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FEATURES 10 | Editor’s Note And a guide to our upcoming camp fairs 14 | The Many Types of Overnight Camps A quick breakdown to help you figure out which of them might be the best fit for your child 18 | The Right Questions 10 important ones to ask when choosing an overnight camp 20 | Like a Step Back in Time A summer at sleepaway camp can be a trip to a simpler place 24 | Preparing Your First Time Camper Helpful tips on getting your child (and yourself) ready for an initial camp experience 28 | Why Day Camp? Great reasons why ›camps are beneficial for your child


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30 | Camp for Kids with Special Needs For some children, camp can have a significant impact on their life 32 | Choosing a Camp for a Child with Food Allergies A food allergy shouldn’t be a barrier for your child attending a summer camp — here are some helpful tips 34 | Tips for a Successful Visiting Day How to ensure a great experience for both you and your child 38 | 7 Sunscreens Perfect for Kids! Send your camper off with a sunscreen that will protect against harmful rays 78 | Last Word

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ummer Camp has long been an American tradition. For New York City and Tri-State kids, it is something they (and maybe us parents!) look forward to all year long. From day camps, sleepaway to specialty camps, we have all the resources you need in making the best choice for your child this summer. Whether it’s a camp far from the bustle of the city where the electronics can be left at home or a day camp where every day is a new adventure to explore the city and beyond, we have something for everyone. Choosing the right camp for your child is important, which is why we co-host our long-running Camp Fairs series with the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey. These fairs are totally free to attend, and along with our Ultimate Guide to Summer Camp (which you’re holding in your hands right now!) are designed to not only be family-friendly and to answer all camp questions you might have. Chat with camp directors — if you have a list of questions, fantastic! Attending camp can be truly an incredible experience. My son looks forward to his camp every year and has formed relationships with his fellow campers that will last a lifetime. How lucky we are as parents to live in a city that has so many options enabling us to find the perfect match for our children!

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The Many Types of

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A quick breakdown to help you figure out which of them might be the best fit for your child by Jess Michaels


here are many different overnight camp options, with different session lengths and programs. No matter what type of camp you choose, you’ll be giving your child the opportunity to form strong friendships, experience new activities and gain important life skills such as leadership, confidence, resilience and independence. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of camps to help you figure out which might be the best fit for your child.


Coed Camps A coed overnight camp serves all sexes. Coed camps can either run activities that are coed or separated by gender, however, campers might come together for meals, evening events and special events. When exploring coed camps, make sure to ask the camp director about which activities are together and which are separate. Coed camps often share facilities and are unified in mission and traditions. Parents with children of different genders may find coed camps easier logistically,

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allowing for siblings to have a shared camp experience. Coed camps mimic “real life” with children of differing genders interacting with each other. If your child has a lot of friends of the opposite sex, a coed camp could be a good fit. Brother/Sister Camps Brother/Sister camps - A brother/sister camp is a hybrid of a single sex and a coed camp. They are two distinct camps that are related to each other, whether on the same property or across the lake. The camps have separate

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summer or if their child has other plans for the rest of the summer.

Session Camp Session camps offer different sessions throughout the summer. Some session camps offer multiple sessions throughout the summer allowing campers to stay for a few sessions while other camps ask families to choose the first session or the second session, so all campers come and go together. Session camps give families flexibility if they want to travel over the

Full Summer Camps Full session camps run for seven weeks, with all the children arriving and leaving at the same time. Campers become ingrained in the community for a longer period of time and there aren’t campers coming and going during sessions. Full summer camps are great for families who know they want their child at camp for the majority of the summer.

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10 important ones to ask when choosing an overnight camp By Jess Michaels


oing to overnight camp is a big step for your child. It’s where your child will gain independence, hone important life skills and become part of a caring and intentional community. Camp is a place that will become your child’s summer home for a number of years, so choosing the right one is an important decision not to be taken lightly. While you certainly want to ask questions including inquiring about the camp’s philosophy, leadership team, program and safety procedures, you also want to go beyond the basics and dig a bit deeper to inquire about situations that don’t necessarily make it onto a camp’s website. Keep in mind that a good camp director or leadership staff will be happy to answer any of your questions, so don’t be afraid to ask them and any other question you may have. Here are 10 questions you might want to consider asking to give you a better understanding of the camp you are considering.

does that look like? Find out what the policy is and make sure to also share it with your own child(ren). 4. What does it take for a child to be sent home from camp? Each camp has its own rules for campers and if they are broken, there are consequences. Ask why a child might get sent home from camp and what the procedures are for it getting to that point. Make sure to share the camp’s policy with your child before camp begins. 5. How do you handle new campers coming into an existing bunk? Sometimes, the same group of children had been bunking together for a few years or for the first session of camp when a new camper comes in. Ask how the camp helps a new camper assimilate to a group that has already lived together.

1. What type of child is successful at camp? This sounds like a simple question but it’s one of the most important ones you can ask. If you ask the question and you get an answer that doesn’t describe your child, move on. You don’t want to set up your child for failure if the camp isn’t the right fit. Sometimes parents get caught up in wanting a certain type of camp for their child but in reality, the best camp is the one where they are going to be the most successful.

6. Do you have a policy about best friends or children from the same school bunking together? Camp is a place where children easily make friends so there is no need to know someone before going to camp. However, sometimes friends do go together or a number of children from the same school attend. Find out how the camp bunks these campers. Do they separate best friends? Do they break up kids from the same school automatically?

2. What do you do if the bunk isn’t working out? While camp directors work hard on placing children in the right bunk, it isn’t a perfect formula and sometimes, a bunk just doesn’t gel. Ask the director what they do if a bunk isn’t working.

7. What makes your camp different? Some parents will say that after looking at a few different websites, all the camps start to look the same! Many camps offer the same activities and are located in the same areas. Ask the camp director to describe what makes their camp different than other camps. This will help you differentiate between camp programs and ultimately choose the camp that will work best for your child.

3. What is your camp’s bullying policy? Although many camps work hard to create community and respect for others, unfortunately, like any environment with kids, bullying may occur. Find out how the camp handles bullying. Do they have zero tolerance for bullying and if so, what exactly


8. What do you do to retain staff? Great staff can make or break a summer. Ask the camp about the percentage of returning staff, how many counselors are former

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campers and what they do to retain their staff. 9. How does the camp handle camper dynamics in the off-season? Camp directors are used to helping campers with disagreements and bunk situations during the summer, but what happens during the school year? A simple sleepover after camp with a few girls can turn into a bunk disaster if posted on social media and someone was left out. Ask the director if they get involved in off season cabin drama or how they help manage these situations before they even happen. 10. My child is a different race, ethnicity or religion than most of the campers at your camp. Will they have trouble fitting in? If you are looking into a camp where your child is a different race, ethnicity or religion from the majority of campers, ask the director what they will do to help your child assimilate into the camp community.

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ummer camps have been around for over 150 years and while the rest of the world has changed tremendously through the years, in many ways, overnight camps have remained much the same. A summer spent at sleepaway camp can be like a trip back in time to a simpler and slower place—for many, a respite for 21st Century children living in an overscheduled and technologically overloaded time. Check out these ways camp is a bit like stepping back in time. Technology Break Camp may well be the last unplugged environment for children. It’s a place where iphones and ipads are left at home, giving campers a chance to take a much needed break from technology. “I think in today’s world, the break from technology is one of the most important benefits of camp for children,” says Ginger Clare, Director of


Camp Kippewa, a girls’ overnight camp in Maine. “While it can be hard for campers to be away from their phones and social media, campers come to realize how nice it is to have that break and be disconnected from the pressure of social media. With no screens, campers are having real face to face interactions with friends. If an issue arises, girls have conversations in real time to work it out instead of messaging each other back and forth. Campers are actually learning how to have in person interactions with peers at camp which is something that used to just happen before children had their own phones.” Genuine Friendships Camp allows for true friendships to thrive. The camp program is intentionally created for children to connect with one another and unlike the school year, campers have time to just focus on friendships without sports practice and school work getting in the way.

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“Unfortunately, today’s young people have a false sense of connection based on how many friends or likes they have on social media but these aren’t face to face connections,” explains Jed Dorfman, Director of Camp Walt Whitman, a coed overnight camp in New Hampshire. “At camp, everyone is so present. Campers bunk together and sit down together for meals. It allows for campers and staff to make meaningful connections like friends used to do so many years ago.” Meals It used to be that families would sit down together at the end of the day for dinner, but with after school activities most nights and dual working parents working longer hours, the family dinner is a rarity for most families. “Our camp comes together and eats as a camp family. Campers sit with their bunk and counselors and eat family style, with each person taking equal shares,” says Clare. “Camp is busy in its own way but it’s structured for building community and meal times allow everyone to chat around the table about the day or about a topic we provide to help structure the conversation.” Outdoor time Let’s face it. Today’s children don’t spend as



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much time outside as they used to. During the school year, children are busy going from sports to a music lesson to hours of homework at home, with little time to just be outdoors. “Most of the day is spent outdoors at camp. Campers are running around, just breathing the fresh air and connecting with nature,” explains Clare. “On the opening night of camp, we have the girls just listen to the loons on the lake, the waves on the shore, and the buzzing of insects, allowing them to take the time to just appreciate the greater world and nature around us.”

again, with the support of their counselors, which is an essential learning skill that many children have lost.”

