Camp Anita Bliss Coler (ABC)

AT CAMP ABC…

girls ages 9-12 cheer each other on while learning to swim, while trying a new activity like drumming or archery — or at evening activities like the talent show or a beach party at the camp lake. Campers tell us that Camp ABC is special because it is where they can always be themselves.

Camp ABC also has a Leaders-in-Training program for 13 – 15 year olds. Many girls grow up with camp as a special part of their life – and grow with The Fresh Air Fund from campers to counselors. The camp has a big sister mentoring program and focuses on personal growth and leadership, helping girls develop self confidence and discover their potential.

Each day there’s always something exciting happening like playing the guitar and going to the waterfront where you get to swim! I’m learning how to be independent.

Nalani, 11, Camper

Dance is a passion of mine so I love dance class here at Camp ABC. I also like Taekwondo, which I tried for the first time this summer, because I like learning how to defend myself.

Treasure, 13, Camper

I swam in a lake for the first time! I even forget about not having my phone because it’s so fun here. My favorite activity is low ropes because it is a team-building activity and we get to work together.

Britney, 11, Camper

Camp has taught me how to be patient and how to be a leader. Coming back to camp every year has made me realize who I am today.

Becky, 16, Counselor-in-Training

Camp activities include:

  • Creative Arts
  • Sports
  • Model Farm
  • Culinary Arts
  • Archery
  • Drumming
  • Swimming
  • Creative Writing
  • Martial Arts
  • Planetarium
  • Guitar
  • STEM classes
  • Overnight hike
  • And much more

Accommodations:

Campers live in cabins that vary in size, ranging from four to 12 campers. Restroom and shower facilities are separate and are located a short distance from each cabin.

The Precious Center for Teen Leadership

The Center is home to Camp ABC’s Teen Leadership program and was created with the generous support of The Gary Magness Family Foundation. Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness were inspired by producing the film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

The program provides young women, ages 13 to 17, with a supportive environment to focus on their future goals. Through writing workshops, poetry slams, team building and leadership workshops, participants become more independent and self-confident.

Meet The Camp Director

Kristin Short has been the Camp ABC director since 2016. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2007, where she majored in psychology, and received her master’s from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2010.

She has worked at camps since 2007 and has worked her way up from lifeguard, counselor, village leader, program director, and assistant director to director at various organizations including the Coalition for the Homeless and Hands in 4 Youth before joining The Fresh Air Fund.

Kristin has extensive experience working with youth, with a focus on alternative education, individual and family therapy and recreation programs.