About the Camp:

Camp Haiastan was built by its founders in 1951 as a place for the youth to hold onto their Armenian identity and develop lifelong friendships (See More). As the flagship facility for the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), the camp serves as a year-round gathering place for Armenian activities such as educational weekends, church picnics and athletic tournaments. While many new amenities have been added over the years such as our brand new Pavillion overlooking the water and state-of-the-art swimming pool – many things have stayed the same. The cozy “Cabin Circle” promotes our Armenian family atmosphere and our weekly dances with live Armenian music and Sunday picnics are all timeless Armenian traditions.

Sessions:

Camp is divided into four two-week sessions as well as a week-long Day Camp session for younger children. We have programs for children as young as 5 and as old as 16, please see
the schedule below or visit our enrollment page for more info.

Activities:

The camp offers countless indoor and outdoor activities including:

  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Ropes Course
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Volleyball
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Armenian School
  • Elective
  • Backbreaker
  • Detective Game
  • Movie Night
  • Peanut Carnival
  • Alphabet Game
  • Varteevar

Visit our Activities page to learn more!

Facilities:

The camp provides a modern food service and dining facility as well as health center staffed by a full-time resident licensed nurse. The camp boasts the region’s largest vinyl lined in-ground swimming pool, as well as numerous ball courts and playing fields. Other amenities include separate recreational hall, bathrooms, washstands,and shower facilities.

Daily Schedule

Below is a basic daily schedule for overnight sessions (Teen Session schedule will vary):

7:00am STAFF RISE & SHINE
7:30am CAMPERS RISE & SHINE – WASHSTANDS
7:50am FLAG RAISING & MORNING EXCERCISES
8:20-9:10am BREAKFAST
9:10-9:30am CABIN CLEAN-UP
9:30-10:30am ACTIVITY PERIOD 1
10:30-11:30am ACTIVITY PERIOD 2
11:30-12:30pm ACTIVITY PERIOD 3
12:30-2:00pm LUNCH & FREE TIME
2:00-3:00pm ACTIVITY PERIOD 4
3:00-4:00pm ACTIVITY PERIOD 5
4:00-5:00pm FREE SWIM
5:00pm SHOWERS
6:00pm DINNER
6:45pm FLAG LOWERING
6:50-7:45pm FREE TIME
7:45-8:45pm EVENING ACTIVITY
9:00pm YOUNGER GROUP WASHSTAND & BED
9:15pm MIDDLE GROUP WASHSTAND & BED
9:30pm OLDER GROUP WASHSTAND & BED / YOUNGER- LIGHTS OUT)
9:45pm MIDDLE GROUP LIGHTS OUT
10:00pm OLDER GROUP LIGHTS OUT
10:00pm-1:00am FIRST NIGHT WATCH
1:00-4:00am SECOND NIGHT WATCH
4:00am-6:30am THIRD NIGHT WATCH

Food Menu:

Breakfast
  • Fresh Scrambled Eggs
  • Sausage or Bacon
  • Hash Browns
  • Oatmeal
  • Bagels/Toast
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh Fruit/Fruit Salad
  • Waffles or Pancakes or French Toast
  • Sausage
  • Oatmeal
  • Assorted Cereals
Lunch
  • Green Salad
  • Fresh Cut Veggies
  • Soup
  • Chicken Patties
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • English Muffin Pizzas
  • Deli Sandwiches & Rollups
  • Ass’t Cold Cuts
  • Grilled Cheese
  • PB&J
  • Chips or Pasta Salad
  • Fresh Fruit
Dinner:
  • Green Salad
  • Hamburger & Hot Dog Cookout
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Chicken Breast Salsa
  • Roast Pork Loin
  • Meat Loaf
  • Battered Cod
  • Roast Turkey Breast
  • Lasagna/Manicotti
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Mostaciolli
  • Pizza
  • Steak Tips
Sides:
  • Pasta/Pasta Salad
  • Green Beans
  • Rice Pilaf (often)
  • AuGratin Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Broccoli
  • Corn on the cob
  • Bread & Rolls
  • Watermelon
  • Jello or Pudding
  • Cake, Cookies or Brownies
  • Fresh Fruit

Packing List:

The following are suggested minimum of amounts and types of clothing and supplies a camper should bring to camp for a 2-week stay (adjust for a 1-week stay):
 
12 sets of underwear         1 raincoat                              8 T-Shirts                             1 laundry bag
12 pairs of socks                  8 pairs of shorts                4 blouses                               1 flashlight
3 pairs long pants             2 sweaters                           1 light jacket                1 pair hiking shoes
4 bath towels                 *2 pairs gym shoes              2 sweatshirts                 3 long-sleeve shirts
2 hand towels               **2 one-piece swim suits       1 hat or cap                      1 water bottle
3 wash cloths                     1 pair of flip flops               1 backpack             1 sleeping bag + pillow
2 sets of pajamas                 1 set of sheets                    1 pillow case

Necessary Personal items:
Comb, toothbrush & case, toothpaste, soap & case, (box, bag or kit is recommended for personal bathroom/shower items), eye glasses w/strap or lanyard or contact lenses w/cleaning kit if necessary, tissue, sunscreen, insect repellent containing DEET, flip-flops for shower only, pens & pencils, postcards and envelopes (pre-addressed and stamped), phone numbers and addresses. All clothing, sports equipment, musical instruments and cameras should have name tags.

* WE HAVE A STRICT RULE REQUIRING CAMPERS TO WEAR CLOSED-TOE SHOES/BOOTS AT ALL TIMES (FLIP FLOPS PERMITTED FOR SHOWER ONLY).

** FEMALE CAMPERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT THE POOL OR WATERFRONT WITH A 2-PIECE SWIM SUIT – WE WILL NOT ALLOW FEMALE CAMPERS TO COVER OVER A 2-PIECE SWIM SUIT WITH A T-SHIRT. 2-PIECE SWIM SUITS ARE NOT ALLOWED THIS INCLUDES “TANKINIS”.

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Health Center:

The health center is open 24/7 during the camping season. A registered nurse is always available on camp property. Please explore our Health Center Guidelines here!