Problem Solving Camp is a place where campers can solve their own problems. “Growing up, all the kids would just play outside afterschool and we’d know to go home when the street lights went on,” recalls Dorfman. “Whether we were riding bikes or playing a sport together, we navigated our own way and addressed our own challenges and disagreements. These days, parents try to solve their kid’s problems. Camp provides children with the opportunity to learn how to work things out on their own

Responsibility for Self and Others Years ago, children often had a list of chores to do at home to help with the household. They didn’t need to be told to do them—they just did them because it was what was expected of them. “Each day, campers make their bed in the morning, straighten their area, spin the job wheel and maybe might be sweeping the cabin or straightening things on the shelves. There is a level of responsibility for themselves and their community at camp,” explains Dorfman. Ginger agrees and explains that

campers at Camp Kippewa are also responsible for cleaning up on a regular basis. “Everyone knows it’s an expectation. Our campers take turns setting the table for meals, putting the food on the table and clearing the table. They understand that what they are doing is for the greater good of the group.” Autonomy Today’s children don’t have as much independence as children did decades ago. Dorfman feels that when he was growing up, there was a much longer leash for children but today, the parental leash is so much shorter. “We as parents try and protect our kids from anything that can go wrong,” explains Dorfman. “Children at camp are really well supervised but at the same time, they are given a sense of independence where they can take healthy risk that kids took a generation ago. My sense is that children who feel autonomous are less likely to be anxious. That’s why kids feel like they are their best selves at camp because they are allowed room to thrive in a way that they can’t at home when parents often over involve themselves.”

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Preparing Your

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ou’ve made the big decision to send your child to camp this summer! Going to camp for the first time, whether day or overnight, is exciting but like with any new experience for a child, it’s always best to prepare them for what it will be like. It’s also vital for you to get into the camp mindset so you can best support your child. Check out these six tips to help your child have the best summer at camp this summer and for many years to come. Meet the Leadership Team “Preparing your child for camp begins when you tour the camp and meet the director and leadership team. This time together starts the relationship that will continue throughout your child’s time at camp,” says Sam Borek, Owner & Director of Woodmont Day Camp in New City, NY. Matt Krouner, Owner & Director of Camp Schodack, a coed overnight


camp in the foothills of the Berkshires always encourages families to meet with the leadership team to help set up your child for success. “If you didn’t have the opportunity to tour the camp, ask to have a home visit that your child can also be a part of. The more invested your child is in the process and has positive feelings about camp, the more successful the experience will be.” Don’t Force Camp Conversation Krouner says parents often get anxious about camp and they feel the need to constantly talk about camp to prepare their child. “If your child isn’t asking questions about camp, there is no need to bring camp up constantly all winter long. Follow your child’s lead throughout the year and discuss camp here and there when relevant.” It’s OK to be Nervous It’s completely normal for a child to be nervous as camp approaches. “It’s important

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to allow your child to voice hesitancy about camp. Let them know it’s ok for them to be nervous but make sure to share positive messages about camp letting them know it will be great because you selected a safe place with activities they enjoy,” says Borek. “However, if you are feeling anxious, as the parent you have to shield your nervousness from your child so you don’t put it on them. Discuss camp in a positive way before camp begins and throughout the summer.” Allow Your Child to Have Their Own Experience Parents should keep in mind that this is your child’s camp experience, not yours. “It’s important to not have your own thoughts and memories of camp taint your child’s experience,” comments Borek. “Maybe you loved dressing up for special days at camp but your child isn’t thrilled at the idea once the camp calendar arrives. It doesn’t mean he isn’t going to have a good time at camp. He

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easier the transition will be when camp begins.” Krouner says that new camper gatherings in the off-season can be helpful but with a caveat. “While camp get-togethers throughout the year can be great for some children, they might not be for others. An ice cream shop get together in the winter is not as structured as a camp event, so it can feel like forced interaction which can

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whole group cheers them on because the whole purpose of the game being played at camp is to be part of a team and work together to succeed.” Making friends Duffy says that camp is one of the best places to form friendships. “Children are together all day and enjoying fun activities. They sing songs, swim, talk over lunch and play games and sports together in a relaxed environment that feels very different than school.”

Why Day Camp?

Great reasons why these camps are beneficial for your child By Jess Michaels


onsidering day camp for your child? Day camp is often your child’s first steps towards independence and can help your child develop important life skills and interests that will last a lifetime. Not to mention day camp is just FUN! From swimming to arts & crafts to special event days, camp packs a whole lot of excitement into just a few weeks over the summer. Check out these great reasons why day camp can be so beneficial for your child. Independence Being away from you, even if just for the day at camp, allows your child to work on skills without your assistance and to explore their interests all by themselves. As a result, children gain confidence that they can do things on their own. Katie Duffy, Director of Camps for Asphalt Green in Manhattan says, “From taking the bus to and from camp to getting changed for swimming independently without the help of mom and dad, campers are practicing independence daily and feeling good that they have conquered something on their own.” Communication With children spending hours each day engaged in screen-based activities, it’s no surprise that children have lost the art of


communicating face to face and being able to recognize the emotions of others. Gordon Josey, Director of Breezemont Day Camp in Armonk, NY comments, “I believe that camp 20 or 30 years ago was nice to do but wasn’t as necessary as it is today. Camp is a place for children to disconnect—where children can just talk and laugh with each other, practicing face to face communication. You can be smartest kid in school but if you don’t know how to communicate and listen to others, you aren’t necessarily going to be successful in the 21st century.” Community Camp is an intentional community that your child is instantly welcomed into. Campers and staff share rituals and traditions unique to the camp which helps everyone become part of a tight knit and supportive community. “We have a dedicated group of people who work full time as camp professionals and only think about camp. It’s how we are able to create the culture and community we have,” says Josey. Gordon explains that camp is about team building and creating a safe place for children to try something new or hone skills they have already been working on. “Whether it’s a child who plays baseball during the school year and just hit a home run or the child who struggles athletically but just hit the ball off the T in T ball, the

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Play The American Academy of Pediatrics states the importance of play in promoting healthy child development and believes it allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical and cognitive, and emotional strength. “Unfortunately, today’s children no longer play,” comments Josey. “Whether it’s because of social media and video games or we as parents no longer let kids just go outside and knock on a neighbor’s door to play, camp is where a child can play the way we played as children. Expert instruction Want your child to get quality sports instruction this summer? Many day camps offer expert sports instruction while also allowing your camper to participate in traditional camp activities like arts & crafts and archery. “One of the best parts of camp is that children are exposed to so many different sports and activities, which allows kids to realize what they like,” says Josey. “Along with traditional camp activities, we offer expert instruction for our sports with a tennis professional teaching tennis and a NCAA Basketball pro teaching basketball, so if you are looking for quality sports instruction, it can be found at day camp.” Confidence School is great for learning math, reading and writing, but not every student walks away from the school day feeling confident. What’s so great about camp is that there are no tests or scores— only activities designed to help children build confidence. “Confidence comes in different ways at camp. When a camper performs in the camp talent show and gets a loud round of applause or when a child sets the goal to move up a swim level and then achieves it, they are gaining confidence and walking away feeling good about themselves,” says Duffy.

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Camp for Kids with

Special Needs

For children with special needs, camp can have a significant impact on their life By Jess Michaels


ttending summer camp can be a beneficial experience for any child. For children with special needs, camp can be a reprieve from some of the struggles of home life and can have a significant impact on a child’s life. These camp directors at special needs summer programs share just a few of the many benefits of camp for a child who has special needs. Feeling of Belonging “We find that what is truly transformative for our campers is that, often for the first time, they feel like they are a part of a larger community and that their voice really matters. That feeling of belonging is key for any child as they develop. Nothing can compare to how a child feels when they know that they are accepted for who they are,” says Debbie Sasson, Director of Camp Akeela, a coed overnight camp in Vermont & Wisconsin that helps children improve their social skills. “Our campers often are a minority at their schools and the peers and adults in their life expect them to be different. At the right camp, they can be ok just being themselves. Once they feel that level of acceptance, they are more open to honest and empathic feedback from trusted adults and


peers about how they may find more success in the world outside of camp.” Build Confidence Jaime Jezek, Director of Camp Sun ‘N Fun, a day and overnight camp for children and adults with special needs in Williamstown, NJ says, “Other camps might have large goals like passing a deep water swim test, but here, a goal might be making just one friend or using a pair of scissors in art. Every achievement is celebrated as special.” Make Friends “Most parents come to me and say they want their child to be included and to make good friends,” comments Elyse Miller, Director of the Inclusion Program at Buckley Day Camp in Roslyn, NY. “Parents will tell me that their child doesn’t have friends at home and if they do, they are children like them. At camp, their friends are typical who just want to be their friends. One of my seven year old campers with medical issues invited all her camp friends to her birthday and every child came. Her mom couldn’t believe that everyone wanted to be there for her daughter.” Jezek adds, “Peer and social interactions are key things we hope to provide. A lot of our campers don’t make strong connections when at home. There

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often isn’t time for things like playdates because their regular care and therapy is time consuming and takes precedence. We will tell a parent whose child has autism that their son made a friend and they were holding hands. They can’t believe it and said their child doesn’t hold any ones hand!” Independence Miller often hears from parents before camp about some of the tasks their child can’t do by themselves. “During the summer, I’ll call them and say that he can cut his own food and put on his own socks. There are no issues at all. Camp allows parents to loosen up and allow their children room to grow and to do things on their own.” Be Themselves “Many of our campers are mainstreamed at school and there might only be one or two other children with special needs who understand their journey,” states Jezek. “At a school, the wheelchair ramp is often separated from the main entrance but at camp, no accommodations need to be made because the camp environment is ready for them. Everyone is using chubby brushes and chubby markers. It’s good for our campers to know that no one is looking at them differently and that everyone has a place here.”

