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While many traditions remain the same, camps have been adding new programs to fit the needs and interests of today’s children. Get ready for some community service, campers!


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reAdy Or NOT?

Finding the right camp for your child is all about getting the “feel” of a camp. Plus, the question of “traditional camps” vs. “specialty camps.”

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Homesickness is a natural and expected part of camp, but there are many things a parent can do to ready a child for their first big separation.

The big pACk Getting together everything you’ll need for camp is not a last-minute chore. This list will not only get you started, it’ll give you and your child something to bond over.

The bill If you want to send your child to camp but the costs seem prohibitive, don’t give it up. There are lots of ways to make it work— including camp scholarships and personal fundraisers.

There iS NO plACe like CAmp A noted camp director shares some of his favorite anecdotes.

editor’s note In an issue full of information and inspiration about summer camp, here’s one priceless tidbit I hope you’ll take my word for: if you are a parent looking for an accredited day camp or resident camp for your child, the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey (, is a great place to begin your search. Its Camp Wizard (i.e. searchable database) is invaluable, as is its Camp Placement Specialist, Renee Flax. I know all this because for several years now New York Family has enjoyed a very productive partnership with the ACA, NY and NJ, co-sponsoring the city’s largest and most popular series of camp fairs, which you can read more about at The ACA, NY and NJ, has also been a great help in putting together this year’s Ultimate Guide To Summer Camps, from brainstorming ideas to the great work of their public relations manager, Jess Michaels, who wrote almost all of the stories. So that’s my first tip. My second is read the issue! Your happy-camper-inthe-making will be the beneficiary. Eric Messinger, Editor, New York Family (

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or 150 years, families have been excited about the myriad of options and benefits of attending summer camp. While many camp traditions and activities have remained the same, in recent years, camps have been adding new programs and making improvements to fit the needs and interests of today’s children. Here are five notable trends.

make a difference in the lives of others. Campers participate in swim-a-thons to raise money for charities, volunteer to help senior citizens, donate their time to paint and refurbish buildings within a camp’s town, and volunteer at local soup kitchens, just to name a few common volunteer experiences. Timber Lake West, a co-ed resident camp in New York’s Catskill Mountains, is one of 40 New York camps that hold annual fundraisers to raise money for Morry’s Camp, a resident camp for low-income children. “This past summer, Timber Lake West had the first ever car wash to benefit Morry’s Camp, and it was a greater success than the kids ever imagined,” says Jennifer DeSpagna, the camp’s owner and director. “You could see how excited the kids were; not only by the success of their event, but also by getting to pay forward their enriching camp experience.” The true benefit of getting kids involved in community service at camp is that often they want to find a special

More Healthy Food Options: As healthy and nutritious eating have become important to parents, day and resident camps have worked to revamp camp menus to incorporate healthier food items. “During meals, we surround campers with healthy food choices, and while we still serve camp favorites such as fries and chicken nuggets, they are always served with healthy sides such as vegetables or salad,” says Adam K. Baker, director of Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge, BrotherSister camps in Wayne County, PA. For breakfast, many camps Camps have been offer choices like cereals, yogurt and fruit. During implementing more programs lunch and dinner, salad to demonstrate the value bars with fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, of being environmentally tuna, eggs and many responsible. Some camps have other nutritious opeven eliminated the use of paper tions are offered. “When children are sitting down plates and plastic utensils. to three meals a day, they are surrounded by both volunteer opportunity when they return healthy food options and counselors who home. It becomes part of who they are. are showing healthy eating by example,” Camps Are “Going Green”: adds Baker. A lot of camps also have fresh Camps have been teaching about the fruit available for snacks throughout the importance of respecting nature and the day. Parents can visit a camp’s website or environment for generations. But as green call the camp director for further informainitiatives and reducing one’s carbon foottion about the camp’s menus. print have become increasingly important, Community Service Projects: camps have been implementing more According to an American Camp Associaand more programs to demonstrate the tion survey, 56% of summer camps are value of being environmentally responorganizing community service projects sible, teaching campers about recycling, that promote empathy for the less forconservation and sustainable living. Some tunate and show children that they can


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A camper ascends the climbing wall at Camp Echo, a co-ed resident camp in the Catskills. camps have even eliminated the use of paper plates and plastic utensils. Camps like Camp Sloane YMCA, a co-ed resident camp in Lakeville, CT, offer gardens where campers help grow vegetables. “In keeping with the current ‘farm to table’ restaurant trend, the produce grown in the garden is used by the campers in our culinary arts program,” explains Paul Bryant, the camp’s executive director and CEO. Rookie Days and Rookie Weekends: Many resident camps invite children to camp for a day, overnight, weekend or multiple days during the summer to engage in camp activities while parents tour the camp. The goal is to allow campers and parents to get a sense of the camp program prior to deciding to register. Mark Newfield, owner and director of Iroquois Springs, a co-ed resident camp in the Catskills, says, “It has been a great way for us to get future campers to feel comfortable about the idea of going to overnight camp, separating from their parents, and experiencing a lot of what camp has to offer in a short period of time. In fact, most campers who come for our ‘Explorer Camp’ choose to enroll in camp the following summer, and have a much easier adjustment to camp when they arrive.” Cutting Edge Fun: Day and resident camps have always had their finger on the pulse of new activities in which

children are interested. In a recent American Camp Association survey, 75% of the directors reported adding new activities and programs over the last few years. Some exciting activities that have become popular at camps include skateboard parks, gokarts, golf facilities, circus programs and aquatic facilities. Jeff Grabow, owner and director of Camp Echo, a co-ed resident camp in the Catskills, says that the camp is constantly upgrading its state-of-the-art facilities. “In athletics, we recently built a 60% replica of Yankee Stadium. Our adventure area is ever expanding with intricate team-building elements as well as a high-speed zip line that runs across our lake. In aquatics, we recently added a 125foot water slide and a Tarzan swing to our lake,” he reports, adding that, in response to the popularity of cooking and artistic activities, they’ve also added outdoor adventure cooking with a wood burning brick oven. Still, at most camps, including Echo, you find a balance between adding new initiatives without letting go of the traditional camp activities that children have come to expect when they sign up for summer camp. “Our goal is to provide exposure to many different activities for children with a wide range of interests, while still delivering the core programming which has been a part of camping from the beginning,” says Grabow. G

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amp provides children with the opportunity to learn new activities, meet new friends, and learn life skills such as self esteem, leadership and confidence. There are many different summer camps for families to choose from and each camp provides unique programming and approaches. Parents should consider what type of program and camp environment will fit with their child’s interests and personality. But with so many different camp options, what is the best way for parents to find out what a camp is really like? How do parents begin to weed through all the options? Tour The Camp: Naturally, a great way for parents and children to get a feel for a day camp or resident camp is to tour the camp. Scheduling a camp tour with your child the summer before sending your child to camp gives him or her a chance to see the camp in action. A tour also gives you a chance to ask the camp director questions in the camp environment. “Our partnership with our families often begins with our camp tour,” says Josh Male, owner and director of Gate Hill Day Camp in Stony Point, N.Y. “A tour gives me an opportunity to hear what’s important to our parents and their children. It also allows us to speak about Gate Hill in a relaxed and personal way.” Camp tours give children the feeling that they are part of the process of choosing the camp, and the more involved a child feels in the decision making, the more successful the camp experience usually is. If it’s not possible to tour the camp during the prior summer, you also could look into scheduling a tour in the off season. Sample A Camp: Many camps offer interested campers a chance to “try out” the camp by participating in Rookie Days or Rookie Weekends, or even abbreviated sessions before registering for the next summer. “Our rookie programs enable


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Campers at an Oasis Day Camp show off their festive headgear! our campers and parents to learn and experience the variety of programs we offer and the values that we teach at camp,” says Walter Synalovski, director

of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, a boys’ resident camp in the Berkshires, MA. “In addition, parents and kids have the opportunity to meet our nurturing staff and become part

of the Mah-Kee-Nac family. When they return the following year as a camper, they are familiar with our program and staff and know what to expect while at camp.” Mark Benerofe, owner and director of Camp Winadu, a resident sports camp for boys also located in the Berkshires, has a week-long program with a similar bent. “We call it Discovery Week,” he says. “It gives boys the chance to experience camp life for a shorter period of time before they make a commitment to a 5 or 7 week session. They learn about living in a bunk, separating from their parents, and going through the daily activities that make up a sleepaway experience—and it really sets them up for success the following year because everything is familiar.” Many day and resident camps offer short sessions of up to a few weeks. Indeed, there are some camps that are “pure” short session camps—meaning short sessions are their only mode. They are a great option if short sessions are the only kind of camp experience you intend for your child. However, if your ultimate goal is to transition your child into a longer camp experience, then the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, recommends testing the waters with a longer-session camp that offers an introductory shorter session. Camp builds community. You don’t want your child to become a part of a “pure” short-session camp community if they’re only going to end up wanting more and more—and then can’t get it from the camp community you’ve put them in. Cole Kelly is the camp director at Camp Weequahic, a resident camp in Wayne County, PA, which offers two three-week sessions or the option to stay for both sessions. He says, “We feel a short session camp must provide a specific beginning, middle and end for each of our campers. Even in the short sessions our campers enjoy all the fabulous traditions of summer camp as well as a wide variety of activities

