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6 | Editor’s Note

22 | Choosing a Camp for a Child with Food Allergies A food allergy shouldn’t be a barrier for your child attending a summer camp — here are some helpful tips

8 | The Many Types of Overnight Camps A quick breakdown to help you figure out which of them might be the best fit for your child

24 | Tips for a Successful Visiting Day How to ensure a great experience for both you and your child

12 | The Right Questions 10 important ones to ask when choosing an overnight camp

26 | 7 Sunscreens Perfect for Kids! Send your camper off with a sunscreen that will protect against harmful rays

14 | Like a Step Back in Time A summer at sleepaway camp can be a trip to a simpler place

28 | Label Everything! 5 ways to tag all your kids’ things

16 | Preparing Your First Time Camper Helpful tips on getting your child (and yourself) ready for an initial camp experience

46 | Last Word


18 | Why Day Camp? Great reasons why camps are beneficial for your child

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20 | Camp for Kids with Special Needs For some children, camp can have a significant impact on their life


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Editor’s Note

President Victoria Schneps-Yunis CEO Joshua Schneps Group Publisher Clifford Luster cluster@schnepsmedia.com

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Camp Anyone? Walk up to a group of chatting parents and just say, “Camp!” Be prepared for a tidal wave of responses. You’ll see everything from eye-rolling (I know we tell our children not to do this) to hand-wringing, and you’ll hear everything from to gasps of “Is it too late to sign up?” to “I can’t wait!” Camp elicits strong response because it’s a charged subject. Take the first time camper, whether it’s day camp or overnight camp, parents are especially concerned they sign up for a program that’s the perfect fit for their child. Can you blame them? Summer is long enough without having to deal with a very, very unhappy camper. In our Ultimate Guide to Camp we have the answers to some of your most pressing concerns. Read “Preparing Your First Time Camper” to get a handle on how to approach the entire camp search process. If you are considering overnight camp read our article, “All the Right Questions” so you are prepared when you speak to overnight camp directors. Plus, don’t miss

“The Many Types of Overnight Camps,” to help you narrow your choices. Maybe overnight camp isn’t a good fit for your child, but what about day camp? Day camps have a lot to offer and we visit that topic in, “Why Day Camp?” For children that have food allergies or special needs selecting the right camp is critical. Jess Michaels tack= =les both subjects with tips and guidelines that are invaluable. Camp can be an exhilarating experience for your child. To help make camp a positive adventure, do your homework and be prepared. We know by reading this Ultimate Guide to Camp you’ll be well on your way to helping your child get a leg-up on a happy summer! Have a wonderful summer! Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

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The Many Types of

Overnight Camps

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


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


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

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



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a few common ones and the activities run separately. The two camps come together throughout the summer for certain evening activities, special events and to spend time with siblings or cousins at the other camp. Brother/Sister camps can be a good option for a parent who wants a single sex camp yet has children of the opposite sexes or for parents who have children of one sex, but want them to interact with the opposite sex at points during the summer. Religiously affiliated camps Religiously affiliated camps have a religious component to the camp. There can be range of religiously affiliated camps. Some camps have more of a cultural feel while others infuse religion into the camp program and offer religious services. Traditional program A traditional program is a set schedule that is created to give a balance of activities such as land sports, water sports and creative arts along with some choice activities. Campers rotate through their daily schedule with their bunk and age group, except for choice activities. Counselors usually travel with their bunks, which allows them to get to know their campers well. Traditional programs expose children to a variety of sports and activities they may not have chosen on their own while also bonding with bunkmates. Elective program An elective program allows for children to choose their own activities throughout the day, whether with the help of their parents before camp begins or independently. Campers don’t travel to activities with their counselors, bunk or age group. Elective camps are great for children who are more independent, don’t tend toward group activities or sports and who like to socialize with children of varying ages. Specialty program At specialty camps, children focus on one activity, whether that’s soccer, STEM, gymnastics or horseback riding. Specialty camps are great for children who know what they want to focus on and feel that they want


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

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

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The Right


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Like a Step

Back in Time

A summer at sleepaway camp can be a trip to a simpler place By Jess Michaels


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


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

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

“I think in today’s world, the break from technology is one of the most important benefits of camp for children.”

