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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.

Health Screening Courtesy Rockland County YMCA

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.

Pods and Groups

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.

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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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to Camp

Getting ready throughout the year will help your child have a fantastic summer.



• 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 Rockland Arts Camp @ RoCA/Rockland Center for the Arts

Amy Alinkofsky, camp director 27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack 845-358-0877 • rocklandartcenter.org One of the region’s most comprehensive art programs. Campers explore the arts with activities that cultivate creative skills and self-esteem. Available five or three days-a-week, two-week sessions. June 28-Aug. 20.

JCC Rockland Camps

450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack 845-362-4400 jccrockland.org • camps@jccrockland.org Join us for an awesome summer at JCC Rockland Camps. With six unique program options for ages 18 months through entering 10th grade, your camper can choose the best program for their interest in a safe and healthy environment. Your camper will be engaged in fun and creative camp activities. Daily swim and lunch included.

Kreative Kids & Vicki’s Dance Studio

61 Maple Ave., New City 845-634-2202 • vickistudio.com We are the best alternative to an all-day camp, at reasonable rates! We cater to ages 16 months (diapers welcomed) to 5 years. This multi-arts program includes music, creative movement, theme weeks, and tumbling. Other special summer programs for ages 2 to adult include a variety of dance and combination classes.

Mosholu Day Camp

261 Arden Valley Road, Southfields 845-243-0751 • mosholudaycamp.com Mosholu Day Camp will be open again this summer, offering children a safe and fun experience. CDC and Dept. of Health guidelines are in place, as well as every precaution to ensure the safest experience possible. Our camp day is filled with dynamic activities and located in a beautiful setting.

Westchester Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann and Andy

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Summer Camp for 1-9 weeks, children 3 months-14 years. Your child will enjoy our 25 play areas including two water slides, zip-line, climbing wall, and ball fields. We offer customized schedules, individualized attention, and hot lunches. Health Department licensed and in business since 1973! COVID safety regulations are followed.

Camp Ramaquois

30 Mountain Road, Pomona 845-354-1600 • ramaquois.com Camp Ramaquois is a day camp as complete as sleepaway camp, situated on 44 acres in Rockland County. From adventurous activities to creative arts and athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities.

Camp Young Judaea Sprout Westchester

500 Yorktown Road (Route 129), Croton-on-Hudson 914-271-7563 sproutwestchester.org • camp@sproutwestchester.org Sprout Westchester, a Young Judaea day camp, is a place where children and staff work together to create a diverse, joyful, and safe community based on fun, Jewish values, friendship, and personal growth. Campers participate in daily instructional and free swim, arts, sports, cooking, adventure courses, drama, archery, STEM, and music.

Chapel School Summer Program

172 White Plains Road, Bronxville 914-337-3202 • thechapelschool.org directorofsummercamps@thechapelschool.org The Chapel School offers various programs from June 14-Aug. 13 for children ages 3-12. The Care Bear Program (ages 3-6) has morning, afternoon, and full-day classes. The Explorer Program (ages 6-12) has classes in sports, Mad Science, drama, singing, and cartooning. Extended hours 8am-5:30 pm—flexible scheduling, one-nine weeks.

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.

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Camp Directory CONT’D Mosholu Day Camp

261 Arden Valley Road, Southfields 845-243-0751 mosholudaycamp.com Mosholu Day Camp will be open again this summer, offering children a safe and fun experience. CDC and Dept. of Health guidelines are in place, as well as every precaution to ensure the safest experience possible. Our camp day is filled with dynamic activities and located in a beautiful setting.

Music Conservatory of Westchester

216 Central Ave., White Plains 914-761-3900 Jake Robinson, director of Summer Programs musicconservatory.org summeratmcw.org Spark your child’s creativity with quality instruction in music, dance, and art in Summer Music & Arts at Music Conservatory of Westchester. Kids in kindergarten-seventh grades will enjoy fun, interactive classes to experiment with music, learn to play instruments, write songs, create art, dance, and make new friends. Visit summeratmcw.org to register!

