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FEATURES 8 | Editor’s Note 10 | Why Kids Need Camp This Year After a year of remote learning, the benefits of this environment are more important than ever 14 | How These Camps Ran Successfully Amid a Global Pandemic This is how these camps safely ran their camps 18 | Camps Reimagined to Virtual Instead of closing their doors completely for the summer, some camps pivoted to virtual camp and created a whole new experience for their camp families and beyond.

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22 | Researching a Camp Amid a Pandemic Even in the midst of a pandemic, there are ways to go about narrowing down your choices and choosing the best camp for your child and family 24 | Getting Ready for Camp Sending your child to camp for the first time is a major milestone for a child, but how do parents know if their child is ready and when the right time is for their child to embark on this new adventure? 28 | Questions to Ask Camp Directors It’s always important to ask key questions about the program and safety procedures before deciding which camp will become your child’s home away from home

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32 | Safety Changes for Summer Camp Both day and overnight camps operated successfully last summer amid a global pandemic, and campers had a safe, fun, and healthy summer. 36 | Books Great Summer reads 40 | Kid-Friendly Sunscreens! As NYC kids start to head to summer camps and venture outside, it’s important to remember sunscreen! 66 | Last Word

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Editor’s Note

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Your Camp Resource for Summer 2021 In a sign that New York is recovering, camps are open this summer for our kids. Whooo hoo! Whether it’s virtual, in-person, or sleepaway, we have a thorough listing of camps to help you in your camp decision (page 44). In this year’s issue, you’ll find helpful articles such as Why Kids Need Camp This Year (page 10), a piece that helped me personally decide if my oldest should attend camp (YES!) this summer. Other articles get straight to the point, such as How These Camps Ran Successfully Amid a Global

Pandemic (page 14) and Camps Reimagined to Virtual (page 18). The past year has been rough, and our kids have frankly been rock stars. I am excited for them as they start to get out and enjoy the summer. Happy for them to connect with friends, which camps help to do this every summer. Whether in-person, remotely, in the city, the woods, or even in another country — Summer 2021 is on. Happy Summer! Donna and New York Family Media

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Why Kids Need Camp This Year After a year of remote learning, the benefits of this environment are more important than ever By Jess Michaels

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f ever there was a summer that children needed camp, it’s this summer. So many New York children have been learning remotely, with very few days of in-person learning each week, if at all. Children are missing out on some important developmental opportunities due to COVID and camp is an environment that can provide so many of these missed occasions. Here are just a couple of the reasons why camp is so important for children after a year of remote learning. Break from the Screens One of the many drawbacks of life with COVID is that children are spending more and more time behind screens. Sam Borek, Owner and Director of Woodmont Day Camp in Rockland County feels kids are missing out on social interactions and the ability to connect with friends. “When children are watching their teacher on a screen, they can zone out or use their phone

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while not focusing on what is being taught. Remote learning is giving children the chance to escape into their own world, which is unhealthy. It’s also difficult for teachers to connect with their students in a virtual classroom. Camp is the complete opposite of this. Kids are connecting with peers and learning from role models by being present and participating, rather than watching on a screen. Campers and staff are sitting and talking to each other where valuable lessons are learned at many moments throughout the day.” Laurie Rinke, Owner and Director of Camp Echo Lake, a coed overnight camp in the Adirondacks, agrees. “Because we have been more isolated, kids are on their screens for learning or just to communicate with their peers. There is a loss in face-to-face interactions, facial cues, body language and the ability to just stand in front of someone and see how what you say is received and react to that. Camp is like a communication, kindness and empathy immersion class which is exactly what kids need right now.”

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Extracurricular Activities Like so many things, sports and extracurricular activities aren’t running in the same way this year and it’s having a huge effect on today’s youth. “So many of the activities that helps kids find their passion have been amended or cancelled like sports, musical theater at school or jazz band,” says Rinke. “Kids aren’t able to do the things they are excited about or able to be sparked by something new right now, but at camp, we can give them the opportunity to play sports, climb the rock wall for the first time or perform in performing arts. These activities are harder to do everywhere else but at camp we are able to make these things safe and give exposure to the things they love or might learn to love.” Peer relationships Borek feels one of the biggest challenges of virtual learning is that while children are seeing kids on a screen, they aren’t interacting with them. “Children are missing out on those precious moments that create


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memories. Laugher or a spontaneous comment is totally devoid in zoom or google classroom. When children sit together in camp at lunch and talk throughout the day, these are the moments that make camp so special. It is what children are truly missing in a virtual environment.” Genna Singer, Director of Camps at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan says, “Kid only opportunities are so valuable to children and it’s so hard when children have lost nearly a year of those formative experiences. Just being with other kids is a learning curve of experiencing how to navigate being with peers and is an opportunity to find a common language. These are all important things that come along with kid specific experiences such as camp.” Independence Due to COVID, children are with their parents at home more than ever before. While this is good for family bonding, it can certainly hinder a child’s development. Singer says that when kids are home doing remote school, their parent or caregiver is often just five feet away from them. “Traditionally,

“Camp is like a communication, kindness and empathy immersion class, which is exactly what kids need right now.” when children go to school, they stretch in different ways socially and academically but when they are learning at home, they are still just at home. The confines of how they think of themselves in relation to family or at home is still present, so kids aren’t stretching in the same way. Camp is where children can find their real self and become independent. Seperation from their parent or caregiver will be so much more important this summer.” Rinke agrees and explains, “Children need to gain independence individually and if they are only with their parents, they can’t do it as easily. Camp allows children to make their own decisions, with the guidance of their counselors, such as if they need a sweatshirt if it’s a chilly day or being able to choose their own elective. Being without parents there to help is crucial because it gives children the opportunity to have these experiences which will help them develop into independent adults.”

Safe consistency Children thrive on routine. Unfortunately, COVID has taken that away in so many ways. “Right now, kids don’t know when a quarantine may happen or if school will close so they are forced into things being unpredictable,” says Rinke. “There is a certain level of consistency and routine at camp. Kids know they will be there for a certain number of weeks, what time their meals are, who is in their cabin and what kind of activities there are. This kind of consistency is good for kids and also a way of getting back to a normal level of routine.” Borek agrees and says that right now, children are in school for very few full five days from 830 – 3 PM. “This year, kids are being short changed of the feeling of structure and being in a full day program. Children thrive off of structure so when they only have three hours a day of school, it leads to lots of free time for Tik Tok or Instagram. A camp day reminds children of how to follow a schedule.”

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How These Camps Ran Successfully Amid a Global Pandemic By Jess Michaels

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ast spring, COVID-19 changed everything. Children were home navigating distance learning while parents were juggling working from home while assisting their kids with schoolwork. No one knew what the summer would be like and if camps would be able to operate but what became abundantly clear is that children were feeling anxious and lonely and needed camp more than ever before to socialize with other children, take a break from screens and participate in activities outside of their homes. With guidance from the American Camp Association, CDC, medical professionals and state and local Department of Health offices, camps where states were able to operate adjusted their programs to put numerous health and safety protocols in place to mitigate the risk of COIVD-19 at camp. Here’s how these camps ran successfully and how they now have a blueprint for running safely in a pandemic. The Decision to Open Unfortunately, for many camps, the decision to not operate was made by the Governor of the state the camps resided in. For others who could open, there were many factors to consider.

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Andy Lilienthal, Owner and Director of Camp Winnebago, an all-boys overnight camp in Maine, initially had a discussion about health and risk with his wife Laura, who is also a pediatrician and the camp’s medical director. They knew that children were suffering emotionally last spring and felt a mission towards being a key to children’s development. “If ever there was a summer to provide camp for children, this was it. We took a look at our intrinsic assets at camp—our camper density was low, we have a flexible program and we have mental health professionals and medical staff at camp. We realized we could make this work and we didn’t have to change a lot of our physical plant to do it safely. It also quickly came back to the fundamental goals of camp. What is it about camp that’s important? Once we honed in on that, we knew we could do it. We understood that camp may look different, but the deliverables like strong friendships, social emotional learning and emotional safety would very much be the same as any given summer.” Katie Duffy, Director of the Asphalt

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Green Camps in NYC explained that by the time New York State gave day camps the green light to operate in June, they had already created a structure of what camp could like look based on the guidelines from the American Camp Association and guidance from the CDC. “We had to be practical about our camps and facilities and what was doable and what wasn’t. We felt that our uptown camp could open because of our large outdoor field but unfortunately, we couldn’t run our Battery Park camp because we couldn’t secure the outdoor space.” Communication With so much uncertainty at the time, communication with parents was imperative and was key to many camps success last summer. “Winnebago sent out numerous communications to parents and hosted a series of zoom calls with families in the spring. We encouraged open and frank conversation, letting parents know we were going to be transparent in our plans,” Lilienthal said. “Over these zoom calls, parents were able to digest information, ask


