INSPIRING CAMPERS TO EXPLORE A WORLD OF WONDER
Surrounded by nature, Bynden Wood Day Camps’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 and Responsibility). At Bynden Wood, our staff truly believe that “Children Come First”.
The Day Camp hours are from 8:30AM until 4:15PM, Monday-Friday. Families and campers are greeted in front of Bynden Wood Lodge and the day begins with new friends, songs and Flag Raising.
Campers, ages 5 (must have completed Kindergarten) -14, are assigned to their Tribe of 8-12 campers of the same age with two adult counselors. The camp day is full with a diverse activity schedule including one hour every day at the pool.
Bynden Wood Day Camp Dates Summer 2017
- June 12 – June 16 Super Heroes
- June 19 – June 23 Tinkering Around Camp
- June 26 – June 30 Around the World
- July 3 – July 7* Holidaze (No Camp Tuesday)
- July 10 – July 14 Western Week
- July 17 – July 21 It’s Easy Being Green
- July 24 – July 28 Star Wars
- July 31 – August 4 Drip Drop Splash
- August 7 – August 11 Imaginarium
- August 14 – August 18 Color Wars
Bynden Wood Day Camp 2016 Bus Schedule
Green Route Pick Up Drop Off
McDonald’s Parking Lot Rt. 419 & Rt. 422, Womelsdorf 7:25 5:20
Conrad Weiser High School 347 E. Penn Ave., Robesonia 7:35 5:10
Fecera’s Furniture Parking Lot Penn Ave, Sinking Spring 7:50 4:55
K-Mart Shopping Center Rt. 724 & Rt. 222, Shillington 8:10 4:35
Red Route Pick Up Drop Off
Berks Co. Park just south of 12 & 662 intersection 7:35 5:20
Muhlenberg Middle School 810 Bellevue Ave 7:50 5:05
The Volunteer Firemen’s Memorial Bandshell, Constitution Blvd, Reading 8:05 4:50
VF Factory Outlets (Lee Lot) Penn Ave., W. Reading 8:15 4:40
One Week Session with Bus Transportation is $225 per child.
One Week Session without Bus Transportation is $180 per child.
Lunch is included.
Holidaze*: As Monday is the 4th of July, Day Camp will not be in session this day. Camp will begin on Tuesday. This week of camp will be prorated at: $192 with bus transportation per child, $147 without bus transportation 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.
Peak Overnights are held every Thursday.* $25/week
Cabin Overnights are held every Thursday.* $35/week
Horseback Riding Lessons (5, 1-hour lessons each week).* $125/week
Before Care 7AM $25
After Care until 5:45 $25
Both Before and After Care $40
Sample Weekly Menu
Monday: Breaded Chicken Patty with Whole Wheat Bun, Carrots and Celery, Baked Curly Fries
Tuesday: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich on a Whole Wheat Bun, Cole Slaw
Wednesday: Make Your Own Pita Pocket (Whole Wheat Pita, Grilled Chicken, Hummus, Lettuce, Tomato, Spinach, Cucumber, Peppers, Shredded Cheese), Celery and Carrots
Thursday: Build Your Own Nachos/Tacos (Ground Beef/Chicken, Red Beans, Rice, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream)
Friday: Meatball Subs, Pasta Salad
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 Amanda Griffith, our Youth and Family Director to schedule a visit to camp!
About Our Camp
Bynden Wood Day Camp Activities
At Bynden Wood Day Camp we create a schedule for your campers that allows them to try a little bit of everything that camp has to offer. Here’s a taste of what we do each week!
- Aquatics – Swimming – Recreational, Instructional*
- Shooting Sports – Slingshots, Archery, .BB’s
- Creative Arts – Friendship Bracelets, Skits, Music, Crafts
- Athletics – Camp Games, GAGA, Court and Field Sports
- Adventure – Low Ropes Course, Climbing Tower, Zorbs!
- Riding – Pony Rides, Riding Lessons*
- Outdoor Education – Hiking, Wildlife, Reptiles, Wilderness Skills, Fishing
Every Thursday we invite our camp families to join us from 5:00-6:30pm for a free BBQ dinner and a campfire starring your campers and our staff! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s tribe leaders, speak with the Camp Director and enjoy camp with your camper.
On Thursday Bynden Wood campers may stay and “camp-out” with us! Overnights include a cook-out dinner, evening activities, and breakfast and lunch the next day. Cost is $35 per camper to sleep in our Cabins at Camp Conrad Weiser, or $25 for a Peak Experience with s’mores and a fantastic night skyline view of Reading. Overnights fill up fast, so please register early!
At Camp, we believe it is important for all our campers to feel comfortable and confident in and around water. We are offering daily swim lessons for our campers which take the place of one morning activity period. Campers will participate in a 30-minute American Red Cross instructional lessons, with a 20 minute free swim period. Each lesson is taught by our trained Water Safety Institute (WSI) Instructor and each camper will receive a certificate for each level completed. There is an additional $50 fee associated with this program and can be booked at registration.
To register your child for Bynden Wood Day Camp for Summer 2017, you can download our registration form here, or call our camp office at 610-670-2267. We will be happy to take you through every step of the process.
To help you prepare for your child’s experience at camp, please review our Parent Handbook.
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, please contact our camp office, or access our application here.