Hudson Valley Summer Camps Guide 2015

The Valley is chock-full of summer camps for all ages. Here are a few of the most popular — and unique — programs

Summer may seem light years away in this cold weather, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about summer camps. Spring will come and go and, before you know it, your kids will be out of school looking for something to do. To keep your little ones (and teens) occupied, sign them up for a day or sleep-away camp. There’s something for everyone; adventure, arts and theatre, sports, science and nature, and animal-related camps are all just a click away.

Rosmarin's Day Camp
Rosmarin’s Day Camp

Adventure Day Camps

Rosmarins Day Camp

This full service day camp has been family owned and operated since 1949. Campers are picked up and dropped off at their homes free of charge. The camp has 60 acres of property for kids to enjoy sports or just run around, while the 150 acre lake is perfect for a summer swim. Campers can also learn how to fish and boat on the lake. Field sports (like soccer, kickball, softball, and volleyball), individual sports (tennis and archery), and creative activities (cooking, music, dance, arts and crafts, and ceramics) are all offered. New programs for this year include gymnastics, jewelry-making, and an edible food garden. 

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Address: 12 School Rd., Monroe
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-August
Session length: Four, six, or eight weeks per session
Pick-up/Drop off: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: 3-15
Cost: Varies depending on program
Website: www.rosmarinsdaycamp.com/home.html
Contact: Allison Berman at 646-773-4081 or ali@rosmarinsdaycamp.com

Camp Nooteming

Boy Scout Day Camp is the perfect opportunity for pre-teen scouts to have an exciting camp experience. They’ll make new friends and have fun while gaining many of the necessary skills to tackle the challenges of the wilderness — and beyond — with their troop.

Address: 22 Camp Nooteming Rd., Salt Point
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Age: 11-13
Cost: $250 per Boy Scout before April 15, $350 after, $325 each additional Boy Scout
Website: http://www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org/outdoor-programs/boy-scout-adventure-camps-2015/58591
Contact: Chris Clark at 845-566-7300, ext. 324
 

Camp Bullowa

For those on the western side of the Hudson, this day camp allows scouts to gain an appreciation for nature. Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature’s resources.

Address: 15 Franck Rd., Stony Point
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Age: 11-13
Cost: $375 per Boy Scout before April 15, $475 after, $450 each additional Boy Scout
Website: www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org/outdoor-programs/boy-scout-adventure-camps-2015/58591
Contact: Debra Stewart at 845-721-8794
 

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Camp Addisone Boyce

This day camp provides experiences that will build lasting relationships and memories for Girl Scouts. Each program includes traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, boating, hiking, games, archery, ropes course challenges, and campfire sing-a-longs. Optional overnights are scheduled for girls in fourth through tenth grade who are registered for a two-week session.

Address: 300 Mott Farm Rd., Tomkins Cove
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: Grades K-10, age 15 and up
Cost: Varies depending on session
Website: www.girlscoutshh.org/Summer-Camp/Camp-Addisone-Boyce-2015
Contact: 845-786-5800

bridle hill farm
Bridle Hill Farm

Animal-Lovers’ Day Camps

Bridle Hill Farm LLC

This summer camp is an equine lesson learning program that meets Monday through Friday for three hours. Campers learn to ride horses and experience farm life.

Address: 190 Hemmer Rd., Jeffersonville
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-September
Session length: One day per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Age: All ages
Cost: $45 per session
Website: www.bridlehillfarm.com
Contact: 845-482-3993
 

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Phillies Bridge Farm Summer Camp

Children can deepen their connection to the soil, plants, and animals during this one- or two-week camp. Sessions include hands-on farm and food activities, outdoor exploration, music, and art. Children are encouraged to keep a nature journal of their experiences on the farm.

Address: 45 Phillies Bridge Rd., New Paltz
Schedule: Mon.-Thurs., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Age: 5-12
Cost: $240 for one week, $470 for two weeks
Website: www.philliesbridge.org
Contact: Melissa Nelson at 845-256-9108
 

Arts & Theatre Day Camps

Cappella Festiva Summer Choral Festival

This musical day camp is open to young singers in grades 6-12. Singers will enjoy choral rehearsals, vocal skills, sight-reading, dance, theater, yoga, crafts, games, swimming, and more during one wonderful week of music.

