South Mountain YMCA Camps

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Basic Information

Address: 201 Cushion Peak Road
Phone Number: 610 670 2267
Fax Number: 610 670 5010
Director: Greg McCrohan

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South Mountain YMCA Camps
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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Vary
Description:

Located 12 miles west of Reading, PA, South Mountain YMCA is the perfect setting for a valuable and enjoyable school outdoor educational experience or retreat. Situated on 650 mountaintop acres, programs combine sensitivity toward, awareness of, and respect for all living things. South Mountain YMCA offers a variety of different environmental education and history programs as well as recreational activities such as horseback riding, zipling, and more. Lodging is available for overnight stays. Meals are served family style in our charming dining hall and all allergies and preferences can be catered to.

Grade Levels:
K-5
6-8
9-12
Group Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities.
Program Type:

Schools
Environmental science and history programs for students focus on topics such as ecology, predator/prey relationships, watersheds, archaeology, the Lenape Indians, and more. Activities include observing amphibian specimens, digging for artifacts, making Native American crafts, and much more. Students can also enjoy Adventure Program activities such as rock climbing, team building, low ropes course, trap shooting, archery, canoeing, zorb balls, and more. Team building opportunities on the facility’s challenge course are also available. Learn more about school programs. (https://www.smymca.org/year-round-camp-programs/school-trips/programs/)

 
Scouts
Scouts can enjoy South Mountain Adventures while working on Horse, Canoeing, Kayaking, and other badges at South Mountain YMCA. Adventure programs allow scouts to learn how to ride a horse and provide canoeing, kayaking, and sailing lessons. Other activities include mountain boarding, trap shooting, zip lining, and more. Signed waivers are required for all Adventure Programs. Learn more about South Mountain Adventures. (https://www.smymca.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/South-Mountain-Adventures-1.pdf)
 

Accreditation: American Camp Association
Admission/Tickets: Vary from $25-$115 per person.
Registration: Phone or Email
Food: Meals, Beverages, Catering.
Length of Visit: Vary from 2 Hours- 3 Days
Student/Staff Ratio: Varies
Max. Group Number: 230
Group Requirements: Groups are required to provide their own insurance
Amenities: Cabins: Youth and adults alike marvel at our beautifully maintained overnight accommodations. In 2005, we completed a major facilities upgrade by constructing 24 new log cabins and 2 large indoor bathhouses with numerous showers, toilets and sinks. Each of our four ‘Villages’ has 6 log cabins that sleep up to fourteen people each in hand-crafted pine bunk-beds. There are 8 lower and 6 upper bunks. The state-of-the-art bathhouses are centrally located between Villages and provide plenty of room and privacy for even the largest group. All cabins are equipped with heat and electricity. Each Village has a cabin with a handicap accessible ramp and each bathhouse has accessible stalls. The Bynden Wood Lodge: is perfect for team building activities, or for special events and retreats. The Dining Hall: built in 1948, seats 200 adults, and is perfect for events and retreats The Wigman: Constructed of two levels. The top floor is an auditorium with a stage, and the lower level is comprised of bathrooms and a recreation hall.
Reservations Needed: Reservations must be made 30 days within arrival of trip
Directions:

From points South or East via PA Turnpike:

  • Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 286 (Reading/Ephrata).
  • Follow exit road and turn RIGHT on Hwy-272N.
  • Proceed about 2 miles to the first stop light. Turn LEFT onto Hwy-897N at Weavers Market.
  • Proceed 3 miles to the first stop sign and turn RIGHT onto Ridge Road (there is a convenience store on the opposite corner).
  • Proceed 3 miles (Ridge Road becomes Fritztown Road) to E. Galen Hall Road and turn on LEFT (look for Galen Hall Golf Course & Hillside Church signs).
  • Proceed just over 1 mile to Cushion Peak Road and turn RIGHT.
  • Proceed up Cushion Peak Road to the top of hill. The main entrance to camp is on the LEFT.

