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Horse Corral Camp Turner is a summer resident camp operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo within 65,000 acre Allegany State Park about 80 miles south of Buffalo, NY. The camp serves boys and girls ages 7 - 16. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, orienteering, basketball, soccer, volleyball, court hockey, yoga, dance, jewelry making, low-ropes, arts and crafts, campfires, creek-walking, archery, beach trips, sports, dances and much more. Special programs for older campers include a High Ropes experience, backpacking trip and special leadership training workshops. All campers are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.

Thank you for considering camping with us this summer! It is our goal to ensure the safety and health of all participants by providing:
  • A safe site
  • Caring, well trained, professional, staff
  • Nutritious, kid friendly food
  • Licensed medical care
  • 100% adult supervision
  • Opportunity for structured physical activity, mental and social activity.
  • Quality educational and recreational programming.

We strive to foster an emotionally safe culture in which everyone feels welcomed and accepted. We provide opportunities for campers to experience success and encourage campers and staff to forgive and experience forgiveness. We create a friendly community where children feel listened to and accepted and we encourage everyone to try new things.


Our programming encourages the development of:

Camp Turner Cabin Community Living Skills: Cooperation, sharing, consideration, compromise, communication, conflict resolution.

Self care skills: time management, decision making, housekeeping, hygiene.

Interpersonal Skills: independence, interdependence, responsibility and most importantly, making friends.

Values: cooperation, teamwork, sharing, cheerfulness, compassion, sportsmanship, forgiveness, respect of self, others, and nature.

Spirituality: Increase openness to the presence of God every person, place and thing.


Our Catholic Identity
  • We are a Catholic Camp
  • We are ecumenical, open, accepting, non-judgmental of others
  • We teach spirituality and catholic values, especially that God is present in everyone and everything.
  • We are dedicated to teaching faith, hope, love, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, mercy, honesty, and justice by example.
  • We provide authentic witness of our faith to others by how we treat each other.
  • Campers and staff will pray before and after each meal, at the beginning and end of the program day, and before bed with their cabin group. Prayers are simple and kid friendly.
  • Campers will attend mass once each week. Non-Catholics are required to attend, but are not required to participate or receive communion.



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Our Summer Programs


CIT Program for campers age 15 and 16 (runs concurrently with sessions A and B). This is a two week program. While this is great preparation for future staff, you do not have to want to work here to enjoy this program; it's chock full of great adventure. CITs experience a three day Backpacking Adventure, a trip to Sky High Adventure Park (High Ropes course), Staff-for-a-day program, plus some fun service and justice learning experiences. Participants are able to pursue all of our Awards Programs and clubs during the second week. CITs and their leaders do laundry, go to mass, and out to supper on the weekend. Space is limited.

Pathfinders Program for age 14 and 15 (Session C, D, E and F). In addition to all the regular clubs and activities, Pathfinders enjoy a cool trip each session, overnight sleep out (optional), more freedom, later wake-up and bedtimes and extra campfires.
The Pathfinder program opens to 16 year old campers after June 1 if not full.

Younger Campers (Session A) This is a structured, 'group centered' program designed especially for younger, first time or nervous campers. Campers visit each activity area with their cabin group (same approximate age and gender) once in a week. Activities include Horses, Nature, Foxfire, Games-in-the-woods, Archery, Arts and Crafts, and Low Ropes. They also have hikes, campfires, sing-alongs, Club Periods (when they get to choose their activity individually) a beach trip and much more. There are no Awards programs to study for or fret over. Competition is much more limited during this session. The session is capped at 80 campers and the staff ratio is a tight 1:8 in all areas.

Traditional Camping Program, ages 8 14, sessions B, C, D, E, F. Begin your day with morning prayer, flag raising, breakfast and cabin inspection. Then choose from a wide variety of clubs and activities all day long. Choose a week long awards club like Horsemanship, Naturalist, Axe-man-ship, or Survivalist. Enter an archery tournament or a 3 on 3 basketball tournament or a volleyball game on our sand volleyball court. Sign up for a half-day hike to the Bear Caves, a trip to Thunder Rocks, a trip to the beach or a sleep out (always optional). Go to the dance and the bonfire. Visit the Canteen. Choose wood burning, jewelry making, a creek walk, or one of many other activities offered. Something different every day? Its up to you! You set your own agenda.



Typical Day at Camp

Archery Range 7:15     Wakeup
7:45     Morning Prayer and Flag Raising
8:00     Breakfast
9:00     Cabin Inspection
9:15     Morning Clubs 1 and 2
12:15   Lunch
1:30     Third Club
2:45     Siesta / Canteen
4:00     Fourth Club
5:15     Flag Lowering
5:30     Supper
6:15     Cabin Time / After Dinner Clubs
7:15     Evening Program
8:40     Vespers
9:00     Taps




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(716) 354-4555
campturner@gmail.com
PO BOX 264, (9150 ASP 3), Salamanca, NY 14779


Our Mission:
"Honor God in the Children Confided to Your Care."




               
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Updated 18 May 2017.