New York Family Ultimate Guide to Summer Camp - 2024

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20 | Jewish Summer Camps This mainstay of Jewish culture is worth considering

12 | Money Tips on saving money on summer camp

24 | Health Tips for staying hydrated this summer

14 | Overnight Camp Questions to ask when searching for an overnight camp

26 | Sun Care Keep your camper sun-safe this season

16 | Your Camper When your child is homesick

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18 | Day Camps The benefits of day summer camp

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Live, Love, Camp! New York winters are brutal; there’s no denying that. So how do we cope through the frigid, cabin fever months? By looking forward to the summer, of course! And what’s the best part of summer? That’s easy — summer camp! Summer camp offers children the unique opportunity to make new, lasting friendships and enjoy exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experiences while giving parents a little much-needed break at the same time. So why choose camp? There are endless reasons, but we won’t list them all here. Check out Why Day Camp is So Beneficial (page 18) and 20 Lessons From Camp We Use Every Day (page 28), where you’ll find all the information you need to make the right choice for your family. If you’re on the fence for financial reasons, we’re sharing 8 Top Tips for Saving Money on Summer Camp (page

12) to help parents on a tight budget. Once you’ve made the final decision to say YES to summer camp, the next step is finding the right one. Our guide has you covered from A to Z - literally! Our comprehensive Camp Directory (starting on page 32) lists dozens of camps for New York parents to consider when selecting where your child will be making memories this summer. It’s never too early to start preparing for for your child’s summertime adventures, so we’re sharing our Checklist for Parents of First-Time Overnight Campers (page 10), plus tips galore for Homesick Campers (page 16), Staying Hydrated (page 24) and Sun Care (page 26). Let’s make this the best summer yet!

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Checklist for Parents of First-Time Overnight Campers BY JESS MICHAELS


ending your child to overnight camp for the first time is an exciting time for your family and of course, you want it to be a successful summer. Here are some tips on how you can help make your child’s first year away a great one! Label Everything – If it is going in the trunk, it should be labeled! Camp life means there are a bunch of kids all living together and items are sure to be mixed up from time to time. Making sure to label all items—from clothes to shampoo—will help misplaced items get back to your camper. Leave Nice Items Home – Camp is messy, in the best of ways. Playing sports outside, eating ice cream on a hot day, and walking down to the lake after a rainstorm are all part of a day at camp. If your child has a favorite hoodie or pair of sweats and you would like it to come home looking nice, leave it at home. Do Not Overpack – You want to make sure your child has all the items on the packing list the camp sent but try not to go overboard on the extras. Campers do not have a ton of space to put their things and lots of the extras never get used. Also, some campers find that too much stuff can be overwhelming when they cannot find the items they need. Share Positive Messages & Avoid PickUp Deals – It is common for your child (and you) to have nerves as camp approaches. Sharing positive messages about camp and not putting your own anxiety on your child is important. Avoid making pick-up deals with your child before they leave for camp. If you let your child know you will pick them up if they want to come home, you are sending the message that you do not believe they will be successful at camp. Send mail – Make sure to write your child throughout the summer. Whether you

send a one-way email or a handwritten note, letters from home mean a lot to campers. Try not to write about your amazing vacation or how much fun a younger sibling is having at home. Although unintentional, this type of news can make your child feel like they are missing out. Keep letters light and positive and reassure your child that you know they are having the best time at camp. Stay Calm If You Receive a Homesick Letter – If you get a letter home from your child that they miss home and want to go home, try to stay calm. You can feel helpless when you are so far away from your child but know it is common for children to miss home. Oftentimes, kids write during downtime at camp and these moments are often fleeting feelings. There is a good chance the homesick moment will have passed by the time you get the letter. If the homesickness is really bad and affecting your child’s experience, you would have already heard from the director. Call the camp director to understand how your child is feeling. Do Not Cause Drama on Group Chat – Oftentimes, parents will start a group chat for their child’s bunk. While it is nice to connect with the other parents, try not to start drama on the chat. If you have a concern about something happening at camp, contact the

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camp director directly to discuss what is bothering you. Respect Camp Policies – Each camp has its own policies, from sending packages to technology that is allowed at camp. Please respect the policies. Don’t hide food or phones when packing or buy bunk gifts when they aren’t allowed. If you do, you are sending a message to your child that rules do not apply. Visiting Day is About Quality Time – Visiting Day is all about spending time with your child. It’s not about how much food and stuff you can bring or about having your entire extended family there. Let your child guide how the day will go and participate in the things your child wants to share with you. Do Not Obsess Over Camp Photos – It is hard not to analyze each picture posted of your child but keep in mind that each photo is just a moment in time. If your child is not smiling, it does not mean they are unhappy at camp. Maybe they were caught off-guard by the photo or participating in a camp activity. If you are worried, contact the director. Remember that the camp director is your partner this summer, and they are there to help guide you through any worries or situations that arise, both before camp and during. The first year of camp is truly special with so many firsts—enjoy the amazing gift of camp you have given your child!

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8 Top Tips for Saving Money on Summer Camp BY JESS MICHAELS


hen you decide to send your child to camp, you are giving them the opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, gain independence, and learn about who they are as individuals, among so many other benefits. Camp is an amazing experience; however, parents have their family budgets to consider. Here are a few ways for families to save money on summer camp: Look for camp early – It’s not too early to start thinking about camp for summer 2025. Looking early and registering for camp in the summer or early fall will help you save money by taking advantage of the early bird rates camps offer. This is also a good way to ensure you get a spot at your top choice camp. Begin your research now to understand which camps you would like to tour this summer. Seeing a camp in action is one of the best ways to get a feel for a camp. Scholarships & financial assistance – If you are looking for a camp that offers scholarships, financial assistance, and sliding scales, start your search with non-profit summer camps. Families can also reach out to the

American Camp Association, NY, and NJ for a list of camps that financial assistance. Assistance offered from the U.S government – The government offers programs that may help families save money on summer camp. • Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) – A Dependent Care FSA is a pre-tax benefit account that allows you to pay for dependent care such as day camp while you are working. Visit the FSA Feds Website at www.fsafeds. com for more information. • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit -The IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 of dependent care expenses if you have two or more dependents and up to $3,000 for one dependent. Day camps can count towards the children and dependent care tax credit. Visit for more information. Work at camp – Do you enjoy working with children or are you in a profession such as education, social work or nursing? Summer camps are always looking for qualified, enthusiastic adults to work at camp. Besides a competitive salary, many camps will offer your child a discount for camp. Sibling discount – Did you know many

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camps offer savings for registering multiple children at camp? Take advantage of these savings by sending more than one child to camp. Give the gift of camp – Giving your child the opportunity to go to summer camp truly is a gift so why not make it part of a birthday or holiday gift. Does your child need that big birthday party and more toys? Asking extending family to contribute to camp as a gift is also a great idea. The skills and experiences gained at summer camp will last for a lifetime while that new toy may be fun for a couple of months. Beware of too good a deal – We all have our budgets to consider but beware of a camp deal that seems too good to be true. Your child’s safety needs to be at the top of mind with any camp decision you make so please do your research. At a minimum, a camp should be inspected by the Department of Health. Choosing an ACA Accredited camp means that the camp goes above and beyond state licensing and meets hundreds of health and safety standards. Call the American Camp Association, NY and NJ – If you would like to send your child to camp, there is a camp for every budget. Families can reach out to the American Camp Association, NY and NJ’s Camper Placement Specialist Renee Flax for free, one-on-one advice on finding the right camp at the right price for your family. Contact: or 212-391-5208.


