Whether writing computer games, shooting video, or watching the stars, Camp Watonka specializes in hands-on activities perfect for the budding scientist. We offer boys ages 8 – 16 a wide range of science programs and an impressive selection of traditional camp activities.

Campers choose either one or two sciences to focus on during each two week session.  The courses, designed each year by the teaching staff, are based on practical and fun experimentation and project building.  We aim to send campers home with a real enthusiasm for science and maybe even a new hobby!

Along with its cool science program, Camp Watonka offers a full range of great summer camp activities - including water sports, mini bikes, marksmanship, and one of the largest ropes adventure courses in the North East. Whether your child is a beginner or regular sportsman, our team of experienced counselors can also offer qualified instruction in soccer, tennis, basketball or hockey.

As the only boys science camp accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Watonka is a perfect fit for boys already interested in the sciences – or for boys who want to color outside the usual summer camp lines.

A Program centered on the individual camper

The program considers the capabilities and limitations of the individual camper. Our program provides opportunity for rest and quiet activity as well as for physical activity. The camper also has time to do things as an individual as well as in a large group. At the end of the summer we want the camper to have participated in a variety of activities at a pace consistent with his capability.

An Opportunity to develop social skills

Among the greatest values of the camp experience are the social adjustments a camper is helped to make. Practice in living democratically is another value to be gained from an outdoor experience. Camp does not impose a program on its campers. It does lay down rules of health, safety, and good conduct which campers are to follow. In certain areas, campers make their own decisions. In this way, camp becomes an ideal situation for the developing an ability to get along with others and to assume responsibility.

A Safe, Non-critical environment to try new activities

Whether it is a camper's first time playing tennis or building a fire, the counselor's role is to encourage, assist and educate. In our fully elective program it is easy for campers to settle into a few activities that they do repeatedly. One of our success measures for camp and its staff is how many activities each camper participates in.

A Place for partnership with the outdoors and the environment

The camp is set in the natural loop of a river and surrounded with woodland. Those natural features with the camp lake and the camp's physical design provide many opportunities for studying and participating in all forms of nature.

A Place of diversity

Camp Watonka is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its campers and staff. We seek to ensure that all aspects of camp — including the residential program, activities, enrollment and hiring practices — reflect a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion which will be assessed and supported. We recognize that our camp exists in an ever-changing world, and that our understanding of, and support for, diversity, equity, and inclusion must grow and evolve. We bring campers, families and employees of different backgrounds and experiences together in a residential community and by embracing the aims of diversity and equity, camp aims to foster diverse friendships among all members of our community so that they gain awareness and wisdom in support of their wider citizenship.

Where Science is fun

In addition to the sports, waterfront, climbing and craft activities, we offer a wide range of science experiences in which a boy may participate. These experiences are not of the school variety where science programs are often limited to textbooks and worksheets. Camp Watonka offers hands on work, both individual and group, through which campers will develop understanding, knowledge and skills.

Camp was amazing. If they boys don't end up returning (but we hope they do), it will only because of the expense associated with the cross country travel. They loved it and got so much out of it. Thank you! [DC - 2016]

My son had a great experience this summer as a returning camper from last summer. One piece of feedback is that I did check off to require him to write home at least once a week but have yet to receive any of his letters a week after he returned home. Not sure if there was a problem at the post office or not. [Anon - 2016]

You did a great job and should be proud to have such a wonderful camp in this area. My son had a wonderful time and met many longtime friends. We look forward to many more adventures next year. [TG - 2016]

Just keep up the good work. [TH - 2016]

The camp is great - concept and execution. Thank you so very much for providing a very valuable experience for my son. Every year we see him more mature and more independant after the summer weeks in the camp. Thank you very much again! [Anon-2016]

My son's experience was superlative. I especially liked the close attention he got from the counselors. I know it's a small camp, but the counselors are a gold-mine of resources for the campers. The aquatics director really zero'd in on why my son struggles in swimming, and got him to correct what was wrong. We were the lucky recipients of a scholarship this year. Your generosity made possible this amazing experience. I can't say enough about this camp. He came back happy, relaxed, confident and filled with memories of great days of fun and activity. Thank you, Wackers!! [JC - 2016]

Marcos loved camp! We also found it was a great experience for him. He was much more mature when he returned. Also, he raved about the food- he is a picky eater so it must have been amazing! [MM - 2016]

My son had a wonderful time. He had nothing negative to say about it and can't wait to go again next year.[Anon - 2015]

This is a great opportunity for boys, and my son has had a great time there the last two years. Thank you for providing a wonderful experience for him and the other campers![Anon - 2015]

I was very pleasantly surprised that my son came back so excited about the chemistry lab and all the "cool" experiments they did, as well, the hands-on wood shop. He loved the mini bikes and the food. [NC - 2015]

Enrollment (2019)

Boys 8-16 at time of stay

Dates and Rates – no additional fees for canteen or program elements.

2 weeks $3,200 June/22 - July/6 July/6 - July/20 July/20 - Aug/3 Aug/3 - Aug/17
4 weeks $5,000 June/22 - July/20 July/6 - Aug/3 July/20 - Aug/17
6 weeks $6,700 June/22 - Aug/3 July/6 - Aug/17
8 weeks $7,700 June/22 - Aug/17



Pay in full at time of application $100 per 2 weeks
Sibling: 2nd and each subsequent $100 per 2 weeks



We offer pre-registration personal tours of the camp. Call the camp to schedule an appointment. 570.226.4779


On-Line enrollment: click here

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in on the opening Saturday is from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Check-out on the closing Saturday is 9:30am to 11:30am

Visiting Days

Visiting days are on changeover Saturdays as listed above.
Times are 9:30am to 4:30pm; feel free to check your camper out for a few hours of family time in the local area.

