Camp Hidden Valley
Camp Hidden Valley serves 130 girls and boys with and without special needs, ages eight to 12. At this unique camp, children with and without disabilities live and play together and find out how much they have in common. Some of the special needs our campers have include sickle-cell anemia, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, hearing impairments and physical disabilities that require the use of wheelchairs, braces or crutches. Camp activities include art, hiking, nature and creative writing. The specially-designed pool complex is enjoyed by all campers, including children who use wheelchairs, braces or other forms of assistance.
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Activities at Hidden Valley
At Hidden Valley, we strive to offer a total camp experience. Rather than focusing on one type of activity, such as sports or arts, we make sure that every camper has the opportunity to try a wide range of activities. Some of the most popular activities include:
Outdoor Adventure – During Outdoor Adventure class, campers get to explore the great outdoors and learn about the natural world with a focus on environmental appreciation and conversation. During class, campers go on interactive nature walks, keeping their eyes peeled for animal tracks, interesting-looking plants and exotic insects. Campers also learn a lot about the local wildlife. This past summer, there were sightings of toads, deer and herons! While spending time out in nature, there is discussion of what each camper can do to help preserve the natural world.
Arts & Crafts – During Arts & Crafts, campers are encouraged to express themselves freely, while getting basic lessons in a wide range of artistic media. Some of the exciting projects that campers work on include process painting, which requires campers to paint with anything but a paintbrush, and shape sculpture, in which campers use two-dimensional shapes to create 3D sculptures. Campers also get to express their creativity through projects such as creating their own pet rocks and making sculptures out of clay.
Swimming – Campers have the opportunity to swim every day while at camp! Every camper is swim-tested on the very first day of camp in order to determine his or her skill level, and all campers take swim lessons while at camp in order to improve on his or her swimming skills. Hidden Valley has three swimming pools for swimmers of different skill levels. Two of the pools reach a maximum depth of 3.5 feet, and the third pool reaches a maximum depth of 5 feet. Red Cross certified lifeguards are always on duty while campers are swimming.
Hidden Valley consists of six villages that campers are assigned to upon arriving at camp. Boys and girls are housed separately and campers are not allowed in the cabins of the opposite gender. The boys' villages are Galaxies, Northern Lights and Silver Comets. The girls' villages are Shooting Stars, Sunrays and Supernovas. Each village consists of two cabins, which each house 12 children and at least four staff. Bathrooms are located in each cabin and they have individual stalls and shower units.
Transportation to Camp
The Fresh Air Fund provides charter buses to Camp Hidden Valley the morning of the day of 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 time to check in. Children return to the same location on the day of return.