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Questions to Ask When Looking for Overnight Camps BY JESS MICHAELS


hen beginning your search for an overnight camp, there are many things to consider before registering your child. Besides asking questions about safety procedures and the activities offered, there are questions that you won’t necessarily find answers to on a camp’s website yet are important to inquire about. We caught up with Renee Flax, Director of Camper Placement for the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, who has been helping families find camps for their children for over 25 years. Here are some of the top questions Renee feels families might want to ask the camp director about and why. How do you define a successful summer for a child? The camp director is the person who sets the philosophy of the camp and takes ultimate responsibility for the camp. They are the ones to recruit families and hire staff. If you get an answer to this question that is not what you believe you want your child’s summer to look like, then this camp may not align with what you feel is important and it’s time to move on. If I have a concern while my child is at camp, who will I be speaking with? One of the biggest frustrations for parents is when their child is away at camp and they think everything is going fine until they receive a letter that says they are homesick or not getting along with a bunkmate. It’s good to know ahead of the summer what the protocol is if you call camp with a concern. Will you get a call back from the director or the group leader? When will the call back happen? There is no right or wrong answer but knowing what the protocol is will help you to be prepared when you are upset in the moment. What do you do if the bunk isn’t getting along? Having a bunk that isn’t getting along can

affect the whole camp experience for a child. When you ask this question to a director, how responsive are they? Is this bothersome to the director? If so, don’t pick the camp. No one will promise you that everyone in the bunk is going to get along but knowing what the leadership team will do to help the bunk get through a tough time is good to know. Ask what is done if there are one or two campers causing problems and how well the staff is trained to recognize and step in if mean behavior is happening in the bunk. If you know what to expect from a director before going into the summer, it will make it easier if these situations come up. How many other new kids will be in the bunk this year? This is an important question if you are sending your child to a camp where some of the campers may have been together for a few summers. Being the new kid in a bunk where children have already been together isn’t always easy for a child. Find out if there will be other new campers in the bunk and how the camp will help incorporate your child into the bunk. Will the campers be welcoming to a new camper? Will they connect you with a parent from the bunk to

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set up a get-together before the summer? You want to make sure the camp director is being candid about the bunk your child would be in and that they are partnering with you to make sure your child can be successful in an already established bunk. Where do most of your campers come from? It is hard for a child to be in a camp division where there is a large group of campers all coming from one area that have either grown up together or gone to the same day camp together. Ask about the campers specifically in your child’s division, not the overall camp. Ask if the camp limits the number of kids from an area. You may also want to know where the campers come from if it’s important to you to be able to have your child attend off-season get-togethers. Flax feels there is no question you shouldn’t ask the director. “If you ask it respectfully, the director should be willing to answer any question you have. These questions and answers will help you to get to know the camp director, figure out if the camp feels like a good fit for your family and allow you to start to form a partnership with the camp’s leadership even before camp begins.”

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Homesick at Camp How to handle a letter or call when your child is missing home BY JESS MICHAELS


hen you send your child to overnight camp, the hope is that each day is filled with smiles, laughing and fun. But homesickness happens and is a common feeling for children to have. Still, for parents, it can be heartbreaking knowing their child is having a tough time, especially when they are not home to comfort them. “It’s easy to tell a parent not to worry when I have the benefit of seeing their child at camp and knowing they are ok,” says Aaron Selkow, Owner and Director of Chestnut Lake Camp, a coed overnight camp in Pennsylvania. “I always tell new families to talk about this situation before their child is at camp and I ask them what they need from us to help support them. Nothing I say in the moment will make them feel better because they are so stressed their child is unhappy. If we had this conversation beforehand, we can set them up for success.” Extreme homesickness is rare; this is when a child is really struggling and not able to enjoy camp life. If your child is feeling this way, you would have certainly heard from the camp directly about it. Jackie Brethel, Director of Camp Kippewa Point, an all-girls camp in Maine says, “More often, a child writes a homesick letter during a downtime like rest hour and it often acts as their outlet where they can be the most vulnerable. They get their feelings out to their parents and then they move on. When you receive the letter, that moment may have happened five days ago and they are usually past it.” Selkow says he reminds parents that communication from a child through letters or in a phone call, or what you see in a camp photo, is only representative of that moment. “Try not to react negatively. It is a snapshot of an experience and there are so many moments in the course of a day at camp.” If you are concerned by your child holding back tears on a phone call or if a camp letter has your child begging to be

picked up, call the camp. The camp director is your partner in making the summer a success and they want to hear from you if you are worried. “While I’d love for parents to build resilience and develop coping skills to prepare for the future when their child goes to college or on a long summer trip, I want them to call me if they have concerns,” says Selkow. “I do not want them to conjure up thoughts of what may be wrong and or text in the camp group chat without them hearing from me about what is happening at camp. When they hear that things are okay, next time, they may wait longer to be in touch. Parents need to know that the camp will be transparent and responsive.” Brethel explains that she has gotten phone calls from parents who received a homesick letter and that they are coming to get their child, which she advises against.

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“Our job is not to take them out of the situation. That teaches all the wrong lessons. Our job is to help them cope with their feelings and be as successful as they can be. I say to parents that if camp is not in their child’s future, that is okay, but stick with the commitment they made for the summer and make it through.” As for parents of children who completed a summer at camp but now do not want to go back the next summer because they remember being homesick, Brethel says, “Often times, a child will focus on the missing home part. Being homesick is not a reason to not try camp again. Talk to your child about focusing on all the things they loved about camp and remind them that ultimately, it was a positive experience. Let them know you are not going to let them miss a great summer at camp because they missed home.”

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Why Day Camp is So Beneficial BY JESS MICHAELS


re you considering day camp for your child? Sending your child to day camp has so many benefits that go beyond just childcare and your child being outdoors over the summer. From independence to building confidence, a summer spent at day camp will help your child gain important life skills. Here are just a few of the many reasons camp is so beneficial for your child. Focus on Social-Emotional Development As a former high school teacher, Jared Gelb, Director of Ramaquois Day Camp in Rockland County, NY feels that schools are extremely focused on academics and that social-emotional development is often secondary. “Camp reverses that. We are hyper-focused on the social-emotional growth of a child and less on intellectual growth. Day camp is where we concentrate on the effort, not the result. Camp gives children the unique opportunity to build self-esteem and confidence in a far less competitive environment than school.” A Safe Environment to Make Mistakes Day camps are built specifically for children and are a great learning environment for them. “Camp is a place for children to feel comfortable in their environment, be themselves and find out new things about themselves,” explains Jason Samuel, Director of The Nature Place Day Camp in Rockland County, NY. “It’s also a wonderful place to make mistakes and learn that it’s ok to make mistakes because you are in a caring and nurturing environment. Whether you strike out at making a friend or on the baseball diamond, there are people to support you and get you back into the game or chatting with a new potential friend.” Resilience & Independence Children build important skills while participating in camp activities like

swimming, ninja courses and arts & crafts. “Children gain self-confidence by trying new activities. We set them up to achieve but they do have failures in a safe environment which is part of life,” explains Tom Coffey, Director of Southampton Camp & Club. “We are a nurturing environment; however, we also want campers to learn how to do things on their own without the help of mom or a nanny. Campers are learning to use a spoon and fork at lunch, to clean up after themselves at meals and to walk from A to B to get to their activities.” Build Confidence While Trying New Activities Samuel says that kids are exposed to a variety of new activities at day camp. “Your child may come to camp with no interest in archery, cooking or rock climbing and suddenly, a passion is ignited in them that they never knew about. And when a child learns a new skill without their parent around, they are building both independence and confidence because they did it on their own.” Gelb adds that day camp offers children the opportunity to have a well-rounded experience which can be hard to do during the school year. “Even if your child is athletic and focused on sports at home, camp gives

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you the opportunity to learn new passions like creative arts or the ropes course or maybe something like music or dance that you may not necessarily turn to because most kids don’t have the time. Camp does this inherently because these activities are part of the program.” Learn to Be Part of a Group Being part of a team or a group is an important skill that children will need as they get older, whether in high school, college or in the workplace. “Day camp offers an incredible and unique opportunity to be part of a group and for children to feel like they are a part of something special,” says Gelb. “Kids learn how to interact with others who they may not otherwise interact with. This allows kids to develop a sense of camaraderie and interpersonal skills which can sometimes get lost in school when kids are being taught to just sit and listen. All day, campers are together in a group, talking at lunch or around the arts & crafts table, developing social skills.” Day camp is a place where children’s social education takes place and where kids can explore new interests in a safe and warm environment. After just one summer at day camp, you will be amazed at the personal growth your child has gained!

