Though the kiddos may be in school until just before the Fourth of July, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Check out the roundup below of options on the East End.
Future Stars Southampton at North Sea Community Park offers seven different athletic programs for children ages 4–16: baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, multi-sports and Little Stars. Little Stars is a specialty program for children ages 4–5 and is designed to meet the diverse needs of younger campers. All programs will run between June 15 and September 4 with flexible enrollment options (one to eight weeks). Call 631-287-6707 or visit fascamps.com for additional information.
Baseball lovers ages 4–16 can dedicate their summer to the game at Hamptons Baseball Camp. Campers of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll for instruction in warm-ups, drills and gameplay. Weekly sessions are available between June 8 and September 7 at the Water Mill and Montauk locations. Hamptons Baseball also offers a Saturday camp during the spring, summer and fall in Water Mill, beginning on May 2 and running Saturdays through October 10. For more information, call 631-907-2566 or visit hamptonsbaseballcamp.com
The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton will host its annual Sandpipers Summer Fun Camp. Sandpipers Summer Fun Camp is a fun and educational program for children ages 18 months to 6 years. The camp nurtures children’s curiosity, encourages them to explore their world and guides them as they make new discoveries. Each two-week session of Sandpipers Summer Fun Program will focus on a theme—Farms, Oceans, Fairy Tales, and Where We Live—and will include related art projects, stories and field trips. Children can be enrolled for full days or half days for two-week sessions throughout the entire summer. New this year there will be a drop-in rate! Camp begins July 8. Visit ewecc.org/sandpipers-summer-fun-camp for additional information.
Are your kids ready to play soccer? Discover how the unique UK Elite Soccer Training Methodology can put elite in their feet! UK Elite Soccer Inc. is coming to the East End, with camps in Sag Harbor, Quogue, East Hampton and Westhampton. Camps are suitable for kids ages 4–16, with some locations catering toward specific age groups. UK Elite challenges soccer players, coaches and parents to maximize their potential. For the more serious players, the Residential Camp at Hofstra University will be sure to take the challenge even further. For more information, visit ukelite.com
The Art Farm on Wheels has amazing perks like eight camps in one, pick up and drop off included and farm-to-table cooking. Celebrating the camp’s 20th anniversary, Mari Linnman, a local mom of two boys, has created the perfect camp for both parents and children. Campers ages 6–12 discover the best the Hamptons have to offer while learning to master quintessential Hamptons sports through golf clinics, tennis instruction, horseback riding lessons, surfing and other watersports such as wakeboarding, wake skating and more! Other sports offered include soccer, rugby, skateboarding and camper favorites like dodge ball. Pick up and drop off is included and campers get to discover different interests while designing their own schedule. If you have three children with three different interests, the Art Farm will pick them up, bring them on a journey where they choose their favorite activities and drop them off at the end of the day. Campers will cook side-by-side with local chefs and create masterpieces next to local artists, as the Art Farm features some of the notable talents of the East End. A vital part of Art Farm on Wheels programming is experiencing life on its five-acre organic farm, interacting with farm animals and tending to herb and vegetable gardens.
Also affiliated with the Art Farm, the Riders watersports camp, for ages 7–15, offers daily pick up and drop off. This watersports camp is designed to build confidence for beginners, while offering the more experienced water sports enthusiast a playground to develop and build their skills. On surfing days, Riders head to a local beach with the best waves. On boating days, kids enjoy knee boarding, tubing, waterskiing and wake boarding/skating/surfing in the bay. What better way to spend your day than with friends out on the water? The experienced staff holds required certifications and they always put safety first.
Both camps run June 29–September 4. For more information, visit theartfarms.org.
Is Junior a budding scientist? Camp Invention celebrates its 25th season in 2015. Inspiring girls and boys entering grades 1–6 to think big and imagine how they can change the world for the better, this one-of-a-kind weeklong experience connects science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities. The program allows students to learn about creative problem solving (and so much more!) in teams grouped by age. Camp is held July 13–17 at Dayton Avenue Elementary in Manorville; July 20–24 at Eastport Elementary; and August 10–15 at the Springs School.
Summer camps build character, friendships; and develop talents and life skills. It’s most important to choose a program that best fits your child’s needs. Do some research, find a camp that caters to your kid’s interests, and get ready to have an unforgettable summer on the East End! For more camp options, view Part I and Part II of our 2015 Summer Camp Guide.