Summer Camps

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At Earthplace we use our 62-acre wildlife sanctuary as an outdoor classroom. On trail walks through the woods, meadow, stream, and pond, we often spot wildlife in their natural surroundings, including deer, turtles, hawks, wild turkeys and groundhogs. Every week animals from our indoor Animal Hall come to visit. Campers learn about many creatures and their habitats, with the themes changing every week. There are many opportunities to explore new aspects of nature through hands-on activities, group games, field trips, hikes and crafts. Once a session, children in grades 1 through 4 go on area field trips. Some weeks our 3rd & 4th, and 5th-7th graders go canoeing. On other weeks the 5th-7th graders also camp overnight at Earthplace. We hope to give your child a summer experience that encourages him or her to appreciate all that nature at Earthplace has to offer. Call 203-227-7253 x 107 before registering. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, PO Box 165, Westport, CT 06881. 203-227-7253. Visit www.earthplace.org.

5-Day Summer Camp at Grand Prix New York.  When campfires and canoeing gets old, check out the 5-Day Junior Racing Summer Camps at Grand Prix New York. With professional racer Stevan McAleer emphasizing basic driving fundamentals, sportsmanship and fun, campers are exposed to a camp experience that is thrilling and informative. Campers will learn, practice, and compete on two different European road course inspired tracks under the watchful eye of GPNY’s professional staff. Lunch is provided and reservations will fill up fast. Call (914) 358-3617 for more information.  Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549. Web: www.gpny.com.

Greenwich Historical Society History & Art Camp, for children in second through seventh grades, features a highly interactive two-week camp closely focused on history and art themes that characterize Greenwich Historical Society’s Bush-Holley Historic Site.  The first week, activities evolve around Colonial and Early American history. Second week focuses on art and the Cos Cob art colony.  A field trip and a Friday Parents Day every week. Professional artists, educators and re-enactors provide additional instruction. Fun, engaging, hands-on.  To register online or for more info, go to www.hstg.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 18.

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Hackley Summer Programs, June 9-August 18.  Join kids grades K-12 for various awesome summer programs at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY.  June Hackley Hornet Gap Camp for grades K-9 fills the gap between end of school and beginning of camp.  Courses taught by Hackley faculty include Adventures in Inventing, Pottery, Martha Graham Dance, Soccer, Tennis, Oil Painting, Nature and more.  In June – August, grades 5-12 can enrich their skills in writing, math, law, astronomy, materials science, SAT prep and more.  June 9-August 18, 2014.  www.hackleyschool.org/summer, 914-366-2675, summer@hackleyschool.org.

cavcampHarvey Cavalier Camp, Chris Del Campo, Director
260 Jay St. Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 232-0581, www.harveycavaliercamp.org
With 35 years in education, Chris Del Campo has directed the camp for 22 years. Our Cavaliers (grades 2-9) like creating their own schedule by choosing electives from the more than 45 activities which include the performing arts, the fine arts, swimming, ice skating, gymnastics, sports, science and so much more, and all taught by talented and caring professionals. Little Cavs (Pre-K -1st) love dabbling in the arts, splashing in our pool, exploring nature on our 125-acre campus, and so many other exciting things!

The Greenwich Historical Society History and Art Camp has openings this summer for both the two-week and single-week options. Session A (Grades 4-6) runs from July 8 to July 19, and Session B (Grades 1-3-and 4, if preferred) runs from July 22 to August 2. Each two-week camp session begins with a week focusing on Colonial history, followed by a week devoted to visual art.  The experience is interactive and designed to utilize the art and artifacts in Bush-Holley House.  Sessions are fun, challenging and age-appropriate.  A field trip and a Parents’ Day are part of each week’s schedule.  Visit www.greenwichhistory.org.

Since its establishment in 1944 the School has become one of Westchester County’s most cherished and active cultural resources and  achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach. The School’s educational approach centers on quality individualized instruction, a comprehensive, broad musicianship program, and numerous performance opportunities for students. HBMS students acquire skills leading to a life-long enjoyment of classical and jazz idioms.  Music Programs for Young Children offer a range of choices for preschoolers – music and movement classes; recorder classes; and Suzuki instruction on a variety of instruments. HBMS also offers a full Preschool for 3 and 4 year-olds.  Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY, 914-723-1169, hb@hbms.org, www.hbms.org.