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Choosing a Camp for a Child with

Food Allergies By Jess Michaels


or parents of children with food allergies and sensitivities, the thought of sending their child to overnight camp can be very scary. But parents should know that food allergies shouldn’t be a barrier to a wonderful summer at camp. Many camps can accommodate children with food allergies from Celiac to Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies to Dairy and Egg. Do Your Research When researching a camp, there are many questions parents should ask the camp leadership. If your family has a child who has food allergies, that list of questions just doubled! Dave Stricker, Owner & Director of Camp Wah-Nee, a coed overnight camp in the Berkshires says parents need to evaluate the camp directors and make sure they take food allergies as seriously as they do. “From the ownership down and especially in the kitchen, there needs to be an awareness of how to take care of a child with allergies. Ask how the kitchen staff is trained to accommodate your child, who is responsible for monitoring what your child needs, and if there is a point person who is assigned to your child to speak with them each day so they know what’s being prepared and what is safe for your child to eat. Isaac Mamaysky, Director of Camp Zeke, a coed Jewish overnight camp focused on healthy living in Pennsylvania urges parents to look beyond a camp’s website and ask about specific procedures. “We work with a dietician, a number of camp parents and our kitchen staff to put together a detailed manual for allergy procedures to prevent cross contamination. So everyone on our staff and in the kitchen is trained to keep kids safe. We have found that the documented procedures allows us to refine them each year and secondly ensures that our allergy efforts don’t rely on the strength of one chef but is a document that we live by every summer.”


Involving Your Child One of the best skills children gain at camp is independence and learning to take care of themselves. That goes for taking on some responsibility with their own food allergies. “If you are sending your child to overnight camp, you want to make sure your child is able to ask questions on their own about what is and isn’t in the food,” says Stricker. “We always meet with the parents and child well before camp starts to talk about the specific allergy. Children are part of the conversation so they aren’t just being taken care of but they are part of the process. Children will understand what will happen each day and know from the beginning someone is looking out for them.” At Camp Zeke, there are dedicated allergy chefs who wear bright red shirts that say ‘Ask Me About Allergies” during each meal in the dining hall. “We never want our campers to make assumptions about food,” says Mamaysky. “The main responsibility of a camper with allergies is to only ask food questions to the people wearing red shirts.” Safety Precautions Each camp will have their own procedures and safety precautions when it comes to handling children with food allergies. It’s important for you to find the one that meets your child’s needs and makes you feel comfortable that your child will be safe. “Over the past few years, we were getting more inquiries about how we handle allergies. As the numbers grew, we decided to take a

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formal approach to handling food allergies at camp. We set up two separate allergy kitchens. One is gluten free and the other is dairy free and egg free. The entire camp is nut and sesame free,” explains Mamaysky. “Any food that leaves our dining hall is free of main allergens so if we are having a camp fire with s’mores, they will be completely allergen free. When we go off camp, we don’t trust an outside kitchen. We bring our own food for a child with allergies.” Camp Wah-Nee also brings food when leaving camp. “If we do an intercamp or go to a minor league ball game, we bring our own food for a child with any kind of food sensitivity or allergy. If an older camper is going on a three day trip, we send the specially trained staff member assigned to that child on the trip and monitor what foods are being consumed on the trip.” “Finding the right match for your child is the most important thing. When a parent meets a camp that hits their comfort level, they will feel it instinctively,” comments Stricker. “Do not sign up for the camp unless you feel that security when you are talking to the director that this camp focuses on meeting your child’s important needs.” Mamaysky adds, “Many restaurants and other establishments say they can accommodate allergies but those words mean different things depending on who you are talking to. Don’t send your child to the camp unless you are 100% comfortable and certain that they aren’t just using empty words but that the words play out in the practices of the camp.”





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Tips for a Successful

Visiting Day

How to ensure a great experience for both you and your child By Jess Michaels


rom the moment your child steps on the camp bus this June, you will most likely be awaiting Visiting Day, the chance to see your child at camp and get a taste of the wonderful summer they’ve been having. While Visiting Day is a special day for both camper and parent, it’s also a highly anticipated day that everyone wants to be great. Check out these nine tips from seasoned camp directors to help you and your child have the most successful visiting day possible. Read the emails from camp Camps are very good about preparing parents for what to expect on Visiting Day. “Take the time to read what your camp sends out,” says Matt Brown, Owner & Director of Camp Wayne for Girls, a girls overnight camp in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. “Preparing


ahead and knowing what to expect will set you up for a positive day with your child.” Laurie Rinke, Owner and Director of Camp Echo Lake, a coed overnight camp in the Adirondacks adds, “Parents are certainly the experts on their kids, but camp directors are experts on their camp. If they take the time to provide logistical information on Visiting Day with emotional tips, it’s coming from a place of experience and wanting it to be the best possible experience for parents and children.” Give consideration to who you bring “Visiting day is about being with your child and having a special day with them,” explains Brown. “When considering bringing people with you, keep in mind that a toddler or grandparent might not be able to handle the long day, the heat or the walking around camp. Make sure you give thought to the

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entire experience including weather, travel and walking. If you feel that any of this might be too much for a visitor and detract from the day, you might want to reconsider who you bring.” Rinke recommends parents limit the people visiting to just the parents and siblings for a child’s first summer. “Goodbyes can be harder year one and you don’t know what kind of reaction your child will have at the end of Visiting Day. The more people there are, the more goodbyes and separation that have to happen.” Bunk gifts If your camp has a no bunk gift policy, respect it. Brown says, “Bunk gifts can create competition and bad feelings even if unintentional. Visiting Day is about visiting with your child and your presence alone should be enough.” Food Keep in mind that most camps have a limited

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amount of time they allow campers to keep food brought on Visiting Day. Rinke explains, “We welcome parents bringing their child’s favorite treats to enjoy on Visiting Day but we ask that parents avoid bringing treats in excess. Campers are only permitted to enjoy their treats for a short time after parents leave so bringing more food than can be consumed during the day becomes wasteful.” Be on time Do your best to be on time. “Your child has been anticipating Visiting Day for days. It can be devastating for a child if all the other parents are there and theirs isn’t,” says Brown. Let your child lead the day “Camp is one of the few things in a young person’s life that is uniquely their own and that they have ownership of. Allow your child to lead the day by showing and telling you what they want to share. Make sure to show excitement and match their enthusiasm in what you are seeing. Participate in the planned activities the camp offers and make

“Preparing ahead and knowing what to expect will set you up for a positive day with your child.” sure to make the day all about them,” says Brown. Recognize Visiting Day can be emotional “Visiting Day is a fun and special day for the entire family. It can also be an intensely emotional day for both campers and parents,” says Rinke. “On one hand, you get to spend time with your children and on the other hand, all of you may also be anticipating a sad goodbye at day’s end. If your child becomes overly emotional, or even mentions the idea of wanting to go home with you at the end of the day, they

need to borrow your confidence to re-affirm that they can do this.” Try not to talk too much about home Talking about home can bring up feelings of homesickness. “Before your arrival, campers have adjusted to camp and are having the best time but then parents come and you of course remind them of home,” says Brown. “Try not to talk too much about home by talking about Rover the Dog or all the fun things you are doing without them. Focus on camp and all the positive things they have accomplished at camp so far and the good times that still remains.” Saying goodbye The end of the day can be very hard for campers,” says Rinke. “Make sure your goodbye at the end of the day is meaningful but quick. The longer you stay, the harder it is to separate. Remember that once you say goodbye, the camp has tons of strategies and plans to get your child back into the fun of camp.”

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7 Sunscreens Perfect for Kids! Send your camper off with a sunscreen that will protect against harmful rays By Katarina Avendano & Donna Ladd


unscreen is on the top of all campers packing list. Protect your kid’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays by lathering them up

with our favorite kid-friendly sunscreens. These sunscreens are free from harmful chemicals and gentle enough for sensitive skin types, ensuring that your kid’s skin will be safe when they are off at summer camps and playing outside in the warm weather.

