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UPDATED October 2018: Summer camp isn't just for younger kids; older kids, tweens, and teens can take advantage of summer day camps and programming across Long Island including day camps, sports camps, leadership programs, dance and theater camps, music camps, camps for children with special needs, art camps, academic enrichment camps, science and STEM camps, ballet camps, camps for kids with special needs, math camps, coding and robotics camps, DJ camps, horseback riding camps, camps for gifted students, and counselor-in-training programs. Your older kids, tweens, and teens don't have to go far for a summer full of fun, as these summer camps are located across Long Island including locations in Roslyn Heights, Huntington Station, Wheatley Heights, Port Washington, Melville, Mineola, Rockville Centre, Great Neck, New Hyde Park, Syosset, Amityville, Brookville, Uniondale, Farmingdale, Patchogue, Bethpage, Cold Spring Harbor, West Islip, Vallet Stream, Dix Hills, Riverhead, Middle Island, Mount Sinai, Ronkonkoma, Commack, Port Jefferson Station, Miller Place, and Smithtown.
Check the boxes to connect with these businessesART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND SUMMER ART ADVENTURE
30 DeForest Road, Dix Hills
Summer Pre-College Portfolio Development
107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
The Art League of Long Island’s Summer Art Adventure Mature Artist Program offers tweens and young teens ages 11-14 an intensive and exciting visual arts experience hosted at the Forest Park Elementary School in Dix Hills. In the Summer Portfolio Program, teens ages 15-18 work under the guidance of Lucas Sheridan, an experienced high school studio art teacher, to create a well-rounded portfolio essential for admission to their favorite college. Summer Portfolio takes place in the art studios at the Art League’s center in Dix Hills.
Whether a budding rock-star or an aspiring classical musician, BACH TO ROCK (B2R) is the place to find the best music education programs for everyone! B2R has classes and programs for all ages, all levels, and all instruments. From pre-K to adults, B2R offers private and group music lessons (guitar, voice, piano, drums, violin, sax, and more), birthday parties, Rock Bands, Vocal Ensembles, Musical Theatre Workshops, Music Camps, Early Childhood Classes, Recording Arts and Music Production, NYSSMA Preparation, and Adaptive Music Lessons for individuals with special needs. Call, email, or stop by for more information.
We offer fun-filled activities each day giving your child a unique opportunity to play and have fun with other campers the same age. Designed to inspire learning through a range of physical activities and games; our multi-sport summer camp offers a low pressure, yet high energy environment, allowing your child to excel in a range of sports. These games and activities, combined with our coaching staff, ensures your son or daughter will have a great experience. Our counselor-to-athlete ratio for our “Mini’s” program is 1-to-5 and for our “Junior’s” program is 1-to-8 in order to maintain a safe environment.
BETH SHOLOM DAY CAMP
401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Upper Camp for grades fifth-eighth offers girls a traditional camp with an enhanced focus on the arts. Boys take part in our Sports Academy, with an emphasis on athletics. Both groups have electives in their schedules. The Upper Camp schedule includes weekly trips out of camp, and two overnights. CIT Program for grades ninth-10th involves a half-day of regular camp schedule, and the rest working with a specific group. Our CIT program includes weekly field trips, community service projects, and two overnights. CITs receive training to acquire leadership and teambuilding skills.
Our teens and tweens experience the very best that Buckley Camp has to offer! Children age 12 are in an elective based program where they choose workshops based on their own interests, plus daily instructional swim. Our teen program for ages 13-14 is a mix of leadership training, trips, and recreational experiences. Our teens go on three trips per week, as well as an overnight trip to Club Getaway and an overnight experience at camp. For more information please contact us at 516-365-7760 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
Held at Camp Claire, 15 Oakland Ave., Lyme, CT, Middlesex County Camp, 298 E. Haddam Moodus Road, Moodus, CT,
Camp Clio and our new Camp Clio Teen offer a unique experience for adopted children (ages 9-12) and teens (ages 13-16). Camp Clio campers and counselors, (themselves adopted and serving as role models), share the intimacy and safety of being with other adopted friends, providing the opportunity to share feelings and adoption stories with others who understand adoption without explanation because they are “just like me”–all in a fun camp environment. Camp Clio Teen: July 1-13. Camp Clio Youth: July 1-21. Campers may come for one or more sessions. Scholarships available.