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questions, gauge where we were at and make decisions for themselves on whether or not to send their child to camp.” Multi-Layered Plan Lilienthal said there wasn’t just one safety protocol but a number of them working together that lowered the risk of COVID at camp. “We had a multi-layered approach that was like layers of Swiss cheese. Every intervention had holes in it—physical distancing, masks, cohorting—none of them were perfect but when you put layers on top of each other, the holes in the cheese got smaller.” Camp Winnebago’s plan included: a testing regiment for both campers and staff; daily health checks; small cohorts and opening them to larger cohorts and then eventually the whole camp once it was deemed that everyone at camp was COIVD free; increased hand sanitizing and hand washing as well as increased disinfecting of equipment and facilities; outdoor activities; masks when near other cohorts or inside; and many more protocols to keep camp a healthy environment. Duffy said they looked at camp from

“It also quickly came back to the fundamental goals of camp. What is it about camp that’s important? Once we honed in on that, we knew we could do it.” A-Z, from top to bottom to see what changes needed to be implemented in order to create a COVID safe environment. “Asphalt Green put in a thermal scanner that campers walked through each day to read their temperature, had two nurses instead of just one, social distanced from other cohorts, used tons of hand sanitizer and added portable sinks inside and outside for hand washing and staff wore masks at all times, with children wearing them at arrival and when transitioning to different activity spaces. We worked hard to keep the program as is and to maintain a community feel. We still had color war, carnival and morning assemblies but we just did them safely and in careful ways.” Summer 2021 The good news is camps will be open for

summer 2021 and camps have already proven they can run safe, healthy programs amid a pandemic. “I think that summer 2021 will not be the same as 2020 and that this summer will deliver its own set of challenges but knowing that camps have a blueprint for operating in a pandemic and that we can alter our program to meet those new challenges is the important piece,” said Lilienthal. “Think about why you would send your child to camp in a typical year and hopefully you are doing it for the independence they will gain, friendships they will make and for connections with role models. If there is a way to send your kids to camp this summer and have them be safe, which we have proven we can do, there has never been a summer that kids need camp more than this summer.”

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Camps Reimagined to Virtual By Jess Michaels

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ith the unknowns of COVID-19 last spring, many states in the Northeast didn’t permit overnight camps to operate, including New York state. Instead of closing their doors completely for the summer, some camps pivoted to virtual camp and created a whole new experience for their camp families and beyond. Christie Ko, Executive Director of the Fiver Children’s Foundation which runs Camp Fiver, an overnight camp for children from underserved NY communities, made the decision to not open camp in May, even before Governor Cuomo announced that overnight camps couldn’t operate. We realized we couldn’t guarantee a COVID free environment and with many of our families

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coming from vulnerable populations, we weren’t willing to take a chance. We reached out to our Fiver families to let them know that resident camp wasn’t going to be running and realized even then, people were feeling social isolation and anxiety about health and family economics. We also learned that our families were looking for the same things that we have always provided which is social-emotional support, adult role models and educational activities. Our team put our creative minds together to figure out what we could provide our families.” The Fiver leadership team held several brainstorming meetings to plan out what a virtual camp program could look like. “We thought about the key elements and culture of Fiver that we wanted to remain. There are rituals that make our program really special

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like morning announcements and song of the night that we didn’t want to lose,” explains Ko. “We also reached out to parents and kids about the logistics like how many hours a day would you want to participate, what time would work for a start and what days of the week would work for your family?” While Camp WiFiver, the virtual camp created by Fiver, served their camp families, Adam Weinstein, Executive Director of Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, a coed Jewish overnight camp in NY, explains that the virtual camp they created, Virtual Summer, was attended by almost 200 kids, although most of them were not campers at camp. “One of the coolest parts of our online camp was that we had a diverse community of children from Africa, Poland and California, as well as many from the


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tri-state area. While Virtual Summer wasn’t comparable to traditional camp, we set it up in a way that was fun with camp favorites like flag pole and skits and a number of activities that worked well virtually including fitness, yoga, magic and cooking. Kids could sign up for anywhere from 1-4 hours each day and pick the type of programs they wanted to do.” Based on camp family feedback, Camp WiFiver had four, two week sessions and offered five hours of live programming during the week, with a Sunday night reflection period which is something they do in a typical summer. “The day consisted of a large group meeting where the whole camp participated and we would live stream from our camp pavilion where we would usually do morning announcements. Campers had two cabin meetings a day as well,” says Ko. “Each camper also selected two electives from a choice of about fifteen from origami to basketball to jewelry making. We built in a break and regrouped for evening activity where we live streamed camp favorites like a camp fire or a scavenger hunt.” They also

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“A silver lining that came out of this all was that we now have this virtual element where kids can have a portal to Fiver that they can access all year.” built a new website that looked like camp where you could click on a certain activity area of camp like the lake or the tennis courts and there would be instructional lessons or a greeting from a staff member from that activity. “One button on the site was the dining hall where we would do a song of the night. Staff members recorded videos of the song of the night and each

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day, another one would be unlocked. Kids could also write positive affirmations about campers and staff which is typically done in person at camp but we created a way to do it online. A silver lining that came out of this all was that we now have this virtual element where kids can have a portal to Fiver that they can access all year.” Weinstein says that Virtual Summer provided the opportunity for children to have some structure this past summer during the pandemic and also give them a chance to see friends safely. “Many parents were on their own screens working and this gave children the chance to be in a structured activity with an adult and other kids they could engage with.” He adds that he saw many connections being made and relationships developing online but says you can’t build a camp community virtually. “Online camp misses out on those opportunities for children to participate in self-regulated activities that take place at camp and are terrific at building strong connections that you just don’t get in a virtual program.”


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Researching a Camp Amid a Pandemic By Jess Michaels

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esearching summer camps is an important step to finding the right camp for your child. And this summer, after a year of remote learning and limited socializing and activities, your child is going to need a summer at camp more than ever before. Even in the midst of a pandemic, there are ways to go about narrowing down your choices and choosing the best camp for your child and family. Here are some ways to get your camp search started. Video calls with the Director – One of the best ways to learn about a camp is by speaking with the camp director. While many overnight camp directors have done home visits in the past so you can get to know the director (and for them to get to know you and your child), they have moved these meetings to zoom! Facetime, Google Meets and Zoom have made it even easier to get to know a camp director and to inquire about the camp’s philosophy, mission, activities and more. Courtyard & Backyard Home Visits If you rather do a home visit, camp directors are happy to do outside home visits when the weather warms up. Backyard and courtyard visits worked very well this fall and they will start up again as the weather improves. Day Camp Tours Since day camps are local, they offer camp

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tours all year long, even in the winter. If there is a day camp you are interested in, give the director a call to schedule a tour. Touring allows you to see the camp and facilities, even if it will all look different in the summer! Tours also allow you to ask questions while in the camp environment which often sparks additional questions. Spring Open Houses and Tours When the weather warms up, many day and overnight camps will host some kind of socially distanced open house dates and camp tours where you can see the camp before deciding on a camp. Virtual Camp Fairs Camp fairs typically allow families to meet with dozens of camps all in one day! Since in-person events are challenging during COVID-19, camp fairs have been re-imagined this year. New York Family will be offering virtual camp fairs that will be using an online platform with an algorithm that will create one-on-one video calls between camp directors and qualified families, based on

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the criteria both camps and families submit. There will be four virtual camp fairs, taking place on: Sunday, January 24th • Sunday, February 28th • Sunday, March 14th • Sunday, April 11th. Camp Websites & Social Media Already have a few camps in mind to check out? Camp websites and social media pages are filled with information from activities offered to videos. Looking at a camp’s website is a good starting point for your search but it’s always important to speak with the camp director before registering to ensure the camp is the right fit for your child. Call the American Camp Association, NY & NJ Did you know that the American Camp Association, NY and NJ offers parents free, one-on-one advice for parents looking for a day or overnight camp? Families can call Renee Flax at 212.391.5208 to speak with Renee about their child and what they are looking for in a camp.


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Getting Ready for Camp By Jess Michaels

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ending your child to camp for the first time is a major milestone for a child, but how do parents know if their child is ready and when the right time is for their child to embark on this new adventure? Some parents might also wonder if this is really the year to start camp when COVID-19 is still a concern. Whether you are considering day or overnight camp, there are many deciding factors and tips for parents when making this important decision. COVID-19 While COVID-19 is still present, parents should know that both day and overnight camps ran successfully last summer, with no or few cases that were quickly contained. Using a multi-layered plan of protocols which included daily health checks, frequent hand hygiene, cleaning & disinfecting of facilities and cohorts of campers, among many other protocols, camps were able to mitigate the risk of COVID and keep campers healthy. In fact, many camp directors reported that it was their healthiest summer yet with so much hand washing and children staying home when they had a fever! “This is not the year to miss out on camp. Children need camp

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this summer more than ever,” says Susie Lupert, Executive Director of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ. “With so many kids learning remotely and missing out on extracurricular activities, camp provides children with the opportunity to return to a sense of normalcy by being in a safe and structured environment and socializing face to face with kids and adult role models.” The right age for camp When is the right age for a child to begin camp? Josh Male, Owner and Director of Gate Hill Day Camp in Rockland County feels there really is no right age to start camp. “Most children are ready for a day camp experience between the ages of 3-6. Ultimately, the decision to start a summer camp experience depends on factors that are specific to your child’s needs and interests and the goals you have for your child.” Lauren Bernstein, Owner and Director of Camp Walden, a coed overnight camp in the Adirondacks agrees. “There is no perfect age to begin camp. Some children are ready earlier and some later but both are okay. Don’t get caught up in what your friends say about having to start overnight camp at a certain age because socially your child won’t fit in after that time. If your child isn’t ready,

