Rockland Offers a Variety of Summer Camps

Some options for your child's summer.

Time is running out to get your child registered for a summer camp. Rockland County offers plenty of options, from town camps in Nyack, Clarkstown and Orangetown to privately-owned ones all over the area.

The following is a look at some of the options.

- 667 Blauvelt Road in Pearl River

  • The 92nd Street Y offers a multiple camps from ages 3-17. Camp Yomi is split into groups for Kindergarten through fourth grade and the Yomi Seniors for grades five through seven, both at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Pearl River. In addition to campers coming in from New York City, Rockland residents can drop their children off at the New City JCC or Pearl River Lanes. Children also learn about Jewish heritage.
  • Offers a mix of athletic and artistic activities, including swimming, with special activities scheduled throughout the summer. Children bring their lunches and towels.

 - 175 W. Clarkstown Road in New City - 845-356-5005

  • Accepts campers ages three through 15
  • Family-owned, sports-oriented camp known for its climbing tower. Includes all-sports programs. Features very small groups.

Gate Hill Day Camp - 750 Gate Hill Road in Stony Point - 845 947 3223

  • Family-run camp takes children as young as three and up through ninth grade, with a LIT program for 10th graders.
  • Offers a strong athletic program, art and nature-related activities -- mixing specialists who run specific activities and counselors who are with their group all day. Campers swim twice per day. Special activities such as Gate Hill Olympics, Ga-Ga Madness and late stays are spread throughout the eight-week program.
  • Cost of camp includes towel service, transportation, lunch and snacks.

Christian Herald Road in Upper Nyack - 845-358-6240

  • Accepts children from entering Kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Provides a religious and educational focus, calling itself "the camping arm of Conservative Judiasm." Also includes traditional camping activities including art, nature, swimming and other athletic activities. Also offers optional sports clinics.

- 420 Phillips Hill Road in New City - 845-638-0700

  • Accepts campers starting at age through through ninth grade, with a CIT program for 10th graders.
  • Family-owned camp features bumper cars, a water park and a lake for fishing as well as arts and crafts, boating and sports. Includes special events such as Woodlympics, carnivals and concerts.
  • Lunch and transportation are included in the cost of camp.

Amazing Grace Circus Camp -

  • And now for something completely different, this camp specializes in entertaining kids and encouraging them to get healthy as they learn skills used in a circus including juggling, acrobatics, walking a high wire and clown routines.
  • Not a full-summer camp. Offers a two-week session for ages 7-14 and three or five-day options for kids ages 5-7.
Mairebk March 12, 2011 at 03:00 PM
At $5000-6000 for 8 weeks many of these camps are out of working parents budgets. YMCA / YWCA camps in Rockland and Bergan offer traditional summer camp experiences at well over 1/2 the price.
Carlo Pellegrini March 15, 2011 at 03:41 AM
The Amazing Grace CIRCUS! Summer Day Camp is pretty reasonably priced...it is $675 for a two-week session. This has been the same rate for over four years. They run 3, 2-week sessions plus 1, 1-week session. There is a Showcase of Talents on the last day of every camp session. For $2,000 a child can spend 6 weeks flying on the trapeze, walking a tightwire, learning how to clown and putting on circus performances...I think even the Y isn't that inexpensive. And the trainers are from professional circuses like Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil.
Judy Martin March 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM
There's something different about the CIRCUS camp. Exciting skills are learned that remain with the kids all their lives long. It's like bicycle-riding that way. And it really DOES give those kids confidence and a sense of self...well-deserved! No bully can take away a real skill!!
JP April 06, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Chauncy Unfortunately everyone is not fortunate enough to have the option to stay at home with their children. Some people MUST work to live so the next best thing is to send them to a place where they can enjoy themselves and learn things instead of having them hang out in the streets where they get into trouble. JP
Carolyn Yates April 09, 2011 at 11:21 PM
All great camps! My husband and I have recently gone into partnership with Sarah Lanti, and run the new Lanti Yates Music School, a professional music school located in South Nyack, offering quality music education. The studio is running a unique, exciting and well priced Summer Music and Arts Camp. Visit the website at www.lantiyatesmusic.com for more information.


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