Supergoop Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen

Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

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SPF: 50 broad spectrum

This sunscreen was originally created for the founder’s daughter, Emery, whose skin reacted to everything. With olive polyphenols, and minerals that are a physical blocker to the sun, you can’t go wrong with this sunscreen that calms inflammation. It also nourishes the skin with squalene, olive fruit extract, and sunflower seed oil, leaving the skin rejuvenated and baby smooth. This mineral formula doesn’t leave a white cast and is free from irritating chemicals like parabens, synthetic fragrance, and oxybenzone. $16-$28, supergoop.com

This is a 100% mineral sunscreen that is easy to blend, lightweight, and non-greasy. This nourishing formula is packed with rich coconut oil, and shea and cocoa butter that restore and hydrate the skin. It is free from gluten, PABA, oxybenzone, octinoxate, parabens, and the list goes on. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after swimming, sweating, or a towel dry. $13.99, babybum.com

Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Lotion Coola Mineral Baby Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF: 50 broad spectrum

This organic and pure formula is made to protect your baby’s delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This mineral sunscreen is pediatric tested, water resistant up to 80 minutes, fragrance and paraben free, and for babies 6 months or older. Make sure that you apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after sweating or swimming. $36, coola.com

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A plant-based sunscreen, you’ll find certified organic ingredients like cranberry, raspberry seed oils, and sunflower. A little goes a long way with this sunscreen as it tends to go on heavy. Start with a small dab and rub in gently on your little one’s skin. Tested by pediatricians and dermatologists, this is a big plus. We found this sunscreen to be a parent favorite. $9.79, target.com

Hello Bello Sunscreen Lotion Tropic Sport Sunscreen

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard created Hello Bello because they believe all babies deserve affordable, premium products. This is the only FDA approved sunscreen that protects against all three types of UV rays. The main ingredient of zinc oxide is water resistant and will last up to 80 mins. With excessive sweating, water or towel dry off, reapplication is suggested. Ingredients as green tea, avocado, cocoa butter, and cucumber extracts will keep skin soft. $8.78, wallmart.com

If you are looking for a mineral sunscreen that is safe to use on your kids and for the environment, Tropic Sport has your back. It is reef safe, eco-friendly, and scored #2 on the EWG, meaning that this sunscreen product has a low hazard ranking compared to other sunscreens on the market. You also don’t have to worry about reapplying right away in the water because it passed the water resistant test to last up to 80 mins. $29.99, tropicsport.com


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Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Maine has long been a brand that parents can trust for natural products. Made with few ingredients including zinc oxide, this is an excellent sunscreen for baby and up. Goes on pretty thick, add with a non-fragrance lotion or a small amount when applying. $13.50, amazon.com

Badger Kids Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF: 30 broad spectrum

A zinc oxide formula, this cream goes on a bit thick so start with a small amount. Biodegradable and coral reef safe. The BPA and phthalate-free formula is scented with organic tangerine and vanilla. Water and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes. For kids 6 months and older. $13.48, badger.com

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk

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Drunk Elephant was developed only to have ingredients that directly benefit the skin. This is an excellent sunscreen if you are looking for a lightweight formula that can be worn as a daily sun defense. Works on the most sensitive skin. Antioxidants such as grape juice and sunflower help to minimize photoaging. Free from fragrance and essential oils and works for all skin types. $34, drunkelephant.com

Formulated with technology that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60 sunscreen is one of the highest broad spectrum available for the family. Antioxidants help guard from future sun damage as well as soften skin. This sunscreen is one of the best. Developed in partnership with dermatologists and it is Consumer Reports No.1 sunscreen pick. Lasts up to 80 minutes. $35.99, laroche-posay.us


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126 St Felix St., Brooklyn, NY 718-638-5660 brooklynmusicschool.org contactus@brooklynmusicschool.org Discover the joy of music and dance this summer at the Brooklyn Music School’s Summer Music & Dance Institute. The Institute offers a broad introduction to music, dance and the performing arts for students ages 5-8. Students learn new instruments from BMS’s world-class music faculty, learn new dance moves from their dance teachers, and put it all together in performances in the famous BMS theater. For students ages 9-12,”Intensives” offer in-depth study and ensemble play in either Rock Band, Orchestra, Dance, Hip Hop, and Jazz.

433 West End Ave., at 81st St., New York, NY 646-666-6353 calhoun.org/camps Calhoun Summer Camps are specialty performing arts camps for creative, passionate kids. Create original films in Calhoun Movie-Making Camp for grades 2-6; get coached by professional musicians in Calhoun Summer Music for 6th-11th graders; or become immersed in jazz improv and theory in Calhoun Summer Jazz for grades 9-12. The internationally-acclaimed Story Pirates will also be leading a two-week camp for grades 2-6. Kids will be guided through story writing, acting, puppet and prop building, then perform their own original show. Learn more and enroll online.





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Camp Glen Brook 35 Glen Brook Road, Marlborough, NH 603-876-3342 glenbrook.org office@glenbrook.org At Camp Glen Brook they weave traditional New England camping activities with the ideals of Waldorf education. Their co-ed, residential, summer camp seeks to inspire and empower children and youth to feel comfortable in the world, be involved in their communities and be good stewards of the earth. Three week Summer Camp sessions for grades 3-10 and 10 day introductory sessions for grades 3-4 only. Experience the joy of Glen Brook with the whole family at their Family Camp, August 12-16. Gap Semester Program available for HS graduates in the fall.

Camp Gnarly 562 Grand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 347-751-3090 campgnarlynyc.com campgnarlynyc@gmail.com New this summer 2020, Camp Gnarly is a customizable adventure camp! They have adventures that enhance your campers social emotional, communication, physical, sensory and cognitive abilities. With bizarre and fun trips throughout the summer including overnight camping, splish splash and indoor skydiving! They know you are a storyteller and hope to be a part of your perfect summer story. All future campers ages 3-14 are able to join!

162 East St., Mount Washington, MA 413-528-1227 camphirock.org info@camphirock.org YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a coed sleepaway camp nestled among more than 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. They provide solid role models through staff who 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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Weekly Sessions Include: Programming • Robotics • Circuits • 3-D Printing • Woodworking Stop-Motion Video • Engineering • Game Design • Art Outdoor Games and Activities Every Day!

Calhoun Summer Camps Day camps for creative, curious kids in grades 2-12 Early bird prices end February 29! 2020 Programs: Animation Calhoun Cooks Math Camp Movie-Making Sports & Arts Story Pirates Camp Summer Jazz Summer Music Volleyball Register now! calhoun.org/camps 433 West End Ave at 81st St

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Camp Huntington 56 Bruceville Road, High Falls, NY 845-687-7840 camphuntington.com A co-ed, residential program for children and young adults with special learning and developmental needs. Their summer camp and weekend camp programs are designed to maximize a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential, locate and develop strengths and hidden abilities. Your child will enjoy the fun-filled days of summer camp while learning practical social and life skills. They offer a unique program approach of adaptive therapeutic recreation, which combines key elements that encourage progress: Structured programming, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. Their campus is located in the beautiful hamlet of High Falls, NY, within the Catskill Mountain region.


Camp Jewell YMCA 6 Prock Hill Road, Colebrook, Conn 860-379-2782 campjewell.org Summer camp is much more than simply a place for kids to get away from home, meet new friends, and have fun. It provides children with a community of caring adults who help build selfrespect and a safe environment where a kid can be a kid. Choose from their traditional overnight camps with a range of more than 30 activities for campers to pick from, or for the horse-lover check out their Ranch Camp that serves campers of all riding abilities, or for the older camper they have teen leadership and adventure trip programs. Discover more at campjewell.org.

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Camp Lee Mar 450 Rte. 590, Lackawaxen, PA 215-658-1708 leemar.com Lee Mar is a private seven-week residential summer program for campers ages 7-21 with special needs. They offer a unique curriculum incorporating a strong Academic and Speech Program with traditional camp activities. Careful study is made of parent input, school (IEPs), camper interview, etc., so that the interests and needs of each child can best be determined for suitable grouping prior to the camper arriving. At Lee Mar the children find comfort and friendship with children of similar age and functioning level. They work hard at improving the daily living, social, and life skills of their campers, while giving them the happiest summer of their lives!




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Camp Ramaquois Camp Pixel 866-771-6837 pixelacademy.org At Camp Pixel, they take cutting-edge tech skills (like those found in collegelevel Computer Science classes) and break them down into intriguing, hands-on experiences for kids ages 7-13. Campers are introduced to a new world of imagination and creativity through inquiry-based learning using professional-grade technology and methods that most students just don’t get at school. Whether it’s using their hacker space, developing a video game, modding Minecraft and Roblox, experimenting with virtual reality, or producing a movie, their project-based approach encourages exploration and creativity while always promoting their Rule #1: Have Fun.

