Camp Mariah

CAMP MARIAH…

is the summer component of the year round Career Awareness Program. Boys and girls, in 7th – 9th grades, attend Camp Mariah for three and a half 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.

It’s been really fun and I’ve been able to have a lot of new experiences. I’ve learned how to swim, go boating, and build a bridge. I’ve also practiced writing cover letters and doing job interviews. Right now, I’m working on my resume. In the city, I’m inside on my phone a lot, but here, I spend a lot of time outdoors. It really showed me a different way of living.

Al-lisha, 11, Camper

I look forward to doing everything. I like learning about photography. My favorite part about the class is the teacher. He gave us goals of things to take pictures of and the camper to find the most won.

Isaac, 11, Camper

This is my first time coding. I love learning how to use computers to solve equations. I also really like the evening activities, like the Amazing Race. That’s where we had different stations and challenges to complete around camp. Well actually it’s all really fun!

Genelle, 13, Camper

My campers are the best teachers. They’ve taught me patience, strength and resilience. Some kids have already experienced so much and still walk through life chin-up and broad-shouldered, defying those who doubt them. They give me a new perspective on growth that inspires me to never stop learning and growing.

Shanel, 21, Fresh Air Alum and Drama Instructor

Camp activities 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
  • Planetarium
  • Ropes course
  • And much more!

Accommodations:

Campers live in groups of six children and two counselors in cabins that have electricity, indoor showers and restrooms. Cabins are heated for our winter camping program.

Meet The Camp Director

Roberto Gil, Jr., Esq. is The Fresh Air Fund’s Deputy Director of Camping and Director of the Career Awareness Program. He will support Camp Junior programming and was excited to return to The Fund where he began his camping career as a general counselor.

For the past six years, Roberto served as the Director of Programs for Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), where he was responsible for all aspects of their adventure-based, experiential education program. Roberto joined PBC in 2013 after spending eight years at Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL). As Director of Field Operations, Roberto oversaw programs in New York, NY, Augusta, GA and Detroit, MI. Prior to this he served as BELL’s Site Manager for the Bronxwood School where he oversaw an afterschool program for 200 scholars. Prior to BELL, Roberto was a Program Director with the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, serving the Brooklyn community at their Navy Yard Clubhouse and Deputy Director of Court Operations at The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). One of his major accomplishments was the successful launch of the Manhattan Family Court – Court Employment Project, an alternative-to-placement program for juvenile delinquents.

Roberto holds a BA in Government from The University of Texas in Austin and a JD from New York Law School. He is also a Wilderness First Responder, and is serving his second term on the American Camping Association National Board.