Camp Junior

CAMP JUNIOR…

in memory of  Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a 15 year-old victim of gang violence, is operated by The Fresh Air Fund in partnership with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the Bronx Borough President. The camp is for boys and girls, ages 9-13, from the Bronx.

Camp has taught me how to be more independent. I like meeting new people and having new experiences like hiking, learning how to make a fire and the high ropes course.

Max, 12, Camper

My favorite part of camp is all the activities with my group. Chess is my favorite, because it’s quiet and peaceful. I learned guitar at camp, and I like being in the woods and hiking. I want to come back next year. You can make great friends here.

Mya, 11, Camper

At camp, I’ve learned how to swim and I like making new friends. I’ve learned how to be open to new experiences here and not to be afraid to try new things.

Yanuel, 12, Camper

I like being outside – it’s quieter than the city. Boating and archery are really fun. I definitely want to come back next year!

Alissa, 10, Camper

Camp activities include:

  • Hiking
  • Sports
  • Yoga
  • Swimming lessons
  • High Ropes Course
  • Outdoor adventure
  • Music, Art and Dance classes
  • Archery
  • Kayaking
  • Chess
  • Leadership & skill-building workshops
  • And much more!

Accommodations:

Campers live in rustic cabins that house 8 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

Ricky Cruz has been connected with The Fresh Air Fund since the age of six, and participated in the Friendly Towns program until the age of 18. He then worked at Camp Hayden-Marks from summer 2011 through 2016, during which he worked as a General Counselor, Village Leader, CIT Director, and then as Assistant Director.

Ricky attended the University of New Haven and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2014 and his Master’s in Social Work from The State University of New York at Albany. He is currently a licensed Social Worker with experience with juveniles in the justice system.