Peconic Dunes 4H Camp

Peconic Dunes 4H Camp

Day and Overnight Camp on Long Island

Address: 6375 Soundview Ave, Southold, NY, 11971

Phone: (631) 852-8629

Email: peconicdunescamp@cornell.edu

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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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History

During World War I, Long Island was home to Camp Upton, a temporary military base where Brookhaven National Lab now exists. After the war ended, the government decommissioned the base and gave away the buildings and equipment. In 1923 a young visionary, Luvia Margaret Willard, MD (1882-1977), acquired some of the lumber from these buildings and used it to build a camp for girls. She called it “ Camp Dunes.”

Dr. Willard graduated from Stanstead Wesleyan College in 1902 and Cornell University Medical College in 1909. She also wrote poetry and published many volumes, including one book called “Bric a Brac”, which explores her feelings about life on the North Fork of Long Island. Dr. Willard founded the American Women’s Hospital Reserve during WWII, which was a group of women who drove ambulances and gave first aid in Queens, NY.

Camp Dunes opened its cabin doors on June 30, 1924. Camp Dunes was located on over 26 acres on the Long Island Sound and included access to Great Pond Lake. The rate was $150 for 8 weeks of summer camp, according to an ad in the Long Island Daily Press (June 17, 1924). Food for the camp was purchased from neighboring farms and village markets, and the female camp goers engaged in various activities: swimming, boating, play-acting, and the like. “The maritime climate together with the unusual amount of sunshine peculiar to this locality make for an unusually healthful environment.

On December 11, 1931 Dr. Willard sold her camp to Thomas and Lois Ward –founders of what would become Pinecrest Dunes Camp for Boys. Mr. Ward and Mrs. Ward built the camp up over the next 40 years, expanding its audience to include girls and a week for children with special needs. You can read much more about Mr. Ward and Pinecrest Dunes at the Southold Historical Society. Photos of Pinecrest Dunes, 1949-1956, have been shared by Pinecrest alum P. Barton Erickson and uploaded here.

In 1971 the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation took over operations and re-opened under the name “Peconic Dunes Camp,” paying homage to both the dunes on which the camp was built and the nearby town of Peconic, NY. The county continues to own the property today, and in 2003 contracted with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to operate it.

As part of the Extension system, Peconic Dunes became affiliated with 4-H and adopted their mission of "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.” The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs.

  

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Reviews


My daughters love this camp! This was their third year and they can’t wait for next year!!! Thanks Peconic Dunes Staff for taking care of my girls!
--Pauline Spiller

Peconic Dunes is my children's favorite summer getaway. The memories created during their time here are talked about all year long.
--Katie Callahan Zamarra

This year my daughter spent two consecutive weeks there and loved it! She made great friends and memories which will last a lifetime. Thank you to all the staff and everyone who helped make it another great summer for the kids!
--Lisa Margulies-Petterse

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Reviews


My daughters love this camp! This was their third year and they can’t wait for next year!!! Thanks Peconic Dunes Staff for taking care of my girls!
--Pauline Spiller

Peconic Dunes is my children's favorite summer getaway. The memories created during their time here are talked about all year long.
--Katie Callahan Zamarra

This year my daughter spent two consecutive weeks there and loved it! She made great friends and memories which will last a lifetime. Thank you to all the staff and everyone who helped make it another great summer for the kids!
--Lisa Margulies-Petterse

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