(see also link on the right)

From the Philadelphia Area

Take the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 115 – I-81.
I-81 North toward Scranton to I-84.
Follow Directions from Scranton

From Washington DC, Baltimore

From Washington, DC go to Baltimore, and get on the Beltway, Route I-695, West.
From Route I-695, West take Route I-83 North to Harrisburg, PA.
At Harrisburg get on to Route #81 North, and go to Scranton.
Follow directions from Scranton.

From New York and Northern New Jersey

Take the George Washington Bridge and get on Route 80 Express West where convenient.
Follow Route I-80 West to Exit 34-B which is Route 15 North.
Route 15 North to just past Lafayette where there is a traffic light.
At the light go straight ahead on Route 206 North to Milford. (Route 15 turns off left)
Route 206 North to Milford.  At Milford pick up Route 6 West to Hawley.
Follow Directions from Hawley.

Also From New York

Take the New York Throughway to Route 17 North.
Route 17 North to Route I-84 West.
Route I-84 West to Exit 30 (Rt 402).
Turn right onto 402 North to its end which is Route 6.
Turn left onto Route 6 West to Hawley.
Follow Directions from Hawley.

From Scranton, PA.

From South Scranton take Route I-81 North to Route I-84
I-84 East to Exit 8 (Mt Cobb).
At the top of the exit ramp turn left, cross I-84 to the traffic light and turn right onto Route 348.
Follow Route 348 to the end at a stop sign and turn left onto Route 590.
Follow Route 590 till it intersects with Route 6,
Turn left onto Route 6 to the town of Hawley.
Follow Directions from Hawley

From Hawley, Pennsylvania

At the West end of Main Street Hawley there is the Post Office and railroad tracks, turn at the Post Office onto Columbus Avenue.
Follow Columbus Avenue 2 miles to a Stop Sign.
Bear right at the stop sign travel 2/3 of a mile to a dirt road on your left.
Turn left on the dirt road.  The Camp Entrance is about 500 yards on your left.

Internet and WiFi

When and Where
Campers may have WiFi enabled devices in their cabin for texting and email.  This is only for specific limited times in the cabins: wake-up, bedtime and rest-hour and our counselors also encourage campers to participate in group games and activities during these times. Electronic devices can not be used during any activity period or when the camper is otherwise outside of the cabin.  Our rule that applies to campers and staff is that there should be no electronic devices outside of the cabin.

Our internet is provided over a DSL line and we make no guarantee as to the reliability or availability of the connection.

Control of Content
We are using the Parent Controls Feature of our router which uses the OpenDNS™ ( to control content access and in addition we have certain keywords blocked.  By restricting access to certain supervised times and only during cabin time or within the context of a science class, we hope to adequately control access.  We will make adjustments as required during the summer, but we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of our control.


Campers should not be calling home at any time from camp.  You are welcome to call the camp at any time to speak to a director or the cabin counselor.  If we catch campers using personal phones we may hold them in the office for the duration of the camp.

A note on the subject of instant communication.

If you have any concerns about your son’s enjoyment of camp and our program you are welcome to give us a call.  However, the instant communication of email and texting gives the camper every opportunity to raise issues which are genuinely caught in the moment.

Part of the overnight summer camp experience is allowing the camper to work through issues and learn to thrive in a community. The danger of instant communication is that every situation can be instantly relayed home and generate a concern for parents; we ask that you consider this when on the receiving end of texts and email.

The first evening campers are on camp they visit every science and activity as part of an activity tour.  On the basis of that, they choose which sciences they want to focus on for the two week stay.  Most campers select 1 or 2 sciences and these become fixed periods each day for the two weeks.

When not doing their sciences, campers individually choose on a day-by-day from our range of elective activities.

7:30 — Reveille – time to get up and clean up the cabin

8:30 — Breakfast

9:30 — 1st Activity Period

11:15 — 2nd Morning Period

12:45 — Dinner, the main meal of the day

1:30 — Rest Hour (cabin time - time to text/email/write letters/play games)

2:30 — 3rd Activity Period

4:15 — 4th Activity Period

6:00 — Supper

6:45 — 5th Activity Period

8:00 — Camp Wide Activity – Evening Program / Visiting Speakers

8:45 — Snack time

9:30 — Lights out


We can provide transportation from local airports Scranton, PA (AVP), Philadelphia, PA (PHL), Newark, NJ (EWR) and Kennedy, NY (JFK). See our application form or the on-line enrollment for charges.

Drop Off, Pick-up and Visiting

Check-in time is on the opening Saturday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Check-out time is on the closing Saturday from 9:30am - 11:30am.

Visiting days are on the opening/closing Saturdays for campers staying longer than a single 2 week session. Times between 9:30am and 4:30pm.


Laundry is done overnight Thursday and returned Friday morning. Please make sure that all clothing shows the camper's name so that cabin groups can easily sort laundry back to individuals. The clothing list (see link on the right) shows 10 days of clothing in case there is an issue that prevents us returning laundry on schedule.

A sampling of Hotels and Motels in the immediate area.
(In no particular order or recommendation)

Settlers Inn 4 Main Ave, Hawley, PA 18428 800.833.8527
Ledges Hotel 119 Falls Ave, Hawley, PA 18428 570.226.1337
Comfort Inn 117 Twin Rocks (I-84 exit 17), Lake Ariel, PA 18436 570.689.4148
Tanglewood Intersection of Hwy 6 & Route 507 570.226.6161
Roebling Inn
on the Delaware
155 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA 570.685.7900
Gresham’s Lake View Motel Route 507, Tafton, PA 570.226.4621