Address: Vassar College & St. John’s Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie
Schedule: Mon.-Sat., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.)
Age: Grades 6-12
Cost: $265 before April 30, $295 after
Website: www.cappellafestiva.org
Contact: 845-855-7765
 

Mill Street Loft’s Dutchess Arts Camp

Children ages 4-14 can enjoy a week-long day camp experience that helps build self-esteem through the arts. Ceramics, painting, playwriting, and dancing are just a few of the activities that campers participate in. There is a preschool program for ages four and five, a general camp for kids ages six to 10, and a senior program for ages 11 to 14.

Address: 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. (early drop-off), 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. (late pick-up)
Age: 4-14
Cost: $190-$330
Website: www.millstreetloft.org/dutchess-arts-camp
Contact: 845-471-7477
 

New Genesis Productions Youth Theater

During this intensive two-week day camp program, children and teens work on a Shakespeare play, perfecting their acting, movement, and vocal skills. On the final weekend, the play is performed on the Little Globe Outdoor Stage. Actors ages seven to 12 perform The Comedy of Errors; actors ages 12 to 14 reenact The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and actors 14 to 17 perform The Merchant of Venice.

Address: 23 Vision Path, West Shokan
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-August
Session length: Two week sessions
Pick-up/Drop-off: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: 7-17
Cost: $425 per student, $325 each additional student
Website: www.newgenesisproductions.org
Contact: 845-657-5867
 

Renaissance Kids Inc.

Renaissance Kids is a creative learning center for kids of all ages and skill levels to learn about fine and performing arts. Weekly programs teach children about music, art, math, language, reading, memorization, and speaking through singing, acting, and puppet theater. Several programs are offered for kids aged four to 16.

Address: 1821 Rte. 376, Poughkeepsie
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (morning session), 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (afternoon session)
Age: 4-16
Cost: $155
Website: www.renkids.org/summer_camp_2015
Contact: 845-452-4225

START Science Through Art Camp
S.T.ART Science Through Art

S.T.ART Science Through Art Summer Enrichment Program

At S.T.Art, children from kindergarten through fifth grade choose what activities they want to participate in during one- or two-week day camp programs. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor nature exploration, and more.

Address: 23 Fostertown Rd., Newburgh
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: Grades K-5
Staff-to-camper ratio: 1:7
Cost: $250 for one week, $450 for two weeks (10% discount for siblings)
Website: www.sciencethroughart.org
Contact: 845-787-4248

Frost Valley Adventure Camp
Frost Valley’s Adventure Camp

Overnight/Sleepaway Adventure Camps

Frost Valley YMCA

Frost Valley offers kids of all ages the chance to enjoy outdoor adventures. Activities include animal interaction lessons, trail building, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and other sports. Kids can sign up for day camp, overnight, or sleepaway programs. 

Address: 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville
Schedule: Depends on program, June-August
Session length: One, two, or four weeks per session
Age: Grades 2-12
Cost: Varies depending on program
Website: www.frostvalley.org
Contact: 845-985-2291
 

Camp Huntington

Camp Huntington serves campers with learning and developmental disabilities, ADD/HD, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome, PDD, and other special needs. The program is focused on adaptive and therapeutic recreation and is led by trained staff members who provide nurturing care and assistance to campers.

Address: 56 Bruceville Rd., High Falls
Schedule: Mon.-Sun., Fri.-Sun. (weekend program)
Session length: One week per session
Age: 6-26
Staff-to-camper ratio: 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3
Cost: $2,150 (single-rate all-inclusive), $450 (three-day weekend)
Website: www.camphuntington.com
Contact: 855-707-CAMP (2267)

Camp Treetops
Camp Treetops

Camp Treetops

At this overnight camp, a typical day consists of nature exploration on the 200-acre property, crafts, music, horseback riding, boating, and a bonfire at night.