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

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

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

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

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

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Preparing Your

First Time Camper

Helpful tips on getting your child (and yourself) ready for an initial camp experience By Jess Michaels


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


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

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

may just have a different experience than you did. Let your child experience camp in their own way that feels right for them.” Review camp materials Borek says, “When winter passes and you feel spring in the air, it’s a good time to go over the materials the camp has sent throughout the year. Watching the camp video and discussing all the activities the camp offers will get your child excited about camp and build the momentum which will allow for an easier transition to camp. Attend open houses & new camper get-togethers Most camps offer a number of opportunities to become accustomed to camp life. “Day camps often host open house spring events for perspective families and enrolled families. I always advise parents to jump at the chance to attend,” explains Borek. “Whether you toured the camp or not, this event will give your family the chance to see camp just a few weeks before camp begins. The more time a child spends at camp, the

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

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

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


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


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

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

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Camp for Kids with

Special Needs

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


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


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

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

Camp Lee Mar

Camp Lee Mar, located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, is a coed overnight camp for children and teenagers (from 7 to 21) with mild to moderate developmental challenges.

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• Fun traditional summer camp activities • Academics • Speech and language therapy • Daily living skills • Teenage campers enjoy social dancing every week with an end-of-summer “Prom” • Optional trips during the summer • Exceptional facilities featuring air conditioned bunks and buildings th • Junior Olympic heated pool • Caring Nurturing Staff


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Recreation & Academic Support for Ages 6-21 Discover an exciting summer experience filled with enriched learning, recreation and social support for your special needs child. Full-day schedule Mon - Fri 6-week program starts in July For more information: mbarerra@greenchimneys.org 845.225.8226 x618

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Choosing a Camp for a Child with

Food Allergies By Jess Michaels


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


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

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

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Tips for a Successful

Visiting Day

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Supergoop Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen

Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

SPF: 40 broad spectrum

SPF: 50 broad spectrum

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

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

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

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

SPF: 50 broad spectrum

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

Hello Bello Sunscreen Lotion Tropic Sport Sunscreen

SPF: 50 broad spectrum

SPF: 30 broad spectrum

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

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


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Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen SPF: 30 broad spectrum

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

Badger Kids Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF: 30 broad spectrum

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

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk

SPF: 30 broad spectrum

SPF: 60 broad spectrum

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

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

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l e b La ing! h t y r e v E 5 Ways to Tag All Your Kids’ Things By Mia Salas & Donna Ladd


s all parents know, one of the biggest parts of camp prep that falls on our shoulders is labelling our kids’ belongings! While labels can seem like just one more expense, they will hopefully save you money in the long-run when it comes to replacing more expensive items. Labels

are also a real confidence booster for kids. Seeing their name on their items provides a sense of ownership and responsibility in keeping their things together. Tags can also serve the function of letting others, such as camp counselors and fellow campers, know something about your children, such as allergies or medical conditions. Now on to the “how.” Every parent is dif-

1. Sharpies For the parent who believes in labeling, but doesn’t necessarily care about the design or aesthetic of the label (as long as it gets the job done!), Sharpies are the way to go. You can still get creative by buying a pack of multicolored Sharpies. Write directly onto your kid’s swim bag, water bottle, and on the inside of clothing. $6.99, target.com


ferent, so when it comes to labeling, there’s a labeling mechanism for each parent-personality. Are you a parent on a budget? Do you have two or more kids? Are you obsessed with mom hacks/dad hacks? We’ve got a labeling method for every parent. Just as no parent is the same, no child is the same, so every process involves customization, whether it’s designing your labels online or writing in different Sharpie colors.

