historcial picture of campers

Camping is an extension of the mission of The Salvation Army. Star Lake summer camp has provided numerous warm, happy memories for thousands of youngsters from around the Greater New York area dating back to 1923. The camp began as an opportunity for children to escape from the city to spend a day in the country. Eventually over the years, The Salvation Army expanded the camping program by building housing for the children to stay for a week at a time.

The 400-acre camp is located in the beautiful foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. The property includes 3 lakes and two waterfalls that offer the campers the experience of fishing, boating and swimming.

Star Lake Camp is designed for the enrichment and development of children. It offers a vacation of joy and an experience that will be treasured for a lifetime. Programs are designed to provide for the various needs of the campers; to promote appreciation of worship and reverence toward God; to nurture the potential good in each child and help them realize a relationship to a world larger than their own.

The camp strives to provide new opportunities for campers to learn positive life skills and for them to engage in a variety of activities different from those available at school and home. Campers are accepted without regard to race, religion, or national origin.