2015 Hamptons Summer Camp Roundup

2015 Hamptons Summer Camp Roundup

Welcome to our East End summer camp roundup. Let your child experience the beauty of the area while making new friends. They’re sure to expand their interests and develop new hobbies at one of these great camps. With so many summer camps to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down your choices.

The Hamptons wouldn’t be the Hamptons without the miles of pristine beaches! Let your kids learn how to take full advantage of the ocean at surf camp. At Flying Point Surf School, kids will learn the ins and outs of surfing, from reading the waves to actually standing on a board. The camp is taught by First Aid/CPR certified, fully insured instructors with a 3:1 student/instructor ratio. Weekly sessions are available, though campers are invited to sign up on a daily basis as well. All boards and equipment provided. Is a surfing safari a little too adventurous? Flying Point also offers a Fish Camp. Enjoy morning or afternoon fishing trips on the area’s sheltered waters on a fully equipped custom sport fishing boat, featuring instruction in saltwater fishing, basic freshwater fishing, fly-fishing and surfcasting. For more info, call 516-885-6607 or visit flyingpointsurfschool.com.

It’s no secret that the East End is an equestrian paradise. Help your youngster learn about the art of horsemanship at Gray Horse Farm Billington’s pony camp in Southampton. Gray Horse Farm Billington is a full service equestrian center with skilled and friendly trainers. All ages and levels of riders are welcome. Camp runs from June 30–August 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions are available by the week. Call 516-903-5036 or visit ghfbillington.com for additional information.

Tucked away in East Hampton, Hampton Country Day Camp (HCDC) offers an unmatched summer experience for children ages 2.5–10 years on a 10.5-acre campus. The summer program provides a unique blend of athletics, aquatics, creative and performing arts in a safe, warm, nurturing and fun environment. Led by a team of top-quality specialists who are all committed to building campers’ self-esteem and self-confidence, the camp promotes values and character. HCDC accommodates children of all ages, with a stepping stone campus appropriate for kids ages 2.5–4 years old and an upper campus for ages 5–10 years old. A 3-year-old mini-day is also available from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Round trip, door-to-door transportation is included in tuition, based on program selection. Flexible enrollment options are available. New this year, HCDC introduces “Hampton Country Sports Academy,” an athletics-focused program for kids age 7–11 that will allow campers to have a sports-camp experience in the morning, and elective and swim activities in the afternoon. Visit hamptoncountrydaycamp.com for more information.

Hampton Racquet in East Hampton offers sports, tennis and creative play for all ages, groups and skill levels. Hampton Racquet takes advantage of the great outdoors and allows campers to discover their innate talents on and off the courts. Hampton Racquet celebrates the joy of movement, develops physical coordination and instills a love of sport and athletic skill. The innovative integrated tennis program starts with Twinkle Stars (youngsters 3 years old) and develops players’ skill sets on through their formative years as Rising Stars. Tactical and strategic play is the focus as they progress on through the Five Stars and Shooting Stars programs and achieve an adult understanding of the game. Camp begins June 23. For more information, visit hamptonracquet.com or call 631-324-0297.

Has your child always wanted to fly a plane? Now they can! New this year, Mid Island Flight School opens AeroCamp to the Long Island Community. Through two different programs, campers have the opportunity to learn about the dynamics of airplanes, take field trips to explore the aerospace industry, and even fly a plane. AeroCamp Basic (for future pilots in grades 6–8) runs from July 13 to 17 and Advanced Aero Camp (for future pilots in grades 9–12) runs from July 27 to 31. For additional information, visit midislandair.com

The Sail Montauk sailing school offers a junior sailing program, where kids ages 10–16 learn to sail in the two-week summer camp sessions. Each boat is limited to four or five students with a certified instructor. Classes meet dockside each morning at the Montauk Yacht Club, where briefing and dockside instructions take place before on the water sailing and hands-on participation. Once comfortable handling their boats, students will fine-tune their skills with racing and games. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Session dates are June 29–July 10 and July 20–31. For more information, call 631-522-5183 or visit sailmontauk.com.