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Traditional Or Specialty Camp? Kids tend to hone in on a few hobbies or interests during the course of the school year, and the push to specialize—whether you like baseball, or violin, or chess, or anything else— is happening at younger and younger ages. This trend has had a great impact on how parents think about summer camp, with some favoring the chance for their child to enjoy a broad range of traditional camp activities, while others are hoping to give their child a chance to deepen their experience in one area of interest while also enjoying other camp activities. In doing your camp research, one of the key questions to explore from the start is whether you’re leaning to toward “traditional” or “specialty.” Traditional summer camps offer children a varied camp experience with many different camp activities such as swimming, archery, ropes course, arts and crafts, soccer, basketball, boating and drama, among many others. For parents looking to provide their children with a social and developmental experience, such as learning life skills, developing independence, learning responsibility and connecting with people, the traditional camp will provide these experiences. Campers at traditional camps also become part of a community and will enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as Olympics, Color War, Bunk Activity Days, Community Service Projects, Carnival, and trips off camp. Specialty camps focus on a specific camp activity or related camp activities for a given period of time. There are many different types of specialty camps available for children for just about every interest, such as horseback riding, tennis, drama, gymnastics or soccer. If your child has an interest in a specialized activity, there is bound to be a camp geared toward that interest. So, how do you know if you should send your child to a traditional camp or a specialty camp? Your child’s age is one factor to consider. Young children often don’t show a specific interest in just one activity because they are still figuring out what their interests are. Traditional camp gives them exposure to a whole range of activities and allows children to develop many different skills and talents. Older children and teenagers have often narrowed down their interests and sometimes show a particular interest in a sport or a skill. A specialty camp may be a good option for them to hone these skills. At the same time, parents should keep in mind that many traditional camps offer focused programs where campers can specialize in an activity of their choice such as tennis or soccer, while still enjoying the benefits of the traditional summer camp experience. Likewise, many traditional camps hire top coaches or experts as their specialists so campers receive top instruction. Parents also want to think about their child’s interests. If, during the school year, a child likes participating in school plays and also playing for a basketball team, he or she may prefer a traditional camp where the camper can participate in many different activities each day. If a child only participates in one activity all of the time and shows little interest in anything else, a specialty camp might be the right fit for that child, however, some parents might feel their child spends too much time on one activity during the school year and that a traditional camp will expose their child to a more diverse range of activities. “When choosing a camp, parents should consider all the facets of their child’s experience and everything they would like their child to gain during a summer at camp. A camp’s mission, leadership, activities and facilities all support a positive camp experience,” says Adam Weinstein, executive director of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ.

they don’t get much time to enjoy at home. And of course if you go for both sessions you have that much more time to nurture friendships and enjoy camp life.” Look at Websites, Videos and Brochures: They give families a sense of what a particular camp is like. Most camp websites have photo slideshows, videos, virtual tours and maps which will give parents and children a glimpse of the camp and the camp program. Many camps also include a sample daily schedule so families can see what a typical day at camp is like. Camps may also send you a DVD upon request. Talk to the Camp Director: Parents want to make sure they click with the camp director. Sam Borek, owner and director of Woodmont Day Camp in New City, NY, says, “An important first step in selecting the right camp for your child is meeting the camp director. Everything the camp does starts at the top and trickles down to the staff,

an accurate picture of your child and the campers and the families. You want what your specific goals are for your to make sure that you form a strong child’s camp experience. Be upfront connection with the director and are on about your child’s disposition and how the same page with their decisions and your child does in group settings. Talk values.” Speaking with the camp director about their strengths and weaknesses. and asking some key questions is a good way for families to find out about a camp’s This will help them with bunk placement. Even more, it will help them philosophy and to determine if it matches know whether they have the right camp your own. Get to know the camp director for your child. A camp director wants a through phone calls, correspondence and in person if possible. Often, the camp director “An important first step in will come to your home selecting the right camp for during a visit to your area. Ask the camp director your child is meeting the camp about the camp’s mission director. Everything the camp statement and what type of child is successful at does starts at the top and camp. Likewise, the more trickles down to the staff, the open families are with campers and the families.” camp directors, the better informed they will be when it comes to making successful summer camp experience for a decision. your child. You can rely on that.” Renee Flax, camper placement Visit A Camp Fair: Camp directors specialist at the American Camp realize that many parents don’t have the Association, NY and NJ, says, “While it time to visit all the camps they might be is important for you to get to know a interested in, so many of them participate camp’s personality, it is also important in local camp fairs, where they set up for a camp director to know about your information booths with videos of the family. You are forming a partnership camps and brochures. Camp fairs typically with the camp director. When speaking welcome children as well, so they’re a to the camp director, make sure to give

great opportunity for everyone in the family to meet many camp directors, get a lot of info, and often discover one or more camps that might be a good fit for the children. In the greater New York City area, the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, works with New York Family magazine to host a series of camp fairs throughout the year. The fairs are free and feature resident camps and day camps of every variety. For more information about the ACA-sponsored Camp Fair series, visit Speak To A Camp Consultant: Much like college advisors, these are people who specialize in helping families select the right camp for their child. Typically, they don’t charge a fee—rather, they get paid by the camp that the family selects. Their advice is generally very reliable (after all, they want families to be happy with the results, or they’d put their own reputation at risk). For example, one popular service, The Camp Connection (, typically visits about 75 camps each summer to ensure that their impressions are fresh and accurate. Some camp consultants will visit you at home; others, like Camp Connection, are a phone service. Laurel Barrie, one of the co-owners of Camp Connection, says they speak to most families “multiple times,” with the

purpose of not only identifying some camps they might like but “helping them identify the core criteria and values that are most important to them when they think about the development of their child.” Parents interested in conferring with a camp advisor should be aware that the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, has their own Camp Placement Specialist, Renee Flax, whose vast knowledge and familiarity of camps is matched by her insight and general helpfulness. Renee can be reached at 800777-CAMP, or at Speak To Parents Who Send Their Children To A Camp You’re Interested In: No parent is going to have the exact same priorities or perceptions you do, but it still can be very helpful to hear a parent or two talk about their children’s experiences at a camp you’re considering—and you certainly can ask a camp director for some parent references. It’ll give you a feel for the kind of families who favor the camp, and whether they describe a camp experience that’s in keeping with what you hope for your child. Similarly, friends can be a reliable source of information, but just keep in mind that no one is a better expert on what’s right for your child than you are. No matter what a friend says, do your own research as well. G

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“The camp experience is as varied and diverse as the children that attend. Camp itself is for everyone, but not every camp is a fit for every child,” says Todd Rothman, director of Deerkill Day Camp in Suffern, NY. Day camp gives campers the best of both worlds: camp and home. Campers enjoy days filled with activities like swimming, arts and crafts, ropes course, sports, games and drama, and after a day of fun, they go home. Some day camps partner with resident camps to send day campers to overnight camp for a few days so they can get a feel for it; others host overnights at camp over the course of the summer. “When campers do ‘graduate’ to resident camp, we feel that we have succeeded in preparing them for that transition,” says Rothman. “We take great pride in the fact that we help children take their first step towards independence from their parents.”

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These are beneficial for young campers who are attending resident camp for the first time. Many camps offer twoweek or four-week sessions. Jason Sebell, assistant director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, Brother-Sister resident camps in Wilmot, NH, says, “Parents and children often express to us a mixture of excitement as well as apprehension about going away for the first time. This is why we feel offering the shorter session for first-time campers is a good way for these parents and campers to ease into camp.” Some camps will also allow campers to stay the full session if they don’t want to leave after the shorter camp session, which is often the case! Camp director Cole Kelly says, “We feel a short session camp must provide a specific beginning, middle and end for each of our campers. It really is a perfect option for families who want to enjoy all the aspects of camp, while also allowing for ample family time during the summer.” —J.M.


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ending your child to camp for the first time is a major milestone for a child, one that is often marked by excitement, anticipation and perhaps even some anxiety. For many kids, sleepaway camp is often the first real separation from parents they have experienced, and some have difficulty transitioning from the comforts of home to learning more independence. Homesickness, of course, is quite common, though in varying degrees. The good news is that “the vast majority of youngsters get over their homesickness in a matter of two or three days,” says David Tager, director of Indian Head Camp, a co-ed resident camp in Wayne County, PA. “In order to minimize the im-

pact of homesickness, children need to be kept busy, especially during ‘down’ times like rest hour and bedtime,” he added. “Playing interactive games during rest hour and reading to campers at bedtime can be effective ways to distract homesick campers so they don’t turn their thoughts towards their families.” But that’s once they’re in the hands of experienced camp directors like Tager. There are also many things parents can do to prepare their prospective campers for the emotional transition, and to support them once they are away.

