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A Guide to Staten Island Summer Day Camps

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Jeannine C
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It’s official, Staten Island. You’ve finally made it through the worst winter in recent history. It’s time to start putting away the snow shovels and puffy jackets, because sunny days and warmer weather are on the horizon. And believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for summer!
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Have you thought about whether or not summer camp is an option for your child? If so, we have a roundup of some of Staten Island’s top camps for kiddies. Whether you want to go the traditional route with a camp that offers a wide range of daily activities, or perhaps you’re looking into a specialty camp that focuses on one major interest in particular, here are some great options to check out that will make your child’s summer an unforgettable one.
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Richmond County Day Camp
This popular day camp, for kids aged 4 to 15, offers a broad array of activities to keep all campers happy, including sports, swimming, martial arts, fencing, arts and crafts, gymnastics, and dance. In addition, campers partake in several trips throughout the summer to museums, sports events, skating, bowling, Medieval Times, the Statue of Liberty and more. Free transportation is offered to all campers from anywhere on Staten Island, and free lunch is available with early signup.

Cost: starts at $300 per week.
Dates: June 30 - August 22

1075 Woodrow Rd
(718) 761-1492
www.rcdaycamp.com
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Staten Island Day Camp
Located on the spacious campus of the College of Staten Island (CSI), this day camp boasts 50 acres of outside play area for campers and a 60,000 square foot sports and recreation building for indoor play. In addition to a variety of daily camp activities, they also offer elective week-long clinics for campers looking to broaden their camp experience. These clinics include sports, cheering, drama literature and math learning lab, creative arts, photography, swimming and more. Field trips are not required of campers; instead live entertainment takes place right on camp grounds. Each day at camp features a new, fun theme and parents can visit their website for a detailed daily schedule for the upcoming season. The camp offers free transportation, optional extended hours as well as shortened weeks, all with a highly trained professional staff.

Cost: starts around $370 per week.
Dates: June 30 - August 22

2800 Victory Blvd
Bldg 1R Sports & Recreation
(800) 301-2267
www.statenislanddaycamp.com
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JCC (Jewish Community Center) of Staten Island
The Jewish Community Center, or JCC, truly has something for everyone. They offer an impressive variety of programs for toddlers all the way to mid-teens, including camp for children with special needs as well as kids with diabetes, a gymnastics camp, a week-long sleep-away camp, and a travel camp. As one of Staten Island’s oldest camps, they proudly boast over 75 years of summer camp experience.

Cost: varies greatly by program and schedule, but starts at around $150 for preschoolers and $340 for kids beyond kindergarten.
Dates: June 30 - August 22 with 6, 7 or 8 week programs and pre and post camp options available.

1466 Manor Rd
(718) 475-5200
camp.sijcc.org
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The Staten Island YMCA
The Y offers several different programs throughout Staten Island for your camper. Programs start for kids as young as three-years-old, and camps are offered at both their South Shore and Broadway locations. In addition, the extremely popular Pouch Camp for kids aged 5-13 is offered at the Manor Rd camp location. Campers participate in many outdoor activities such as rock-climbing, swimming, sports, science and nature lessons, as well as arts & crafts, music, drama, games and more. There is also a counselor-in-training program where teens have the opportunity to build leadership skills and work with staff members. In addition, the Y offers swim camp for children aged 5-13 (combo swim camp is available for half the day swimming and half at traditional camp), and baseball and basketball-themed sports camp for seven to 13-year-olds.

Cost: varies by schedule and program, but starts around $250 per week for traditional camp.
Dates: June 30 - August 22

Staten Island South Shore YMCA
3939 Richmond Ave
(718) 227-4000
www.ymcanyc.org/southshore

Staten Island Broadway YMCA
651 Broadway
(718) 907-6063
www.ymcanyc.org/broadway
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Bricks 4 Kidz
Your little Lego connoisseur can build his way to an awesome summer at Bricks 4 Kidz, where kids of all ages go to learn all about everyone’s favorite colorful construction toy. They offer themed weeklong installments throughout the summer, with popular classes like Mining and Crafting, Angry Birds and Bad Piggies, Chima Challenge, and Comic Creator. Each week is a separate mini-camp and you must register for each individual camp, so this is a great pick for anyone not looking to sign up their child for a whole summer.

