April 26, 2006
American cartoonist Doug Larson once said, "Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." While this seductive weather has turned even thinking into a task, it's time for parents to start looking for camps their kids would enjoy this summer. Indy's East End camps guide should help you find the ideal retreat for your active little whippersnappers.
Located in Riverhead, Riverside Gymnastics is designed for kids ages 5-15. It will run four two-week sessions throughout the summer from July 10 to August 31. Tiny Tumblers (ages 3-4) will meet for an hour and a half, two times per week. These little gymnasts will get an introduction to the gymnastics equipment, which will be set to a "junior" size. The bigger kids (ages 5-15) will meet for three hours a day, Monday-Thursday and will learn all aspects of gymnastics, and related games, as well as dance in Riverside's dance room. Also, the Mommy/Daddy and Me classes, which are 45-minutes long, once a week, are for babies (ages 18 months to two years old). They will learn basic hand-eye coordination and motor skills. The facility is fully air conditioned.
Guild Hall Arts Camp
Located in East Hampton, the Guild Hall Arts Camp is designed for young artistes (ages 6-10) looking to either explore the art world or expand their talents. From July 10 to August 4, campers will be dancing, performing, cartooning, painting, and more. Morning programs, such as "Emerald City" where kids will design their own imaginary three dimensional city, will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Afternoon programs, such as "Captain Kidd's Summer Camp," where kids will learn about local pirate lore, songs, the Long Island Sound, knot tying and map making, will run from 1-3 p.m. Kids will also produce their own TV show. Campers can take all four weeks or just one week. For more info, call or e-mail at: Education@guildhall.org.
Apple Day Camp
369-1234 ext. 208
Owned and operated by Timothy Hill's Children's Ranch, Apple Day Camp in Riverhead will be jam-packed with activities and field trips for kids (ages 5-14) from June 26 to August 18. "On campus," campers will get to go horseback riding and wall climbing, or try their hands at archery, fishing in a nearby pond, and a ropes challenge course. Sports and arts & crafts will also be offered. "Off campus," kids will be taking two beach trips a week, in addition to a different excursion every Tuesday. They will also visit Splish Splash water park. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after care will be available. Youngsters can choose to go either three or five days per week. Check out appledaycamp.com for more details.
Located in East Hampton, Dramarama will conduct a six-week performing arts camp for young thespians (ages 8-18) from July 10 to August 17. From Monday-Thursday, 3:30-8:30 p.m. workshops & classes will include acting for stage & musical theater, ballet, jazz, character analysis, playwriting, set design, and more. Performances will be held on August 18, 19 and 20. Limited enrollment. Register by June 1.
Rose Hill Farm
Located in farm-rich Bridgehampton, Rose Hill Farm will be starting pony camp on July 3. Lessons for the beginner to advanced rider will be offered. The facility comes complete with an indoor arena, outdoor riding rings, and a heated and/or air conditioned lounge. Adult and children riding programs will also be available.
Group for the South Fork
537-1400 ext. 15 or 17
This summer marks the 15th Anniversary of Group for the South Fork's Children's Summer Field Ecology Program. Campers will be reconnected to the great outdoors through exploration, adventure, and hands-on learning. From Montauk to Southampton, they will go snorkeling, hiking, and paddling on the local waterways. The "Monarchs" program (campers ages 9-11) will run from July 10-14. The "Ospreys" program (campers ages 12-14) will run from July 24-28. Both programs will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An overnight campout is included.
Raynor Country Day School
Located in Speonk, Raynor Country Day School will be offering two camp sessions this year: June 26 to July 21, and July 24 to August 18. Campers (ages 3-12) can choose any six of those eight weeks if a full session is undesirable. Additionally, they can choose to go two, three or five days per week. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids will get to play tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, and baseball. They will have access to full-sized basketball and tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, two age-appropriate playgrounds, and an air conditioned facility with a gymnasium. Instructional and free swim period will be offered every day. Cheerleading, music, arts & crafts, and nature & science will also be offered. Older kids will get to enroll in the musical theater program, which results in a junior Broadway production at the end of the session. They will also visit a number of local places, including museums, and take fishing trips. Lunch options will be available. Tuesdays and Fridays will be free pizza days.
