There’s an East End Summer Camp for Every Kid

It’s never too early to start planning for your kid’s camp experience, and the East End offers much in the way of summer fun.

Here is a sampling of camp options. (Find more options in part 2 of our 2014 camp guide.)

The Art Farm is a 10-acre farm in Bridgehampton with sports fields, a gym and classrooms. The summer camps span a wide variety of programs, and kids are grouped by age—6 months to 4 years; 4 and 5 years; 6 and 7 years; and 8 to 15 years. Younger campers will explore music classes and play time, and children will enjoy sports and outdoor adventures as they get older. The Art Farm’s fun elective options include computers, woodshop, horseback riding, photography, skateboarding, media and film, kayaking and swimming. Enjoy structured freedom with “Camp my Way,” where kids are allowed more freedom in choosing how they spend their day. All programs foster friendships and encourage campers to develop their wide-ranging skills. Shuttle service pick-up and drop-off is available. Camp begins June 30. If your child is a budding chef, he or she may enjoy Taste Buds Kitchen. Back for another year in the Hamptons, Taste Buds Kitchen invites kids to make two to three recipes a week, as they learn the basics of being in the kitchen. Older campers can tackle advanced techniques and culinary challenges. Visit theartfarm.org for information on Taste Buds Kitchen, Camp My Way and other specific camp programs.

Now in its 46th year, Brookhaven Country Day Camp puts the emphasis on fun. Located on 24 acres and a mile long lake in Yaphank—perfect for kayaking, paddle boating and row boating—the camp creates an environment where campers will feel a sense of belonging, gain self esteem, learn lifelong skills and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. Facilities include four pools, soccer fields, basketball courts, arts and crafts studios, a gymnastics studio, playgrounds, archery range, an indoor hockey arena, a nature area and petting zoo, tennis courts and something referred to as a GaGa Arena—check with Brookhaven to learn more about that! Daily activities in sports, the arts, nature and boating are enhanced with “special events” throughout camp experience. Camp starts on June 30 and runs through August 22. Camp hours are 9:15 a.m.–3:45 p.m. Door to door transportation is available. Before and after care is also provided as early as 7:15 a.m. and as late as 5:45 p.m. The camp is open to preschoolers through ninth graders, and “senior” campers, those in grades 4–9, are invited to choose the activities that they will participate in each week. The CIT program for those entering 9th and 10th grades gives teens interested in working with children the experience of assisting with groups of campers, under the supervision of other staff members. For more information, visit brookhavendaycamp.com.

Camp DeWolfe is a residential sleep-away Christian camp on the Long Island Sound in Wading River. The camp provides an opportunity for youth to experience God and to develop as leaders in a safe community, as they enjoy the beach and outdoor natural setting. The camp offers one-week and two-week overnight sessions for all youth ages 7–15, as well as leadership programs for teens ages 15–17. Introduced last year, a day camp option will again be available for 2014. Camp DeWolfe’s 26-acres offer swimming, sailing, canoeing, beach volleyball, archery, ropes course, arts & crafts, basketball courts and playing fields. Sessions begin July 7. Take advantage of early bird rates through March 1. For more info, visit campdewolfe.org or call 631-929-4325.

If your child has recently experienced a loss, Camp Good Grief may be just the thing for him or her. Camp Good Grief is a summer day camp where he or she will find a big, loving group of kids who are working through some of the same issues. Participants will engage in games, arts and crafts, therapy groups and tons of fun and surprises. The camp, which is underwritten by East End Hospice, will be held from August 18–22 at Camp de Wolfe in Wading River. To quote the popular Camp Good Grief song, “I know a place called Camp Good Grief. It’s a place where friends abound. I know a place called Camp Good Grief. It’s a place where hope is found.” For more information, visit eeh.org/campgoodgrief.html or call Angela Byrns at 631-288-8400.

If your child is a budding all star ball player, check out Hamptons Baseball Camp this summer. East day starts with a morning discussion and a warm up. Then, campers are divided into age groups, where they partake in varying drills and a daily double header. Extra batting practice and pitching lessons are given upon request. The weekly camp has locations in Water Mill and Montauk. Water Mill’s sessions begin June 16 and run through September 5. Montauk’s weekly camps begun July 7 and run through August 29. Both camps have per-day options. Hamptons Baseball also offers a Saturday camp during the spring, summer and fall, beginning on April 26 and running Saturdays through October 25. Summer camp is open to baseball enthusiasts ages 4–13, and teens ages 14–16 can take park in the 2014 Summer Camp Instruction League on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Visit hamptonsbaseballcamp.com or call 631-907-2566 for additional information and to register.

The East Hampton Day Care Learning Center has changed its name to the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, and it will continue to host its annual Sandpipers Summer Fun Camp in 2014. Sandpipers Summer Fun Camp is a fun and educational program for children ages 18 months to 6 years. The camp nurtures children’s curiosity, encourages them to explore their worlds and guides them as they make new discoveries. Children can be enrolled for full days or half days, for two-week sessions for the entire summer. Camp begins July 9. Visit ewecc.org/sandpipers-summer-fun-camp for additional information.

Many options, one drop-off point. That’s not the slogan of the 2014 Summer Camp at the East Hampton YMCA, but it may be the most appealing for Mom’s Taxi Service. Weekly camps are available for kids ages 3 to 13. Sessions start June 30. The Kiddie Camp is designed for preschool children and emphasizes cognitive and social development in a fun environment. The Youth Camp, for kids entering kindergarten through third grade, focuses on group activities that develop creativity, independence, teamwork and self esteem. Older kids entering grades 4–8 will enjoy Quest Camp, which gives them the opportunity to go on exciting adventures and day trips. Each of the nine weekly sessions have a different theme. Campers can register for five or three days a week, and half days are available for those in the kiddie camp. There is also a performing arts camp held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for kids entering grades 1–9. Kids can be enrolled in the arts camp by itself or as a part of the Youth or Quest Camp. Please note that all campers must be a member of the YMCA at the time of registration. Discounted, early-bird registration is also available. Get a taste of summer camp at the Y on June 14, where you can meet the camp staff as kids enjoy a mini day of camp. Preregistration for the day is required. For more information, check out ymcali.org/East-Hampton or call contact Kathy Fallon, the camp director, as 631-329-6884 x16 or kathyf@ymcali.org.

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