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Learn the importance of camps, plus everything you need to know about sending your child to one. For more, see page 11.
Governor stumps for Mayer in Larchmont Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, made a pit stop in the village of Larchmont over the weekend to stump for state Senate candidate and current state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, in her pivotal upcoming special election. On March 11, in the village’s VFW Post, Cuomo, accompanied by County Executive George
Latimer, a Democrat, and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, endorsed Mayer in her race against Julie Killian, a Republican from Rye. The two candidates are competing for the Senate’s 37th District seat which was vacated by Latimer at the outset of the cal-
endar year after winning the county executive race in November 2017. The special election is scheduled for April 24. During the rally, Cuomo impressed upon the audience the importance of the Senate seat— which will help decide the fate of a slim, one-seat majority by Senate Republicans—and its national
implications. “In the face of the concerted federal assault from Washington, it is more important than ever that we have strong, progressive leaders in office fighting for our shared values like Shelley Mayer,” Cuomo said. GOVERNOR continued on page 7
Mamaroneck moves toward mobile parking payments Parking on Mamaroneck Avenue is about to get a lot smarter, as the village of Mamaroneck narrows its search for a company to set up smartphone-enabled parking payments. According to Assistant Village Manager Dan Sarnoff, the village is “99.9 percent” sure that it will choose Passport, a Delaware-based software company, as the parking app provider to help modernize its on-street meters and parking lots. According to a memo from Village Manager Rob Yamuder, a potential deal with the company Parkmobile dissipated after lack of responsiveness from the company coupled with a preference for Passport’s technology capabilities. Sarnoff said there is little cost to the village since there is no hardware and Passport would generate its revenue through transactions. The app, which can be downloaded for free on any Internet-enabled smartphone, will afford users the ability to pay for parking on their phones and even add time to their metered parking remotely, if needed. It will charge users 25 cents per transaction. “It’s the future of parking,” Sarnoff said. “I have a grand idea that the next time we buy parking meters is the last time we buy parking meters.” In Westchester County, the use of mobile app-powered parking payments has gained popularity in recent years with downtown
business districts in White Plains, Yonkers, Bronxville and Tarrytown employing their use. According to a study of industry professionals by the International Parking Institute, in 2015—the latest year for which data is available—the prevalence of mobile app parking systems grew by 47 percent, while 77 percent of adults in the U.S. say they own a smartphone, according to Pew Research While the village finalizes a parking app provider, a decision on what to do with outdated coin-operated parking meters currently stationed on Mamaroneck Avenue has yet to occur. In October 2017, the village Board of Trustees voted to retrofit multi-space meters in parking lots with new and more user-friendly machines. Upgrades to the village’s parking meters is an issue that has dragged on for years after backlash against the potential installation of multi-space meters on Mamaroneck Avenue in 2015. An ad hoc parking committee and residential survey recommended single-space meters, but the Board of Trustees has yet to bring that recommendation to a vote. According to Sarnoff, the village will eventually install new single-space smart meters on Mamaroneck Avenue that are capable of resetting the metered time when a patron leaves a space, but has yet to decide on a specific company. -Reporting by James Pero
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Westchester approves immigration bill By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer In an 11-3 vote on March 12, Westchester lawmakers passed a bill to set a policy on immigration enforcement that will limit the county’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies. Known as the Immigration Protection Act, the policy will limit what information the county Public Safety and Corrections departments can share with agencies like the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, and will prevent county authorities from aiding federal law enforcement in investigations based on race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin. The bill was supported by the county Democratic Caucus, in addition to one Republican, Legislator David Tubiolo, of Yonkers. Two Democrats, legislators Mike Kaplowitz, of Yorktown, and Lyndon Williams, of Mount Vernon, were not present for the vote.
County Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat, said, “We have made history tonight by passing the Immigration Protection Act, which enhances safety in Westchester County by increasing trust and cooperation between county employees, particularly law enforcement and all residents.” According to the legislation, the county will not honor federal detainer requests made by ICE agents and Customs and Border Protection unless accompanied by a judicial warrant. The law will also prohibit law enforcement from interviewing undocumented immigrants housed in the county’s jail for the purpose of immigration-based offenses without a warrant. In a joint statement, Legislator Margaret Cunzio, of Mount Pleasant, and Minority Leader John Testa, of Peekskill, both Republicans who voted against the bill, said the law would make Westchester a “sanctuary county,” as it would “protect undoc-
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umented criminals sitting in the county jail, and eliminate the distinction between legal and illegal immigration.” They also took issue with a provision that was omitted from the final bill that would have allowed count law enforcement to communicate with federal immigration authorities if the person in question was a known gang member. This is a reasonable exception since we know of MS13’s growing presence… it was removed and when we asked for it to remain in the law, it was denied, the statement read. A similar immigration bill was passed by the county Legislature last year in a 9-8 party line vote; however, it was vetoed by former County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. The new legislation must now be signed into law by County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, who has already pledged to approve the bill. CONTACT: email@example.com
The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York reminds you to check your smoke alarms now that daylight saving time is here. Photo courtesy pixabay.com
The days are getting longer, the temperature is warming, and daylight saving time is here. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, FASNY, urges all New Yorkers to take this opportunity check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly protected. If alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced. Alarms equipped with sealed-in batteries should be tested to ensure they are in proper working condition. Alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. At the end of 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will require all smoke alarms sold in New York state to be equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years. The new law will take effect in 2019 and marks an important step in improving New York’s fire safety. According to research from the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, and the vast majority of smoke
alarm failures are due to dead or missing batteries. Ten-year smoke alarms require little maintenance, and unlike alarms with removable batteries, they are nearly impossible to deactivate. Regardless of the type of alarm in one’s home, FASNY urges everybody to take some time and ensure their alarms are in proper working order. “Smoke alarms are the single most importance appliance found in every home,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski. “FASNY urges all New Yorkers to conduct routine, simple maintenance to ensure these lifesaving devices are in proper order. We strongly encourage New Yorkers to install 10-year smoke alarms, which cannot be easily deactivated. Equally important is installing and maintaining carbon monoxide alarms, which are also critical in protecting life.” FASNY smoke and carbon monoxide, CO, alarm tips: Test alarms at least once a month by using the test button. If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months,
and change the batteries every year. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do NOT disable the unit. Vacuum or blow out any dust that might have accumulated in the unit. NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else. NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm. Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement, and in, or near each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation. Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries. For more information on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit fasny.com and nfpa.org. (Submitted)
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What’s going on... Mamaroneck Public Library
Happy ‘Lappy’ Mommy & Me On Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Program Room. Stop by to bond, play, and sing with your baby with Marie. For caregivers with babies from ages 6 months to 12 months old.
Wiggle and Rhyme Storytime For more information on hours and programs, visit mamaronecklibrary.org.
Call for Photographs Do you have any photographs of Mamaroneck from the late 1960s and would like them to be part of the library’s exhibit? The Mamaroneck and Larchmont public libraries have selected “1968: The Year That Rocked the World” by Mark Kurlansky for their third community read, and are inviting you to participate. Bring any relevant photographs of the town and village of Mamaroneck from the late 1960s to the Mamaroneck Public Library. Photos of Mamaroneck families and images of the town and/or village from this time period are acceptable. Please put your name and phone number on the back of each photo, and place your pictures in an envelope labeled with your name and phone number. Photographs need to be dropped off the first weekend of March at the Reference Desk, and will be available for pickup the second weekend of May. Please fill out and sign the disclaimer form when dropping off the photos. During the month of April, we are also accepting photos for posting on Facebook. To submit photos for Facebook during the month of April, please email Jack Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the process of submitting photos, please contact either Trish Byrne at email@example.com, Linda Bhandari at lbhandari@ wlsmail.org, or call the Reference Desk at 630-5888.
Bilingual Storytime – Hora del cuento bilingüe On Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Program Room. A drop-in Spanish/English storytime for children of all ages with caregivers. Join us every Monday for a Spanish-English storytime consisting of stories, songs and a craft. Los lunes de 10:30 a.m. a 11 a.m. en la sala de programas. Una hora de cuentos en español e inglés para niños de todas las edades con cuidadores/as. Únase a nosotros todos los lunes para contar historias en español e inglés con historias, canciones y
On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Program Room. Rhymes, fun and more for toddlers and caregivers with Marie. For children 13 months to 24 months old. Registration required by calling 630-5894.