2. Avery No-Iron Clothing and Customize Labels Super easy to use these labels are great for t-shirts, baby and kids’ clothing, caps, swimsuits, backpacks, sweatshirts, and more. Just write on the labels with a permanent marker or a pen for anything not going in the water. Peel and stick it directly onto the fabric. The no-iron labels are available in an of 45 labels of assorted shapes & sizes for only $8.32. avery.com.

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3. Washi Tape Cut strips from the Washi Tape and stick them right onto backpacks, water bottles, and more! Create shapes such as hearts and squares, or write out your kid’s name in Washi Tape. A bit more time consuming than buying a label, but if you have some time on your hands and are in a crafty mood, give it a try! Worst case scenario and it doesn’t work out, Washi Tape is easy to remove with no damage to the back to school item you stuck it to. $6 to $18, amazon.com

4. Mabel’s Labels Mabel’s Labels We have personally used these labels and appreciate that they are durable, laundry, and dishwater safe. We have seen hand me downs that have passed 3 kids in the family that are now on to a 4th child, and the labels are going strong a decade in! The combo label packs are a great value – lasting not only the summer but well into the school year. $17 to 42, mabelslabels.com

5. Sticky Monkey: Safety Labels While camps certainly take note of allergies and medical conditions, it doesn’t hurt to have another reminder. Sticky Monkey offers safety labels for allergies, medical alerts, car seat safety, and emergency contact. Label lunch boxes and bottles with allergy alerts, which lets other kids and counselors know of your kid’s allergy in a cute and creative way. If your child is diabetic, autistic, asthmatic, or carries an EpiPen, make sure that others are aware by sticking a label on their backpack, medical devices, or medications. $4 and up, stickeymonkey.com

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Ann & Andy’s is licensed by the Health Department and has experienced counselors. The camp has been familyowned and operated since 1973.

A Child’s Dream 10 Mill Road, New Rochelle, NY 914-633-4332 achildsdreamnursery.com A Child’s Dream offers a fun-filled camp that runs for seven weeks from June 15July 30th for children in a 2’s, 3’s or 4’s preschool class beginning September 2020. Camp is a half-day (9am-Noon) themed program. Campers can choose the days and weeks that they wish to attend. Campers participate in playtime, story time, outdoor play, crafts and snack time all while being supervised by experienced teachers with assistance from counselors. NEW THIS YEAR: they are offering a twoweek in between camp for children waiting to start their regular summer camp from June 15th-June 26th, for children entering kindergarten this September. Call now to learn more or schedule a visit!

Amadeus Summer Theater and Art Day Camp: Beauty & the Beast Chappaqua 914-238-0388 amadeusconservatory.com/programs/ summer-camp amadeusconservatoryof​music@gmail. com Performing arts musical theater and art camp featuring BEAUTY & THE BEAST! Acting, singing, learn to play instruments, private music lessons by Amadeus faculty, arts & crafts, drawing and painting, dance, design and paint sets, outdoor play. June 29 - August 7. Half-day for ages 3-6; full-day ages 6- 12. Monday-Friday. There are 6, 3, 2, and 1-week sessions available. Camp ends with a performance in professional theater.

Armonk Tennis Club 546 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 914-273-8124 armonktennis.com Camp Armonk is a sports and enrichment experience for children entering grades K-5. In addition to the multi-sport program, where campers take part in a variety of activities that develop both physical and social skills, ATC offers Mad Science, which adds educational elements to the athletics, creating a unique curriculum. Armonk International Tennis Academy, meanwhile, allows tennis players ages 6 to 17 to work on their game in a focused and fun environment. Through separate advanced and junior camps, they tailor the training to any class of player, from casual to elite, allowing campers to identify and achieve their own individual goals.