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start later and find the right camp at the time when your child is ready.” Best ways for parents to determine readiness Most parents can just sense when their child is ready for camp. “See how your child responds to watching a camp video and discussing camp. If you went to camp yourself, you can also talk about your own experience,” suggests Bernstein. “Discuss the exciting opportunities available at camp and see how they react. Touring a camp or attending Rookie Days can also help you determine your child’s readiness. Often times, friends or an older sibling going to camp will trigger children to talk about being interested. It’s ok for a child to be nervous about doing something for the first time but don’t let nervousness allow you to think your child isn’t ready.” Male feels kids are typically ready for day camp before their parents are. “As for child readiness, parents should focus on things like potty training, showing an interest in group activities and the ability to participate in other programs where parent involvement is not required. The reality is that camp is an ideal environment for pre-school aged children to learn the skills necessary for group and school based settings


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such as making friends, trying new things, independence and resilience.” Tips for preparing your child for camp “Young children transition best when parents have provided several opportunities for their child to feel safe and excited about their new day camp,” comments Male. “First, parents should be excited and committed to the idea of day camp to demonstrate camp is going to be a fun safe place. Attending the facility and meeting the director and other staff starts the process for a child to feel comfortable with the place and people they will be spending their summer with. ” Bernstein feels that once you make a decision on a camp, you shouldn’t over discuss it with your child. “A school year for an 8-year-old is a very long time. Sometimes parents get ahead of themselves and like to plan ahead but over orchestrating camp preparations too early can cause more angst then good.” Lauren also feels a great way to set your child up for success is to let them know how much you trust and believe in the camp you are sending them to. “Tell your child about all the

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“It’s ok for a child to be nervous about doing something for the first time but don’t let nervousness allow you to think your child isn’t ready.” wonderful opportunities at camp and that you know they will love it. Normalize homesickness and say to them that they will of course miss home and that you will miss them but you know they will have a great time. Don’t promise to pick them up if they don’t like it. No day is perfect at home or at camp so if you made a pick up deal with your child, they will have it in their head they can leave if they are having a difficult moment.” How camps help children prepare for camp Camps do so many things to help children get ready for the camp experience. “Camps host open houses and pre-camp orientation which are great opportunities to see the camp again and to help children in the preparation process,” says Male. Camp Walden does email buddies where the camp will connect

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families in close proximity. “Often times these email exchanges will lead to facetime with the campers or get-togethers. We also group campers by age on the bus so they start acclimating right away and the camp experience begins from the minute they are on the bus,” says Bernstein. “Meet and greets before camp are nice opportunities for campers to connect with the director and other key staff. Before they get to camp, they feel more relaxed knowing the director and that they will be taken care of.” Keep in mind that when you send your child to camp, you are forming a partnership with the camp leadership team. If you need assistance in helping your child prepare for camp, let the director know. Some children need a little more hand holding and a good director will know how to help your child prepare for the wonderful camp experience ahead.


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Questions to Ask Camp Directors By Jess Michaels

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hen considering summer camp for your child, it’s always important to ask key questions about the program and safety procedures before deciding which camp will become your child’s home away from home for years to come. Questions often range from inquiring about the session length, the swim program or how many children are in a bunk. However, amid a global pandemic, you are certain to have many questions regarding COVID this year. The good news for parents is that both day and overnight camps ran successfully last summer and were able to mitigate the risk of COVID so children could have both a safe and rewarding summer at camp. Here are some questions you might want to ask the camp director when doing your camp research this year: 1. Can you explain what changes you are making at camp this summer to keep campers safe? If you are researching a camp now, there are many safety procedures that were put in place by camps last summer that will remain for 2021 summer, however, with the pandemic changing month to month, there are some changes that won’t be known until closer to this summer. Camps ran successfully in 2020 with safety procedures to mitigate the risk of COVID such as small group cohorts, daily health screenings, additional hand washing/sanitizing, increased sanitizing of facilities and the

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camp program running mostly outdoors. Although camp looked a little different, the fundamentals of what makes camp so special for children remained the same. 2. How can I get to know the camp before registering? Even amid the pandemic, there are many ways to see the camp and get to know the camp director. Day camps offer tours throughout the year and can do so socially distanced. Many overnight camps will offer families the opportunity to visit camp this spring as the weather warms up. Camp directors are also happy to set up zoom calls or do an outdoor home visit in your backyard or apartment building’s courtyard. 3.What are the procedures if a staff member or child tests positive for COVID? Based on last summer, if a camper or staff

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member tests positive for COVID, the camp will report it to the local health department. If at day camp, the camp will notify the camp community and let you know if your child was exposed and needs to quarantine. Overnight camps used testing last year before campers and staff arrived at camp and then a few days after they arrived. If a test came back positive once at camp, those exposed in the cohort would quarantine and testing would be done. It’s important to note that there were very few positive cases of COVID at both day and overnight camps in the northeast. 4. If COVID vaccines are available, will you require them for this year? It’s too soon to tell when a vaccine will be available for children and young adults. Camps will work with their local and state health departments as vaccine information becomes available.


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5. What is your camp’s refund policy? This has become an important question that more and more people are asking of all businesses since COVID hit in spring last year. Before choosing a camp, it’s important to understand their refund policy and what date you have until to ask for your money back or to roll it over to the following year. 6. How do you handle separation anxiety after a year of remote learning at home? A good camp director will meet your child where they are and are focused on the social-emotional well-being of every child at camp. In 2020, many children came to camp with anxiety from being home from school and not socializing with others for an extended period of time. The good news is that camp directors said it took just a few days of being at camp for children to adjust. 7. Will you require testing before camp? Testing in 2021 is going to look different than it did in 2020. For overnight camp, parents can assume that some kind of testing

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Even amid the pandemic, there are many ways to see the camp and get to know the camp director. will take place. 8. Will my child have to wear a mask at camp? Last summer, children at day camp didn’t need to wear masks, unless social distancing couldn’t be maintained. Overnight campers wore masks when around other cohorts and also when social distancing couldn’t be maintained. It is too early to tell what the mask policy will be but one year later, however, mask wearing has become more common place than it was last June and children have become accustomed to wearing them daily.

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9. What kind of screening process is done at camp to make sure staff and campers are healthy? Both day and overnight camps required daily health screenings each day with questions asked about your child’s health and temperatures being taken either at home, at camp, or sometimes both. 10. Are there activities that will be eliminated because of COVID? With COVID, certain contact sports and activities needed to be eliminated last summer. Many camps also didn’t do field trips or inter-camp games to prevent exposure to many people. It is too early to tell what activities will need to change for 2021 but camps offer dozens of activities and if a camp needs to make some changes to keep staff and campers safe, there are so many other amazing activities to participate in. Camps that ran in 2020 reported that even with some changes, it was probably the best summer they ever had because children needed camp so much after months spent at home.


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Safety Changes for Camps by Jess Michaels

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t’s impossible to predict exactly where we will be with COVID-19 by summer, however, both day and overnight camps operated last summer successfully amid a global pandemic and campers had a safe, fun and healthy summer. Camps have put numerous protocols in place to mitigate the risk of COVID and while no environment can be 100% COVID free at this time, the summer camps that operated in the region had either no COVID cases or very few positive cases which were effectively managed and didn’t spread among the camp community. Camps have a blueprint on how to operate safely during COVID and the good news is that even the camps that didn’t open last summer, will be open for this summer. Here are a number of safety measures that camps implemented last summer. You can expect to see many of these changes at camp but all final decisions will be made closer to the summer with COVID changing

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so rapidly. Although camps may look a little different than in summers past, the core fundamentals of what makes camp so special and valuable for children such as gaining independence, building self-esteem and making new friends in an outdoor environment, remain the same and these opportunities feel more important now than ever before.

DAY CAMPS Daily Temperature Checks – Children and staff were required to have their temperatures taken daily before attending camp. If your child had a fever, they were asked to stay home for a certain number of days and some camps required a negative COVID test or a note from your pediatrician before returning to camp. Daily Health Screening – Families were asked to fill out daily health screenings. If a child or staff were exhibiting any COVID symptoms or had traveled to certain states,

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they were asked to stay home from camp. Reduced capacity – Camps ran at a reduced capacity of campers to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Outside activities – Because the spread of COVID is reduced when outdoors, many camps ran outdoor programs and maximized their outdoor space. Hand hygiene – Hand hygiene was a top priority at camp, with additional hand washing and hand sanitizer stations throughout camp. Children cleaned hands before, during and after activities. Many camp directors reported a decrease in common sicknesses over the summer because of diligent hand hygiene. Cohorts/pods – Camp groups acted as cohorts where they stayed together throughout the day and didn’t intermingle with other groups. State guidelines will determine if cohorts are needed and if so, the size of them for 2021.