Ninja Gymnastics Factory

420 W. 238th St., intersection of W. 238th St. and Irwin Ave., Riverdale Area of the Bronx 914-343-3903 ninjagymnasticsfactory.com info@ninjagymnasticsfactory.com Ninja Gymnastics Factory is a newly renovated children’s fun fitness facility. We have programs for all age groups from toddlers to teens including gymnastics and ninja classes, camps, birthday parties, grown-up and me, drop-in workshops, and community events. Our unique space and flexible scheduling guarantees we’ll have something for you.

Oasis Summer Day Camp Westchester

Mercy College 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry 646-519-5057 Andrew Leonard, Upper Camp director Deb Tashoff, Lower Camp director oasischildren.com dobbs@oasischildren.com Oasis Day Camp prides itself on age-appropriate programming for ages 3-15. Early Start (ages 3-5) is a nurturing camp environment. Lower (first-second grade) offers sports, arts, swim, enrichment, and nature. Upper (third-sixth grades) is bigger and better for older campers. Teen Travel (seventh-ninth grades) offers unique trips, overnights, and friendships. 24

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The Play Group Theatre

1 N. Broadway, Suite 111, White Plains 914-946-4433 playgroup.org • info@playgroup.org Get in on the ACT this summer with The Play Group Theatre’s inspirational and innovative Performing Arts Camps! With programs in Musical Theatre, On Camera, and Improv, there is something for everyone at Camp PGT! From online to on stage, PGT offers the best in educational theatre for ages 4-17 year-round.

Pok-O-MacCready Camps

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains 518-963-7656 Brian DeGroat, director of Admissions and Recruiting pokomac.com recruiting@pokomac.com Pok-O-MacCready empowers campers to develop to their fullest potential by building a supportive atmosphere which fosters independence, lifelong friendships, appreciation of the natural world, and the embrace of challenges. Our coed, screen-free program is offered to ages 6-16, with session lengths of two to seven weeks. Financial aid available.

Squire Camps, Inc.

at Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale 914-328-3798 squirecamps.com squirecamps@gmail.com Celebrating 48 years and proud winner of the Westchester County Inspectors Choice Award! Matt Davanzo operates Squire Advantage Camps for children in kindergarten-ninth grades at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale. Campers design custom schedules from more than 50 exciting activities including robotics, art, swimming, computers, photography, LEGOs, and sports.

Summer Stars at Scarsdale Synagogue

2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale 914-723-3001 bit.ly/nymetrosummerstars mazeltots@sstte.org Summer Stars provides children (18 months-5 years) with an enriching seven-week summer experience. We offer fun activities including sports, water play, art, music, soccer, storyteller, puppetry, fitness, cooking, and nature. We continually adjust policies to align with guidance from state agencies to keep children safe and healthy during this pandemic.

Teatown Summer Camp is where kids unplug, disconnect, and have a wild time! We spend our days on our 1,000-acre preserve discovering new things about ourselves, each other, and the earth. We have fun exploring, building new friendships, and growing respect for all living things. Please visit our website at teatown.org for more information. 1600 Spring Valley Rd Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 762-2912

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Camp Directory CONT’D Super Soccer Stars x Pro Soccer Kids

More than 50 locations across NYC, LI, and Westchester 606 Columbus Ave., at 89th St., Upper West Side 212-877-7171 55 Front St., Suite 7, Rockville Centre 516-740-7171 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 using the code NYMPSUM21.

Sylvan Learning Center of Bronxville

850 Bronx River Road, Bronxville 914-237-4396 sylvanlearning.com/bronxville Avoid summer learning loss at Sylvan! Summer academic camps, STEM classes, and tutoring programs boost your child’s confidence and enhance academic skills. Keep your child’s mind growing over the summer with reading, math, writing, or study skills camps, plus classes in robotics and coding. Summer programs are offered for kindergarten-eighth grades.

