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.


Be Healthy

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. 


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.

Photos taken by: Alex Suswillo

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Brittany Emig
Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp Program Manager

Last updated April 8, 2022