At Camp Hayden-Marks, boys aged nine to 12 live in small groups where they learn to develop self-confidence, independence and teamwork skills. Educational programs promote environmental awareness, cultural arts and physical fitness in a fun, safe, supportive environment. Each session, 204 boys, ages nine to 12, make new friends while participating in many different fun and exciting activities.
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Activities at Camp Hayden-Marks
At Camp Hayden-Marks, campers are exposed to a wide range of programs and activities in order to increase cultural awareness, physical fitness and camaraderie. They expand their world-view and interests and develop and sharpen cultural, artistic and athletic skill sets. Our most popular activities include:
Sports and Recreation – Sports and recreation at Hayden-Marks offeres campers the chance to develop fitness and safe-play skills. At the ballfield, campers are exposed to a wide range of fun and active games, designed to develop teamwork skills and teach boys about a variety of athletic activities that are available to them throughout the year in their communities. Boys participate in many group team sports, such as basketball and kickball, tag and race games.
Music, Dance & Drama – Campers learn about different cultures, music, dance styles and acting techniques. They then have the opportunity to perform in all-camp talent shows.
Overnights – Every Hayden-Marks boy has the opportunity to spend a night camping outside underneath the stars while at camp. Teamwork and friendship are emphasized as everyone hikes to the campsite, starts a campfire and cooks dinner together. Overnights offer valuable lessons in environmental stewardship, where "leave no trace" concepts are practiced. They also offer the opportunity to develop self-reliance and problem-solving skills.
Art, Photography & Creative Writing – Focusing on the environment around them, campers have the opportunity to express themselves through their creative sides. New skills and techniques are learned, and existing talent encouraged.
Swimming – Campers have the opportunity to swim nearly every day while at camp! Every camper is swim-tested on the very first day of camp in order to determine his skill level, and all campers take swim lessons while at camp in order to improve on their swimming skills. Camp Hayden-Marks is located on the shore of Beaver Lake, and campers swim in designated areas in the lake based on their skill level. Red Cross certified lifeguards are always on duty while campers are swimming.
Camp Hayden-Marks consists of six villages that campers are assigned to upon arrival at camp. The six villages are Avalanche, Hilltop, Lakeside, Deertrail, Olympus and Highlands. Campers are generally broken up into villages and cabins based on age. Within the villages, campers live in cabins that vary in size, ranging from six to 12 campers. Restroom and shower facilities are separate from living quarters and are located a short distance from each cabin. All of our bathrooms have individual stalls and shower units.
Transportation to Camp
The Fresh Air Fund provides charter buses to Camp Hayden-Marks the morning of the departure from Riverbank State Park (entrance to the park is located at 145th Street and Riverside Drive). Please arrive early in order to ensure your child has to check in. Children return to the same location on their day of return.