Jodi`s Gym has been providing New York kids the highest level of fun and fitness for 29 years!  Their step-by-step, no fail approach ensures that every child feels a sense of accomplishment. From the tiniest tumblers to advanced gymnasts (9 months-12 years old), there is something for everyone. They offer Mommy & Me Gym and Gym + Music classes, preschool gymnastics, school-aged gymnastics, Motion Evolution, summer and holiday break camps, free monthly perks, free open playtime, play groups, private lessons, Super Soccer Stars, Krazy Kool Creation Lego class, and the best birthday parties ever.  For more information, visit www.jodisgym.com.

Looking for a summer experience that is fun and educational? Come to History Adventure Days. Participate in activities, play games, and interact with amazing special guests. A great summer day camp!  July 22nd – 26th – Struggle for the Continent: The French and Indian War, July 29th – August 2nd – Discovering America: Explorers & Expeditions, August 5th – 9th – Making a Home in a New Land: Colonial Life.  History Adventure Days are for children entering 2nd – 7th grade and are scheduled Monday-Friday, 9am – 3 pm.  The cost is $250 per week.  There is a 10% discount for members of Friends of John Jay Homestead (Family memberships and above).  Advance registration is required.  Call 914-232-5651 x 101 for more information or visit the Friends’ website at www.johnjayhomestead.org.

The Katonah Art Center announces its first musical theater camp this summer!  Students will work on a musical for two weeks, with a performance the last Friday.   Plays to include Enchanted Disney, Godspell and A Year with Frog and Toad.  Instructor Jeri Kansas, who was in the original cast of 42nd Street and Sugar Babies will direct.  KAC offers a variety of arts camps, including painting, murals, anime, pottery, glass, and more.  KAC is located at 131 Bedford Road, Katonah, New York.  914-232-4843.  Visit www.katonahartcenter.com.

The Katonah Art Center offers weekly half-day or full-day camps in art, computer art, pottery, guitar, writing and darkroom photography. Our camps are geared for three age groups:  Art & Imagination camp (ages 3 ½ – 5 yrs.) , Children’s Art camp (grades 1 – 5) and Teen Art camp (grades 6 & up).  From Robot camp to Fashion Illustration or any of our other innovative camps, your child will learn, create and have fun in our beautiful studios. Check out our website at www.katonahartcenter.com or call 232-4843 for more info.
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Kick & Play comes from the creators of Super Soccer Stars. Kick & Play classes are structured so that toddlers and caregivers can establish a friendly routine working together in a group setting, listening to directions, and engaging in exciting movement and pre-soccer activities. We believe that at this young age toddlers should be learning about and understanding the scope of abilities that their own bodies can achieve. Therefore, the class focuses on overall movement capability from stretching to throwing, kicking, running and jumping so that a whole range of body movement is explored in each class.  914.681.7171,  kickandplay.com

April 15 – 19, 9am-2pm, Weston CT.  The Trifitness Triathlon Camp is a 5 day program designed to introduce kids aged 7 to 14 to the sport of triathlon. Top triathletes and coaches will provide instruction on basic swimming, cycling and running techniques, bicycle safety and maintenance, transition and nutrition. Lots of games will be offered too!
Contact info@trifitness.net for more information,  (203)255-8892, www.trifitness.net.

Little Fauves Art Camp for Wild and Woolly Pre-school Artists. Original projects inspired by famous artists of the past and present. Sessions full of multi-media art making, art appreciation, and outdoor play time. Located at the Pound Ridge Montessori School. Two weeks in June only, space is limited. For info contact Grainne Bellotti M.A.T., B.F.A., N.Y. State Cert. Art K-12. grainneb@sbcglobal.net or 203-853-9357.

Set on 14.5 beautiful acres in Stamford, Connecticut, 2 miles from the Pound Ridge, New York border, children experience a traditional day camp setting with 3 outdoor (heated) pools, ball fields, game courts, playgrounds, nature trails, group rooms and a fabulous, air-conditioned Arts & Athletics Center.  The Camp offers a well-rounded variety of activities such as Expert Swimming Instruction, Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Ropes Course, Cookouts, Music, Dance, Drama, Wrestling, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Miniature Golf, Arts & Crafts, Nature, and Special Events.   Ages range from 3-4 in the Nursery through 8th grade in the Older Division.  478 Erskine Road, Stamford, CT (203) 322-0253   www.longridgecamp.com.