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8 Making Camp Work We spoke to five local camps that operated successfully and safely in 2020—all with a zero COVID-19 transmission rate. Find out what safety precautions they took. 16 Is It Time for Day Camp? Why summer camp is important for kids’ development—and how to choose the best one for your child. 20 Countdown to Camp A month-by-month timeline to help you plan for summer camp 22 Camp Directory Day, specialty, and sleepaway camps for kids in Long Island 28 Advertisers’ Index


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Summer camp is a quintessential childhood experience—and after the year we’ve had, kids need it more than ever! In an effort to help you plan your child’s best summer ever, we’re proud to present the 2021 Camp Guide for Long Island! Inside, you’ll find expert camp-planning advice and tools to help make the process a little easier, including: • an exploration of how five local camps opened last year, with zero transmissions of COVID-19 • a camp directory • and more! Plus, you can enter to win a $200 Amazon gift card to buy everything you need for camp—turn to p. 28 for details! For even more great advice to help you make better decisions for your kids, from what to do with your children to choosing the best after-school program, visit nymetroparents.com. And to get the best weekend activities, right to your inbox, visit nymetroparents.com/register!

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Making Camp Work

We spoke to five camps that operated successfully and safely last summer—with no transmissions of COVID-19. By Melissa Wickes

amilies throughout New York have been through the ringer—and every kid is in need of a little fun. Fortunately, summer is around the corner when camp can come to the rescue. And because so many camps throughout the New York metro area were able to operate safely last summer, it looks like they will be able to open again this year. We talked to five camps about what precautions they took last year—and how they plan to do the same in 2021. (Spoiler alert: All of these camps saw zero transmission of COVID-19.)

Learning and Preparing The most important first step for camps was to buff up on all essential COVID-19 information. Most followed safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health departments, and the American Camp Association. “We took a very proactive approach, meeting weekly with our CEO, aquatics, registered nurse, specialists, and directors virtually, sharing any information someone may have received in their respective fields,” explains John Dillon, Rockland County YMCA youth program director. “Lisa [Coughlin, Rockland County YMCA program director] and I would attend virtual camp discussions with YMCA camps across the United States to see what they were doing, what was working, and what wasn’t working. All of this collaboration made it easier to prepare for the unexpected.” Every staff member at Camps ‘R’ Us, which operates several camps on Long Island, received extensive training about COVID. All group leaders, program staff, and directors were thoroughly educated on health procedures and received contact-tracer training through Johns Hopkins University. The camp also had health professionals on-call and 8

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available for guidance and consultation. Campuses were fully equipped with personal protective equipment and their infirmaries were revamped to add isolated areas.

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Many camps set up procedures to track temperatures and monitor symptoms for 14 days before camp started. Park Shore Country Day Camp in Dix Hills, Ann & Andy’s Acres of Adventure in Elmsford, and the YMCA of Rockland, for example, required a health-screen form to be filled out by every camper and every member of the staff. At Camps ‘R’ Us, comprehensive daily health checks were already part of the norm—even prior to COVID-19—but they added elements like monitoring signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days prior to camp, daily temperature checks, and The Rockland YMCA operated two staff COVID-19 tests every 2 weeks. Camps ‘R’ Us successful camps throughout the summer of 2020, one in Nyack and one in Pomona, also distributed important information to parents with not one COVID-19 case. over email and ZOOM webinars. Handwashing protocols were consistently followed, and staff was trained to model best hygiene practices for campers. Entrances and exits were limited to essential business and camp vendors (who were screened upon entry), and no visitors were allowed. Staff members could not leave campus during lunch or breaks, and those who traveled between campuses were health-screened at each campus.

Drop-off and Pickup Bus transportation was rare last summer, but some camps—like Magic Day Camp in Queens Village—offered rides if masks were worn. Ann & Andy’s Acres of Adventure limited bus capacity, and campers had to enter at the back and exit at the front of the bus. At camps where transportation was not offered—like Park Shore, for example—parents stayed in their cars during drop-off and pickup. At pickup, each parent was given a placard with their child’s name on it that was color-coded by their pod. The camper’s name was then called out on the PA system upon parent arrival and a group leader would walk the camper to their car. Despite the extra hassle, parents were happy their kids had the opportunity to go to camp. 10

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“All of the parents that opted to send their children [to camp last summer] were overjoyed and so appreciative,” says Bob Budah, director of Park Shore Country Day Camp. “It was so heartwarming to see, and there was such a camaraderie at pickup and drop-off.”