EInvolve your child in the camp process. The more involved your child is about camp decisions, from choosing the

camp to packing, the more comfortable your child will feel about being at camp.

EPractice separation throughout the year. Have your child sleep over at friends’ and relatives’ houses. EDiscuss with your child what camp will be like. Honest discussions before your child leaves will help prepare your child for the camp experience. EDon’t bribe. Linking a successful camp stay to a material object when your child returns home sends the wrong message. Your child’s independence and growth at camp is the reward.

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Addressing the following questions will help you determine if your child is ready for the emotional journey from home to camp. How old is your child? Children under the age of 7 may not adjust easily to being away from home at resident camp. Parents should consider day camp at an early age, which can prepare children for going to resident camp in the future.

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How did your child become interested in camp? Does your child talk about camp and camp activities on a sustained basis? How much persuasion is necessary from you? How have your child’s overnight experiences been, away from home? Has he or she had successful overnights with relatives or with friends? Consider whether these separations were easy or difficult for your child. Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Parents should let their child know that they are confident in their child’s ability to have a successful summer camp experience. What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about the camp experience ahead of time allows you to create positive expectations. Touring a camp the summer before or signing up for “Rookie Days” or “Rookie Weekends” before a child goes to camp allows children to see the camp first hand and try out the activities.

ESend your child off with a personal item from home. Pack a favorite item, such as a stuffed animal. EReach a prior agreement about phone calls from camp. Some camps may allow calls; others may not. Your child should know what the policy is beforehand, with an explanation for why the camp has that policy, and also how they have a lot of experience in dealing with homesickness in kind and nurturing ways. Children should know that they will never be alone—and of course they can always write to you and vice versa. ESend a note or package ahead of time to arrive in the first few days of camp. Send a letter from home or a care package, acknowledging in a positive way that you will miss your child. For example, the note can say, “I will miss you, but I know you are going to have a wonderful time at camp.” EDon’t plan an exit strategy. Before your child leaves for camp, don’t discuss plans to pick up your child early from camp if he/she doesn’t like it. If you receive a “rescue call” from your child while at camp, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame of camp into perspective. EDon’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp, even if your child wants to come home. For many children, camp is the first step toward independence and it plays an important part in their growth and development. Try to keep in mind that most of the time kids settle down and are glad they stayed at camp. ETalk candidly with the camp director about his or her perspective on your child’s adjustment to camp. Remember, camp staffs are trained to ease homesickness, have dealt with homesick children before and will go out of their way to help make a child who’s feeling homesick feel more involved in camp. “When children begin to feel connected to the adults in their camp world, they feel more secure and their feelings of homesickness begin to subside,” says Tager. G








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onfused about what to pack for camp? When parents need to consider every weather scenario as well as which camp activities their child might be engaged in, packing for camp can be rather daunting. For sure, the camp you decide on will provide a detailed list of what to bring and (just as important) what not bring. It’s best to respect the “what not to bring” category. When parents try to sneak in an object that campers are not supposed to have—like a cell phone—it not only sends the wrong signal to their child and all the other children in the bunk, it defies the spirit of trust and community that are the underpinnings of a good camp. If you want to get a jump on camp essentials, or compare your camp’s list to a menu of standard camp essentials, here’s what to keep in mind to ensure that your child arrives at camp with the items he or she will need to have a wonderful summer camp experience: Headgear: Parents should consider packing items to protect a camper from the sun. Don’t forget baseball caps, bandannas, sunhats, as well as needed eyeglasses, sunglasses and swimming goggles. ClotHing: Include t-shirts, a swimsuit and shorts for hot days; a jacket, sweatshirt and jeans for cool days; and a raincoat or poncho for rainy days. Also, long pants will protect a camper from poison ivy, bugs and thorns during hikes. Check with the camp to see if dress clothes are required. Footwear: Appropriate footwear is one of the most important items to pack for camp, especially for hiking and running. Families should consider packing boots, tennis shoes, sandals and plenty of socks as well as dress shoes if the camp requires them. Remember that shoes should be broken in prior to the start of camp. Bed and BatH needs: For children attending a resident camp, parents should remember to pack the home basics: towels, a blanket, pillow, pillow cases, sheets, sleeping bag, laundry bag, and mattress pad. Bathroom kits are also essential. Parents should pack a brush and comb, shampoo, soap and soap container, toothbrush and holder, toothpaste, deodorant, insect repellent, feminine products, sun block, shaving gear and lip balm that contains sun block. additional items: Other items that will be helpful for kids include magazines, flashlights and batteries, a water bottle, writing materials and frisbees or other toys. When considering electronics, musical instruments, and other special gear, make sure to check with the camp first, as they may have specific policies about what is allowed. PaCk togetHer: The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, also recommends that parents and children pack together to address any uneasiness children may feel about leaving home. “Your child will feel more secure if they know what they are bringing to camp, and you can use the time packing together to talk with your child about how much fun camp is going to be,” executive director Adam Weinstein points out. G







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Budgeting For Summer Camp Surprising Ways Parents Can Save By Jess MIchaels



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n today’s economy and uncertain employment climate, most families certainly need to consider the family budget when planning a summer camp experience for their child. With a little planning and research, however, parents won’t have to compromise on the type of camp experience they’d like their child to have. Here are some unexpected ways to make summer camp work within your budget: *Search camps by cost. The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, has a camp database ( that allows families to search camp by cost (camp fees range from less than $300 per week to $800 or more per week) as well as by location, activities, day or resident camp. Families can also call the American Camp Association’s Camp Specialist at 1-800-777-CAMP for free, one-on-one advice on finding the right camp at the right price. *Look for camp early. Some camps offer early bird specials. Searching early also gives families a longer time to plan financially for camp. *Camp as a present (a really big one). Families can consider paying for camp as part of their child’s birthday or holiday gifts. Maybe other families members, like grandparents, would also consider putting their regular gifts toward the gift of summer camp. *Look into government savings programs and tax credits. Research a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. This allows parents to be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for “When you think child care or adult dependent care expenses about how much it that are necessary to allow parents to work, look for work, or attend school full time while costs to have a child they are caring for qualified dependents. In certain circumstances, day camp expenses, inhome all summer, cluding transportation by a care provider, may with childcare be considered dependent care services (visit for more information). Also, conand activities, you sider a Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. realize you can The IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 of dependent care expenses if you be paying a very have two or more dependents (up to $3,000 small premium for for one dependent). The amount of the credit is based on your adjusted gross income and a very rich camp applies only to your federal taxes. This applies experience.” to qualifying day camp expenses as well (visit for more info). *Talk to the camp director. If money is an issue, parents should talk to and negotiate with the camp director at the camp they are interested in. Some camps offer financial aid. They usually have sibling discounts, and they may also be inclined to help you if you have recommended the camp to others who have enrolled. Also, if your child has previously attended the camp, the camp director is likely to want to help you make it work, so that you’ll keep coming back in future years when you can more easily afford it. *Barter your time and services. If you have time or services to barter, a camp may be interested in accepting your help in exchange for a deeply discounted fee for your child. *Hold a fundraiser! Kids raise funds all the time, whether it’s because the basketball team needs new uniforms or the band wants to take a trip to a competition. Help your child put together some of kind of fundraiser to help pay for camp. *Check out camps sponsored by non-profit organizations like the YMCA (i.e. groups who see helping families as part of their core mission). Those camps are generally less expensive than for-profit camps, and they might also have more scholarship opportunities. “When you think about how much it costs to have a child home all summer, with child care and activities, you realize you can be paying a very small premium for a very rich camp experience,” says Adam Weinstein, executive director of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. “With careful planning, parents can find a camp that works within their family’s needs.” G



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CAMP NORTHWOOD Now is the best time to reserve a place for your child at Camp Northwood, a nationally renowned, A.C.A. accredited, co-ed summer camp for learning challenged children. A fun-filled summer of enriching experiences and friendships can make a world of difference in your child’s life!  Over 30 non-competitive activities promoting independence and self-esteem (Traditional camping, academic support, social skills training)  Scenic Adirondack location on a 9-mile lake  2 to 1 camper to counselor ratio (ages 8-18)  Qualified, experienced, compassionate staff Ask about The Northwood Center...This unique program provides young adults (ages 16-21) with opportunities to master independent living skills in a simulated apartment setting.

