Sister Pat's Kids Camp

One week of fun, years of memories.

Campers and Counselors


For one week each summer, about 60 campers join us in Esopus, New York.  These children are recommended by the Division of Pediatric Oncology and the Division of Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center.


About 100 staff are on site throughout the week of camp.  These teenagers and adults volunteer their time and energy to make Sister Pat's Camp a success.  Staff come to us through several different avenues, including the parish of Saint Helen's, Columbia University Medical Center, friends or family of volunteers as well as former patients who may return as camp counselors.

Counselor Suggested Packing List for Camp

      • Bed roll or sheets and blanket -- Bring your own pillow!
      • Towels for BATH and POOL
      • 2 bathing suits – no 2-piece suits! – and flip-flops
      • PJs, underwear, socks, sneakers
      • Shorts, T-shirts, one pair of long pants, sweatshirt (please be sure all T-shirt logos are “kid”-appropriate)
      • Something to wear for the dance Friday night
      • Toiletries – soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair dryer, bug spray, sun lotion
      • ALARM CLOCK, flashlight, book, camera
Special Considerations for Kitchen Crew Members
      • Plenty of t-shirts that can get dirty, sweaty, etc. (one for each meal)
      • Closed toe shoes to wear in the kitchen (i.e. sneakers)

Directions to Camp (Mid-Hudson Valley Camp, Esopus, New York)
By car, camp is about 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge or Westfield.

Take the Garden State Parkway to the New York Thruway North (towards Albany.)
Get off the Thruway at Exit 18 (New Paltz), pay toll and turn right onto Route 299.

Take Route 299 to the end, and make a left onto Route 9W.  Take Route 9W for 5 miles.

You will pass Mother Cabrini’s Home for Children, Stella Maris Novitiate, and Holy Cross Monastery.

The Mid-Hudson Valley Camp, located on the Marist Brothers property, will be on your right just past a low stone wall.  At the entrance to the property there are two large stone columns and a gate house on the left.  Turn right into the property, and bear left as you enter the property.  You will see a small sign that says MHVC.  You will pass two small houses on your left, then turn left.  Continue straight into the courtyard.  If you are keeping your car at camp for the week, please pull around back, and park along the back left side of the building.  Welcome!

Sister Pat's Kids Camp
St. Helen's Parish Center
1600 Rahway Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090


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