Camp Hillcroft, under the guidance of our mature and supportive staff, is where children can learn new skills, make new friends, experiment with ideas and grow in self-esteem. Camp Hillcroft prides itself on not only having a superior program but also in facilitating the growth of friendships, values and community awareness.
In the rural eastern Dutchess County New York setting, Camp Hillcroft:
When you entrust your child to us for the long, lovely days of summer, we feel proud. We seek to discharge our responsibility in a caring and creative way. And, to impart the traditions and values of a positive camp experience.
Since 1950, Hillcroft has been a caring and nurturing family-run camp where children “learn by doing”. The name Hillcroft comes from hill or high location and croft, the English word for working farm. In directing Hillcroft, we strive to continue the perfect balance of our goal: personal growth, fostering independence and self esteem, and unlocking your child’s potential for the love of learning.
Camp Hillcroft offers it all. Children have the opportunity to experience a full range of enrichment activities: creative arts, swimming, outdoor adventure, theater, dance, farming and a full sports program.
Hillcroft’s staff is mature, responsible, caring and includes counselors from around the world. Over the years more than forty countries have been represented at Hillcroft. In the nurturing and accepting environment of the Hillcroft community, your child will take home something that will last forever. . . the memory of a wonderful summer and close friendships.
Although life at Camp Hillcroft is structured so that each child has a sense of achievement, a generous degree of choice is permitted and encouraged in selecting activities. Boys and girls learn how to weigh program options and make choices in planning their day.
Whatever activities the campers choose, they are busy and having fun. We find that when children are relaxed and doing things together, deep and satisfying bonds of friendships develop.
Sometimes, in crowded classes and busy families, children’s needs and their unique personalities are almost overlooked. At Camp Hillcroft, realizing that each camper is a special person, our program is tailored to keep him or her happily involved throughout the day. No one is left idle, no one is left out. In this way, self-confidence is enhanced.
My children have been going to Camp Hillcroft since they were in 1st grade. This year they will be returning as 6th and 8th graders, and are JUST as excited as they were the first time they went. As a parent, I couldn’t be any happier. My kids have very different personalities (one is shy, one is very outgoing) and they both come home each day happy, engaged and exhausted:) From swimming and crafts, to farming and zip lining, Hillcroft has it all! Most importantly, it is extremely well run, and I have the utmost confidence in their safety and well-being while there.