Day Sessions

Come join us for one of our new family mental health day camp sessions! Whether you're unable to commit to a longer camp session or you already come to camp and want to experience even more of the help and hope that Camp Get-A-Way offers families, we’d love to have your family attend.

What's in a day session at a family mental health camp?

We know that living with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges can feel overwhelming and waitlists for services are long. Our day camp sessions offer the perfect space for your family to experience a taste of the help, hope, and fun of Camp Get-A-Way.
The main goal of our camp day sessions is to provide focused time for your family to learn mental health coping skills in an encouraging and supportive environment. While you'll learn and practice some skills together as a family, much of the time youth and parents will be in separate groups to give everyone the opportunity to discuss challenges more openly than they might together. At the end of the day, you’ll have practiced skills you can continue to use when you return home.
family mental health camp
family mental health camp
While our day sessions prioritize skill-building, fun camp activities are part of the plan too. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in some of the hallmark activities of the full camp experience—like tie-dying, family games, and camp-fire story-telling complete with s-mores.

Plus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all provided so families don’t have to plan anything. Just show up and let us take care of the food!

As you engage in skills discussions, try new activities, and eat meals together, you’ll form friendships with others who understand, At Camp Get-A-Way, we regularly see families, who come to camp feeling discouraged and isolated, leave feeling refreshed, connected, and equipped after spending time with other families facing similar mental health challenges.

Camp doesn’t have to end at camp.The conversations that start here can be the basis for deepened relationships at home.
"At Camp Get-A-Way, families will experience things they could not at any other place. They'll walk away with lifelong memories. Families will leave camp with a new sense of purpose and skills that they can apply when needed most. It will provide something they can look back on and gain strength from when difficult times occur. What each family member learns and experiences while at camp is absolutely priceless!”
James T.

At our 2024 Day Sessions, your family will...

Perfect the art of tie-dye.
family mental health camp
family mental health camp
Play in the sunshine with old & new friends.
Learn practical skills with other parents in similar contexts.
family mental health camp
family mental health camp
Make & eat s’mores around the campfire with new friends.
Spend time together as a family.
family mental health camp

Upcoming Day Sessions

Questions about a family mental health camp? We got answers.

See what it means for us to be a family mental health camp. Whether you have questions about logistics, expectations, or the kinds of support we offer, you’ve come to the right place.

Day Sessions FAQ's

What do we need to submit before camp?

Before camp, each family must complete and submit:

  • A complete medical history form for EACH family member

  • A physical OR a letter from their primary care physician

When do Day Sessions start & end?

Arrive between 8:30-9:00am for breakfast and registration. We kick things off at 9:00am and learn, play, and connect all day. (Don't worry, we didn't forget lunch—we'll provide you and the kids with lunch around noon.) Our day ends with dinner, games, and campfire from 5:00-7:00pm.

What should we bring to Day Sessions?

Camp Get-a-Way isn’t like everyday life—and that’s part of what makes it so special. Unplugging from some of the stress and routines of normal life might also mean that we go a few days without some of the conveniences that we normally enjoy, but being prepared can go a long way! Here is a list of everything you’ll need to bring: 


  • Bedding for each family member – Pack pillows, pillow cases, and sheets. It can get pretty chilly overnight at camp, so make sure to bring plenty of blankets or a sleeping bag to stay warm! 

  • Clothes – Bring several changes of clothing (including lots of socks and underwear) because there are no laundry services at Camp Get-A-Way. 

  • Jackets, sweatshirts, socks, and warm shoes – It’s cold and wet in the early mornings and evenings at camp.

  • Raingear, such as a raincoat, poncho, and/or umbrella – Come prepared for any type of weather!

  • Pajamas

  • Sandals, flip-flops, or other water shoes

  • Closed-toe shoes – sneakers or boots. 

  • Hygiene products, shampoo, soap, towels, and shower shoes

  • Towels and swimsuit – swim trunks, 1-piece swimsuit or a 2-piece swimsuit with a t-shirt

  • Extra Ziploc bags (for wet things, gross things, and special treasures)

  • Laundry bag

  • Backpack for carrying things around camp

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Sunscreen (and aloe for missed spots)

  • Sunglasses and/or baseball cap

  • Insect repellant

  • Reusable water bottle


  • Shower caddy

  • Extension cords

  • Phone Charger

  • Alarm clock, fans, and night lights – we encourage you to label all electronic equipment and items of value. 

  • For babies and toddlers – portable cribs or pack n’ plays, diapers, baby food/formula and any extra “baby items” you would use at home. 

  • Fishing poles

  • Life jackets if needed


  • Anything (clothes, CD’s, video games, etc.) depicting violence, drugs, vulgarities, or anything of a sexual nature.

  • Valuable items – Camp Get-A-Way is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

  • Large sums of cash – there are limited opportunities to spend money at camp and Camp Get-A-Way is not responsible for any valuables that are lost or stolen.

How is Day Sessions equipped to serve families?

Our staff and volunteers go through a special training before Camp Get-A-Way. The majority of them also work for the New York Office of Mental Health Programs or New York Family Support Programs. Our camp is driven by Family Support Program principles.

