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, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The camp is for boys and girls, ages 8-15, from the Bronx.

Swimming, chess and culinary arts are my favorite activities. This is my first year at Camp Junior, and in the past, I was in the Friendly Towns program. I like how lively the camp is and how I meet so many people – it’s a great place to come to get out of the city and take a break. You meet new people, learn new things and get to try things you have never done before.

Elicia, 14, Camper

My favorite part of camp is learning to swim! I am super happy I came to camp this year. I want to come back next year, and someday I hope to become a CIT and counselor!

Kashmier, 12, Camper

As a CIT, I’m proud of the patience I’ve developed. I’ve learned to take a step back and understand everyone’s feelings – good leaders know how to be there for campers. I hope everyone can have this experience – it’s nice to get time in nature to reset and meet new people. You become a family here – it makes you want to come back every year.

Maranely , 16, Counselor-in-Training

As a CIT, I have learned so many things, and being away from home, I have gained so much responsibility. The campers help make it such a great experience – the younger kids have a lot of energy and are very competitive. I love the opportunities that The Fresh Air Fund gives – a lot of kids in my neighborhood don’t get to have a job like this or be in a place like this. Same thing for the kids – I know this is a great opportunity for them to be at a place like this.

Angel, 16, Counselor-in-Training

Camp activities may 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 which do have electricity. All bathrooms have indoor plumbing and electricity and are located a short walk from the cabins.