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Additional cleaning & disinfecting – Camps have always cleaned and disinfected equipment and activity areas but with COVID, those cleanings increased throughout the day and included a deeper cleaning. Lunch – To limit the number of people gathering together, lunch times were staggered and lunch took place outside. Many camps also switched the way they served lunch from family style or buffet to pre-packaged lunches. Rainy Days – Because camps ran activities outside for the most part, some camps built in “rain days” last summer, very much like snow days where there wasn’t camp on extremely wet days. Masks – Last summer, all staff wore masks and children wore masks on buses and when social distancing couldn’t be maintained. Eliminated activities – There were certain activities that were eliminated from the camp program because of too much contact with other people or equipment. Busing – Some camps decided to run busing last summer and some didn’t but camps will do busing in 2021. Due to social distancing guidelines, there may be less children on each bus this summer, children may be wearing masks and children may sit alone, with a sibling or with a camper from their group. Field trips – While out of camp trips have always been fun, camps eliminated them last summer to reduce exposure to other people. Field trips will be determined by each camp and final decisions on them will occur closer to summer when directors can evaluate where the state is with COVID-19. OVERNIGHT CAMP Testing – The use of COVID-19 tests was part of how overnight camps were able to mitigate the risk of COVID at camp last summer. Both campers and staff were required to take a test a number of days before camp and then again once at camp. Testing wasn’t the one magic bullet but was used as part of a multi layered system to mitigate the risk of COVID at camp. Testing may look different this summer as advancements in testing occur and final decisions on testing will occur closer to summer. Temperature checks & Daily Health Screening – Like day camps, camper and staff had their temperature taken each morning and a health screening was given daily at overnight camp.

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Cohorts/Pods – With the goal of all campers being able to come together after a period of time, many overnight camps had cohorts or families where those campers started camp together and only intermingled with their cohort for first 2-3 weeks of camp. As time went on and camp was deemed COVID free through, campers were able to come together as a camp while also maintaining distancing between other cohorts. It is too early to tell whether camps will need to have cohorts and pods for the summer. Outdoors – Overnight camps used their vast outdoor space to help mitigate the risk of COVID and spent as much time outdoors as possible which reduces the risk of spreading COVID. Masks – Masks were used when social distancing couldn’t be maintained between cohorts or when an all camp gathering was occurring. Inter-camp Games – While intercamp games have long been a tradition of overnight camps, last year there were no inter camps to mitigate the risk of COVID. Decisions on inter-camp games will be made closer to summer. Cleaning/disinfecting – As with day camps, there was an increase in cleaning and disinfecting around camp from equipment to facilities.

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Hand hygiene – Camps increased hand hygiene among campers and staff with additional hand washing and hand sanitizing throughout the day. Overnight camp directors also reported less common sicknesses because of the additional hand hygiene. All camp gatherings – One of the most special parts of overnight camp is when the whole camp comes together for all camp gatherings. After it was deemed safe to all come together, these larger camp gatherings were able to occur safely. Dining – Each camp that opened did dining differently however campers ate outside more frequently and some camps staggered eating times. Visiting Day – Last summer, the overnight camps that ran didn’t offer a visiting day. This was because the camp session was shorter and also it ensured the bubble they created at camp remained COVID free. Decisions on Visiting Day will be made closer to the summer depending on rates of infection at the time. Camp trips – Trips outside of camp were eliminated last summer. What camp trips will look like this summer will all depend on what the rates of COVID infection are in the states the camps are located in and where the campers are traveling to.


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Great Summer Reads for Kids By Mia Salas

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ooking for creative ways to get your kiddos away from screens? These days it seems impossible with online learning, streaming services, and the oh-soaddicting TikTok dances. Reading can be the perfect substitute, especially if it’s a book that your little ones just can’t seem to put down. But finding those page-turner books isn’t always the easiest task. That’s why, we’ve rounded up our top picks for early readers, first chapter books, upper-level readers, and young adults. Early Readers

Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris

VP Kamala Harris (enough said!) brings us this gem of a children’s book! Your kids will love getting some insight into who Kamala Harris is as they learn about all the many places to find superheroes in day to day life. This #1 New York Times Bestseller is a mustread for little ones. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie, your favorite mouse is back in Happy Valentine’s

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Day, Mouse!. The illustrations are so fun for preschoolers to follow along, and it’s the perfect introduction into reading. Even if your little ones read this book post-Valentine’s Day, they’ll still get a kick out of the heartwarming and personalized Valentines that Mouse makes for all of his friends.

packed into one picture book, A Weekend with Wendell is always a top pick. But if your kids play house next time and the older one gets to be the dad, mom, and kids, while the younger one has to be the dog...you know where the idea came from! First Chapter Books

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan

A Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton

What better way to get your kids to love reading than with a book about a llama who’s learning how to read too? Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. And if your kiddos love this book, there’s plenty more Llama Llama books waiting for them!

A narwhal and a jellyfish don’t seem to have a whole lot in common, but they do love waffles, parties, and adventures! Follow along this story of friendship as Narwhal and Jelly discover the ocean together. This 5-book and counting series is a must-read for kids with a huge imagination.

A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes

With eight books in the series so far, we can only hope that there will be a whole lot more because we can’t get enough of the She Persisted reads. An especially empowering and moving series for young girls, She Persisted features an inspiring woman in each book, such as Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sotomayer, and Ruby Bridges. Learn about women who stood up, spoke out, and never gave up.

We know this is a throwback, but could we really make a children’s book round-up and not include A Weekend with Wendell? This book will have your little ones laughing to no end. Two cousins try to get along, but when one of them is way too bossy, the other has to stand up for herself. Family and friendship all

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Diary of a Pug by Kyla May

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Harbor Me for your YA reading list.

Part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Diary of a Pug is an easy introduction into chapter books that will surely boost your kid’s confidence in reading. Bub the pug and his human Bella go on fun adventures together in each book. We love the diary-format that feels very personal and down-to-earth for kiddos. Any little one with a furry friend at home will appreciate this series even more!

Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace has always lived with her grandfather in Alabama. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, her grandfather has nurtured EbonyGrace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction. But when Ebony-Grace has to move to Harlem, she’s both excited and nervous. Will she be able to discover beauty in a new place and connect with her sci-fi roots? The power of imagination is certainly on display in this National Book Awardfinalist.

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Upper-Level Readers (grades 3-7) Wonder by R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness,” and we couldn’t agree more. Palacio tells the story of a young boy who was born with a facial difference, and all he wants is to be treated as an ordinary kid. The point of view moves between him, his classmates, sister, his sister’s boyfriend, and others so that readers get a full picture of how everyone in the story feels. Not only wellwritten, Wonder is an inspiration for us all to empathize with others’ experiences.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodsen

During a time where connection isn’t as simple as it used to be, Harbor Me reminds us to reach out to our friends and family and surround ourselves with people that we can open up to. Woodsen writes about a group of students who start meeting for weekly chats. Over time, they learn new things about each other and about themselves. Each character is beautifully crafted and has a unique story to tell. 10/10 recommend

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

The YA novel that everybody (no pun intended) is talking about: Every Body Looking. There is so much packed into this book: questions of sexuality, the pressures put on firstgeneration students, the lingering impacts of childhood into adulthood, family dynamics, and so much more. This timely novel really dives into themes of identity and belonging, themes young adults and adults alike can relate to, perhaps now more than ever. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Hot off the press (just published on February 9!) comes this stunning young adult novel, The Gilded Ones. A story with a fierce female lead, blood ceremonies, emperors, magic, and more, you’ll have to binge-read until the end. But behind all of the fantasy elements lies a very true, very real tale about sisterhood, female friendships, and social change.

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s NYC kids’ start to head to summer camps and venture outside, it’s important to remember sunscreen! As kids prepare for the coming hot summer days we have have kid-friendly sunscreens to protect your kids’ skin from the sun’s harmful rays! These sunscreens are gentle on kids’ skin and are free from harmful chemicals, so you and your kids can focus on having a fun-filled summer!

Babo Botanical Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF: 50 broad spectrum Price: $12.99

This vegan sunscreen is another perfect choice for babies that have sensitive skin! Babo Botanicals is gluten, soy, and dairyfree. The sunscreen is ultra sheer and lightweight, making it easy to apply on young kids.

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All Good Kid’s Sunscreen Lotion

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Having a sunscreen that will be gentle on your kid’s skin is something that many parents look for. All Good adds chamomile to their sunscreen which is perfect for soothing sensitive skin. This mineral sunscreen lotion is UVA/UVB protected, water-resistant, lightweight, non-greasy, and is made with reef-safe ingredients. All Good makes sure that your skin feels great while also being protected!

This plant-based sunscreen seems to be a favorite for many parents! Babyganics is made with certified organic ingredients such as cranberries, raspberries, seed oils, and sunflowers. This sunscreen is a little thicker than other brands, so you only need to apply a small amount to your kids for full coverage!

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Anthelios Sunscreen for Kids SPF: 60 broad spectrum Price: $19.99

With one of the highest broad spectrums, La Roche-Posay Anthelios uses Cell-Ox Shield® technology that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen is pediatrician tested and uses antioxidants that will help protect your child’s sensitive skin from future sun damage. This sunscreen is water-resistant and can last up to 80 minutes. For kids 3 and up.

