is the summer component of the year round Career Awareness Program. Children, ages 11-15, attend Camp Mariah for three weeks each summer. 

Campers explore their interests in classes like film, photography, fashion, culinary arts, debate and international relations. A careers class helps campers create resumes and cover letters and conduct mock interviews. Campers also play team sports, swim every day and explore the outdoors in environmental science class.

Camp Mariah is named in honor of Board member Mariah Carey for her generous support. Learn more here.

My favorite activity at camp was during architecture class: we used marshmallows and spaghetti to create any building we wanted – who knows, maybe I can create my building in real life someday. I am interested in becoming an architect because I love to admire old buildings and learn how to improve them. Even though we’re here for just two weeks, we learn so much.

Melyssa, 12, Camper

At camp, architecture has been my favorite class. The activities here are very fun and we learn about how to create structures. We also get to experience nature and it takes us out of our comfort zones – it’s a space where we get to be independent.

Cristian , 12, Camper

The Fresh Air Fund has brought a lot of opportunities to my life – internships, college opportunities and more. My advice to campers is that you’re always going to be nervous when you’re away from home, but get comfortable because this is going to be one of the best experiences of your life. You’re meeting and getting to know new people from different boroughs and different countries. All the time flies by when you’re at camp because you’re having that much fun.

Oscar, 16, Counselor-in-Training

Camp activities may include:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Archery
  • Career skills
  • Chess
  • Coding
  • Culinary arts
  • Model farm
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Overnight camping
  • Overnight hike
  • Environmental science
  • Fashion design
  • Creative writing
  • Ropes course
  • And much more!


Campers live in cabins with counselors. Cabins have electricity, indoor showers and restrooms. Cabins are heated for our winter camping program.