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Westchester Camp Director's Guide
Looking for a Children's Summer Camp in Westchester? This Camp Guide is your resource. If you're looking for a Westchester based sports camp, dance program, day camp, a special needs program, or other specialty camp here's a directory of kids summer programs.
A Child's Dream, LLC
10 Mill Rd
A Child's Dream offers half day programs for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. A camp program is also available from June 15-July 31, 9am-12pm. Tiffany Amaya and Ana Caldararo are the directors. Tiffany runs a classroom with compassion and structure. Ana has the parental experience that enables her to effectively deal with a child's emotional, social and developmental needs. Together they create a structured environment where your child enjoys socializing, learning and interacting with other children.
100 N. Broadway
914-591-7300 x 3142 or 3165
Claude B. Meyers, a renowned expert on foster care, is the President and CEO of Abbott House. Since 2004, Meyers has steered the array of programs offered for children in need and individuals with developmental disabilities at the agency, including oversight of the Abbott House mentoring and volunteer initiatives. She began her prestigious career as a caseworker for New York City?s Administration for Children?s Services where she rose to Acting Commissioner in 1996. In her spare time, Meyers builds homes in impoverished countries.
Ardsley Community Nursery School
21 American Legion Drive
Dr. Gloria Wolpert has a doctorate in education from Columbia University and is a New York State licensed teacher and school administrator. Gloria has significant experience in setting up and running education programs on all levels. ACNS is a certified day care center that maintains the outstanding quality of a nursery school from 9am-12pm, with a variety of afternoon sessions until 6pm, including early drop off. Programs are offered for 2-5-year-olds, and include a 3-week pre-camp program in June, as well as a summer camp program.
Badger Sports Club
119 Rockland Ave.
Nestled away in Larchmont, Badger Sports Club has been home to campers ages 3-12 since 1945. Operated by the Collins family since its founding, Badger is a premier, full-service day camp offering door-to-door transportation, daily hot lunch, towel, and laundry service. Campers participate in a variety of activities throughout the day including two swim sessions, where children are taught to swim by coaches and swimmers of the nationally ranked Badger Swim Club. Badger is directed by nationally ranked swim coach, John Collins Jr.
Bedford Discovery Early Childhood Center
190 Harris Rd
Phyllis DiFrancia has been the director for the past 9 years and has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. At Bedford Discovery, Phyllis has created programs based on the emergent approach to curriculum. It is her belief that children learn best through their own discovery of the world around them. Phyllis is dedicated to the professionalism of her staff through the trainings she has developed. Through various special events, Phyllis also built the foundation for family involvement at BDECC. Phyllis continues to actively pursue her lifelong devotion to the education of young children.
Beginning Years Early Childhood Center of Temple Beth El
220 S. Bedford Road
Janet Goldstein holds a master?s degree in early childhood and has more than 25 years of experience. At Beginning Years, children learn in a warm and nurturing environment. The professional staff helps children develop social, intellectual and physical skills while encouraging individuality, which builds self-esteem. Encourage a child?s love of learning!
Brain Builders Tutoring
280 Dobbs Ferry Road
Heather White is Brain Builder's Academic Director and Founder. She is a nationally-known teacher trainer as well as a former special education teacher with training in a wide array of remediation and assessment tools and programs. Heather oversees all of the work done at Brain Builders. Our tutoring staff are all highly qualified, thoroughly trained, and have at least several years of experience tutoring children of all ages. They are able to customize their work to meet the specific needs and address the unique learning deficits of any child.
Breezemont Day Camp
62-64 Cox Ave.
Gordon is the new owner and director of Breezemont Day Camp. Originally from Scotland, Gordon arrived in 1990 to work for one summer at Indian Head Camp in Pennsylvania, and has worked in camping ever since. "I can't wait for the summer to be here,” he says, “that's when the fun begins!"
Camp Discovery (K-9th Grades)
Allison Langer, JCC Camp Discovery director, spent the last six years as assistant director. A key leader in camp and teen programs, Allison trained individual camp staff to take on additional roles that include a teen-mentor program (The Big Buddy Program). To ensure that the bonds made during the summer continue through the winter, Allison initiated a yearly camp reunion, and sends out birthday cards to campers and staff all year. Allison�s enthusiasm, �kid at heart� and can-do spirit sets the tone that keeps kids and staff coming back year after year.
Camp Half Moon for Boys and Girls
PO Box 188
Camp Half Moon is celebrating 91 amazing summers of camp adventures in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Located on Lake Buel, Half Moon offers more than 45 activity programs tailored to meet the interests of our campers. Our beautiful lakefront campus also includes a heated pool, skate park, challenge course with zip line, playing fields, and studios all set among the beautiful towering pines. On land and water, we offer a safe, secure environment where kids thrive, learning new skills, making new friends, and developing confidence.