Camps ‘R’ Us Teen and Tween Programs. Seventh and eighth graders comprise our most senior camper division. Tweens and teens enjoy a dynamic summer camp experience, with a combination of traditional day camp activities and a flexible program providing an array of choice-based programming, electives, and workshops. Campers also enjoy unique on and off-campus programming, with exclusives just for seventh and eighth graders. Learn more at campsrus.org/division-78. The C2 Program is for campers who have completed ninth grade. It’s our version of a Counselor-In-Training program, designed specifically to fully assist in the transition from camper to staff member. Learn more at campsrus.org/c2-program.
Naturalist in Training (NIT) at the CSH Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, for students in grades eighth-12th. Students will learn what it is like to work at a summer camp, gaining leadership skills and participating in fun, outdoor adventures. NITs work in a team assisting Hatchery education staff and become small group leaders during camp activities. There are opportunities throughout the summer to participate in at least one week of camp. Naturalists in Training must have participated in Junior Biologists in previous years. Exceptions for students entering grades ninth-12th will be made on a case-by-case basis.
DESTINATION SCIENCE - THE FUN SCIENCE DAY CAMP FOR CURIOUS KIDS 5 TO 11!
multiple locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties,
Leaders in Training is a hands-on leadership experience for kids entering seventh through 11th grade. Perfect for graduates of Destination Science camp, student body officers, or any students interested in gaining real-world leadership experience. Has your teen previously participated in our camp experience and mentioned how they wish they could still be involved with Destination Science? Are they looking for something new and exciting to do this summer and to add real leadership experience to their school resumes? They may want to consider becoming a Leader in Training with Destination Science!
Locations throughout North Nassau County ,
Our Acting Academy mini camps are great for ages 11-15. Our campers show off their creativity to deliver a self-scripted, self-directed performance. Campers will explore all aspects of theatre from acting and directing to set design. Our campers will bring the house down during their end of camp Drama Kids Playhouse Presentation, performing a play for fellow campers that their team creates. Want to know how the show ends? So do we! Check out our minicamps and all of our camps and events at dramakids.com/ny6.
East End Arts Fine Arts and Music Camps allow tweens to immerse themselves in their passion. Our award winning camps provide experiences for campers to grow creatively in the arts. These one-week programs are designed to bring out each camper’s unique, artistic ability in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Our professional instructors are talented in their field and group sizes are small for personal mentoring. This summer our offerings include Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Group Guitar, Rock That Band!, Singing Camp, and Intro To Recording Studio!
700 Hicksville Road Suite 102, Bethpage
Eglevsky Ballet, under the artistic direction of Maurice Brandon Curry, provides professional caliber training for students of all ages and abilities. Eglevsky presents an annual production of The Nutcracker, two summer intensives, master classes, performing opportunities, and community education. The July Summer Intensive is geared towards serious dancers. This is a full-day program, with classes in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, jazz, character, Pilates, and pas de deux. Housing is available. The August Summer Intensive is a half-day program, Monday-Friday, and focuses on development of ballet fundamentals.
EYE LEVEL OF WILLISTON PARK
61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park
Don’t let your child suffer from Summer Brain Drain! After a year of rigorous academia, it can be easy for a child to slip into the relaxing activities of summer without a care in the world. However, three months free of school can often have a detrimental impact on a child’s education. Fortunately, Eye Level of Williston Park offers the academic programs that students need to enter the coming school year prepared to take on any challenge! Call us now at 516-747- 7700 to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.