Artistree Performing Arts Camp Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann and Andy’s 2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 914-592-3027 annandandychildcare.com Ann & Andy’s is a one-to-nine week summer camp program with an emphasis on outdoors. Situated on five acres with more than 25 playgrounds, the outdoor program includes baseball, soccer, climbing wall, bocce ball court, zip line, mini-golf, color games, kickball, basketball, dodgeball, and drama. Campers ages 11 to 14 take fun recreational, educational, and cultural trips weekly, including trips to Lake Compounce, Mountain Creek, white water rafting, on and off-Broadway theater trips, Liberty Science Center and Maritime Museum. Customized schedules, individualized attention and hot lunches are offered daily as well as Barbeque Fridays. All buildings are airconditioned and include a computer lab. Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at


114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 914-835-2200 artistreearts.com Artistree Performing Arts is a Performing Arts Company for children ages 3 to 23! Artistree offers acting, singing, dance, and film technique classes, as well as the opportunity for students to be a part of full-length productions all year long. Artistree’s birthday parties are the perfect and unique way to celebrate your child’s special day, as they are themed to their favorite show or character. Additionally, Camp Artistree runs during February and spring break, and all summer long! If your child has a love for theatre, music, or dance, Artistree is the perfect place for you!

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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 wellbeing of the campers. Camp Birch Hill continues to provide a safe, positive and welcoming environment where boys and girls ages 6 to 16 are free to explore, engage, create and develop lasting friendships and memories while connecting with nature.

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Camp Combe YMCA 684 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, NY 845-526-0808, ext. 104 dvitetta@ymca-cnw.org - Diane Vitetta campcombe.ymca-cnw.org What makes Camp Combe different? A common thread of honesty, caring, respect and social responsibility weaves itself through all of the YMCA programs, staff and participants. They pride themselves on those four character traits and firmly believe their community is better because of these values. In addition, their programs enable children to realize their potential in a place where fun and learning go hand-in-hand.

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Camp Funkist YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester 515 North St., White Plains, NY ywcawpcw.org For decades, children from the greater Westchester community have grown up at this summer camp. Camp Funkist continues to evolve. Serving children turning 4 years old through teenagers (co-ed). Early drop-off and late pick up until 6pm is available. Offering an eight (8) week program. A minimum of two (2) weeks is required.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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Crestwood Music Education Center 453 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY 914-961-3497 crestwoodmusic.com Register for Summer 2020! For 34 years, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, drums and percussion instruments for students of all ages and levels. This world-class faculty provides premier music education, including one of the most comprehensive chamber music and orchestral programs in the tri-state area plus a well-renowned Suzuki and Jazz program. Students of all ages are welcome. NEW programs include Musikgarten for toddlers ages 15 months to 3 years as well as for kids ages 3 to 5 years. Crestwood also offers Group Music Lessons for children with special needs provided by FunForCure, Inc. Visit the Center to experience their new recital and broadcast performance hall.

Curtain Call Located at Sterling Farms 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, Conn. 203-329-8207, ext. 16 curtaincallinc.com/summer-programs/ Curtain call’s Summerstock for ages 6 through 16: Summer is a time for kids to ACT OUT and what better way than in one of Curtain Call’s Summerstock Workshops! Full day, theatre arts workshops offer intense focus in acting, improv, Shakespeare, voice and dance/movement, and help build confidence and skills. In age-appropriate groups, students rotate between specialized teaching artists. Each session culminates in a performance showcase and takes place entirely at their professional theatre facility at Sterling Farms in Stamford, Conn. No experience is required. Sibling discounts, scholarships and payment plans are available.

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Greenburgh Nature Center Digital Arts Experience 303 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 914-644-8100 thedae.com The Digital Arts Experience summer program is where tech-savvy kids come to create together. Students build skills, create original projects, and form new friendships. With programs in coding, game design, animation, 3D printing, robotics and more. The DAE has classes for all interests and skill levels. Westchester Family magazine readers voted The DAE Best STEM Program in Westchester for the last three years in a row.