200 Old Tarrytown Road
For more than 40 years, Ken, Barbara, and Steve Schainman have been creating memorable summers for generations of campers. They are innovators in the camp field and active in the American Camp Association. With an unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of children ages 3-13, they have established a reputation for excellence. Ken has his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duke. Steve is a graduate of Yale, with his master�s from Harvard. Barbara is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a master�s from Tufts.
1 Nabby Hill
This summer will be Joe Bertino�s 43rd consecutive year at Camp Nabby. Joe gained experience as a counselor, pool director, and head counselor, before becoming the camp director in 1997. Joe has a master�s degree in education, and has been a physical education teacher and swim coach at the Hackley School and in the Ardsley School District for the past 36 years. Joe lives in Ossining with his wife, Rita (associate director); they have three sons: Frank, Joe, and Matt.
Camp Northwood - A Special Needs Camp
132 State Route 365
Camp Northwood, a coed sleepaway camp (ages 8-18), and The Northwood Center, a simulated apartment setting for young adults (ages 16-21), have been making a positive difference in the lives of socially-immature, learning-challenged, and high-functioning autism spectrum campers since 1976. Guided by the leadership of Gordon Felt, a certified special educator, campers benefit from 2-to-1 camper-to-counselor support while exploring more than 30 enriching, enjoyable, non-competitive activities promoting social skills, self-esteem, and independence. Located in the Adirondacks on a 9-mile lake, Northwood is family-owned, independent, and ACA accredited.
City Center Dance
98 Lake St.
Dina Giordano received her dance training at SUNY Purchase, and graduated magna cum laude with her BBA from Pace University. She has danced and worked with many renowned NYC choreographers. Her students have gone on to dance for Disney, movies and TV, as well as for the NY Knicks, Titans, and Dragons, and for the elite collegiate dance/pom teams at a number of universities. This past spring Dina was proud and honored to accept a position as adjunct faculty for the prestigious dance department at Purchase College.
Clearpool, a Green Chimneys program
33 Clearpool Road
Jennifer Gallo and Alexa Magnotta have been employed at Green Chimneys School in Brewster for the past eight years. Jen, who is a dually certified special education teacher, and Alexa, a certified school psychologist, have worked in their respective fields with students of a wide range of ages and a variety of social, emotional and learning needs. They have now collaborated to create a summer program at Green Chimneys? Clearpool Campus which will encompass the academic, social and behavioral challenges some children face while allowing them the joys of the recreational activities provided by camp.
ESF Summer Camps at Greenwich Academy
200 N. Maple Ave.
ESF Camps was founded in 1982 by brothers Michael and Bill Rouse. Each summer, the Rouses oversee three camp programs (Day Camp, Sports Camp, and Senior Camp) at Greenwich Academy for boys and girls ages 4-15. The Rouses and the ESF Team have had a profound impact on campers by building life skills through a dynamic staff, high-quality programs, premier location, time-honored traditions, and commitment to safety and fun! They work year-round to create an extraordinary camp experience each summer.
ESF Summer Camps at Riverdale Country School
5250 Fieldston Road
ESF Camps was founded in 1982 by brothers Michael & Bill Rouse. Each summer, the Rouses oversee three camp programs (Day Camp, Sports Camp & Senior Camp) at Greenwich Academy for boys & girls ages 4-15. The Rouses and the ESF Team have had a profound impact on campers by building life skills through a dynamic staff, high-quality programs, premier location, time-honored traditions, and commitment to safety and fun! They work year-round to create an extraordinary camp experience each summer.
Fashion Camp NYC
At the College for the Business of Fashion 12 E. 53rd St
Gordon Josey and his wife Fran are the directors of Fashion Camp NYC, an intensive, five-day, hands-on camp experience taught by the experts, designers, and retailers you read about in your favorite glossy and aspire to work with one day. Gordon has more than 20 years of experience, and is owner and director of Camp Twin Creeks; Fran is the executive vice president of Coach. The pair is uniquely qualified to teach teens ages 12-18 the �business� of fashion, helping them turn their passions into a lucrative profession.
For Kids Only
577 N. State Road
Karen Pena ran a child care program for staff at Clearview School in Briarcliff before joining For Kids Only in 2002. She began in our school-age program. The following year, she worked full time both as a teaching assistant in our preschool program and in our school age program (running our successful homework club). She completed courses in School Age Care I & II at WCC and received her School Age Care Credential. She is attending WCC for Early Childhood Education, has been Assistant Director since 2005 and was recently promoted to Director.
