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2019 Connecticut Info Session Dates

Learn more about Hi-Rock at one of our upcoming info sessions:

  Fairfield YMCA   February 14, 4pm-7pm

March 5, 4pm-7pm

  Bridgeport YMCA   March 7, 4pm-7pm
  Darien YMCA   February 12, 4pm-7pm
  Hamden/North Haven YMCA   February 18, 4pm-7pm
  Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA   February 13, 4pm-7pm

March 23, 11am-2pm

  Riverbrook Regional YMCA   February 6, 4pm-7pm
  Stratford YMCA   February 7, 4pm-7pm
  Valley YMCA (Ansonia)   March 2, 9am-12pm
  Woodruff Family YMCA   February 4, 4pm-7pm

March 6, 4pm-7pm

  Westport Weston Family YMCA   February 26, 4pm-7pm

Camp tours are available on request, please contact info@camphirock.org for further details.

Alumni Reunion 2019 Registration

We are excited to announce that registration for the Alumni Reunion is open!

The Alumni Reunion will take place August 30 – September 2, 2019.

We would love to see our alumni from near and far at our home away from home for this exciting weekend!

All alumni are welcome, come alone or bring the family. Attendees under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration information can be found on the registration and resources page. If you have any questions, please call the office at 413-528-1227.

Register now to qualify as an early bird! All registrations received with deposit by February 15, 2019 will qualify you to receive the following:

  • A limited edition hooded sweatshirt (only available to those who register by December 31st) for all paying registrants. You will have the option to purchase the sweatshirt for any participants 5 and under.
  • Registering early will create all important momentum to help prod others to register.
  • You will reserve your space for yourself and your family at the 2019 Alumni Reunion.
    • *Changes to registrations can be made until August 1st, 2019. Additions will be accepted after August 1st as space allows.

 

This year we have implemented a tiered pricing system for the reunion. Please see the pricing structure and information below.

Camp For All – Our YMCA understands everyone has different abilities to pay for camp events. We are committed to making Hi-Rock programs available to all. We have adopted a 4-tier pricing program for the reunion. Please consider the tier descriptions below and choose the tier that is most suitable for you.  No proof of financial need is required for tiers 1 – 3. Your selection is confidential and will not affect your experience at camp in any way.

Tier 1 – Most accurately reflects the true cost of camp events including, but not limited to, general overhead, equipment and facility maintenance, capital improvements and staffing.

Tier 2 – Reflects the basic cost of attending camp including food, staff, program supplies and limited maintenance expenses. Tier 3 – Is a more significantly subsidized rate for those who would not otherwise be able to attend camp.

Tier 4 – Is offered to families with demonstrated need who qualify for financial assistance through our Campership Program.

Registration Fees: The rates below include lodging, all meals for each day (meals available: Friday dinner – Monday Breakfast) and all activities except for water skiing which will be paid for at camp at $15 per run. All registrations must include a $75 deposit. Balance due by August 1, 2019.  Financial aid applications available upon request.

Winter Camp Registration is now open!

Is your child counting the days until they get to come back to Camp Hi-Rock? The wait may be shorter than they think! This year we are holding a Winter Camp for campers currently in grades 2-10!

2019 Winter Camp

March 8 – 10, 2019

Our 1,000 acre mountain home is the perfect setting for an exciting and rewarding winter adventure for children currently in grades 2-10. Here at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, we offer all of our winter campers the opportunity to participate with friends their own age in programs which encourage them to be active and creative while having fun and developing the character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Campers will be able to enjoy sledding, snow shoeing, snow fort building, arts & crafts and more!

For registration details, please see the registration and resources page.

Please contact Heather Neaz-Nibur at heather@camphirock.org or call the office at 413-528-1227.

Current Fundraising Efforts

Capital Improvement Campaign for Facility Director Cabin
There is one role at Hi-Rock which plays a critical role in making Hi-Rock possible. That is the role of facility director. Many fine individuals have taken on that role and given years to keeping the place so many of us love operating. With limited resources and eighty-three buildings, one thousand acres, four miles of dirt roads, multiple vehicles, boats and docks, countless pieces of equipment and a wastewater treatment plant, there is a lot to keep operating and a lot of knowledge and dedication involved in doing so. Part of that dedication involves living on camp year-round and being on-call day and night in a cabin provided by Hi-Rock.

After years of placing our facility director’s cabin below other maintenance and capital investment priorities, we have reached a point where we cannot wait any longer. The building where we house our facility director has been determined to be beyond repair and we are working to rebuild it before the 2019 summer season. To make this possible, we need the help of the Hi-Rock community. Please consider contributing toward this project to help us build a comfortable and safe space for our facility director (and future facility directors who will take on this role for years to come) to call his home. 

We are off to a great start thanks to the generosity of our Camp Hi-Rock family! If you would like to give to this campaign, please see below for ways to give: 

1.)Through our Facebook fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/576753306096835/

2.) Through the following online link:   https://operations.daxko.com/Features/OnlineGiving/DonationDetails.aspx?cid=2048&campaign=12863&campaigner=915283

3.) By mailing a check to YMCA Camp Hi-Rock 162 East Street Mount Washington, MA 01258 with “Facility Director House” in the memo.

