The Different Types of Overnight Camps for New York Kids

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There are many different overnight camp options, with different session lengths and programs. No matter what type of camp you choose, you’ll be giving your child the opportunity to form strong friendships, experience new activities and gain important life skills such as leadership, confidence, resilience and independence. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of camps to help you figure out which might be the best fit for your child.

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Coed Camps

A coed overnight camp serves all sexes. Coed camps can either run activities that are coed or separated by gender, however, campers might come together for meals, evening events and special events. When exploring coed camps, make sure to ask the camp director about which activities are together and which are separate. Coed camps often share facilities and are unified in mission and traditions.

Parents with children of different genders may find coed camps easier logistically, allowing for siblings to have a shared camp experience. Coed camps mimic “real life” with children of differing genders interacting with each other. If your child has a lot of friends of the opposite sex, a coed camp could be a good fit.

Brother/Sister Camps

Brother/Sister camps — A brother/sister camp is a hybrid of a single sex and a coed camp. They are two distinct camps that are related to each other, whether on the same property or across the lake. The camps have separate facilities but may share a few common ones and the activities run separately. The two camps come together throughout the summer for certain evening activities, special events and to spend time with siblings or cousins at the other camp.

Brother/Sister camps can be a good option for a parent who wants a single sex camp yet has children of the opposite sexes or for parents who have children of one sex, but want them to interact with the opposite sex at points during the summer.

Religiously Affiliated Camps

Religiously affiliated camps have a religious component to the camp. There can be a range of religiously affiliated camps. Some camps have more of a cultural feel while others infuse religion into the camp program and offer religious services.

Traditional Program

A traditional program is a set schedule that is created to give a balance of activities such as land sports, water sports and creative arts along with some choice activities. Campers rotate through their daily schedule with their bunk and age group, except for choice activities. Counselors usually travel with their bunks, which allows them to get to know their campers well. Traditional programs expose children to a variety of sports and activities they may not have chosen on their own while also bonding with bunkmates.

Elective Program

An elective program allows for children to choose their own activities throughout the day, whether with the help of their parents before camp begins or independently. Campers don’t travel to activities with their counselors, bunk or age group. Elective camps are great for children who are more independent, don’t tend toward group activities or sports and who like to socialize with children of varying ages.

Specialty Program

At specialty camps, children focus on one activity, whether that’s soccer, STEM, gymnastics or horseback riding. Specialty camps are great for children who know what they want to focus on and feel that they want to spend hours at a time honing that skill.

Session Camp

Session camps offer different sessions throughout the summer. Some session camps offer multiple sessions throughout the summer allowing campers to stay for a few sessions while other camps ask families to choose the first session or the second session, so all campers come and go together. Session camps give families flexibility if they want to travel over the summer or if their child has other plans for the rest of the summer.

Full Summer Camps

Full session camps run for seven weeks, with all the children arriving and leaving at the same time. Campers become ingrained in the community for a longer period of time and there aren’t campers coming and going during sessions. Full summer camps are great for families who know they want their child at camp for the majority of the summer.

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Magic Day Camp

<h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 4pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magic Day Camp is a privately owned summer day camp that has successfully operated for more than 40 years.</span></h4> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magic Day Camp is conveniently located in Bayside, Queens. We provide door-to-door transportation to families EVERYWHERE in Queens at no additional cost. We also offer camping options for children residing in New Hyde Park, Elmont, Valley Stream, Floral Park, and Garden City.</span><strong id="docs-internal-guid-c31bba51-7fff-8629-e1e7-39a7806ca021" style="font-weight: normal;"></strong></p> <h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 4pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magic Day Camp has given generations of children a safe and rewarding environment to explore new and enriching experiences that foster both mental and physical growth</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></h4> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We believe all children need a safe and supervised environment to develop into well-rounded youths and eventually adults. With daily swimming, daily trips, sports programs, dance programs, parks, state-of-the-art facilities, celebrations, and incredible summer days, "every day is truly magical!"</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Open Houses are held every month Jan-June - visit the website to learn more! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Email [email protected] with any questions!</span></p>

TADA! Youth Theater

<div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>TADA! Youth Theater Summer Camps (July 10-August 25, 2023)</strong> Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! TADA! is excited to be back in person with our popular Week-long Musical Theater Summer Camps!  Every week your child will:</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <ul> <li>ENGAGE IN MUSICAL THEATER TRAINING</li> <li>CREATE, REHEARSE & PERFORM AN ORIGINAL MINI- MUSICAL</li> <li>EXPLORE THEIR INTERESTS AND IDENTITY</li> <li>SHARE THEIR VOICE AND BE HEARD</li> <li>RECEIVE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND SOLO OPPORTUNITIES</li> <li>EXPERIENCE ENSEMBLE-BASED INSTRUCTION BY TWO PROFESSIONAL NYC TEACHING ARTISTS</li> <li>MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH NEW FRIENDS</li> </ul> On the last day of camp, we invite friends and family to attend the debut of your child’s original mini-musical!<br /> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">Limited spots available! All of our classes take place in-person at 15 W. 28th Street (between Broadway & 5th) and culminate in a final sharing for an invited audience.  </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>For more info or to register for our Summer Camps, visit our website <a href="https://tadatheater.com/summercamps/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/summercamps/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw1jPPuT0S0YVPJg0I1oXofv">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Looking for a sample class before registering?</strong> Join us Saturday, June 3rd for an in-person sample class, Q&A, and the best discount of the summer!  Registration required to attend! </p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more info. or to register for our Summer Open house, click <a href="https://tadatheater.com/open-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/open-house/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw2CheiFLQooj66wqzmTeKCc">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>No child should be turned away because of their inability to pay. </strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://tadatheater.com/financial-assistance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/financial-assistance/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw1-oTxJlL31iv2yEG3kUDrj">Financial Assistance available. </a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Questions?</strong></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></strong></div> </div> <div> <div dir="ltr" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

Kents Hill Sports Camp

<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #222222; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif;">A premier 3 week overnight sports camp, providing girls ages 8-15 an opportunity to excel in the sport of their choice, plus all the activities, spirit, & values of a traditional summer camp.  Girls will select a major (ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, basketball, dance) </span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: #ffffff; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma;">which they will participate in and receive a high level of instruction in each day.  They will then choose all of the other activities they would like to try, which will round out their weekly schedule. We also have fun special events, cookouts, campfires, carnival, out of camp trips, and color war to end the session.</span></span></span></p>