Future Stars Summer Camps
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
Jordan is returning for his 23rd year as director of Future Stars at Purchase College. He has a B.A. from Rollins College, (where he won the NCAA Tennis Championship), and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business, NYU. His education, business, and sports experience make him uniquely qualified to direct the camps for boys and girls, ages 4-16. Hand-picked, experienced program directors offer weekly sessions in tennis, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, circus arts, magic, diving, rising stars, cheerleading, field hockey, football, softball, volleyball, multi-sports, and academic.
Hardball NY Training Center
102 Fairview Park Dr
Hardball NY co-founder, Bill Sullivan, has been the Head Baseball Coach at NCAA Division II Mercy College for 15 years. During his tenure he has coached several All-Conference honorees, including current Japan League and former Major League pitcher Brian Sweeney. Designed to meet the needs of student-athletes at all ages and skill levels, Hardball NY is equipped with batting cages, pitching tunnels, an academic center and utility space for use by a variety of sports such as baseball, softball, and soccer.
Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp at the Harvey School
260 Jay St.
845-677-0491 Off-season / 914-232-0581 Summer
Director Chris Del Campo begins his 18th year this summer. With more than 35 years as an educator, he and his exceptional staff offer a program that allows children to take ownership of their camp experience. The Cavalier Camp offers more than 45 electives from which to choose, including dance, theater, music, fine arts, swimming, ice-skating, gymnastics, martial arts, science, computers, and many more. Nowhere else in Northern Westchester can a child swim one day and ice-skate another! Call today for a personal tour.
Hoff-Barthelson Music School
25 School Ln
HBMS Preschool is purposely intimate, which gives me ample time and opportunity to nurture each child?s creativity and intellectual curiosity in both classes. HBMS provides the added benefit of superb early childhood music classes twice a week. We use classical music literature (like Peter and The Wolf) as a foundation for our annual special art project, which is a three-dimensional, recycled materials construction that is based on and inspired by the music. (Three-year-old class, Monday?Thursday12:30pm?2:45pm & 4-year-old class, Monday?Friday 8:45am?11:30 am).
House of Sports Westchester
1 Elm St.
Nephew of the famed Coach K, Andy played basketball at Duke on a Final Four team, and one that went on to win a NCAA National Championship in 2001. Prior to joining the House of Sports, Andy was the director of basketball at IMG Academies. There, he worked with some of the top high school, college, and NBA players in the country. During his tenure, 54 high school students went on to receive Division 1 basketball scholarships.
After winning NYC and NYS high school championships with Rice High School, Lou DeMello moved on to the role of head basketball coach at Concordia College. He also served as founder and executive director of the Westchester Hawks, and is the founder and organizer of the Slam Dunk Boys and Girls High School Basketball Tournament, now in its 14th consecutive year. In addition to serving as the House of Sports' athletic director, he is also director of the Shooting Lab.
Ned Crotty is one of the top three lacrosse players in the world. He was an All-American at Duke and was a member the 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship team. He also won the Tewaaraton Trophy for the most outstanding lacrosse player in the nation. Ned joined the MLL after being chosen the first overall pick in the 2010 MLL draft, and currently plays for the Rochester Rattlers. Prior to joining the House of Sports, Ned was a senior coach with Trilogy Lacrosse.
Dale was a four-year baseball starter at Butler University, a leading Division 1 baseball school. In 2005, he was awarded the Horizon League Player of the Year. He played three years of professional baseball in the Frontier and Northern Leagues, winning a championship title each year. In addition, Dale served as the manager and head instructor at the Baseball Center, NYC's leading baseball center. Prior to joining the House of Sports, he spent three years coaching at the JV and Varsity levels.
Iona Grammar School, Excellence in Education For Boys
173 Stratton Road
Peter Borchetta is the President/Headmaster of Iona Grammar School. Peter has dedicated his 35-year career in education to exclusively Catholic Schools, where he has brought many years of his respect and love for education and his belief in Jesus Christ and Christian values. He believes in fostering a well-rounded student by encouraging excellence in academics, a commitment to one's faith, respect and courtesy toward others, and participation in extra-curricular activities. His mission for the boys who graduate from IGS is to have the confidence, discipline and respect of others.
JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Road
Caryn Symons has joined the JCC as Director of Camp Gadol. Caryn has been a nursery school teacher at the JCC for the past 7 years, and has been a Head Counselor at Camp Gadol for the past 4 years. Caryn brings her own brand of creativity, enthusiasm and community spirit that will enrich each child's camp experience. Caryn holds a Masters in Education from Queens College and was an award winning high school guidance counselor before raising her two sons.
