Days spent under the summer sun on the beautiful East End are back with a pile of camps for children to choose from. Games, art, sports, nature—we have your guide to finding the right camp for your child to have the best summer ever!
London Rosiere, Founder and Head Kid at Camp SoulGrow, reflects on her favorite thing about attending camp as a child: I like singing the sing-along songs. I still remember many of them today.
Camp SoulGrow in Montauk is a nonprofit, workshop-designed camp for ages 7 and up. Providing children with the opportunity to learn from the community through no-fee workshops, Camp SoulGrow offers three different locations with a wide array of activities. The camp’s focus is on non-technological classes that give children the opportunity to learn through making items with their hands, and through the encouragement of active participation and communication. The full summer schedule will begin June 24 for Opening Day at Third House. Registration is open now, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2—6 p.m. at Camp SoulGrow Studio, 7 The Plaza, Montauk. For more information visit campsoulgrow.org or call 631-668-8800.
Yvonne Grant, President & CEO for Girl Scouts of Suffolk County says, The East End, particularly Camp Sobaco in Yaphank, offers campers the unique opportunity of attending a camp in the Pine Barrens, along the Carmans River, and observing first-hand various foliage and wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s a wonderful backdrop for hiking, archery, hands-on science experiments, games and more.
Camp Sobaco, in addition to a camp includes the state-of-the-art Discovery World STEM Center. This camp is for children in grades 1 to 6, and is located on 42 acres of Pine Barrens on the banks of the Carman’s River in Yaphank. Activities include STEM Programs at Discovery World, field trips, themed weekly activities, swimming, Gaga and other sports and games, arts and crafts, hiking and nature activities, mini-golf, archery and more. Bus transportation is available. The summer camp session begins June 29 and runs through September 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on all of their programs and to register visit gssc.us/camp-sobaco or call 631-472-1625.
Maureen Wikane, Director at The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, recalls her favorite thing about camping as a child: Swimming. I remember being very happy being in the water with children my age.
The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton will host its annual Sandpipers Summer Fun program for children ages 18 months to 5 years, July 7–August 26, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp nurtures children’s curiosity, encourages them to explore the world and guides them as they make new discoveries. Each session will include related art projects, stories and field trips. Children can be enrolled for full days or half days, for two-week sessions or for the entire summer. Serving breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily. Visit ewecc.org/sandpipers-summer-fun-camp for additional information.
Eddie McCarthy, Founder and Director of Hamptons Baseball Camp, points out that the best thing you can do for your child before sending them to camp is reinforcing a positive attitude. Come with a positive attitude!
Baseball lovers ages 4–16 can spend the summer playing their favorite 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 through September 9 at Water Mill and Montauk locations. Hamptons Baseball also offers a Saturday camp during the spring, summer and fall in Water Mill, on Saturdays through October 8. For more information, call 631-907-2566 or visit hamptonsbaseballcamp.com.
Diane Giardi, The East End Arts School Education Director, shares that, before your children go to camp, you should let them know they’ll experience new and different things—to have fun, try your best and stay open to new experiences.
The East End Arts School offers a variety of programs for children ages 5–14 in the arts, music and acting. Older campers ages 9–14 can choose from weekly arts camps, with focuses on drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and chorus. There are also two new programs this year, Composing on the Keyboard and Guitar Sensei—in which, like karate, the player’s level is indicated by the color of the guitar strap: white, yellow or orange. This year is also the first year that the camp will be bilingual. The weekly arts camps run from July 11–August 12. Younger campers ages 5–8 can enroll in the Renaissance Kid Camp, a two-week program that introduces children to the variety of creative activities that the East End Arts School has to offer, with a “Life Under the Sea” theme. The Renaissance Kid camp runs from July 18–29. Every day is guaranteed to include visual arts, music and theater. Early morning, after care and camp scholarships are available. Visit eastendarts.org or call 631-369-2171 for additional information.
Tom Williamson, Long Island Regional Manager for UK Elite and Director of Coaching for Hamptons United Soccer Club, shares his favorite memory of attending camp as a child: The ability to play soccer in a challenging environment. Having fun playing soccer, and being given the opportunity to play this sport in the off-season.
Are your children ready to play some soccer? Discover how UK Elite Soccer Training Methodology can put elite in their feet! UK Elite Soccer Inc. is the most recognizable name in youth soccer coaching in the United States. With offices all over the country, this camp allows soccer players, coaches and parents to maximize their potential. If you can match our culture and experience, you will become a better player…guaranteed! With community camps at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor and on Stephen Hands Path in East Hampton, there are great soccer opportunities to be had by all. There are also three camps in Montauk and Westhampton. Camps run during varying dates throughout the summer. For more information visit ukelite.com.