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."
Camp Felix operates according to the RESPECT Values program.
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.
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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.
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!