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ACCESS CHESHIRE at the Academy is a five-week interdisciplinary course of study in the arts and sciences designed for students going into grades 7, 8, and 9. Students will choose membership in one of six academic clusters: Cheshire C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation; The Land and the Sea; Problem Solving: An Odyssey of the Mind; Into Thin Air; Media and Society; and for international students, Exploring American Culture. July 2 to July 30, 2011. Summer School Director: Diane K. Cook 203-439-7400


The Adventures in Science program at the American Museum of Natural History introduces children to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits. Three-day and week-long camps explore topics such as astrophysics, the brain, dinosaurs, frogs, and early humans. Children can study constellations by star-gazing, examine the tools and cave art of our hominid ancestors, and much more in these exciting, inquiry-based programs. Older kids can delve deeper in twoweek institutes centered on evolution, anthropology, or computer rendering of prehistoric worlds. 212-313-7893

Come celebrate the 23rd summer of fun, fitness and friendship at Asphalt Green’s Summer Day Camp. Asphalt Green is the leader in youth sports and swimming in New York City and our camp is dedicated to fostering a love of sports and fitness that will last a lifetime. All of our camp activities are specially designed to meet the unique age-appropriate physical, mental, behavioral and social milestones of every camper in our age-based Pee Wee, Junior and Senior Camps. Bus service and pre-/after-camp are available. For more information or to register, visit or call the Camp Office at 212.369.8890 ext. 2084.


Aviator Sports Summer Day Camp includes activities that will help campers develop leadership qualities, self-confidence, moral character, vital social skills, healthy living habits as well as knowledge of their environment, culture, the arts, & many sports. Our dedicated and trained staff will ensure each camper a safe and fulfilling summer experience through small group ratios and individual attention. At no extra cost campers will enjoy activities with our specialty staff who have special training in gymnastics, sports, art, dance, environmental studies, swimming, theater, & team building. 1-10 week bundles are available.



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The BerliTz Kids® 2011 summer Camp

Your child will have fun and learn a new language with the Berlitz Summer Camp program. We offer all the educational advantages Berlitz is famous for in a fun, engaging curriculum designed for children. Your child will make real progress in their new language, and have a great time! Camp programs feature: Language learning based on the conversational Berlitz Method® Small groups of 3-6 students Age-appropriate curriculum and materials Fun atmosphere Specially trained, native-fluent instructors Rockefeller Center 40 West 51st St NY, NY 10020 For a positive experience for your child, call us today at 1.212.765.1000, or visit us at


BILINGUAL BUDS IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP IN BEIJING A unique travel experience for children ages 4-12 and their families. During the day, children attend our Beijing partner programs, joining native students for playful learning in Mandarin and meaningful interaction. Parents are busy with an itinerary of their own, including guided sightseeing and a cultural introduction to this enchanting city. 5-star hotel apartment accommodations. July 13 – July 30, 2011. Call for details. Summer immersion camps are also offered at our Manhattan and Summit locations. 175 Riverside Boulevard (at 68th) Street New York, NY 10069 212-787-8088 587 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 908-598-8088

Fun, family and friends forever… what Blue Rill is all about! Comprehensive sports programs, state-of-the-art swimming pools and a beautiful lake, incredible creative and performing arts, outdoor adventure programs and awesome traditions and special events. New softball and soccer fields, tennis complex, rock wall, zip lines and Playworld playground! The perfect combination of exceptional programs, great facilities and experienced and enthusiastic staff for campers ages 3 to 15. Join us for 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 weeks. Transportation included - only 25 minutes north of the GWB on the Bergen County border! Join us for an extraordinary summer experience! www.bluerilldaycamp. com, 845-352-3521.


Opportunities abound for animal lovers at the Bronx Zoo this summer. The Zoo’s Pablo Python Looks at Animals summer camp is back, with expanded hours, for your littlest naturalists. In jam-packed one week sessions, children ages 5 to 7 meet animals in the classroom and explore the Zoo’s world-class exhibits. Meanwhile, campers ages 8 to 12 spend a week immersed in wildlife at Animal Kingdom Camp, with visits from touchable animals and adventures to Tiger Mountain and Madagascar! And teens 13 to 17 delve into the workings of the Zoo in the three-week Summer Internship: Animal Care Program. For more information contact 718-220-5132 or

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Where Your Child’s Summer Camp Experience Stands Apart Nestled on 25 beautiful acres on Long Island’s beautiful north shore, Buckley offers an exceptional camp experience for 3-15 year olds. Campers love our expansive outdoor grounds, four heated swimming pools, tennis courts, boating pond, ropes course and air-conditioned indoor facilities, including science and computer labs and three gymnasiums. Air-conditioned bus transportation is included. We are located only 19 miles from Manhattan! Junior campers (3-6) experience a wonderland of discovery while 7-12 years olds have the opportunity to create their own personal schedule from a variety of sport, art or enrichment workshop. In addition to workshops, Teens go on exciting weekly trips while Counselors-In-Training learn the foundation of becoming a great camp counselor. Please call us at (516) 365-7760 to schedule a private tour and see for yourself why there is no place like Buckley!


THE CAMP CONNECTION: YOUR SUMMER CAMP MATCHMAKERS WE SPECIALIZE IN THE FIRST TIME CAMPER and TEENS! FREE ADVISORY SERVICE for summer programs for children, with over 20 years of experience, representing over 500 summer programs. Guidance, brochures, and DVDs are available on the finest Sleepaway Camps, Teen tours, Pre-college and Community service programs, specialty camps and more. Each camp has been personally visited and assessed for facility, staff, program, safety, supervision and cleanliness. There is never any cost to our clients for our service. Your child is our focus! The programs we represent are the finest in the industry. “WE ARE A RELIABLE RESOURCE FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION”. NO FEE/NO OBLIGATION. Call 1-800834-CAMP(2267) and speak to one of our consultants.

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Camp Jeanne d’arC

A traditional summer camp for girls 8 through 16...Camp Jeanne d’Arc offers a positive, friendly camp experience with supportive staff and caring counselors. Located in the Adirondacks on beautiful Lake Chateaugay. Over 200 acres with Swiss chalet style cabins and indoor bathrooms. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 week sessions. Excellent water sports, horseback riding, tennis, field sports, arts and crafts, hiking and camping out. Focus is on friends and camp spirit! Camp JDA welcomes girls of all faiths and backgrounds. Mass and Non-denominational Inspirational Services offered weekly. “Celebrating 90 Years of Camp Spirit – Summer 2011 Will Be Heaven!”

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Since 1976, Camp Northwood has been providing a fun-filled, instructional summer sleep away camp experience to learning challenged and high functioning autistic spectrum campers in need of greater supervision and social support than is available in a more traditional camp setting. Located in the Adirondacks of New York State, our 40-acre campus is situated on the edge of a beautiful 9- mile lake. Co-ed campers (ages 8-18) enjoy over 30 structured, non- competitive activities promoting independence, self-esteem and mastery. Our 2:1 camper to counselor ratio ensures individualized instruction and reinforcement of age-appropriate social skills. Campers have a wealth of opportunities to succeed and shine while having the time of their lives! Accredited by The American Camp Association. The Northwood Center, a division of Camp Northwood, Inc. established in 2001, offers summer programming for young adults, (ages 16-21) as they learn and practice independent living, practical and social skills in our simulated apartment setting.

Summer Program at Morningside Montessori School Ages 2½- 5 6- week program from mid-June to July Pee wee program is available 3 days per week Yoga, Music, Swim (for 3-5's) and Soccer! Come and play with us! 251 West 100th Street



July 2 to 30, 2011 LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS FOR GIRLS AND BOYS ENTERING GRADES 7, 8, AND 9 THE ACADEMIC CLUSTERS • Cheshire CSI: Crime Scene Investigation • The Land and Sea • Festival of China • Into Thin Air • Media and Society and for international students: • Exploring American Culture • ESL for Non-Native Speakers of English DIANE COOK, DIRECTOR: 203-439-7400 SUMMER@CHESHIREACADEMY.ORG WWW.CHESHIREACADEMY.ORG/SUMMER


Coed Residential and Day Summer Camp Quinebarge - a small camp that soon feels like a big family to both campers and staff. Living, playing and learning together builds friendships fast- friendships that often last a lifetime. Our 70 acres of woods and fields and 1500 feet of waterfront offer everything a traditional camp should as electives the camper chooses: Archery, Field Sports, Tennis, Volleyball and Mountain Bikes let us work up a sweat, High and Low Ropes Challenge Course, the Zip Line; our Climbing Tower; Gymnastics and Aerobics all tune our balance and spatial skills and build strength, teamwork, and confidence almost unnoticed, while teaching safety and caution as we work up a sweat! Swimming Instruction, Free Swims, Canoeing and Kayaking, Paddleboats and Water Bikes let us cool off. Woodshop, Arts & Crafts and Ceramics let us create, and our Nature Program and Horseback Riding help us learn respect for our fellow creatures and the life around us. Our trip program has people out on hikes or overnights or river trips almost daily, and each week the whole camp takes a special trip together. Quinebarge - a camp where kids have fun! 603-253-6029 800-869-8497


Camp Ramaquois, “A day camp as complete as sleep-away camp”, situated on 44 acres in nearby Rockland County. Only 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, via the Palisades Parkway. From adventurous activities to creative arts to athletic activities, boys & girls, ages 4-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Facilities include group bunks, a 5-acre crystalline lake, 8 heated swimming pools, a splash park, tennis, basketball & volleyball courts, hockey rinks, ball fields, soccer fields, a petting zoo, special events & much more. Optional Adventure Trip Program for grades 4-10. 10th Grade Leadership Program. Many air-conditioned buildings. Visit us at or call 845-354-1600 for a personal tour.