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The precautions taken for camp meals included handwashing before eating, social distancing between pod tables, and single-serve bottles of water and juice. Water fountains were disabled at Park Shore, so each camper brought their own reusable water bottle to refill at designated water coolers. At Camps ‘R’ Us, campers ate lunch in their designated “hubs” or homerooms.

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Most camps kept children in their respective pods throughout the day. For example, at Park Shore, the pods (of 15 kids or fewer) never came into contact with any other group. If pods had to cross paths, counselors would play what Budah calls “Gaiters Up!” and all campers would pull their neck gaiters— which had been distributed to all campers—over their mouth and nose. At Ann & Andy’s Acres of Adventure, entrances, exits, and bathrooms were designated for specific pods so there was no The main pool at Park Shore Country crossover between groups. Day Camp was divided into six separate At Park Shore, every facility was sanitized after a areas, delineated by buoy lines. pod used it, and every pod had its own equipment. For example, if six groups were going to be at the ball field that day, there were six bags of baseball equipment. Activity scheduling was staggered to allow for cleaning in between, and to limit unnecessary interactions between smaller groups. Despite all this separation, however, campers grew closer. “Because the counselors and campers had to stay with the same cohort throughout the entire summer, they became really close with one another,” according to Dillon. “It was them and the group and they did a fantastic job.”

Sanitation and Hygiene Another routine precaution was proper hand hygiene and equipment sanitation. Park Shore 12

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purchased 60 gallons of hand sanitizer for the summer and set up hand-sanitizing stations throughout the camp. Many camps also hired extra sanitation staff to keep high-traffic areas clean. Because indoor activities were limited, Magic Day Camp staff made an extra effort to keep campers hydrated and provided handheld fans for cooling off. They also emphasized the importance of mask-wearing to campers who may have seemed confused or frustrated. Darielle Loprete, assistant director of publicity for Magic Day Camp, says they did whatever they could to make sure every camper was comfortable and having fun.

Schedules and Activities In fact, most camps did everything they could to make summer “normal” for campers, despite the circumstances. At Magic Day Camp, campers got to play sports and carnival games, dance, visit parks, and even roller skate when a roller rink came to set up shop at their facility. Campers were also able to swim every day.

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Whenever possible, all activities took place outside, even arts and crafts. At camps where indoor activities were allowed, like Camps ‘R’ Us, gymnasiums were separated into quadrants and campers were given cohort-specific equipment. Typical schedules were reduced, and field trips were canceled, but camp staff still made the summer special for kids by modifying certain events so they could happen. For example, at Park Shore Country Day Camp, Color War was held within individual pods rather than camp-wide. At Ann & Andy’s Acres of Adventure, additional lifeguards were hired so more pool areas could be open. Playgrounds were divided and designated by color coding. The camp’s “extra” activities, like family night and the variety show, were virtual. Camps that had separate programs held them all on one campus, and some built precautionary rain days into the camp schedule, the same way schools do with snow days. “As a business, we opened because we wanted to serve the children of NYC,” Loprete told WPIX11 News. “When you’re operating at less than half capacity, it can be financially devastating, but the reward was seeing the smiling faces of the children that got to walk through our camp doors each day.”

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Is It Time for Day Camp?

Why summer camp is important for kids’ development—and how to choose the best one for your child By Jess Michaels

t’s hard to know when to send your kids to day camp—are they ready to be away from home, join a community, engage in new activities? Renee Flax, director of camper placement for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, who has been helping parents navigate camp for more than 20 years, offers her advice.