ABC Preschool Storytime: Create, Grow, Learn On Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Program Room. This program consists of stories, songs, and science, art and math concept activities appropriate for children age 3 to 5 years old. Registration is required by calling 630-5894.
Toddler Time – Hora de niñitos On Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Program Room. This is a 30-minute program consisting of picture books, songs, and movement appropriate for children 24 months to 36 months old. Caregivers are expected to attend and their participation is an important element of this program. Registration is required by calling 630-5894. Los miércoles de 10:30 a.m. a 11 a.m. en la sala de programas. Este es un programa de 30 minutos que consiste en libros ilustrados, canciones y movimientos apropiados para niños de 24 meses a 36 meses de edad. Se espera que los cuidadores asistan y su participación es un elemento importante de este programa. Se requiere registrarse llamando al 630-5894.
Weekly Wednesday Teen Art Project On Wednesday, March 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teen Library. Decorate flower pots and plant marigold flowers. Open to grades 6–12; supplies are limited.
Jiggles & Giggles On Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Program Room. Jam at the library with songs and a stomping good time with Marie. For children ages 18months to 36 months old. Registration is required by calling 630-5894.
AARP Free Income Tax Preparation On Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. AARP membership is not required
to take advantage of the free, income tax preparation service. Please bring the following documents with you: copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns; W-2 forms showing income from your employer; 1099-R forms showing pension or annuity income; SSA-1099 forms showing Social Security benefits 1099-DIV, -INT, -G, -MISC, -OID forms showing dividends, interest, NYS tax refund, gambling income, etc.; health care information received from the Marketplace, if any; any other information concerning your income and deductions; photo ID and Social Security/ITIN cards; bank information, if direct deposit of refund desired.
Larchmont Public Library For more information on hours and programs, visit larchmontlibrary.org.
Dungeons & Dragons On Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. in Michael P. Coords Activity Room. For grades nine and up. No registration required. Familiarity with Dungeons & Dragons is encouraged.
Be a Reading Mentor On Monday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Do you love reading? Enjoy working with younger children? Are you available for an hour on Monday and/or Wednesday afternoons in March and April? If you answered yes to these questions, please consider becoming a Reading Mentor. The library plans a fun weekly program for children ages 4 to 7. If you’re interested or want more information, contact teen librarian Kim Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Buddies On Monday, March 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For ages 4 and up. Come to the library, enjoy stories and games with our local teenagers and make a cool craft. A ticket is required to attend, and will be available before the event.
Sacred Gardening: Yielding to the Call of the Land On Monday, March 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. No registration required. Presenter Paul Jacob spent two years developing a sustainable organic garden/orchard for a family on Cortes Island, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. This program is a combination of both visuals (photographs that document the creation and evolution of that garden/orchard and the community that developed through it) and a lecture about how to start listening to and tending the land no matter where you live.
Wild & Wacky Holiday Storytime: Earth Day On Tuesday, March 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For ages 3 to 4. Celebrate Mother Earth with the library by hearing about our planet and creating a craft with supply closet leftovers. A ticket is required to attend, and will be available before the event.
of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. After each DVD lecture there will be a brief discussion period. The topics on March 22 will be “Telescopes and Microscopes” and “The Caravel and Celestial Navigation.”
Community news Irish Fleadh You are all invited to the “Irish Fleadh,” an afternoon with family and friends to be held at St. Augustine’s Walter F. Kenny Hall, 111 Larchmont Ave. in Larchmont (on the left of the church), on Sunday, March 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. There will be a performance by the band of Bernadette Fee, the “Wild Irish Rovers,” with Fee (fiddle), Mike McGovern (vocal/accordion) and Dennis Kimak (guitar). This is a great opportunity to kick up your heels and participate in some Irish dancing. Entrance fee: $7 per person, or $25 per family. Refreshments, Irish coffee (non-alcoholic) and Irish cookies, cake, etc. will be served. There will be arts and crafts tables for the children. Open to everyone. For additional info, please contact AnneMieke Smeets at 834-0194 or the St. Augustine Rectory at 834-1220.
Sheldrake Environmental Center The Sheldrake Environmental Center is located at 685 Weaver St. in Larchmont. For more information, visit sheldrakecenter.org.
