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At Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon, New Jersey, our 332 acres include a beautiful 40-acre, spring-fed lake, perfect for pedal boating, paddle boarding, and row boating. A long stretch of soft, sandy beach lines our swimming area. Our camp also has an archery range, low ropes challenge course, zip line, mini golf course, duck pin bowling alley, equestrian center, rock wall, gaga pit, and volleyball court.  

Lake Rickabear's camping facilities include all-season lodges, yurts, platform tents, and pitch-your-own-tent campsites. A spacious pavilion, campfire amphitheater, and lakeside picnic grove provide lots of opportunity for outdoor fun. 


2022 Summer Camp Season: July 5-Aug. 19

Rickabear Camp Calendar 2022

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Summer Camp 2022 Detailed Schedule Coming Soon!

 

Check out last year's programming below to get a better idea of the many camp adventures we enjoy. 

Summer Camp 2021 Session Information

Session 1 (July 5-9)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim.  You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique.

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

$510

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake.

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature.

Eco-Explorer

Gr 8-12

Fee: $365

 

This week of camp is designed for girls who want to make a difference. During a special presentation, you’ll meet an eco-explorer, see endangered animals up close, and learn about the challenges they face in the wild. Then as a unit, you’ll pick a conservation issue to learn more about and research solutions so YOU can take action. And of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer- archery, zip line, arts and crafts, nature, daily swimming, friendship, and fun!

Counselor in Training 2

Gr 10-11

Fee: $500

After completion of the CIT program, you will continue to build camp counselor skills during this two week session. During the first week, learn what goes on behind the scenes that allow camp to run safely and efficiently. Use your newly aquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the units the second week. At the end of the 2 week training program, you will earn the  CIT 2 pin. You'll receive an exclsuive CIT 2 shirt to die dye. Only girls who complete this training and are 16 years old by 7/19/2021 are considered for employment as a paid Junior Counselor for the duration of the summer 2021. Paid Junior Counselors must work all remaining five camp sessions. 
Session 2 (July 12-16)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

 

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim. You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique. 

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

Fee: $510

 

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake. 

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature. 

Paddle Away

Gr 8-12

Fee: $385

As a Teen camper, you’ll spend some extra time enjoying Lake Rickabear’s beauty this week! You’ll earn your Girl Scout Paddling badge while you learn about paddling equipment, techniques, and safety. Plus you’ll spend two hours with a certified paddling instructor while kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding right on Lake Rickabear. And, of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer--archery, zip line, arts and crafts, nature, daily swimming, friendship, and fun! 

Counselor in Training 2

Gr 10-11

(pre-requisite: completion of CIT during 2019)

Fee: $500

After completion of the CIT program, you will continue to build camp counselor skills during this two week session. During the first week, learn what goes on behind the scenes that allow camp to run safely and efficiently. Use your newly aquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the units the second week. At the end of the 2 week training program, you will earn the  CIT 2 pin. You'll receive an exclsuive CIT 2 shirt to tie dye. Only girls who complete this training and are 16 years old by 7/19/2021 are considered for employment as a paid Junior Counselor for the duration of the summer 2021. Paid Junior Counselors must work all remaining five camp sessions. 
Session 3 (July 19-23)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim.  You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique. 

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

Fee: $510

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake.

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature. 

Outdoor Artist

Gr 8-12

Fee: $375

This week, you can gain a deeper appreciation of the beauty of Lake Rickabear as you earn your Girl Scout Outdoor Art badge. You’ll learn to see nature through an artist’s eye as you find ways to express yourself through photography, music, and more. As a special treat, you’ll spend two hours studying, sketching, and watercolor painting “en plein air” with a trained artist. And of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer- archery, zip line, boating, daily swimming, friendship, and fun!

Fun in the Sun
PLUS a Painting Class

Gr 6-7

Fee: $375

As a Plus camper, you will enjoy all that Fun in the Sun has to offer PLUS you’ll get to paint a beautiful natural scene on canvas. You can reveal your inner Van Gough as a professional artist teaches you brush strokes and color mixing techniques.