The Many Benefits of Jewish Summer Camps BY VERED ORNSTEIN

experience for children of all ages.

ummer camps for Jewish youth are a mainstay of American Jewish culture, and more than ever, with the rise of AntiSemitism -and during this time of war or conflict, community support can benefit campers and their families, providing a network of emotional and social support. These summer camps are undeniably popular, with dozens of different summer camps nationwide catering to all interests, needs, and levels of religious observance. From promoting life skills and independence, attending camp can be an invaluable

History of Jewish Summer Camps Similar to the advent of Hebrew schools in the US, the first Jewish camps emerged between the First and Second World Wars as more Jewish people emigrated out of Europe. As nationalistic and oftentimes antisemitic sentiments rose among the general population, the need for a safe space specifically for Jewish youth grew significantly. Over the last century, Jewish camps of all natures were established around the country. According to Nancy Mykoff for the Jewish


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Women’s Archive, there were more than 82,000 children enrolled at nearly 200 camps by the year 2000, solidifying camps’ space in the world of American Jewish education and culture. What are the benefits of summer camp? The American Camp Association (ACA), the official accreditation agency of summer camps in the US, has conducted research over the last decade on the effect of camps in promoting social, emotional, and personal growth among campers. Preliminary findings from a five-year study on the impact of camps find that people who attended summer camps as children report higher levels of emotional intelligence and regulation, tolerance and appreciation for others’ differences, sense of responsibility, and sense of identity when compared to their non-camper peers. A separate, ongoing study

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from the ACA is finding that these impacts can be seen in staff members and older teenagers, too. Teens who participated in some CIT (counselor in training) programs at camps report that the trainings are crucial in developing certain life skills, most notably their interpersonal skills and capacity for being compassionate and caring. Building upon these known benefits of camps in general, Jewish summer camps foster children’s relationships to not only themselves, but to their community, too. By providing an immersive environment centered on Jewish values, camps can help bridge the gap in a child’s Jewish education. In many cases, attending camp is the only time some children get to be around other Jewish kids. Additionally, as noted by Nancy Mykoff, Jewish camps are often at the forefront of progressive movements in Judaism such as the promotion of egalitarian leadership in the community. Which camp is right for my family? There is a seemingly endless selection of Jewish camps to attend throughout the country, each catering to different needs and

interests of children and families. First, you should decide whether a day camp, where campers travel home at the end of the day, or a sleepaway camp, where campers live on campus for a period ranging from 1 to 8 weeks, is right for your child. A child who has never spent time away from home may find an overnight camp overwhelming, and day programs can be a great way to introduce the idea of camp without the full commitment of a sleepaway program. Also consider that by nature of the live-in experience of sleepaway camps, they are usually more expensive than day camps, although many sleepaway camps do offer scholarships. Aside from day camp versus overnight, religious denomination and level of religious observance is an important variable that will impact your decision. Nearly every type of Jewish community has its own camp programs that vary in terms of demographics and type of observance. There are also independent, nonaffiliated Jewish camps that focus more on bringing Jewish youth together than being educational or religious

institutions. No matter how you practice your Judaism, there is a camp for everyone. Finally, consider the idea of specialized camps, such as ones focused on sports, the arts, wilderness adventures, and more. There are also camps and programs that are specifically designed for children with a range of disabilities and special needs, ensuring that every Jewish child can have a fun and fulfilling summer experience. If you’re interested in sending your child to Jewish summer camp but don’t quite know where to start, check your local synagogues or JCC as many of them have in-house programs or relationships to other local camps. Word of mouth from other parents in your community is also a great place to start. Summer camps of all kinds can have lasting impacts on children’s development and social well-being, and Jewish camps come with the added benefit of fostering and nurturing campers’ Jewish and communal identities. No matter denomination, interests, income, or ability, a summer at a Jewish camp can be a life-changing experience.


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Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer BY MARINA DUNBAR


ith the heat of summer and many camps being outdoors, it’s important to remember to keep your camper hydrated. Before we share some tips on making sure your body is getting enough water, you should be aware of the symptoms that can occur when a body doesn’t have enough water. Mild dehydration can cause problems with blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. More severe dehydration can also cause weakness, confusion and other neurological symptoms. Keep in mind that you want to avoid letting yourself or your camper reach this point. Consider water intake as a preventative measure, not simply a cure for dehydration. We know you and the kids know to drink more water. But we also know that this can be easier said than done. Sometimes, especially young kids, get busy and forget to drink water, not soda, or a icee-water. But let’s also be honest here: water just tastes better for some people than others, especially if you are used to sugary foods. Here are some tips to make sure you’re getting enough water, and maybe even enjoying it. Watery Fruits Drinking water isn’t the only way to increase your water intake. There are many fruits that have high water content, and your kids probably already love them. These superfoods include strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, pineapple, oranges, and celery. But the reigning champ of them all is watermelon (or any melon), which contains an astonishing 92 percent water even with its sweet flavor! And don’t forget, you’ll also be getting your daily dose of vitamins with your fruit and vegetables. Fruity Waters One way to jazz up the taste of your water without added sugars or artificial sweeteners

is to add some freshly sliced fruit. The longer you let the fruit soak, the more flavor the water will have. It can also be a fun guessing game for the kids. Give them glasses of water with a different flavor in each and see if they can identify the fruit. Make it a little tougher by mixing fruit together and seeing if they can correctly guess the fruit combo! Freeze It Popsicles are a family favorite in the summer months, but they can often be higher in sugar than their hydration factor. If you’re looking for a healthier but equally tasty alternative, consider freezing coconut water with fresh fruit inside. Kids often associate the combination of frozen and colorful with a special treat, and these popsicles are just as bright and beautiful as the ones you’d buy from the ice cream truck.

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Slash the Sugar Our taste buds are ruled largely by what we eat. If you want plain old water to taste not so plain old, the best thing to do is to slowly wane down your sweet tooth. Once your kids get used to having those low-sugar treats, water will likely become more and more palatable, maybe even preferable to sugary beverages. After all, it’s easier to consume more of something when you actually like the taste! Limit Sun Time Too much sun exposure can cause a lot of problems, and dehydration is certainly one of them. If you’re planning a summer picnic, make sure there’s a spot available with enough shade. Consider cooling hats that keep your head from becoming too hot. Dress you and the family appropriately for the weather. And don’t forget to apply enough sunscreen!


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Sun Care: Keep Your Camper Shielded BY KAITLYN RIGGIO


ummer’s finally here! Nothing says summer like fun in the sun, and many campers will be hanging outside where suncare is essential. Luckily, there are steps and tips you can share with your child on how to stay as sun safe as possible. Here are some tips from the National Weather Service, FDA, and CDC for staying safe from those rays this summer! Read Up on the UV Index Forecast While checking the weather forecast before your day out, also peek at the UV index forecast. The UV index gives you an idea of the risk of overexposure to UV radiation and can help you figure out how much protection you need from the sun. A score of zero to five means there’s a low risk of damage when exposed to the sun,

and a score of six or higher indicates damage can occur quickly. Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen Sunscreen is an important part of staying safe in the daylight. Even on cloudy days, be sure to apply sunscreen before heading outside. When picking a sunscreen, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply sunscreen frequently every two hours or more if you’re swimming or sweating. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the top of your head if you don’t have a lot of hair! Add Extra Layers of Protection Sunscreen isn’t always enough to protect yourself from the sun. Cover exposed skin with extra layers like long-sleeve shirts, pants, and broadbrim hats if you want additional protection. And don’t forget your eyes– throw on a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage.

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Seek Out Some Shade Work some shade breaks into your day outside. Grab a spot under a large tree or other shaded structure. Or, if you’re going somewhere that might not have shade, bring along your own! A large umbrella is the perfect way to provide shade for you and your family. And if you can, limit your time in the sun between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun’s rays are most intense. Know the Risk Factors For UV Radiation Damage Regardless of skin tone, anyone is at risk for sunburn and other harmful effects of UV radiation. But certain groups of people are at an increased risk. If you have pale skin, blonde or red hair, have been treated for skin cancer, or a family member who had skin cancer, take extra care when going into the sun.

