Winter Carnival – Feb 17
Our Winter Carnival will be held on Saturday February 17 from 10am – 4pm. Enjoy all the winter program that Camp Speers has to offer. All programs are weather dependent; however, with enough snow and cold weather, winter programming includes: snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, outdoor cooking, and much more!
Interested in staying at Camp for the weekend? Come in Friday night and stay through Sunday for just $100.00 for adults and $75.00 for kids. That includes soup on Friday evening, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday, not to mention all the programming we will have to offer. For a one night stay (Saturday into Sunday or Friday night into Saturday) the cost is $75.00 for adults and $50.00 for kids! Housing accommodations will be in our modern heated lodges, that feature in-cabin bathrooms and a spacious common room. Come see camp in the winter, learn about our summer programs, and spend quality time with the family.
New Executive Director at Camp Speers
HELMLINGER NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
Y OVERNIGHT CAMP IN THE POCONO’S
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce Chris Helmlinger as the incoming Executive Director of Camp Speers YMCA in the Poconos, part of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley Y, beginning May 5, 2017. Chris comes to us from the Delaware Valley School District where he served as a Science teacher.
Chris’ knowledge and experience with camp will help us build upon the wonderful opportunities for growth at Camp Speers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education for middle level and special education from East Stroudsburg University. His training will serve us well as Camp Speers is also home to Dragonfly Forest, an overnight camp for children with medical needs.
Chris’ commitment and enthusiasm for camp and the Y come from years of experience both as a camper and camp leader. For the past 10 years, Chris worked in a variety of areas at Speers including maintenance, equestrian center and marketing while maintaining his job as a science teacher. Chris was most recently in charge of the Summer Day Camp program at Speers and under his leadership, the camp was ranked for quality as one of the top Traditional Day Camps in the United States.
As a lifetime resident in the Poconos, Chris sees the importance and opportunity for Camp Speers to play a role in the community. He also views his new position as a way to continue giving back to the community he cherishes. He credits camp with helping him to become a confident and adventurous person with a love for the outdoors. “Camp made me who I am today,” he said. “I believe everyone deserves to go to camp, to challenge themselves and find out something about who they are as a person. Now, it’s exciting to have the opportunity to directly affect the experience kids have at overnight camp.”
“We have a wonderful opportunity to provide experiences and memories that will last a life time for youth attending camp. Chris is very focused on the camper experience and will no doubt continue to deliver an experience that will make meaningful differences in the lives of youth,” said Shaun Elliott, President and CEO, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA.
Camp Speers Y is one of 17 branches of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA.
Native Plants Walk
Native Plants Walk with Ann Rhoads
and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Join us this summer for our annual native plants walk with renowned botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads. Dr. Rhoads will lead an interpretive walk through Camp Speers YMCA’s extensive bog to reveal the native plant life in a wetland community.
Click here for more information or contact the Delaware Highlands Conservancy 570-226-3164.
Open House Events
We invite families who are considering camp to an open house. At Camp Speers, we help kids build confidence and independence. This can begin even before camp starts–with an open house tour.
Camp Speers hosts open houses April, May, and June, from 2:00 to 4:00. The most exciting open house is the Spring Fling May 5 when we offer tours, Camp activities for the entire family, and a chance to meet some of our amazing summer staff. Bring the whole family and close friends to enjoy this free day of camp fun. Lunch will be provided for a minimum fee or bring a picnic lunch. Please R.S.V.P. by clicking the links below.
For a private tour, call the office to schedule: 570-828-2329.
Spring 2015 Newsletter