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Why Your Child Should Be A Camp Counselor

Why Your Child Should Be A Camp Counselor

Is your child looking for his first summer job? Has she aged out of camp, but doesn't want to give it up? Here's why young adults should consider being a camp counselor.

The Lasting Effect of Camp Counselors on Campers

The Lasting Effect of Camp Counselors on Campers

Discover why kids love listening to their camp counselors—and why it’s important for parents to take a step back.

The Importance of Summer Camp Friendships

The Importance of Summer Camp Friendships

Friendships that form in just a few weeks at summer camp, can last a lifetime.

Camp Dilemma: The Reluctant Child

Camp Dilemma: The Reluctant Child

Your child exclaims she doesn't want to go back to camp, now what? We spoke to experts about how you can get to the bottom of your child's feelings, and how to encourage her to give camp another chance.

STEM Camps in the NYC Area

STEM Camps in the NYC Area

Find a STEM camp for your child in our guide to math, science, and tech camps for kids in the NYC area, including programs in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Fairfield County, CT.

Project Playdate Launches a Different Kind of Summer Camp for NYC Kids

Project Playdate Launches a Different Kind of Summer Camp for NYC Kids

Project Playdate's new SummerPlay program for kids ages 3-10 organizes group playdates to art, culture, education, and fitness venues in NYC during the gap days between school and camp in June and August.

Important Questions to Ask a Camp Director

Important Questions to Ask a Camp Director

Are your kids ready for overnight camp? More importantly, are you? The moms behind Mabel's Labels offer some great questions to ask camp directors to put your fears to rest.

How to Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

How to Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

Looking for the right summer camp for your child? Here’s some helpful tips and advice from Mabel's Labels, a company founded by four moms. See below for their suggestions for great things to consider when choosing a summer camp for your child!

Summer Camp Exposes Kids to New Interests and Experiences

Summer Camp Exposes Kids to New Interests and Experiences

The benefits of summer camp, and how sending kids to summer camp help them form new interests, gain new experiences, and learn new skills.

How Camp Helps Kids Form a Connection with Nature

How Camp Helps Kids Form a Connection with Nature

The benefits of sending your kids to summer camp are numerous, from preparing them for college to helping them form friendships outside your influence. Here are four ways camp helps kids form a connection to nature.

Ask the Expert: Can I Claim My Child's Summer Camp on My Taxes?

Ask the Expert: Can I Claim My Child's Summer Camp on My Taxes?

Did you send your kids to summer camp? You may be able to write off the expense on your taxes. Find out if your child's summer camp qualifies for Child and Dependent Care Credit.

The Importance of Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

The Importance of Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

Even though you can find after-school activities for any interest your child may have, summer camp is still an important experience for your child, from making new friends to getting prepared for college.

Meet the Camps: Long Island

Meet the Camps: Long Island

Here are Long Island programs that offer children summer fun, great instruction and wonderful social settings. Get to know them all.

Meet Camp Directors at the Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair

Meet Camp Directors at the Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair

Parents will get a chance to meet camp directors and learn about summer camps and other summer programs for kids in the NY metro area at the 33rd annual Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair, to be held in White Plains on February 8.

Camps ‘R’ Us Offers Holiday Break Camp in West Islip

Camps ‘R’ Us Offers Holiday Break Camp in West Islip

Camps 'R' Us, a traditional summer day camp, is offering a holiday break camp in West Islip this year during the school break.

The Goddard School Adds Mini Camps to Summer Programming

The Goddard School Adds Mini Camps to Summer Programming

The Goddard School in Hastings-on-Hudson now offers specialized summer programs for preschoolers enrolled in its summer camp, including gymnastics, nature, and fort building.

Sibling Storylines: Simplifying Summer Camp Plans for Several Campers

Sibling Storylines: Simplifying Summer Camp Plans for Several Campers

Juggling summer camp schedules for several kids can be tough, but if you plan ahead, it is possible to help each child enjoy camp and without having a crazy schedule.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp Appoints New Director

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp Appoints New Director

The Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, located in Riverhead, recently named Brian Morris as its new camp director. The sleepaway camp on Long Island is an ACA-accredited camp for ages 8-16.

Organic Living Summer Program For Kids in Sayville

Organic Living Summer Program For Kids in Sayville

OrganiKids will offer an organic summer program for kids in Sayville. The program includes indoor and outdoor summer activities such as gardening, nature hikes, mud kitchens, and picnics.

