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Let our experienced staff work with you to design a stay with us that will meet all of your budgetary, recreational and educational requirements.Camp Louemma invites retreat and conference groups to visit and use our special facilities before and after our camp season, Mid-May thru Mid-June and again from early September thru early to mid October.In many cases, they form lifelong attachments there -- to fellow campers and to the camp itself, and for adults, that nostalgia only becomes thicker when that world disappears for good."It was like utopia for a boy," says Chris Holt of Freehold, reminiscing about Camp Columbus, the Knights of Columbus camp on Bamber Lake in Ocean County, which closed in the 1970s. I jump in the lake every year, just for tradition." News that a camp may shutter sends shock waves through its alumni group -- and a sense of mission.
For more than 70 years, boys and girls, ages 7-15 have been building lifelong friendships and lasting memories at Camp Louemma.
Last month, Joe Smith helped organize a Camp Sussex reunion of more than 100 former campers and staffers -- at, yes, Camp Louemma.
Founded as a free camp for underprivileged Jews, Camp Sussex was never limited by religion, and later became "a melting pot," with at-risk youth of all races and ethnicities.
But this simple memory is just as powerful: a breeze blowing through the open-sided tents at night as he and his fellow scouts listened to Jean Shepherd spin his stories over the AM radio on Friday nights. This is by no means a definitive list, so please share your memories and photos in the comments.
Camp Louemma is conveniently located on 152 scenic acres along the Appalachian Trail in the highlands of northern New Jersey on the border of New York State.