Guide To Summer Camps
What we're all about...
Camp Ma-He-Tu is a sleep-away camp for girls ages 7-15. Established in 1937, we are located along the shores of Lake Kanawauke in Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, just 40 miles north of New York City.
At Ma-He-Tu, all of our campers from youngest to oldest find a place where they can be themselves - a place where they belong. Campers safely enjoy exciting adventures, learn new skills and make life-long friends in a supportive and nurturing environment. Our girls make 110 new friends by the time the two-week session is over.
Camp Ma-He-Tu empowers young women to become the best that they can be. We provide them freedom from the daily pressures of life so they may grow together in a supportive and fun camping community to develop and embrace their spirituality, appreciation of others, and their value as individuals. We provide a safe and fun outdoor camping experience in a supportive environment that fosters mental, spiritual, physical, and social growth.
Our camp address
520 Seven Lakes Drive
Cabins and Tents
American Camp Association
What we offer...
Rock Climbing Wall
Arts & Crafts
Cost & Sessions
Three, 2-week sessions can be combined for a total of 6 weeks. Each session cost: $1449. Discounted rates until January 1, 2022 and discounts available for multiple sessions and for referrals.
How do we screen staff?
In 2021, 99% of our staff were once campers themselves! Though we know most of our staff very well, we still conduct in-depth interviews, background checks, reference checks, and require a week of onsite training before camp begins.
Ratio of campers to staff?
We have a minimum of 1 counselor to 5 campers in our living units and during activities, which is above and beyond the coverage required by the American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA requirements are 1:6 for 6 - 8 year-olds, 1:8 for 9-14 and 1:10 for 15-18 year-olds.
What are our safety & security policies?
How do we handle disciplinary issues?
What medical resources are available?
We have a live-in nurse to tend to all routine and emergency medical needs. In addition, many of our staff members are first aid and CPR certified. We have a physician available for office visits and Good Samaritan Hospital is easily accessible nearby in case of emergency.
What's our typical daily schedule?
How do we help campers with homesickness?
What percentage of campers return to camp?
What kind of food is served?
We have professional cooks that plan out and prepare every meal so that it is healthy and satisfying. Each meal includes a main dish, side dishes, an alternative option for common restrictions like vegetarian or dairy-free, and dessert in moderation.
During breakfast, we have a continental cereal and yogurt bar, and during lunch and dinner we have a fully-stocked salad bar. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fresh fruit are available at every meal.
Food allergies, dietary restrictions, or any other food-related concerns can be accommodated.
Can parents visit camp?
How do campers communicate with parents?
Are references available?
What's our policy regarding phones and digital devices?
Cell phones and other "connected" devices are not allowed at camp. We feel strongly that campers should be unplugged from technology to enjoy the full camping experience.
Is tuition assistance available?
Yes - we offer many full and partial camperships each year based on need.