French-American School of New York (FASNY) Manor Campus 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont, NY fasny.org/camps fasny.org The French-American School of New York is offering a five-week French Immersion camp from June 17-July 17 for children ages 3 to 11. Campers learn or reinforce their French through classes and fun activities like cooking, art, music, STEM and a variety of activities! NO FRENCH LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED! Director of Extension and Camp Programs: Kelly Goldstein. For more information and to register visit fasny.org/camps.

99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 914-723-3470 greenburghnaturecenter.org Send your child on an outdoor adventure this summer! The Greenburgh Nature Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer camps (for children entering grades 1-4) give kids the thrill of connecting with nature as they interact with their live animals, explore miles of hiking trails, create nature-inspired crafts, playing games, and much more. Check out their new Future STEAM Leaders camp (for children entering grades 5-6). Adventure at the Greenburgh Nature Center awaits!

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Green Chimneys School Summer Clearpool Program, Carmel Campus 33 Clearpool Road, Carmel, NY 845-225-8226 greenchimneys.org/clearpool-esy Green Chimneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Extended School Year offers a unique summer experience for students with special needs. A structured six-week program for ages 6 to 21 provides strong academic and social support in the fun atmosphere of summer camp. Set on the spectacular Clearpool Campus in Carmel, NY, students benefit from enriched learning and growth, with the ultimate readiness for return to school in the fall.

Gymcats Gymnastics Summer Camp At Equalize Fitness, One Odell Pl., Yonkers, NY 914-965-7676 gymcats.net Unique, safe and fun summer program for boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 12. Their high-energy camp includes gymnastics, arts & crafts, theme days, inflatables, gaga pit, exciting trip days, and much more. Your kids will never want summer to end! There is no experience necessary; beginners are welcome! Campers can choose between one, two, or all eight weeks of camp. Full, half- or extended-day programs are offered. Space is limited so secure your spot today!

Harvey Summer Camp 260 Jay St., Katonah 914-232-0581 harveycavaliercamp.org Imagine your summer at Harvey Camp, June 29 through August 7. Harvey campers entering grades 2 through 9 enjoy designing their own schedules by choosing from more than 50 fun-packed electives in the fine and performing arts, martial arts, circus arts, robotics, science, swimming, ice skating, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor sports, and so much more! Guided by professional educators, coaches, and artists campers enjoy state-of-the-art facilities on 125 bucolic acres, the perfect setting for summer fun and exploration. Other options include a program for rising 1st-graders, and Girls Lacrosse Clinic, Robotics Week, and Circus Arts Camp, too. Partial sessions are available. Call now!

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

Hoff-Barthelson Music School 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY 914-723-1169 hbms.org summerarts@hbms.org Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the ideal setting for a stimulating and fun-filled summer for students in grades 1-10. Summertime is perfect for students to try new instruments, experiment musically, take lessons daily, and perform weekly. Students make great progress and form lasting friendships over the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five weeks from June 29-July 31. Students choose programs tailored to their individual needs and interests including instrumental classes, singing, chamber music, chorus, large ensembles, visual arts, composing with technology, musical theater, jazz, and rock. Their exceptional faculty provides personalized attention to students each and every day. Morning, afternoon, and extended day options available.

340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY 914-636-6202 campdirectorn@hudsoncountry.org info@hudsoncountry.org A different kind of summer camp experience for campers ages 18 months through 12 years old. Hudson Country Montessori has been offering a fun and safe summer camp for more than 47 years. In this unique eight-week summer program, campers have the opportunity to learn about themselves and the natural world around them. Activities include, swimming (onpremise pool), sports, science, technology, cooking, art, field trips, music, dancing, and more (indoor/ outdoor activities on three country acres). Their success can be attributed to the team of professional counselors and low counselor-to-camper ratios. Flexible schedules, extended hours (7:30am-6pm), busing, and catered lunch are available. Register Today!


