As a registered 501(c)(3) located in Esopus, NY and tucked within over 160 acres of aesthetic beauty on the Hudson River, the Center works to positively mold and foster our youth. Each year, more than 5,000 young people walk through our gates for self-exploratory retreats and service work with a special concern for the poor and underprivileged.
St. Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers, felt a personal call to establish a community that would bring the message of love to neglected young people. His vision has lived on through the Marist Brothers for the last 200 years, and his mission is embodied by the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus – Mid-Hudson Valley Camp.
In the summer months, the Center opens its gates as the Mid-Hudson Valley Camp (MHVC) which started in the 1970’s as a one-week summer camp for children with disabilities. It has now grown into nine week-long camps serving children and adults with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, deaf children, children living with cancer, and inner-city students.
All walks of faith are welcome to the Center’s retreat and camp programs that embody the Marist values of welcome and acceptance, joyful service to others, community, simplicity and humility.