April Fool’s Big Foot Walk On Sunday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Sheldrake Environmental Center’s main building. For ages 2 and up. You caught a shadow cross the street out of the corner of your eye. Something has raided your bird feeder. You hear strange noises at night. Could it be a Sasquatch? Bring your family to help us look for clues. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Visit sheldrakecenter.org to register and for more information.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester LEGO City Builder Enjoy building city scenes with LEGO bricks at home? Let your creativity loose with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s newest play space: LEGO City Builder. This is an interactive city that visitors can add their own elements and designs right into the display. The new play area includes skyscrapers, police and fire stations, cafes, suburban streets, beaches, a LEGO Friends section and more. Celebrate the grand opening of this exciting new space with photo opportunities and custom builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni. Admission starts at $16.95; children under age 2 are free. Opening hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at 39 Fitzgerald St. in Yonkers. For more information, call 844-740-9223 or visit westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Great Courses: Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World On Thursday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Village Center. No registration required. Through this course led by Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, you will come to appreciate how technology undergirds history, defining and shaping daily life, social structure, and how humans find meaning in the world. Carlson is a professor in the Department
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In April, Democrats will look to capitalize on Democratic resentment toward President Donald Trump which helped propel Democrats throughout Westchester County and nationally into office. Killian responded to the event with a statement. “I hope the governor is here to assess the damage from the storms and provide a real plan of action to help local families who
are still suffering without power,” she said referring to two significant storms that caused chaos on the county in the span of eight] days. “In Westchester County, politics should be the furthest thing from the governor’s mind right now.” Democrats are banking on another large turnout for this election to follow on the heels of Election Day last November, which saw Democrats win almost every seat in play locally due to myriad of factors, including discontent with Republican control of the White House. For her part, Killian will be tasked with ameliorating a distinct Democratic edge in Senate District 37, which encompasses parts of Yonkers and much of the Sound Shore region. According to the county Board of Elections, 37th Senate District’s enrollment numbers in 2017 favor Democrats by 28,000
‘Carnival of the Animals’ concert at Hoff-Barthelson
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a pit stop in the village of Larchmont this week to endorse state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, a Yonkers Democrat, in her bid for a seat in the state Senate. File photo
registered voters—a figure that mirrors the nearly 2-1 advantage Democrats enjoy countywide. -Reporting by James Pero
The Hoff-Barthelson Music School presents a special concert for children featuring a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ beloved work “The Carnival of the Animals,” on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m., at the school located at 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. The concert, performed by members of the school’s superb faculty under the direction of Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann, will introduce youngsters to many of the instruments of the orchestra. Executive Director Ken Cole will serve as narrator using the humorous verses especially written for this piece by Ogden Nash. Designed to be fun, educational and engaging, the concert will spark the imagination of the whole family through an exploration and sampling of the instruments. Stay afterwards for light refreshments and an instrumental “petting zoo” where children are invited to meet the instruments up close at a table hosted by Ardsley Musical Instruments and Services. Suitable for ages 5 and up, the concert is free of charge. Faculty performers include Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann, conductor; Donna Elaine, piccolo and flute; Daniel Spitzer, clarinet; Lani King Chang and Claire Bright, violins; Naomi Graf, viola; Peter Seidenberg, cello; Sue Fleishaker, double bass; Adri-
Conductor Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann. Photo/Steven Schnur
enne Kim and Eileen Buck, pianos; and Glenn Rhian and Larry Spivack, xylophones. “The Carnival of the Animals” is a humorous musical suite of 14 brief movements by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns; he regarded this as a “fun piece.” Fearful that it would destroy his reputation as a serious composer, he banned most of it from public performance until after his death. The music is beautiful, funny, and clever all at once. Each movement represents a different animal or group of animals, with the instruments mimicking their voices or the way they move. Starting with the lion’s roar and slowing to reflect the elephant’s bulk, Saint-Saëns pokes fun at the music of his time. In one move-
Conductor Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann. Photo/Steven Schnur