What resources and activities are available for parents?

Each morning and evening, we offer a “coffee hour” with tailored training and resources for parents. These sessions (led by professional mental and behavioral health experts) focus on sharing practical skills and professional help to help you better care for your family. It’s also a time for parents to be encouraged through connecting and sharing common experiences with one another.

Does Camp Get-A-Way offer scholarships?

We do! Since we have a limited number of family scholarships, reach out early at to learn more!

What safety measures are in place at Day Sessions?

All staff are trained, and there will be adequate staff to supervise the campers that are attending.

Our amazing nursing team is always present and available 24 hours a day. The camp is also connected to Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Can we bring medications to Day Sessions?

For safety, parents/guardians must keep medications secured while at Day Camp. Parents/guardians are responsible to remember medications and give family members medication at the appropriate time.

Do my kids need to stay with me at all times?

The primary purpose of Day Sessions is to provide training and support in a way most conducive to helping children and parents learn. Because of that, there will be times when parents and children are learning together and times where they are learning separately. While together, children are the primary responsibility of their parents. While separate, children will be the primary responsibility of the staffers assigned to their group.

What is there to do at Camp Get-A-Way?

At Camp Get-A-Way, there’s always plenty to do, whether you’re looking for fun activities, time to explore, or opportunities to relax as a family. You and your family may participate in as many or few activities as you’d like.

Here are a few of the activities we offer during Camp Get-A-Way:

  • Archery

  • Arts and crafts

  • Camp Games

  • Tie-dye

  • Rope courses

  • Fishing

  • Canoeing

  • Paddle boarding

  • Swimming

Each evening, we have family activities which we require all families to participate in. It changes each year, but we love to put on camp movie nights, bingo, dance parties, and campfires.

What is the weather like?

A big part of the Camp Get-a-Way experience lies in getting to experience the great outdoors, which means that the weather can change on a whim. With cool evenings and (sometimes) wet mornings, be sure to pack some warm clothing, rain gear, and shoes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy. 

PS. Closed-toe shoes are required for some activities, so don’t forget to pack them! 

Is the food good? Allergy-friendly?

You can expect family-friendly favorites like pancakes and bacon, pasta, salad, tacos, sandwiches, and eggs. 

When you submit your application, please note all food allergies and diet restrictions. We’ll do our best to accommodate them! However, if you do not submit these ahead of time when you register for camp, please expect options to be limited. 

What are the cabins like at camp?

Since Camp Get-a-Way takes place across a few different campsites across different regions of the state, each campsite will vary slightly. Generally, here’s what you can expect: 

During camp, each family stays in their own cabin. These will have screen windows with wooden shutters, screen doors, and a wooden exterior door. Depending on the campsite for your session, you may have access to electric outlets and lights inside your cabin. 

Cabins do not have refrigerators. There will be plenty of meals (and snacks!) in the dining hall, but if you decide to bring snacks for your family, we’d ask that you leave them in your car rather than your cabin—to keep the critters at bay. 
While cabins don’t have running water, showers and bathrooms for males and females are conveniently located near the cabins. 

We like to think of a  week at Camp Get-a-Way like the first-class version of a camping trip. We aren’t quite pitching tents or fishing for our meals, but the rustic cabins and “unplugged” lifestyle of camp are all part of the experience, giving us space to enjoy one another and our time in the great outdoors!

Can we bring pets?

While we love animals, the only pets allowed at Day Camp are pet rocks. All other pets must be left at home. Service animals are, of course, welcome.

What are the rules at Camp Get-A-Way?

We have a few basic expectations that help us make sure that Camp Get-a-Way offers a safe, healthy, and fun camping experience for everyone. We’ll review these and share anything else you’ll need to know on the first night of camp! 

  • No possession or consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol. 

  • No weapons of any kind are allowed. 

  • No stealing. 

  • No physical or verbal aggression towards others. 

  • Smoking is allowed ONLY in designated areas of camp, which does not include the cabins. Additionally, no children are allowed in the smoking shelter.  

Any violation of these or other camp rules may result in a family’s dismissal from Camp Get-A-Way. All concerns will be reviewed by the Board. All decisions are final.

Can I attend camp if I live outside of New York state?

Yes! While precedence will be given to families who are New York residents, we welcome applications from families living in other states.  

Western Region Day Sessions

Where are Western Region Day Sessions held?

We host our Day Sessions at Camp Bristol Hills in Canandaigua, NY. Bristol Hills Camp is located in the Finger Lakes, just 30 miles south of Rochester. The property boasts over 120 acres of beautiful land with space to hike and play, a pond for fishing, swimming pool, basketball court, ropes course, and much more.

Camp Bristol Hills
4437 Kear Rd
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Long Island Day Sessions

Where are Long Island Day Sessions held?

We host our Day Sessions at Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Riverhead, NY. Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp is located on the majestic Long Island Sound. The property boasts over 140 acres of fun with hiking trails, archery, sports fields, rope course, and waterfront activities.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp
3186 Sound Ave
Riverhead, NY 11901

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