WE LOVE CAMP FELIX BECAUSE

WE LOVE CAMP FELIX BECAUSE

"...Camp Felix makes me feel confident and comfortable."

“...I can be myself, I can be free from home and I can have fun!”

“...Camp Felix makes me have better self-esteem.”

"...Camp Felix makes me feel happy and important."

OUR VALUES

Camp Felix operates according to the RESPECT Values program.

RESPECT

Respect for self and others

Engage in positive decision-making

Support each other at camp (and beyond)

Peaceful conflict resolution

Experience something new

Care for your environment

Teamwork in celebration of differences

Camp Felix is a place where children in the foster care system can just be children. From swim instruction to art, rock climbing and dance, Camp Felix campers are able to overcome fears, try new activities, and form bonds with dedicated staff members and campers who share a similar background. 

 

Residing in some of New York City’s most impoverished communities, our kids are given a chance they wouldn't otherwise have: the opportunity to experience the joys of summer camp, a rite of passage for most American children.

In partnership with The New York Foundling, Felix has sent over 2,000 youth from the New York City foster care system to our flagship camp in Putnam Valley, NY, since we began in 2006.

Camp Felix 2021 Stats:

12-15 

kids per cabin

8-13

age of campers

16 

season's we've been in operation

14-15

age of our counselors-in-training

117

# of former Camp Felix campers who have become Counselors-In-Training or paid staff members

Camp Felix Road Trips
 

Through this program, we send a group of teens from the Good Shepherd Services and Seamen’s Society programs in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island on day trips to destinations outside of New York City each Friday in July and August. 

The Road Trips give our youth the opportunity to step outside of their neighborhoods to explore nature and participate in unique activities during the summer when they might otherwise be at home. Destinations visited include Boscobel House and Garden, Storm King Art Center, Little Stony Point Park for Seine Fishing, and a sailing trip on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. 

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Camp Felix Garden
 
In partnership with Land to Learn, we established a Garden program for a group of children and teens at the
Children's Home of Poughkeepsie. 

For eight weeks in the summer, the young people build and care for a garden with seven beds on the premises of their group home.

 

Our youth plant a variety of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, beets, and so much more, which they get the chance to prepare and enjoy in an annual end-of-summer celebration!

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Bryan's Camp Felix
 
This program serves a more at-risk cohort of foster youth, teen boys from the Therapeutic Family Foster Care program at The New York Foundling.  In partnership with The Bryan Jacobson Foundation, we now send approximately 20 young men each summer to this new Camp Felix program, where they spend five days at Club Getaway located in Kent, CT for a life-changing experience!
 
Check out some photos from our inaugural summer below:

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Camp Felix Teen Girls Getaway
 
Camp Felix Teen Girls Getaway is a female empowerment camp uniquely designed for teen girls in foster care. This program, located at Club Getaway in the Berkshire Mountains of Connecticut, offers leadership and personal growth activities to help our campers build self-esteem, interpersonal skills and reinforce healthy lifestyles and an appreciation for nature.

In partnership with two residential foster care programs operated by Good Shepherds Services and St. Christopher's Inc., this program is held for two weeks each summer, for approximately 30 young women ages 13 to 16. 
 
Check out some photos of our girls' adventures below:

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Check out more photos from Camp Felix!

Never been to Camp Felix in Putnam Valley? Not to worry!

You can take a virtual tour of Camp Felix with our Executive Director, Amanda!

We take the ongoing evaluation of our programs very seriously so that we can continuously improve our quality of service. Camp Felix’s program and facilities are overseen and reviewed every summer by The Putnam County Department of Health. Our meals program is assessed by The New York State Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program. The Camp Director conducts a camper and parent survey as well as an annual review and debrief meeting that is attended by The Executive Directors of The Felix Organization and the New York Foundling as well as The Co-founders of Felix and key camp staff members. In addition, Camp Felix is evaluated every three years by a national nonprofit accreditor of human services, The Council on Accreditation.