Camp Hayden-Marks

AT CAMP HAYDEN-MARKS…

boys ages 9 -12 years old laugh and sing together as they step outside of their comfort zone. The boys are encouraged to be curious and try new things. Every day is an adventure, whether in mad science class where campers create their own experiments like building lava lamps, swimming, or cheering each other on during performing arts or on the ball field.

Hayden-Marks is a special place where boys are able to enjoy being kids and challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Our campers tell us Hayden is special because it becomes their second home.

My favorite memory was when my friend and I were able to put on a magic show. Camp is really good because it gives you a new experience.

Hiram, 10, Camper

I’d give camp a ten out of ten! It’s great. My older brother, Jason, goes to a Fresh Air Fund camp too and he always told me how awesome it was. He was right, it’s my first year and I already love it here.

Jesse, 10, Camper

When I was a camper, I thought my counselors were the best role models ever. They all had different and amazing qualities about them. Now that I’m a counselor, I am proud of what I have accomplished. I enjoy being able to help my campers and fellow counselors. It feels good to give back.

Max, 17, Fresh Air Alum and Junior Counselor

My favorite class is arts and crafts. Today we made bird houses!

Etoy, 10, Camper

Camp activities include:

  • Creative writing
  • Performing arts
  • International sports
  • Global culture
  • Overnight hike
  • Outdoor adventure
  • Swimming
  • Guitar
  • Dance
  • Mad science
  • Photography
  • Culinary arts
  • Planetarium
  • Model farm
  • And much more!

Accommodations:

Campers live in rustic cabins. Cabins either house 12 campers and 4 staff or 6 campers and 2 staff. All cabins have electricity. All bathrooms have indoor plumbing and electricity and are located a short walk from the cabins.

Meet The Camp Director

Katie Toole has been the Camp Hayden Marks director since 2015, and a staff member at Hayden Marks since 2009, as a counselor, village leader, and ropes course director. Katie has a background in traditional and alternative education, afterschool programs, and has taught outdoor education programs during the school year at The Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Reservation for four years. She also was a teacher for an afterschool program in Southern China. Katie graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in 2010, where she majored in Spanish and Education.

Katie’s favorite part of camp is when campers re-take their swimming test. She loves watching them celebrate as they move up a swim level or encourage each other when they just miss moving up to the next level.