FUTURE STARS SUMMER CAMPS -- NASSAU
The College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
St. Joseph’s College
155 West Roe Blvd.
Future Stars Summer Camps offer weekly Sports, STEAM, and Specialty camp programs at three outstanding collegiate locations (The College at Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College, and St Joseph's College Patchogue). Programs are offered to boys and girls entering kindergarten-ninth grade. Future Stars programs help campers improve their skills in their chosen activities and a balanced day ensures the perfect blend of instruction and fun. Stop by open house events to view the facilities, meet the staff, and take advantage of enrollment savings. See you in the summer!
At West Hills Day Camp, campers entering sixth and seventh grade can enjoy a traditional camp program or our Junior Travel program that incorporates camp days, day trips, and extended overnight trips covering the East Coast and Canada. Teens entering eighth, ninth, and 10th grade have three options: a day camp experience, a Leadership in Training Program (LIT), and Teen Travel. LITs have the opportunity for peer socialization and also receive mentored hands-on training working at our camp. Travel combines day trips and overnight travel trips including weeklong experiences.
GREAT STRIDES LONG ISLAND
41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island
Great Strides offers equestrian activities for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Our equine friends can help us face all of life’s challenges with strength and confidence. Our programs are hosted on a beautiful 15-acre ranch featuring three outdoor rings and a heated indoor arena. We offer a warm, friendly environment supervised by seasoned, certified instructors. Offering summer programs, a weeklong introduction to horses in July and August. Private lessons are available for English and Western students. Ask about riding lessons, birthday parties, Therapeutic Riding and scholarship opportunities. Email email@example.com for more information.
Hofstra Summer Camps offer children, ages 5-17, more than 70 programs. There’s something for everyone—from theater to sports, gaming, art, music, STEM and STEAM, YouTube Studio, and Adventure Education. There are even pre-collegiate programs where teens and tweens can try out careers such as aviation, culinary, law, and journalism. At our camp kids explore their interests, learn social skills, and have fun. Daily swim instruction for many programs in Hofstra’s Olympic-sized, indoor pool. Door-to-door, air-conditioned transportation available. Lunch included–we offer gluten-free and Kosher food, and are peanut-allergy sensitive. Contact: 516-463-CAMP (2267) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ID TECH CAMPS
iD Tech is the world’s No. 1 summer STEM program for ages 7-18 held at 150 prestigious universities including Stony Brook University, NYIT-Old Westbury, Adelphi, Queens College, NYU, and Columbia. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future. Learn more at iDTech.com.
KENWAL DAY CAMP
100 Drexel Ave., Melville
Kenwal's Extreme Teens Travel Program is the perfect blend of outdoor camp activities, as well as overnight and local travel experiences. The program creates an opportunity for campers in grades seventh through 11th, to enjoy an unforgettable summer on the road with their peers. Additionally, Extreme Teens will enjoy the comforts of home during camp days and local day trips. Our extreme teen program is a chance for campers to be active, confident, resilient, unplug from technology, develop lifelong skills, grow more independent, learn social skills, and make true friends.
KEY TO MY ART, INC.
131 Main St., Amityville
Camps for Tweens and Teens. Join us at Key to My Art this summer to create some amazing art projects! We offer a two-hour afternoon art making camp session for your children ages 8 and older! We work in all mediums, from drawing and painting to clay and collage. Each week we follow a special theme, and every day is a new project. We have flexible scheduling-you can book one day, one week, one month, or the entire summer. The more you book, the more you save!
KIDS COUNTRY DAY CAMP
37 Crystal Brook Hollow Road, Mount Sinai
10 acres of indoor and outdoor adventure, sports, activities and special events. Kids take part in more than 50 fun exciting activities including field and court sports, arts and crafts, dance, rockets, talent show, glow party, giant water slide, pedal karts, and challenge course. Camp program includes eight weeks excluding July 4 holiday. Various combinations of weeks and days available. Activity hours are 9am–4pm. Extended care from 7am–6pm. Rates include lunch, snack, refreshments, towel service, arts and crafts and activity materials, sports equipment, two camp shirts, and accident insurance.