Teatown Lake Reservation

1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining 914-762-2912 teatown.org Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp is jam-packed with adventure, discovery, and hands-on fun in the outdoors. We’re catching frogs, collecting bugs, climbing rocks, and exploring natural habitats all summer! Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world.

The Rock Club and New Rochelle Racquet Club at Pine Brook Fitness

130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle 914-636-1019 pinebrookfitness.com Rock climbing and tennis summer camp provides both new and experienced campers the ability to learn and excel in a fun, supportive, and encouraging environment. Spend a week or the whole summer climbing, playing tennis, or both. We look forward to seeing you this summer! 26

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West Mountain Outdoor Adventure Camps

59 West Mountain Road, Queensbury 518-636-3699 westmountain.com • west@westmountain.com West Mountain’s wildly popular Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps take place in the scenic foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. At camp, kids explore the great outdoors with our amazing staff and adventure guides as they engage in activities including hiking, climbing, and organized games and activities that will strengthen their bodies and minds.

Westchester Community College - Peekskill Extension

27 N. Division St., Peekskill 914-606-7300 sunywcc.edu/youth peekskill@sunywcc.edu The Youth Arts Technology Program is a STEAM program that engages youth in arts technology integration and prepares students for the 21st century. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) focuses on hybridization of art and science and develops critical creative thinking. These courses are designed to encourage self-expression, collaboration, and innovation.

Winston Preparatory School

Various locations throughout the greater NYC area. 631-779-2400 winstonprep.edu liadmissions@winstonprep.edu Winston Prep’s Summer Enrichment Program provides students in third to 12th grades with the unique opportunity to participate in an individually designed program that enhances academic skills and fosters independence. The program is designed to develop language, encoding and decoding, reading comprehension, writing, math, test preparation, organization, and time management skills.

Yankees Baseball Summer Camps

212-381-7786 yankees.com/camps info@yankeessummercamps.com Yankees Baseball Summer Camps offer young ballplayers the unique opportunity to connect with the team they love through the official Yankees Camp curriculum. Join us in a safe baseball environment for nonstop fun with an emphasis on teamwork, attitude, and healthy competition! Players of all abilities learn resiliency, optimism, and goal setting.


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index Camps Ann & Andy............................................................ 3 Camp Ramaquois...................................................11 Camp Sprout Lake..................................................15 Chapel School / Village Lutheran.............................27 JCC of Rockland...................................................... 2 Kreative Kids & Vicki’s Dance Studio........................23 Mosholu Montefiore Community Center.................... 9 Music Conservatory of Westchester.........................13 New York Yankees.................................................21 Ninja Gymnastics Factory........................................19 Oasis Children Services...........................................30 Pinebrook Fitness...................................................17 Play Group Theatre.................................................25 Pok-O-MacCready Camps.......................................21 Rockland Center for the Arts...................................11 Scarsdale Synagogue - Mazel Tots...........................19 Squire Advantage Camps......................................... 7 Super Soccer Stars..................................................18 Sylvan Learning Centers........................................... 7 Teatown Lake Reservation......................................25 The Glenholme School-Devereux.............................14 Thornton Donovan School........................................ 5 WCC Peekskill .......................................................15 Winston Preparatory - Connecticut Campus.............. 9

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Oasis Summer Camp at Dobbs Ferry




OASIS Camp Begins June 28, 2021

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Age-appropriate Programs for Ages 3-15


Daily Travel Program for Teen Ages 11-14


Specialized Athletics Program



Expanded Visual and Performing Arts Program

Athletics, Visual/ Performing Arts, Enrichment, and Robotics


Nature and Hands-on Science Program



Fun and Engaging Weekly Themed Special Events

Instructional and Recreational Swim Onsite At Our beautiful Outdoor Pool


Air Conditioned Indoor and Lush Green Athletic Outdoor Facilities


Daily Hot Lunch Included


Transportation Available

Discover The Difference at Oasis 555 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 646-519-5057