Camp Pixel: Studios 866-771-6837 pixelacademy.org Camp Pixel Studios are a mix of the “traditional” summer camps you grew up knowing and the one-of-akind project-based STEM camps that they’ve been running for the last seven years. These ALL-INCLUSIVE camps pull together a group of like-minded campers and run for a full month (four weeks) under the guidance of a dedicated counselor! Each studio focuses on a specific technology theme and allows campers the opportunity to dive deep into a subject they love by creating EPIC projects. PLUS, every Studio is all-inclusive meaning you get field trips, free lunch, and free extended care!

30 Mountain Road, Pomona, NY (only 20 mins. from TZ Bridge) 845-354-1600 campramaquois.com Camp Ramaquois is not like every other camp. Their day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 in Pomona, NY (only 20 minutes from the Mario Cuomo Bridge) provides a truly authentic camp experience. Their magnificent 44 acres, 5-acre lake, nine heated swimming pools, and exceptional facilities and programs allow them to provide children with a dynamic and memorable summer filled with love, warmth, and being part of a special community. Campers are encouraged to take healthy risks, learn new skills, develop relationships with their peers and counselors, develop independence and assume responsibility.

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AVIATOR SUMMER DAY CAMPS in Brooklyn is located within the largest sports complex in New York inside the 4 repurposed aircraft hangers of Floyd Bennett Field. Campers participate in 5 daily rotating activities, weekly ďŹ eld trips, provided lunch and snacks. Bus transportation, early drop off and late stay available!

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CampSay: for Young People Who Stutter Camp Regis Applejack 15 Heron Lane., Pauls Smiths, NY 919-357-5533 campregisapplejack.com info@campregisapplejack.com Camp Regis Applejack is a family owned and operated, co-ed, overnight and day camp in upstate New York. Founded in 1946 on the Quaker beliefs of community, acceptance, and respect of nature, Camp Regis Applejack gives children an education that lasts a lifetime. With hundreds of activities on and off their property kids are encouraged to learn through fun and develop the skills necessary to be successful independent individuals. They are located on nearly a mile of lake front property, which allows for various waterfront activities, while their location in the Adirondack National Park allows for some amazing wilderness trips.


646-403-3516 campcay.org travis@SAY.org Camp SAY is an ACA-accredited two-week summer camp for young people who stutter, ages 8-18. Camp SAY combines a traditional sleepaway camp experience with specialized programs and activities that build the confidence, socialization, and communication skills children need to thrive. Camp SAY is hosted at a state-of-the-art facility in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, just 75 miles from NYC and 100 miles from Philadelphia. Summer 2020 dates are August 3-17. Shortened stays are available, and tuition and travel are offered on a sliding scale basis.

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Camp Settoga 127 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, NY 845-362-0409 campsettoga.org Camp Settoga offers New York City campers room to grow, explore, and discover outdoor adventure on 21 lush acres. Their dedicated leadership team, counselors, coaches, and wellness team are excited to be a part of your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth and development while providing pathways to Jewish life and identity. Campers swim twice a day, participate in sports, arts, drama, cooking, challenge course and more each week. Healthy snacks, lunch and towel service are provided. Camp Settoga serves children ages 4-12.

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The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning Summer Camp

Campus Kids 2 Park St., Blairstown, NJ 973-845-9260 campuskids.com Campus Kids, a program of Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, offers a unique weekday overnight program. Their camp is located on the beautiful Blair Academy campus, in Blairstown, NJ. Campers spend weekdays at camp and weekends at home, allowing them to enjoy a quality sleepaway camp experience and still spend time in the summer with their families. They make full use of the state-of-the-art facilities that Blair Academy has to offer, and campers choose the activities that appeal to them — building their own perfect summer at camp! They are fully ACA Accredited, and offer programs for children entering grades 2-11. Camp begins on June 29, 2020.

1720 Crotona Ave., Bronx, NY 718-247-7420 caryleedstennis.com caryleedsinfo@nyjtl.org Led by seven-time Grand Slam Champion and Executive Director Liezel Huber, the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning offers Summer Camp from June to August for juniors ages 5 to 18. All levels are welcome from beginners in the development level program to advanced players in the competition level program. Players train to develop necessary tennis technique, improve consistency and create basic patterns of play for effective point construction. Included is a fitness component designed to improve players’ footwork, balance, speed and strength. Round-trip transportation is available.

CBE Kids Summer Day Camp Congregation Beth Elohim 8th Ave. and Garfield Pl., Brooklyn, NY 718-768-3814 congregationbethelohim.org Offering campers a summer of new experiences! The Elementary Day Camp for ages 4.5-9 includes swimming, sports, music, gymnastics, arts & crafts, nature, and circus arts. Movin’ On, Travel Camp grades 5-9, uses the Temple House as a base for daily trips in and around NYC; two overnights are included with a mature, qualified staff. Ha’Geemnasia, a unique Israelistyle Hebrew immersion camp offers native Hebrew-speaking counselors; and activities related to Israeli culture through art, dance, sports, swim, and exciting trips. Children of all backgrounds are welcome.

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Challenge Camp Schechter Westchester 555 West Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale 914-779-6024 challengecamps.com info@challengecamps.com Open the door to a delightful and meaningful summer of FUN and Learning for your bright, curious child! Challenge Camp, an ACA accredited camp in Hartsdale, NY offering summer enrichment learning opportunities for children ages 4-15. More than 100 STEM and arts courses range from 3D Printing, Coding, Cooking, DJ-ing, Drones, Escape Room, Fortnite, Magic, Robotics, Virtual Reality and more! Including Sports/Swimming, Hip-Hop and Ninja Warrior. Bus transportation and early/extended day options available. For more information visit challengecamps.com.

62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 212-336-6846 chelseapiers.com camps@chelseapiers.com Located along the Hudson River, Chelsea Piers is a 28-acre sports village that offers NYCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dynamic and flexible summer camp programs for children and teens ages 3-17. With up to 11 one-week sessions and 16 different sports to choose from, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a camp for every athlete and every schedule. Their coaches are dedicated year-round to providing athletes with a clean, safe, friendly, and fun environment to ensure a well-rounded sports education and summer camp experience. Camps include daily recreational periods including bowling, ice skating, rock climbing, Spirit Cruises, and more. Transportation from many Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods and an Aftercare Program for full-day campers is also available.

Collina Italiana Day Camp 1566 Third Ave., Suite 602-603, New York, NY 212-427-7770 collinaitaliana.com info@collinaitaliana This summer program is designed for kids ages 3-5 and 6-8 who want to absorb the warm and lovely culture of Italy. They can have fun Italian style: learning and practicing Italian, meeting new friends and enjoying a unique summer in the city. The program includes Giochiamo in Italiano, where campers learn Italian through play, music, theater and games; Cinema Italiano, Italian movies and cartoons; Arte Insieme, which encourages kids to be creative, make art and speak Italian; Le Uscite, taking kids to museums to discover Italian art; and their newest activity: Ciao YOGA!





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16795 State Rte. E, Rolla, MO cubcreeksciencecamp.com 573-458-2125 Imagine a camp where campers eat breakfast in the company of lemurs; where kids can zip-line, pet a camel, and watch a science experiment before lunch; and everyone plays a game of capture the flag right before sunset. This is that camp! With 300 animals, a six element ropes course, and more than 100 activities ranging in veterinary science, pottery, archery, chemistry, survival skills, culinary, and crafts, Cub Creek is a camp for all! Experience incredible animal encounters, create memories and friends to last a lifetime, and develop confidence, problem solving skills, and independence in a safe, fun and loving environment.


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Cub Creek Science Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Animal Camp Jamaica 573-458-2125 animalcampjamaica.com Animal Camp Jamaica is a teen (ages 13-18) travel and adventure camp with focuses in Marine Biology, Community Service and Volunteering, and Cultural Immersion. Explorers embark on an amazing 13-day program that has the campers snorkeling every morning along the shallow reefs of our private beach locations and seeking adventure in the afternoons. Each session campers visit the dolphins and stingrays of Dolphin Cove, climb the world-famous Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Falls and make friends and memories to last a lifetime! For more information, request a free brochure online!

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Day Camp In The Park 6 Kendall Dr., New City, NY 845-638-2515 daycampinthepark.com dcitp1979@gmail.com Join them for their 42nd summer at their amazing more than 500-acre nature preserve on majestic Lake Tiorati in Rockland County! They offer more than 100 activities such as archery, arts, kayaking, kickball, fishing, soccer, nature, plus a lakefront waterpark and in-ground heated pool! Certified teachers lead every group. Daily Red Cross Swim Instruction. Ages 4-15. Door-to-door, air-conditioned transportation throughout almost all of Manhattan included. Only 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge!

