April 05, 2006

Summer Camps 2006

Compiled by Carey London

This is the second installment of Indy's camps guide for parents. Check out our next one on April 26.



The YMCA East Hampton RECenter will offer a wide variety of sports, recreational, and entertainment activities from June 26 to August 25 for campers (ages 3-13). In the Kiddie Camp, for kids (ages 3-5), activities include games and sports designed to develop hand-eye coordination and balance, swimming lessons, arts & crafts, music and movement education, and an onsite playground and water slide.

For kids ages 5-13, the program focuses on developing creativity, independence, teamwork, and self-esteem. Activities include sports, games, arts & crafts, music, dance, swimming (with lessons), inter-camp games, swim meets, bowling, rockwall, camp theater, talent and specialty shows, special events, and field trips. New this year: kayaking, karate, obstacle course, water slide, and slip-n-slide.

Also, in the performing arts program kids will learn about theater, TV, radio, and film production. Campers will create and produce their own productions and get the chance to operate cameras, design staging and lighting and movement, and edit film and music. Call for more info.

The Ross School


Located in East Hampton, the Ross School is offering youth programs for kids (ages 5-18) from June 26 to August 18. Kids (ages 5-6) have a variety of activities to choose from, including arts and media, music, movement & yoga, the art of baking, learning connections between science and art, and environmental studies.

Children (ages 7-9) can learn about acting, arts, computer science, crime scene science, digital nature photography, fencing, and age-appropriate culinary practices, to name just a few of the programs offered.

Kids (ages 10-13) can choose from carpentry projects, crime scene investigation, fashion design, writing workshop, and much more.

Campers (ages 14 and up) can try their hands at independent short film intensive, graphic design, Broadway workshop, and more. There will also be a basketball clinic for kids (ages 12-15). Call for more info or to register, or check out the website at: www.ross.org.

The Parrish Art

Museum's Art Camp

283-2118, ext. 30

From July 10 to August 11, the Parrish Art Museum's Art Camp in Southampton will offer a curriculum for children (ages 6-11), which "draws on the museum's exhibition for inspiration." From Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., campers will earn origami, pottery, sculpture, printmaking, collage, and more. Each week there will be a new theme. Youngsters will visit two East End arts locations and attend the performances of the Kidsummer Performing Arts Series. While snacks will be provided, children should bring their own lunch.

Camp Good Grief


Celebrating its 10th year, Camp Good Grief is a free day camp for children (ages 4-15) who have lost loved ones. Located at St. Gabriel's on Shelter Island, this one-week day camp will run from July 17 to July 21. Sponsored by East End Hospice, Good Grief provides two therapies each day: small group therapy and art therapy, both "mixed with fun." Campers can also enjoy swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, shore biology, and can perform in a talent show for their parents on the last day of camp. There will also be a daily "surprise" special event. Everything is paid for with proceeds from the Hospice Thrift Shop, fundraising events, and donations.

Hampton Country Day Camp


Located on Daniel's Hole Road, in East Hampton, Hampton Country Day Camp will run from July 5 to August 24. The East Hampton Indoor Tennis summer camp program is a general sports camp, with an aquatics program. This year they are introducing a second pool to the facility. The camp also offers an outdoor nature science program, health & fitness, and for children (ages 5-13) the emphasis is more on team sports. For children (ages 7-13), there is an optional afternoon intensive tennis program offered.

The camp will run from Monday to Friday. In the Big Bubba program, for kids (ages 3-4), hours are from 8:35 a.m. to 1 p.m. For older children, the program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon-Thurs; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Camp Karole

324-3510 ext. 208

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton is running Camp Karole from July 3 to August 25, for children (ages 3-11). Campers can enjoy swimming (with lessons), kayaking, tennis, arts & crafts, drama, singing, talent shows, carnivals, pony rides, she-bop clown, golf, Shabbat services, field trips and more. A full time nurse will be on hand, and busing will be available in Southampton, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, and Sagaponack.

Kids (ages 4-11): Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; three-year olds: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call for more info.

Hayground Camp


Summer fun in the sun. Located on 13 acres in Bridgehampton, Hayground Camp will run from June 26 to August 25. Here, children and their mentors do things they love and discover new ones in a safe, structured environment. Campers (ages 3-14) will be able to explore their creativity and energy in the heart of the Hamptons. Basketball, swimming, painting, drawing, woodworking, dodge ball, baseball, soccer, beach days, and many more activities will be available. Call for more info.

Hamptons Tennis Company


Hamptons Tennis Company operates four tennis programs on the South Fork starting on June 26 and ending on August 31.

At Buckskill Tennis Club in East Hampton (324-2243), there are three grass courts, one U.S. Open court, and six har-tru courts. A peewee clinic (ages 3-5) runs a half hour every day, 5-6 days a week. A junior clinic (ages 5-16) runs for an hour and a half 5-6 days a week. There is also a morning junior camp, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. — with an hour and a half of tennis and then a variety of sports and "running barefoot through the sprinklers."

At Triangle Tennis in Southampton (287-3052), campers have a choice between the half hour peewee and hour junior clinics, which have multiple time slots throughout the day, Monday-Thursday, with Friday as a rain makeup day. There are two U.S. Open courts and one har-tru court.