20 Lessons from Camp We Use Every Day BY STACEY EBERT


f you’ve ever been a camper, counselor, worked at a camp, or knew someone who did, you know there’s something special about the anticipation of summer camp. Many live 10 months for two, waiting for the minute they can fling off their school backpacks and run full speed ahead toward their summer home. Sleepaway evenings are spent around a campfire. Day camp afternoons are filled with special activities and snack-time galore. There’s canteen and cabin nights, swimming and sports competitions, whimsical adventure and waterfront fun. Ask those of us who went to camp (no matter how long ago it was) and you’ll find smiles, friendships cultivated, and words to songs that we can sing at a moment’s notice. We can tell you about our beloved counselors, reminisce about a shared past, and recall our fondest camp memories. We went to camp, our lives have been enriched, and we want others to share the same experience. There’s wisdom in summer camp and it seems that it’s not until we leave that we realize the weight of so many of its gifts. Today, there are lessons from camp I use every day. There were, of course, the tangible lessons, such as learning to swim and clearing your plate from the table, but the most important lessons may be the ones you can’t see. Be the Change Spending time with people from different places provides a time to share stories and hear various ways of life. At camp, kids learn that if there is an unfair practice somewhere (whether it’s how the captains for a team are picked or that a friend might struggle with a difficult home life), the way to make a difference is to listen, get involved, and act with a kind heart. Have Patience In my Counselor-In-Training program, we did many activities that continue to apply to life

today. One was an exercise in giving directions. While some had to write directions, others had to draw a map. It showed us how people view things, learn, and deliver information differently. Include and Value People Whether it’s day or sleepaway, camp showcases fun and inclusivity for all. Regardless of the activity or role, kids quickly learn there is a vital place for everyone. There are the experts at storytelling, acting, geocaching, swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and ropes courses, and others who are able to have their firsts in these experiences. There are cooks and maintenance workers, nurses and swim staff, directors and CITs, bus drivers and office staff, and campers and counselors from every walk of life—and everyone plays a vital role in making camp the special space it is. Knowing she is valued and that she matters is something your child takes with her when the camp gates close at the end of the summer. Embrace Diversity and Don’t Judge At camp, I met counselors from Camp

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America (a camp counselor exchange program) whose accents and histories were different from mine. My friends and fellow campers all had different religions and came from varying socio-economic backgrounds. Whether listening to stories around the fire or having snack time chats with counselors, the message gets across: Each upbringing is different and each struggle or triumph should be valued equally. Laugh, Sing, Dance, and Dream Whether he’s laughing at a friend’s story, finding his feet in a new choreographed move, working his lungs in the talent show, or staring at the lake dreaming of what’s to come, camp offers your child the magic of creativity, wonder, and imagination. With much needed downtime away from the stressors of school and the pull of screens, parts of the brain awaken that foster the artist and dreamer in him. Cultivate Independence Camp helps kids find themselves. She’s away from home, but cared for, fed, and provided

with a safe space. Little by little, she takes her first steps at independence. With each summer, the scary becomes less so and her confidence builds. Cultivating your child’s independence in a safe environment at an early age leads to strong personal development and continued growth. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone Whatever it was that seems different, terrifying, or impossible is achievable at camp. I learned to swim at camp and later became a lifeguard and aquatics director. I was petrified of spiders and have subsequently gone bush camping in subSaharan Africa and the Australian Outback. Leaving home for camp was difficult the first time, but it made going away to college that much easier. He’ll learn that although experiences may be filled with nervous anticipation at the start, what he gets when he reaches the other side of that fear is priceless. Be True to Yourself My three closest friends (from camp) and I are each incredibly different. In our youth, we were an equitation lover, a farm fanatic, a waterfront fiend, and a fan of arts and crafts, and we rarely chose the same activities. There were four different religious beliefs, four different hometowns, varied socio-economic backgrounds, unique style senses, each with a different conglomeration of immediate family, and yet, 30 years later we’re still on each other’s speed dials. The Simple Things Matter Most of All Camp is ghost stories and campfires, beach days and arts and crafts, free swim and nature hikes and sea glass hunting and searching for shooting stars. Without the need for high tech screens, the camp experience reminds kids that it’s the simple things that matter most. Treat Others How You’d Like to Be Treated At camp, as in life, kindness matters. Campers learn lessons of working as a team, sharing kindness, and trying to lift others up on a regular basis. The overall message of treating others as you’d like to be treated flows through the day’s activities from cabin chores to sharing the last bits of chocolate for a s’more. Take Time Out for Yourself Day camps have snack time and many sleep-

away camps have canteen or time to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate. This translates years later to a community of people who know they need to listen to their bodies, take a break at times, and care for themselves. Believe in Yourself Staff members believe in campers and often propel them to believe in themselves. Knowing someone believes in him at a young age stays with a child—it’s what he will grab onto as an adult when things get tough. People believing in you so fiercely makes you believe in yourself. Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things I learned to silkscreen, went on my first hike, took my first horseback ride, and took a fearful plunge off of a 10-foot boulder into open water—all for my first time at camp. Knowing there is always someone there to encourage her to take the plunge, hold her hand, and catch her if she falls (literally and figuratively) makes the anticipation of trying new things easier. Later in life, being scared but plunging ahead anyway takes many different forms. Whether it’s starting a new school, a first job, learning to drive, or going away to college, those lessons from camp stay with her—always. We All Have Talents He might be the best at finding bugs along the nature trail. She might love to build things, create stories, or solve problems. He might be the best listener, give the best hugs, or love to help others find their smile. Camp provides outlets for all to find their talents, embrace them, and continue to thrive. Life Is What You Make of It Sometimes at camp it rains for a week straight. Here she learns she can be miserable, sulk in her cabin, and be negative about the weather. Or she can learn to dance in the rain, find the joy of splashing in puddles and playing in the mud, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water as it hits the leaves. Life is what you make of it—be mindful, turn the negatives into positives, and always leave the place you’re in a little better than how you found it. Show Compassion and Learn Empathy At camp, I met people who were different from me, which helped shape my perspective of the world and my place in it. For two weeks each summer there were kids living in foster

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care in New York City who came to camp. For many, it was their first time to see a large body of water or to work on a farm. For those two weeks we all had a fabulous time at camp—just like any other two-week session. Camp allowed relationships to grow, people’s stories were shared, and we learned that people most certainly do change people. Share What You Have I’ve officially been borrowing my best friend’s clothes since the age of 12. Flip flops made their rounds and whatever sweatshirt one could grab in the morning became yours for the day. We shared hair dryers, stories, canteen money, visiting day treats, memories, and experiences. Sometimes sharing meant your bed when a friend had a nightmare. Sometimes sharing meant your family when someone else’s wasn’t around. Sometimes sharing meant your experiences to put someone else at ease. Camp showcases that sharing is necessary, teaching us to build bridges, not walls. Always Try Your Best The only failure at camp is in not trying. Putting your best foot forward, jumping in, and trying your best is one of the hallmarks of camp. New campers learn there is no harm in coming in second, not getting the lead in the camp skit, or missing the goal. This lesson transfers through the decades, keeping camp’s positive attitude afloat in all of us. Nature is Good for You Whether it’s sleepaway camp or day camp, each day kids return to their cabins or homes dirty and tired after an energetic day. Inspired by nature’s ability to flip a mind switch, lower blood pressure, and change our perspective, kids who go to camp turn into adults who appreciate the magic of nature. Relationships Matter Friendships forged at sleepaway camp are some of the best I know. Camp teaches kids to meet new people and get to know one another. Counselors from 20 years ago continued to be my mentors for years after camp, and today we share travel advice and are willing to meet up all over the world. My best friends from camp have been a part of my story for more than 30 years. We’ve been there for the happy and the sad, both around the corner and across the globe. Today we may utilize social media and technology to communicate, but these friendships stand the test of time.

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Buckley Day Camp 2 I U Willets Road, Roslyn, NY 11576 516-365-7760 Spend an unforgettable summer with Buckley Day Camp! Their engaging counselors, state-of-the-art facilities, special events, and aquatic adventures make every day amazing. Your child will build confidence, make friends, and create lasting memories. Enroll now for a summer like no other!


Camp Chinqueka (girls) 860-567-9678 Awosting is a 120+-year-old traditional boys’ overnight summer camp on Bantam Lake in Morris, CT. Their close-knit atmosphere allows a focus on developing Awosting’s core values of brotherhood, independence, confidence, and experience. Chinqueka is a traditional overnight camp for girls ages 7-16 in Bantam, CT. Their close-knit community puts an emphasis on kindness and selfdiscovery with the support of warm & experienced staff. Chinqueka is a place “Where Girls Can Be Girls!”



