Specialty Camp sessions are our Resident Camp PLUS programs. Specialty campers spend an extended amount of time focusing on one particular area of camp, plus they get to participate a lot of the fun Resident Camp activities as well. Their extended program often includes off-site field trips and a more in-depth focus on skill development. For dates and rates of Specialty Camp sessions, visit our Dates and Rates page.
Adventure camp is one of our most exciting, successful, and fun specialty camps! Adventure campers will experience a wide variety of outdoor sports and activities. Camp begins with the use of Camp Sloane YMCA’s extensive high ropes facilities, including our vertical playpen. Campers travel off-site to climb with AMGA-certified rock guides at the Shawangunks. The ‘Gunks, as they are known in the climbing world, contain some of the best climbing in the East. The next stop is at the Deerfield River for an afternoon of white water rafting. Most importantly, all of the Adventure Camp activities provide the opportunity to make friends for a lifetime through the adventure experience.
Performing Arts Camp offers pre-professional musical theatre training in a fun and nurturing environment. This two-week program culminates in a licensed Broadway Junior production that is performed for the whole Camp Sloane family. The extended activity time in the morning and evening programs at night allow Performing Arts campers the opportunity to excel at acting, dancing, singing and stagecraft while forming tight-knit bonds with their cast mates. Our experienced and talented staff mentors coach campers to achieve their full performance potential. Throughout the session, campers enjoy an overnight in the Performing Arts Building, baking tasty treats and watching examples of great stage productions. Campers also go off-site to see a professional production put on by Shakespeare and Company and leave camp with their very own professional headshot.
Riding camp friends are friends forever at Camp Sloane YMCA! Riding Camp is the most fun-filled English riding experience camp can provide! The riding campers get to know each other, and our horses, very well during the double-period riding session each morning. There will be special evening programs and an off-site trip to a horse show. The instruction delivered by our CHA-certified instructors will include detailed development of the campers’ riding ability as well as an introduction to barn and horse management, horse physiology and health.
Campers will participate in a double-period of skiing and wakeboard riding the first week of camp. Two days of that week include moving part of the period into the evening hours, with a night of camping and a clambake at our tent area near the water ski dock. That Saturday morning is spent on the water for a “breakfast ski”. In addition to water ski and wakeboard, campers will have ample opportunities to participate in our other activities at camp. This program is open only to two-week campers, as the second week provides adequate time to make up for uncooperative weather, should the need arise. Ski campers are also eligible to sign up for lessons during the second week of camp.