ment the plodding tortoise is depicted utilizing a slowed down version of Jacques Offenbach’s “Galop infernal” (known by many as the “Can-Can”). In the shortest movement, “Personages with Long Ears,” the listener hears a conversation between two braying donkeys articulated by loud, high notes in the violin. An isolated clarinet creates a scene of a bird calling though a forest in “The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods.” Saint-Saëns mimics his own composition, “Danse macabre” in “Fossils,” which makes use of the xylophone to evoke the image of skeletons playing card games; we hear their bones clacking together to the beat. One of the most iconic movements in the piece, “The Swan,” is scored for two pianos and a cello solo. The halcyon melody of the cello calls to mind the swan as it glides effortlessly across a pond. For additional information or to reserve seats, please call 7231169 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hoff-Barthelson Music School, HBMS, has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the school has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. Whatever a student’s age or level of musical interest, HBMS’ diverse offerings provide the highest quality musical education, personally tailored to his or her specific passions and goals in a supportive and vibrant community. Programs of Hoff-Barthelson Music School are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature. (Submitted)
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A bracketless tourney LIVE MIKE Mike Smith
With the start of March Madness season finally upon us, I’m deciding to do something I haven’t done for about as long as I can remember. For the first time in 20 years or so, I will not be filling out a bracket. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with picking the NCAA Tourney for quite some time now. I can even remember the first time that the brackets—and my inability to choose a winner—broke my heart. When I was a freshman in high school, one of the upperclassmen football players put together a schoolwide competition. I don’t remember how much I paid to enter, but I remember the pot was a sizeable one, especially to 13-year-old me. And despite never having entered a bracket of this size, I did well. So well, in fact, that I came in second place.
But here’s what got my goat; the guy who won the whole thing—our JV quarterback, in fact—didn’t keep the prize money. Instead, citing religious reasons, he donated the entirety of the jackpot to charity. Sure, looking back on it now, I realize it was a noble gesture and a commendable action. But all I could think of at the time was just how many video games I could’ve bought with that cash. To some degree, almost all of my bracket experiences have followed the same pattern as that first one. More often than not, I don’t do all that well, and when I do get lucky with my picks, it’s generally at the expense of the team that I root for, the Villanova Wildcats. I’ve never been able to have my cake and eat it too. So this year, I’m just going to tune in as an unbiased fan— except for cheering on Nova, of course—and I think it might be even more enjoyable because I’ll get to follow the storylines
of the tourney without thinking about how the twists and turns of each game effect my bracket. I’ll be able to watch a 15seed take a No. 2 down to the wire in the opening round without worrying that I’ve picked Purdue to make it to the Elite 8; I’ll be able to appreciate the performances of players making the most of their college basketball experience without wondering if they’re going lead their team to a bracket-busting run. But most importantly, I’ll be able to root wildly against Duke from the beginning without having to compromise my bracket’s integrity by picking them for an unlikely early upset. It doesn’t matter how much money I stand to win from a bracket; there are some things— like watching Grayson Allen lose—that you just can’t put a price tag on.
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This year, for the first time in a while, Sports Editor Mike Smith won’t be filling out a March Madness bracket. He’s hoping the lack of money involved will allow him to truly enjoy a fun tournament. Photo courtesy NCAA.com
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Lifestyles of Westchester County/MARCH 2018 VOL. 6 NO.2
INSIDE WESTCHESTER COUNTY
Why camp is great for children
Best summer ever at RYE Y camps The case for camps:
Why kids need it now more than ever Top ten things you never knew about camp
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WHY CAMP IS GREAT FOR CHILDREN If you’ve been to summer camp, you’re not surprised to hear about the benefits of it. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you also know that you want something just as great for your own kids. But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So while we have talked about most of these before, here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp. At camp, children: 10. Spend their day being physically active—As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! Camp is action! 9. Experience success and become more confident—Camp helps children build self-con-
fidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day. Camp teaches kids that they can. 8. Gain resiliency—The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp helps conquer fears. 7. Unplug from technology—When kids take a break from TV, cell phones and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world—real people, real activities and real emotions. They realize that there’s always plenty to do. Camp is real! 6. Develop life-long skills— Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents and
their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. Camp expands every child’s abilities. 5. Grow more independent— Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp helps kids develop who they are. 4. Have free time for unstructured play—Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh and be silly all day long. At camp we play! 3. Learn social skills—Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve
disagreements and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp builds teamwork. 2. Reconnect with nature— Camp is a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor
experience enriches kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Camp gets kids back outside. 1. Make true friends—Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations
pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships. See? Camp is great.