3 Campfire Desserts That Are Better Than S'mores

3 Campfire Desserts That Are Better Than S'mores

Who doesn't love s'mores? This classic campfire dessert may be delicious, but it can turn into a sticky mess, leaving kids covered in marshmallow and chocolate. Try these three less-mess versions that have all the flavor of the traditional treat.

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

Planning a camping trip? There are some things you should know about cooking food on a campfire. Check out these 10 expert tips for cooking safely and efficiently on an outdoor fire and you'll be making drool-worthy eggs al fresco in no time.

Hewitt School Campers Learn Digestion and Get Moving

Hewitt School Campers Learn Digestion and Get Moving

The Hewitt School's Summer Clubhouse Camp for kids on the Upper East Side has added two new programs. Shawn Shafner of the POOP Project will teach campers about digestion, plus campers will participate in Zumba for kids.

Broadway Workshop Adds Junior Excel Camp

Broadway Workshop Adds Junior Excel Camp

Broadway Workshop holds performing arts camps for children in Manhattan. It will offer its Junior Excel Camp this summer for ages 9-13.

LIU Post Youth Camps Adds Three Programs

LIU Post Youth Camps Adds Three Programs

LIU Post Summer Youth Camps will add three new programs to its schedule of camp programs for 2014: cheerleading camp, horseback riding camp, and an academic enrichment camp.

New Canaan Nature Center Expands Summer Camp Programs

New Canaan Nature Center Expands Summer Camp Programs

New Canaan Nature Center recently expanded its summer camp programs to include more outdoor recreation and education. The nature and adventure summer camps in Fairfield County offer three levels based on age.

Two New Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits

Two New Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits

Rockland Jewish Family Service Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits will offer two new programs this summer: Camp Kipanga for children ages 5-10 and Camp Katikati for children ages 11-13. The camps are for children with social deficits such as autism, ADD, and social anxiety.

Solving the Case of What's Wrong at Camp

Solving the Case of What's Wrong at Camp

What do you do when your child says she doesn't like her camp and refuses to go back? A parent shares tips to solve the case of What's Wrong at Camp to make your child's summer at camp enjoyable.

Usdan Introduces Three New Programs for 2014 Summer Camp

Usdan Introduces Three New Programs for 2014 Summer Camp

Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts recently announced new additions to its summer camp curriculum. The camp will add a theater audition workshop, a Broadway dance workshop, and sewing and fashion production to its 2014 camp offerings.

10 Things Camp Counselors Wish Parents Didn't Do

10 Things Camp Counselors Wish Parents Didn't Do

Local camp owners and directors share advice and tips for camp parents—10 things they wish parents didn't do when sending children to camp. Plus, counselors share five things they want parents to know.

Summer Adventure Camp Expands Activities

Summer Adventure Camp Expands Activities

The Knox School Summer Adventure, a summer day camp at The Knox School in St. James, will offer stand up paddle boarding, a marine science program, and Lego robotics this summer.

Westchester Camp & Activities Fair Comes to Town

Westchester Camp & Activities Fair Comes to Town

More than 50 camps will gather for you to do your summer camp research all in one place—and getting your questions answered in person, well, there’s nothing better than that.

Camp Countdown: Watch and Learn

Camp Countdown: Watch and Learn

Parents make the most of summer camp by having kids teach family members what they learned at camp during weekly family activities.

Camp Countdown: Camp Pride PJs

Camp Countdown: Camp Pride PJs

If your children are missing their camp friends, why not let them host a summer camp slumber party? Customize these flannel pajama bottoms from Appliké Couture and let your child show camp pride!

Camp Countdown: Keep In Touch as a Pen Pal

Camp Countdown: Keep In Touch as a Pen Pal

Summer camp may be over, but that doesn't mean your child has to stop communicating with their camp friends. We have five pen pal tips to help your child write letters and stay in touch with their summer camp friends.

Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp Appoints New Director

Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp Appoints New Director

Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp & Workshops appointed David Romero as its new camp director earlier this year. Romero, who got his start as a camp counselor for Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp in high school, plans to expand the camp’s summer learning workshops.

Camp Countdown: S'mores For Grown-Ups

Camp Countdown: S'mores For Grown-Ups

While the kids are at camp having their summer fun, why don’t you indulge in your own nostalgic treat and create a grown-up version of the best summer snack, the s'more? Sarah Warren, creator of S'more Bakery in Brooklyn, shows us how.

