Camp Speers in the Poconos offers 1 and 2-week overnight sessions for campers ages 7- 17. We are committed to providing each camper a fun and exciting experience that will create lasting memories and friendships while helping them develop as leaders and cooperative community members. Camp life promotes the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Every activity, program, and experience is designed to help campers learn lifelong skills and develop self-confidence, independence, and cooperation.
One-Week Sessions One-week sessions provide campers the opportunity to select 3 activities to do every day. They go on an overnight camp-out and explore Speers’ pristine wilderness areas.
Two-Week Sessions Two-week sessions offer all the fun and excitement of a one-week session and much, much more. During a two-week session, campers can select up to 6 activities they want to participate in while at camp. Campers also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 1,100-acre property and the surrounding national recreation area, The Delaware Water Gap.
We select only the most caring and talented young adults to be role models for our campers. Camp Speers’ staff participate in wilderness training courses, receive certifications for the skills they teach, and attend staff orientation and a week of intensive training. We interview and check references and backgrounds of each staff member before they are invited to join the Speers’ staff team.
Camp also employs a team of healthcare professionals who provide consistent care for our campers throughout the summer.
Each cabin has at least two counselors with a maximum staff to camper ratio of one-to-six. Camper cabins are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Nichecronk and are serviced by a village bathhouse.
Campers can choose their own activities as individuals and as a group. Coaching periods are 5-day activities that teach campers progressive skills throughout the week. Some examples are: kayaking, horseback riding, long distance swimming, mountain biking, outdoor living skills, and target sports, just to name a few. Prime Time gives each camper the chance to experience activities in our Speers Downtown area at their own pace. Cabin time provides the opportunity for each cabin to come together as a group and decide the activity they would like to do together.
Monday – Friday
9:00 – 10:00 Coaching period 1
10:00-11:00 Coaching period 2
11:00-12:00 Coaching period 3
1:30-2:30 Rest hour
2:30-3:30 Prime time
3:30-4:30 Free swim
4:30-5:30 Cabin time
7:00-8:30 Evening Program
8:30-9:30 In-cabin devotions
9:30 Lights out
Camp Speers’ culinary staff provides three well-balanced meals and a snack each day. Campers enjoy meals with their cabin groups. We serve our meals family style in order to continue to promote communication and friendship-making in every aspect of camp. Breakfast might include pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon, or waffles; lunch options may be delicious entrées such as tacos and pizza, and dinners offer everything from spaghetti and meatballs to Thanksgiving feast with all the sides. We offer a salad bar at lunch and dinner daily and at breakfast campers can visit our fruit and cereal bar. Our culinary staff is always prepared to accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions with advanced notice.
Special Events and Themes
Special Events and Themes are a huge part of Camp Speers’ traditions. In the evening, cabin groups work together to assemble a team of super heroes (counselors) or spend a week trying to survive a Zombie Take-Over. Session themes range from popular Disney and Pixar movies to our annual Red, White and Blue week, to celebrate the Fourth of July. Once a summer, campers are divided into teams for the ultimate Color Wars competition.
The Themes for Summer 2017 are:
Session 1: Bring your best acting skills for our ‘Hollywood Week’!! The week will end with a red carpet event, so don’t forget to dress to impress!!
Session 2: Session 2 brings two very exciting themes!! Make sure to bring your American spirit for week 1 because its AMERICA WEEK!!! We will be celebrating all the great things about the red, white and blue!! For week 2, make sure you’re warmed up, prepared and ready to win in our Olympic week!! Each cabin will represent a different Country and battle it out to win the gold.
Session 3: The start of session 3 will see Camp Speers travel through the decades and celebrate some of cool things that happened from way back in the 1930’s right up to today including THE BIRTH OF CAMP SPEERS!!! As for week 2, We will be celebrating all of your favorite holidays!! So make sure you bring you best dress up costumes for Christmas, Halloween and St.Patrick’s day.
Session 4: Week 1 Everyone’s favorite theme week ….. COLOR WARS!! Do we needs say any more? (bring plenty of white t-shirts and old clothes, it’s going to be a paint crazy week) Team colors will be announced on arrival and decoration of clothes will happen on the first night. Week 2 sees us all turn in to superheros. We have some awesome Eps that involve all of your favorite heroes!!
Session 5: : Be ready to work as a team and work hard to compete as its ULTIMATE CABIN WEEK!!!!!!! Cabins will battle it out over a series of evening programs and daily challenges to see who is really the best of the best!!
Session 6: Mystery week. We’ll leave the rest up to your imagination…