Uses for Camp

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Camp Hollis serves a primary purpose of providing a summer camping experience to youth ages 8-14. However, through the many other programs offered at Camp Hollis, over 5,000 county residents are served each year also.

Camp Hollis is available to organized groups of families when the residential program is not in session (April-June, September-October, and weekends - days only - during the summer). Youth groups may register beginning in January of each year. Other groups begin registering Feb. 1st. Fees for the use of the facility depend on the length of the group's stay.

It serves as an excellent location for school groups to run outdoor education/environmental study programs. There is a Planning Guide available for school teachers who may be interested in creating an overnight experience for their classroom. Email or to have a copy sent to you, or for more information.

Options for Programs at Camp
  • School Groups
  • Environmental Education
  • Scout Troops
  • Church Groups
  • Meetings
  • Retreats
  • Workshops
  • Senior Citizen Programs
  • Reunions
  • Special Events
Aerial photo of Camp Hollis

Camp Hollis Facility Features

  • Beautiful lakefront property - Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, with a rocky beach.

  • 12 cabins - Supplied with electricity & restrooms, 4 sets of bunkbeds and 2 counselor beds.

  • Main building/dining hall with kitchen - Has a full commerical kitchen with microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, ample meeting space (main room, office, 2 staff rooms, and a nurses office.

  • Pavilion - Large enough to hold more than 100 people, ideal for picnics and rainy days.

  • Arts and Crafts building - Has its own sinks, and restroom, and ample workspace for up to 30 people at a time.

  • Sports fields and equipment - Includes basketball court, volleyball net, football field with goal posts, large playing field, baseball diamond with backstop, and a sports shed full of equipment needed for sporting activities.

  • Nature trails - Well maintained trails winding through acres off woods, along bluff, past pond, and out to amphitheater.

  • Nature Center - features exhibits on the campground's natural surroundings and has hands on activities and projects geared toward elementary aged kids.

  • Pond - With wildlife such as turtles, bullfrogs, and duckweed, the pond provides a wonderful nature education medium.

  • Outdoor swimming pool - Equipped with stairs for easy entry, the pool has a variety of pool toys available for use.

  • Full playground - Includes slide, swing sets, tether ball, parallel bars and jungle gyms.

  • Challenge course - Featuring low to the ground team building activities. (Requiring certified facilitator)

  • Observation tower - On the Bluff Trail, provides a beautiful view out over Lake Ontario.

  • Primitive overnight camping area - Area has a fire circle, outhouse and an area to pitch tents. Tents are available to sign out through camp office.

  • Lakeside fire circle - Provides lakeside seating for approximately 150 people.

  • Large barbecue grills - Large cooking surface good for cooking for large groups of people.

  • Outdoor stage (amphitheater) - located along one of our nature trails in the woods, provides a quiet, peaceful spot for any presentation.

  • Shaded picnic area - Set under a canopy of trees, this area, with its picnic tables to seat approximately 150, provides a peaceful outdoor meeting or dining area.

Questions about Oswego County Parks and Recreation?

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Oswego City-County Youth Bureau/Parks and Recreation
70 Bunner St. Oswego, NY 13126 315-349-3451