June 21, 2006
Compiled by Carey London
This is The Independent's final summer camps insert for 2006. Whether your child is an athlete or a thespian, here you will find the right activities to entertain them throughout the warm months. Enjoy the sweet rays of summer's sun . . . while they last.
The Art Barge
Overlooking the water, The Victor D'Amico Institute of Art/ The Art Barge, in Amagansett, is offering the Children's Art Carnival, a motivational studio workshop exhibition where children will be inspired to play with educational art toys. The toys are designed to stimulate the senses and excite the children's imagination. From July 3 to August 25, children ages five to 10 (during the week) and people of all ages (during the weekend) will also take workshops on painting, collage, assemblage, printing and clay work. The program runs Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon.
East Hampton Sports Camp
The East Hampton Sports Camp offers children ages six to 12 years old an exciting program of sports and games in a fun environment. Activities include baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey, kickball, and more. On rainy days the action moves indoors for arts and crafts and games in the gym. Weekly field trips such as fishing, crabbing, hiking and exploring the local environment are also part of the program. Parents are responsible for transportation of children.
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 eight to 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.
Southampton Racquet Club
Southampton Racquet Club is offering a summer camp program for children ages eight to 15. There are two programs available that started June 12 and will finish on August 28. Adventure Camp (ages five to eight) offers individual and team sports, including a daily tennis session, arts and crafts and water activities. The Tennis Camp (ages eight to 15) is a fast-paced, intense tennis session for the up and coming champion. Their international acclaimed pro team will help you learn and refine your stroke and technique. The pros are hand picked by the tennis legend Cliff Drysdale. Both programs run Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Half days, full days or whole weeks are available.
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 three to five) will run for a half hour every day, 5-6 days a week. A junior clinic (ages five to 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).
Located in Montauk, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its eighth year of operating Camp Shakespeare, a day camp for children ages eight to 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.
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 five to 13) the emphasis is more on team sports. For children (ages seven to 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 three to four), 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.
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, offer an arts & crafts program. They also have talent and magic shows. In Quogue, campers (ages three to 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 three to 12) will enjoy an end-of-summer carnival, and a lunch plan is available. Hours vary at each location.
The YMCA East Hampton RECenter has tons of games, sports & other recreational goodies planned for campers (ages three to 13) this summer – June 26 to August 25. The Kiddie Camp (ages three to 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 five to 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 and 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 five to 18) from June 26 to August 18. Kids (ages five to six) 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 seven to nine) 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 to 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 to 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 seven to 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.
Located in Amagansett, Applied Arts offers a summer camp program from July 10 to August 18 for children ages eight to 14. From Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., campers can take workshops in circus performance, illustrating a story, and classes in pin hole cameras, self-portraits, abstract painting and much more. Campers can sign up for individual weeks.
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 three to 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.