From Points North or East via I-78:

  • Take I-78W to PA-100S (Trexlertown).
  • Continue on PA-100S for 0.5 mile to the turnoff for Reading and Hwy-222 (Schantz Road). Continue on Rte-222 for 15 miles.
  • Follow Rte-222 towards Reading/Lancaster exiting to the RIGHT and proceed along a divided highway for 4 miles.
  • Take the Spring Ridge Drive exit and turn RIGHT onto Spring Ridge Dr.
  • Proceed to 5th stop light and turn RIGHT onto Hwy-422W (Penn Ave).
  • Go to 1st stop light and take a LEFT onto Columbia Avenue.
  • Proceed 3.4 miles and turn RIGHT onto E. Galen Hall Road (look for Galen Hall Golf Course & Hillside Church signs).
  • Proceed just over 1 mile to Cushion Peak Road and turn RIGHT.
  • Proceed up

From points West - Route 422 from Harrisburg:

  • Take Hwy-422E to Wernersville.
  • Turn RIGHT onto Werner Street at the stop light by Hoover Motors.
  • Proceed two blocks to stop sign and turn RIGHT onto Lincoln Drive.
  • Proceed one block to stop sign and turn LEFT onto Hill Road.
  • Proceed 0.7 mile to fork in road and bear RIGHT onto Galen Hall Road.
  • Proceed to the top of the hill and turn LEFT onto Grandview Drive.
  • Proceed about 1 mile and turn RIGHT onto Cushion Peak Rd. The main entrance to camp is on the RIGHT at the top of the hill.

From the Washington D.C./Baltimore area:

  • Take I-95N to Baltimore.
  • Take Exit 49B onto I-695W (towards I-70 & I-83, Towson).
  • Take Exit 24 onto I-83N (toward Timonium & York).
  • Continue on I-83N and take Exit 21A onto Hwy-30E.
  • Continue on Hwy-30E to Lancaster, PA.
  • Take Hwy-222N toward Ephrata/Reading.
  • Proceed about 10 miles on Hwy-222N. Take the Denver/PA Turnpike exit.
  • Turn LEFT at the bottom of the exit ramp, then RIGHT onto Hwy-272N.
  • Proceed about 2 miles to the first stop light. Turn LEFT onto Hwy-897N at Weavers Market.
  • Proceed 3 miles to the first stop sign and turn RIGHT onto Ridge Road (there is a convenience store on the opposite corner).
  • Proceed 3 miles (Ridge Road becomes Fritztown Road) to E. Galen Hall Road and turn on LEFT (look for Galen Hall Golf Course & Hillside Church signs).
  • Proceed just over 1 mile to Cushion Peak Road and turn RIGHT.
  • Proceed up Cushion Peak Road to the top of hill. The main entrance to camp is on the LEFT.

Nearby Attractions: Reading Pagoda, Blue Marsh State Park, Hershey Park, Dorney Park
Mission Statement:

The mission of the South Mountain YMCA is to provide a camping experience, educational and other programs that build personal leadership, character and life skills while developing caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in young people, families and communities

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We welcome you to the mountain and invite you to share in our Fire of Friendship, determined in our belief that every person shares the potential to grow in wisdom, to discover their unique and independent voice, to nurture others and to engage their communities.

The fun and challenging programs we offer foster communication, trust, problem-solving and deeper spiritual connections while preparing young people to lead and be led.

The South Mountain YMCA Camps are more than a series of camping and retreat programs on the mountaintop, they are a way of life - a philosophy - that are exciting to explore and easy to embrace. Keep the Fires Burning!

Testimonials:

"We have been coming to SMYMCA since 2008 for the purposes of running our LINK program. Each time, we are treated with the utmost care, concern and attentiveness to our needs. For 9 years, we have been impressed with your staff's ability to somehow intuitively know what we will need and when we will need it. Each weekend, without fail, they are available and willing to happily do whatever we need to ensure the success of our program. Given all of the changing variables, they continually and graciously accommodated us at every turn. Their consistently calming, reassuring attitude and demeanor puts us at ease so we can concentrate on delivering our program." Tracy Jacobson Marple Newton High School

Facility History:

The history of the South Mountain and its resort-era begin in the last half of the 19th century. Homes used as retreats by the wealthy, and several large mountain resorts were constructed on the mountain to take advantage of the curative water, the charming natural setting, and clean, cool air. The 600 acres currently owned by the South Mountain YMCA Camps were gifted to, or acquired, by the organization over the past 70 years.

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