What makes a great day camp? Fresh air and nature close to home, firstclass facilities, exciting programming, and a responsible, well-trained staff. Camp Ten Ten has all that plus something more—a pedigree. As a non-sectarian program of the Park Avenue Christian Church, home of the Park Avenue Christian Church Day School, we have a well-earned reputation for loving, values-based care. Call Tina Jackson, camp director, at 212-288-3246 ext. 123 for a tour of our building and to plan a summer of new skills, new experiences, and new friends for your child!


Camp Yomawha- SUMMER DAY CAMP of The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood 54 Nagle Avenue New York, NY 10040 For more information contact: 212-569-6200 ext. 248 Get out of the city and into nature! Camp for school aged children with swimming twice daily, an adventure course, sports, nature, art, boating, drama, trips, overnights and late nights. Round trip transportation from West 97th Street in Manhattan through 230th Street near Riverdale to our Pearl River campgrounds included. Camp dates are June 29- August 18. Fees start as low as $800 for two week sessions and $3050 for the full summer. Visit our website for a full list of prices, discounts, open houses and registration.

Summer Camp June 27 - august 12 Located in the spacious facilities of rodeph Sholom School on the upper West Side of Manhattan, our summer camp offers a variety of enriching activities for children 2.9 to 5.10 years old.

·Swim Instruction ·arts & Crafts ·Cooking ·music ·Soccer ·Yoga ·Heated pools ·Gym & Play Deck ·Special Events & Trips ·Experienced Supervision ·Half Day, Full Day, and Weekly Options 7 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024 (646) 438-8500 ext. 1749

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Age 3-4.5 years 9am to 12:30pm • Arts and Crafts • Sports in our gym • Dance and Movement • Rooftop play

June 27th – August 19th Age 7-13 years • Special trips once a week/private bus •Field Sports at Roosevelt Island • Tennis lessons • Soccer • Softball • Kickball • Ultimate Frisbee • Relay Races • Touch Football • and more…


June 20th-August 19th Age 7-13 years • TWO educational/recreational trips/week • Arts and Crafts • Sports in our gym • Dance and Movement • Yoga • Drama • Karate • Science

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Chelsea Piers 23rd Street and the Hudson River NYC 10011 (212)336-6846 City kids can make their athletic dreams come true this summer at Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp, Manhattan’s most comprehensive camp program for children 3-17 years old. Campers can choose from 15 different sports camps including Sports Academy (soccer, basketball, volleyball, batting and more), Gymnastics (including rock climbing), Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Golf, Elite Soccer Camp, Performance Golf Camp, Bowling, Preschool Gymnastics, Preschool Ice Skating, Urban Adventure For Teens (kayaking, rock climbing and sailing), BlueStreak Sports Training Camp (Basketball, Football and Soccer), and a Triathlon Camp for Teens. Camp runs June 20 through September 2, 2011, and campers may sign up for one week up to 11 weeks, for maximum schedule flexibility. Transportation and After Care are available at an additional fee. For more information and to receive camp brochures, please call (212)336-6846, or visit the Web site at


Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Summer Art Colonies provide one- and two-week day camp sessions that allow children ages 6 to 14 to immerse themselves in fun and focused arts programs led by professional Teaching Artists. In our 8th year of our awardwinning Summer Art Colony program, you can choose from 45 classes offered at CMA in SoHo and on historic Governors Island. Classes run Monday to Friday with supervised play an hour before and after class to accommodate your drop off and pick up plans. Educational Programs Coordinator: Molly Stevenson 212-274-0986

ANIMAL CAMP / CUB CREEK SCIENCE CAMP Feed a sloth, walk a llama, hold a baby kangaroo, pet a porcupine (very carefully of course), launch rockets, explore a cave, make candy and crafts and even solve a crime, slide down a zip line, climb a tower, shoot an arrow or a rifle. Each camper decides what want to do and learn at camp. We have a very modern facility with beautiful air-conditioned cabins, great food and caring staff. We offer the only overnight animal camp in the country with activities kids love, including Adopt and Animal and Jr Vet. Visit our website to see why. ACA accredited


63 Call Hollow Road Pomona, NY 10970 (845) 354-2727 Owners & Directors: Roberta & Carol Katz Deer Mountain Day Camp is one of the first established and most respected day camps in the Tri-State area. Located just minutes from the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges, Deer Mountain was founded in 1956 and sits on 25 beautiful mountainside acres surrounding our spring fed lake. At Deer Mountain, ageappropriate programs for children 3-15 years old have been crafted by certified teachers and educational professionals to give your child the most enriching summer experience possible. With swimming, sports, arts, outdoor adventure, lake and special event activities, campers rave that they have “the best summer ever.”


Adopt an Animal – Care for your favorite animal for a week. Jr Vet – Watch a real surgery, learn to give injections, suture and read x-rays. Zip Line and Climbing Wall Crime Science Culinary Science and Candy Making Archery and Riflery Fishing Hiking Animal Safari Survival Skills – Make a shelter, build a fire and find wild edibles. Swimming Gemstone Quarry – Dig for and keep some gems that are buried in our quarry . Crafts – Jewelry, painting, leather crafts, hand-dipped candles etc.







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3 GREAT PROGRAMS QC Education & Sports Program • Sports Academy Theatre Production • For Children Ages 5–14 Wednesday, June 29–Tuesday, August 23 AND NEW THIS AUGUST

One-week Specialty Sports Camps for ages 10–18 OPEN HOUSE Join us in FitzGerald Gymnasium for one of our open house tours on any of the following Saturdays or Sundays between 10 am and 12 noon: January 15 & 23; February 6 & 19; March 5, 6, & 20; April 10 & 16; May 7, 21 & 22; June 5 & 18.

Pottery Spelunking Fossil Dig Geocaching – Find buried treasures using a GPS Chemistry – Make slime, disappearing ink, giant bubbles and super balls. Physics – Rockets, robots and circuits. Comfortable cabins complete with A/C and private bathrooms. • 718-997-2777 email:

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Discovery Camps are designed for active and fun-loving children of all ages. For 2s and 3-4 year olds, we have two camps in the morning running 9am to 12pm or 1pm. Campers enjoy sprinkler and rooftop play, art, science, cooking, movement, music, dramatic play, gym time, and a lunchbox meal to end the day. You can choose 2, 3 or 5 days a week. In the afternoon, we have GDAT (Gym, Dance Art, and Theatre) for 5-10 year olds. Campers create and perform their own play, make costumes and stage sets, perfect gymnastics skills, and let loose with roof play and games. Or, there is Gotta Dance Camp for 6-10 year olds. Boys and girls explore Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Flamenco while learning technique, choreography and performance skills. 2, 4 and 6 week sessions are available.

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Time off from school doesn’t have to be time off from learning! With our exciting weekly adventure camps, children ages 3-8 are so busy doing arts and crafts, experiments, role play and interacting with our SmartBoard Learning Station, they have no idea how much they are learning! Choose from Astronaut camp, Dinosaur camp, World Travel Camp, Anatomy of Me, Rainforest Exploration and many more fun and exciting themes! We offer full and half day programs and flexible weekly enrollment at our convenient locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn . Find the location nearest you at www. today!

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At SUNY Purchase College, 16 Weekly Day Camps and Programs ages 4-16, June-August. Campers choose Specialty Camps for single week(s) or the entire summer in: Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, MultiSports, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Circus Arts, Magic, Softball, Diving, Academic and Little Stars. Supervised swimming included. Lunch option and door-to-door transportation from Manhattan available. Locations also in the Hamptons at the Southampton Town Recreation Center, Green Hollow Tennis Club in East Hampton, Pine Hills Country Club in Manorville and Aspatuck Tennis Club in Westhampton offering Tennis/Golf Camps with lunch/ transportation options as well.

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Choose Your Own Trail! Family owned coed sleepaway camp for ages 8-16 offering affordable 2, 4, and 6-week sessions. Located on over 100 beautiful acres in the Southern Berkshires, campers “choose their own trail” with a unique elective program exploring new activities and expanding their horizons. The warm, friendly atmosphere and extensive facilities make for magical summers at Greenwood Trails! 390 Winchester Road, Winsted, CT 06098 516-483-7272

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Located at Columbia, Fordham, NYU, NYIT 1-888-709-TECH (8324) Experience the World’s #1 summer technology program. Over 120,000 kids and teens worldwide have learned to create video games, websites with Flash®, C++ and Java programs, iPhone® and iPad® apps, 3D models and animations, robots, digital movies and more. Ages 7-18 enroll in these fun and challenging, weeklong, day and residential summer camps, located at 60 universities in the U.S. This includes Columbia, Fordham, NYU, NYIT, Harvard, Stanford and more. Check out Teen programs at select universities: iD Gaming Academy, iD Visual Arts Academy and iD Programming Academy. Free year-round learning with iD 365. Save with code NY77L.