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Camp Imagine The Players Theatre 115 MacDougal Street New York, NY 10012 347-878-3813 Camp Imagine is a performance intensive program for kids and teens ages 8-17 where campers are challenged and inspired to become creative, confident and empathetic performers. What makes Camp Imagine unique? Productions performed on a professional OffBroadway stage; Classes in voice, drama, and dance, including audition technique, on-camera, improvisation, hip hop, jazz, and tap; Great for experienced and new performers; Small class sizes. Dates: June 27th July 19th 9am-3:30pm. Performances: July 20th & July 21st.

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Camp Jewell YMCA 6 Prock Hill Road Colebrook, CT 06021 860-909-0563 Established in 1901, Camp Jewell YMCA has built a strong reputation for providing campers with engaging activities, quality programming, and comfortable facilities. Aside from fostering an all-round enriching experience, Camp Jewell focuses on teaching their values — Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility — which are integral in all that they do. At Camp Jewell, they understand that each camper is unique. They offer 2-week programs for campers 7-16 with over 40 activities and specialty camps.

Camp Level Up 48 Pocono Springs Way, East Stroudsburg PA 18302 570-218-8166 Camp Level Up is a 1-week E-sports sleepaway camp for campers entering 4th through 11th grade. Located at a premiere private sleepaway camp in the Poconos (75 miles from NYC), Camp Level Up offers a hybrid program of e-sports gameplay and traditional camp programming campers will spend half of their day participating in activities related to competitive video gaming and the other half immersed in traditional camp activities including sports, adventure, arts and aquatics/lakefront.

Camp Settoga 127 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY 10970 646-505-4430 Camp Settoga engages children through experiences that help build, support, and reinforce a positive personal identity, strong peer relationships, quality skill development in athletics and the arts, and a powerful sense of community responsibility, all while enabling campers and their parents to forge pathways into a meaningful Jewish life.


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Camp Edey Your Summer of Adventure Starts Here! • For Girls Rising into Grades 1-9 • Fun Day Camp, Teen-ventures Camp, and Sleepaway Camp. • 9 Weekly Sessions from July 1 - August 30, 2024

• Bus Transportation, Before/ After Care, and Lunch Available. • Creating adventures for Girl Scouts since 1968.

• Weekly themes w/ amazing STEM + Art activities. Field Trips for Teen-Ventures Camp. • 95 acres on the shores of the San Souci lakes, two pools, archery range, GaGa ball pit, Disc Golf course, hiking trails and more.

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Camp Tuku Camp Southwoods 532 NY-74, Paradox NY 12858 Camp Southwoods offers countless activities spanning athletics, arts, aquatics, and adventure. There’s something for everyone! But what happens while kids are having fun is most important. In every choice Camp Southwoods makes and everything they do, they’re crafting an environment where campers build confidence, embrace challenge, and celebrate each other for their authentic selves. Someday when they’re grown up, they’ll look back and say, “I am who I am because of camp.” That all starts today!

Camps ‘R” Us 10 Campuses on Long Island - Baldwin, Bellmore, Deer Park, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Kings Park, St. James, Syosset, and Williston Park 877-850-2267 Camps ‘R’ Us provides families with an accredited, award-winning, and affordable camp experience. Kids ages 3 and up love their sports, arts & crafts, dance, gaming, gaga, STEAM, swimming, special events, and field trips. Parents love the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children are cared for in a safe, nurturing environment. They are celebrating over three decades as a family owned and operated day camp with 10 campuses on Long Island.

24654 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy Ste 103, Peoria, AZ 85383 928-224-5855 Camp Tuku is a traditional sleepaway camp with a mindful approach! With summer camps hosted in Mayer, Arizona, and Huguenot, NY, Camp Tuku welcomes girls and boys ages 6-17 from all over the country. In everything they do — from yoga, innovations, archery, low ropes, arts & crafts, swimming, and pet care — they do it mindfully; always integrating the mind, body, and heart to build resilience in their campers!

Join Us for July 8th – August 16th, 2024 Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off and extended day care available All children entering Kindergarten through Grade 5 are welcome!

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Camp Whitby 969 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT 203-869-8464 Designed for grade 1-4 kids, the 7-week camp offers fun and adventure activities provided by camp partners like MakeInspires, iCamp, and Grit Ninja. At Camp Whitby, no two days are the same. The Wildcats Campers fully utilize the 32-acre Whitby campus and indoor areas like our athletic center and art studio. The camp is an easy drive from surrounding Westchester towns. Early Bird rates are available through March 1.

Central Park Sports 917-679-1324 Kids can spend their days outside, playing from drop-off to pick-up. No bussing, no traffic - all play, all day, outside in NYC's backyard - Central Park. Since 2007, New York kids ages 3-12 have enjoyed playing with the exceptional Central Park Sports coaches in the heart of NYC. Their philosophy is simple: kids want to have fun, being outside is fun, and playing sports and games outside is the most fun. They invite you to join them in the park!

Challenge Camp Iona University 715 North Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801 914-779-6024 Challenge Camp is an ACA-accredited day camp at Iona University in New Rochelle, offering summer enrichment learning opportunities for creative children ages 4-15. Over 120 STEM & Arts project-based electives to engage and inspire your camper. Sports and on-site swimming options enable campers to challenge their minds and bodies. Hot lunch and snack are included. Transportation, early dropoff/extended day options available. Join them for their 44th Summer of Fun and Learning!

CA M P From New York City’s Upper East Side to our beautiful Rockland County campgrounds and beyond, our summer experiences provide kids and teens of all ages with unlimited opportunities to learn, grow — and have fun. Traditional day camps, summer intensives, for one week or the whole summer. Sign up for Summer 2024 today!

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Chelsea Piers 62 Chelsea Piers, NY, NY 212-336-6846 601 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY brooklyn/camps/summer-camp Discover an unforgettable summer at Chelsea Piers Camps in Manhattan and Brooklyn! Weekly enrollment from June 17 to Aug 30. Dive into the excitement with diverse camps like gymnastics, ninja, multi-sport, and more. Each location offers a unique sports lineup, guaranteeing a tailored experience for every camper. Unleash your child’s potential in a dynamic, safe, and fun environment. Join them for an extraordinary summer of growth, friendship, and athletic exploration. Enroll Early + Save!

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 516-367-5170 Hands-On Science Summer Camps! Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center (DNALC) provides biology-focused lab enrichment programs to students entering grades 6-12. Week-long in-person science camps are held at three locations: at the Dolan DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor, the DNALC NYC @ City Tech in Brooklyn, and the Regeneron DNALC in Sleepy Hollow. Led by experienced instructors, campers learn to use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform advanced experiments at grade levels beyond their peers. Scholarships are available!

Countryside Montessori School 354 Lakeville Rd, Great Neck, NY 11020 516-406-3623 Countryside Montessori School offers Summer Camp for children 18 months to 6 years old. An 8 week program offers flexibility in number of weeks and offers half and full day options. Toddlers enjoy their spacious playground in the mornings and nap in the afternoon. For their primary children they offer academics (similar to the school year) in the morning and afternoon play. Please be sure to email for more details.


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Curiosity Camp Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington MA, 01230 413-528-7228 Curiosity Camp at Simon’s Rock is open to inquisitive and motivated students interested in exploring their academic and creative interests in a college environment while in grades 9, 10, or 11. Students participate daily in Simon’s Rock’s signature Writing and Thinking Workshop, Seminar, and arts and science courses. The program’s cohort of 30 students allows for small class sizes and collaboration between students and professors. Students live on campus in the college’s residence halls.

Destination Science Debate Camp 45 E 75th St., New York, 1-888-512-8154 Debate Camp provides summer day and overnight camps to youth grades 5 through 10. Their multi-level program specializes in parliamentary debate, public speaking and Model United Nations. Debate Camp generates a safe, enriching and super fun learning environment — now in their 22nd summer! Three day camps in NYC, overnight camps with supervised transport options in Rhode Island, Maine and Nova Scotia. Skills for life in a traditional camp program. Join them!

Multiple Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester Camp Locations 1-888-909-2822 Now Celebrating 25 years of FUN! Destination Science has proudly focused on STEM learning through science-based activities to encourage year-round learning! Parents may enroll their kids in 1 or all 3 exciting hands-on, science camps! Over 15 STEM activities and make & take projects weekly, three science stations per day, plus games, challenges, silly songs and all the friendship & fun of camp! Destination Science’s energetic, professional educators make learning fun! Enroll Early for Best Savings!