Coola Mineral Baby Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF: 50 broad spectrum Price: $36

Kids’ skin, especially those with sensitive skin, need some extra love when it comes to applying sunscreen. Coola sunscreen is for babies 6 months or older and is made to protect baby’s delicate skin. The sunscreen is pediatric tested, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. Parents should make sure to apply sunscreen to their children every two hours to ensure the best coverage.

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Badger Kids Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF: 30 broad spectrum Price: $16.99

With this sunscreen being biodegradable and coral reef free, you can protect the environment while soaking in the suns rays! Badger kids sunscreen has a Zinc Oxide formula that is phthalate-free and also is scented with orange tangerine and vanilla! This cream is a little thicker than others so a little dab goes a long way!

Hello Bello Sunscreen Lotion SPF: 50 broad spectrum Price: $9.78

Hello Bello is the only FDA approved sunscreen that protects against all three types of UV rays. This sunscreen is made to protect both adults and kids and is made with ingredients such as green tea, avocado, and cucumber extract so your skin will stay soft and healthy! It is suggested that you reapply the sunscreen after excessive sweating, water or towel dry off.

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Join us for a summer of creativity, fun, and lots of fresh air.

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Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp is a co-ed Jewish Sleepaway camp for children and teens ages 7-16.

• Private Lake • Heated Pool

At Berkshire Hills, your child will find a strong community of friends, be supported by loyal and deeply committed staff, try fun and challenging activities, and become more independent. Whether you are looking for a two week session or a full summer experience, Berkshire Hills has options to fit every family’s summer schedule.

• Athletic Activities • Arts Activities

While our program is designed to reflect Jewish values, we welcome all children to camp and believe that the values we teach — respect, giving back, community, and charity — benefit everyone. Set in the beautiful Berkshires, our camp provides an idyllic setting for your child’s summer of growth and fun.

• Adventure/ Nature Activities • Culinary Camp

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92Y Camps 44 Henry Kaufmann Road, Orangeburg, NY 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 212-415-5573 92y.org/camps From specialty camps in New York City to traditional summer experiences at their 50-acre Rockland County campgrounds, 92Y Camps has dozens of programs, activities, and facilities for “actives” and “creatives.” Your child can spend one week or an entire summer with them. Their traditional day camp has convenient bus pickups in Manhattan and Riverdale. Intensives are also available. Contact them to learn how they’ve created decades of lifelong memories. For campers in grades entering K-9.

Adirondack Camp Lake George, NY 518-547-8261 Adirondackcamp.com Looking to have Outrageous FUN in the outdoors this Summer? Adirondack Camp may be the right fit for you! Adirondack is a traditional summer camp for girls and boys located on our own secluded peninsula on Lake George in New York. Join our global community, live in open air cabins, and choose from over 30 amazing activities on the Waterfront, Land and in Arts, or explore the Adirondack wilderness with our Trips Program. More than a century of traditions offers the summer of a lifetime. 2, 4, 6, and 8 week sessions. Ages 7 to 16; CIT program for 17.

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Advantage Camps Manhattan Upper East & West Sides & Roosevelt Island 646-884-9649 advantagecamps.net East Side & West Side, Advantage has the perfect match for your camper! Advantage Day Camp offers kids ages 4-14 a variety of sports, art, enrichment, and experiences. Plus early drop-off and late pickup. Advantage Junior Tennis Camp is where players 7 to 17 focus on the game, with drills, games & match play, plus swimming. And, for campers 4-7, there’s Advantage QuickStart Tennis Camp, with tennis customized for age, ability and fun! Two great locations – Roosevelt Island Racquet Club & Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club/The Beacon School. Choose days, weeks or all summer. Sign up now!

The Ailey School Junior Division Summer Intensive 2021 405 West 55th Street, New York, NY juniordivision@alvinailey.org TheAileySchool.edu/summer-intensive The Ailey School Junior Division Summer Intensive is a two-week training program for students ages 14-16. Young dancers will have the opportunity to study in a vibrant professional environment in the heart of New York City. Motivated students with at least three years of consistent training receive first class dance instruction among a student body of versatile dancers who strive for excellence.

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Atlantic Acting School Spring Fling Classes & Summer Camps 76 Ninth Ave., Suite 313, New York, NY 212-691-5919 education@atlantictheater.org atlanticactingschool.org Atlantic Acting School invites your young ones to play, create, and perform with us – all from the comfort and safety of your own home. In addition to creating characters and scripts, young actors have opportunities to produce their own work. Each class has a focus that varies from musical theater to sketch, improv, scene study, film/TV and more, but are all rooted in the Atlantic Technique. These acting classes are perfect for your rising star! Spring classes begin April 11. Mini summer camps start in July. Classes are available for ages 4-18. Register today!

Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp and Berkshire Hills Culinary Camp 159 Empire Road, Copake NY 914-693-8952 bhecamp.org Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp is a coed Jewish sleepaway camp for children and teens 7-16. We are welcoming to everyone and focus on a program of values and community. Our activity program is a mix of group bonding through cabin activities and electives that offer a more individualized experience. We offer everything from sports, arts, outdoors adventure, and water fun. In addition, we offer a Culinary Camp program for children going into 5th grade and older. This program will give your child the skills in the kitchen to then come home and cook a delicious family meal!


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

212-688-3770 www.PlayhouseJuniors.com Begins July 19th Online Summer APPly & AuditiOn tOdAy

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German and Spanish language immersion for preschoolers and school-age children Open to students from other schools • www.pusteblumenyc.org

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Brillantmont International Swiss Summer Avenue Charles Secrétan 16 1005 Lausanne Switzerland 41 -21- 310- 04 00 summercourse@brillantmont.ch summer.brillantmont.ch Brillantmont is an amazing summer experience for boys and girls aged 10-17 in the French speaking part of Switzerland. For stays of 2-6 weeks, learn French, play sports, explore Swiss nature and culture and make friends from all over the world. Founded in 1882, we have decades of experience in helping make your experience memorable. Join our Brillantmont summer family today!

Camp Birch Hill 333C Birch Hill Road, New Durham, NH 603-859-4525 campbirchhill.com Camp Birch Hill is a sleepaway camp for the individual. The atmosphere is natural and friendly. An elective program empowers children to create personalized schedules from a variety of well rounded activities. Ideally located in New Durham, New Hampshire at the entrance of the White Mountains 90 miles from Boston. The directors are ever mindful of the physical and general well-being of the campers. Camp Birch Hill continues to provide a safe, positive and welcoming environment where boys and girls aged 6-16 are free to explore, engage, create and develop lasting friendships and memories while connecting with nature.

Camp DeWolfe Wading River, NY (631) 929-4325 campdewolfe.org There is always something new to explore at our pristine beachfront property on the North Shore of Long Island, whether it’s your first trip or a return visit. Share the outdoors in God’s natural setting and make lasting memories with a variety of activities and comfortable amenities. Camp DeWolfe is now open for ‘campers’ of all ages! Choose the accommodations that fit your group’s size and needs! Family Getaway rates start at $250/ night and Register online here: https:// campdewolfe.org/retreats/campdewolfe-retreat-forms/ or Call (631) 929-4325 for more information. Camp DeWolfe, “Changing Lives, Sharing Christ.”

TENNIS SUMMER CAMP AT THE CARY LEEDS CENTER June 14 – August 20 10 am – 4 pm Daily Rate: $155 Weekly Rate: $700 Full Summer Rate: $6,580 The world-class staff at the Cary Leeds Center invites YOU to join the Cary Leeds Center Summer Tennis Camp! Make friends, have fun, and learn the sport of a lifetime! Register at caryleedstennis.org

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YOUR SUMMER. YOUR WAY. From New York City’s Upper East Side to our beautiful Rockland County campgrounds and beyond, our summer experiences provide kids and teens of all ages with unlimited opportunities to learn, grow — and have fun. Traditional day camps, summer intensives, mini-camps, for one week or the whole summer.

Sign up for Summer 2021 today! 92Y.org/camps Stacey Rosen (she/her), Camps Concierge 212-699-7249, SRosen@92Y.org

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Camp Jacobson 340 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury, NY 516-626-1094 campjacobson@sjjcc.org campjacobson.com At Camp Jacobson, we offer a premier camp experience where children grow and flourish in a safe, nurturing environment, which focuses on the needs of each camper. We create an atmosphere that encourages individual exploration, fosters personal development, inspires healthy choices, and enables children to establish lifelong friendships. Offering an array of athletic, creative and performing arts, and adventure programs, we are dedicated to providing high-quality summer camp experiences for every camper and family. Our values-driven culture is built on our core BEAR values of Bravery, Empathy, Awareness and Responsibility.