Downtown Day Camp Debate Camp The Hewitt School, 45 E 75th St., New York, NY Greenwich Academy, 200 N. Maple Ave., Greenwich, Conn 888-512-8154 Debate Camp provides young people, entering grades 5-10, with a safe place to develop their public speaking and parliamentary debate skills. Debate Camp is open to all ability-levels and programs are challenge-leveled.Campers work in small groups to develop their ideas, and speak in partnership as part of two- and four-person teams representing their side of the debate resolution. Debate Camp helps to develop their ideas with a view to logic, evidence, impact and overall persuasiveness. All instruction and supervision ratios are set at 1:8. The daily schedule also includes organized games and interactive activities to ensure camp retains a fun and balanced approach to learning. 2020 schedule: Greenwich, Conn June 8-12 and June 15-19 and NYC/ Manhattan, June 22-26 and June 29-July 2, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Deer Mountain Day Camp 63 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, NY 845-354-2727 deermountaindaycamp.com At Deer Mountain, your child will become an unforgettable part of the Deer Mountain story. Since the Katz family founded the camp in 1956, they have been committed to the same goal: to help every camper enhance their positive qualities and embrace who they are, as each becomes a unique and essential part of their community. Roberta and Carol Katz, are deeply involved camp directors, they personally get to know campers and families from the outset. They offer campers ages 3-15 a sleepaway camp’s range of activities, facilities, and staff in a day camp setting. Activities include: swim-instructional and recreational, sports, fine and performing arts, outdoor adventure, nature, STEM, lake, and special events.

120 Warren St., New York, NY 212-766-1104, ext. 250 downtowndaycamp.com camp@manhattanyouth.org The Complete Camp Experience Since 1992. Featuring aquatics, athletics, arts and STEM. Their private Tribeca facilities include a 75-foot pool, outdoor ball fields, art/dance studios, computer lab, gyms, and more. Supervised by experienced professionals, they offer the widest variety of activities around including: swim lessons, field and gym sport instruction, robotics, Pier 25 Mini-Golf, Ooey Gooey Science, craft making, visual arts, Lego construction, Animal Hour, karate, tennis, music/ drumming, weekly trips, Crazy Hat Day and more! Two– to eight–week flexible sessions from June 29 to August 21. Bus Service Available. Book a Private Tour!

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Duke Young Writers 8 East Campus Union Dr., Durham, NC 919-684-6259 learnmore.duke.edu The Young Writers’ Program holds all the magic of a true “summer camp” experience in their most beloved program to date. Students go home with a full notebook, a full heart, and new confidence in their skill as a writer.


Dwight School 144 Riverside Blvd., New York, NY 2116 First Ave., New York, NY 917-551-6424 dwightsummercamp.org director@dwightsummercamp.org Dwight ignites the spark of genius in every camper! They offer a wide range of age-appropriate, creative, and action-packed activities for children ages 4-12. Their Riverside Boulevard location serves children ages 4-5 and their First Avenue location serves children ages 6-12. Campers enjoy well-rounded experiences in sports, the visual and performing arts, and technology. Campers can also focus on one specialty in Spark Camps. With swim instruction in their indoor pool, trips to great destinations, theme weeks, and color war, the fun never ends! Chaperoned bus transportation with parent GPS and day passes are available. Choose the number of weeks you want; mix and max sessions to make this summer the best ever!

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Elmwood Day Camp 900 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains, NY 914-592-6121 elmwooddaycamp.com summer@elmwooddaycamp.com Elmwood’s mission is for each child to discover, celebrate and be who he or she is supposed to be. Their on-going communication and involvement with each camper’s family enhances their understanding of each child. Elmwood is the ideal size day camp for children. The small groups combined with age appropriate facilities allows children to make great strides in swimming, athletics and the arts. Their progressive program grows with children and changes as campers get older. They offer door-to-door transportation from Manhattan and Westchester. Please visit their website and email or call them to arrange a visit to see the camp!

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Enforex Camps - Summer Immersion in Spain Locations in Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella, Salamanca and Valencia 866-607-7246 enforex.com usa@enforex.com Kids and teens ages 5-18 can have a unique opportunity to learn Spanish, live with Spanish children 24/7, make friends from around the world, and have a wonderful summer they will never forget! Students spend each morning improving their Spanish with an innovative project-based methodology, and dedicate the rest of the day to having fun. The fully supervised activities, sports, workshops, and excursions make socializing in a second language a natural part of everyday life. All Enforex campuses are accredited with the highest quality standards. There are overnight and day camp options and parents can study Spanish too, at an Enforex campus for adults during the day.

ESF Camps & Experiences Riverdale Country School 5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 718-432-1013 Greenwich Catholic School 471 North St., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-4444 esfcamps.com At ESF Summer Camps, everyone is free to explore their curiosity and power their potential. Through best-inclass curriculum, boys and girls, ages 3-15, ignite their interests and prepare for bright futures in any field - whether it’s sports, science, technology, the arts or all of the above. Their exciting line-up of programs for 2020 includes 60+ award-winning activities, uniquely designed to encourage exploration and personal growth. Cultivate your child’s interests with “A Summer Like No Other.” Two Premier locations at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Conn. and Riverdale Country School in Bronx, NY. Check out their Open House dates and RSVP online.

1035 Fairview Lake Road, Newton, NJ 973-383-9282 fairviewlakeymca.org Located in Newton, NJ, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offers campers a beautiful, fun, adventurous setting in which to grow, play and thrive. Each of their programs has traditions, songs and stories that develop a sense of belonging for campers. The highly trained and caring staff are selected to ensure the safety of their campers, and to help them realize their full potential, make new friends and try new activities. For over 100 years, children have been calling Fairview Lake their home away from home. The camp is fully ACA Accredited, and offers programs for children entering grades 2-11. Camp begins on June 21, 2020.

All Aboard for Summer with Friends Brooklyn Friends School summer programs take the best of the school year experience and make that light shine even brighter! Every day learn, and to develop their talents and interests. Summer Camp for 3 to 8 year olds and Summer Arts for 8 to 12 year olds are distinguished by their outstanding faculty and favorable teacherstudent ratio. The experience for kids is fun and energizing, just as summer should be.

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Frost Valley YMCA Camp 2000 Frost Valley Road, Clareyville, NY 845-985-2291 frostvalley.org campregistration@frostvalley.org Frost Valley YMCA offers traditional overnight summer camp, teen and pre-teen adventure trips, horse camps — and the very first Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp! Children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment, spending their first nights away from home, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on mountain hikes, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, ziplining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky, and more. Frost Valley offers oneand two-week programs from July to August for grades 2-10. Attend an open house or schedule a tour. They can’t wait to see you in the Valley!

Green Chimneys School Summer Clearpool Program Carmel Campus 33 Clearpool Road, Carmel, NY 845-225-8226 greenchimneys.org/clearpool-esy Green Chimneys’ Extended School Year offers a unique summer experience for students with special needs. A structured six-week program for ages 6-21 provides strong academic and social support in the fun atmosphere of summer camp. Set on the spectacular Clearpool Campus in Carmel, NY, students benefit from enriched learning and growth, with the ultimate readiness for return to school in the fall.

Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp 327 CR 21C Ghent, NY pblc.hawthornevalley.org 518-672-4465, ext. 201 Come be part of a magical summer at Hawthorne Valley, located just 2.5 hours north on NYC! They offer camps for ages 8-16 here on their beautiful, working farm. Campers will experience a sense of hard work and responsibility, as well as time in their busy lives to slow down, unplug, and reconnect with nature. Animal chores and garden work are rounded out by swimming, crafting, and exploring the farm. All of their organic meals are enjoyed family-style and are always made from scratch, often by the campers themselves! Apply online today!

Discover Your Creativity and Acting Talent Home of the Meisner Technique Summer teen Conservatory (15-18 yr olds) Summer Studio (12-14 yr olds) youth Workshop (9-11 yr olds)

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HudsonWay Immersion School Summer Camp New Midtown location: 525 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 908-598-8088 hwis.org HudsonWay offers summer fun for students while developing global skills for the 21st Century. Children ages 2-12 have a blast while developing Mandarin or Spanish language skills in a 100% immersion environment this summer! They enjoy exposure to science, geography, literature, arts and the outdoors in a supportive environment. Half-day, full day and extended care programs are available. Parents can sign up for multiple sessions before 3/31 and save. Exciting, hands-on themes for this summer include:Planet Earth (6/29-7/10); Food Around the World (7/13-24); Bright Colors, Big City â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Modern Art (7/27-8/7).

iD Tech Held at 150 Prestigious Campus Locations 888-709-8324 iDTech.com iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 400,000 alumni since 1999. Programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses in the USA, Europe, and Asia, including Stanford, NYU, HKU, and Imperial College London. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, and design, and learn in guaranteed small classes (10 students max per instructor). In addition to the flagship program, iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Tech also offers all-girls camps, teenonly academies, an advanced capstone program, and year-round online private lessons. Learn more at iDTech.com.

