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been amazed by shows such as our concerts by the likes of Benny Friedman, Dovid Gabay, Avraham Fried, and Benny Amar. We have also seen magical magicians, acrobats, puppet shows, contortionists and visiting dignitaries like the petting zoo and the future president.
Do you have leagues?
Third grade and up have official sports leagues with playoffs and championship games. The second grade division has something called Bunk Wars, where one whole bunk plays another for the win. It’s a lot of fun.
Aside from sports and swim, what special activities do the boys enjoy?
We have two art rooms, one for the Juniors and first grade division and a second for the second grade and up. We have a playroom, dedicated just for Lego and toys. There is also a state-oftheart computer lab, complete w ith games and typing fun. We have a creative movement room, a f un w i t h f o o d r o om , and a baking room.
Do the campers go on any the Nine Days? While we always have a strong focus on midtrips during the summer?
We are primarily a swim and sports camp. Our huge campus makes it almost a crime to take campers off campus to sit on a bus on a trip. Still and all, we do take our campers to fun-filled places like Kzam, L aserbounce, Active Kidz, Funstation USA, and Bounce U. Bigger trips include Luna Park, Adventureland, New Roc City, Rye Playland, Dave & Buster’s, Bounce Trampolines, and a nighttime Mets game. On the Senior overnights this year, we are going to Aquatopia Indoor water park, Mountain Creek, Hershey Park, Camp Bonim, ziplining, banana boating and horseback riding and even sleeping overnight in an all-access arcade.
You mentioned your amazing campus. Tell us about it.
Our campers spend their whole day on our 9-acre shady campus. We have a massive inground pool, four baseball fields, eight basketball courts, a hockey court, an air-conditioned gym, a volleyball court, a soccer field, and a turf gaga pit! Last summer we added five tetherball courts! There’s no need to be bused around all day.
Do you do anything special for the Three Weeks or
dos and sportsmanship, during the Nine Days the focus is heightened with a couple of special programs. Our boys collect money for Chai Lifeline, and every camper participates in the annual bowl-a-thon. We also run a middos program in memory of our very special camper, Aaron Tepfer, a”h, called Aaron’s Way.
What brings you the biggest “nachas”?
My biggest nachas is seeing my staff at the staff minyan and shiur. Here are a group of the most talented and pumped up teenagers who could be doing so many other things with their time, and instead choose to spend it giving children, the SDC campers, the time of their lives. That only begins with a strong foundation of davening and shiur.
What’s the most-heard phrase you hear as you walk around camp?
“Der ain’t no rain in sinka day camp!”
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