Our Goals

   make friends

One of the great benefits of sleepaway camp is the opportunity to make friendships that last a lifetime. Every activity at Peconic Dunes strives to build caring relationships between every member of the camp community. Camp traditions also reinforce positive relationships and provide lasting memories.

For some people, the day starts a little earlier with The Bears (Polar, Yoga, and Alpha). Then the whole camp gathers for flag raising, quotemeister, and kudos. One of our favorite traditions is t-shirt signing when campers sign each other's camp shirts. The last night of each session features the closing campfire when campers are recognized for their achievements during the week. Camp traditions at Peconic Dunes include:

  • Blankets & Patches
  • Lakota Circle
  • Roundup
  • Polar Bear
  • Kudos
  • Quotemeister
  • Flag raising & lowering
  • Yoga Bear


Healthy minds work best with healthy bodies! Peconic Dunes has partnered with Cornell University to create healthier NYS 4-H Camps. We continually work to create a healthy balance of activity, nutrition, and rest. Everyday our entire community gets at least 8-hours of sleep, plus a mid-day siesta…and when we’re not relaxing we’re playing! Meals are cooked from scratch on-site so we can ensure quality ingredients and meet the needs of most dietary restrictions.


“Learning by doing” has been the 4-H motto since 1902. There are 5 program areas that support hands-on learning: Expressive Arts, Outdoor Skills, Sports, Environmental Science.

There are many in-depth activities covering a range of topics so our developing scientists, artists, leaders, sailors, athletes, and outdoors people can all find something they like best. Challenge activities are 2 hours long and campers work in age appropriate groups, except when a camper demonstrates exceptional ability and would be appropriately challenged in an older group. Campers can pick the same activity all week, or a different one each day. 

  • Adventure Trail
  • Archery
  • Art & Design
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Backyard Games
  • Basketball
  • Canoe

  • ECO: Garden Science
  • ECO: Great Pond
  • ECO: Long Island Sound
  • ECO: Woodland/Wetland
  • Fishing
  • Kayak
  • Leadership

  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Snorkeling
  • Soccer
  • Theater Arts
  • Volleyball
  • Wilderness Skills

have fun

We believe everyone learns best when they’re having fun. No one makes camp more fun than a Peconic Dunes counselor. Our staff shares their passions and interests in an engaging and enjoyable way. On a typical day, over half the community voluntarily wakes up early for one of the Morning Bears: Polar, Yoga, or Alpha.

Campers have Choice activities each day. The goal of Choice is to simply have fun. We offer all the same activities that we offer during Challenge, plus "a few more" to keep it interesting. Campers and staff are encouraged to create new and interesting Choices throughout the summer.

  • Animal Charades
  • Bracelet Making
  • Can Jam
  • Capture the Flag
  • Dodge Ball
  • European Handball
  • Face Painting
  • Free Swim
  • Karaoke
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Nukem
  • Parachute Games
  • Read & Relax
  • Shelter Building
  • Skit Practice
  • Tie Dyeing
  • Touch Football
  • Touch Rugby
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Polo
  • Whiffle Ball

Every night's a little different at Peconic Dunes. We have our classic campfires on the first and last night of camp, plus another during the mid-week talent show. It's not always sunny at camp so we have a few surprises to pull out if it rains.

  • Carnival
  • Closing Campfire
  • Counselor Hunt
  • Dance
  • Get Yer Ya Yas Out Campfire
  • Opening Campfire
  • Sand Sculpture Competition
  • Turtle Games
  • Ugly Counselor Contest
  • Vespers

Photos taken by: Alex Suswillo

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Last updated July 26, 2019