The new campuses will feature programs and activities similar to those at the other locations, including sports, arts and crafts, interactive gaming, go-karts, swimming, and bowling. New programs at all the locations for 2018 include an enhanced dance program; ELA, math, science, and social studies lessons; and new theme days and field trips.
The locations for the new campuses were chosen based on a variety of factors, including a need for day camp in those areas, as well as convenience for families, according to managing director Jason Turnier. Both campuses are located near Long Island Rail Road stations, providing easy drop off for working parents who commute via train to Manhattan.
“People don't want to travel too far for camp. It's got to be convenient and affordable,” Turnier says. “And the kids have to have a good time.”
To further help parents, the Camps 'R' Us enrollment program is customizable, designed for those who may not have traditional work schedules. Parents can enroll their children in any combination of weeks, from as few as one up to eight. They can also choose any number and combination of days per week, from as few as two up to five. Plus, the days they choose can differ week to week.
“Camp is for the whole family, and it's about keeping it simple for the parents,” Turnier says.
Scheduled to open June 25, the first day of camp, the campuses are based at St. Raymond School in East Rockaway, and Saints Philip and James School in Saint James. They bring the total of campuses owned by Camps 'R' Us to nine. The other campuses are located in Baldwin, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Syosset, Valley Stream, and West Islip.
Originally founded as Holy Family Summer Camp in 1993, Camps 'R' Us opened under its current name in 2007. It is accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the Nassau and Suffolk County Department of Health.
Registration is now open.
Main image: Camps 'R' Us campers can participate in a variety of activities, including go-karts, swimming, and sports.
Courtesy Camps 'R' Us