Summer Adventures at the Knox School is Long Island’s best kept camp secret! Located in St. James on the shores of Stony Brook Harbor, our picturesque waterfront campus is 48 rolling acres. Kids in kindergarten through 10th grade can get away from the stress of the school year and enjoy good old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors! Knox offers flexible scheduling, choose the days and weeks best for your child to attend camp. Before- and after-care program fully staffed by adult professionals available 7am and until 6pm. Now offering nine weeks!
The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the increasing recognition of society’s special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The LIU Center for Gifted Youth brings together two important elements of education for the gifted: extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area; and university-level facilities. These two factors, combined with an administrative and psychological team schooled in the needs of gifted children, give the program at LIU Post unique strengths in producing positive benefits for young people admitted to the program.
LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
239 Cold Spring Road, Syosset
The Long Island High School for the Arts offers a four-week Summer Arts Academy that promises to be a rewarding experience for all aspiring artists sixth through 12th grade. The program offers students professional-level classes designed to provide challenging artistic opportunities taught by practicing artists. Students have the choice to focus on one of LIHSA's major disciplines: Theatre, Music, Dance, Fine Art, Digital Media, Special Effect, or Filmmaking. For more information or to find out what's new for summer 2018, please call 516-622-5678. Open house April 28.
Long Island Voyager's Teen and CIT Program. Long Island Voyagers offers our teens an amazing summer program and if desired, the opportunity to work with our counselors and younger campers. Our CIT program builds confidence, teaches responsibility, leadership, and prepares them to enter the workforce. CITs can also make tips throughout the summer while enjoying our amazing trips and activities including Splish Splash, Adventureland, Bounce, Sky Zone, movies, bowling, boomers, go-karts, lazer tag, Bayville Adventure Park, and zip lining. CITs receive a discount and transportation door-to-door. Call us for details 516-238-4586.
Looking for an exciting, flexible addition to your child’s summer adventure? Mentoring Scientific Minds3 offers three, two-week sessions for children ages 3-16, guaranteed to engross the most curious minds. Build submersible ROVs, “see” underwater; study rescued sunken treasures; and learn orienteering and survival skills outdoors at Environmental Boot Camp. Join our Flight Team to fly any airplane to any airport in the world with our own “Captain Joe,” and flight simulator. Build mini drones and robots, and learn electronics and engineering at our own Makers’ Space. Call now for information 347-558-3676.
MATHNASIUM LEARNING CENTERS
414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst
11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck
381 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
New Hyde Park
810 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights
Do you want your child to avoid the “summer slide?” Summer is a great time to catch up on math and get ahead! In our relaxed, homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on sharpening their mental math skills. Instead of the dreaded “summer slide,” Mathnasium students develop and maintain the knowledge and confidence needed to hit the ground running when school begins in the fall. Mathnasium is a learning center where kids go to catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math. Programs run year-round for kids of all ages.
MID ISLAND AERO CAMP
101 Herring Drive (MacArthur Airport), Ronkonkoma
Fly high with aero camp! Have an interest in aviation and are in grades sixth-12th? Enroll in one of our weeklong camps, Alpha (grades ninth-12th), or Bravo (grades sixth-eighth) from 9am-3pm each day. There will be classroom instruction, tours of aviation facilities, a simulator flight, and several airplane flight lessons as well as an introduction to many aviation careers. Desire more flight time? We offer an optional sixth flight day which will be spent learning cross country navigation and a flight lesson to CT. Prices, dates, and registration documents are available at midislandair.com.
