sUMMER CAMP AT CAMP WHITMAN
Our Location and Property
Camp Whitman is located on the west side of Seneca Lake between Geneva and Watkins Glen, off of Route 14. Our beautiful 117-acre property features private lake frontage, woods, ravines, meadows and a pond. Campers swim in our sparkling pool, boat on the lake, hike on our trails, play games on our main field and enjoy nights sitting by the campfire. Our Main Lodge and Dining Hall is the camp’s center of activity- it is where we gather for evening programs, share our meals and join together for crafts and games. Our property is also home to rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, groundhogs and dozens of bird species including impressive great blue heron, osprey and bald eagles.
The Camp Whitman Experience
At Camp Whitman we specialize in providing a traditional overnight summer camp experience focused on exploring the outdoors, developing friendships and growing in our connection to Jesus Christ.
Each week we welcome approximately 65 campers, along with a staff of 15 counselors, lifeguards, coordinators, directors and a full support staff. Camp is organized into smaller "family groups" determined by age and grade level. Two or three counselors live among and lead groups of 9 or 10 youth during each week. Family groups are co-ed, but cabins are separated by gender. Family group members share meals together, participate in activities together, and develop friendships that become lifelong family. Living in close quarters subtly encourages children to open up, share and explore their faith in a safe and protective environment.
Campers sleep in small four-bed cabins clustered around a central campfire ring. Counselors either sleep in the same cabin as campers or in an neighboring cabin, and are on duty chaperoning campers 24 hours/day. The cabins are simple, but comfortable, and do not include electricity or water. Restroom facilities include well-maintained outhouses adjacent to each cabin area as well as a shower house with hot showers, flush toilets and sinks.
There are no televisions, computers, telephones or WiFi available for our campers. Campers are availed a unique opportunity in today's world to “unplug” for their week at camp and instead “power-up” with our wondrous camp community. Campers may receive mail and email each day, and a coordinator or director is always available via phone for parents to reach in case of an emergency.
Summer Camp for All
An important part of our mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to connect to the outdoors, one another and explore God's word. Additionally, our traditional school age campers experience the joy of camp alongside their enthusiastic and loving friends with developmental disabilities. Our campers learn patience, understanding and compassion through these relationships. Campers in each program have their own counselors, cabins and specially designed activities. The two programs join together each day for meals and evening programs.
Our residential recreation program for teens and adults between the ages of 11 and 60 with Developmental Disabilities.
A traditional residential summer camp program for school-age youth between the ages of Kindergarten and 12th grade.