The Sag Harbor Park Tennis Program (283-8244) also runs a half hour peewee and an hour junior clinic from Monday-Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are eight har-tru courts and two U.S. Open courts.

Last, Hamptons Tennis Company operates pee and junior clinics on five har-tru courts at Hither Hills Racquet Club in Amagansett (283-8244).



Stages, A Children's Theater Workshop, Inc.'s popular Summer Stock Program for young actors returns for its 13th season at the Southampton Town Recreation Center, Stages is for actors (ages 8-18). There will be two sessions offered: from July 5-30 and August 2-27; each session runs from Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It includes rehearsing and performing in a full-scale musical production, as well as classes in acting, singing, and dancing. The last week of each session is held at the theater and is dedicated to rehearsals for the performance. The performances for each session will be held on July 28, 29, & 30 and August 25, 26, & 27 at Southampton High School. All performances will be open to the public. Call for more info.

Hedgewood Farm Riding Camp


Learn the art of riding at Hedgewood Farm Riding Camp in Laurel. From July 10 to August 4, campers will learn how to groom and care for the horses, handle the day-today-maintenance and, of course, how to ride at all skill levels in indoor and outdoor riding areas, on almost 12 acres of land. There are two two-week sessions for campers ages 6-14. Hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Campers get their own instructor.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp

516-292-7990 x. 11

Located on the North Fork in Riverhead, on 140 acres of woodlands, farmlands, bluffs, and the Long Island Sound Beach, the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp is a co-educational, sleep-away camp for children in grades 4-10. From July 3-August 21, children can enjoy kayaking, horseback riding, archery, dance & drama, cook-outs, carnivals, rocketry, fly-fishing, camp fires, swimming, a new ropes course, in depth lacrosse and soccer, extended weekends, and so much more. Stay over sessions are available. Campers have the option of going for just one week or all four weeks. Take a look at the grounds during their open house on April 29, from 1-4 p.m. Roundtrip bus transportation is available from Hicksville for a fee. This camp is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County. Call 516-292-7990, ext. 11 for more info.

East End Arts Council


The East End Arts Council runs two day camps at the campus of Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. The first, Renaissance Kid Summer Camp, is for children (ages 8-12), and will run from July 10 to August 4 at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. From Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., campers will have an "interdisciplinary experience in the arts" and fashion their own program based on their creative interests. They can concentrate on musical theater, musical ensembles, dance or visual arts and take workshops on art, dance, poetry, voice, and musical instruments. Artistic "show & tells" are also welcomed.

The second camp, Renaissance Junior, is for children (ages 5-7) and runs for two sessions: from July 10-21, and July 24-August 4. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (there's a half day option: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). This junior edition is a "two week modified version of the Renaissance Kid," with more structure.

Peconic Dunes Summer Camp

727-7850 ext. 328

Located on the North Fork, Peconic Dunes Summer Camp is a co-educational camp offering sleep away or day camp experience for kids (ages 8-15). From July 2 to August 26, campers can play a variety of sports, including archery, or they can explore the great outdoors, with surrounding woodlands and forest, ponds, and more. Training in survival skills, fishing, and environmental crafts will also be offered.

Camp Sea Wolf (ages 10-15) is a specialized environmental experience —swimming fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and campfires will be a major focus of this program.

For overnight camp, kids should be dropped off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and picked up promptly at 9:30 a.m. on the following Saturday.

Day camp hours are Monday-Wednesday, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday 8:15 a.m.–9 p.m. (staying to 9 p.m. is optional, but staff notification is required). The camp is a part of the Suffolk County park system and is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Tour the grounds at an open house on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, call or visit their website at: peconicdunes.com.



From June 26 to August 18, Kindercamp at Southampton College campus offers campers (ages 3 to 5) a thematic approach to learning about everything "from bugs to beaches. Activities include science and nature, arts & crafts, swimming, cooking, story telling, field trips, music and fitness. From Monday-Friday, the morning session runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the afternoon session runs from 1-4 p.m. (subject to enrollment). Campers can choose to attend the two four-week sessions, from 6/26-7/21 and or 7/24-8/18.

Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center


From July 3 to August 18, children from Kindergarten to fifth grade, can enjoy kayaking, horseback riding, travel camp, and athletics at Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center. But their specialty is sailing. Even adults can learn how to sail in Quinipet's resident sailing program for all ages. Everything is provided. Located on Shelter Island, overlooking the Peconic Bay, Quinipet offers both day and overnight camp. Brand new to the athletics camp is the Ultimate Challenge, a twist of "Amazing Race" and Survivor. Also new is Pink Thunder, discussing everything "from facials to faith" for girls, and Jammin' Out (Guitar II) for those interested in expanding their music skills.

Westhampton Beach Tennis and Sport


From June 26 to just before Labor Day, WHB Tennis and Sport offers everything your kid will need to become an all star athlete. Campers (ages 5-18) will have a choice between 24 outdoor courts and seven indoor courts, so that they can play rain or shine. There are two programs offered Monday to Friday. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., campers will start with tennis and later move on to basketball to improve footwork, mobility, and general movement skills. The second program, Tournament Training, is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which only encompasses tennis. There is also a "p.m." session of Tournament Training, which runs from 4-7 p.m. All programs will groups kids according to age and ability.

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