About Young Men Regional Summer Camp

May 3, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

Based on guidance from church officials, the 2020 Young Men Regional Summer Camp has been cancelled.
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Young Men Regional Summer Camp is held in beautiful Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation, just off I-80 in New Jersey. Bordered on the east by 9,000 acre Allamuchy Mountain State Park, the reservation lies in a sheltered environment whose natural serenity is only interrupted by the sound of campfire songs. Mt. Allamuchy gives young men ample opportunities for fun, exciting activities in addition to those traditionally provided by the all-volunteer staff of the Young Men Regional Summer Camp.

“Our goal is to provide a top-notch Aaronic Priesthood camp experience for your young men, while supporting and enforcing the values of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The camp mission is to support the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood and to promote the mission of the Church using summer camp as a backdrop.”
Courtney Hanson, Camp Director

When you arrive at camp, you will leave your gear in the marked locations in the parking lot, then enter the dining hall for check-in and orientation. Immediately after check-in, your group will be taken to the waterfront for swim checks, so you will need to have a bathing suit and towel with you. During your swim check, the camp staff will deliver your gear to your campsite.

Map and Directions

Each day is divided into eight 45-minute periods. Young men can choose from a variety of activities from four areas: physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. About 2 hours of free time each day is also built in to the schedule—during this time young men can swim, boat, or participate in many other activities. The evenings are filled with camp fire programs, skits, ceremonies, and other fun and inspirational programs. Check out the daily schedule.

Older youth can be nominated as counselors in training. These youth take an active role during flag ceremonies and campfires, and teach alongside experienced instructors. Learn more about the counselors in training program.

Thousands of youth from all across the region have attended camp in the last decade. These youth, many of which live in cities far from the "outdoors", enjoy a unique opportunity to learn a huge variety of skills that are taught most effectively in an outdoor setting. These include Archery, Camping, Canoeing, Climbing, Environmental Science, Fishing, Kayaking, Swimming and Lifesaving, Rifle and Shotgun Shooting, Sailing, Whitewater, Wilderness Survival, and much, much more. Nearly all of the subjects are taught by volunteers.

The camp's aquatics program is second-to-none, offering dozens of classes and awards. All classes are taught in or on the pond, the swimming pool, or on the nearby Delaware River. The program is staffed by certified and experienced adults and older youth from the areas served by the camp, almost all of whom received their first lifeguard training at camp. Youth and adults with prior training interested in serving on the aquatics staff will please contact the Aquatics Director. Those without any prior experience: enroll in Lifeguarding. Adults may enroll by contacting the Aquatics Director.

Many program areas, including the waterfront, shooting ranges, main office, and first aid station are staffed by nationally-trained adult volunteers from the areas served by the camp. Many of these attended camp themselves as youth, and return each year to serve and teach the youth.

The Young Men Regional Summer camp also provides opportunities to grow spiritually. Young men are required to sign up for at least two classes on gospel topics of their choice. The Church's annual youth theme is also an integral part of special programs and firesides at camp. Learn more about the 2020 Youth Theme.

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” .

1 Nephi 3:7