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 STAR SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
973-829-1973
Brighteststarschool@hotmail.com
www.brighteststarschoolofperformingarts.com/

Musical Theatre Sleep Away Camp at Beach Haven, NJ
July 28-Aug. 2, 2019

Musical Theatre Sleep Away Camp at Pocono Plateau, PA
June 23– 28, 2019

Musical Theatre Day Camp in Morristown, NJ - a two week camp for grades 2-12, in separate divisions.
July 8-19, 2019

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! Day campers sing the National Anthem at The Somerset Patriots Ball Game. All participants receive private voice lesson.



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!


TABOR ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAM
66 Spring Street
Marion, MA 02738
www.taborsummer.org

Come join us at Tabor Summer Camp for an unforgettable summer by the sea full of friends, sports, adventures, and learning! You will enjoy the company of campers from all over the US and from around the world. You will learn new skills, appreciate new activities, and discover new aspects of yourself. A supportive staff will encourage you to explore, grow, and challenge yourself throughout summer. By the program’s end, you may have made a new friend from another country, mastered sailing, or simply learned to love being part of a community. Coed, Day, Residential and LIT programs are available from ages 6-17. 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. A summer of friends, new experiences, and learning awaits you at Tabor Summer Camp.



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 ONAS
Ottsville, Pennsylvania
www.camponas.org

The Quaker camp in rural Bucks County, PA, Camp Onas is a coed, residential camp for all kids, ages 8-13. Camp Onas is a caring community where individuals are nurtured and group unity is fostered through recreation and education in a peaceful and simple environment. Our program stresses sharing, cooperation, understanding, simple living, and most essential of all -- fun. Campers choose their activities from a daily schedule that includes sports and games, arts & crafts, woodworking, gardening, swimming, canoeing, nature study and animal care, archery, drama and music. Special activities include theme weekends, camp-outs at the overnight site, team challenge activities, high ropes and rock climbing. A four-day out-of-camp backpacking and canoeing trip is available for older campers. The camp's Meeting for Worship on Sundays and Wednesdays is held in keeping with the Quaker practice of silent worship and recognizes and respects the spiritual needs common to all people. Sessions are two weeks in length.

For dates, rates and more information go to
www.camponas.org.


CAMP QUEST
540-324-9088
camp@campquest.org
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 WALDEN
www.campwaldenmi.com

Camp Walden is a family-owned, traditional summer camp in beautiful Northern Michigan. For 61 summers, Walden has been providing exceptional experiences for children from all of the United States and the world! Our camper-choice program offers more than 50 different activities: extensive team and individual athletics; an array of water sports; visual and performing arts; nature and wilderness skill-building; horseback riding; and media (radio, photography, and a daily newspaper).

Walden's veteran administrative staff come from education backgrounds, and many (including camp’s directors of waterfront, athletics, riding, media, and programming) have spent decades at camp. In our quest for the best possible cabin staff, Walden hires only college-age counselors who have demonstrated an interest in working with children in a positive, supervised environment. Camp’s second-generation directors, Liz Stevens and Scott Ruthart, dedicate themselves to creating an atmosphere of acceptance, empathy and kindness. The result is a welcoming community that soon becomes more like family.

Walden offers 2-, 3-, 4- and 7-week sessions for campers entering 2nd-11th grade. Our three-day Mini Mini Session welcomes campers entering 1st-3rd grades. Visit our Website, 
www.campwaldenmi.com, or call us at 248-225-1256.


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.


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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YMCA CAMP CHINGACHGOOK
camp.cdymca.org
 
At the Y, all are welcome!
 
Looking for a Special Place for You and Your Family? Visit YMCA Camp Chingachgook, located on the nationally recognized shores of Lake George in the Heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
 
We instill confidence and an appreciation for the natural world with a variety of fun options. From free family days, to overnight youth camps, to adult retreats and adventure trips, to weddings and reunions, we’re happy to welcome you to Camp Chingachgook all year round!
 
Give your family a getaway to remember. Call 518.656.9462 or visit
camp.cdymca.org today for more information.
 
Better Together — The Capital District YMCA is a leading Capital Region charity devoted to strengthening our communities.


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