What’s so great about day camp? Camps are one of the last unplugged environments—which is especially invaluable after children spent the majority of the last year learning remotely, with higher amounts of screen time and limited face-to-face interactions with their peers. Day camp is a place where kids can socialize and work together as a group. And while counselors are on hand to help them, children learn how to handle situations on their own, and consequently develop confidence in their ability to make decisions and solve problems. Camps also teach practical skills—like swimming—and psychological skills—like learning to share and listening to directions. Plus, day camp encourages healthy competition and safe risks—jumping in a pool, singing on stage, climbing a ropes course, meeting a new friend. With perseverance, kids learn they can conquer their fears and learn to love activities they would never otherwise have been exposed to. 16

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Why not just go to the pool? While lazy days at the pool are certainly fun, they don’t offer the valuable experience of being part of a close-knit group of people. Camp is more than just individual activities; it provides a family of friends and a home-away-from-home. Events like carnival or color wars, where kids have to work together, inspire a sense of comradery. Learning songs and cheers together gives young children the feeling of belonging. It’s a tremendous growth experience and teaches kids to believe in themselves.

What should I look for in a day camp? Asking friends and neighbors about their experiences is a good start, but you should do your own research. Choose a camp that is accredited by the American Camp Association, which means it is living up to the highest standards. And consider the following questions: • Inquire about the director: Is she seasonal or full-time? Make sure you have a good rapport. Camps ‘R’ Us is celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2021. In Summer 2020, we opened camp successfully and had zero reported cases of COVID-19. Family owned and operated, our accredited, award-winning camps offer families an

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• Do you need a full-day camp with transportation and extended hours, or is a halfday camp enough for you and your child? • Does the camp offer activities your child will enjoy? • Are you comfortable with your child on a bus or are you looking for a closer option? • Consider the cost: Does it fit within your budget? • What kind of program (elective or structured) is offered at the camp? • What is the staff like: How old are the members? Is there diversity? Are they experienced? • Are you looking for a small, nurturing camp or a larger camp with a wider range of activities? Even if you’re not quite ready to commit, it’s a good time to start exploring options— there are so many great day camps in the New York area that will provide your kid with an exceptional and meaningful summer. Jess Michaels is the director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. She believes every child should have a summer camp experience.

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• Attend virtual camp fairs and virtual open houses. • Review camp brochures, DVDs, or other informational materials from camps.


• Continue reviewing informational materials. • Get camp recommendations from other families.


• Schedule virtual visits with prospective camps’ directors. • Make an appointment for your child’s annual physical exam.


• If your child will attend overnight camp, have him practice “sleeping out” at the houses of friends and relatives in your COVID pod.


• Attend welcome events for new and returning campers, if available. • For overnight camp, make sure your child can wash her hair, brush her teeth, and make her bed. • Order camp merchandise. • Pack overnight camp trunks.


• Pack day-camp backpacks. • Get your child a haircut. • Have your child checked for lice. • Let him start wearing his camp T-shirt to help him get excited. • Put camp decals on your car to show your pride.


• Tour prospective camps. • See if your child can attend a “rookie day” or overnight visit at each camp.


• Assess whether your child’s current camp is still the right fit. What did she like and dislike?


• Fill out any surveys your child’s camp sends. • Share problems with the camp director and brainstorm solutions.


• Attend camp fairs and open houses if you’re thinking about switching camps. • Ask about early-bird discounts or payment plans.


• Go to late-fall camp festivals and open houses. • If you’ve decided on a camp for your child, begin talking it up to build excitement.


• Start attending local camp fairs.

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Camp Directory Beth Sholom Day Camp

401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights 516-621-9257 bethsholomdaycamp.com office@bethsholomdaycamp.com Beth Sholom Day Camp offers children, ages 3-15, the opportunity to reach their goals in a friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere. Activities include music, dance, arts and crafts, karate, as well as outdoor sports. Red cross swim instruction is offered in our three heated pools. BSDC provides door-to-door, air-conditioned transportation.

Buckley Summer Academy

2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn 516-627-1910 buckleysummeracademy.com Buckley Scholars is an exciting, elite academic program that allows students entering fifth-ninth grades to explore their passions through hands-on workshops, true-to-life simulations, and essential leadership development activities! The two-week program is a partnership between the Buckley Summer Academy and the National Student Leadership Conference.

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2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn 516-365-7760 buckleycamp.com info@buckleycamp.com Buckley Day Camp provides a unique environment where children are given the opportunity to have fun, create friendships, and make memories in a fun, noncompetitive environment. We have enhanced COVID safety protocols and a program designed to meet the individuals needs of children ages 3-15!