Incarnation Camp 253 Bushy Hill Road, Deep River, Conn. 860-581-4560 incarnationcamp.org info@incarnationcamp.org Incarnation Camp is the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest continually operating summer camp. Since 1886, they have provided a fun-filled, traditional camp with hands-on learning and group living in the great outdoors. They are located in coastal Connecticut, on 700 wooded acres surrounding a stunning mile long private lake. They serve campers ages 7-15, Incarnation Camp offers two, four, six and eight week-long sessions. Campers make their own weekly schedule and can pick from a whole host of activities ranging from; arts & crafts, woodworking, ceramics, tennis, dance, music, outdoor cooking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, fishing, high ropes course, farming, and much more! Their Camp bus departs and returns to New York City.

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International Culinary Center 462 Broadway, New York, NY 212-219-8890 internationalculinarycenter.com info@culinarycenter.com Know an aspiring young chef who loves to experiment in the kitchen and never misses an episode of MasterChef Junior? International Culinary Center’s week-long summer Cooking and Pastry Camps for Teens are the place for them to be! Designed for students ages 13-18, Teen Camp builds confidence in the kitchen while learning from the same Chef-Instructors who teach their professional students. No prior experience is required – even if they’ve never cracked an egg before, students can gain the culinary techniques and sweet skills to impress foodie friends and family! Visit culinarycenter.com/ teencamp to learn more and register your teen today!

LAUNCH Math + Science Centers Four locations in Manhattan (UWS, UES and Tribeca) 212-600-1010 launchmath.com info@launchmah.com Launch Math + Science Centers offer exciting and educational one-week STEM summer camps for kids from kindergarten to 7th grade (5-12 years old). Camps feature an unparalleled 4:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, providing small group settings to learn and bond. Campers explore the magic of chemistry, animate their favorite characters, crush architectural structures – and that’s just the beginning! Camps are packed with hands-on STEM projects that kids get to keep so the fun continues at home. Plus, there are NEW exciting camps and daily segments, like Launch Studios where kids document camp activities, plan “How-to” videos, perform fun skits, and more.

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Les Elfes Verbier, Switzerland +41277753590 leselfes.com info@leselfes.com Since 1987, Les Elfes organizes summer and winter camps for children between ages 6 -17 in one of the most famous resorts of Switzerland, Verbier. They provide children and teenagers from around the world with holidays that combine the discovery and the practice of new exciting sports with learning and perfecting of languages. With two purpose-built chalets on a single site campus and a dedicated team of dynamic and fun trained staff, parents can rest assured their children will develop new skills, create friendships and make lifelong memories all in a safe, outdoor environment.

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Mill Basin Day Camp Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club 555 S. Barry Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 914-698-1130 mamaroneckbeachandyacht.com MB+YC’s summer camp program is geared toward the age, size and skill level of each camper. The summer programs and activities are designed to build the life skills needed to build each child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. Their beautifully maintained waterfront grounds are set within the MB+YC club property. Summer campers enjoy a well-balanced program of swimming, sports, arts through ingenuity and interactive play. They provide small camper-tocounselor ratios and specialist-run activities allow campers to receive the individual attention and guidance they need to guarantee success and fill them with a sense of accomplishment all while having fun.


5945 Strickland Ave., Brooklyn, NY 718-251-6200 millbasindaycamp.com Dedicated to providing children and their families a fun, safe and caring summer camp experience. Through innovative programming and careful staff selection, campers will make friends and share experiences and memories that can last a lifetime.

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Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School Teen & Youth Summer Conservatory 212-688-3770 playhousejuniors.com cldaehler@neighborhoodplayhouse.org Young actors seeking dramatic arts training in NYC. Apply for three exciting summer intensives at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where Sanford Meisner’s world-renowned acting method was born! Faculty from their adult Professional Acting program, working professionals and master teachers, train students in Meisner acting, singing, dance, Shakespeare, stage combat, film, theatre, television, and more. Conservatory (15-18yrs) mirrors a challenging, diverse college-level curriculum. Studio (12-14yrs) provides serious, engaging pre-professional training and Youth Workshop (9-11yrs) explores a variety of techniques for the young actor. Each program culminates in a presentation for family and friends. Acceptance is by application and audition. Space is limited.

NORY New Country Day Camp 1131 Manor Rd., Staten Island, NY 646-395-4357 newcountrydaycamp.org newcountry@14streety.org Busing to the Staten Island Greenbelt from lower Manhattan and Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods. New Country Day Camp, a program of the 14th Street Y and Educational Alliance, is a joyful and inclusive community where campers, families and staff build meaningful connections with each other and the natural world around them, and experience personal growth through high-quality programs that are rooted in the outdoors and guided by Jewish values. Transportation on air-conditioned buses from convenient locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn is provided to the 75-acre Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in the forest of the Staten Island Greenbelt, where swimming pools, hiking trails, and open meadows set the scene for a summer of adventure and enrichment for campers entering kindergarten to 8th grade.

222 W. 37th St., 4th Fl., New York, NY 914-557-8694 nory.co hello@nory.co Each week at NORY’s summer camp for young innovators, your child will be immersed in an eye-opening theme and take on creative challenges with their peers as a team. The experiential learning program allows your innovator (ages 3-12) to design, find their own solutions to problems, and fail without fear as they develop valuable skills including resilience, teamwork, and inquisitiveness. Choose from Robots & Science, Soccer & STEM, or Swim & STEM, which includes daily soccer or swim instruction. Camp highlights include complimentary lunch from Little Green Gourmets, emphasis on soft skills (grit and empathy), low camper-to-instructor ratio (5:1), and convenient, state-of-the-art facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Is your child inventive? Creative? A problem solver? If you answered yes to any of these characteristics, NORY’s summer camp is for you.

Oasis Summer Day Camps Two locations in Manhattan and one in Bayside, Queens 800-317-1392 oasischildren.com info@oasischildren.com Oasis offers a mature staff with low camper/staff ratio and a warm environment where children can participate in varied activities tailored to their interests. The Early Start Imagination Camp for children ages 3 to kindergarten offers American Red Cross swim programs. The Lower Camp for grades 1-3 is designed to expose campers to exciting and fun sports, arts, swimming, carnivals, color war and more! Upper Camp features bigger activities, special events, onsite visitors and choice activities. Teen Travel offers daily trips!

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SKATEYOGI Ross School Summer

Riverside Park Conservancy Sports Camp W. 96th St. to W. 110th St., inside Riverside Park, New York, NY 212-870-3070 riversideparknyc.org/sports-camp Riverside Park Conservancy hosts a multi-sport summer camp in Riverside Park at a weekly low-cost, high-quality sports camp experience for children ages 4-14. Camp runs for 12 weeks from the second week of June to the end of August. Campers have a choice of single sport or combing two sports in one camp week. The sport options are; baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football and multi-sport. They have well-respected local sports instructors that kids love and on-site medical trainers! All programs provide uniforms or T-shirts, healthy snacks, lunch option as well as early drop-off and late pick-up.

18 Goodfriend Dr., East Hampton, NY 631-907-5376 ross.org/summercamp Summer Camp at Ross offers a variety of programs including Surfing, Sailing, Filmmaking, Art Fusion, Horseback Riding, Junior Innovation Lab, Robotics, Music, Gymnastics, Theater, Culinary Arts, Ceramics, Water Adventure, Fashion Design and more! Campers can focus on their favorites, or opt for a sampler by attending Summer Camp at Ross. Sports Camp at Ross is the ultimate sports camp for young athletes.

Various locations in Brooklyn 718-484-9777 skateyogi.com info@skateyogi.com Discover the joy of skateboarding! SKATEYOGI Summer Camp welcomes anyone ages 6-13 from absolute beginners to experienced skaters in a fun, creative environment, where campers are exposed to both outdoor skating and indoor ramp practice. Their low student-to-teacher ratio ensures plenty of personal attention. Campers enjoy daily trips to nearby parks and weekly skatepark trips. Rental gear is included for camps held on-site at SKATEYOGI. For more experienced skaters ages 9-15, their Urban Shredders program offers daily adventures at skateparks and skate spots all around NYC. Conveniently located in Downtown Brooklyn and Central Brooklyn (Prospect Park).

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Half day, Full day, flexible drop-in options Low kid-to-coach ratios Experienced, highly trained coaches



Snapology Long Island City and Manhattan snapology.com longislandcity@snapology.com Snapology camps provide a perfect mixture of learning and fun. Children are meant to learn through play and it is summer after all! They incorporate the education, social skills and STEAM concepts into the creating, inventing, games, and fun. Get ready to have the best summer ever!

SPORTIME Long Island; camps@sportimeny.com; 631-269-1055 New York; campsnyc@sportimeny.com; 212-427-6150 Westchester; campshi@sportimeny.com; 914-777-5050 sportimecamps.com SPORTIME offers summer day camps at locations across Long Island, NYC, Westchester and in the Capital Region. They provide juniors the finest in tennis, sports and elite level training programs including John McEnroe Tennis Academy and SPORTIME Beach Volleyball Club. It is their belief that in order for children to learn, they must be placed in an environment that is safe, fun and challenging. SPORTIME’s summer programs challenge a child’s abilities, while enhancing his/her selfesteem and providing positive social interaction. Their camps are run by world class tennis pros and qualified teachers/counselors at the safest, most attractive facilities. Visit them online to find out more.


