DAY CAMPS, OVERNIGHT CAMPS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

Read Gay Parent magazine's list of quick descriptions of day and sleepaway camps for your child.

Day Camps

Brightest Start School of Performing Arts
973-829-1973
Brighteststarschool@hotmail.com
www.brighteststarschoolofperformingarts.com/

Musical Theatre Sleep Away Camp #1
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ / July 29-Aug. 3, 2018

Musical Theatre Sleep Away Camp #2
Beach haven, Long Beach Island, NJ / August 5 – 10, 2018

Register for both camps and spend the weekend, in between, as well.


Day Camp in Morristown, NJ - This is a three week camp for grades 2-12, in separate divisions. (July 2-20)

All camps include: Daily classes in singing, acting and dancing.

Daily rehearsals for Broadway title show presented on Friday night for the public.

All campers featured! Talented, experienced, certified teachers work with your child, whether beginning in musical theatre or having been in many shows. References available.

This is an inclusive, one-of-a-kind program!



Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock School
110 Demarest Mill Road
West Nyack, NY 10994

845-627-0234
www.summerplaycamp.org

Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock is a refreshingly simple yet creative approach to summer fun, designed for children ages 3 to 12 years. An enchanting place for children to spend summer days, Summer Play offers a variety of hands-on, imaginative and playful activities with a warm, caring and experienced staff.

Children can delve into art, music & movement, nature & science, gardening, woodworking, drama, chess, baking, swimming, sewing, games, water play and free play on the school’s charming wooded campus− where playgrounds abound and there are enough magical play spaces for the most vivid imaginations.

Older campers can choose the Excursion Option one day each week where they explore the great outdoors on a variety of hikes at area parks and trails accompanied by an experienced environmental educator. CIT program also available for children ages 13 and older.

Five-week program: June 25 to July 26, Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 3 pm.

Open House Dates: Saturday, March 10 at 1pm and Saturday April 15 at 10am.

Please register at summerplaycamp@bluerockschool.org or 845/627-0234.

Summer Play Camp−Where Special Friends and Lasting Memories are Made!



Overnight Camps



Camp Clio
Camp Clio

www.campclio.org



Camp Common Ground
www.cgcvt.org


Come to Common Ground Center this summer for a weeklong family camp vacation in beautiful Vermont.

Our signature program is Camp Common Ground, an all-inclusive, week-long family camp founded in 1994.

Fun structured morning programming for kids ages 3-12 gives parents a break and an opportunity to pursue their own interests. Our adult program teachers are professionals with years of teaching experience. Each week teens and adults choose from classes in arts, music, movement, and reflection.

Afternoons and evenings offer a variety of multi-age activities for the entire family. Our professional kitchen staff prepares inspired vegetarian meals and freshly baked delicacies using local and organic ingredients that meet a wide variety of dietary needs. The meat-eaters and picky eaters will love the food too!

In addition to our traditional family camps we are proud to partner with different organizations and community groups to offer a variety of programs for young people and families including Camp Outright, a camp for LGBTQA teens; Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for families with children on the autism spectrum; and multiple day camps for local youth.

Anya, a previous board member, states, "Plenty of spaces simply claim to be open to gay and lesbian families, but Camp Common Ground truly achieves the integrated, open and affirming community so many of us hope to create."



Common Ground Center welcomes people of all ages, lifestyles, ethnicities, abilities and economic backgrounds.  Site rental is available for your own programs, weddings, reunions, meetings or other events.

Check out our website today at www.cgcvt.org. We look forward to seeing you this summer!


CAMP HAWKEYE
781-315-1297
www.camphawkeye.com


Camp Hawkeye is the un-traditional camp!

Camp Hawkeye is for ALL HUMANS! A sleepaway camp for 8 to 17 year olds and maintains an organizational commitment to creating a diverse community.

With 60 campers and 25 staff Hawkeye is perfect for first time campers of any age. Hawkeye includes campers and staff from a variety of social, ethnic, economic, religious, and geographic backgrounds.

Hawkeye is different; with the feel of family and the healthy experience of the outdoors, Camp Hawkeye uses the joy and fun of camp to break down social and cultural prejudices, misconceptions and barriers. Camp Hawkeye is an organization with a mission and it’s not just to fill beds or make budget projections. The Hawkeye leadership is committed to the community and look forward to joining you in the healthy development of your child.

Visit our web site www.CampHawkeye.com or call 781-315-1297.


Camp Quest
540-324-9088

camp@campquest.org
https://www.campquest.org


Camp Quest is a national network of secular camp communities rooted in empathy, discovery, and critical thinking. Camp Quest provides campers aged 8-17 an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Camp Quest programs are the synergy of our commitment to helping campers develop critical thinking skills, growing empathy in our relationships and communities, and to offering a one-of-a kind learning experience grounded in science, ethics, philosophy, and nature. We envision a world in which children grow up exploring, thinking for themselves, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others.