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Fairview Lake YMCA Camp

Dorothy P Flint 4-H Camp 3186 Sound Ave Riverhead NY 11901 516-832-2591 Celebrating a century of moments at Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp! The 140acre co-ed overnight and day camp, along Long Island Sound in Riverhead, NY, welcomes campers aged 5-16. DPF 4-H Camp is committed to providing a nurturing environment for youth to thrive. Join them for their 100th-year milestone, they teach 4-H educational programs like Archery, Nature & Ecology, OutdoorLiving & Cooking, Farm & Agriculture, Sport & Recreation, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts & Crafts.

Extreme STEAM Science Kids at Park Shore 450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746 631-499-8580 Does your child LOVE science and technology? This one-of­-a­-kind educational summer program features robotics, mechanical/electrical engineering, coding, science, and art — all while having fun! Three-story STEAM Science Center. Hydroponics Grow Lab. Scientific field trips. Located in Dix Hills on a beautiful 15acre campus. Their thematic 2-week sessions for grades 1-5 are geared to stimulate curiosity in science. Morning program with option to extend the day and experience all of the AMAZING activities at Park Shore.

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1035 Fairview Lake Road, Newton, NJ 973-383-9282 Two Great Camps. One Great Summer! Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offers traditional, specialty, ranch, adventure, and leadership programs that will help children learn, grow and thrive. Kicked off in 2022, Lake in the Woods YMCA Camps is a 5-day-a-week sleepaway camp, where kids are home on the weekend. Located in Northwest NJ, the main campus of Fairview Lake is a beautiful private 660-acre camp. Lake in the Woods is located just a few minutes away at the state-of-the-art Blair Academy Campus. Whichever program campers go to, they are in for an unforgettable summer!




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Frost Valley YMCA 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725 845-985-2291 Frost Valley YMCA is a premier summer camp located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. There, your camper can participate in sports, arts and crafts, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming, storytelling around the campfire, sleeping underneath the stars, and so much more! Frost Valley is guided by 8 core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship, which are infused into all camp programs. Help your child experience the magic of camp in Summer 2024!

Future Stars Summer Camps 9 Long Island Locations For over 40 years, Future Stars has been providing families with the most outstanding specialty day camp programs in the New York Metro Area. With 9 convenient locations across Long Island and over 40 programs to choose from, there is something for everyone. Develop skills and selfconfidence in the sport of your choice or try something new in one of their popular STEAM Education or Specialty programs, they’re all amazing! Enroll Today! TRAIN. PLAY. BELIEVE.

Ghostlight Theater Camp 7 Camp Eastwood Circle 207- 358-0641 Unleash your inner star at Ghostlight Theater Camp! Ignite a summer of creativity and self-expression that leads to a lifetime of confidence and independence! Ghostlight’s expert instructors will guide actors, designers, and playwrights through classes, productions, and unique activities. Ghostlight’s size and intentionality mean your camper will take center stage throughout their time at camp, and come home with greater confidence, independence, and support for their theatrical journey ahead.



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What are you doing this summer? ROSS SUMMER is built on the innovative, educational foundation of Ross School, providing a fun, exciting, and enriching summer experience for campers. Ross Summer provides the opportunity for families to create their ideal summer in the Hamptons.

Early Childhood | Immersions | Sports | Ross Summer Term | Counselor in Training All of our programs feature healthy, nutritious, and organic lunches!

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Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Camp Edey 1500 Lakeview Ave., Bayport, NY 11705 631-543-6622 Camp Edey, located on 95 acres on the beautiful San Souci lakes, has been home to extraordinary experiences for over 75 years. With weekly themed activities girls love including gaga ball, archery, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, all in a safe, fun environment fostering her sense of adventure. Lunch included. Bus transportation and before/after care available. 9 Weekly Sessions: July 1 - August 30. For girls rising into grades 1-9: Day Camp, Teen-Ventures, and Sleepaway.

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Incarnation Camp 253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivoryton CT 06442 646-796-6917 Wilderness adventure & classic summer camp fun! Located in coastal Connecticut, on over 700 wooded acres surrounding a mile-long private lake, Incarnation Camp is the country’s oldest co-ed camp. Since 1886, they have provided a fun-filled, traditional camp with experiential learning and group living in the outdoors. Campers are guided through well-rounded & adventurous programs that develop an appreciation for nature & celebrate the uniqueness of each individual by nurturing staff.


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70 Clark Rd., Thompson PA 800-399-2267 or 570-727-4160 Independent Lake Camp is a premier, elective-based overnight camp for ages 6-17 in the Pocono Mountains. ILC has been making a difference in kids’ lives for over 30 years — supporting respect and creativity in a nurturing and inspiring environment. Each camper chooses their activities from an impressive selection including Circus, Sports, Fine & Digital Arts, Music / Recording Studio, Theatre, Dance, Magic, Skatepark, RPG, High Ropes, Lake, Pool, Horseback, and Nature. Let’s Engage, Connect, and Grow!

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Indian Island JR Golf Camp 661 Riverside Drive Riverhead, NY 11901 631-727-7776 registration-form Located on the Peconic Bay in Riverhead, Indian Island Country Club offers Jr. Golf camp for children ages 7-15. With PGA pros specializing in putting, driving, chipping, and bunker campers learn the fundamentals of golf while having fun! With daily competitions, campers are winning prizes and learning golf. Camper tuition includes club rentals, Jr golf shirt, Jr golf hat, daily lunch, golf instruction, and tons of fun!! Open to the public.

Koko NYC Kingsborough Kids College 2001 Oriental Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11235- United States 718-368-5052 College for Kids Summer 2024 is here! The CFK program offers a variety of in-person academic and recreational courses for children age 5-13 on Kingsborough’s beautiful and secure Brooklyn campus. They offer fun courses in Technology, Science, Acting, Writing, Math, Art, Sports and more! Full day and half-day options are available! All materials and lunch are included! The program is designed to provide opportunities for children to enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment through personal achievement and mastering skills while being encouraged to embrace a healthy lifestyle through activities and sports.

440 19th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215 347-623-3964 Join the fun at KoKo NYC’s week-long summer workshops at the KoKo Lot in South Slope, Brooklyn! Workshops run Mondays-Fridays from 8:45AM 2:15PM with extended day available until 6PM. At Camp KoKo, kids ages 5-7 engage in play-based, hands-on material exploration and building activities using real tools and recycled items. In Soap Box, kids ages 8-14 design and build fully functioning gravity racers out of found objects, learning engineering skills along the way.



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Launch Math + Science Centers Two UWS locations in Manhattan 212-600-1010 Launch Math + Science Centers offers exciting and educational one-week STEM summer camps for kids in K-7th grade (5-12 years old). With a 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio, children at Launch’s exciting specialty summer programs explore the adventures of archaeology, discover the details of robotics, reveal the wonders of chemical reactions — and that’s just the beginning. Each week is jampacked with hands-on STEM projects and fun camp activities. Register by March 15th to receive $200 off EVERY camp after the first.

Manhattan School of Music Magic Day Camp 216-01 Union Turnpike, Bayside Bayside, NY 11364 718-360-1886 Magic Day Camp has successfully operated for more than 40 years. Conveniently located in Bayside, Queens, with door-to-door bus transportation to families EVERYWHERE in Queens at no additional cost. Magic Day Camp has given generations of children a safe and rewarding environment to explore new and enriching experiences. With daily swimming, daily trips, sports programs, dance programs, parks, state of the art facilities, celebrations, and incredible summer days; “everyday is truly magical!”

130 Claremont Avenue New York, NY 10027 917-493-4536 MSM Summer provides instruction and performance experience for students ages 8 to 17 in a dynamic conservatory setting. Students will develop their musical skills and will join a vibrant community of young musicians. Students must be 8 years old by July 1, 2024, in order to apply.


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Mannes Prep Summer Programs

Manhattan Soccer Club (MSC) at the Mount Summer Camp College of Mt. St. Vincent - Marillac Field 6301 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx 877-423-4672 Manhattan Soccer Club, the largest and most comprehensive soccer club in NYC, invites boys and girls aged 7-13 to join their summer program for a week of fun-filled soccer activities, including drills, games, and friendly competitions. Located at the beautiful new field at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, their experienced coaches will help hone your child's skills and develop new ones, while having fun with old and new friends. Transportation is available.