CIT Fast Track

Gr 10

(must be 15 yrs old by 7/5/21)

Fee: $600

If you are ready to step out of the camper role and begin your journey toward being a camp counselor, join us for this three week leadership training program for girls entering grade 10 (and who are 15 yrs. old as of 7/5/21). During the first week, you will develop skills needed to mentor younger girls and understand their needs in a camp setting. The second week you will use your newly acquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the units. The third week you will learn what goes on behind the scenes that allows camp to run safely and efficiently. Upon completion of the program, you are encouraged to volunteer for one or more weeks during the remainder of the camp season (you can let us know during the program what weeks you would like to return to volunteer). Receive an exclusive CIT shirt to tie dye and at the end of the three week session, you will earn a certificate and your CIT and CIT II pin.

Session 4 (July 26-30)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim.  You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique.

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

Fee: $510

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake.

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature. 

Game On

Gr 8-12

Fee: $370

You’re never too old to play! This week, you’ll earn your Girl Scout Game Visionary badge while you puzzle, and strategize, and play. You’ll challenge your agility, coordination, balance, speed, and endurance at a visiting obstacle course. Using all you learned this week, you’ll help plan activities for a camp-wide field day. And of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer- archery, arts and crafts, zip line, boating, daily swimming, friendship, and fun!

CIT Fast Track

Gr 10

(must be 15 yrs old by 7/5/21)

Fee: $600

If you are ready to step out of the camper role and begin your journey toward being a camp counselor, join us for this three week leadership training program for girls entering grade 10 (and who are 15 yrs. old as of 7/5/21). During the first week, you will develop skills needed to mentor younger girls and understand their needs in a camp setting. The second week you will use your newly acquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the units. The third week you will learn what goes on behind the scenes that allows camp to run safely and efficiently. Upon completion of the program, you are encouraged to volunteer for one or more weeks during the remainder of the camp season (you can let us know during the program what weeks you would like to return to volunteer). Receive an exclusive CIT shirt to tie dye and at the end of the three week session, you will earn a certificate and your CIT and CIT II pin.
Session 5 (Aug. 2-6)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim.  You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique.

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

Fee: $510

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake.

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

 

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature. 

Auto Chic

Gr 8-12

Fee: $370

 

Vroom! As you earn your Girl Scout Car Care badge, you’ll meet a mechanic who will familiarize you with your car and ways to prevent and respond to car malfunctions. You’ll also get the chance to design, build, and race your own LEGO car in our Ricka-Derby. And of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer- archery, arts and crafts, zip line, boating, daily swimming, friendship, and fun!

Fun in the Sun
PLUS a Ricka-race

Gr 4-5

Fee: $365

As a PLUS camper, you'll enjoy all that Fun in the Sun has to offer PLUS you’ll get to design, build, and race your own LEGO car in our own Ricka-Derby. 

CIT Fast Track

Gr 10

(must be 15 yrs old by 7/5/21)

Fee: $600

If you are ready to step out of the camper role and begin your journey toward being a camp counselor, join us for this three week leadership training program for girls entering grade 10 (and who are 15 yrs. old as of 7/5/21). During the first week, you will develop skills needed to mentor younger girls and understand their needs in a camp setting. The second week you will use your newly acquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the units. The third week you will learn what goes on behind the scenes that allows camp to run safely and efficiently. Upon completion of the program, you are encouraged to volunteer for one or more weeks during the remainder of the camp season (you can let us know during the program what weeks you would like to return to volunteer). Receive an exclusive CIT shirt to tie dye and at the end of the three week session, you will earn a certificate and your CIT and CIT II pin.
Session 6 (Aug. 9-13)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim.  You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique.

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

Fee: $510

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake.

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature. 