The Ohman School of Ballet was founded in 1979 by former NYC Ballet soloist Frank Ohman. The school is a non-competition, non-recital school, focusing on proper classical ballet technique. Offering a two-week summer intensive as well as six weeks of summer evening classes for children through age 17, and Ballet Barre Fitness classes. Call or visit our website for more information. The Frank Ohman School of Ballet guides children from their first steps towards advanced technique, while instilling true appreciation and love for the art form.
Picasso Kidz offers one-week art camps for children of all ages. Our camps are taught by NYS-certified art teachers and are engaging, educational, unique, and fun! Each camp follows an artistic theme for the week in which children will be learning about and creating art in that theme. Our camps are 1½ or 4 ½ hours a day depending on age and specific camp. Half-day camps break for short snack and full-day will have snack and lunch.
Established by the Methodist Church in 1947, Quinipet is built upon the rocks of faith, courage, love, humility, and honesty, creating a foundation that welcomes campers from all walks of life, faith, and church affiliation. Our day and overnight programs provide all the fun of a traditional summer camp at our amazing beachfront setting on Shelter Island! Waterfront activities, sports, arts and crafts, music and theatre, nature discovery, camp fires, and Leader-In-Training program. Register online for Overnight Camp (ages 7-17), Day Camp (ages 5-14) and, Community Sailing (ages 9-15) at quinipet.org.
Sappo School will be offering a four-week summer program for students in grades third-12th. With Dr. Concetta Russo as the newly appointed director of reading, Sappo School now offers a tailor-made Orton Gillingham (OG) program for students with reading disorders, including but not limited to children with dyslexia. The language arts program follows OG methodology which offers a research-based, multisensory curriculum. Summer students will receive three hours of instruction per day, with the program available 8:30-11:30am from July 9 to Aug. 3. It is designed to improve the reading and writing skills of any student.
School of Rock is the national leader in performance-based music education. Our popular summer camps will get your child rocking! We offer four distinct one-week camps created to teach music, build confidence, and create memories. Historically designed for kids ages 9-18 with some experience on their instrument (guitar, bass, vocals, drums, keys, or horns), this year we are also offering AC/DC for Beginners ages 7 and older with very minimal experience. All camps culminate in a live rock show at a local venue! Sign up. Plug in. Rock out!
SPIN DJ ACADEMY
202 Merrick Road, 2nd floor, Rockville Centre
16 Broadway, Amityville
Spin DJ Camp is an interactive DJ education camp teaching campers everything they need to be the life of the party in a social and creative setting! Our two-week camp program includes DJ and Music Production classes using the hottest gear, a fun and social group environment, special guest DJs to inspire, and at the end of each session students will create a live performance, recorded DJ set, and live video!
St. Patrick's Teen Travel program is for children ages 13-15. Our Teen Travel group goes on trips everyday including places in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Exclusively available to our Teen Travel group are our overnight trips. Overnight trips are a big step for a teenager so we make sure they are fully prepared and supervised. Informational meetings regarding the trips are held to address any concerns that you or your camper may have.
STUDIO E ART CLASSES
565 Route 25A, Miller Place
Studio E offers weekly camps for tweens (ages 9-12) and teens (ages 13-17). We offer different topics every week such as pottery, landscape painting, portrait painting, and water color painting. Camps meet every week of the summer Tuesdays-Fridays. Camps are half-day and we include a pizza party every Friday! Camps are taught by a certified art teacher. Register for as many or as few weeks of camp as you like! We are offering an early bird rate of 15 percent off your entire tuition through May 1!
SYLVAN LEARNING CENTERS OF MINEOLA AND HUNTINGTON
393 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola
1160 E. Jericho Turnpike
Summer learning loss. It's real! If kids don't stay engaged in learning, they can lose up to 2½ months of what they learned. Sylvan can tackle any subject or need so your child can take on the next school year with confidence. Our flexible schedules ensure we fit into your plans. With personalized and small group options available, there is something for everyone. Ask about our Comprehension Edge program (third-seventh grades), Elementary Math and High School Math Edge programs (first-12th grades), catch up or preview next year’s concepts! Make this summer count!