Kehillah School for Early Learning (in partnership with Bright Horizons)
1000 Pinebrook Blvd.
ECP Director Wendy Shemer holds degrees of BA (Honors), MA (Psychology) and MSW. Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with NY State N-6 teaching certification. Wendy began her thirty-year association with Temple Israel's ECP as a parent and then teacher. Later she founded/directed its Parenting Center, served as social work consultant for the preschool, and became ECP Director in 1997.
Her warm, empathetic personality and love of this program, as well as her relationship with the parents, teachers and children enrich each family?s experience.
Kiwi Country Day Camp
825 Union Valley Road
Karla Bellotto has a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Purchase. She has represented Camp Kiwi since 1985. Kiwi also has an assistant director, as well more than 20 coordinators overseeing specific areas of the camp. The key staff is composed of highly qualified teachers and parents. Also available are two camp psychologists. Their main goal is to ensure the safety and happiness of all campers. Everything takes place on their extensive Kiwi campus. Call for more information.
Mount Kisco Child Care Center
95 Radio Circle
Program Director Dawn Meyerski has a Master?s in elementary education and has dedicated 25 years to the education and care of young children. Our goal is to support each child's intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth with an emphasis on building self esteem, while preserving the wonders of childhood. The Center?s innovative JEWEL intergenerational program, Feed Me Fresh, seed to table nutrition program with on-site gardening, cooking, and nutrition classes, and magnificent facility provides a safe, healthy and happy learning environment unlike any other in Westchester.
Mount Tom Day Camp
48 Mount Tom Road
Doug Volan has been at Mount Tom for more than 38 consecutive summers. Since purchasing Mount Tom in 2001, his vision for the camp's future has been shaped by his deep and personal understanding of how a meaningful camp experience can influence a child's sense of well-being and self-esteem. He has served as president of the New York State Camp Directors Association, president of the Rockland/Westchester Day Camp Association, Organizational Advancement Oversight Chair of the American Camp Association, and is a member of the Westchester County Camp Advisory Council.
MVP Basketball Camp
John Nemsick joined MVP Basketball Camp at its inception in 1994. He holds a master’s degree from Fordham University and a certification from Manhattanville College in educational leadership. Mr. Nemsick teaches middle school English at Fox Lane, and has coached basketball at every level in the secondary schools. Under his outstanding leadership, MVP has gained a reputation as a premier basketball camp and was recognized in 2013 as “Best Sports Camp in Westchester” by Westchester Magazine.
Oasis Summer Day Camp in Dobbs Ferry at Mercy College
Alla Zaydman has been a member of the Oasis family since 2008. She is thrilled to step into her new role this summer as director of Oasis in Dobbs Ferry. Alla is a resident of Ardsley and feels fortunate to be able to share her experience and love of camp with her community. Alla is the proud mom of two daughters, Olivia and Anabella, who have attended Oasis for the past three years in Dobbs Ferry.
Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School
20 Main St
Every summer, PEA Summer School welcomes to campus over 700 bright, highly motivated students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields. Typically, students come to us from more than 40 states and over 30 foreign countries. Ethan Shapiro has been at Phillips Exeter for twenty-two years. He has been a Russian language and history teacher, Dean of Students, Varsity wrestling coach, and is currently in his third year as the Director of Summer School.
Purchase Day Camp
Jim Kelly started working at Purchase Day Camp in 1977 and made his way up the ranks to become director in 1998. ?My philosophy focuses on the camper's best interests,? says Kelly. ?Because it's all about the children, our broad-based program?with a variety of offerings?allows campers to explore individual talents and interests. My team members' sensitivity, enthusiasm and encouragement build confidence and self-esteem.? Call to discuss how that team will help your child grow.
Rainbow Nursery School - Hartsdale
130 N. Central Ave
20 years ago, Gale Kelleher found her passion and began Rainbow Nursery School. Gale's belief is that each child brings something unique to the classroom. The philosophy at Rainbow is to find each child's special gift and nurture it. ?I believe that the greatest gift we can offer each child is the gift of self-esteem, to make them confident in all of their abilities. Children are the smartest, kindest people and if we take time to listen, we can all learn something from each other.?
Saints John and Paul School
280 Weaver Street
With over 15 years of experience in education, Colleen Pettus became principal of Saints John and Paul School (SJP) in August 2009. She most recently served as both a supervisor of novice teachers and as an instructor in the Teaching of English program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received her MA in English Education. Mrs. Pettus has been recognized as a Model Classroom Teacher in the NYC public schools and was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award at Teachers College.
