Inspiring Campers to Explore a World of Wonder
At Bynden Wood Day Camp, we aim to inspire campers to explore a world of wonder through new outdoor experiences. Our wide range of activities, including climbing, swimming, crafts, sports, and nature exploration, is designed to ignite our campers’ curiosity and foster a love of adventure. We also organize themed weeks to keep the experience fresh and exciting for campers.
Our highly trained staff from around the world serve as passionate mentors to our campers, creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive. We heavily invest in their training and development to provide the best possible experience for our campers.
Established in 1954, our camp may have been one of the first day camps in Berks County and was among the first to operate on an existing resident camp site
The Day Camp hours are from 7:45 AM until 5:15 PM, Monday-Friday. Drop off times 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM, Pick up times 4:15-5:15 PM. Families and campers are greeted in front of the Bynden Wood Lodge.
Campers, ages 5 (must have completed Kindergarten) to 12, are assigned to their Groups in ratios of 1:7 campers (of the same age) with adult counselors (18 or older). The camp day is filled with a diverse activity schedule. Spread across the week, campers will have opportunities to experience nature, archery, rock climbing, swimming in our pool, and more.
June 17 – June 21
Around the World
June 24 – June 28
July 1 – July 5
RED, WHITE, & BLUE
July 8 – July 12
July 15 – July 19
July 22 – July 26
July 29 – August 2
August 5 – August 9
August 12 – August 16
Surrounded by nature, Bynden Wood Day Camp’s outdoor mountaintop facility provides campers with a unique summer camp experience. Bynden Wood’s programming is based on the four core values of the YMCA (Caring, Respect, Honesty, Responsibility and Inclusion). At Bynden Wood, our staff truly believe that “Children Come First”.
This handbook will be updated throughout the coming months.
Summer 2024 Parent Handbook coming soon
Kindly remember these are estimated times dependent on daily traffic, we will do our best to arrive within a timely window of the times posted for the morning pickup and evening drop off. Times Listed have been calculated to account for estimated travel time and a 5 minute window at each stop.
(Limit of 42 campers per week)
801 East Bellevue Ave, Reading, PA, 19605
Morning drop off window 7:25am to 7:30am
Evening pick up window 5:06pm to 5:11pm
215 North 12th Street, Reading, PA, 19604
Morning drop off window 7:56am to 8:01am
Evening pick up window 4:35pm to 4:40pm
1665 State Hill Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610
Morning drop off window 8:11am to 8:16am
Evening pick up window 4:20pm to 4:25pm
If for any reason the bus is running behind (because of a late departure from camp or heavy traffic), we will do our best to notify families by email.
Bynden Wood Day Camp does not have any mandatory length of commitment when registering.
Simply register for the weeks you want or need.
But, we are first come first serve with waitlists on full weeks and programs.
We offer Financial assistance and payment plans for our families in need.
All extended care hours are included in the cost of camp, campers must be registered in advanced for accountability purposes.
For Summer 2023
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Several of our year-round staff call South Mountain YMCA Camps home. They reside at camp and are available to provide tours of our facilities. Please contact Camp to schedule a visit to camp!
South Mountain YMCA Camps strives to serve all people regardless of their ability to pay. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience camp. For information about our financial assistance program and/or payment plans, please contact our camp office, or access our application here.
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