At the JCC Day Camp @ Pearl River, just 30 minutes outside the city, your 5-12 year old camper will master swimming; explore nature, art and music; play sports; learn to canoe; and build lasting memories in a friendly atmosphere that allows him/her to be appreciated as an individual. Camp highlights include: Swimming 2 times a day Low and High Ropes Courses and Rockwall Scenic boating lake Beautiful fields; basketball, tennis and gaga courts; dedicated Yoga Zone Cooking, Nature, Music and Arts with experts Planting Garden Petting Zoo Visit or call Genna at 646.505.4430 for more info.


The Very Best in Camping KENMONT CAMP FOR BOYS AND KENWOOD CAMP FOR GIRLS are America’s premier two-week and four-week sleep away camps. With exceptional leadership, staff, program and facilities, we provide an extraordinary camping experience with exemplary commitment to our campers’ happiness, well-being and safety. NESTLED AMONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE BERKSHIRE MOUNTAINS our Kent, CT location is less than two hours from New York City. Our magnificent 200 acre property on North Spectacle Lake is the setting for our acclaimed brother /sister camps, offering separate and equal state of the art facilities for boys and girls. 305-673-3310

Unleash The Artist Within This Summer nce, Experie nd a Explore at Create r Summe s ’ A M C lony! Art Co s, g artist n u o y r Fo -14. ages 6

Learn Printmaking, Origami, Robotics, Murals, Claymation, Painting and more at the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ 1 and 2 week long day camps, all summer long in Soho and on Governors Island. To register for Summer Art Colony or to find out more information about CMA’s Birthday Parties, Wee-Arts and Art After School programs, visit or 212-274-0986

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Age: 2.5 yrs.-3.11 yrs. When: 9:3012:30 Where: Drop-off camp at Temple Israel & Sutton Place Synagogue. Activities: Sports, arts & crafts, story-time, cooperative games etc. Children must be toilet trained. Age: 4 yrs-6 yrs When: June/July 9am-1pm Where: Pickup/Drop off at E. 80th Street. In June, kids bussed to Randall’s Island. In July, camp indoor at All-Souls. Activities: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, cooperative learning games, arts & crafts, water games, playgrounds, etc! Age: 7yrs-10yrs When: June; 9am-3pm Where: Pick-up/Drop off E. 80th St; kids bussed to Randall’s Island. Activities: Baseball, Basketball, Flag-Football, Soccer, Cooperative games and more! Participate in any/all weeks.

173 West 81st St., Lower Level (81st and Amsterdam) (949) 528-6240 OR (949) LAUNCH-0 Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch with one mission in mind: Inspire children to love and learn math! Launch provides Pre-K through 8th grade kids with individualized and targeted math instruction throughout the year and exciting indoor/outdoor day camps during the summer. Launch camps are week-long sessions packed with creative hands-on projects related to math and science. Two different camps are offered every week of the summer. Whether building advanced robots, launching highflying rockets, designing video games, tinkering with electronics or playing in Central Park, kids will be having too much fun to even notice that they are learning!


Marymount Summer Camp 1026 5th Ave. NYC 10028 (212)744-4486, ext. 8040 June 20-July 22, 2011 Ages 3.5-13

Set on a college campus in the heart of New York City, Camp MSM provides intensive musical instruction in musical theater, chamber music, percussion, and piano studies for students ages 11-17. Campers will join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities. Singers will develop their vocal skills and dramatic interpretation as they rehearse and prepare for the summer’s culminating musical theater production. Instrumental majors will participate in various large and small ensembles. Performance opportunities will take place throughout the summer in Manhattan School of Music’s stateof-the-art recital halls and main auditorium. For further information and applications, go to www.

Marymount’s summer program offers three coed day camps in the heart of New York City. The World Cultures Day Camp (ages 3.5-5) is designed to inspire creative play and discovery through age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities including music, art, dance, sports, water play, field trips and nature study. The Drama Camp (ages 5-13) is a creative musical theater program run by professional teaching artists culminating in the performance of a full musical production. In Science and Technology Camp (ages 5-12), campers discover the world of natural science and technology through laboratory experiments, field studies and multimedia activities. All camps include field trips, outdoor sports and swim instruction. Hours are 8:30-3:00pm with an afternoon Fun and Fitness option until 5:00pm





25 Miles from GWB Located in Ringwood, New Jersey


OPEN HOUSE DATES: Saturday February 12th, Sunday February 13th, Saturday March 5th Time: 11am-1pm

• Boys and Girls Ages 3-15 • Flexible 4,5,6,7 or 8 Week Programs • Full Day 9 to 4 pm • Door to Door A/C Mini Bus Transportation • Lunch, Camp Shirts & Backpack Included • 26 Acre Campus, Individual Daily Swim Instruction • Mature Staff, Rewarding Experience


Mitchell and Michelle Kessler Owners/ Directors Spring Lake Day Camp Privately Owned and Operated Since 1989






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•Just for girls ages 7 to 16. •2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 week sessions available. •200 acres located on beautiful Lake Chateaugay in the Adirondacks. •No cell phones! No texting! Campers have fun and are active all day doing activities, challenging themselves and developing self confidence. • Swiss chalet style cabins with indoor bathrooms. Caring counselors and supportive staff. •Nightly campfires, lots of special events and traditions. •We welcome girls of all faiths and cultures. Weekly Mass and Non-denominational Inspirational Services on site. • Celebrating 90 Years of Camp Spirit in 2011!

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Play with us on our twenty-five acres of beautiful grounds in Pomona , NY. Our preschool through teenage summer programs are specially designed to be age-appropriate, and lots and lots of fun! Lead by certified teachers, your child will enjoy dozens of activities, including: swimming, sports, fine arts, outdoor adventure, nature, photography, drama, music and more. 54 years of happy campers!

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Celebrating its 41st year, this summer Montessori International is offering a “Sights and Sounds Give your child the world. Give a of New York City” theme based summer to remember at Morningside program for children ages 2 to 14. Montessori School’s Summer Each week, children experience Program. field trips, art projects, sports and Imagine it: frolicking in sprinklers, academic activities centered on learning to swim, creating in the the weekly theme, culminating in air-conditioned bliss of sun- and funa “Song and Dance” presentation filled classrooms. Have a climber? each Friday. As the camp is staffed Adventurers are on top of the world by the school’s teachers, children with rooftop equipment enough to are also able to continue with spark imaginations. their academic s, allowing them to prepare for admission to gifted Seeking inner-peace? Our yoga programs or to get a head start on teacher has kids reaching for the the upcoming year. Flexible session stars. Music With Tim brings new dates and non-profit rates offer all worlds of song, and our teachers have children a chance to experience a enough experience up their sleeves Montessori summer! Campuses in to keep every day magical. Park Slope, Brooklyn; Sutton Place, This is the place you wish your Manhattan, and Elmhurst, Queens. parents had known about when you Please call (212)223-4630 or ss NY Fam color Brook 2011_ss ad Souther Liv 05 12/10/10 3:05 PM Page 1 were a kid. (718)857-3341 for admissions info.

Serving Westchester and NYC families since 1955, Mount Tom provides a safe and supportive environment for children ages 3-14 to learn, grow and have fun. We believe a positive camp experience enhances a child’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. “The Mount Tom Difference” is its proven staff model featuring EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS SPENDING THE ENTIRE CAMP DAY WORKING DIRECTLY WITH CAMPERS. As a result, campers are better able to learn life skills such as building and maintaining friendships, taking healthy risks, overcoming fears, teamwork, self-confidence and determination. Children participate in a well-rounded schedule of activities including daily Red Cross swim instruction, team and individual sports, cultural and performing arts, nature, outdoor adventure (rock climbing, ropes course, zip line), electives and wonderful special events. Short, safe commute on supervised, air-conditioned vehicles. Healthy and delicious hot lunch and snacks. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (914) 636-8130.


We’re a non-competitive, natureoriented day camp for children ages 4-16. Our programming includes instructional swimming, music, drama, earth arts, crafts, gardening, storytelling, archery, hiking, cooking, overnight camping, environmental education, wildlife, and non-competitive sports and games. Our home is 200 magnificent acres at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, with the abundant parklands of Rockland County awaiting us when we get the urge to roam still further. Please call for a private tour or come to one of our Open Houses. Directed by Ed Bieber, who’s been introducing children of all ages to nature’s wonders for nearly 40 years.

Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School y July 3-August 6, 2011 Five weeks of exploration and discovery.