Schechter Westchester Summer Camp
555 W. Hartsdale Ave
Rich Silverstein, director of Schechter Westchester Summer Camp (SWSC), has 20 plus years of experience as a teacher, coach, and in camping. He joined Solomon Schechter School of Westchester nine years ago as Director of PE and Athletics. Rich has directed several day and sleep-away camps, most recently a 1,000-camper JCC camp in OH with 250 staff members. He also directed day and sleep-away camps in CT and NY. Rich has a BS in Physical Education and an MA in Administration.
Squire Advantage/Squire Sports Academies
PO Box 885
Celebrating 40 years! Matt Davanzo operates Squire Advantage Camps, distinctive day camps for children grades K-9 at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. Campers design their own custom schedules from more than 50 exciting courses including robotics, art, gourmet cooking, swimming, computers, digital photography, Legos, and more. All courses are taught by certified school teachers. Squire also operates a Baseball, Tennis, and All Sports Academy at the Masters School. Hot lunch, snack, T-shirt, and early drop off included. Transportation and extended day are available.
Squire Camps, Inc.
Celebrating 42 years! Matt Davanzo operates Squire Advantage Camps, distinctive day camps for children in kindergarten-ninth grades at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. Campers design their own custom schedules from more than 50 exciting courses including robotics, art, gourmet cooking, swimming, computers, digital photography, Legos, and more. All courses are taught by certified school teachers. Squire also operates a Baseball, Tennis, and All Sports Academy at the Masters School. Hot lunch, snack, T-shirt, and early drop off included. Transportation and extended day are available.
Summer Trails Day Camp & Baseball Camp
93 Mahopac Ave
Jamie Sirkin completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and then received a Masters of Social Work from NYU. As a camp ?lifer?, she has spent over 25 summers at camp, more than a decade as a Camp Administrator. As Summer Trails enters its 37th season, Jamie and her top notch staff continue to focus on building the self-esteem of each camper by reinforcing positive human values and by providing cutting-edge programming. Jamie is committed to impacting children through the summer camp experience.
Ursuline School (The)
1354 North Ave
Eileen Davison is the first lay principal in the 112 year history of The Ursuline School. She has developed state-of-art programs that enable Ursuline to maintain its position as one of the area?s leading educators of young women. She co-founded the Peer Mediation program, initiated a course in Authentic Science Research under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, and initiated a chapter of the international Teenangels Program to promote cyber safety among young internet users. Mrs. Davidson is deeply committed to the Ursuline values of education promoted for centuries.
Wagon Road Camp
431 Quaker Road
Vince Canziani has been working with children for more than 30 years as a teacher, social worker, program director, and adventure leader. Now in his 15th year as the director of Wagon Road Camp, he has a passion for creating summer programs that tie together fun, curiosity, and mastery. Vince did his undergraduate work at The University of San Francisco and Oxford University. He holds a master’s in social work from Hunter College.
Weekday Nursery School
1200 North Ave
This is my 21st year as the director at Weekday. We provide a loving environment where children learn through educational play, setting the foundation for lifelong learners. We teach in a way that makes sense to children and entices them to discover and explore. My staff has an understanding of childhood development that guides their planning and assessment. Weekday offers many programs for children ages 18 months through pre-kindergarten with many extended day options. Licensed by NYS OCFS. Call for an appointment ? registration is now.
Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts
1974 Commerce St
Rose-Marie Menes, is a former professional dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She began her ballet training at seven with George Milenoff of the Imperial Ballet School in Russia and later studied under such world famous teachers as Madame Maria Swoboda, Leon Danelian and Madame Gabriella Darvash. As founder of the Westchester Ballet Center, she believes that giving children the enjoyment of dance, combined with the importance of learning and mastering the choreography, provides a learning experience that will enrich their lives forever.
1495 Weaver St
Sauveur Chris Soriano, born in Lyon, France, started judo at 6 and became a black belt at 17. A member of the French National judo team from 1982 to 1992, he reached the podium in international competitions. While he was a good fighter, his true passion was to educate, train, teach, and coach young judokas. Developing judo in USA is now the center of his life. A 5th-degree black belt, International coach USA Judo, Sauveur leads the Westchester Judo Club (founded in 2001), and supports and coaches international champions.
World Cup Nursery School and Kindergarten
160 Hunts Lane
WCNS & K offers two exciting camps. Prep camp offers a special summer experience for 2-year olds and their moms. Moms can enjoy watching their children smile and giggle as they are introduced to stimulating songs, music and movement activities in our well-equipped facilities. Nursery School Camp for 2-6-year-olds is filled with lots of physical and creative activities including water play, gym time and creative crafts. Every week includes exciting guest visits from local zoos and nature centers, theme week and pizza parties!