Buren Youth Camp has been known since 1950 for its successful residental
summer camp programs for children and teens. These programs are
designed to develop the leadership abilities of today’s youth
— encouraging personal growth, self-confidence, positive relationships,
and individual and group responsibility.
We serve young people eight to eighteen years of
age. All children are welcome as campers. The Camp makes no distinction
as to the gender, race, national origin, religious or cultural
background or values of the campers served. Campers with physical
limitations are welcome with the exception of those who are non-ambulatory
(can't walk)— our facilities cannot accommodate
these children. Campers are welcome from any geographic area or
from any economic background.
Van Buren Youth Camp is a dream of providing a unique
experience in living and fellowship. This dream was envisioned by
a small group of leaders from all walks of life, on a cold fall
day in 1950. The dream soon caught on as groups and individuals
saw its value.
Year after year VBYC continues to foster life-changing
and life-enriching experiences campers. This experience is made
possible by the rich dedication of its counselors, staff and supporters,
who are often former campers themselves.
Camp is a place free of many of the social divisions
in society. We do activities together that any person can enjoy:
playing games, coming up with a skit for the talent show, cleaning
the cabin for inspection, singing songs at meals. This helps friendships
form with ease. This transcends social cliques, economic background,
what kind of music you listen to and many of the social divisions
kids experience in school and social groups. This makes it easy
for kids to become friends based on WHO you are. Friendships formed
here often last a lifetime.
We are a residential Camp which specializes in recreational
programs for youth. The program includes swimming, boating, canoeing,
crafts, riflery, nature, archery, sports, initiatives, folk dancing
and singing. The organization of leadership is decentralized in
that areas of responsibility are assigned to Staff members and they
in turn take charge of the program areas. Leadership is fostered
through the involvement of a non-experienced person with a seasoned
Staff member. Moreover, leadership is encouraged by allowing individuals
to be responsible for certain tasks within the Camp program.
The Camp is licensed to serve 125 campers per week.
The general camping season runs between ten and twelve weeks per
The Camp is set in a wooded environment with cabins
for sleeping facilities. We also have a main Lodge, kitchen, storage
area, infirmary, crafthouse, boathouse, bathhouse, covered recreation
area, theatrical stage, shop and living quarters for the Staff.
The facilities, supporters, Board
of Directors, Staff,
and campers come together to create an excitingly unique experience.