Labor Day Weekend: Sept 3 to Sept 6, 2021

Stone's Throw Family Weekend

At YMCA Camp Bernie in Port Murray, NJ

A family weekend getaway offered to New York City EMTs and Paramedics still coping with stresses stemming from their work during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Special priority given to families who experienced a separation during the height of New York's surge.

Stone's Throw Family Weekend is the name of the offering put together by grateful individuals who wish to show their support to these superhero families, and is not a registered non-profit.


NYC EMS Personnel and their families, especially in cases where the EMS worker spent time away from their children due to their work with COVID-19

We have room for up to 10 families to participate.

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This has been a time of high stress for everyone, especially those working on the frontlines and the families who love them. We want to show our gratitude and give your family a chance to have fun together in a peaceful, relaxing setting.


Arts and crafts, time spent in nature, campfires, (socially distanced) group games, mindfulness activities, great food, and more!

Stone's Throw Family Weekend is an opportunity to take a break, relax in your family's private cabin, and enjoy activities together.

Stone’s Throw Family Weekend provides EMS workers and their families a chance to recover from the persisting stresses they may be experiencing as a result of working during the COVID-19 Pandemic by offering a free weekend of programming aimed at giving the entire family opportunities to relax, reconnect, and enjoy shared activities in a supportive and fun environment.

For the second time, Stone’s Throw is thrilled to offer a 3 night experience on the grounds of a traditional summer camp. This year we have moved our site closer to New York City, to better accommodate our participants. Our weekend will include living in (modern) cabins (with electricity and plumbing), a campfire with s’mores, opportunities to indulge your competitive/artistic/chill sides, optional mental health and stress relief supports, and many of the activities you would expect at a summer camp! There are also many opportunities to just sit and chat with your own family, and with others who have recently weathered the same storm. The weekend is available at no cost to participants. Priority is extended to families who experienced a separation due to the needs and risks of a parent’s job.


YMCA Camp Bernie

327 Turkey Top Road

Port Murray, NJ 07865

YMCA Camp Bernie is a part of the Ridgewood Y. They operate as a summer camp and host programs year-round. The camp offers an escape into nature in comfortable, spacious cabins, and only 60 miles from New York City!

See more about YMCA Camp Bernie on their website, here.

A view of one of the cabins at Camp Bernie!

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If you are interested in attending, please click on the "I Want to Come" section up top and submit an Interest Form NO LATER than August 16th. Registration occurs on a rolling basis, and spots are limited, so reach out today!

Stone's Throw Family Weekend is grateful to First Responders Children's Foundation for their financial support

First Responders and loved ones are encouraged to support and enjoy the similar work being done by our friends at United Divisions! Check out their website, follow their Instagram at, and share any idea of what you think wellness looks like at