED, and Lifeguard certifications. A strict background and criminal history check are diligently performed on all applicants in the US as well as home countries for international staff. Our leaders also participate in an 8 – 14 day training program that includes safety and emergency procedures, policies, program logistics management, skill refinement, traditions, and fun!

 
 

TO LEARN MORE

For more information about our teen programs, please contact Jen Wejsa, Adventure Trips & Teen Director,                         at 508-428-2571 ext. 109 or jen@ssymca.org.

The Adventure Trips & Teen Director posts “Adventure Bound” updates on camp’s blog every other Tuesday.
Check it out here!