Camp Ma-He-Tu

Camp Ma-He-Tu is a not-for-profit, ACA-accredited residential summer camp founded in 1937. Our mission drives every decision, empowering our girls to unplug, learn, and grow in a picturesque lakeside setting. Our small size - only 110 campers at a time - enables our girls to make deep, life-long friendships. Camp Ma-He-Tu is sponsored by the Lutheran Girls' Camp Association (501c3) and affiliated with the Metro NY Synod of the ELCA.

Our Amazing Campers

Little or big, new or returner, you will have the best summer every summer with us. Our campers are girls from 7 - 15 years old. Each summer, our camp family grows from first-timers to those returning for their 8th year and everything in between. Although many of our campers come from the NY and NJ metropolitan area, the diversity of our community not only drives our traditions but supports the close-knit relationships that are built in each two-week session.

Our Beautiful Surroundings

Camp Ma-He-Tu is located on the shores of Lake Kanawauke in Harriman State Park, in Bear Mountain, New York.. Ma-He-Tu retains its rugged charm with little alteration to the natural landscape - our facilities blend into the beautiful wilderness.

Our location within the Park System provides us with many advantages: Privacy - we are isolated from commercial and private land use - our only neighbors are other camps; Access to the extensive hiking trails maintained by the park; Walking distance to the nature museum; Park activities like the Bear Mountain Zoo, West Point, the Bear Mountain Inn, Perkin’s Drive, and public beaches; Added security of the Park Police Force; Convenient location only an hour from NYC.