Camp Jacobson

340 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury 516-626-1094 campjacobson.com campjacobson@sjjcc.org A place where children flourish in a safe, nurturing environment built upon Jewish values and ideals. At Camp Jacobson, we encourage individual exploration, foster personal development, inspire healthy choices, and enable children to establish lifelong friendships. We are dedicated to providing high-quality summer camp experiences for every camper and family. 22

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Camps ‘R’ Us

Locations in Baldwin, Bellmore, Deer Park, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Melville, St. James, Syosset, Valley Stream, and Williston Park 516-935-CAMP (2267) campsrus.org info@campsrus.org We advocate for children to have a meaningful, positive, and safe summer at camp. Following the unprecedented circumstances of current events, it is our mission to deliver a safe summer camp experience that will nurture the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social well-being of our campers.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - DNA Learning Center

Cold Spring Harbor and Brooklyn 516-367-5170 summercamps.dnalc.org The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center offers weeklong biology-focused summer camps for students entering sixth to 12th grades. Join us at the flagship in Cold Spring Harbor, our new center in Brooklyn, or virtually. Campers use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments grade levels above their peers.

Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, lower level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com info@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori School is offering in-person camp for children ages 18 months to 6 years old. There are morning academics for the older children and playtime for all children. Zoom sessions are also being offered in the morning with a different topic each day.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp

3186 Sound Ave., Riverhead 516-832-2591 x11 ccenassau.org lfg38@cornell.edu Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Riverhead is a coed, recreational, and educational weeklong sleep-away and day camp. With eight sessions to choose from. We are located on 140-acres of woodland, beachfront, and some of our very own farmland. Programing designed specifically for all types of youth and their interests.

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Camp Directory CONT’D Extreme STEAM Science Kids at Park Shore

450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills 631-499-8580 extremesteamcamp.com info@parkshoredaycamp.com Does your child love science and technology? Kids can join our educational summer program featuring robotics, mechanical and electrical engineering, coding, science, art, and mathematics—all while having fun! Morning program with the option to extend the day. Transportation, before- and after-care, and lunch available.

Friends Academy Summer Programs

270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley 516-393-4207 fa.org/summer summer@fa.org Friends Academy Summer Programs provides children ages 3-14 with high quality opportunities in STEM, the arts, and sports. Children learn, explore, socialize, and create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Programs are taught by school faculty and highly qualified industry professionals.

The Glenholme School — Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington 860-868-7377 theglenholmeschool.org A unique six-week sleepaway program for children from ages 10-21 with special needs from July 12-Aug. 20. Combines in-person morning academics with therapeutic recreational activities in the afternoon for youngsters with Asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder, high functioning autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, depression, anxiety, and learning differences.

Hofstra Summer Camps

101 Oak St., Uniondale 516-463-7676 hofstra.edu/camp ce-camps@hofstra.edu Hofstra Summer Camps offer children, entering kindergarten to 12th grades in September, more than 70 programs from theater to sports, gaming, art, music, STEM, academics, culinary, dance, YouTube Studio, Adventure Education, and Super Hero Academy. At our camp, kids will explore their interests, learn valuable social skills, and have fun while gaining confidence. 24

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Little Sponges Child Learning Center

1000 Shames Dr., Westbury 516-385-3003 littlesponges.net Little Sponges Summer Camp is an interactive experience and youth program for children ages 4-12. We have successfully run our summer camp through the COVID pandemic. We offer STEM, dance, arts and crafts, academic enrichment, water play/ slides, obstacle courses, and hours of fun! Come plan your summer with us.

Little Sponges Child Learning Center

1000 Shames Drive, Westbury 516-595-7900 littlesponges.net LSPA is a dance camp that offers beginners and intermediate dancers an opportunity to grow in the art of dance and performing arts. Dancers will have the opportunity to work on technique as well as explore new disciplines and genres. Teachers help build confidence, strength, rhythm, flexibility, technique, and tempo.