Future Stars Day Camp will be offering several different programs in the Hamptons this summer from June 26 to August 18 for athletes (ages 6-16). In Wading River, a specialized tennis and golf camp will be held at the Pine Hills Country Club. In Southampton, a specialized tennis camp will be held at the Sandy Hollow Tennis Club, starting June 19 and ending August 18. In East Hampton, another specialized tennis camp will be held at the Green Hollow Tennis Club. Transportation will be provided. Also, two programs will be held at the Southampton Recreation Center for kids (ages 6-14): A multi-sports camp, complete with basketball, swimming, volleyball, track and more; and Little Stars (ages 31/2 – 6), which will have daily sports, instructional swim, arts & crafts, skill buildings games, and music, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All programs but Little Stars will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pathfinder Country Day Camp
Celebrating its 42nd year, Pathfinder Country Day Camp, for kids (ages 3-14) will be running from June 26 to August 25. Overlooking Fort Pond Lake in Montauk, campers will get to play beach volleyball, soccer, softball, and much more. Creative dramatics, dance, canoeing, sailing, swimming, and cookouts will also be a part of the weekly fanfare. Kids can learn how to swim from American Red Cross swim instructors. Door-to-door transportation will be provided from Montauk to Wainscott, with a central pickup in Bridgehampton. Check out pathfinderdaycamp.com for more details.
Flip Flop Gymnastics
Flip-Flop Gymnastics in Westhampton Beach is a USA Gymnastics member club that caters to kids of all ages. Classes, as well as camps, are structured and safe focusing on teaching the proper execution of gymnastic skills. For eight weeks in July and August, the camp will run for three hours (a five hour session will be held on Wednesdays). Kids will get to do gymnastics, crafts, and have open gym time. Snack/lunch will be provided. Also available are Parent & Me classes, preschool, general recreation for boys and girls, ages 5-7; 8-11 & 12 and up. Advanced level classes are also available. Open gym time will be offered during the summer months. Flip Flop will also be offering a Friday night pizza party camp, from 5-8 p.m. for parents who want to go out on a date.
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.
The YMCA East Hampton RECenter has tons of games, sports, and other recreational goodies planned for campers (ages 3-13) this summer — June 26 to August 25. The Kiddie Camp (ages 3-5) will have games and sports designed to develop hand-eye coordination and balance, swimming lessons, arts & crafts, music and movement education, onsite playground, a water slide, and more. For kids (ages 5-13) the RECenter's program will focus on developing creativity, independence, teamwork and self-esteem. Activities include sports, games, arts & crafts, music, dance, swim (with lessons), inter-camp games, swim meets, bowling, rock wall climbing, 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 to operate cameras, design staging, lighting and movement, and edit film and music.
Le Cercle Francais
Le Cercle Francais' Summer French Mini Camp will return to Stella Maris Elementary School in Sag Harbor this summer. From July 5 to July 27, children (ages 3-12) will get a fun introduction to French culture. They will learn the language, cuisine, and manners of the French, as well as French games, theater, and songs. It will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Campers (ages 3-5) will attend from 3-4 p.m. Campers (ages 6-12) will attend from 4-5:30 p.m. Private tutoring will also be offered.
East End Arts Council
The East End Arts Council will run two day camps at the Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. 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" fashioning their own program based on their creative interests. They will concentrate on musical theater and ensembles, dance or visual arts and take workshops on art, dance, poetry, voice, and musical instruments. Artistic "show & tells" will also be welcomed. Renaissance Junior is for children (ages 5-7) and will run from July 10-21, and July 24 to August 4. Hours will be 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" only with more structure.