Weeklong resident programs serve campers aged 8-17 in 13 states, including Arizona, California*, Colorado, Kansas*, Virginia*, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Washington*, Ohio*, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas*. Day camp is available for children 4-8 in Minneapolis, MN. *Gender Inclusive Cabins Available

Camperships and counselor-in-training programs are available at most locations. Volunteer leadership opportunities are available for adults 18 and older. Please contact us at
camp@campquest.org for more information.


Camp Somerset for Girls
Smithfield, ME
https://somersetforgirls.com

Grow every day. Be a good friend. Make an impact. Be you. These are the values of Camp Somerset for Girls and, as a brand new camp in Maine, they are what set us apart from all the rest.

Our new facility will serve girls aged 8 to 17 and offer traditional camp activities including team and individual sports, creative arts including drama, culinary classes, and more, along with a comprehensive waterfront program.

Nestled in the Maine woods, Somerset features rustic yet modern cabins with full bathrooms, a state of the art dining hall, a theater, a three-section gymnasium, an events barn, a swimming pool, a creative arts center, an amphitheater, a ropes course, and five acres of athletic fields and courts along with fishing, waterskiing, and boating at a spectacular waterfront boasting more than 2,000 feet of shoreline--all brand new.

Owners and directors, Josh Hahn and Kate Auerbach are lifelong friends with a passion for camp that dates back nearly 30 years to when they both first arrived at overnight camp. They are now living their dream jobs as full-time camp directors committed to creating a community and culture where every Somerset camper is empowered to be brave and overcome obstacles, encouraged to be proud and celebrate successes, and inspired to be bold and pursue her dreams.


Campus Kids Weekday Sleep-Away Camp
www.campuskids.com



Monday through Friday at camp and home with the family on weekends. The best of both worlds! Transportation from NYC, NJ, Westchester and Rockland included!



CAMPUS KIDS is the perfect introduction to sleep-away camp, as well as a great camp/family lifestyle choice. 2-weeks up to full season offered. Every camper chooses his/her own activities every day. Sports, fine arts, performing arts, nature . . . including squash, tennis, golf, skateboarding, gymnastics, ceramics, ultimate Frisbee, theatre, drums, guitar, singing, crafts, painting, photography, yoga, fitness, swimming, softball, soccer, lacrosse and lots more. Fun, active, involved staff that treats everyone with kindness and respect and puts safety first.



CAMPUS KIDS is located in Blairstown, NJ on the beautiful, rural campus of Blair Academy; near the Delaware Water Gap and about an hour from NYC. Amazing program facilities and comfortable dorms.



From parents: “What I like best about Campus Kids is my daughter's total and complete comfort level and happiness. . . . The bonding and respect which forms between the counselors and campers is very special. . . . Many thanks for making our children feel so special and secure at CK.”
“I want to thank you all for the great job that you're doing in providing our son with, as he said to me this morning on the way to the bus, ‘this is my best summer so far in my life!’  For our son, who does not often say much, you can only imagine how thrilled we feel. Thank you all so much.”



ACA-Accredited. Private tours given on weekends, year-round, by appointment. Call 973-845-9260 or email info@campuskids.com.



Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

www.CottonwoodGulch.Org
(505) 248-0563

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore. We’ll take you on word-class backpacking and hiking into pristine wilderness areas. We’ll connect you with hands-on science and nature. We’ll engage you in the art and culture that is the backdrop of The Southwest. Treks with the Gulch are an opportunity to immerse yourself in this majestic land and cultural heritage.

Here at the Gulch, our ability to operate with a flexible approach is part of what makes our program so rewarding and unique. Our Treks travel around the Four Corners region looking for discovery and adventure. Each season we outline the Trek plans and then allow our knowledgeable staff to embrace unique opportunities that couldn’t otherwise be planned. Our staff understands that our adventure may change should we find ourselves presented with something we just can’t pass up. We will often adjust our itineraries when we’re invited to a ceremonial feast day, local flea market, or rug auction. This flexibility is at the core of our uniqueness as a program.


Farm & Wilderness Summer Camps
www.farmandwilderness.org



The F&W experience will offer your child new friendships, exciting challenges, immersion in the natural world, and the discovery of new skills. Our six camps nestled on 4000 acres of Vermont woods and lakes are the perfect setting for a wilderness summer. We offer overnight programs from three and a half to seven weeks for children 9-17 and day camp programs for children 4-10. At F&W, children practice outdoor living skills, participate in a working farm, swim in the lake, make their own music and art, discuss social issues, and play rousing games.

