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10 Hudson Valley Summer Camps That Are Quarantine-Approved

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A camper at Phillies Bridge Farm Project / Photo by Jazmine Langlitz

With summer camps allowed to begin on June 29, local camp directors look forward to providing warm weather fun for children – and a respite for their families.

With the online school semester coming to a close, students across the Hudson Valley are antsy to finally enjoy the warm weather. For months, children have been cooped up due to COVID-19. Now, with New York State continuing to open, kids can enjoy their vacation and make new friends at summer camps beginning as early as June 29.

Since some of these camps are virtual, children and teens can play, draw, act, learn, create, and even farm in-person or from the comfort of their own homes.

The Art Effect

Poughkeepsie, 845.471.7477
Commuter or virtual
Length: July-August, varies

The Art Effect, held at Dutchess Arts Camp in Poughkeepsie, looks to stimulate creative expression in campers ages 5 to 19. Skill-based painting, sculpting, and mixed media projects will be explored, and all artistic levels are welcome. For teenagers looking to pursue their passion for creating, preparatory classes are also available. Creativity can be expressed anywhere, with programs being offered either in-person or over a virtual platform.

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Bach to Rock

Nanuet, 877.227.8558
Commuter or virtual
Length: July-August; daily, half-week, one-week sessions

For music lovers or hopeful young rock stars, this program in Nanuet provides campers with helpful instruction to refine their musical talents. Students are matched and taught by experienced musicians based upon their respective skill levels. Each student will play in their own band and, at the end of the program, get their own CD recording. Virtual lessons and online music mini camps are also available.

Bridle Hill Farm LLC 

Jeffersonville, 845.482.3993
Commuter
Length: July-August, daily

Bridle Hill uses its farm to provide an interactive equestrian experience. Campers will be introduced to riding and caring for a horse and will obtain a sense of what it is like to live on a farm. This daily camp offers three-hour classes, Monday through Friday.

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Introducing Summer Arts in a Box! Since we can’t have our program in person this summer, we are bringing the Summer Arts on the Hudson program to you! Each week a box containing the directions and materials for five projects will be provided for your child, each developed by one of our experienced Summer Program teaching artists. Instruction for each of these projects will be provided in two forms: Detailed instructions included with the project materials and a live online class tailored to each age group. Don’t want to have to be on the computer at a fixed time? No problem! All lessons will be recorded and sent to enrolled participants so they can rewatch and create at their own pace. Register now on our site: https://www.garrisonartcenter.org/product-page/summer-arts-in-a-box (link in profile)

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Garrison Art Center

Garrison, 845.424.3960
Home and virtual
Length: June-July, one-week sessions

Garrison Art Center brings summer camp-style arts and crafts directly to Hudson Valley homes through its weekly Summer Arts in a Box program. At the start of the week, campers receive a box containing the materials and instructions for five inventive art projects. Along with written instructions, live or recorded online classes are available for artists in kindergarten through eighth grade. A virtual art exhibit will be hosted at the end of the session so children can show off their final projects.

JL Performance Horses

Poughquag, 845.260.0962
Commuter
Length: July-August, daily or one-week sessions

This hands-on horse program caters to children who beg their parents for a pony every year. While riding is a big portion of the camp, instructors at JL Performance Horses teach campers horse responsibilities like stable management, equine nutrition, and some veterinary care, too. Other fun activities include arts and crafts, picnics, and treasure hunts.

Katonah Art Center

Mount Kisco, 914.232.4843
Commuter or virtual
Length: July-August, one-week sessions

Katonah Art Center stimulates artistic creativity with the help of a professional staff and small groups. Campers will participate in drawing, painting, pottery, and even photography activities. A variety of half- and full-day options are available for kids ages 3 to 12, including art and imagination camp, kids’ camp, and teen camp. Virtual camps are also available.

New Genesis Productions Youth Theater

West Shokan, 845.657.5867
Virtual
Length: June-August, one- to two-week sessions

Rooted in the works of Shakespeare, this theater camp provides children ages 7 to 17 with the opportunity to practice their acting skills. Instructors will provide activities relating to voice training, stage movements, and acting. This summer camp will be held online through virtual activities and study groups.

Phillies Bridge Farm Project / Photo by Jazmine Langlitz

Phillies Bridges Farm Project

New Paltz, 845.256.9108
Commuter
Length: June-August, one-week sessions

Campers will love digging their hands in the soil and learning about the importance of sustainable life practices. Each one-week session allows children ages 4 to 12 to learn about the aspects of farming through a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) core. This will be accomplished by witnessing farm animals, growing plants, and participating in nature hikes.

Renaissance Kids Inc.

Pleasant Valley, 845.452.4225
Commuter
Length: July-August, one-week sessions

This creative learning center offers campers the opportunity to explore their own theatrical abilities while learning new artistic techniques. The weeklong camp is open to kids of all ages and skill levels. Artistic programs include musical theater, Claymation moviemaking, puppet theater, and music video production. Instrumental classes are also available in August.

Rockland Center for the Arts

West Nyack, 845.358.0877
Commuter
Length: July-August, two- to eight-week sessions

Rockland Center for the Arts aims to stimulate creativity while developing useful classroom and life skills. Campers ages 4 to 14 can explore a variety of different artistic styles, like painting, ceramics, and sculpting, within the camp’s fully equipped art studio. A large, 10-acre wood with an open field is ideal for fun physical activities, as well as hosting theatrical performances.

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