The East End offers much in the way of summer camps—programs to keep kids of all ages engaged and active. Summer camp is the perfect opportunity to make new friends, explore new interests or discover hidden talents. Check out the summer camps below, and for more camps check out the 2015 Summer Camp Roundup Part 1.
The Art Farm is celebrating 20 years! The 10-acre farm in Bridgehampton has sports fields, a gym and classrooms. The summer camps span a wide variety of programs. Younger campers will explore music classes and playtime, and children will enjoy sports and outdoor adventures as they get older. The Art Farm’s fun elective options include computing, 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 wide-ranging skills. Shuttle service pick-up and drop-off is available. Camp begins June 29. If your child is a budding chef, he or she may enjoy Taste Buds Kitchen. New for 2015, Art Farm on Wheels gives kids ages 7–12 the chance to experience everything that the Hamptons has to offer. Between getting picked up and dropped off at their door, the Art Farm on Wheels takes campers to athletic, artistic and educational activities of their choosing. Campers can practice sports through lessons in golf, tennis, horseback riding, surfing and more. Local artists will offer art instruction and premier chefs will teach campers how to prepare yummy and healthy meals.
For more info, 631-537-1634, theartfarms.org.
Master the art of musical theater by learning from current Broadway artists at the Broadway Method Academy (BMA) in East Hampton. BMA provides essential tools for young artists to integrate acting, singing, and dancing. This summer, BMA will host a two-week long, musical theater intensive workshop from August 3–14 for ages 13 to 21. The program will conclude with a showcase cabaret. Visit broadwaymethodacademy.com for more information.
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. A day camp option will again be available for 2015. Camp DeWolfe’s 26 acres offer swimming, sailing, canoeing, beach volleyball, archery, ropes course, arts and crafts, basketball courts and playing fields. Sessions begin July 7. For more info, visit campdewolfe.org or call 631-929-4325.
Many options, one drop-off point: That’s not the slogan of the 2015 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 29. 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 10 weekly sessions has 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 members 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 20, 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/overview/ or contact Laura Sisco, the camp director, as 631-329-6884 x21 or email@example.com.
Summer camps build character, friendships and life skills. Talk with your child about what type of camp is best for him or her, decide together what fits, and get ready to have a fun-filled summer on the East End.
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