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Campers travel to Cayuga from across the United States, and from abroad as well. Most campers are from the metropolitan areas of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia. At the same time, we still continue to have a diverse camper and staff population who last summer traveled from 26 states and 17 countries! Camp Cayuga is a nonsectarian camp with campers of various religious affiliations.



Cayuga’s lake is private and reserved exclusively for our campers and staff. It’s a natural stream-fed lake that’s just the right size (13 acres). The lake is large enough to accommodate a wide spectrum of watercraft activities, but also small enough for our lifeguards to provide proper supervision. The lakefront area features 250 feet of beach, sand volleyball court, boat house for storage of equipment, a large swimming area (110 ft wide), separate fishing dock, and floating raft with a water slide. In addition, our Lakefront Program includes a “Rolling Log”, a big 25 ft diameter “Water Trampoline” with slide, a floating "Blanket", and a 14 ft high floating "Iceberg"!

Lessons are available daily in all watercraft. Instruction includes boarding & debarking, trimming, movement in the craft, use of life jackets, and self-rescue procedures for capsizing. Campers are oriented to the lake rules prior to using watercraft. Approval for solo operation of a watercraft is determined by the camper’s swimming level ability and the ability to safely operate the watercraft. Regardless of swimming ability, everyone wears a certified life jacket when swimming or using watercraft.

Cayuga’s Lake Program offers the following activities on a daily basis: canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, row boating, paddle boating, kayaking, tubing, recreational swimming, and fishing. There are over 50 watercrafts for our campers to choose from! In addition, several Special Events take place at the lake, including the Boating Regatta, Iron Man Competition, and the Big Beach Bash. Cayuga also offers Rafting Trips on the scenic Delaware River for qualified campers!

The Watercraft Instructors and Lifeguards are supervised by Cayuga’s Lake Director, who holds Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification from the ARC and has experience managing staff, maintaining lake facilities, and instructing watercraft skills to children. Cayuga’s Lake Staff is comprised of 8 to 10 watercraft instructors and lifeguards. All staff hold ARC certifications (or equivalent) in WSI, lifeguarding, and/or watercraft. There is always a staff member present at the lake who holds current certification in first-aid and CPR. In addition, all Lake Staff are trained, evaluated, and qualified by our Lake Director in emergency and rescue procedures. Camp Cayuga’s Lake Activities Program meets the standards and follows the guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross (ARC), as well as the American Camping Association (ACA).



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