6 Prock Hill Road, Colebrook, CT 06021 campjewell.org 860- 379-2782 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 our traditional overnight camps with a range of over 30 activities for campers to pick from, or for the horse-lover check out our Ranch Camp that serves campers of all riding abilities, or for the older camper we have teen leadership and adventure trip programs. Discover more at campjewell.org

Camp Ma-He-Tu Bear Mountain, New York 631-351-1657 mahetu.org info@mahetu.org Deep in the woods of beautiful Harriman State Park, on the shores of Lake Kanawauke (just 40 miles north of NYC), Camp Ma-He-Tu has been the home away from home for generations of girls since 1937! During each affordable, 2-week overnight session, young women ages 7-15 enjoy an exciting mix of traditional summer camp activities with a focus on individual growth, teamwork, and empowerment. Ma-He-Tu girls meet over 100 new friends each summer and form relationships that last a lifetime. As the camp song goes, “Once you’ve come Ma-He-Tu stays within your heart forever!” Contact: Laura Shakespeare Board of Directors, Camp Ma-He-Tu lshakespeare@mahetu.org , 732-547 4024.

Let Kids Be Kids Again This Summer! • Award-winning coed sleepaway camp for ages 7-16 • Two, Three, Five or Seven Week Sessions • Located in the beautiful Berkshires, only two hours from NYC

“My camper had the best summer of his life! He matured and became more responsible in the short time he was there. The staff was just amazing. They strive to create togetherness and community. It is what summer camp should be.” - Parent of first time camper

www.greenwoodtrails.com 390 Winchester Road, Winsted, CT 06098 • fun@greenwoodtrails.com

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Camp Say: For Young People Who Stutter Camp Ramaquois 30 Mountain Road, Pomona, NY 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.

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 CampSay.org travis@SAY.org Camp SAY combines the highestquality, traditional summer camp experience with specialized programs and activities that help young people who stutter, ages 8-18, build confidence, improve communication, and develop lifelong friendships. Camp SAY 2021 dates are August 2–16, with a shorted stay option available. Our 2-week, American Camp Association(ACA)-accredited, sleep-away camp is hosted in the picturesque Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Sliding scale tuition and travel assistance available. Contact Camp Director Travis Robertson at 616.404.3516 or Meg Hart: meg@ say.org at 646-735-1559, to obtain an information package.

A HISTORIC SLEEPAWAY CAMP IN THE CATSKILLS, NY OUR FACILITIES:

For kids ages 7-16 1-4 week options starting July 4 For availability: info@campshomria.org

FARM • CRAFTS ROOM • POOL • 120+ ACRES • LAKE • RUSTIC CABINS OUR PROGRAMS:

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Camp Shomria Overnight Camp Camp Settoga 646-505-4430 campsettoga.org Camp Settoga is a day camp located in Pomona, NY for children ages 4-12 that combines traditional summer camp experiences with Jewish values, and a dynamic variety of programming. Transportation, towel service, lunch, and snack are included. Visit our website to learn more about our Covid-19 plans and health and safety procedures.

Hashomer Hatzair US 52 Lake Marie Rd, Liberty, NY 212-627-2830 campshomria.com Camp Shomria and Hashomer Hatzair is a community of empowered children and youth. We promote the values embedded in humanistic Judaism through democratic and experiential educational methods. We strive to enable our youth to become critical thinkers and well-rounded people who are passionate about taking ownership over their lives and communities and inspired to change the world for the betterment of all people. The games that we play, the way we take care of our camp, and the interaction we have with nature all contribute to the holistic nature of our education. We welcome transgender, intersex, non-binary and gender-non confirming campers.

Camp Zeke - Jewish Summer Sleepaway Camp 31 Barry Watson Way, Lakewood, PA 212-913-9783 questions@campzeke.org Camp Zeke is an overnight camp in the Pocono Mountains where 2nd through 12th graders celebrate healthy, active living through gourmet, farmto-table food, sports, fitness, and arts in a joyful community that’s based on Jewish values. Some campers throw on an apron and cook with our chefs in camp’s teaching kitchens. Others join a yoga, spin, or strength training class with our amazing instructors. Some campers love to play team sports and compete against the camps all around us. Others prefer to perform in a dance, circus, or theater show, or create fine arts in one of our studios. Campers choose electives to craft their days based on their interests!

Independentlake.com 800-399-2267 Info@independentlake.com

Reconnect, Reengage & Regain a summer full of Growth, Friendship and Community

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Collina Italiana Summer Camp The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning Summer Camp 1720 Crotona Avenue Bronx, NY 718-247-7420 cary leedsinfo@nyjtl.org The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning offers Summer Camp from June 14 to August 20, for juniors ages five to 18 years old. All levels are welcome from beginners in the development level program to advanced players in the high performance level program. Players will 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 overall strength. Camp hours run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Challenge Camp The Leffell School 555 Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale 914-779-6024 challengecamps.com info@challengecamps.com Challenge Camp is an ACA-accredited day camp in Hartsdale, NY offering summer enrichment learning opportunities for bright, curious children ages 4-15. Our cohort model of STEM & Arts project based electives includes Active options enabling campers to challenge their minds and bodies. Courses range from 3D Printing, Chess, Coding, Cooking, Drones, Escape Room, Fashion, Lego, Magic, Makerspace, Minecraft, Music, Photography, Roblox, Robotics, Rocketry, Theater, Video Production, VR, YouTube and more! The Challenge Camp advantage is a customized program of selections based on the child’s interests, students follow their course selections for an entire session. Join us for a Summer of Fun & Learning!

Who goes to Camp Zeke? Camp Zeke is the first and only overnight camp where kids celebrate healthy, active living through fitness, cooking, sports, gourmet food, and joyful Judaism. Campers come to us for so many different reasons! Some families want a camp that reflects their values. Others like our focus on cooking, sports, fitness, and arts. Yet others are drawn to our unique camp culture.

1566 Third Avenue, Suite 602-603 New York, NY 212-427-7770 Collinaitaliana.com info@collinaitaliana.com Summer camp at Collina Italiana is a fun and immersive experience for kids of all language competency levels. Additionally, this year there is the added flexibility of being able to choose between in-person and online camp; your comfort and safety is priority! Starting June 7th, children (age 3-10) learn about all things Italian through games, music, dance, and many other educational activities. Furthermore, children are exposed to the beauties of Italian culture through art and cinema. Kids age 6 and up learn the fundamental skills of writing and reading, as well as the basics of Italian grammar!

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Ghostlight Theater Camp Forest Lake Camp 261 Forest Lake Road, Chestertown, NY 518-623-4771 forestlakecamp.com Forest Lake Camp is a Brother-Sister Camp in the Adirondacks of NY with separate boys’ and girls’ camps. Their program of broad activities take kids from lake to field to mountain on their 823-acre property. Their small camp and elective activities promote independence, growth and self confidence. Campers have the opportunity to get outside and just be kids in a supportive environment with a family feel. FLC is home away from home, where campers form lasting friendships and develop skills that they will carry with them through life.

7 Camp Eastwood Circle, Oakland, ME 207-358-0641 ghostlighttheatercamp.com Get your theater lover back onstage this summer! Ghostlight Theater Camp offers high-caliber training with Broadway professionals in a traditional summer camp experience. Acting, singing, and dance classes focus on collaboration and staff support each camper’s individuality. A festival of outstanding shows end each session and campers leave camp with lifelong friendships and personal development that will follow them wherever life leads. Joy, Creativity, Gratitude, & Community are the core-values of everything at camp. From improv classes to stargazing, staff members model empathetic & intentional practices for campers who return home confident and empowered to be themselves.

STEM Camps

Green Ivy Summer Camp 21 South End Ave., New York, NY 10280 212-235-2320 batteryparkmontessori.com/summercamp Green Ivy Summer Camp at Battery Park Montessori provides a warm and enriching summer camp experience for children ages 2-4. Guided by current best practices for early childhood development and education, we provide a playful, engaging, and safe “first camp” experience for your child. Join us for just 1 or all 8 weeks! Registration is by the week and each week is highlighted with a fun, engaging theme including Inventor’s Workshop, Mandarin Language, Little Chefs, and more! Early birds SAVE 20% if you register by March 31st! For more information email info@greenivy.com

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Additional Virtual + In-Home Options Available For Grades K-7th

Sign up for Launch’s exciting and educational one-week STEM summer camps with topics rotating weekly!

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Hotchkiss Summer Portals Greenwood Trails Summer Camp 390 Winchester Road, Winsted, CT 860-379-6517 fun@greenwoodtrails.com www.GreenwoodTrails.com Let kids be kids again this summer! Greenwood Trails is an award-winning family-owned overnight camp for boys and girls ages 7-16. Located on over 100 beautiful acres in the Southern Berkshires, we offer 2, 3, 5 or 7 week sessions. Campers design their summers in a unique elective-based program where they “choose their own trail” by exploring new activities and expanding their horizons. The nurturing environment at Greenwood Trails helps campers build their self-confidence and resilience while making genuine connections and lasting friendships. Facilities include comfortable cabins with showers, a flying trapeze, large in-ground pool, private lake, all sports, arts, high ropes and more. The warm, friendly atmosphere and extensive facilities make for magical summers at Greenwood Trails! ACA Accredited.

Homage Skateboard Academy 615 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 718-596-8151 homageskateboardacademy.com At Homage’s Summer Skateboard Program, our goal is for skaters to have fun, learn to skate in a safe and space-appropriate way, and confidently explore what they are capable of. During camp, students will spend time skating, learning new tricks and skills with our coaches, making art, playing skate games and making new friends! Our Indoor program takes place at our newly redesigned training facility in Gowanus, with lots of outdoor time as well. Our outdoor program takes place at Golconda Skatepark in Downtown Brooklyn, which is great for students who love to spend their summer days outside!