The Ross School
Located in East Hampton, the Ross School will be offering youth programs for kids (ages 5-18) from June 26 to August 18. Kids (ages 5-6) will get to dabble in arts and media, music, movement & yoga, the art of baking, as well as learning about the connections between science and art, and environmental studies. Children (ages 7-9) will learn about acting, arts, computer science, crime scene science, digital nature photography, fencing and age-appropriate culinary practices, and much more. Kids (ages 10-13) will try out carpentry, crime scene investigation, fashion design, writing workshop and much more. Campers (ages 14 and up) will get to take graphic design, Broadway workshop, an independent short film intensive, and more. There will also be a basketball clinic for kids (ages 12-15). Check out the website at ross.org.
Camp Good Grief
Celebrating its 10th year, Camp Good Grief is a free day camp for children (ages 7-16) 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 small group therapy and art therapy each day, with a professional bereavement staff. Campers will have the opportunity to explore their grief through art, music, adventure, activities and support groups. There will also be swimming, tennis, shore biology, a daily "surprise" special event, and a talent show performance by campers for parents on the last day of camp. Everything is paid for with proceeds from the Hospice Thrift Shop, fundraising events, and donations.
Hedgewood Farm Riding Camp
Learn the art of riding on almost 12 acres of land 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-to-day maintenance, and ride at all skill levels in indoor and outdoor riding areas. There are two two-week sessions for campers (ages 6-14). Hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each camper will get his or her own instructor.
Peconic Dunes Summer Camp
727-7850 ext. 328
Located on the North Fork, Peconic Dunes Summer Camp is a co-educational camp offering a sleep away or day camp option for kids (ages 8-15). From July 2 to August 26, campers will get to play sports or explore the surrounding woodlands, 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). Part of the Suffolk County park system, Peconic Dunes is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk. Tour the grounds at an open on Sunday May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the website at: peconicdunes.com.
Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp
516-292-7990 x. 11
Located 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 will 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 will have the option of going for just one week or all four weeks. Roundtrip bus transportation is available from Hicksville for a fee. See the grounds at an open house on Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. This camp is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County.
and Retreat Center
From July 3 to August 18, children from Kindergarten to fifth grade will be able to enjoy kayaking, horseback riding, travel camp, and athletics at Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center on Shelter Island. Their specialty is sailing. Even adults can learn how to sail in Quinipet's resident sailing program for all ages. Everything is provided. Overlooking the Peconic Bay, Quinipet will offer both day and overnight camp. New to the athletics camp is the Ultimate Challenge, a twist of "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor." Also new is Pink Thunder, a discussion group for girls on everything from "facials to faith" for girls, and Jammin' Out (Guitar II) for those interested in expanding their musical skills.
Tennis and Sport
From June 26 to just before Labor Day, WHB Tennis and Sport will offer everything to make your kid an all star athlete. Campers (ages 5-18) will have a choice of 24 outdoor tennis courts and seven indoor courts. There will be two programs offered Monday to Friday. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., campers will start with tennis and move 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. Also there will be an afternoon session of Tournament Training, from 4-7 p.m. All programs will groups kids according to age and ability.
324-3510 ext. 208
The Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton will be running Camp Karole from July 3 to August 25, for children (ages 3-11). Campers will 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) will attend from Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; three-year olds will attend from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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 learn origami, pottery, sculpture, printmaking, collage, and more. Each week there will be a new theme. Youngsters will visit two East End art locations and attend the performances of the Kidsummer Performing Arts Series. Although snacks will be provided, children are advised to bring their own lunch.
Hamptons Tennis Company
Hamptons Tennis Company operates four tennis programs on the South Fork from June 26 to 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. A peewee clinic (ages 3-5) will run for a half hour every day, 5-6 days a week. A junior clinic (ages 5-16) will run for an hour and a half 5-6 days a week. There will be 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 will 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) will also run a half hour peewee and a one hour junior clinic from Monday-Thursday, 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. Lastly, Hamptons Tennis Company operates pee and junior clinics on five har-tru courts at Hither Hills Racquet Club in Amagansett (283-8244).
If you have a camp or summer program for kids anywhere on the Twin Forks, please let us know (by May 11) so that we may include you in our next installment, due out on May 17.