May 17, 2006
Compiled by Carey London
With June just around the corner, parents should start brainstorming on how to make this summer one of the best for their kids. Let us help. Take a look at the fourth installment of Indy's summer camps guide.
Dramarama, Ltd. — the only program of its type in the Hamptons — offers total immersion into the magical world of the performing arts for actors 8-18 through comprehensive training in Acting, Training, and Auditioning Techniques for Stage, Musical Theater, and College. All students participate in constructive classes taught by professional instructors who are dedicated to creating a positive, stimulating, fun, and memorable summer experience and who are outstanding in their individual field of the performing arts environment. To receive a brochure/registration form or request further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 324-3944.
Located in Montauk, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its eighth year of operating Camp Shakespeare, a day camp for children, ages 8-15. From August 7-11, 9 a.m. to
3 p.m., kids will take creative workshops in acting, improvisation, movement, voice, and theatrical arts & crafts led by actor-educators from the festival. Also, a workshop condensing all of the camp activities into one day will be held in Southampton on August 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sportime of the Hamptons
267-3460 or 653-6767
Located in Quogue, Sportime of the Hamptons and its sister camp Sportime in Amagansett offer multi-sport day camps for kids of all ages. At both camps, from Monday to Friday, kids will get to play a variety of sports including tennis, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, and field hockey. Both locations have a heated outdoor swimming pool and offer an arts & crafts program. They also have talent and magic shows. In Quogue, campers (ages 3-14) will also get to try out martial arts, hip hop dance, and in-line skating. Also, lunch and transportation are included in the cost. In Amagansett, campers ages 3-12 will enjoy an end of summer carnival, and a lunch plan is available. Hours vary at each location.
Located right in the heart of Sag Harbor, Stella Maris will runs its summer day camp from June 26 to August 11. Geared for children ages 3-10, camp activities include music, crafts, drama, nature walks, beach trips, science discovery, and sports. There will also be special events such as pony rides and magicians. There is a large air-conditioned gym on site. This "working folks" camp offers very flexible hours for working parents. Kids can sign up for five or three days a week — or less. Parents must register in advance. Hot lunches can be purchased on site. There will be a parent registration night on June 7, but parents are encouraged to sign up earlier.
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.
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.
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.
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 3 1/2 – 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 1/2 -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 & 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.
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, swim 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 & 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
If you have a camp or summer program for kids anywhere on the Twin Forks, please let us know (by June 15) so that we may include you in our last installment, due out on June 21.