Since our beginning in residential camping (1957), the Buynak Family has promised a safe, healthy, and fun-filled summer for children. But we deliver much more! For over 50 years, we have fostered in children the development of new skills, the sharpening of old skills, the appreciation of nature, and the beginning of lifetime friendships. As we enter this coming season, our camping philosophy remains unchanged. We are committed to bringing children of diverse backgrounds together in a healthy camp environment where the youngster will be given the opportunity and the help to develop artistically, athletically, and socially. Our youngsters will learn the importance of friendship, independence, and cooperation with others - all of which are instrumental in a child's development. Camp Cayuga ... It lasts a lifetime!
OUR DIVERSE CAMP POPULATION
Each summer campers travel to Camp Cayuga from across the United States and from abroad as well. Most of our 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 different states, such as: Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Washington DC, Delaware, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, to name a few. We also welcome international children into our summer program, who last summer traveled from 17 countries, some of which include: Spain, France, Switzerland, Venezuela, Japan, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Monaco, and Thailand. It's really interesting to watch these international youngsters as they learn the English language and experience the American culture from their cabinmates. The value of such an exchange can't be underestimated. This is one of the benefits of Cayuga's unique camper population.
Camp Cayuga is a nonsectarian camp with campers of various religious affiliations. Religious services are available and attendance is voluntary. For campers of the Jewish faith, we offer a voluntary lakeside service on Fridays. Christian campers, who are interested in attending religious services, are transported to Honesdale where churches of various denominations are located.
LOCATION AND CLIMATE
Camp Cayuga is nestled high in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Set on a wooded estate just outside the village of Honesdale, Camp Cayuga is a 3 hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia. The camp itself occupies 350 acres of unspoiled hardwood and evergreen forestland, embellished with expansive fields and a natural stream-fed lake. Our lake is private and reserved exclusively for the use of our campers. Similarly, our camp is private and situated so as to preserve its seclusion. The most outstanding feature of the site is its natural beauty!
Camp Cayuga's location in the Pocono Mountains provides warm sunny days and cool crisp nights. The mountain air is clean and dry which is a welcome change from the hot and humid sea level climates. The area is also low in pollen and not bothered by mosquitoes and other annoying insects.
Location: PA-4019, Honesdale. Latitude: N 41°, 39' 48". Longitude: W 75°, 16' 25". Elevation: 1310 feet. It has come to our attention that some families are receiving inaccurate driving directions to Camp Cayuga from their automobile's navigational system, as well as on-line sources (MapQuest and MapBlast) for driving directions. For the most part, these sources are correct until you reach the village of Honesdale. After that point, some navigational systems & on-line sources contain errors. Driving directions traveling north that include Bates Road or Route 371 are incorrect! It's best to use the driving directions and travel map we've provided on this website. Have a safe trip! Click here for driving directions and travel map.
* 45 Modern Cabins complete with electrical outlets, screened windows, cross ventilation, and bathroom facilities equipped with individual showers, toilets, sinks, and hot & cold water.
* Junior Campus for campers entering 8th grade & lower.
* Teen Campus for teenagers entering 8th grade & higher.
* Private Natural Stream-Fed Lake (13 acres) including large beach, docks, & boat house.
* Swimming Pool (75’ by 35’) with slide.
* Swimming Pool (50’ by 30’) with slide.
* Equestrian Center: 20+ Horses, 2 Instructional Riding Rings, Jumps, Tack Building, Pastures, & 5 miles of Scenic Horse Trails.
* Petting Zoo (goats, rabbits, sheep, calf, and miniature horse).
* Large Gymnasium (125’ by 65’) with wood floor and stage for theatre productions.
* Hockey Rink (130’ by 80’).
* Adventure Ropes Course with 6 stations.
* Zip Line (205’ long).
* Mountain Bike Trails.
* 2 Radio Broadcast Stations.
* Photography Edit Room.
* Pottery Room with 15 pottery wheels (50’ by 25’).
* Art Pavilion (measuring 65’ by 30’).
* High Flying Trapeze Rig.
* 2 Low Single Trapeze Rigs.
* ATV Quad 4-Wheeler Track.
* 5 Grass Volleyball Courts.
* 2 Sand Volleyball Courts.
* 2 Canteens (camp store & snack bar).
* ESL & Tutor Classroom.
* Indoor and 4 Outdoor Basketball Courts.
* 1 Baseball Field with clay infield paths.
* 2 Softball Fields.
* 2 Soccer Fields.
* 2 Athletic Fields for team sports (lacrosse, flag football, rugby, field hockey, etc).
* Paintball Field with natural and man-made obstacles.
* Weight-Training & Fitness Room.