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

ISG Gymnastics Summer Camp 151 Crotona Ave., Harrison, NY 914-835-0010 isggymnastics.com With gymnastics, trapeze, rings, ropes, arts & crafts, theme days, gym games, obstacle courses, sports, trampoline, an air castle and so much more, you are sure to flip over ISG Gymnastics summer camp! Your child will come home happy, and more importantly, tired! Full, half-, and extended-days available for ages 4 1/2 and up. ISG offers one to eight week options! Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit to camp? Ask about their summer classes! ISG is air-conditioned.

Junior Sailing Summer Program Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club 65 Park Ave., Larchmont Manor Park, Larchmont, NY 914-834-9418 horseshoeharboryachtclub.org info@Horseshoeharboryachtclub.com Calling all aspiring and accomplished junior sailors, ages 9 to 15 to set sail daily on Long Island Sound. Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club provides the boats, and yacht club membership is not required. They own and maintain a fleet of junior sailing boats, in which U.S. Sailing-certified Instructors offer daily, hands-on sailing instruction to aspiring and accomplished sailors, ages 9 through 15. The program operates under the auspices of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. Sailing builds self-reliance, instills confidence, and teaches the importance of sportsmanship and water safety. Plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great fun to spend the summer sailing. Program runs from June 29 through August 7.


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Katonah Art Center 40 Radio Circle, Mt. Kisco, NY 914-232-4843 katonahartcenter.com The Katonah Art Center offers a great alternative to full day summer-long programs. KAC’s camps are one-week long with morning, afternoon and full day options. Camps are available for ages 3.5 to grade 12. Their Art and Imagination camp for ages 3.5 to 5 is a creative mix of arts and craft projects, free art play, outdoor time and collaborative art. KAC kid’s camp, for grades 1-5 offers choices such as jewelry, painting, drawing, pottery and animation. KAC Teen Camps for grades 6 and up focus intensively on one topic such as Outdoor Painting, Fused Glass or Pottery Wheel.


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Purchase, NY 914-949-2636 purchasedaycamp.com Get your preschooler off to an early start this summer at Purchase Day Camp. Little Sprouts Mini Camp for 3’s, 4’s and children entering kindergarten during the first three weeks of June. Swimming, sports, science, cooking, Friday pizza lunch and more! Register for one, two or all three weeks.

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

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130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle, NY 914-636-1019 pinebrookfitness.com Adventure begins here! Join them this summer for their annual rock climbing and tennis camps at The Rock Club and The New Rochelle Racquet Club at Pine Brook Fitness. Kids have a blast climbing or playing tennis in their indoor air-conditioned facility or experience the thrill of real rock and fresh air with their outdoor climbing camp ROCKOUT! Their passionate and knowledgeable instructors make sure all campers have an amazing summer. Best part, no experience is necessary, ages 5 to 16. Join them for a memorable and exciting summer!

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216 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 914-761-3900 summeratMCW.org Spark your child’s creativity with quality instruction in music, dance, and art in Summer Programs at Music Conservatory of Westchester. This year, Music & Arts offers a new Band Experience for grades 4-6 playing popular music from rhythm & blues to radio tunes and beyond. Younger kids (kindergarten-grade 3) will be introduced to music fundamentals and begin playing instruments. The Musical Theatre Immersion will give kids in grades 3-7 the opportunity to be stage stars performing a musical production from songs to scenery. Check out their incredible Suzuki Summer (ages 5+) and Beginner Special (ages 4+) programs for violin, cello and piano students!

Lower Campers at The Master School Upper Campers at Mercy College 646-519-5057 dobbs@oasischildren.com Oasis provides children with a fantastic opportunity to play and learn in the great outdoors while staying close to home. A traditional day camp in every way, with incredible grounds and facilities, loads of activities, and most importantly, the moat well-trained and caring staff in the industry.




