Hi-Dee-Hi Oasis Families,
It is an Oasis in Union traidition to name its groups after important historical places, things, people and landmarks of New Jersey. As we spend each day on a Colonial museum, it seems only appropriate that our campers learn about some important parts of th history of New Jersey. The best part is, as they caome back each year and move to the next group, they will learn about something else.
Division 1 Groups
Liberty Village: Our youngest campers have the honor of representing Liberty State Park this summer! The state park functions as a sanctuary (Or Oasis!) within Jersey City and features a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The park is also home to the Liberty Science Center and gorgeous Kayak tours. This group contains our ESIC program and has roughly 4 counselors to assist our smallest campers with their sneaker snakes, boo-boos and bug-bites. It also represents the innocence and sense of wonder that both nature and our youngest campers provide.
Sunrise Mountain: This division 1 group is named for one the tallest mountains in New Jersey and as we know, you don't have to be really tall to be a beautiful mountain peak. Sunrise is a peak of the Kittatinny Mountains in Sussex County. The mountain is 1,650 feet (503 m) tall, and overlooks Beemerville to the east. It lies along the Appalachian Trail in Stokes State Forest. The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest. The thin soil and harsh climate characteristic of Sunrise Mountain is a difficult environment in which few plants can survive.
Passaic Village: Named after the local Passaic River, this village will comprise of campers entering First and Second grade. The Passaic River was instrumental in New Jersey's development, as it allowed an easy trade route to form. Additionally, a dam on the Great Falls in Peterson was one of the first sources of electricity for the region! This village represents community; as the creeks and streams come together to form one big river, the different villages of camp come together to form one great community.
Division 2 Groups
Palisades Village: Second graders will join our Palisades village, named not after the enormous mall, but instead the fantastic cliffs lining the Hudson River. Many of our parents will know these cliffs intimately, as they form the western and eastern banks that the George Washington Bridge rests upon. Historically, these cliffs were extremely important to our nation's railway system! The rock was transported nationwide to serve as the foundation layer underneath railroad tracks. As such, this village is all about helping others grow, because they are the oldest of our younger campers.
Bearfort Village: will house our 2nd and 3rd graders and is a mountain range located near Wawayanda State Park in Passaic County, New Jersey. It is a continuation of Bellvale Mountain in New York. The Appalachian Trail crosses along the ridge into New York. Puddingstone of the Skunnemunk Conglomerate is visible along the ridge. At an elevation of 1,331 feet the mountain is the site of a New Jersey Forest Fire Service fire observation tower.
Greenwood Village: will welcome our 9-11 year old campers. Greenwood Lake is an interstate lake approximately seven miles (12 km) long, straddling the border of New York and New Jersey. It is located in Greenwood Lake, New York (in Orange County) and West Milford, New Jersey (in Passaic County).
The lake was originally called "Quampium" by the Munsee Native Americans who lived there. It was renamed "Long Pond" by Europeans, who settled the area in the 18th century for farming and ironmaking, and eventually came to be re-christened "Greenwood Lake."
Lenape Village: Campers in grades 5-6 will form the Lenape (Len-AH-pay) village. The Lenape tribe are a band of Native American Indians that inhabited a large swath of land from Maryland to the Connecticut- Massachusetts border. Our eldest campers enjoy the distinction of representing these upstanding people who felt a strong sense of responsibility to their families and their community. Although Oasis meets for just a short 8 weeks, we become a family in that time, and we all have a duty to encourage, protect and love those in it!
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