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child about camp expectations: What/who is driving the camp search? Unparalleled fun and learning? New experiences, skills and friends? Need for child care? Family tradition? Encouragement from friends? What are your leading camp search criteria? Which are “non-negotiable” and which are “preferences”? What type of camp are you looking for? Which of your family’s values should be reflected in the camp philosophy? How religious? How competitive? How diverse? How much camper choice? Camps are intentional communities. What they do and why is reflected in the staff members they hire, the schedules they follow, the activities they offer and their materials. What activities/programs interest you and your child? What level of intensity are you looking for? Are you looking for opportunities to try new activities, to play, to advance current skills, to practice, to compete or to specialize? What kind of facilities will your camper consider? Discuss electricity, bathrooms and dining. What session length, from 8 weeks to a few days, is comfortable for you, for your child and for your family’s summer schedule? The most common session lengths are: full season (7-8 weeks), half season (3-4 weeks), two weeks and one week. Remaining flexible about session length can increase your camp options. What camp clientele do you want to consider? There are camps for boys only, girls only, coed, brother/sister, religious groups, under-served populations and children with special needs. What is your budget for camp tuition? Camp remains an affordable option for nearly everyone. Some camps offer financial assistance. Financial aid procedures vary from camp to camp, so be sure to ask and to read brochures and websites carefully. Questions to ask all camps under consideration: Is your camp accredited by the ACA? What other regulations does your camp follow? What training does the staff receive on safety, supervision, counseling, problem solving and other issues unique to working with children? Is the price all-inclusive or are there extra charges for regis-
Best summer ever at Rye Y camp Rye Y camps, for youth ages 3 to 14, are led by a team of fulltime professional directors and committed summer staff who serve as role models to campers and reinforce the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association with low counselor-to-camper ratios. Campers choose from a variety of camps and can attend from one week to eight weeks. Camps are held at the Rye Y and the Osborn School in Rye. Kinder Camp, for children ages 3 to 6, introduces young ones to the camp experience in a warm, supportive environment. Activities include swim lessons, crafts, music, sports and more. Half or full day options. Discovery Camp, for ages 4 to 11, is a full-day camp packed with swim lessons, STEM, crafts, music, performing arts, sports, field trips and special guests to keep our campers engaged and excited every day. Campers gain new abilities, challenge themselves with the unexplored and
tration? Uniforms? Horseback riding? T-shirts? Waterskiing? Group photos? Field trips? Is transportation available and what are the specifics? Is there an additional cost? How will the camp meet my child’s special dietary or physical needs? In what way may I communicate with my child while he or she is at camp? With the staff? How does bad weather affect the daily schedule?
Are there family visiting days? What is unique about your camp? Day camp questions: Is before/after camp care available? If so, who cares for the children, and what activities are offered? What is the additional cost? Are meals provided? At what cost? How and where do I drop off or pick up my child?
learn to work with others as a team! Sports Camp, for ages 5 to 12, has both full- and half-day options and is designed for sports enthusiasts who want to develop both their individual and team skills. A different sport is focused on each week and campers can choose from half- or full-day options. STEAM Camp, for ages 6-11, challenges campers to question, explore, plan, discover, analyze and understand the world through the lenses of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Gymnastics Camp, for ages 6 to 14. Beginner and advanced gymnasts are welcome! Drills, games and teamwork are utilized to build gymnastics skills. Fulland half-day options available. Teen Adventure Camp, for teens completing grades 6-9, is designed for campers who like to be on the go! Campers travel to a different great summer destination every day, including water parks, camp-outs, amusement
parks, baseball games and more. Teen Fitness Camp, for ages 11 to 14, is a fun way to get fit over the summer. Participants work indoors and out with Certified Personal Trainers to achieve individual goals. Activities include swimming, sports, games, strength training, spinning, pilates, agility training and more. Campers choose from a 3-day or 5-day option. Leaders in Training is for youth who have completed grades 6 -8. Youth develop as leaders through coaching in activity planning, camper supervision and more, while earning community service hours. Counselors in Training Program, for teens who have completed grades 9 and 10, is designed to challenge participants to grow as leaders both at camp and within the community while earning community service hours. For more information, or to register for any of the above camps, visit ryeycamp.org, call 914-967-6363 or email camp@ ryeymca.org. The Rye Y offers financial assistance for families who qualify.
