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Typically, as spring approaches, I (like many other camp professionals) am in crunch time but of course this April is not a normal spring. Everyone is dealing with the new normal of unknown school closures, youth sports cancellations, and no after-school playdates or clubs and so summer is not on the forefront of parents' minds right now.
Camp Directors are typically known for being flexible, good listeners, self-starters, and in general good problem solvers. This spring we have been given a new set of challengers and I am confident we are ready to succeed!
For me, a Founder of Next Level Camps, Five Summer camps in the hardest hit areas of NY, CT, and NJ, as well as 1000’s of other camp directors around North America our typical excitement and craziness is so uncertain right now with the fate of camps in flux. However, we all will continue to focus on the positive and the arrival of summer in a few months - getting ready to inspire campers to learn, explore, and fail without fear. We know kids will need camp more than ever before.
This spring, we are all forging ahead doing everything we can to build optimism in this uncertain time. Along with our typical planning many of us have created virtual camp programs over Zoom and other technologies. Camps continue to involve our camp communities that are home from school and try to fill some summer magic into their daily routines with virtual talent shows, spelling bees, and NCAA type brackets to see what activities reached your camp's Final Four.
It goes without saying that this summer it will be even more important for kids to attend a summer camp and be part of a special type of community where kids come together to have fun. Within the camp setting, children will develop a sense of independence as they try new activities or adventures; kids also will get to feel safe and gain self-confidence as they learn new skills. Most important, after a spring of significant social distancing, camp will be a place where children develop a variety of social skills (e.g., communication, conflict resolution ability etc). Maybe most importantly, kids will get a break from technology over the summer allowing them to communicate face-to-face.
So, this summer (hopefully) whether it is a subsidized day camp in a city or a luxurious residential facility up in the mountains, think #campovercornoa. Camps will give our kids an amazing combination of experiences that prepare them well for the “old normal.” Everyone (parents too) will need camp more than ever.
See you this summer!
Next Level Camps (Day for Girls at Ursuline/for Boys at Iona Prep)
Next Level Sports and Enrichment in Kent, CT
Girls Camp at Ursuline
Boys Camp at Iona Prep.
Coed Residential at South Kent School
1 Week Sessions (Full and Half Day as well as Flex Passes that allow you to come any day you want.)
Next Level Camps empower boys (at Iona Prep) and girls (at Ursuline) 5-13 years old to “Learn. Commit. Achieve."
Next Level Camp for Girls and Next Level Camp for Boys (Separate Locations) offer unforgettable summer day camp experiences that blend sports, academics, unique electives and special events to develop character, confidence, leadership and life skills.
Next Level’s skill-based approach encourages campers of all abilities to pursue their interests and explore new activities in programs customized to each child’s needs.
Both Camps are elective based so campers pick their schedule and SO NO 2 Days are the Same.
Next Level Days Camps offer full and half day Options. We are very Flexible you can even sign up by the day.
Next Level Sports and Enrichment is a one-week residential program for ages 8 to 14 in Kent, Ct 70 minutes from Southern Westchester
Our program focuses on three building blocks to success: We Learn, We Commit, and We Achieve. And, more importantly, we do this together, as a family.
Each day campers will spend approximately 3 hours in a “concentration” (sports, arts or enrichment options)
We offer a variety of concentration options including:
· Sports: Ice hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, baseball, and more.
· Enrichment focus on Study Skills, Art, Finance, Theater, STEM Broadcasting, Chess and More
Afternoon activities include Next Level favorites such as fencing, magic, disc jockey, cooking, dance, traditional and non-traditional sports (listed above as well as tennis, rugby and more) and much more.