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Purchase Day Camp Play Group Summer Theatre Programs One N. Broadway, White Plains, NY 914-946-4433 playgroup.org At The Play Group Theatre®, they challenge the imagination and nurture the creative soul. They offer professional-quality training in a oneof-a-kind artistically challenging yet nurturing environment in the spring, summer, and fall. Their camp is located in its own air-conditioned performing arts complex, which includes two theatres, and rehearsal and design studios. Ages 4 to 17.


3095 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 914-949-2636 purchasedaycamp.com Offering a wide variety of activities for ages 3 to15. 130 TEAM members for 350 campers. Four heated pools, instructional swim, free swim, climbing wall, zip line, golf, rocketry, computers, crafts and sports twice daily. Check their website to see why everyone says, “I just LOVE it here!”

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Rye YMCA Summer Day Camps Rye, NY 914-967-6363 camp@ryeymca.org ryeycamp.org Rye Y camp options for ages 3 to 14 include: Kinder, Discovery, Sports, STEAM, Gymnastics, Teen Fitness, Teen Adventure, Leaders in Training (LIT) and Counselors in Training (CIT). Rye Y camps are ACA accredited and feature low counselor-to-camper ratios. Rye Y camps are led by a team of full-time, qualified and professional directors. Their passionate and dedicated summer staff is selected for their strong character, maturity, enthusiasm and commitment to YMCA values and serve as role models for their campers. Campers enjoy swimming lessons and field trips. Extended care and financial aid is available.

Steffi Nossen School Of Dance 216 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 914-328-1900 steffinossen.org Summer experiences your dancer won’t want to miss! Learn about Camps and Intensives for a variety of ages, levels and disciplines. Exciting new Choreography Camp and Hip-Hop camp join Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theater Camps and Intensives, offered in one- to two-week sessions for beginners to pre-professionals in White Plains and Ossining. Six weekly Story Book Camps June 8-August 17 in White Plains and Chappaqua. Explore the performing arts in a safe, nurturing and artistically challenging environment. Build communication skills and self-assurance while exploring creativity in a small, intimate group setting. Extended day options. White Plains, Chappaqua and Ossining programs.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606 steppingstonesmuseum.org/camp It’s obvious fun and hidden learning this summer as Stepping Stones Museum for Children goes the distance for children with weeklong camps featuring different themes! From June 22-August 21, these STEAM-fueled, languageand literacy-rich “happenings” at the museum will capture your child’s imagination, tickle their funny bone and inspire a lifelong love of learning. Their unforgettable, weeklong Camp Adventures at Stepping Stones include dinosaur discoveries, animation storytelling, Eco Kids investigations, music making, science central explorations and Summer Olympic celebrations. Get STEAM’d up with them and enjoy some red-hot fun in the “cool” place to be. Extended day options available.

Summer Trails Day Camp & Baseball Camp Somers, NY 914-245-1776 summertrailsdaycamp.com info@summertrailsdaycamp.com Since 1974, Summer Trails offers both a traditional day camp program and a specialized baseball camp program on a 20-acre private facility. Traditional program includes two heated swimming pools, instructional swim daily, sprawling ball fields, a variety of court sports, diverse creative arts, STEM, a natural pond for boating and fishing, and limitless fun. Full day baseball program provides individual skill progression, game play, and swimming daily. Offering a flexible program length and extended hours available. For ages 3 to 15. Currently enrolling and hiring staff for 2020. Go play with them!


Junior Sailing Summer Program JUNE 29 TH – AUGUST 7 TH Calling all aspiring and accomplished junior sailors, ages 9 to 15: set sail on Long Island Sound! We provide the boats. Yacht club membership not required! We offer junior sailors access to the waters of Long Island Sound in an effort to instill a love of sailing in a new generation. Sailing builds self-reliance, instills confidence, and teaches the importance of sportsmanship and water safety. Plus, it’s great fun to spend the summer sailing!