Campers in Leadership Training. Our Campers in Leadership Training (CITS) for ages 13-15 will enjoy the same activities as the rest of camp. Our teens are given more responsibilities with horses and younger campers, are allowed more freedom with their schedules, and enjoy extra privileges like off-site trips and free periods. Our CITS are offered many unique learning opportunities including Pre-Vet Care and Lifeguard Training. Outstanding CITs have the opportunity to become assistant group counselors, and may be offered staff positions upon completion of the program.
Day camp at Unlimited Sports Action gives your child the opportunity to play a variety of sports and fun-filled activities each day. Your child will have a unique opportunity to play and have fun with other campers the same age. Designed to inspire learning through a range of physical activities and games, our multi-sport summer camp offers a low-pressure, yet high-energy environment allowing your child to excel in a range of sports. These games and activities, combined with our professional coaching staff, ensure a great summer experience!
USDAN SUMMER CAMP FOR THE ARTS
185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights
Get your camp on at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts—the perfect place for young artists ages 12 and older. With more than 100 classes to choose from including Ukulele, Rock Band, Mobile Photography, Yoga, Quidditch, Cosplay, Matinee Idol: Mean Girls, Sculpture, and Hip-Hop Dance. There’s something for everyone, whatever your interest. Interested in having fun and honing your leadership skills? Check out Usdan’s Leadership Institute, where campers can meet and be mentored by visiting artists and performers. Enroll with promo code CampOn for $100 off. More info at usdan.org.
VILLAGE EAST GIFTED
Village East Gifted of Huntington, 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
Village East Gifted of Roslyn, 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights
Village East Gifted, a year-round enrichment center for students ages 2-16, is offering 17 summer workshops many of which are designed for gifted students in grades fifth-eighth. Workshops are held between 4:30-8:30pm at its Huntington and Roslyn locations. Participants can sign up for just one or all of them. Topics covered include engineering, 3-D printing, foreign language, business, physics, trigonometry, algebra, Newtonian Mechanics, oceanography, culinary art, and linguistic improvisation. Sibling, military, and multiple workshop discounts are available. Enroll early!
YMCA OF LONG ISLAND
Locations: Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue
YMCA Teen Camps are designed to develop decision-making skills in young teens by encouraging positive values and providing challenging, fun, and character-building experiences as well as making long lasting friendships. All campers will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as athletics, arts and crafts, swimming, fitness, games, and the best part, trips! Our Counselor in Training program combines the fun of camp with leadership and on-the-job training skills. It is an exceptional opportunity for young adults to develop their leadership skills by assisting counselors with camp groups.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY CAMPS NASSAU
516-650-1856 or 631-476-3330
Young People’s Day Camp of Nassau County, conveniently located in Hicksville, caters to children ages 4-15. We have been providing boys and girls with summer fun for more than 45 years! YPDC’s philosophy is to “grow” children intellectually, physically, and spiritually in a safe, fun environment! We offer two-eight week programs with exciting trips, arts and crafts, yoga, karate, carnivals, talent shows, special event days, instructional sports, and both recreational and instructional swim. YPDC is a family-owned and -operated program that offers a lunch program for a nominal fee and free door-to-door transportation to all areas in Nassau County.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY CAMPS SUFFOLK
These days, there's no need to spend a fortune for your child to have a fun, educational, and safe summer. Consider the benefits of sending your children to YPDC of Suffolk, licensed by the NYS Health Department, and accredited by the ACA for your child's safety. Free door-to-door transportation, with activities supervised by licensed teachers and administrators. Superior camper-to-counselor ratio to cater to your children's individual needs. Payment plans are available. Take a look at our website for rates and a calendar of pre-planned, professionally supervised activities. YPDC is fun, educational, diversified, and convenient. Keeping children smiling and parents at ease since 1972.