Steps on Broadway Youth Programs 2121 Broadway and 74th St., 4th fl., New York, NY 212-874-3678 stepsnyc.com Steps on Broadway Youth Programs is the place to be this summer for dancers of all ages and levels! At Steps, the hallways are always buzzing with students whose days are filled with creativity and joy. First Steps (ages 18mo-5yr) students begin their dance journey by exploring fun themes to live music in creative movement, ballet, tap, and musical theater, including classes for boys. In the Kids and Teens Program (ages 7-15), students are inspired to try new dance forms. The Summer Workshops and Intensives (ages 7-18) are geared toward the dancer who wants to dance Monday through Friday for one to six weeks. Join them for an exciting summer of dance.



Camp Dates: June 8–June 26


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Super Soccer Stars Summer at St. Barts 325 Park Ave., New York, NY 212-378-0222 stbarts.org Summer at St Bartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers something for all campers ages 2-10! Their 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program allows campers to enjoy a mini version of camp, along with a sneak peek at preschool socialization! Every day all campers enjoy playing sports in the full-sized gymnasium, outdoor play on the rooftop, arts and crafts, dance, and free play in the classroom! Weekly specials include yoga and soccer lessons. Campers ages 3-10 have an instructional swim lesson for 30 minutes every day in the full-sized, on-site pool (salt water filtration) with certified staff! Attend for one week or attend for all 10!

Summer Programs at Sacred Heart 406 E. 91st St. and 1 E. 91st St., New York, NY 212-722-4745 cshnyc.org/summerprograms Sacred Heart offers two great summer programs in June: The Swim & S.T.E.A.M. program is for girls in grades K-4. Children learn to swim in the sixlane, 25-yard pool. S.T.E.A.M. concepts (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are brought to life through interactive classroom projects. Yoga, dance, martial arts and sports activities round out the day and are all held at their state-of-the-art climate controlled athletics and wellness center. The All Around Town Camp is a camp experience like no other, with three weeks of thoughtfully designed and uniquely executed field trips. Campers will explore the amazing concrete jungle that is NewYork City. Limited enrollment forms an intimate group, where students make lasting memories with their fellow campmates.

606 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 212-877-7171 soccerstars.com info@supersoccerstars.com Super Soccer Stars offers convenient and fun kids soccer camps in New York and the surrounding region. These extended programs range from two hours to six hours, and provide each child with a full dose of soccer fun for the day. All Super Soccer Stars camps are based on age specific curricula created by a combination of early childhood, soccer, and behavioral specialists to guarantee that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows. Join them during the school year on breaks and holidays and all throughout the summer to keep kicking all year round!

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Duke Young Writers Middle and High Schoolers

Choose from a Variety of Genres

Collaborate on Writing Exercises with Other Campers Benefit from One-On-One Instruction From Professional Teacher-Writers

YOUTH PROGRAMS Current Grade Level for School Year 2019-2020

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Camp locations across Long Island, including in the Hamptons, and in NYC, Westchester and the Capital Region. We’ve got your summer fun covered! Visit us online to find the camp nearest you or contact us at Camps@SportimeNY.com Programs and services vary at each SPORTIME/JMTA Camp location.

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The Cathedral School’s Summer STEAM Camp

TADA! Youth Theater Surprise Lake Camp Cold Spring, Putnam County 845-265-3616 surpriselake.org info@surpriselake.com A coed Jewish sleepaway camp located just 60 miles from NYC boasting one of the most beautiful sites in the country, one of the most reputable programs, and a large, well-trained, caring staff. Many facilities, like the theater, heated pool, and gymnasium, are among the finest that you will find anywhere. Surprise Lake Camp is a special place, a home away from home for generations of young people. They believe in the value of community and friendship. Their Jewish values and identity shape their days and their connection to nature. They’re dedicated to helping young people unplug, grow, and develop values, confidence, and skills to last a lifetime.

15 W. 28th St., Floors 2 and 3, New York, NY 212-252-1619 tadatheater.com TADA! Youth Theater offers week-long musical theater camps for ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Their Teaching Artists are theater professionals and arts educators who inspire campers to create their own mini-musical using an inspirational show title. In justfive days, they will write, rehearse, and perform their brand new musical for family and friends. Your shining stars will receive advanced training in singing, dancing, and acting, making their performance one to remember! Camps ae located in Flatiron and the Upper West Side. Visit their website for more information and a list of weekly show titles.

1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 212-316-7500 cathedralnyc.org steamcamp@cathedralnyc.org The Cathedral School’s STEAM Camp is a unique summer opportunity that can engage your camper’s critical thinking and problem solving skills, while they enjoy the wonders of the Cathedral Close. In the school’s brand new Library and Media Center and Innovation Lab, campers are able to take their passion projects and designs to new heights! With the help of their dedicated STEAM teachers, they look forward to providing your child a fun and memorable camp experience. Camp features a rotating schedule with exciting field trips, a new AquaZone to cool off on hot summer days, and use of the school’s new Expansion spaces. Please visit their website cathedralnyc. org/steamcamp for more information, or contact STEAM Camp Director Michael Demianiuk at steamcamp@ cathedralnyc.org. Sign up today!

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• Fun traditional summer camp activities • Academics • Speech and language therapy • Daily living skills • Teenage campers enjoy social dancing every week with an end-of-summer “Prom” • Optional trips during the summer th • Exceptional facilities featuring air conditioned bunks and buildings on! Seas • Junior Olympic heated pool • Caring Nurturing Staff • Lee Mar L.I.F.E. (Living Independently Functional Education) Program. Launched during the summer of 2015, the unique feature of our L.I.F.E. Program incorporates everyday living skills into a personalized daily program. We have a fully functional apartment specifically for this program with a large kitchen, washer and dryer, two bathrooms, a living room and bedroom.


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The Nature Place Day Camp 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 845-356-1234 thenatureplace.com The Nature Place Day Camp is a noncompetitive, nature-oriented summer day camp located on 200 beautiful acres of farms, fields, swamps, and gardens in Rockland County, NY. Familyowned and operated for 34 years, The Nature Place holds a space for children ages 4-16 to unplug and connect with the natural world. Pressure-free programming includes: gardening, cooking, swimming, earth art, games, hiking, music, drama, storytelling, farming, overnight camping trips for older children, and more. Each activity, led by exceptionally well-trained staff, helps campers to forge a sense of place, a sense of wonder, and to connect with themselves and each other.

Trail Blazers 394 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn, NY (Day Camp) 210 Deckertown Tpke., Montague, NJ (Overnight Camp) 212-529-5113 trailblazers.org registration@trailblazers.org Join them for their 134th summer! Since 1887, Trail Blazers’ programs have been where campers connect to nature, make new friends, and create life-long memories. From grades preK-10, there is a day or overnight adventure for your camper. Registration is currently open for farmstead, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, and backpacking adventures. Kids can leave the screens

at home for a summer full of learning about their environment and building skills, guided by staff from all over the world! Of course, there will be songs and S’mores! Come outside and play, adventure awaits! Visit trailblazers.org to learn more and secure your camper’s spot. Trail Blazers is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Village Kids Summer Camp West Village (PS 3) 917-426-3263 villagekidsnyc.org Great mix of outdoor fun and indoor activities led by experienced, creative team. Multiple sports and enrichment options including soccer, chess, dance, swimming, visual arts, cooking, robotics, tennis, weekly field trips, water park visits, thematic parties, and more! The 2020 Summer program starts July 6th and runs daily from 9am to 5pm (6pm extended day option available). Families love their flexible enrollment. No minimum required. Select one- to seven-weeks and/or DropIn Days. Early Bird and Bundle discounts are available. Located in Manhattan’s historic West Village (PS 3). Open to ages 4-12.

Whale Camp 610-399-1463 whalecamp.com info@whalecamp.com Experience marine science with

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the Whale Camp. No other summer program offers as many face-to-face encounters with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and puffins in their natural habitat. Board their research vessel for unmatched observations of marine life. Through scientific data collection and hands-on experience with oceanographic equipment, campers document whale distribution, feeding patterns, and behaviors. The Whale Camp is a place where inspiration abounds and exploration is encouraged. On stunningly beautiful Grand Manan Island, learning is a fun, hands-on adventure. Check out their website or Facebook page for videos, photos, news, and more!

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YMCA of New York Multiple locations in all five boroughs ymcanyc.org With dozens of locations across the five boroughs, and their Sleepaway Camp upstate, New York City’s YMCA has a summer camp that your child will love — at a location convenient to you! All Y camps feature: Welltrained staff who serve as positive role models; Activities and games that develop self-esteem and leadership skills; Activities that promote cultural diversity; Exposure to new ageappropriate, challenging, and fun experiences; An atmosphere that fosters fairness, teamwork, and cooperation; Visits to the City’s top attractions, including zoos, aquariums, parks, and museums; Health, exercise, and nutrition education. Check the website for locations and open house dates!


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