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Camp Series: Local Recreational Summer Camps

An abundant choice of summer camps for pre-K and elementary school kids.

It's that time of year. The school year is winding down and it is time to start planning for the summer. Over the next month, Patch will highlight local camp offerings right in town or just a short distance away.

This week we are spotlighting camps that are recreational and offer special events such as tea parties, luaus, pirate parties and visits to the aviation museum or amusement parks. Swimming, arts and crafts and music are also included in many as well.

Peanuts Nursery School
202-204 Main St., Farmingdale
516-420-3727

Description: Camp runs Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. There are four sessions: Session 1 runs from June 27-July 7, Session 2 runs from July 11 - July 21, Session 3 runs from July 25 - August 4 and Session 4 runs from August 8 - 18. Sprinkler days, water tables, arts and crafts, and music and movement are planned.
For Ages:
Two through five years old.
Cost:
Three sessions is $460; cost for all four sessions is $600.
Registration Information:
Starts April 13; non-refundable registration fee of $25 to be paid at time of registration.
What Makes Camp Unique: “We offer a flexible six or eight week camp program for the summer. Parents can choose any three sessions. We will be taking a lot of our fun outside for the summer. Every Monday and Wednesday are special themed days. Tuesday and Thursday are sprinkler water fun days. Plus our facility is central air-conditioned,” said Sandy Smith and Anne Cacciola, Peanut Nursery School directors.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Camp
145 Prospect St., Farmingdale
516-756-9573

Description: Camp hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for full day children, ages 3-7.  Partial day is also available for 3-and 4-year olds as well. The program also offers extended morning session (7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.) and afternoon session (4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) at an additional charge. Sessions are three, four, five, six or seven week periods, five days a week. Each camper receives instruction in Red Cross swimming, gymnastics, music, dance, arts and crafts and group games. The older children participate in karate lessons twice weekly. A musical presentation by the campers highlights the skills they have acquired in music and dance which parents are invited to attend. In addition, the staff provides special programs and events with different weekly themes. 
For Ages:
Three through seven years old
Cost:
Seven week program total is $1,900. Fee includes lunch, daily ice cream snack, tote bag, water bottle, all supplies and instructions, special events and programs, and towel service (for the pool). There is a 15 percent discount for the second child. 
Registration Information:
Ongoing.
What Makes Camp Unique: Their goal is to help each camper develop a more positive self image and a genuine concern for the needs and feelings of others. 

Camp Apollo
P.O. Box 34, Plainview
516-938-2670

Description: Camp Apollo was founded in 1969 by a group of parents who felt that there was a need for a private non-profit day camp for the children of the school district. To this day it operates as a private non-profit community service with the approval of the Board of Education. The camp's Board of Directors are members of the community and serve voluntarily. The camp runs July 5-August 12. 
For Ages: Pre-K through ninth grade.
Cost:
Varies by grade.
Registration Information:
Ongoing.
What Makes Camp Unique: It offers trips, arts and crafts, dance, music, game rooms, indoor gym, outdoor fields, basketball, volleyball, tennis (grades 3 - 7), kickball, option period (grades 3 - 7), in addition to a carnival, special events and programs, and American Red Cross swimming instruction. It is only open to Plainview-Old Bethpage School District residents.

Dilly Dally
210 Merritts Road, Farmingdale
516-694-6530

Description: Six week program starts July 11 - August 19, full-day and half-day available. Two, three, or five day weeks available and children can attend as little as two weeks up to six weeks. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m.. There is a pool for swimming on premises, arts and crafts, music, organized games and special events such as a luau, pirate party, and princess tea party.
For Ages:
Three through seven years old.
Cost: $340 and up for different lengths of stay, added discount for second child attending full-day sessions.
Registration Information:
Ongoing.
What Makes Camp Unique: Dilly Dally has been serving the Farmingdale community since 1962. It is family-owned and operated. Camp ratio is five children for each counselor; all counselors are CPR-First Aid certified.

The Children’s Center at Farmingdale State University of New York
Melville Road, Farmingdale
631-420-2125

Description: The Children's Center offers a full-time camp program with themed weekly events, trips, daily arts and crafts, outdoor sports and games, special game room and a free t-shirt. Camp starts June 27 and runs until August 9. Camp hours are from 8:30-4:30. Extended care is available from 7:30-8:30 and 4:30-5:30 at an additional cost of $8 per hour. Extended care is by the hour only.
For Ages: Children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade (5 – 12 years of age).
Cost:
Per child: Second week (4 days) $236; All other weeks $295; non refundable registration fee per child $50.
Registration Information:
Camp is in session for a total of 8 weeks. Each child is required to enroll for a minimum of two consecutive weeks.
What Makes Camp Unique:
This summer’s fun includes Red White & Blue Week, Amazing Animal Week, Holiday Week, Silly Sports Week, Music & Dance Week, Carnival Week, Who Done It Week, and an End of the summer show. Trips to bowl, Adventureland, United Skates, a fishing boat and the Cradle of Aviation.

Mid-Island Y JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
516-822-3535

Description: Situated on 50 sprawling acres, the Mid-Island Y JCC’s summer programs emphasize caring, sharing and respect. The programs at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds feature an action-packed schedule filled with camp-wide opening activities, instructional and recreational swimming, sports, group activities, Jewish culture, theme days and special events for children ages 4-17.
For Ages: Pre-K one through grade nine.
Cost:
Varies
Registration Information:
Ongoing.
What Makes Camp Unique: Children with special needs in the Aspire Program are also included in the activities and excitement. Campers in grades 5 and 6 are introduced to the open road for fun travel experiences. Specialty camps include theatrical arts for grades 1-9, and sports for grades 3-6.  Teens can choose from Tween Trailways, Teen Travel Camp or Counselor In Training summer internship program. For active 4 and 5 year olds who want to divide their time between the campgrounds and the building, the Mid-Island Y JCC offers High Fours and High Fives. Additionally, in-building preschool day camps are offered for ages 2-5. 

BounceU
101 Carolyn Blvd, Farmingdale
631-777-JUMP

Description: BounceU’s Create and Bounce program provides three hours of playtime and creative fun. Session 1 from July 12-14; Session 2 from July 19-21; Session 3 from July 26-28; Session 4 from August 2-4; and Session 5 from August 9-11.
For Ages:
Ages four to 10.
Cost: $150 per three day session for first child, $125.00 for siblings. The flexible plan allows children to come one or two days per session; $55 per day for the first child, $45 per sibling. Camp includes bouncing and all art supplies. Hours are  a.m. to 12 p.m. unless noted differently
Registration Information:
Early registration discount available.
What Makes Camp Unique:
These mini-sessions in July and August give children a daily balance of playtime and artistic expression. In addition to bouncing, laughing, and exploring their inner artists, kids enjoy an array of games and activities. With its unique blend of upbeat exercises and dedicated time for painting and projects, Create and Bounce offers an experience that’s healthy, mentally engaging, and fun.

Check back next week for the next installment of the Camp Series.

Joanne T February 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Camps 'R' Us opening in Farmingdale. The most affordable, private day camp on Long Island. The cost is less than a babysitter. Full range of activities, trips, special events, swimming, bowling, etc.

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