Thank you for choosing to learn more about Camps ‘R’ Us. We provide a fun, safe and affordable summer day camp experience for children ages three through fifteen.
During the summer, children get a well-deserved vacation from school, but parents still have to work. As a family owned and operated camp, we know the worries that parents face when school ends and summer begins. It is for this reason that we founded Camps ‘R’ Us.
Camps ‘R’ Us takes the worry out of planning your child’s summer vacation.
AFFORDABLE: Our camp fees are less expensive than other similar camp programs, but did you know that they’re also less than the cost of a babysitter? That means you won’t have to break the bank to afford summer camp. In addition, your child will join a camp community that will enrich their physical, social and emotional well-being. Even the best babysitters in the world can’t do that!
CONVENIENT: We created Camps ‘R’ Us with working parents in mind. You can customize your child’s summer schedule to meet your specific needs, with your choice of weeks and days. We offer a full day program and there are extended hours available if needed. In addition, all campuses are located within minutes of major roadways and LIRR stations, so you won’t have to change your work schedule to accommodate your child’s camp schedule.
SAFE & SECURE: This summer, you can rest assured that your child is safe with us. We employ the most caring, conscientious, and child-centered counselors in the camp industry. Camps ‘R’ Us is licensed by the New York State Department of Health in Nassau & Suffolk County. We are also accredited by the American Camp Association, and are the recipient of the prestigious Safety 1st Award..
Meet Our Team
Jason Turnier - Managing Director
Jason Turnier is the managing director of the family-owned and operated Camps ‘R’ Us. He oversees the daily operations and management of its seven campuses. He is also an active member of the New York State Camp Director’s Association and the American Camp Association. When he’s not at camp, Jason is also a professional drummer and private teacher, and an American Red Cross first aid and CPR instructor. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, Cheryl, his daughter, Layla, and their dog, Dottie
STAFF - We only hire the best
Campus Directors, Program Directors and Group leaders and are teachers, college and graduate students studying and/or working in early childhood, secondary or physical education. We also employ exceptional high school and college students as Counselors.
Our seasonal staff has a high return rate year after year, as we continue to provide them with an opportunity to work in a fun, safe and positive camp environment with plenty of growth opportunities.
Camps ‘R’ Us’ youngest campers enjoy a fun-filled first camp experience that offers a full day of enrichment through specialized activities for 3 and 4 year old boys and girls. Our Tiny Tots program is designed to complement the unique complexities of early childhood. Campers thrive in an exceptionally supportive camp environment, with an extremely low camper to staff ratio, age appropriate curriculum and an introduction to a wide variety of sports and large motor activities.
We offer a balanced, age-appropriate curriculum for 5 and 6 year old boys and girls who have just completed preschool or kindergarten. Our KinderKamp® program offers a natural progression for campers who are ready to take on the challenges of more advanced activities, new experiences and enhanced programming.
Campers thrive in a very nurturing camp setting, with a low camper to staff ratio, scaled down equipment perfectly sized for active young campers, and the freedom to be creative through Arts & Crafts, Imagination Station, Music and Dance.
Once campers arrive in our grade-based divisions, they are very active and can’t wait to play! 1st & 2nd graders are ready for the full range of camp activities, and we offer a diverse curriculum with programming that introduces campers to mainstream sports, enhanced creative arts, and technology-based activities.
Campers thrive in a very active camp setting, with a low camper to staff ratio. Focus is given to physical and emotional development through non-competitive play and campers are encouraged to try new things without the risk typically associated with failure.
3rd and 4th graders experience camp from a whole new vantage point, with access to more programming options, including a tremendous range of athletic, gaming and creative activities.
Our enhanced sports program adds an element of friendly competition, with weekly league play in a variety of team sports.
Shades’ Famous Game Room opens campers up to a world of gaming that is unrivaled in the camp industry. In addition, campers can participate in more focused creative arts. They are also introduced to “CLUB,” which is optional programming, or choice-based curriculum.
Our 5th and 6th graders follow an innovative program, allowing campers to enjoy a comprehensive summer experience with a unique combination of scheduled activities and choice-based programming.
Emphasis on personal and team achievement is increased through friendly competition that encompasses many camp activities. Enhanced twice-weekly league play includes team standings, playoffs and awards.
“CLUB” activities are further developed, and campers can choose to participate in a variety of focused activities based on their personal interests. Shades’ Famous Game Room is a featured activity area for 5th and 6th graders, and the added element of tournaments with prizes provides the opportunity for skill development and “play with a purpose.”
Our 7th and 8th graders comprise the 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 7th and 8th graders.
The C2 (Camper-2-Counselor) Program is for campers who have completed 9th grade. It’s our version of a Counselor-In-Training program, designed specifically to fully assist in the transition from camper to staff member.
C2s are given the opportunity to take part in “real world” training, under the direct mentorship of a Camps ‘R’ Us Staff Member. During the summer, they are assigned to a group in a younger camper division to assist with programming and activities. Skills learned as a C2 include group management, leadership, and character building.
Camps ‘R’ Us’ elite teen trip and travel program, the Voyagers, provides 7th, 8th and 9th grade campers with the experience of a lifetime as they find themselves facing new and exhilarating experiences every day. Never in the same place twice, our campers are introduced to a new world of stimulating adventures with a summer family that they will cherish for years to come.
The Voyagers Teen Trip and Travel Program is the premier summer camp experience for teenagers, and it is offered for four weeks each summer.
I had more communication from the camp in 8 weeks than I did from the school the entire year, and I appreciated it greatly. The counselors and staff were always available and cheery, and willing to answer any questions. Your staff and counselors far exceeded any expectations that I had. You are all a wonderful group of people.
MICHELLE, PATRICK & JOHNATHAN Baldi Family
To the amazing staff at Camps ‘R” Us… Thank you for making Jonathan’s summer amazing! You are all wonderful! He loved every minute of it! Thank you all for giving a working mom piece of mind – not only knowing that your child is being cared for, but having a terrific time as well is more than anyone could ask for! See you all next summer!
HASAN BALKAS PARENT
Thank you for my daughter, Ada’s wonderful and memorable camp experience at Camps ‘R’ Us Bellmore. Thank you so much for making it possible for her to partake in such an enriching camp experience. Here we are in January and she is still saying she misses camp! She made memories that will last a lifetime, thanks to your caring and nurturing staff as well as the great friends she made during the summer.
STEVEN DELAHANTY COUNSELOR
Having a job here is definitely the best job I could have at this age! I have so much fun with the kids and the other counselors! Good job with Color War this year guys! GO BLUE!!!!
MIKAELA SALMAGGI JUNIOR COUNSELOR
Hoping to make next summer my 12th happy year at Camps ‘R’ Us… thanks!!!