Introducing our newest year-round staff member!

We are excited to announce the newest addition to our year-round team, Kory Stratton.
Kory will be joining us as our year-round Operations Coordinator in January!
Kory is currently pursuing a degree in Leadership and Communications as well as a minor in Outdoor Leadership at Great Lakes University. Kory is a Michigan native, but has been calling Hi-Rock his home away from home since the summer of 2017 when he was the Challenge Course Director. Kory is very excited to start his new position as part of Hi-Rock’s leadership team. When he’s not working, you can usually find Kory rock climbing or eating sushi.

Now accepting registrations for BOLD & GOLD Wilderness Adventure Trips

Registration is open for our 2019 BOLD & GOLD Adventure Trips!

For more information, dates and rates and registration information, please click here.

Early Registration for Summer Overnight and Day Camp Available Through November 30!

We are now accepting registrations for summer Overnight and Day camp for 2019!

Early registrants will not only secure their space in their chosen session(s) in 2019, they will also receive and free Camp Hi-Rock t-shirt, $40 store credit and reserve 2018 session pricing on 2019 sessions.

To register, please visit our registration and resources page: camphirock.org/resources.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 413-528-1227 or email info@camphirock.org.

Introducing our new Camp Director!

Meet our new Camp Director, Sara Abriola! She will be joining Jess, Heather, Tanya, and Paul on our year round team.

Sara is a recent graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Health Sciences and a concentration in public health. Sara has been a part of the Hi-Rock family since she was a camper in 2005 and has worked as a counselor and spent much of her time at the ski dock as Assistant Water-ski Director the past two summers. Sara is extremely excited to start her new position at Hi-Rock and to see everyone again next summer! Like most of the admin from this past summer her favorite camp meal is fajita night.

Fall Work Weekend Registration Open

FALL WORK WEEKEND: NOVEMBER 2ND-4th 2018

Please join us for a great weekend with fellow Hi-Rockers. We’ll be getting camp ready for winter, tackling some important camp improvement projects and enjoying catching up with Hi-Rock friends. We’ll have jobs for all skill levels. Accommodations and meals will be provided. Children who would like to join us must be accompanied by a parent or other supervising adult. Volunteers are welcome for all or part of the weekend. Meals served will include Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Work projects will conclude Sunday morning by noon. Housing with heat is limited and it may be chilly so please register online. Once the housing with heat is full we won’t be able to accept any overnight volunteers.

2018 Fall Work Weekend Registration for NEW group participants

Once you have clicked the above link, you will be able to create a profile and request any additional information. Once your profile is created, you will be directed to your profile and will be able to complete your group registration request.

2018 Fall Work Weekend Registration for RETURNING group participants

(If you have attended a Camp Hi-Rock event since 2015, i.e. Family Camp, Fall Family Fun Weekend, etc., you already have a profile on the Events Dashboard)

Once you have clicked the above link, please click “What’s my password” to reset your password if needed. You will be sent an email with details for how to log in.

We’ll do our best to have some indoor projects but there will surely be work to do outside. Please bring warm clothes. We promise to have lots of tea, hot chocolate and cider!

Summer 2018 Admin Team Introduction #1

With summer approaching we are excited to begin introducing our 2018 admin team! first up, our Summer Camp Program Directors  for 2018, Eric Chin and Robbie Whelan, and with our Group Camping Program Director Rob Allingham!

Eric Chin- Program Director

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I’m a junior at Harvard studying biology and statistics. At school, I also lead trips with the Outing Club and play for the ultimate frisbee team.

Q: How long have you been coming to camp?
A: My first year at camp was in 2007, and since then I have been a camper in Abnaki, Frontier, and Mohawk, an Abnaki counselor, and the Assistant Ski Director. This will be my fourth summer as staff and my eleventh overall.

Q: What are you most excited for this summer?
A: I was only able to spend a week at Hi-Rock last summer, so I’m incredibly excited to be back in my favorite place!

Q: What’s your favorite camp meal?
A: The only correct answer is fajita night!

 

Robbie Whelan- Program Director, pictured with his younger brother

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I’m currently in my final year at the University of Stirling in Scotland and I’m studying BSc in Sport and Exercise Science.

Q: How many years have you been coming to camp?
A: Sadly I never got to experience camp as a camper but this is going to be my 3rd year as staff!

Q: What are you most excited about for this summer?
A: Tough question…if I had to pick one it would be getting to hear the frontier cheers in the dining hall again!

Q: What’s your favorite camp meal?
A: 100% has to be fajita night!

 

Rob Allingham- Group Camping Program Director

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I am currently a Sophomore at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut.

Q: How many years have you been coming to camp?
A: I have been coming to camp as a staff member since 2013.

Q: What are you most excited about this summer?
A: I am most excited about seeing old friends and making new ones!

Q: What is your favorite camp meal?
A: My favorite camp meal is everything that isn’t in the salad bar