Fall Festival
Celebrate the Fall Season with us at Camp! Campers, Families, Friends & Alumni are all welcome!

What a great day! 
Congratulations to our winners!

10 K Mens 

1st place - Jeffrey Entin

10K Womens

1st place - Terry Richards

2nd place - Amanda O'Keefe & Rebecca Shevlin

5K Mens

1st place - Michael Bell

2nd place - William Bachelder

3rd place - Gene Pullen

5K Womens

1st place - Ginger Zuelch

2nd place - Becky Bachelder

1K Fun Run

1st place - Caroline Richadson

2nd place - Michele Richardson

Chili Cookoff Grand Champion

Beverly Entin

 Thank you to Road ID for sponsoring our event!

We are looking forward to an even bigger event next year!

Fall Festival
Chili Cook Off
& Trail Runs/Walks

Sunday October 27th
9 am - 3 pm

Rain or Shine
Sorry - no refunds

 Festival Activities

10 am - 3 pm

 Canoeing - Fishing -  Mountain Biking - Guided Nature Hikes - Hayrides -  food concessions - photos with our own mascot "Speersy"
 and so much more!

Festival Admission is
$15 per family or $5 per individual
or FREE for 2013 Summer Campers*

*under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


Have a "World Famous" Chili recipe?
Or is it just your family that raves about it?
Either way, enter it into our

1st Annual Chili Cook Off!

set up 8:30 - 10 am
Sampling/Judging 11 am - 2 pm

Awards 3pm

Chili Cook Off Entry fee is $25

Guest Judges will present Awards for:

Grand Champion Chili - Top team on the following criteria: flavor, texture/consistency, aroma and appearance/presentation.

People's Choice Award - Collect the most "Beans" from those in attendance

All entries must be homemade and cooked prior to contest. See entry form for more info.

Trail Runs/Walks
Check in 8 - 9 am

Come "Run for the Kids" at Camp Speers-Eljabar's Annual 5K and 10K Trail Runs and Fun Run.  100% of the proceeds will go toward our camp's fund to provide kids with a summer camp experience who could not ordinarily afford to attend.


Come enjoy our wooded cross-country ATF-certified Trail 5K course which circles our 42-acre sparkling glacial lake or our "sorta -tough" trail 10K course around our beautiful 1,100 wooded acres ! 


Now, the Trail 5K  course is suitable for just about anyone who likes a scenic and wooded, mostly-trail, mostly unpaved, graded course. You stil have to watch for the rocks, mud, sticks and roots of course !!   There will be one water stop at the approximate halfway point. See our 5K course map and elevation profile. Not too tough or hilly, and a great time. Suitable for all ages (for those who can run a 5K !) although an adult should accompany
those under 12. 


If our 5K is just "not enough" for you and you like a tougher challenge, come try our brand-new Trail 10K course !  Personally established by a trail runner and camp alum, the course consists of a combination of wooded single-track, graded cross-country ski trails, unpaved roads, and trails around our beautiful camp cabins and waterfronts, and a couple of tougher surprises - like our rarely-used "Northern Crossings" trail, which is the roughest part of our property - our ecologically-protected glacial bog, where you will run on boardwalk past endangered plants that eat insects - a run down our own "cardiac hill" (instead of up - whew !) - and a nasty little surprise at the very end of the race at the famous "RUT" to make sure you don't finish with anything left in the tank! See 5K downloadable PDF
on right panel above. 


Now, the 10K course is doable by most trail runners, and has the usual rocks (sometimes a lot of them), sticks, roots, mud (only a couple places), fallen leaves, boardwalks, and uneven terrain that nature offers to us in the Poconos. Parts may be easy and parts may be tough but all of it requires your careful attention !  Note that especially for the 10K, you should be a runner in excellent physical condition, and note that we may not be able to quickly get you help should you turn an ankle - !    Two water stops will be offered during the 10K at approximate distances of 2K and 4K from the start. See our 10K course map and elevation profile. Only a couple of hills and not "too" tough.  We are limiting this race to ages 12 and over only, and we recommend that due to the remoteness of parts of the trails, that anyone under 16 be accompanied by an adult during the run. NOTE: Course is as close to a 10K course as we could get it... might be a few steps off.  See 10K course via downloadable PDF on
right panel above.

"Run-walkers" welcomed for both races,  we will be sweeping the course for safety and to remove markings after three (3) hours.

Trail Run/Walk Entrance Fees

Fun Run = $ 7 per person (includes Fall Fest Admission)
5 K = $25 per person (includes Fall Fest Admission)
10 K = $ 35 per person (includes Fall Fest Admission)

 Thanks to our sponsor


Come out to the Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA, run or walk to enjoy parts of our 1,100 acres that few people see, be a People's Choice Judge for our chili-cookoff contest, and join the fun of our Fall Fest - a day of camp activities.

 Just 1.5 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Philadelphia


All proceeds benefit our
Campership Fund!

With your help we can provide
summer camp
for hundreds of kids in 2014!



  • Click Here to register for the Race or

  • Download Festival & Chili Cook Off registration forms on right panel or

  • Call us at 570-828-2329 or

  • email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

  • register on site on October 27th