Counselor in Training 1

Gr 9-10

(must be 14 yrs old as of 7/5/21)

Fee: $500

Are you ready to step out of the camper role and begin your journey toward being a camp counselor? Girls entering grades 9 and 10 (and who are 14 yrs. old as of 7/5/21) can register for this two-week leadership training program. During the first week, you will develop skills needed to mentor younger girls and understand their needs in a camp setting. During the second week, use your newly acquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the unit. Upon completion of the program, you are encouraged to volunteer for one or more weeks during the remainder of the camp season (you can let us know during the program what weeks you would like to return to volunteer). Receive an exclusive CIT shirt to tie dye and at the end of the two week session, you will earn a certificate and your CIT pin.

Outdoor Adventurer

Gr 8-12

Fee: $380

This week is all about adventure! You’ll learn about planning and packing for a camping trip and how to cook on a fire. A special guest will provide an in-depth, hands-on course on fire-building that will teach you how to select a good location, collect the right materials, and stay safe. If you stay for the optional overnight, you’ll get to try out your camping skills while you spend the night in a tent. And of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer- archery, zip line, arts and crafts, nature, daily swimming, friendship, and fun!

Session 7 (Aug. 16-20)
Program Description

Lake Rickabear
Fun in the Sun

Gr 1-7

Fee: $350

 

Lake Rickabear is the place to be for an awesome week of outdoor adventure! Cool off in the lake each day (weather permitting) during a swim lesson and free swim.  You’ll work on Girl Scout badges, create masterpieces at arts and crafts, and explore our wooded property with the camp naturalist. Our Low Ropes Challenge Course is the perfect place to make new friends, strengthen your self-esteem, and practice teamwork. If you are in second grade or higher, you can try your hand at archery. If you’re a fourth grader or above, you can take a ride on the zip line. Other popular activities that you might participate in include singing camp songs, playing GaGa, tie dyeing, building sand castles, and more! Weekly themes, which are announced the first day of each week, make each session unique.

Pony Pros

Gr 1-3

Fee: $510

 

Pony Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of horses. You will spend 1.5 hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday), including a 15-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, leading, and basic pony care through hands-on rotational stations. During the rest of the week, you’ll have a traditional camp experience where you’ll do arts and crafts, visit our camp naturalist, work on your team work at our challenge course, and swim in our beautiful lake.

Equestrian Adventures

Gr 4-5

Fee: $525

 

As an Equestrian Adventures camper, you will spend two hours at the horse corral each day (weather permitting, Tuesday through Friday, including a daily 20-minute riding lesson. You'll also learn about grooming, tacking, barn management, and careers in the industry as you earn the Girl Scout Junior Horseback Riding badge. During the rest of your week, you will swim each day and visit each of the camp specialty areas once---archery, challenge course, arts, and crafts, and nature. 

Robots, Robots, Robots

Gr 8-12

Fee: $385

 

Spend a week training to be a robotics engineer! You’ll get to look at a challenge, learn skills, and build a robot. The engineering design process is not about perfection; it’s about analysis and innovation. This week at camp will have you working with others to put together your most creative solutions to some of today’s robotic challenges. You will take home a working robot as well as information on multiple technical fields and courses of study. And of course you’ll enjoy all the summer camp fun that Lake Rickabear has to offer- archery, zip line, arts and crafts, nature, daily swimming, friendship, and fun!

Fun in the Sun
PLUS a Wacky Challenge

Gr 4-7

Fee: $365

As a PLUS camper, you'll enjoy all that Fun in the Sun has to offer PLUS, you'll get silly at the Wild and Wacky Challenge. You might get pied in the face, compete in a rubber chicken tossing contest, or get covered in slime.

Counselor in Training 1

Gr 9-10

(must be 14 yrs old as of 7/5/21)

Fee: $500

 

Are you ready to step out of the camper role and begin your journey toward being a camp counselor? Girls entering grades 9 and 10 (and who are 14 yrs. old as of 7/5/21) can register for this two-week leadership training program. During the first week, you will develop skills needed to mentor younger girls and understand their needs in a camp setting. During the second week, use your newly acquired skills under the guidance of camp counselors in the unit. Upon completion of the program, you are encouraged to volunteer for one or more weeks during the remainder of the camp season (you can let us know during the program what weeks you would like to return to volunteer). Receive an exclusive CIT shirt to tie dye and at the end of the two week session, you will earn a certificate and your CIT pin.
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