Cost: starts at $200 per week.
Dates: July 7 - August 29

72 Sharrott Ave
(347) 534-7925
www.bricks4kidz.com
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University Basketball Camp
Basketball camp is a good choice for any kid looking to hone their hoop-shooting skills. Kids will take to the court for three weeks over June and July and everyone will be given plenty of game time, regardless of skill level. All campers must be entering grades 2 to 9 to sign up.

Cost: $250 per week and sibling discounts are available.
Dates: July 7 - July 25 (Boys session), June 23 - July 3 and July 28 - August 1 (Girls sessions)

150 Nelson Ave
Cardinal Cooke Center
(718) 980-2267
www.universitybasketballcamp.com
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Avantis Swimming Academy
Many Staten Islanders are beach bums in the summer, so anyone with children know how important learning to swim can be. Avantis is an accredited swimming academy where any kid can learn to be an excellent swimmer, and at swim camp they can have fun doing it. Campers of all skill levels will receive swim training from professional athletes at four different levels of difficulty. In addition to swimming, kids will partake in field trips as well as educational, fun daily activities. Camp is open to kids ages 5-18. Transportation, lunch, and weekly private lessons are available for an additional fee.

Cost: starts around $450 per week.
Dates: June 30 - August 8

1466 Manor Rd
(347) 380-8777
www.avantissa.com
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Greenbelt Summer Camp
This unique camp is a perfect fit for little nature-lovers who truly enjoy the great outdoors. Staten Island’s Greenbelt Conservancy offers a special summertime program that allows your child practically limitless hands-on exploration through NYC greenest borough. Six weeklong sessions are offered on a Monday to Thursday half day schedule at High Rock Park, right in the heart of the Greenbelt. Camp is open to kids 5-13 years old, and a separate mini-camp program is open to kids four to five-years-old who must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: starts at $90 per week for members and $108 per non-members if you register before May 7. Weekly fees are $100 for members and $120 for non-members if you register after May 7.
Dates: July 7 - August 14 (kids aged 5-13); July 8 - August 7 (kids aged 4-5)

Greenbelt Nature Center (kids aged 4-5)
700 Rockland Ave

High Rock Park (kids aged 5-13)
200 Nevada Ave
(718) 667-7475 ext.1
sigreenbelt.org
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Staten Island Children's Museum
Offering nine exciting weeks of themed camp programs, The Staten Island Children’s Museum gives kids a little taste of everything they have to offer all summer long. Themes include animals, art, cooking, dance, discovery, and jewelry making. Registration is open to all kids four and up, and is on a per-week basis.

Cost: $175 for members or $206 for non-members per week for a half day and $295 for members and $350 for non-members for a full day.
Dates: June 30 - August 29

1000 Richmond Ter
(718) 273-2060 ext. 137
sichildrensmuseum.org
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Staten Island Museum
Adventurous campers will have the opportunity to explore and discover a variety of habitats at this nature-friendly day camp. Each day at Earth Camp consists of daily excursions to local parks, games, and exploration through the trails, wetlands, farm and gardens of the Snug Harbor grounds. Camp is open to kids ages 8-12 and is held in two-week sessions. There is bus transportation available at an additional cost as well.

Cost: starts around $215 per week.
Date: July 7 - July 18, July 21 - August 1, August 4 - August 25

75 Stuyvesant Ave
(718) 727-1135
www.statenislandmuseum.org
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Eden II Programs
The Eden II Summer Camp is a program designed for children with special needs, and it’s just one of the many resources offered by this wonderful center for individuals with autism. The program consists of daily recreational activities such as arts & crafts, water activities, cooking, games and sports. The camp is open to school age children with special needs between aged 5-21.

Cost: $15 per day.
Dates: Two separate weeks during summer break. Check their website for schedule updates.

150 Granite Ave
(718) 816-1422
eden2.org
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Fun Station of Staten Island
Every day feels like a party for campers at Fun Station USA, an indoor amusement park for kids. Their entertainment facility includes over 70 arcade games, a basketball court, batting cages, laser tag, rides, and a virtual reality machine. Kids will participate in daily activities like dancing, gymnastics, board games, video games, arts & crafts and more. Children will also attend field trips where they will go bowling, swimming, to the movies, to see a baseball game or wrestling match, mini-golfing, skating, and more. Free restaurant lunch, bus transportation and extended hours are included.

Cost: starts around $260 per week.
Dates: June 30 - August 22, 9th week if needed will be August 26 - August 29

3555 Victory Blvd
(718) 370-0077
www.funstationdaycamp.com
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