A family-owned, Southampton institution since 1969, Sandy Hollow Day Camp allows campers to grow in a safe, fun environment. Activities include hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball, arts and crafts, basketball, tennis, field trips, a Red Cross swim program and more. Take note: Fridays at Sandy Hollow have become synonymous with fun-filled special event days. Campers enjoy a wide variety of popular activities including inflatable giant water slides, Slip ’N Slides, dunk tanks, inflatable bouncers, DJ dance parties and camp cookouts. For more information, call 631-283-2296 or visit sandyhollowdaycamp.com.

Let your child explore his or her passion for sports at Sportime summer camps, with locations throughout New York and Long Island, including Amagansett and Quogue. The East Hampton Sports Camp @ Sportime (in Amagansett) offers children between the ages of 3–13 a program of sports and games that includes tennis, baseball, swimming, basketball, soccer, hockey, dodgeball and capture-the-flag, plus great creative arts and camp activities. The camp boasts a 23-acre campus that features 33 Har-Tru tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, two dedicated camp buildings, several large playing fields, an outdoor multi-sport court, a pro shop and a snack bar. EHSC @ SPORTIME also enjoys exclusive use of the Sportime multi-sport arena at Terry King Park, right across the street from our main campus. Sportime has transformed this regulation size indoor roller hockey rink into a state-of-the-art, multi-sport arena with air conditioning, three full basketball courts, three competition volleyball courts, hockey changing rooms and restrooms. Sportime Quogue boasts four indoor Har-Tru (clay) courts, 22 outdoor Har-Tru courts, heated outdoor pool, full-service health and fitness club, multi-sport court, child-care, locker rooms, full-service spa/wellness center and cafe. For more information, visit sportimeny.com/ehsc or sportimeny.com/quogue.

If Junior is a rising tennis star, check out Southampton Racquet Club & Camp (SRCC). The tennis club offers players of all ages the opportunity to hone their skills through private and semi-private lessons, clinics and tournament play. The camp offers campers an introduction to tennis and tennis-related activities, athletics, arts and special events. Flexible enrollment options (eight weeks, six weeks, four weeks, three weeks) are available, with programs running from June 29 to August 21. For additional information, go to southamptonrcc.com.

Located in East Hampton and also newly in Bridgehampton, Summer Camp @Ross gives campers an opportunity to explore new interests in a safe and supportive environment. Campers will enjoy all the fun of a traditional summer experience while pursuing other interests in sports, science, nature and arts. The unique Choose Your Own Major program for ages 6–14 offers participants the opportunity to follow their passions and focus on creative activities, scientific investigation and sports. Campers choose a morning major, and full-day campers choose a weekly minor, allowing for more in-depth opportunities to explore those areas. Minors include African dance, circus, Jujitsu, music video, magic and much more. There are 28 different majors to choose from, including surfing, sailing, horseback riding, filmmaking, robotics, rock band, naturalist explorers, basketball, golf, gymnastics, ceramics and creative writing. Ross also offers an early childhood camp program for kids ages 6 and under. Camps begin on Monday, June 29, and weekly sessions run through August 21. Visit ross.org/summercamp for additional information.

Wölffer Estate Stables holds an annual Pony Camp for kids, offering a fun and enriching experience for children ages 6–12 in a world-class equestrian facility in Sagaponack. Pony Camp is a 3– to 6–week program, running July 7 through August 14. It is limited to 12 participants per class to allow students individualized attention. Camp teaches children equitation and horsemanship through daily riding lessons, and showmanship through participation in a horse show at the stables. Young equestrians also will participate in clinics with a veterinarian to learn the joys and responsibilities of caring for their horse. For more information, visit wolfferestatestables.com.

Summer camps build character, friendships and life skills. It’s most important to choose a program that best fits your child’s needs. And, if your college aged kid needs a productive reason to get out of the house, tell him/her to forward a resume and two writing samples to stacy@danspapers.com for consideration for the Dan’s Papers editorial internship program.

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