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six summer camp benefits For generations, children have spent their summers at day and sleepaway camps, trying new activities such as swimming, hiking and various sports. But what many families may not
realize is that camp provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. Below are just a few of
the many benefits your children will gain from the summer camp experience. 1. Campers obtain the life skills needed to become successful adults.
At camp, children gain valuable life skills. In fact, an organization called The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (comprising a group of businesses, education leaders and policymakers) has found there is a large gap between the knowledge students learn in school and the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. After extensive research, the organization determined that some of the skills necessary to become successful adults are communication, collaboration, creativity, leadership, socialization and problem solving. All of these areas are fostered in the camp environment. Campers are always communicating with each other, either on the field or in the bunk, learning to work together as a team and as part of the camp community. They also get to be leaders at camp, whether through guiding a first-time younger camper or managing their camp Olympics team. Campers learn to navigate on their own and solve problems by themselves. They engage in many creative outlets, too. 2. Camp educates the whole child. There is more to learning than test taking and achieving good grades. Camp offers one of the most powerful learning environments and can be a place where
a child’s social education takes place. It provides children with the opportunity to try new activities. When children succeed at these activities, they build self-esteem. Children also build social skills and problem-solving skills by being part of a supportive community and partaking in activities together. Campers are challenged and encouraged to grow every day. 3. Camp allows kids to unplug from technology. Today’s children spend more than 7.5 hours a day engaged with technology, which often takes the place of vital hands-on activities and socialization opportunities. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets and personal computers. Taking a break from technology over the summer allows children to communicate face to face. 4. At camp, there’s plenty of time for play, which helps children with social and emotional development. Balancing school schedules, homework and extracurricular activities doesn’t leave much room for play. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children to reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental
milestones. It also helps kids manage stress. Traditional summer camps give children plenty of play time, which leads to healthy emotional and social development. 5. Children can reinvent themselves at camp. Students often attend school year after year with the same peers, which can lead to labeling and being “stuck” with a particular perception. A child may become known as studious, quiet, etc., when, really, he or she can be boisterous in another setting. Children who go to day or sleepaway camps meet a whole other group of people in a different environment. Oftentimes, a child will break out of his supposed categorization if given the chance. Children get to reinvent themselves at camp and be who they truly want to be, which helps them to build confidence. 6. Camp promotes independence. When children go to camp, they are given the opportunity to grow more independent. Whether for a day or an entire summer, separation from one’s parents means a camper has to learn to rely on himself and other trusted adults and peers. Separation from parents gives a child the ability to think independently, which builds self-esteem.
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The case for camp:
—why kids need it now more than ever
Change is a part of life. It is often directly related to survival and can enrich one’s life in ways unexpected. Childhood is in essence a time of profound change and development. It is exciting and disquieting at the same time. When it comes to our children, we need to be sure that change is made for the better. We’ve been so concentrated on the brain, we forget about the rest of our bodies. This change in focus has led to an obesity rate that is unacceptable. Our kids are not as healthy as the generation before. Families used to live in a community. We’ve lost that, keeping kids inside and losing a sense of neighborhood. Add to that, the fact that our kids stand to inherit all the economic, social and environmental challenges we’ve created, and the legacy we have left our children and youth begins to look bleak. So, how do we prepare our children with the skills and more importantly, the competencies they will need to tackle changes in our world? We could start with a positive camp experience. A quality camp experience provides our children with the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development and healthy living—a meaningful, engaged and participatory environment. Camp promotes community. It creates this great space that shows kids how to live together and care for one another. There are norms and negotiation of boundaries; there are rules. Camp
a close-up look at compassionate leadership through the camp director, counselors, resident nutritionist and other camp personnel. And kids get loads of opportunities to practice being a leader themselves—song leader, lunch table leader, team captain, the list goes on and on. Camp is an equal opportunity life changer. It addresses universal childhood needs not specific to a particular racial, ethnic or socioeconomic group. Nobody is left out. It’s all about childhood development. Camp has a lasting impact.
