Peconic Dunes 4H Camp | A Day and Overnight Summer Camp 2019

Make friends, be healthy, learn, and have fun this summer at the Peconic Dunes 4H Camp - a day and overnight summer camp on the North Fork of Long Island!

Healthy minds work best with healthy bodies! Peconic Dunes has partnered with Cornell University to create healthier NYS 4-H Camps. They continually work to create a healthy balance of activity, nutrition, and rest. Everyday their entire community gets at least 8-hours of sleep, plus a mid-day siesta -- and when they’re not relaxing they’re playing!


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Activities at Peconic Dunes Camp

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.

“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 at Peconic Dunes Camp -- covering a range of topics so campers who are 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.

Challenge Activities Include: 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; and more!

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At Peconic Dunes Camp, they believe that everyone learns best when they’re having fun.

No one makes camp more fun than a Peconic Dunes counselor. The staff at Peconic Dunes shares their passions and interests in an engaging and enjoyable way.

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

Choice Activities Include: 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; and more!

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Every night's a little different at Peconic Dunes.

They have 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 they also have a few surprises to pull out if it rains.

Additional Activities Include: Carnival; Closing Campfire; Counselor Hunt; Dance; Get Yer Ya Yas Out Campfire; Opening Campfire; Sand Sculpture Competition; Turtle Games; Ugly Counselor Contest; Vespers; and more!

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Peconic Dunes Camp Programs

Overnight Camp
Youth are challenged to develop their skills and knowledge in numerous activities such as: STEM, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, wilderness skills, backcountry cooking, fishing, archery, leadership skills, theater arts, music, multimedia, adventure trail, soccer, and and/or basketball. Each evening has a special event planned including: opening and closing campfires, talent show, dance, and Turtle Games (Peconic Dunes’ version of color war). Camp runs Sunday through Saturday. Programming varies slightly based on age, weather, and enrollment.

Day Camp
Children experience a full range of classic camp activities on the Peconic Dunes lake and Sound waterfronts, environmental science, outdoor skills, expressive arts, and sports. Lunch is included and every day after lunch is a special group activity. Every Friday afternoon is the Peconic Dunes Turtle Games Carnival where campers take turns running a carnival game they designed with their group and then enjoying the games created by other campers. Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, with drop off each day between 8:30am and 8:55am and pickup at 5:00pm. Programming varies slightly based on age, weather, and enrollment.

Counselors in Training
Counselors in Training (CITs) experience 4 weeks at Peconic Dunes learning American Red Cross waterfront lifeguarding, Professional Rescuer CPR, and first aid. Lifeguard certificates are only issued for successfully passing both the written and physical test. Guided by experienced counselors, CITs apprentice in activities to learn how to demonstrate and evaluate skills by teaching younger campers. CITs also receive resume writing and interviewing workshops. On the weekend, CITs spend the day off-site visiting a local attraction, including an overnight camping trip and canoeing on the Peconic River.

Super Saturdays
Super Saturdays are for campers who want to stay at camp for one more day or stay for two or more weeks without going home. Each Saturday offers a trip to a local attraction with lunch off-site, Saturday night pizza, and time to unwind. The Peconic Dunes laundry service picks up and returns campers’ clothing so you won’t even have to pack an extra week’s worth of clothing.

Based on the US Sailing Small Boat Sailor in Light Air (5-14 mph) certification program, Peconic Dunes will get you tacking and jibing on the LI Sound. While all campers are striving for certification, their goal is to use the standards to help campers develop a solid foundation. Peconic Dunes' sailing instructors come from around the world to offer small group instruction on Sunfish and Laser sailboats.

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Additional Information

Name: Peconic Dunes 4H Camp
Address: 6375 Soundview Ave, Southold, New York 11971.
Phone: 631-852-8629