We offer Residential/Day programs for motivated students. You will enjoy full access to our campus with its state-of-the-art Phelps Science Center, the world’s largest secondary school library, and expansive athletic facilities. Our UPPER SCHOOL program is for students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. ACCESS EXETER, a program of accelerated study in the arts and sciences, is open to students who have completed grades 7 or 8. For more detailed information please visit our website. 20 Main Street y Exeter, NH 03833-2460 y Tel 603.777.3488 y Fax 603.777.4385 email

Buckley Country Day


Early Childhood Program for Ages 3–6 Art, Education, and Sports Workshops for Ages 7–12 Teen Camp for Ages 13–15 Beautiful, Expansive 25-Acre Campus Air-Conditioned Mini-Buses Servicing Manhattan at No Additional Cost Air-Conditioned Facilities 4 Heated Pools Only 19 Miles from Manhattan Call Us to Schedule a Private Tour

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Oasis in Central Park 3 West 95th Street New York, NY 10025 Oasis in Downtown Manhattan 219 Stanton Street New York, NY 10002 1.800.317.1392 With two locations, Central Park and Downtown Manhattan, campers will experience the summer of a lifetime New York City! Both Locations provide campers ages 4-11 a traditional summer day camp experience with a variety of engaging activities from cooking to martial arts, and dancing to creative writing. Campers have the opportunity to learn, run, swim, and play in a safe and encouraging environment. Our Central Park location features tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, soccer fields, nature trails, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and three indoor facilities. Our Downtown Manhattan location features tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, soccer fields, and a swimming pool. Campers will be exposed to engaging activities in a variety of sports, swimming, visual and performing arts and teambuilding activities. Both locations have experienced staff members who are dedicated and influenced role models college age and older. Can’t get to us? Don’t worry, we’ll get to you! Our Oasis bus service picks-up and drops-off from a number of convenient locations in select neighborhoods. Look into our family discounts! Registration is fast and simple— don’t wait!


We believe in childhood, sleeping under the stars, dirt under your nails, friendship, campfire cooking, playing ball, community, molding clay, fishing, waterslides, canoeing, caring for the camp farm, and all the fun little details that make up an awesome TECH FREE childhood summertime! Create your kind of day from our activity roster. Explore our mile long private lake and 740 wooded acres. Est. as Incarnation Camp in 1886, our historic roots and strong alumni support enable us to offer the best in summer camping at half the cost of comparable camp programs.


The Summer School at Phillips Exeter Academy seeks bright, highly motivated students to participate in five weeks of academic exploration and discovery. The UPPER SCHOOL offers more than 100 courses of study for high school students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. ACCESS EXETER, our program for students who have completed grades 7 or 8, offers accelerated study in the arts and sciences. If you are interested in five weeks of challenging study, music, theater, art, and athletics; five weeks of fun and friendships, then consider Exeter’s Summer School. We look forward to welcoming you to the Academy this summer.

QUEENS COLLEGE SUMMER CAMP Join us at Queens College Summer Camp for an exciting, fun-filled day camp, for children ages 5 to 14. Located on our beautifully landscaped 77-acre campus, the spacious FitzGerald Gym houses an Olympic-standard size pool and basketball courts. Outdoor facilities include new tennis courts, softball fields and soccer fields. Our program offers instruction in a number of different activities, such as swimming, tennis, basketball, computers, art, math, reading and theatre production. A staff of certified instructors- aided by Queens College students experienced in sports and education- will help children learn new activities, improve their skill, and have an unforgettable summer. Our programs promote social skills, independence, and selfesteem. Call for more details: 718-997-2777 or visit our website:

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Bronx Zoo

Programs at the zoo offer children & parents incredible opportunities — from touching animals to sleeping at the zoo! Summer camp is back this year, better than ever! We have lots of exciting programs & experiences for kids ages 5–17.


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Rodeph Sholom School Summer Camp provides an enriching summer experience for children 2.9 to 5.10 years old. Campers enjoy daily recreation both outdoors on the roof deck and courtyard with heated pools and playground, as well as indoors in airconditioned, spacious classrooms. The experienced staff comprised of head counselors, assistant counselors, and CITs guide the children through specialist-led activities including soccer, yoga, music, cooking, performing arts and Shabbat experiences. Daily swim instruction is provided under the close supervision of certified instructors. Special visitors, events, and trips contribute to the program. 7 West 83rd Street 646-438-8500 ext. 1749 summercamp

Camp Directory Best Quality, Most Fun, SUMMER AT ST. BART’S SCRIBBLE PRESS Best Value in town!

At SCRIBBLE PRESS, we believe that building great writers and storytellers is a process – a process that’s lots of fun! During our week long camps, the smallest scribblers have a blast creating arts and crafts, singing songs and participating in sensory play. Every activity is inspired by themes from modern and classic children’s literature. Older scribes work in a fun and collaborative environment to develop creative writing skills as they complete their very own tale. At the end of camp, all students leave with their very own published book! Convenient east and west side locations East side: 212-288-2928 West side: 212-362-2555

Mitchell and Michelle Kessler Owners/Directors Spring Lake Day Camp

Spring Lake Day Camp of Ringwood, NJ is the perfect choice for campers ages 4 to 15. We are located just 25 Minutes from the George Washington Bridge. Our program includes swim, sports, arts, creative arts, trips, adventure, & special events. Situated on 26 mountainside acres we offer a well rounded program. Spring Lake’s heated pool complex, 5 acre lake for boating & fishing, athletic fields and covered sport complexes cannot be duplicated. We offer plenty of shade & indoor facilities as well. Our 3:1 camper to staff ratio ensures an enriching, safe experience for all. Air conditioned mini bus transportation, hot lunch, camp shirts, photos and yearbook video are included in the tuition. Second generation camp owners, privately owned and operated since 1989. Call for a personal Tour.

Not every kid wants the same kind of camp, and we want happy campers! That’s why St. Bart’s is offering three options that include swim every day: St Bart’s Day Camp • June 6th- August 19th Perfect for 3 ½ year to 6 year olds: swimming every day, sports, art or science, dance, plus a whole lot more on our roof top playground! Island Sports Camp • June 27th – August 19th For 7-13 year olds who like something a little more sporty. Start the day with science, art, yoga or drama, then jet off for a day of softball, soccer, and tennis. The day concludes back at St. Bart’s with swimming instruction in our indoor pool. Adventure Camp • June 20th -August 19th This camp is great for 7-13 year olds who are into art, science and a little adventure. This camp offers 2 educational/recreational trips per week in and outside of Manhattan. Also included are sports, yoga, drama and a weekly art/science showcase. Summer at St. Bart’s also offers flexible scheduling, the Breakfast Club, lunch and After Camp program. To register, schedule a family tour at your convenience or to receive more information, contact Eileen Reddy at 212-378-0203, or Janette Coleman at You can also look at our website:


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Music • Theater • Games • K-9th gr. 184 East 76th St. New York, NY 10021

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A rewArding summer experience for Aspiring young musiciAns in new york city July 10 – August 6

camp msm is a residential camp for young musicians in grades 6-11 with a focus on musical theater, chamber music, and Piano studies. campers live in the msm dormitory and develop their skills and love for music in the city that knows music best. Two-week sessions and day camp options are also available.

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Super Soccer StarS

Super Soccer Stars 212-877-7171 Have a ball this summer with Super Soccer Stars, NYC’s most popular children’s soccer development program for ages 2 & up! With a variety of class options and multiple locations to choose from, your child will be actively entertained all summer long. Choose from: Flexible Outdoor Drop-in classes, Indoor Soccer with an Arts & Music Kick Mini Camps for ages 2.5 – 5, outdoor Fun in the Sun half-day camps for ages 3-5, outdoor Kick It! Day camps for ages 6-12, Advanced Skill Development Clinics for Premier players, and Small-Sided Games for ages 6-12. Classes in the Hamptons all summer long. Call 212-877-7171 or go to to register today!”


WHERE IN THE WORLD would your kids like to go during the spring school break? India? Africa? South America? At Global ARTS Camp kids learn music, dance, storytelling, drama, and art in workshops led by professional artists from around the globe. Each day will consist of hands-on performing and visual arts activities from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Native American culture, or American history. March 21-25 or April 18-22, 9am to 4pm Ages 8-12 Give your kids the staycation of a lifetime at GlobalARTS Camp, only at Symphony Space! Register at camps or call 212.864.1414, ext. 221.

Camp Yomawha

Summer is coming and TADA! has the musical theater camp for you! Choose from themes like Musical Mystery Tour, a Very GLEE-ful Summer, Broadway Idol, Pirates On The Hudson, and more! Week-long summer camps are offered for kids pre-k through 8th grade and run from June through August. Learn to sing, dance, and act this summer and perform your masterpiece in front of family and friends at the end of the week! For more information, please visit www. or call us at 212-252-1619.


Calling all budding chefs ages 4-13 for a unique lip-smacking culinary adventure! We focus on exploring new ingredients and delicious flavors, all while making new friends in the kitchen. Weekly themes (Around the World, Chocolate Lovers, Iron Chef & more) allow children to sign up for the whole summer or a week. Each day, we’ll whip up signature recipes introducing children to basic kitchen safety, cooking and baking skills as well as advanced culinary and fancy finishing techniques. Home to the city’s only kitchen studio designed just for kids, we offer half-day morning camps for ages 4-8 and afternoon camps for ages 9-13. 212-242-2248

Get out of the city and into nature! Traditional day camp for school aged children with swimming, sports, trips, overnights, challenge courses, arts and more! Daily round trip transportation from W 97th Street in Manhattan through 230th Street near Riverdale to our Pearl River campgrounds included.

