Inspiring Campers to Explore a World of Wonder

Bynden Wood Day Camp

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

Getting Started

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.

Bynden Wood Day Camp Dates Summer 2023

Session 1

June 12 – June 16
Around the World

Session 2

June 19 –  June 23
Star Wars

Session 3

June 26 – June 30
Stone Age

Session 4

July 3 – July 7 (no camp on Tuesday, July 4th)

Session 5

July 10 – July 14

Session 6

July 17 – July 21
Spy Vs. Spy

Session 7

July 24 – July 28

Session 8

July 31 – August 4
Splish Splash

Session 9

August 7 – August 11

Session 10

August 14 – August 18
Color Wars!

2023 Parent Handbook

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.

Bynden Wood Day Camp Bus Schedule

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.

Red Route Pick Up Drop Off

(Limit of 42 campers per week)

Muhlenberg Middle School

801 East Bellevue Ave, Reading, PA, 19605
Morning drop off window 7:25am to 7:50am
Evening pick up window 5:06pm to 5:11pm

Central Middle School

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

Berkshire Mall (Boscov’s Parking Lot)

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 Dates & Rates 2023

  • One Week Session without Bus Transportation is $250/ per child.
  • One Week Session with Bus Transportation is $310/ per child.

Multi-Child Discount

We do offer a Multi-Child Discount to Bynden Wood Day Camp Families. The first child in the family is full price and each additional child in the family is $10 off per session.

Financial Assistance

We offer Financial assistance and payment plans for our families in need.

  • Our Financial assistance form is available HERE as well as on our Brochures and Forms Page.
  • Payment plans can be arranged through our online registration process or by reaching out to us here at camp.

Additional Options

Extended Care Hours

Camper must be registered for extended care before attending the listed extended care hours.

  • Before Care (7am to 8am) * Additional $30/week
  • After Care (5pm to 6pm) * Additional $30/week
  • Before/After Care (7am to 6pm) * Additional $50/week

Horseback Riding Lessons

  • (5 – 1 hour lessons each week) * Additional $150/week
  • M-F campers will enjoy a 9am lesson with our Riding program staff learning the essentials of horsemanshi

Extended Thursdays

  • (3 hour Thursday evening experience) * Additional $35/week
  • Each week, campers registered, will have dinner and activities provided from 5pm to 8pm
  • Campers signed up for this program, who typically ride the bus, will be held back from the bus and must be picked up at camp.

Bynden Wood Overnight

  • (Campers spend the night at camp from Thursday to Friday for an overnight experience) * Additional $65/week

Goggle Woods

  • Campers travel from camp each morning to GoggleWorks Center for the Arts for in-depth morning art classes. After their morning classes, Campers return to camp to participate in afternoon activities at Camp. * Additional $105/week

  • Campers signed up for GoggleWoods will be dropped off at camp in the mornings during our designated 7:45 to 8:45 arrival time. Once everyone is accounted for groups will gather and depart for GoggleWorks Center for the Arts by 9am for their morning art classes.

Lunch at Bynden Wood Day Camp

For Summer 2023
*Example Display Below*

Tours of Camp

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!

Financial Assistance

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.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us! 610-670-2267 or


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