55 West 13th Street, New York NY 10011 646-909-3855 performingartssummer Unleash your musical potential at Mannes Prep this summer! Music at Mannes, a Grades 3-6 summer intensive, invites young pianists and instrumental students the opportunity to develop their skills and expand their musical interests through instrumental and choral ensembles. Mannes Prep Small Ensemble Intensive offers students Grades 7-12 the opportunity to engage in intensive chamber music rehearsals and participate in ensembles and workshops with renowned guest artists. Programs run July 29 – August 9, 2024.

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Montauk Downs Golf Camp 50 South Fairview Ave 631-668-1100 summer-junior-golf-program-2 This summer camp is offered 4 days per week (Monday-Friday) @ Montauk Downs Golf Course. This is a FUN golf camp designed to introduce the game to newer golfers and to develop fundamentals for intermediate players. Unlike other camps with high school counselors as instructors, professional instruction from LPGA and PGA professionals is given. Morning Sessions (9am-12pm), Afternoon Sessions (1pm-4pm) Age Groups5-10. To register click the link or email Megan Younkman at myounkman@

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NORY STEM + Sports Camp

Montessori International Summer Day Camp 347 East 55th Street, Sutton Place, Manhattan, New York 10022 212-223-4630 This Summer, Montessori is excited to offer campers a unique blend of their summer activities and academics! Children participate in arts-and-crafts, tennis, martial arts, yoga, dance, chess and gymnastics too. Hands-on science explorations, and field trips to NYC’s world-renowned museums and cultural destinations. Since Camp is staffed by their year-round teachers, children can also continue with academics, to prepare for admission to gifted programs, or for a head start on the upcoming year. Registering now!

New York Equestrian Center 633 Eagle Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552 516-486-9673 Join this summer at the Horse Summer Camp in West Hempstead NY. Explore the great outdoors while bonding with majestic creatures. This camp offers a mix of riding lessons, horse care workshops, trail rides and fun activities for all levels of experience. Whether a beginner or an experienced rider, the knowledgeable instructors guide you every step of the way. Don’t miss out on creating lifelong memories. Sign up for NYEC Horse Summer Camp today!

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UWS, UES, Chelsea, Gramercy, Tribeca, FiDi, Brooklyn 917-521-6630 “Like Disney World, but with the coolest robot building, woodworking, and coding projects!” NORY, NYC’s largest STEM+Sports camp for 3-12yo, shapes future changemakers with award-winning STEM projects. From building life-size wooden forts to inventing self-driving vehicles, campers master STEM and grow as risk-taking entrepreneurs, inquisitive problem solvers, and empathetic leaders. Offering Soccer and Swim options, complimentary lunch, and 10 prime NYC locations, NORY sets the standard for exceptional camp experiences.


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Oliverian School Summer Program Oasis Day Camp Manhattan, Bayside, LIU Post 646-698-1800 Oasis provides customized, engaging programs for children of all ages. The programs create exciting, safe, and inclusive environments where children enjoy activities and develop life skills through quality experiences in the arts, athletics, nature, aquatics, and enrichment activities. Campers have unforgettable summers and make lifelong friends.

28 Becket Drive, Pike, NH 03780 888-922-5565 With a blend of adventure, experiential learning, and fun, Oliverian Summer provides a supportive and challenging educational experience for youth in grades 9-12 who may have struggled in more traditional school settings. Nestled on the outskirts of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, students will earn academic credit and build transformative relationships cemented by the joys of shared experiences in beautiful, wild places, and be empowered to tackle challenges, learn, and grow, no matter where they go.


Park Shore Country Day Camp 450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746 631-499-8580 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 6-9. Specialty camps: Extreme STEAM Science Kids and Sports Track. Transportation, before and aftercare, and lunch are available. New for 2024: Gaga Stadium with viewing decks, NEW Sky Trail elements, NEW Spray Park, NEW Travel Trips, NEW Preschool Water Play Area.

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Park Slope Day Camp Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, & Carroll Gardens 718-788-7732 Since ‘92, Park Slope Day Camp has provided an environment and staff that empowers Brooklyn kids to be social, active, and engaged! Campers will make friends and have kick-buttfun! Sign-up for an info session and learn about what makes Park Slope Day Camp so special. From camp activities to swimming and trips, PSDC delivers a one-of-a-kind experience. Flexible schedules, extended hours, and transportation from most Brooklyn neighborhoods. Register while discounts are at their highest.

Park Slope United Soccer Camps Prospect Park & Downtown Brooklyn 347-301-9613 All summer long, Park Slope United hosts soccer camps for kids of all skill levels. Whether a child has been a member of a travel team for years or has never kicked a ball before, PSU has a camp perfectly suited to your child’s level of playing experience. Camps include: Tot Footy: ages 2-4, Developmental Camp: ages 5-11, Select & Kickstarters Camp: ages 5-12, and for travel-level players - PSU Elite Training Camp and BKU Elite Training Camp. PSU Summer Camp is built around having maximum fun while developing as a soccer player and athlete in general. Register Online Today!

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Planet Han Summer Camp 401 West End Ave at 79th Street 1556 Third Ave at 87th Street 212-724-2421 Planet Han week-long immersion camps, where your child will learn to speak Mandarin with confidence and learn about ancient China and modern New York in an interactive and fun way! They do activities kids love, like arts and crafts, calligraphy, Friday movies, grocery shopping and plenty of outdoor Tai Chi and game time! Campers must have some experience in Mandarin speaking.








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Play On! Studios 263 West 86th Street, NY, NY 10024 347-709-4149 Play On! Studios offers theater day camps on the UWS that are guaranteed to give kids a summer full of acting, music, and fun they won’t soon forget! Young actors will rehearse and perform in a full production, work with professional NYC actors/ teaching artists, build up their skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and play lots of drama games! Sign up for 1 week or more — there’s a new show every session! Grades K-9.



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Pusteblume International Preschool - Language Summer Camp Pocono Springs Camp 48 Pocono Springs Way, East Stroudsburg PA 18302 Located in the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Springs offers a unique concept in the world of sleepaway camps: a traditional co-ed camp experience in a 5-week program. Their five-week program allows families to provide their children with a full-season summer camp experience while also having the flexibility for family travel, specialty camps, and other summer fun outside of camp. Additionally, they’re not a session camp, so campers start and end together. A three-week “intro program” is available for 1st year campers entering grades 2nd-5th.

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244 West 14th Street 212-206-1137 Pusteblume will offer 8 weeks of summer fun with lots of activities and language exposure July 1st to August 23rd. Parents can pick whatever week they like and however many weeks they need in their target language of German or Spanish. Art, Science, Math, Literacy are part of the summer curriculum and introduced in an engaging and stimulating way. Visit the Pusteblume website for weekly themes and topics.

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Riverside Park Conservancy Multi Sport Summer Camp 475 Riverside drive Suite 455, NY NY 10115 The SportsCamp program is a 12week and 5-week camp that offers the choices of several sports that takes place in Historical Riverside Park and Fort Washington Park. The program this coming summer will run from June 3rd to August 23rd. KOS provides Baseball, Basketball and Flag Football, COSA provides Soccer, HOTVBNYC provides Volleyball, FUNFITNYC provides new sport choice of Tumbling and RCTA offers Tennis. The camp serves youth from ages 4-16 with scholarships offered.

Ross Summer 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 631-907-5555 Ross Summer, built on the innovative educational foundation of Ross School, is an exciting and enriching experience for kids and teens! Ross Summer offers immersive programs in the arts, media, sciences, and more, plus for-credit academic courses with top faculty and high-level athletics, including tennis with Larri Passos and basketball with the NY Knicks! Ross Summer provides the opportunity for families to create their ideal summer in the Hamptons.

Williamsburg, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn 718-484-9777 Discover the joy of skateboarding! Offered at both their Williamsburg and Prospect Lefferts Gardens locations, SKATEYOGI Summer Camp welcomes anyone ages 7-14 (rising 2nd graders and up) from absolute beginners to experienced skaters in a fun, creative environment. Campers are exposed to both outdoor skating on daily trips to nearby parks and indoor ramp practice in their air-conditioned facilities. Their low student-to-teacher ratio ensures plenty of personal attention. They also offer a shorter morning camp for younger skaters ages 5-7 (rising K and up). Rental gear is included for camps held on-site at SKATEYOGI. For more experienced skaters ages 9-14, their Urban Shredders program based out of Downtown Brooklyn offers daily adventures at skateparks and skate spots around NYC.










