Those long lines on the highway can only mean one thing: summer is upon us. And though summer means school is out, that doesn’t mean kids are done learning. Summer learning is the most fun kind of learning. Isn’t that right, kids? And one of many things the East End has in abundance each summer is summer camps. Here are just a few summer camps options to help you narrow your choice.
Hampton Country Day Camp (HCDC) pride themselves on providing a summer experience campers will never forget. The quality of their program is second to none and each camper receives personalized attention from experienced instructors, counselors and activity specialists. HCDC fosters values of sharing, integrity, responsibility and respect in a friendly, safe environment. They believe the best camp experience gives kids greater self esteem, self-confidence and resilience. They emphasize having fun, building that self-confidence, and developing friendships through teamwork. Isn’t that what camp is all about? For more info call 631-537-1770 or visit hamptoncountrydaycamp.com
Southampton Camp and Club (SCC) offers an extraordinary day camp program, supplemented by a fantastic range of age-appropriate activities to appeal to every camper. The program provides a unique blend of athletics, aquatics and creative and performing arts in a safe, warm, nurturing and fun environment. In partnership with Cliff Drysdale Tennis, SCC provides members and campers with the best possible tennis experience. With an internationally qualified team of coaches, each session is specifically tailored to the abilities of the player and focuses on building skills and improving play. From private lessons to clinics, the quality of instruction and the experience you receive is world class. And with daily round-trip transportation (Westhampton-Bridgehampton), healthy snacks and lunch included in tuition, SCC offers the perfect program for every camper. Call 631-488-4700 or visit southamptoncc.com for more information.
At their East Hampton campus, Summer Camp @Ross’s unique program offers campers ages 6–14 the opportunity to follow their passions and focus on creative activities, scientific investigation and sports. Campers choose a Morning Major and Afternoon Minor for each session from a wide range of topics, personalizing their camp experience with activities that they love and want to explore further under the guidance of specialists and experienced counselors.
Ross’s Bridgehampton campus is the primary location for the Early Childhood programming for campers ages 0–6, including Music and Movement, Creative Explorations, and Sports Explorations. Early Childhood campers are led by expert instructors who provide the best care for young participants.
Sleepaway @Ross is a new, sophisticated sleepaway camp for campers ages 9–12 who are ready to take the next step toward independence. Combining the great experiences of what daytime programs have to offer with the camaraderie of a boarding house and evening activities designed specifically for older elementary students, these two-week sessions guarantee even more summer fun in the Hamptons!
At Summer Term @Ross, learning and fun go hand in hand! This summer you can gain a competitive edge, increase your test scores, immerse yourself in a new language, learn new skills, train with renowned tennis professionals, or conduct hands-on research in engineering, design, or marine science. For more info on any or all of these Ross School camps call 631-907-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
East Hampton Sports Camp @Sportime offers children between the ages of 3 and 13 an exciting program of sports, games, art and music. They’re committed to creating a happy and safe environment for all campers; a place where every kid can have fun, feel confident, make friends and create lifelong memories at their beautiful 23-acre campus featuring 33 Har-Tru tennis courts, two camp buildings, a heated outdoor pool with locker rooms, several large playing fields and outdoor basketball courts. This camp also enjoys exclusive use of the Sportime multi-sport arena, a state-of-the-art, air conditioned, multi-sport facility, which includes a regulation-size roller hockey rink, 3 full basketball courts, 3 competition volleyball courts and a snack bar. Activities at the multi-sport arena include soccer, basketball, volleyball, hockey, flag football, dodge ball and more. Baseball is played on the softball diamond just outside the arena. Call 631-267-2267 or visit sportimeny.com for more info.
The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) has a veritable smorgasbord of summer camp opportunities. From the 5-day-a-week variety to single-day programs for ages varying from infant to teen (even some drop off programs), if you can’t find something that fits your interests and schedule at CMEE this summer then you haven’t looked hard enough. For more information on any of their more than a dozen programs call 631-537-8250 or visit cmee.org.
In addition to all the great events on their main stage, Bay Street Theater offers up several camps and workshops for your aspiring thespians. There’s Puppet Power Camp and Play Makers Camp for ages 4–7, My Life: The Musical and Remix Shakespeare for ages 7–9 and My Life: The Musicial and Shakespeare Mini-Mainstage for ages 9–12. They also offer weeklong workshops in scene work, costume design and single-day Teen Master Classes. All weeklong camps meet from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Costs are $475 per child for one week; $850 for two weeks; and $1,000 for three weeks. For more information call 631-725-0818 or visit baystreet.org.
UK Elite Soccer is the premier provider of youth soccer training camps throughout the country and will be spending their 20th summer on the East End. You’ll find a UK Elite camp in Sag Harbor, East Hampton, and Montauk, and, as a new site in 2017, on the North Fork in Mattituck! It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to relax and have fun with a soccer ball, or to prepare yourself for a competitive fall soccer season, UK Elites internationally qualified staff will be able to provide it all. Time to put some Elite in your feet! Join at ukelite.com.