* Performing Arts Building with piano & drums room.
* Video Game Room (air hockey, video machines, dome hockey, foozball table, PS2's, Nintendo's,etc).
* Junior Campus Dining Hall.
* Teen Campus Dining Hall.
* Fully-Equipped Infirmary on each campus.
* Martial Arts/Wrestling Room.
* Dance Studio.
* Aerobics Room.
* 5 Golf Cages.
* 3 GaGa Courts.
* 7 Badminton Courts.
* Playground Area.
* Tetherball Courts.
* Overnight Camping Sites.
* Horseback Overnight Site.
* Cookout & Barbecue Sites.
* Program Staff Office.
* Administrative Office.
* Staff Lounge with TV, phone, and internet access.
* 350 acres of lush
COUNSELORS & SENIOR STAFF
Since our beginning in 1957, we have maintained the belief that “Camp Staff” is the most important factor in ensuring a positive and enjoyable experience for our campers. For this reason, we place special emphasis on interviewing individuals who have demonstrated competency in working with children and the capacity to provide warm mature guidance. Child psychology and elementary education are two areas of studies for most of our counselors. Our youngest staff member is entering their sophomore year of college. Some counselors are university graduate students, while the average age counselor is 21 years old. All new and returning staff participate in a week-long comprehensive orientation and training program prior to the arrival of our campers. Cayuga's counselors are selected from fine universities throughout the United States and Europe. The majority of our counselors travel to camp from the Midwest states of Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, and Illinois. Approximately 10% to 15% of our cabin counselors travel to Cayuga from English speaking countries such as: Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Many counselors are recommended to us by other Cayuga staff, and approximately 50% of our staff members return to Cayuga each summer.
Camp Cayuga is actively supervised by the Camp Directors. Assisting them are over 40 Senior Staff members who ordinarily have experience as professional educators, school teachers, coaches, and/or guidance counselors, and eagerly assume the responsibilities of: Assistant Camp Directors, Staff Directors, Division Directors, Program Directors, Elective Program Directors, Evening Program Directors, Special Events Directors, Trips Director, Transportation Director, Medical Staff, and Administrative Staff. Cayuga’s Daily Activity Program is categorized by departments which are supervised by adult staff who act as Directors of: Athletics, Waterfront, Lakefront, Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Horsemanship, Flying Trapeze & Circus, Tennis (certified USTA professional), Wilderness & Adventure, Intercamp Tournaments, and Academics. Each age division (Juniors, Intermediates, Seniors, Super-Seniors) is actively supervised by a male and female Division Director who is dedicated to knowing every camper in his/her division and his/her interests. The Division Director’s sole responsibility is to supervise his/her division which includes working one-on-one with the campers & assisting the cabin counselors. All Senior Staff members live on the camp premises and are available to our campers on a 24-hour basis. Our staff to camper ratio is 1 to 4.
Under the direct supervision of our Camp Health Supervisor, 6 to 8 medical professionals and assistants monitor the health and well-being of all campers & staff. The camp medical staff have experience in pediatrics and emergency medical care. All camp medical personnel reside in the infirmaries and are available 24 hours daily.
The Junior Campus and Teen Campus Infirmaries are staffed at all times and are fully equipped to provide first-aid and minor treatment. Each infirmary consists of a treatment room, isolation room, separate sleeping quarters with private bathrooms for boys and girls, kitchenette, and private bedrooms for each medical staff member. Camp Cayuga's physician, who practices pediatrics at a local medical clinic, is less than 10 minutes from camp. Campers who require emergency medical care are treated at either the Wayne County Memorial Hospital in Honesdale (10 minutes from camp) or the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale (20 minutes from camp). These hospitals have earned a fine reputation and provide 24-hour medical care where a variety of specialists are available.
Most Junior Campus cabins accommodate 9 to 12 campers and 2 to 3 college-enrolled counselors. There are 3 larger cabins on Junior Campus that accommodate up to 16 campers. Teen Campus cabins are double the size of Junior Campus cabins, and accommodate 18 to 24 campers and 3 college-enrolled counselors. All cabins include single beds and bunked-beds. Our modern cabins are comfortable and thoughtfully planned with cross ventilation and complete with bathroom facilities. The majority of cabin bathrooms on Junior Campus include 3 private showers, 3 private toilets and 4 sinks. The majority of cabin bathrooms on Teen Campus include 7 private showers, 7 private toilets, and 8 sinks. All cabins are equipped with smoke detectors, electrical outlets, a closet, screened windows, hot/cold water, and a cubby for each camper's personal belongings. All cabins are centrally located and easily accessible to the dining hall, infirmary, and activity sites.