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Soccer Stars Summer Camps Multiple Locations across NYC 606 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 212-877-7171 Soccer Stars is the largest youth soccer provider in New York. When school is out, soccer is in! Have fun in the sun with their soccer FUNdamentals camp! With the 2024 Copa America as backdrop, kids will learn, practice and play, while exploring the history, culture, and play styles of countries around the world! Camps are running all summerlong, from 6/24 to 8/30, ages 3-10 at locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island!

Sports Academy at the Park Slope Day Camp Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, & Carroll Gardens 718-788-7732 Sports Academy is perfect for athletes of any experience. Drills & skills are supplemented with team and individual sports. Traditional camp activities, theme days, swim, and beach add spirit and variety. Each week is an action-packed experience. From soccer to volleyball, baseball, karate, fencing and more, Sports Academy’s coaching team will help your child develop their confidence, skills, and value effort over outcome. Extended hours & transportation available. Register while discounts are at their highest.

STEAM Camp at the Cathedral School 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025 646-425-1648 STEAM Camp at the Cathedral School is an innovative summer day camp that welcomes all children rising to Kindergarten up to Grade 6. Blending craft, engineering, and technology, projects are designed to spark wonder in all campers. Campers also learn to design and prototype at their Innovation Lab equipped with 3D printers, laser cutter, robots, and other maker tech.




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Steve & Kate’s Camp Locations Throughout Manhattan & Brooklyn Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. Kids ages 4–12 choose from a variety of activities in real-time including, sewing, coding, building, baking, sports, and more! Families can buy any number of days, and use at any time–no weekly reservations required. Or, buy a Summer Pass, which covers the whole season. Either way, all unused Passes are automatically refunded at summer’s end. Lunch, snacks & all hours (8am– 6pm) included.

Summer at The Kew-Forest School 119-17 Union Turnpike Forest Hills, NY 11375 718- 551-3123 Summer at The Kew-Forest School (July 8 – August 16, 2024) provides children entering Kindergarten to Grade 5 with academic enrichment in reading, writing, and mathematics, along with recreational activities including arts & crafts, dance, drama, field trips, martial arts, STEM, swimming, & more! Two, four, and six week options are available. Attend an Open House on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. Save $50 if you enroll by April 19.

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Summer at St. Bart’s 109 East 50th St, New York, NY 10022 212-378-0203 Come join the fun this summer! Summer at St. Bart’s offers something for everyone ages two through six! Every day campers ages three to six learn how to swim onsite in an indoor heated pool! All campers ages two through six, participate in a variety of activities which include sports in the full-sized gymnasium, outdoor play on the rooftop, arts and crafts, dance, yoga, and free play in the classroom!

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TCR Camps Take the Stage at the Park Slope Day Camp Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, & Carroll Gardens 718-788-7732 Take the Stage is a three-week experience for theater artists that offers the experience of creating an original show with friends and performing it. Majors available in Drama, Dance, Music & Stagecraft, Take the Stage blends innovative performing arts activities with traditional day camp including halfday trips, special events, & theme days. Take the Stage runs in two 3-week sessions. Extended hours & transportation from most Brooklyn neighborhoods available. Register while discounts are at their highest.

2600 Netherland Ave Riverdale, NY 10463 718-796-9099 TCR Camps has been providing summer fun for NYC campers since 1993! This summer, TCR will be offering a Tennis Camp, Golf Camp, and a varietal “Young Olympians” camp for their younger campers. In addition to their regular daily activities, all TCR camps include a swimming period, gym sports period and complimentary lunch. TCR Camps are available in weekly or daily packages, good for 2 years of use, and the option to add door-to-door transportation.

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Trinity Discovery Day Camp 139 West 91st Street New York City, NY 10024 212-932-6849 summer-camp The Trinity Discovery Day Camp provides an opportunity for campers to be kids again. Campers get to engage with each other while swimming, playing tennis, chess, golf and much more. Campers will have pool parties on Fridays and of course, ices everyday! Lunch will not be provided.Come join us for a fantastic summer!

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185 Colonial Springs Road Wheatley Heights, NY 11798 631-643-7900 QUESTIONS@USDAN.ORG Surrounded by 140 acres of natural beauty, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts is the perfect place for your child to joyfully express their creativity. They offer 1, 4, and 8-week day camp programs for students ages 5 to 18. Classes are taught by exceptional educators and professional artists in music, art, theater, creative writing, chess, and more. Bus transportation is available from Long Island and NYC to our woodland campus in Wheatley Heights

134 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-550-0125 Voxel Academy is a Summer Day Camp and After School STEAM program for young creators and innovators. Engage in hands-on project based learning utilizing video games (like Minecraft) and pop culture to engage participants curiosity and creativity. Voxel’s team of Instructors are highly skilled in their field and certified autism specialists that create a fun, supportive environment for all. Learn to code or make something by hand to level up your summer at Camp Voxel.

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2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460 1-800-433-4194 Explore nature, learn about the planet and get close to animals—all in New York City! Wildlife Conservation Society summer camps are for every young adventurer, from toddlers to teens. Recognized as industry leaders, the WCS Education Department was the first of its kind to offer zoo camps and continues to provide awardwinning programming. Find WCS Education summer camps at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium!

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Williamsburg Soccer Club At Williamsburg Soccer Club everyone is welcome; no try outs necessary. Players 5 to 10 years old will play with the ball at their feet - it’s the only way to learn!. All camps are coed and each day focuses on different aspects of the game developing skills and ability in players while having fun. The camps are run by experienced, qualified, and background checked coaches.

126 West 17 Street New York, NY 10011 and 30 Deforest Road Dix Hills, NY 11746 212-496-8400 Winston Preparatory School is gearing up for its 2024 Summer Programs! Using the school’s research-based education model, Winston Prep’s Summer Program offers a highly individualized learning environment for students grades 4-12 with learning differences, including dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties (ADHD), and nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD). This comprehensive day program will help your child enhance academic skills, build confidence, and foster independence. For the NYC campus, contact For the Long Island campus, contact

162 East Street, Mount Washington, MA 01258 413-528-1227 YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a coed sleepaway camp nestled among over 1,000 acres of forest in Massachusetts with a private 90-acre lake. Campers can stay from one to eight weeks. Each week campers help create their schedules choosing from over 30 activities. They also offer Outdoor Adventure Trips. At Hi-Rock, staff serve as solid role models with a focus on helping children develop strong friendships and improve self-esteem at camp. The confidence that is developed during a camper’s time at Hi-Rock stays with them long after they have left camp. Transportation and financial assistance are available.


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YMCA Camp Mason 23 Birch Ridge Road 908-362-8217 Are you ready for your child(ren) to have THE BEST SUMMER EVER?! For nearly 125 years, YMCA Camp Mason has welcomed campers to be a part of their caring, diverse, inclusive community. They strive for excellence, relevance and innovation and believe that every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. The camp's proven programs and caring, trained counselors engage and encourage young people and deliver meaningful and memorable experiences.

YMCA of Greater New York Summer Day Camps 20+ Locations Across All 5 Boroughs in NYC 212-630-9720 100+ Camps. 20+ Locations. 100+ Years of Camp Magic. Best. Summer. Ever. The YMCA of Greater NY is gearing up to help kids create lifelong memories and friendships at Summer Camp in 2024! Through the Y’s day camps and specialty camps in all five boroughs, families can trust the Y to give their kids a fun, enriching, highquality camp experience this summer — out of the house and learning new skills. Register today and save!

YMCA of Long Island Summer Day Camp 121 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542 1-855-296-2254 At the Y, campers build friendships and engage in physical activity in a safe and healthy environment. As one of the region’s largest, most-diverse camps, their variety of programs for ages 3-15, (Kiddie Camp, Youth Camp, Pre-Teen Camp, Teen Camp, Sports Camp, and Counselor-In-Training). Camp 2024 includes 2-week sessions from Monday, July 1 – Friday, August 23 featuring age-appropriate activities and opportunities to try new things, build confidence, and create lifelong memories.

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