The Hotchkiss School 860-435-3173 hotchkiss.org/our-school/summerprograms facebook.com/HotchkissPortals Hotchkiss Summer Portals courses are immersive, two-week experiences across all disciplines from DNA Science and Structural Engineering to the Arts (performing & studio), from Language, Leadership to Debate or Writers and Writing. Take one or pair two to create a four-week experience. Come pursue your passions by immersing yourself in distinctive programs that engage your curiosity and nurture life-long friendships with peers and devoted Faculty members. Every day brings an opportunity to explore learning something new, to celebrate friends and have fun. A complete listing of courses and program information on our website.

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iD Tech - Virtual 1-888-709-8324 iDTech.com iD Tech is the world’s premier destination for STEM education, with online programs that sharpen students’ coding, game dev, and creative skills, all from the comfort of home. Choose from Virtual Tech Camps, Online Private Lessons, or small-group Semesters. Guided by elite rockstar instructors, your child will have fun, unlock tech brilliance, and join a community of 500,000 aspiring innovators.

Independent Lake Camp 70 Clark Road Thompson, PA 800-399-2267 or 570-727-4160 independentlake.com It’s time to Reconnect, Reengage and Regain the value of a summer camp experience! Independent Lake Camp is a premier overnight camp in the Poconos for ages 6-17. ILC is dedicated to being a diverse community with powerful individualized programming, and top-notch facilities & staff. We have been offering respect, creativity and understanding in a challenging and nurturing environment for 30 years. The friendships and connections that are developed at ILC are what makes our community so special. We are a fantastic circus, sports, dance, performing arts, music, aquatics, fine & digital arts, skateboarding, high ropes, role playing games, nature and equestrian camp all rolled into one.

Junior Sailing Summer Program Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club Larchmont, NY info@Horseshoeharboryachtclub.com horseshoeharbor.info Calling all aspiring and accomplished junior sailors, ages 9-15: set sail daily on the Long Island Sound. Horseshoe Harbor provides the boats; yacht club membership is not required. All you need is the desire to sail! They own and maintain a fleet of junior sailing boats, in which their U.S. Sailing-certified instructors teach to the aspiring sailors. Sailing builds self-reliance, instills confidence, teaches the importance of sportsmanship and water safety. What a great way to spend the summer! Please visit their website for registration and dates.

2021 Session Dates 2 Week: June 27 – July 10 4 Week: July 11 – August 7 6 Week: June 27 – August 7

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Launch Math + Science Centers Located Upper Westside and Tribeca 212-600-1010 Launchmath.com info@launchmath.com Launch Math + Science Centers offer exciting and educational, on-site, one-week STEM summer camps for kids from kindergarten to 7th grade (5-12 years old). Campers discover the magic of chemistry, explore the allure of faraway lands, think like detectives, animate their favorite characters – and that’s just the beginning! Camps are packed with hands-on STEM projects! 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. Virtual camp options also available! Register today to receive multi-camp/sibling discounts of $75 off every additional camp week after the first.

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Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day Program 336 Woodmere Blvd, Woodmere, NY 516-374-5559 lwasd.org The goal at LWA is to build every child up to feel special while they are given the opportunity to explore, discover, face new personal challenges, develop new skills, and hone his or her individual abilities and talents. They truly believe their program stands out for its emphasis on nurturing a child’s strengths, and balancing awesome outdoor activities and sports on fields no other local summer program can boast of with exciting and creative fun in the large air-conditioned facility. They also offer many unique and specialized activities so that there is no “one size fits all” approach to a summer program. Their broad offerings set the stage for lifelong friendships, learning, growing and just plain FUN! Proudly Serving Manhattan, Queens & Nassau County.

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LuHi Summer Program 131 Brookville Road, Brookville, NY 516.626.1100 luhisummercamps.org Approaching 60 years of business, LuHi Summer Programs has a longstanding reputation for offering diverse and innovative summer options for campers of all ages and interests. With 20+ programs in Athletics, Arts, Recreation, or STEM, each camper has the opportunity to customize their experience, filling their summer with activities they genuinely enjoy and experiences that will enrich them for years to come. Gymnastics, Theatre, Basketball, Equestrian, Robotics, Competitive Gaming - these are just a small portion of our Specialty Programs that allow campers to widen their scope of interest and pursue their passions! Our signature program, LuHi Country Day, combines each of our four categories and offers a robust & holistic day camp experience for campers who are seeking a varied & dynamic experience.


Mill Basin Day Camp The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center All of NYC, Brooklyn, NY and online 718-624-8400 schooladmin@mmdg.org markmorrisdancegroup.org/dancecenter/the-school/dance-camps Spend the summer dancing, creating, and performing with The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center’s Summer Dance Camp, with hybrid and online options. Each session combines daily dance classes in ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, and jazz with the exploration of other art forms like visual, theater, music, and stagecraft inspired by Mark Morris’ repertory. Classes feature live music!

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.

Montessori International Summer Day Camp Midtown East 212-223-4630 montessorischoolny.com montessorinyc@aol.com This Summer, Montessori is excited to offer campers a unique blend of summer activities and academics. Developed around biweekly themes, children will enjoy arts and crafts, dance, Yoga, martial arts and gymnastics. In addition, older campers will also experience musical theatre, and learn chess and sign language. Since their Camp is staffed by the school’s teachers, children can also continue with academics, helping to ensure that they are on track despite the pandemic. Tutoring available to prepare for admission to gifted programs, or for a head start on the upcoming year. Spaces are limited due to current restrictions – registering now!

Kids Need Camp More Than Ever in Summer 2021! Camp for children in rising Threes programs to rising 4th graders!

Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp 10 W 84th Street New York, NY 10024 camp@rssnyc.org • 646-438-8688 www.rodephsholomschool.org/ rodeph-sholom-school-day-camp

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Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School: Teen & Youth Summer Conservatory 212-688-3770 playhousejuniors.com cldaehler@neighborhoodplayhouse.org Dramatic arts training for the aspiring young actor in NYC. Apply for three exciting summer intensives at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where Sanford Meisner’s world-renowned acting method was born! Faculty from our 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 & friends. Acceptance is by application and audition. Classes will be online. Space is limited.

Ninja Gymnastics Factory

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.

420 W. 238th Street Bronx, NY 914-343-3903 info@ninjagymnasticfactory.com ninjagymnasticsfactory.com Ninja Gymnastics Factory is new to the Bronx and is offering a fantastic summer camp for kids ages 5-12 . Everything your child could want to do is jam packed into their camp: Ninja Warrior, Gymnastics, Sports, Arts & Crafts and more! They have a state-ofthe-art athletic facility as well as their own outdoor play space. The full-day program is 9am-4pm and half-day morning or afternoon options are available. Ninja Gymnastics Factory is proud to stand out among its peers as a place where kids learn from handson coaches about how to execute and enjoy their ninja and gymnastic activities.

Camp DeWolfe 408 North Side Road Wading River NY 11792

631 929 4325

office@campdewolfe.org www.campdewolfe.org Wading River NY. Located on the north shore of Long Island, Camp DeWolfe offers year round family camp and retreat programs offerings. “Changing Lives, Sharing Christ.”

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Family Camp 2021

There is always something new to explore at our pristine beachfront property on the North Shore of Long Island. Share the outdoors in God’s natural setting and make lasting memories with a variety of activities and comfortable amenities. Camp DeWolfe is now open for ‘campers’ of all ages! Register online here: https://campdewolfe.org/retreats/camp-dewolfe-retreat-forms/

Family Fun Days 2021

A one day program designed for families. Choose a boating activity on the Long Island Sound, including kayaking or canoeing, learn some archery skills, relax with some arts and crafts or go biking! Choose morning and/or afternoon activity sessions and still have plenty of free time to enjoy your own picnic on our beautiful grounds, walk the nature trail and more. Family Fun days are offered each weekend in July and August.

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Oasis Day Camps

Noel Pointer Music Summer Strings

Manhattan, Bayside, Dobbs Ferry, Long Island oasischildren. com Oasis Day Camp prides itself on age-appropriate programming for ages 3-15. Early Start (ages 3-5) is a nurturing camp environment. Lower (first-second grade) offers sports, arts, swim, enrichment, and nature. Upper (third-sixth grades) is bigger and better for older campers. Teen Travel (seventh-ninth grades) offers unique trips, overnights, and friendships.

Brooklyn and Virtual 718 230-4825 info@noelpointer.org noelpointer.org The summer program is offered both in person and virtually, welcoming students ages 5-18 at any level. The program runs from July 6th-August 6, Monday-Friday, 9-3. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, piano or voice. Summer private lessons are available as well.

