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March 2013

Times Ledger Feature: Day Camp at the Samuel Field Y

Mar 18, 2013 11:58 AM
Stephen Lindell

For over 60 years, the Samuel Field Y, along with our caring and dedicated staff, has provided a profound and memorable camp experience to thousands of children and young adults. The Samuel Field Y Day Camp offers a traditional outdoor camping experience that encompasses athletics, arts, aquatics, and fosters Jewish values, morals and ethics in a way that is inclusive and welcoming to all members of our camp community. The Samuel Field Y remains devoted to its long-standing history of delivering a nurturing environment where kids can be themselves make life- long friends and feel supported to grow as individuals. Beginning at 2 years old, our campers start a summer camp journey that grows and evolves as they get older, offering an assortment of age appropriate challenges, day trips and over-nights along the way.


Starting at our on-site Nursery Camp in Little Neck, our campers continue to make their way out to the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights once they enter Kindergarten up until they enter 5th grade. With our own private piece of paradise, our campers get to personalize their own campsites and enjoy a professionally planned, action-packed schedule that utilizes our 30ft. rock climbing wall, low ropes course and hand-planted vegetable garden. On the 350 acre grounds we have access to three playgrounds, six ball fields, and the largest swimming complex in Suffolk County with 4 age-appropriate pools where our Junior Camp and Tween campers work all summer to improve their aquatic skills. As our campers reach 5th grade they enter our Young Adventurers program, where many privileges come with being the oldest campers in Junior Camp. “YA” offers a three day trip to Mystic Connecticut, and a variety of exciting day trips like berry picking and Sesame Place in addition to benefitting from the great outdoors when they’re at the camp grounds. Tween Camp is exclusively for our 6th and 7th graders and these campers split their time between the campgrounds and day trips offsite. They also travel on two 4day trips to explore nearby cities such as Boston, Ocean City and Philadelphia. The summer camp journey culminates with our Teen Travel program where every day is spent exploring some of the greatest sights in New York City and Long Island such as the South Street Seaport, Six Flags amusement park, and to see Broadway shows . Our teens go on two 5 days long-trips, one per month, to exciting cities such as Montreal, Myrtle Beach, and Cleveland.


All of our programs are rooted in the belief that every child deserves an environment where all campers can live and play side by side with one another, regardless of ability or disability. We firmly believe that summer is a time for exploration, freedom and empowerment so we pride ourselves in offering a fully “unplugged” outdoor camp experience. Camp essentials include a bathing suit, towel, suntan lotion and a smile, where we strongly encourage parents to keep all of their children’s cell phones and portable game systems at home. Between cooking classes, dance class and the Ga-Ga tournament we offer such a wide variety of elective options that there isn’t enough time in the camp day to take out a Nintendo DS. This year we are excited to announce that we are offering a handful of new activities including, but not limited to, Zumba classes, play production and our own mini-golf course.

We offer a completely customizable summer camp, where families can ultimately create their own personalized summer schedule. Our camp tuition is based on the type of schedule that is created, and will vary depending on how many days per week are selected and which session of camp is registered for. The option for academic enrichment is available at no extra charge, and we provide a licensed teacher to work with our campers at least once a week during pull-out periods to make enrich and strengthen any subject areas that post problems. Our camp tuition also includes door to door bus transportation from many neighborhoods in Queens and Western Nassau County. We also offer a number of add-on options for the summer, such as the option of AM or PM extended care between the hours of 7:30AM – 8:30AM and 5PM – 6PM at our Little Neck location and a catered lunch option for all Junior and Tween campers.

For more information about Samuel Field Y Day Camp, please contact the camp office at 718-225-6750 or email Danielle Hersch (DHersch@sfy.org), Andy Gavora (AGavora@sfy.org) or Danielle Schaefer (DSchaefer@sfy.org). One of our fantastic staff will be sure to assist you in finding the right program for your child!


  

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
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