Oasis Day Camp at LIU Post

Brookville 646-519-5066 Steve Miller, camp director oasischildren.com liupost@oasischildren.com Located in beautiful Brookville Long Island, there is never a dull moment at Oasis Day Camp at LIU Post! We pride ourselves on our age-appropriate programming for ages 3-16. We encourage trying new things, establishing lifelong friends, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Park Shore Country Day Camp

450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills 631-499-8580 parkshoredaycamp.com info@parkshoredaycamp.com Located in Dix Hills on 15 acres. Programs for ages 2-15. Activities include athletics, aquatics, high ropes course, bungee, rock wall, Ninja course, ATVs, arts and crafts, and special events. Travel programs for grades sixth-ninth. Specialty camps: Extreme STEAM Science Kids and Sports Track. Transportation, before and after-care, and lunch available.


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Camp Directory CONT’D Shibley Day Camp

516-621-8777 shibleydaycamp.com info@shibleydaycamp.com Spend the summer outside at Shibley! Activities take place on more than 20 acres covered by shady trees. Campers swim twice a day in four heated pools. Our GREEN value system encourages Generosity, Respect, Empathy, Endurance, and Nurture. Campers ages 3-14 participate in athletics, arts, adventure, and science activities!

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Over 50 locations across NYC, LI, and Westchester 55 Front St., Suite 7, Rockville Centre 516-740-7171 606 Columbus Ave., at 89th St., Upper West Side, Manhattan 212-877-7171 supersoccerstars.com info@supersoccerstars.com Soccer Stars is NY’s No. 1 Youth Soccer Program for 20 years. Highly trained, certified coaches lead small group classes, highlighting teamwork and individual attention, following safety guidelines. More than 50 locations. Weekly classes, half- and full-day camps, and private sessions anywhere— FUNdamentals or Advanced Training. Ages 2-12 and older. Save $20 by using the code NYMPSUM21.

Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center

425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights 516-621-8708 mysinai.org/ecc ldayan@mysinai.org Follow the rainbow to SUMMER@TSECC, a six-, seven-, or eight-week summer program for infants, toddlers, twos, and threes! The children will explore weekly themes, specials, and Jewish values while enjoying our indoor and outdoor spaces. We can’t wait for a summer of learning, laughter, and love.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

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and more taught by professional educators and artists. This summer, after months spent indoors, campers can recharge on our Long Island campus in the woods surrounded by friends who share their enthusiasm.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center: Arts Academy

76 Main St., Westhampton Beach 631-288-2350 x118 whbpac.org Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Arts Academy is your 2021 summer camp destination! Offering seven musical theatre camps for ages 6-17, your child will develop a lifelong love of the arts and make memories to last a lifetime. Sign up today at whbpac.org or call 631-288-2350 x118.

YMCA of Long Island

Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue 855-2YMCALI (296-2254) ymcali.org/camp camp@ymcali.org info@ymcali.org At the YMCA Summer Day Camp, we offer the best of adventure, athletics, aquatics, camp traditions, STEAM, special guests, and summer learning. Our programs for ages 3-15 are designed to meet your child’s interests and abilities. Two-week sessions run June 28-Aug. 27. Discounts available! (Expire April 30). Following NYS COVID-19 Guidelines.

Young People’s Day Camp of Long Island

Nassau Location: Brendan McCaffrey: 516-650-1856 ypdcofnassau@gmail.com Suffolk Location: Michael Davidson 516-729-0690 ypdcofsuffolk@gmail.com ypdc.com YPDC of Long Island has been providing families with safe, affordable, fun-filled summers for more than 45 years. Campers enjoy a well-rounded program ranging from sports, swim, dance, and arts and crafts to STEM, Olympics, trips, and special events. We are fully licensed and accredited for your child’s safety. Transportation is included!


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Oasis Summer Camp at LIU Post



Premier Camp at Affordable Prices Daily Travel Program For Teens Ages 11-14

Daily Hot Lunch Included Transportation Options

Extended Day Options (8AM-6PM)

Weekly Theme Days and Special Events Daily Instructional Swim In An Indoor Olympic Size Saltwater Pool

Camp Begins June 28, 2021

Air Conditioned Indoor and Lush Green/Division 1 Athletic Outdoor Facilities Specialized Programs That Are Age Appropriate (Ages 3-15)

Athletics, Visual/Performing Arts, Horseback Riding, Enrichment, Coding and Radio Broadcasting Flexible Enrollment From 2-8 Weeks Five Free T-shirts and A Backpack Included

Discover The Difference at Oasis LIU Post Campus - 720 Northern Blvd, Greenvale, NY 11548 646.519.5066