F&W campers experience a sense of confidence and joy in their daily lives, because they have an important role in the community. Campers participate in real work at camp, and find it really fun. They learn to build cabins, milk cows, harvest vegetables and serve them for lunch, paddle canoes, blaze trails, and much more. Our programs include hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing adventures. We work to have a diverse staff and camper community. Our counselors receive anti-bias training and discuss issues of diversity with campers in age appropriate activities. Financial aid available. For information, write sam@farmandwilderness.org or call 802-422-3761.


Frost Valley YMCA
845-985-2291
info@frostvalley.org
www.frostvalley.org/camp

Frost Valley YMCA offers traditional overnight summer camp, teen and pre-teen adventure trips, equestrian camps, farm camp – and the very first Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp!

But what’s the best part about Frost Valley? Every aspect of a Frost Valley experience integrates 8 signature core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship. And a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event the camp offers.

Children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment, spending their first nights away from home, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on mountain hikes, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, ziplining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky, putting on music concerts for their friends, singing silly songs, and more. Frost Valley YMCA offers 1- and 2-week programs from June to August for grades 2 through 10. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. While camp only takes place for a matter of weeks – Frost Valley is an experience that lasts a lifetime!

To learn more, visit
www.frostvalley.org/camp. But hurry - sessions fill fast! Avoid the wait list and call: 845-985-2291 or email info@frostvalley.org today.


The School of Creative & Performing Arts (SOCAPA)
(800) 718-2787
info@socapa.org
www.socapa.org

Join the next generation of artists this summer! The School of Creative & Performing Arts (SOCAPA) offers teens ages 13-18 summer intensives in Filmmaking, Acting, Music, Dance, Photography and Screenwriting with flexible course-lengths of one to six weeks. SOCAPA gives students who join us from across the country and around the world the opportunity to learn and grow as artists, and to find their individual creative voices in a fun, supportive environment. Campers of all experience levels are challenged to advance their craft through hands-on learning with teachers who are leaders in their fields, surrounded by other teens who share their passion. Our campuses in New York City, California, and Vermont each give students a unique experience of learning with other artists in a state-of-the-art setting, along with the best of summer fun. SOCAPA’s residential staff organize activities and trips each night and weekend that give students the chance to enjoy time with friends and the wonderful sites surrounding our campuses. Please join us this summer!



Shire Village Camp
Founded in 1972, Shire Village Camp was described by The Boston Globe as a camp that "...espouses liberal values; it's nonprofit, nonsexist, nonracist, nonhomophobic, nonsectarian, and noncompetitive." A coeducational residential summer camp for 7 to 13 year olds, it also offers vegetarian meals and has a policy to avoid chemical additives and preservatives in their food. Shire Village Camp is located on 96 acres of beautiful hills and woodland in Cummington, Massachusetts. On the grounds are two riding rings, a tennis court, athletic fields, a filtered pool and a large brook which flows into a private pond and into the Westfield River which flows through the campgrounds. Traditional activities offered are theatre, music and dance, arts and crafts, film and photography, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, gymnastics, field trips, and nature exploration. In addition, the camp offers tai chi, shiatsu, meditation, yoga and emphasizes a nonsexist, noncompetitive approach to sports activities which include archery, soccer, tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball and Frisbee. This approach has created a more relaxed atmosphere and according to a camp counselor, more girls are playing sports and more boys are trying to motivate them.

Many Shire village campers return year after year and former campers have sent their children. Some return to work as counselors, support staff and administrators. The camp boasts a popular teen staff training program and several former campers are now serving on the Board of Directors. Sessions begin the first week of July through the end of August and introductory two-week sessions are available for children 7 to 9 years of age. Discounts are available for siblings and early tuition payment. To receive a brochure and enrollment information contact Beth Schneider, 175 Eastern Parkway, Apt. 6J, Brooklyn, New York 11238, telephone 718-622-8204. Summer contact information: Shire village Camp, Mellor Road, Cummington, Massachusetts 01026, 413-634-2281. Visit www.shirevillage.org
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Tabor Academy Summer Program
www.taboracademy.org



Join us for an unforgettable summer by the sea full of friends, sports, adventures, and learning! Established in 1917, the Tabor Academy Summer Program allows young people ages 6-17 the opportunity to develop their full potential as individuals. Under the guidance of highly qualified and energetic counselors, coaches, and teachers, the program encourages young people to have fun and take pride in their personal achievement in our optional enrichment courses, on the playing fields, and on the waterfront. The program provides a variety of engaging and enjoyable activities on the beautiful 85-acre seaside campus of Tabor Academy, in Marion, Massachusetts. TASP offers engaging activities and enrichment courses such as: Art, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Clay, Crafts, Drama, ESL, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Marine Science, Photography, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Theater Arts, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and so much more! If your child is ready to try a new sport, such as sailing on Sippican Harbor, and/or simply wants to learn more in our classrooms, like our Marine and Nautical Science center, please browse through our website at www.taboracademy.org to find out more about our wonderful opportunities.


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