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Small-Group Differentiated Instruction Student-Centered Curriculum A+ STEM Education AP Courses Dual Enrollment College Credit Global Scholars Program 1:1 College Guidance 100% Graduation Rate & College Matriculation

Park Slope Day Camp Brooklyn Bridge Park, Carroll Gardens, Prospect Park, Windsor Terrace 718-788-7732 camp@parkslopedaycamp.com parkslopedaycamp.com Primarily outdoor, fun, engaging traditional camp. For children ages 3.5 to 14. Experienced, caring and dynamic staff. Wide variety of activities; sports, arts, yoga, archery and more. Soccer specialty program. 4 twoweek sessions, extended hours and transportation available.

Small Class Size, Big Education In person Monday-Friday or Remote Option Available Premier College Preparatory School 3K/Pre-K- 12th Grade

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Renowned Performing Arts Award Winning Athletics Transportation Available

Specialized programs in sports, the arts, along with a traditional summer program

Daily bus transportation to and from Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens AND Afternoon drop off available to Atlantic Beach beach clubs

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Pusteblume International Preschool

Pocono Springs Camp 48 Pocono Springs Way, Poconos, PA 570-218-5800 poconospringscamp.com Pocono Springs Camp prides itself in holding the unique distinction of America’s only traditional 5-Week* sleepaway camp. Today, more than ever, we understand the value in allowing families to provide their children with a full-season summer camp experience, while also having the flexibility for family activities, specialty camps, and other summer fun outside of camp. Additionally, our program accommodates nearly every school system, so it fits into summer schedules for more campers than ever from all areas of the country and the world. (*3-Week Intro Program available for first time campers. Space is limited and campers will be enrolled on a firstcome, first-served basis.)

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244 W 14th St New York, NY 212-206-1137 pusteblumenyc.org info@pusteblumenyc.org July 5th to August 27th, 2021 Pusteblume will offer 8 weeks of summer fun with lots of activities and language exposure. Pick whatever weeks you like and however many weeks you need. Art, Science, Math, Literacy are part of the summer curriculum and introduced in an engaging and stimulating way. Visit our website for weekly themes and topics.

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Putney Summer Arts 418 Houghton Brook Rd., Putney VT 802-387-6297 summer.putneyschool.org Putney Summer Arts is one of the most unique sleepaway summer camps for your kids . Over the course of four weeks, students will have dedicated and focused time every day to grow as an artist in a supportive community where they can truly be themselves. Whether trying something for the first time or honing a craft, our faculty will be here to guide you on your individual path. All of this happens on our beautiful 500-acre campus in Southern Vermont.


person Open Houses this April and May! For Dates & Rates and Online Registration visit Quinipet.org

Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center PO Box 549 | 99 Shore Rd Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965 quinipet@nyac.com 631-749-0430 quinipet.org Established by the United Methodist Church in 1947, Quinipet is built upon the rocks of Faith, Courage, Love, Humility and Honesty; creating a foundation that welcomes campers from all walks of life, faiths, and backgrounds. Whether you come for one week or all summer long, you will make new friends, learn and grow, laugh a LOT, and enjoy the beautiful natural environment of Shelter Island. Quinipet has all the fun of a traditional Christian summer camp surrounded by water! Week-Long Sessions begin the week of July 4, 2021: Day Camp (ages 5-15), Community Sailing (ages 9-15), Traditional Overnight Camp (ages 7-17), Sailing Overnight Camp (ages 9-17.) Daily Day Camp transportation options from the north (Greenport) & south (North Haven/Sag Harbor) forks! In-

Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp

Riverside Park Conservancy Sports Camp 212-.870-3074 (Office) mail@riversideparknyc.org Riversideparknyc.org A week to week camp running June 7th to August 27th that offers the choice of several sports in Riverside Park enjoying the outdoors from 9-3:30 with extended day options. The Camp is geared to provide fun healthy training, and knowledge of the respective sport a family might choose from experienced coaches and staff.

10 W 84th Street, New York, NY camp@rssnyc.org. 646-438-8688 rodephsholomschool.org/rodephsholom-school-day-camp We are devoted to celebrating the joys of childhood with campers ages 3-6th Graders. We are dedicated to providing a memorable, safe, and fun summer. Through both choice and scheduled activities, children pursue passions and gain new experiences. Our ageappropriate environment creates a strong community that celebrates each person’s individual

ninjagymnasticsfactory.com Newly-renovated children’s fitness facility Programs for all age groups from toddlers to teens

Ninja classes, gymnastic classes, summer camps, birthday parties, grown-up & me, drop-in workshops.

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Ross Summer 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 631- 907-5555 ross.org/summer ross.org/summercamp Ross Summer, built on the innovative, educational foundation of Ross School, is an exciting and enriching experience for kids and teens! Ross Summer offers immersive programs in the arts, media, and sciences, for-credit academic courses with top faculty, and high-level athletic training. Ross is a leader in COVID preparedness with extensive facilities and a COVID Response Team that maintains the highest safety standards. Premium services enhance the Ross Summer experience and provide an opportunity for families to create their ideal summer.

Summer at St. Barts 325 Park Ave., New York, NY 212-378-0222 stbarts.org Summer at St Bart’s offers something for all campers ages 2-6! Their 2’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, science experiments, drama class, and soccer lessons! Each Session consists of a two week period. They have five sessions focusing around a variety of themes each week. Come for one session or all!

Traditional Camp Ranch Camp Teen Leadership Programs Adventure Trips

Surprise Lake Camp Cold Spring, Putnam County surpriselake.org 845-265-3616 info@surpriselake.org 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 our theater, heated pool, and gymnasium, are among the finest that you will find anywhere.

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Trail Blazers

Steve & Kate’s Camp Cobble Hill | 185 Court St East Village | 215 E 6th St UES | 312 E 95th St UWS | 1 W 88th St steveandkatescamp.com At Steve & Kate’s Camp, kids take chances and take charge, shaping their day, their way. More choices and fewer expectations creates more possibilities, more self-trust, and less self-doubt. Campers will choose interest-based, pod-like groups, where they can immerse themselves in activities or projects with an emphasis that speaks to their tastes. These interest groups include sewing, building, performing arts, coding/ gaming, sports & recreation, or a mix of everything! Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy socially distanced indoor and outdoor recreation, performances, games, inflatables, and a circuit of rotating activities. They’ve also got plenty of perks for parents. Lunch and snacks are included daily,

Thornton-Donovan Summer Challenge 100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle 914-632-8836 td.edu Celebrating its 53rd year, the Summer Challenge has been a source of joy, entertainment, and enlightenment for boys and girls ages 3-14 for over half a century. Hundreds and hundreds of campers have learned to swim at T-D. The in-ground pool allows all campers to touch bottom on the shallow end. Instructional and recreational swimming occur daily as well as many other physical activities. Contact Annemarie at alicini@td.edu or call 914632-8836 for red carpet treatment.

Day Camp: 394 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn NY Overnight Camp: Lake Mashipacong, NJ 212-529-5113 trailblazers.org From Day Camp to Overnight Camp, Trail Blazers has an adventure for everyone, ages 3-17! After our COVIDfree Day Camp and Family Camp in 2020, Trail Blazers is ready for Summer 2021! Get ready for a safe, fun, and screen-free summer filled with laughter, connections, and learning. Registration is already open for Prospect Park Day Camp, Brooklyn Bridge Day Camp, Adventure Overnight Camp, and Farmstead Overnight Camp. Visit trailblazers.org for details including our COVID safety plans and new programs, and upcoming Info Sessions with staff. Come outside and play, adventure awaits!

Montessori International Summer Camp 347 East 55th Street • • • • •

Dance Yoga Arts & Crafts Drama Sign Language

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Hands-On Science Floor Gymnastics Chess Swimming STEM

• Academic Review/Tutoring to Prepare for September • SSAT/ISEE/ERB Exam Prep

Ages 2 to 14 “Wisdom through Knowledge”

212-223-4630 montessorinyc@aol.com www.montessorischoolny.com

A high-quality, traditional summer camp experience with comprehensive programs & activities for young people who stutter, ages 8-18.

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Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY questions@usdan.org usdan.org/ad Usdan fosters creativity, independence, and intellect through artmaking, fun, and lots of fresh air. Guided by professional artists, students K—12 immerse themselves in theater, music, dance, visual art, and more on our forested campus. Usdan combines artistic practice and playfulness, with daily classic camp activities like swimming and archery.

Westover Summer Camp MiddleBury, CT 203-758-2423 westoverschool.org/summer Join Westover school’s Summer Camp from July 11th through August 7th, for a summer filled with fun, laughter, and friendship while focusing on academics, arts and humanities, physical activities, and games. Sessions run two weeks long with two different sessions available. Morning courses focus on academics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects like biology and forensic science, while afternoon courses focus on the arts, humanities, and physical activities like photography, creative writing, and hiking. During the summer of 2020, our in-person Summer Program received an A+ on our state inspection with no Covid-19 violations or cases.

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Thornton-Donovan School’s

Summer Challenge An energetic, exciting and well-balanced summer activities program of sports, recreation and education designed to meet Challengers from ages 3–14.

Program Dates: July 5–August 20, 2021 8:30am to 3:30pm • Ages 3–14 • Co-ed Rate: $600 per week. There will be a $250 discount on camp fees for all applications complete and paid in full by May 3rd for those signing up for six or seven weeks of camp. There will be a $100 sibling discount on the 2nd (3rd and 4th) child in your family.

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