Since 1989, HFH Summer Camps has provided NYC children experiencing homelessness with a summer camp experience.
HFH Summer Camps are located an hour north of New York City, on the grounds of the 52,000 acre Harriman State Park. A lush preserve of woodland and lakes straddling New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, the park has over 200 miles of trails, 31 lakes and reservoirs, camping grounds, beaches, and an abundance of wildlife.
HFH campers are representative of the 24,000 children who live in New York City’s homeless family shelter system. They range from six to thirteen years of age, and the majority are African-American and Latino.
Camp Wakonda provides children with a true summer camp experience:
- Swimming and boating in a mountain lake
- Singing and telling stories around a campfire
- Sleeping in tents and cabins
- Reflecting on the sights and sounds of a new environment