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When it comes to finding first-rate camps and summer programs of all types, the Hudson Valley’s top options will have you wishing you could be a kid again!
GirlSummer at Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Ave
GirlSummer is Emma Willard School’s signature summer program, offering girls entering 2nd to 9th grades an enriching, personalized, and fun two-week experience. With two sessions starting July 10 and July 24, your child will find the perfect time to explore, play, and learn on our vibrant campus in Troy, NY. Participants choose their electives to match their interests and goals, likely trying something new! The Writer’s Retreat program offers participants an immersive morning filled with creative writing, capping their day off with two electives of their choosing. Join us for a fun and expansive experience!
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd
Frost Valley YMCA offers several overnight programs for children and teens, including adventure trips, horse camps, adventure survival camp, farm camp, and traditional overnight camp (available in two-week sessions). Just 2.5 hours from New York City in the breathtaking Catskill Mountains. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. We can’t wait to see you here in the Valley!
Summer Programs at Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing
Garrison Art Center offers three different summer programs for kids and teens that center on art, creativity, exploration, and most importantly, having fun in our professional artist studios located on the Hudson River. Summer Arts on the Hudson is a full-day 2-week session for K-8th grade, June 26 to July 7 and July 10 to July 21st. Summer Art Institute is for teens in 9th-12th grade and runs July 24 to August 4. Art a la Carte is for kids in 2nd through 8th grade and runs from August 7 to 18 for a full- or half-day, one week or two.
High Meadow Summer Camp
3643 Main St
High Meadow School offers recreational day camp for ages 3 to rising 2nd graders and themed day camp for rising 3rd through 8th graders, featuring Wayfinder Experience and Westchester Circus Arts. Sessions run Monday through Friday, July 10 to August 11. Open to residents and visitors to the area, our seven-acre wooded campus is the perfect place for your children to spend their Hudson Valley summer! For more information or to schedule a tour, visit highmeadowschool.org/summer-camp.
Hillcroft Day Camp
A camp is where children can learn new skills, make new friends, experiment with ideas, and grow in self-esteem. Camp Hillcroft, under the guidance of our mature and supportive staff, helps children achieve these goals. Since 1950, Hillcroft has been a caring and nurturing family-run camp where children “learn by doing.” Children have the opportunity to experience a full range of enrichment activities: creative arts, swimming, outdoor adventure, theater, dance, farming, and a full sports program. Camp Hillcroft is located on 165 acres, serving children pre-K through 9th grade in Dutchess County. Come see what everyone is talking about. Call to schedule a tour.
Mohonk Preserve camp programs provide opportunities for children ages 7 to 13 to spend their summer outside enjoying the natural wonders the Shawangunk Ridge has to offer. Under the careful supervision of our dedicated and professional educators, campers will laugh, play, and learn together; explore interests and abilities; and expand their understanding of themselves, each other, and the world to which they belong. For more information, visit www.mohonkpreserve.org/what-we-do/environmental-education/summer-camp.
The Reading Barn
Spring Hill Farm
3625 Rte 82
The Reading Barn gives your child a fun and creative experience, enhancing his or her reading, writing, and math skills in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Barn is located on rural farmland with a majestic view of the Catskill Mountains. Our classrooms mimic the shape of the barns that surround them, and our creative arts classes are conducted in an open-air pavilion, all within the safety and serenity of breathtaking Millbrook, NY. We custom design an academic program to meet each child’s individual needs. The program is limited to 35 children each summer.
2307 Lucas Turnpike
At Wild Earth, all of the senses are engaged, as campers meet local plants and animals, learn wilderness skills, create natural crafts, build deep connections with friends, and become inspired by adult and teen mentors. Guided by patterns we’ve observed in nature, we begin each day by gathering in the woods through songs, expressing gratitude, and finding new ways to play. We form smaller groups and set up camp in the forest by building fire pits and shelters. Our instructors tailor activities to the interests of the campers, fostering curiosity and guiding learning through skillful questions, opportunities for appropriate risk-taking and empowering challenges.
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