Address: 4382 Cascade Rd., Lake Placid
Schedule: Mon.-Sun., June-August
Session length: Four or seven weeks per session
Age: 8-11
Cost: 6,800 for four-week session, $9,300 for seven-week session (scholarships available for seven-week session)
Website: www.camptreetops.org
Contact: 518-523-9329
 

Fresh Air Fund

Each summer, 3,000 children attend one of five Fresh Air camps, where they enjoy outdoor activities, make new friends, learn to swim, and play sports. A typical day also includes a morning swim, an afternoon on the ropes course, and an evening by the campfire.

Address: 350 Van Wyck Lake Rd., Fishkill
Schedule: Mon.-Sun.
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: Varies by camp
Age: 9-15
Cost: $0 (FREE) summer experience (first come, first served)
Website: www.freshair.org/summer-camping-program
Contact: 845-765-0333
 

Rock Hill Resident Camp

This camp for Girl Scouts offers 190 acres of hiking trails, archery, ropes course climbing, swimming, boating, and more. At night, campers sing by the campfire, discover the lake by canoe, or stargaze.

Address: 300 Wixon Pond Rd., Mahopac
Schedule: Mon.-Sun., June-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: Varies depending on session
Age: Grades 1-11
Cost: Varies depending on session
Website: www.girlscoutshh.org/Summer-Camp/Rock-hill-2015
Contact: 845-236-6002, ext. 613

Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies Camp
Cary Institute Summer Ecology Day Camp

Science & Nature Day Camps

Cary Institute Summer Ecology Day Camp

For more than a decade, the renowned Cary Institute’s Ecology Day Camp has offered curious kiddos from second through seventh grade the opportunity spend a week exploring the 2,000-acre campus, conducting experiments, learning about the natural history of the area, and taking part in team-building activities. A special two-week Eco-Science program runs at the end of the summer for older campers.

Address: 2801 Sharon Tpke. (Rte. 44), Millbrook
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-August
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (4 p.m. late pick-up)
Age: Grades 2-10
Cost: $235 (grades 2-4), $275 (grades 5-7), $485 for eco-science session (10 day program for grades 8-10)
Website: www.caryinstitute.org/students/youth-camps-programs/eco-discovery-camp
Contact: Jen Rubbo at 845-677-7600, ext. 303
 

Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson Valley

This science camp serves various locations across the Hudson Valley (including Orange, Rockland, Dutchess and Ulster counties). Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and applications of scientific principles. Campers experience hands-on activities and demonstrations, take part in inquiry-based discussions, and have the opportunity to make take-home projects.

Address: See Web site for exact locations: Orange County (Goshen, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Walden), Rockland County (Airmont, Garnerville, Nanuet, Pearl River, West Nyack), Dutchess County (Fishkill, Lagrangeville, Rhinebeck), Ulster County (Stone Ridge)
Schedule: See Web site
Session length: One week per session
Age: Grades K-6
Cost: Varies depending on session and location
Website: www.midhudson.madscience.org/campoverview.aspx
Contact: 845-294-5434
 

Sports Day Camps

Camp FIT at All Sport Health & Fitness

Sessions at Camp FIT include recreational swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, and themed activities. Campers can register for half- or full-day programs.

Address: 17 Old Main St., Fishkill
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-September
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: 4-14
Cost: Member prices: $115 (half-day), $215 (full-day), non-member prices: $145 (half-day), $245 (full-day)
Website: www.allsportfishkill.com/camp.html
Contact: 845-896-5678
 

Golds Gym LaGrangeville

LaGrange Summer Camps offers 37 programs using the facilities at Golds Gym. Kids can be registered for sports programs, day camp programs, half-day programs, or CIT training.

Address: 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-September
Session length: One week per session
Pick-up/Drop-off: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age: 5-16
Cost: Prices varies depending on program
Website: www.lagrangesummercamps.com
Contact: 845-463-4800
 

12th Rock Sports Camp

Word of Life Ranch and Island hosts a high impact summer camp program for children interested in basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and horsemanship.

Address: Word of Life Facility, Rte. 9, Shroon Lake
Schedule: Mon.-Sat., August
Session length: One week per session
Age: 6-18
Cost: $450; family and military discounts available
Website: www.12throck.org/12th-rock-sports-camp
Contact: 845-692-9092

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