NYChessKids Offers Summer Camp at PS98 in Queens

NYChessKids Offers Summer Camp at PS98 in Queens

PS98Q, The Douglaston School of Literature in Queens, and NYChessKids have partnered to offer a summer day camp for children ages 4-12 in July and August. Campers will learn to play chess, as well as have ample physical activity.

Asphalt Green's Battery Park City Location Offers Family Programming

Asphalt Green's Battery Park City Location Offers Family Programming

Asphalt Green’s new Battery Park City location offers the same athletic and fitness programming to youth, adults, and families, as well culinary and cultural classes. Asphalt Green also offers summer day camp for children ages 4-13, which includes sports and swim instruction, as well as cultural arts.

Chilibeans Party Place Now Offers Two Summer Camps

Chilibeans Party Place Now Offers Two Summer Camps

Chilibeans Party Place will host two different summer camps in Queens this year: Lego Engineering and Artful Adventures. The Lego camp applies real-world physics, engineering, and architecture concepts for children in kindergarten through sixth grades. The art camp is split into two sessions: 3-D Insanity and Crazy Craftin’ for children in first through sixth grades.

THE GYM and North Castle Pool & Tennis Team Up to Offer Two Summer Camps

THE GYM and North Castle Pool & Tennis Team Up to Offer Two Summer Camps

THE GYM of Armonk and North Castle Pool & Tennis have partnered to offer a sports and fitness camp and a basketball camp, both with summer swim instruction, this summer for children in Armonk.

Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

A geocaching adventure is like a modern day treasure hunt, and you can do it with the whole family.

How Camp Helps Kids Gain Confidence and Independence

How Camp Helps Kids Gain Confidence and Independence

Summer camp, and especially sleepaway camp, helps kids develop confidence and independence, and their experiences at camp help them break through their comfort zones, build lasting friendships, and find who they truly are.

Brooklyn Summer Day Camp Offers Toddler Program

Brooklyn Summer Day Camp Offers Toddler Program

Long-running summer day camp, Park Explorers Day Camp, will offer a toddler program starting this summer. The early explorers program introduces children to the summer camp environment at a speed set for 3-year-olds.

Summer Camp Program Opens Farmingdale, West Islip Locations

Summer Camp Program Opens Farmingdale, West Islip Locations

The "most affordable" summer camp program on Long Island has plans to open two new locations—Farmingdale and West Islip—in time for camp this summer. Hosted at St. Killian School and Our Lady of Lourdes School, Camps 'R' Us is fully equipped with opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities.

These Are Not Your Traditional Summer Camps

These Are Not Your Traditional Summer Camps

Do your kids love summer camp but want to attend a less traditional sleepaway camp this year? Check out these four camps that we've profiled, which focus on activities like fashion, technology, photography, and making video games.

Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience

Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience

An ex-camper reflects on how camp has changed over the years, from activities to food to communications, and what hasn't changed.

Oasis Day Camp Expands into Brooklyn Bridge Park

Oasis Day Camp Expands into Brooklyn Bridge Park

Oasis Day Camp added Brooklyn Bridge Park to its list of summer camp locations for the summer of 2013. Outdoor events will take place in the park, while rainy day and indoor activities will be held at St. Francis College.

One Big Family Heads to Sleepaway Camp in Catskills Mountains

One Big Family Heads to Sleepaway Camp in Catskills Mountains

One Queens family attended Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA in the Catskill Mountains. They discovered new activities and interests. Here's what mom Nancy Johnson-Horn thought about their experience.

The Highlights of Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA

The Highlights of Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA

One Queens family attended Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA in the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York. Here's what mom Nancy Johnson-Horn liked about the experience, and one thing she'd change.

Bring Camp Crafts Home with Friendship Bracelets

Bring Camp Crafts Home with Friendship Bracelets

Keep your kids busy on bad-weather days with fun indoor activities like this camp-inspired craft: friendship bracelets. The Landyard Ladies in Nassau, Long Island offer friendship bracelet making kits that can be purchased online. It's the perfect way to bring camp arts and crafts home in the off-season.

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NYMetroParents is the parenting division of Davler Media Group and encompasses 9 regional print magazines within the greater NY metro region as well as the website (nymetroparents.com). Following the success of the first NYC parenting resource book, "Big Apple Baby," BIG APPLE PARENT was launched in 1985; it is now the largest publisher of regional parenting content in the United States.

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