Campers' days are fun-filled with a nice balance of outdoor time in the sun and indoor air-conditioned activities, always under the expert care of our counselors and directors.
Each morning begins with play time and greetings at your child's pick-up site, as well as a nourishing breakfast (or second breakfast!) We strive to meet parents' scheduling needs, and can arrange early drop-off beginning at 7:30 am should you need it. Parents can drop off between 8:30 and 9am, with all campers in attendance by 9am so we can begin the day's adventures.
Three times a week, the children board air-conditioned buses for a short 15-minute ride to our Bay Ridge campus. We are the only camp on the Ft. Hamilton Army Base, which is really a summer vacation spot for officers, so no army training! Think of it as our own private 1/4 of Prospect Park - just for us! We enjoy acres of verdant fields with views of the Verrezano bridge, and the breeze blowing off the water. We also have exclusive use of a private Bowling Alley, Theater, Gym, and Pool.
They begin with instructional and recreational swim time in the pool under the expert guidance of our swim instructors and life guards. All the swim teachers are trained by our ex-Olympian head of Aquatics, and in addition to our own lifeguards, the Bay Ridge Campus provides army-trained lifeguards. Safety is the first priority. Next is fun! Students who attend consistently throughout the summer typically progress 1-2 swim levels. We meet students where they are, and are happy to provide alternate poolside activities if your little one would rather not swim; we are always here to learn about your child and tailor Camp to their needs!
Lunch is a picnic in the shade, or indoors in our private Bowling Alley. Children have the option to buy lunch at the on-site cafe or to bring their own nut-free delicacies. After lunch, campers play - or even bowl!
The afternoon finds Soccer and Basketball Division campers building skills with experts in those sports. Soccer players Basketball players have drills and games in a state-of-the-art basketball court. Day Campers rotate between a variety of activities with teaching artists and specialists, including Martial Arts, Theater in a 200-person auditorium on stage, Yoga, Archery, and Dance. Hebrew Dual Language Campers hear Hebrew from native Hebrew-speaking counselors throughout their day, and have a daily play-based modern Hebrew language lesson as one of their daily activities. Everyone travels back together to the pick-up sites for snack and play time.
In the afternoons, we provide after-care until as late as 6pm.
Thursdays, students look forward to a Trip Day. Trips this summer include Coco Key Water Resort, LegoLand, NY Hall of Science, @Play, Dave and Busters, and more!
On Fridays, all campers spend a day at Kings Bay Y's main site in Sheepshead Bay. A Friday highlight is a big show as a whole camp, ranging from acrobats to improv, live musicians to reptiles. We end the week on a high note!
Wednesday 6/29 Welcome Day
Welcome, Play Time and Breakfast
||Travel to pool
||Instructional and Recreational Swim
||Lunch (and sometimes bowling!)
||Specials: Archery, Soccer, Theater, etc.
||Specials: Martial Arts, Yoga, Basketball, etc.
||Specials: Dance, Basketball, Hebrew, etc.
||Wrap up activities and travel back to camp
||Snack & Play Time
||Dismissal; After Care available until 6pm