Camp W, “Where Friendships Are Made,” is a traditional day camp that offers unique camp programs. We have created an atmosphere where each and every camper builds confidence and self-esteem in an exciting and nurturing environment. Our small camper to staff ratio allows us to really get to know all campers. It’s a place where everyone becomes a family.
We are an 8-week day camp located in Melville, NY and offer programs for children Pre-Kindergarten through 9th grade.
Campers will enjoy exciting camp activities including sports, swimming, creative arts, computers, rocketry, cooking, and so much more.
EARLY CARE & LATE CARE PROGRAM
At Camp W, we understand the needs of working parents and want to ease their time concerns. We are pleased to offer early care beginning at 7:30am and late care until 6:00pm for your children at no additional cost! Our drop off and pick up procedures are very secure to ensure your child’s safety. Please be aware that transportation is not offered for early care and late care.
Evan spent 14 summers at Brooklake Day Camp as a camper and then as a camp counselor. Evan spent the next 22 years working for Camp Horizons in Livingston, NJ, as their Sports Director and Assistant Camp Director. His enthusiastic, fun-loving personality and concern for children’s best interests all solidify his commitment to making the summer the best camp experience for your child. Evan has a degree in elementary education and has been a middle school math teacher since 1993. He is also the owner of Bar Mitzvah Bouncer. Evan and his wife Stacy are the parents of three wonderful children.
Camp W - STAFF
Camp W’s enthusiastic staff is the foundation and backbone of the camp. Our nurturing and experienced counselors consist of professional teachers, parents, college students and high school students. Counselors call you weekly to discuss your child’s experience at Camp W and are always available to speak to you. Our “family atmosphere” gives staff the opportunity to really get to know your child. Our staff is committed to providing an exciting, enjoyable and safe summer experience for every camper.
KIDDIE CAMP - 4 YEAR OLDS
Our littlest campers, known as “Wallabies”, are four years old entering Pre-K. This group is coed and has a very small counselor to camper ratio to provide extra care and attention that these youngsters need. Our Kiddie Korner air conditioned rooms are especially designed as a place for our youngest campers to chill out that are filled with toys to enhance their creative minds through imaginary play.
These groups will be gender based and also have a very small counselor to camper ratio. Wide ranges of activities are enjoyed in a nurturing setting. This atmosphere fosters social & physical development, builds confidence and helps campers to make new friendships. Campers enjoy Professional Camp entertainment three times a week, two delicious snacks per day and a schedule of sports, creative arts and so much more!
Middle Camp consists of campers entering 2nd and 3rd grade. Groups average 12 campers with a head counselor and an assistant counselor in each group. Campers are separated by gender and have counselors of the same gender. Campers will have a set schedule in the morning with their group. After lunch, campers will have two choice periods, and then return to their groups for more exciting activities.
Upper Camp consists of campers entering 4th grade through 8th grade. Groups average 12 campers with a head counselor and an assistant counselor in each group. Campers will have a set schedule in the morning. After lunch, campers will have three choice periods, and then return to their groups for the last period of the day.
Apprentices will learn all the programs and safety systems that are used by Camp W staff. They will also meet with a camp administrator once a week to discuss their experiences, participate in staff training and assist with the different roles needed to make Camp run effectively. The day consists of many different tasks that prepare them to become part of the Camp W Staff if deemed by the supervising administrator.
There is no fee for this program.
At Camp W, athletics are a big part of the camp day. We promote team spirit and encourage your child to participate to the best of their ability. The first 15 minutes of every period are always spent on instruction and practicing the skills of the sport. We also feature a daily swim program that is taught by American Red Cross Certified instructors.
We believe that your child should be exposed to many mediums of art so that they can explore their artistic abilities and discover new hobbies! Campers who are interested in the arts can try their hands at any of Camp W's creative programs such as cartooning, jewelry design, puppet making, edible art, friendship bracelets, camp chorus, hip hop dance or take to the stage for the camp show "Wizard of Oz".
At Camp W we believe in introducing new and exciting classes that will give your child new experiences and might even spark a new hobby. Campers are also encouraged to try other activities such as plastic model making, slot car racing, rocketry, Lego design, Mad Science, comic book creation, video game animation, magic workshops, and robotics.
Learn a new skill or refine one you already know. Your child will choose from a variety of sports, creative arts and many other activities. Watch what this does for your child’s self-esteem, decision-making and independence. Every two weeks your child will select new activities If your child does not like the activity they selected, they can switch into a different activity with a note from home:
• Grades 2 & 3 have two daily choice periods
• Grades 4 – 8 have three daily choice periods
A Choice Period Activity Sheet with an explanation of all available activities is available on our website for your child starting at camp for weeks 1 and 2.
Whether it is Camp Carnival, the Water Olympics. Color War or one of our amazing Camper/Staff talent show, special events make each summer new and exciting. In addition to our daily and weekly excitement there are a few special events that happen only once a summer. The magic of special events adds to the feeling of a strong sense of community at Camp W.
Summer Camp should be a place where memories are made, children are excited to go and parents can feel confident that their son or daughter is being well cared for. Camp W is all that and more. Thank you Evan and your wonderful staff for making our summers great!
~ Parents of Campers Donny & Michael Chiapetta
I am so pleased with my decision to send my son to Camp W. He looks forward to going to camp every morning and comes home happy every afternoon. With the small camper to counselor ratio, my son really gets that personalized attention that is lacking from larger camp settings. Camp W also offers unique and fun-filled activities in a nurturing and caring environment. My son proclaimed it to be “ THE BEST CAMP EVER!” and I have to agree!
~ Parents of Camper Gregory Goodman
Camp W Camper
When I first came to Camp W, I was really excited to meet new friends. By the end of the first day, I became friends with all the campers in my group. My new friends and I enjoyed a lot of great activities. My favorite activity was dance. Our dance counselor was great and really nice. I was so sad to leave, but I knew I would come back next summer. The next summer I saw all my camp friends and met some new ones. This summer there was a new softball field, gaga pit and even cooking activates. I love Wednesdays at Camp W because its Waterslide Wednesdays which means every Wednesday we have a waterslide at camp! I love Camp W because of the staff, activities and my camp friends! ~ Camper Sami
Camp W Camper
My name is Braydon. I am 9 years old. This is my first summer at Camp W and I am having the best time! There are choice periods where YOU get to pick a favorite activity. Some of my favorite activities are rocketry, camp newspaper, and fun with art. Also every Wednesday, we have a super awesome waterslide, which is great on hot days. I love Pizza Thursday's and Friday BBQ! The counselors are also super nice. At the end of camp, you have lots of friends, because Camp W is where friendships are made!
~ Camper Braydon
Camp W Counselor
I am so thankful that I wake up and go to Camp W every morning. It's not very often someone can say that about their place of employment. But camp W is more than that. Camp W is family, plain and simple. Evan and his staff make you feel like you have know them your whole life. The campers here at Camp W and families are down to earth and so wonderful to interact with, I have found a place where I call home. I have so much FUN working with everyone here I don't want the summer to end. Evan has created an environment where the staff feels confident to shine and to really enjoy their work. I look forward to more summers ahead and to the day when my kids will be old enough to come to Camp W and see all that is has to offer!
~ Camper W Art Specialist – Kelly Baum