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The Chapel School Summer Program 172 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 914-337-3202 thechapschool.org The Chapel School offers a variety of summer programs starting June 15-Aug. 14. Care Bear Theme-Based Program (ages 3 to 6): with a.m., p.m. and full-day options. Explorer Program (ages 6 to 12) with: Instructional Sports including basketball, tennis, golf, soccer, and football. STEM with Mad Science, Lego Mindstorms, Brickfilms and website creation. Adventure Camp: offsite excursions have included arcades, sporting events, sailing, go-karts, rockclimbing and I-Fly. The Arts: drama, singing, fashion design, cartooning and MORE. Flexible Extended Hours: 8am ‘till 5:30pm charged hourly. Register for one week or all nine weeks.

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Thornton-Donovan Summer Challenge 100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle, NY 914-632-8836 td.edu Celebrating its 52nd year, the Summer Challenge has been a source of joy, entertainment, and enlightenment for boys and girls ages 3 to 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. Door-to-door transportation and lunch is provided each day. Contact T-D at td.edu or 914632-8836 for red carpet treatment.

Ossining Extension Center, 914-6067400, ossining@sunywcc.edu Peekskill Extension Center, 914-606-7300,peekskill@sunywcc.edu Westchester Community College has STEAM and STEM courses to offer your children this summer. The Ossining Center’s Science Academy teaches anatomy, chemistry, physics, emergency medicine and forensic skills. And the Peekskill Extension offers Digital Imaging, 2D & 3D Animation, Painting and Drawing, Robotics, Coding, and Game Design. This STEAM curriculum teaches 21st century literacies to develop your child’s portfolio for personal development, school, or internships. These courses teach the essential multimedia skills for the digital age. These programs offer your children a fun way to experiment and succeed this summer!

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Half day: Ages 3 – 6 9 am - 1 pm Full day: Ages 6 – 12 9 am - 3 pm Weekly sessions available Session 1: June 29 – July 17 Session 2: July 20 – August 7 Full Session: June 29 – August 7

Westchester County Parks’ Camps parks.westchestergov.com/activities/ childrens-camps. Westchester County Parks’ camps for kids offer youngsters and teens programs that will let them make new friends, gain new skills and enhance their summer fun. The camps’ themes are golf, nature, basketball, and music. There’s also the Young Farmers and Wranglers camp, which allows children to experience daily life on an early1900s farm. For more information on each camp’s theme, location, dates and fees, go to parks.westchestergov.com/ activities/childrens-camps.

World Cup Gymnastics Summer Camp

Whale Camp 610-399-1463 whalecamp.com info@whalecamp.com Experience marine science with the Whale Camp. No other summer program offers as many face-to-face encounters with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and puffins in their natural habitat. Board their research vessel for unmatched observations of marine life. Through scientific data collection and handson experience with oceanographic equipment, campers document whale distribution, feeding patterns, and behaviors. The Whale Camp is a place where inspiration abounds and exploration is encouraged. On stunningly beautiful Grand Manan Island, learning is a fun, hands-on adventure. Check out their website or Facebook page for videos, photos, news, and more!

160 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua 914-238-9267 worldcupgymnastics.com This fun summer camp for youth ages 5 1/2 to 12 combines superior gymnastics training with a traditional camp experience ensuring each camper has the best summer. Their state-of-the-art complex allows room to engage in tons of recreational activities and gymnastics. Each week there is an exciting field trip, arts & crafts, cooking and more. World Cup provides a safe, nurturing environment where children can laugh, play, learn new skills, make new friends and build summer memories that last a lifetime.




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YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester 515 North Street, White Plains From Noon to 3 p.m.

To register and see which camps are attending visit: WestchesterFamily.com/CampFair

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Westchester Family - Ultimate Guide to Summer Camp 2020  

Westchester Family - Ultimate Guide to Summer Camp 2020