Day Sessions

Come join us for one of our new family 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?

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 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.
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 2023 Day Sessions, your family will...

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

Upcoming Day Sessions

Wetern Region
Wetern Region
Western Region
Western Region
Western Region

Questions? We got answers.

See what it means for us to be a summer camp for mental health. 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

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?

The perfect day at Camp Get-A-Way starts with you being prepared, and we can’t provide the following, so make sure you bring them!


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

  • Raincoat, poncho, and/or umbrella – Come prepared for any type of weather!

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses and/or baseball cap

  • Insect repellant

  • Reusable water bottle


  • 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 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 Day Sessions?

The Day Sessions is structured with learning activities where families are alternately together and separated, and we’ll have a range of fun like tie-dye and fishing. After the primary learning part of the day, there will be time to play games and make s’mores by a campfire.

What is the weather like?

Weather in the great outdoors can change quickly; therefore, we recommend you pack layers. It can get cool later in the day, so bring some warm clothing like sweatshirts, socks, hats, or jackets. Since it sometimes rains, we encourage you to bring umbrellas, raincoats, and shoes you can get muddy.

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

Is the food good? Allergy-friendly?

Maybe we’re a little biased, but we think the food at Camp Get-A-Way is delicious! Expect family-friendly favorites!

When you submit your application, please note any and all food allergies and diet restrictions. If you do not submit these ahead of time, we will do our best to accommodate them during camp, but please expect options to be limited.

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 Day Sessions?

Camp Get-A-Way Day Sessions has developed the following basic list of expectations to ensure a safe, healthy, and fun experience for everyone.

  • No possession or consumption of illegal drugs is allowed in camp.

  • No alcohol or alcohol consumption is allowed while at camp.

  • No weapons are allowed in camp.

  • No theft.

  • No physical or verbal aggression towards others.

Any violation of these or other camp rules may result in a family’s dismissal from Camp Get-A-Way Day Sessions. 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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