Camp Dates are June 29- August 18. Fees start as low as $800 for two week sessions and $3050 for the full summer. Visit our website for our prices, open houses and registration.

54 Nagle Avenue • New York, NY 10040 • 212-569-6200 ext. 248

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Healthy, happy, invigorating, cooperative, challenging, “green” camping experience in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York with concentrations in Sports, Art, Tae Kwon Do, Music, Drama, Archery, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Crafts, Pottery, Swimming, private Tennis Complex, Newspaper, Cooking, Campfires, Journal Writing, Fun with Astronomy, Hiking, Climbing Boulder, Gymnasium activities, Educational Trips, Academics, Gardening, Model Railroading, Board Games, Landscaping, Nature Studies, Recreational Games: ping pong, pool, fooz ball, Marshmallow Contest, Talent Shows, Ultimat Frisbee, Horse Shoes, Bocce, Ladder Ball, Croquet, Kickball, Goodnight Songs, Emotional Literacy, Berry Picking, Farm Visits, Caverning, White Water Rafting, Picnicking, Miniature Golf, Bowling, Movies, Pizza Night, Granny’s Ice Cream in the Adirondacks, Sleucing for diamonds, Maple Syrup Farm Trip and more…



This six-week program, geared toward children 4.5-9, provides a structured environment for children who need to maintain learning throughout the summer. The curriculum has a combination of enriched academic programming while maintaining a camp-like experience full of social and outdoor activities. Reading, writing and math are taught four times a week and science and social studies are immersed into programming. Weather permitting children are outside every day, swimming lessons takes place twice a week and dynamic field trips happen weekly. For more information, visit: http://www.westenddayschool. org/summer.html or contact Katy Meyer at 212-873-5708 ext 318, e-mail



No other summer program offers as many face-to-face encounters to closely observe and study whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and puffins in their natural habitat. Through direct observation, scientific data collection and hands-on experience with marine science equipment, the Whale Camp is a place where exploration, inspiration and learning abound. Here, on stunningly beautiful Grand Manan Island the learning is a fun, hands-on adventure. We celebrate the ocean’s grandeur, beauty, serenity and power and help you discover your own. The tone we set at Whale Camp allows you to be comfortable with yourself, value others, have fun, improve self esteem and make lasting friends. With our seas and planet in peril, we believe it’s more important than ever for us to look to the whales and the beauty of our planet to learn how to “Save the Humans!” Check out our new website with lots of action videos:

Woodmont Day Camp is a camp where each child will feel the warmth and comfort of home. Campers ages 3 through 15 will experience a dynamic program in an environment fostering growth and independence. Our breath-taking waterfall welcomes you to our 50 acres of beautiful woodlands, streams, trails and open space. Woodmont offers campers an unforgettable camp experience in a country setting unrivaled in its natural surroundings. We are ideally located ¼ of a mile from exit 11 on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, just 25 minutes from Manhattan.

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What are your kids doing this summer? SUMMERS COME AND GO BUT YMCA CAMP STAYS WITH THEM FOREVER. This summer, the YMCA has two fun and safe ways to make both of your summer wishes come true at our YMCA Day Camps across NYC and Sleepaway Camps just 90 miles northwest of New York City. Whichever location you choose, we offer a safe place for kids and teens to make friends, swim, play sports, go on trips, build strong core values, develop new skills, participate in fun summer learning activities and at the end of summer leave camp as a stronger, more well-rounded individual.

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All YMCA Summer Camps are overseen by trained, caring adult staff and accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). For more information call (212) 630YMCA or visit REGISTER FOR YMCA SUMMER CAMP TODAY!


N EW YORK C ITY’S B IGG E ST CAM P FAI RS ARE COM I NG TO WE STC H E STE R! New York Family and the ACA-NY are hosting brand new fairs in Westchester to help parents meet over 45 different camp directors. DAY CAMPS and SLEEPAWAY CAMPS from all over will be represented, great for children ages 3 to 17! The Camp Fairs are an ideal way for would-be campers to find the right camp!

FREE ADMISSION! YMCA Camp Letts, Washington DC’s premiere resident camp, has been offering sailing, horseback riding, water skiing, fine arts programs, and wilderness adventures to our campers for over 100 summers. Located on a one mile peninsula just off the Chesapeake Bay, youngsters from across the county and around the world flock to this secure and exciting environment to have fun, kindle friendships, and master new skills. Every summer, campers spend one and two-week sessions with our highly trained staff building skills that will last a lifetime. Come join the adventure and you’ll see why we say, “Welcome to the fun. Welcome to the family. Welcome to camp!”

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Ken Glotzer, director of Day Camp In The Park in Harrison State Park, NY.

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A Noted Camp Director Shares Some Of His Favorite Anecdotes Editor’s Note: Ken Glotzer is the author of “There Is No Place Like Camp: A Camp Director’s Guide For Parents.” He is the longtime director of Day Camp In The Park in Harriman State Park, NY. The following anecdotes were excerpted from his book. Stories matter… Although my camp is not geared to children with special physical needs, one summer I accepted a handicapped boy whom I thought might benefit from our camp. Luke could barely walk and he spoke very little. Yet he had the most profound influence on my campers and staff. Luke had cerebral palsy, and he had many physical limitations. At first, we tried to have him travel with his age group. But our five-hundred-acre nature preserve camp proved to be very inhospitable for him. So we changed our game plan. We decided to place him at various specialty activities throughout the day—one period at art, one period at nature, drama, swimming, boating, etc. Luke would get to know our campers and staff through these various specialties. In time, our campers learned to respect him for his courageous attempts to try new things. Though it was very difficult


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for him to enter the boating area, through perseverance and assistance from my staff, he did and was able to try new activities that he was never able to do before. The art teacher ordered a special type of clay so Luke could improve his fine motor skills by building a beautiful art clay mold. Luke learned that there are many wonderful people willing to help him conquer his physical limitations. We all won and learned from each other. There is no lesson more important to learn in life than knowing that we exist to help each other succeed and that we are better people by living this code of ethics. Out of the mouth of babes… Working with nursery school children, one should always be ready to laugh and realize that little children have a very unique way of looking at the world. One day the counselors and campers were cleaning out a bunk. One of the counselors found a pair of size 6, snow white underwear pants. The counselor asked, “Whose underwear is this?” No one responded. He asked again and still there was no response. Finally, the senior counselor said in great frustration, “It didn’t just fall from the sky.” One camper looked up and said, “Hmm…maybe it is God’s underwear.”

Success can be found in many ways with young children… There was a little boy (Marc) who was convinced that he could not dress himself. Each day he told his counselor, “I am too little and I cannot do it.” When his mother came up on visiting day, she was observing her child trying to get dressed. Impatient to get to the barbeque that we have every year for our camp families, she said to him, “Oh, just let me do it. You are too little to do it.” However, by the end of the summer, Marc had learned to dress himself, and he was extremely proud of himself! He was able to see that there were plenty of other children his size who could dress themselves. This was a good lesson for mommy, too. He never knew he would become a great counselor . . . He was a very shy, reticent young man who wanted to be a CIT (Counselor in Training). His foster mom had heard some

good things about how our camp helped young teenagers to become responsible, authentic young adults. She knew that her foster son could thrive in a supportive environment and he needed a positive experience in his life to help him persevere. His foster mom had shared with me that Tyrone’s dad died very young, and that his mom had numerous medical ailments. In addition, Tyrone had his own medical issues and had never succeeded in a group dynamic situation before. The main problem for me was that Tyrone had no prior camp experience and starting camp at age 14 was very late. However, I knew that I had to give him a serious interview and the main purpose of camp was to help children—all children. One could easily see that Tyrone was a very easy-going, sensitive, caring young man. He really liked to skateboard so I thought of possibly putting him at the skateboard park. When I asked him what he thought the major responsibility of a CIT would be at the skateboard park, his adult response startled me. He said, “Help the campers overcome their fears by letting them know that I would be there to support them whenever they tried to learn a new move.” We took him into our program, and for the next two years he progressed nicely and was ready to assume a paid position. Even though his physical ailments plagued him (one summer he needed a spinal fusion), he was always helpful, caring and sensitive to meeting the needs of our campers and they grew to love him. He had the gift of being able to develop an almost innate trust with young campers. He knew their initial fears in trying to master a new move on the skateboard but his easy-going and relaxed demeanor (without many words being spoken) soothed their fears and gained their trust. Furthermore, he learned from senior staff members the importance of using positive reinforcement techniques. In a short period of time he became a consummate skateboard instructor with a loyal following! Young children always respond best to authentic, sensitive, caring individuals. Even though Tyrone had a traumatic childhood, he recognized that helping others was crucial to his own well-being, growth and maturation. Now is the time for your family to choose a camp and begin to write and experience your own wonderful stories. Good luck! P

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