Who We Are

Retreat Center & Christian Summer Camp

Vanderkamp operates with its partners in the Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in Central New York.   Embedded in an incredible landscape near Syracuse, NY, we offer facilities and support for retreats, meetings, and gatherings, and provide Christian summer camp programs for youth.  Please click here for a virtual tour of our facilities via a clickable map. We’re rethinking what it means to run a Christian summer camp, and hope you’ll join us in re-writing the rules for peaceful and loving adult-child interactions. Click here for a sitemap of our entire website!

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What Makes us Special?

Kids today feel so much pressure to be smarter, or more athletic, or better looking, or “cooler,” whatever that means. But what if all that really mattered was helping them to learn to love themselves, and be happy?

Vanderkamp is one of the first camps to set aside all expectations, and let kids figure out who they want to be.

Not sold yet? Start by checking out a few camper and parent testimonials. Then you can check out the essays and articles on what we call “The Vanderkamp Method” which details our approach to summer camp. We’re not just a summer camp – our retreat facilities and hospitality are wonderful as well!

Check out our Summer Camp Video below, or click “read more” to see the full size video!

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Support Vanderkamp

Wish you could support us even more than you already do. Here’s your chance!

Did you know you can shop at Amazon.com through our affiliate program? You get the same great prices Amazon always offers, but our Summer Camp and Retreat Center get a cut just by virtue of your shopping there. Click the following graphic, and then bookmark that link as your amazon page. This is a HUGE way to help Vanderkamp without costing yourself a penny!

Other ways to donate and help are through the link below!

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