is a place where kids can “practice” growing up stretching their social, emotional, physical and cognitive muscles outside the context of their immediate family. This is what childhood is supposed to provide. Camp teaches critical thinking. We need to remember how important it is to be actively involved in the learning process, and camp affords that. We’re going to need really strong problem solvers in the next century. We need the science, math and biology, but without the ability to relate, connect, empathize or inspire innovation, how will our kids be able to make a difference in the challenges now facing us? The camp experience em-
braces the natural environment. While children have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, the camp experience advances the outdoor learning environment. As we become more concerned about saving the planet, we run out and make DVDs and videos about it. But the environment needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Kids need to catch tadpoles in the creek, wander among the trees, and feel the sun on their faces to understand the importance of those things. What happens to a generation that may grow up not seeing stars in the dark of the night? Camp creates future leaders. The camp experience offers kids
One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is a sense of success and achievement. Camp teaches kids how to be active participants, ask questions, ask for help, and try new things. They leave understanding that it’s okay to feel a little uncomfortable sometimes, because that’s generally what happens when you’re getting ready to learn something. The camp experience translates back in real-world experience — in an “I can” attitude. We need to advocate for our young people. We should promote opportunities for kids —
give them camp experiences that serve as an antidote for the world’s challenges. We need to recognize this is not a series of frivolous activities. We often think if it looks like fun it must be unimportant, but “fun” is a young person’s “work”—to learn, to grow, to be productive, creative and happy. If they don’t do that work, they won’t turn into healthy adults. Now more than ever, kids need camp. Visit ACAcamps.org to find out how you can change a life by helping make it possible for every child to have a camp experience.
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TOP TEN THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT CAMP Camp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth, and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys, and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp. And, while most people easily conjure up images of campfires and canoes, there is a lot more to the camp experience. Here are ten things you may not have known about the camp experience. 10. Camp is older than dirt, almost literally. Started in 1861, the camp experience turned an impressive 150 years young in 2011. The secret behind the longevity? “Camps are adapting to meet the needs of today’s campers,” says Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association. “At the same time, the impact camp has on campers, the life-changing experience, has remained after all these years.” 9. Camp is worth its weight in gold, and then some! The camp experience is life-changing – developing friendships and memories that last well beyond the final campfire. And, there is a camp for literally every budget. Often camps offer special pricing or financial assistance, and some camp experiences qualify for tax credits or for payment with pre-tax dollars. Visit ACA’s Affording Camp page for more information. 8. Green is “zen.” Research shows that first-hand experience with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches
them how to de-stress the natural way.
physical activity was an important or very important issue.
7. Mommies and Daddies do it too. Camp is not just for children and youth. There are family camp experiences, and camps for single adults, senior adults, and any adult that wants to relax and enjoy all camp has to offer. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and self-discovery that children do. Camp is an excellent vacation option, allowing adults to try a variety of new activities in a safe and fun environment.
3. If everyone else went to camp, maybe there’s something to it! Camp has played an important role in the lives of some of the most talented people in history. ACA’s family resource site offers a list of notable campers – including business professionals, celebrities, artists, and great thinkers.
6. Try this on for size! Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home. 5. Manners matter, and often linger. The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments, perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property, and to say “Please” and “Thank You.” 4. Veggies taste better with friends. Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a bad reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options, and often are at the forefront of things like allergy specific diets, healthy snack options, and vegetarian meals. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues survey, 90.7 percent of responding camps indicated that healthy eating and
2. Camp gets those neurons pumping! Education reform debate and concern over summer learning loss have pushed academic achievement into the spotlight. Research shows that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps stem summer learning loss. In addition, camp provides ample opportunity for developmental growth, which is a precursor to academic achievement. And, because of the “hands-on” nature of camp, often children who struggle in traditional education settings do well at camp. 1. Camp builds leaders for the 21st century and beyond! Independence, resiliency, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and the ability to relate to other people — these are the skills that tomorrow’s leaders will need, and the skills camp has been adept at building for 150 years. For more information on preparing your child for an independent, fun-filled summer, visit ACAcamps.org. Or, follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information. Contact Public Relations at 765.346.3391 or pr@ACAcamps. org to interview an ACA spokesperson or for more information about preparing for camp. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Press Room.
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Published on Mar 14, 2018