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Summer camp season is just around the corner. Each summer, millions of children depart for campsites around the country to swim, hike, craft and enjoy the companionship of friends. Although the traditional overnight camps are a big hit with many families, a lot of children also attend specialized day camps closer to home.
Many people put off summer camp planning until it is too late. Parents should keep in mind that some camps have specific cut-off dates for enrollment. Parents who want to beat the crowds this year can use this guidelines to help plan a summer camp agenda.
Attend an orientation seminar. Take the time to visit prospective camps for a tour, and use this open house as an opportunity to learn more about the programs offered. Many camps take part in regional camp fairs so you can talk to many at once. If available, find a camp employee to discuss your child’s eligibility for enrollment. Some camps may offer webinars.
Fill out the enrollment package completely. Each camp has their own requirements for registration. Expect to submit some personal information, including a medical background and proof of insurance, names and numbers of emergency contacts, and any other pertinent information as it applies to the camper. This may include allergies, fears, physical or mental disabilities, or even preferences in camp courses.
Establish payment schedules. Summer camps vary in price. The ACA says camp costs range from $100 to more than $1,500 per week. However, many accredited camps offer some sort of financial assistance for children from families with limited financial means. If cost is a factor, be sure to broach the subject.
Prepare children for the physical challenges a camp may present. Summer camp activities may be rigorous, and campers may need to be cleared by a physician before starting. Be sure to schedule your child a physical and bring along any pertinent forms. Children also can increase their levels of physical activity compared to the often sedentary nature of winter. Such preparation can prevent injuries when engaging in outdoor and physical activities.
Shop for supplies. Camps are likely to provide a list of requirements with regard to clothing and other equipment campers will need. Make sure kids have enough shorts, T-shirts, socks, athletic shoes, swimsuits, toiletries, and other camp necessities before they leave.
Keep KIDS in the loop. Engage children in the planning process to help alleviate their fears and get them excited about summer camp.
Summer camp can foster lifelong memories. Parents can help kids prepare in advance for the fun that’s soon to arrive.
AFRIM’S Sports Summer Camps
Soccer Camp – Train/Learn/Improve
for ages 6-14.
Action Camp – Bounce/Play/Create
for ages 3-12.
636 Albany Shaker Road, Albany
Call (518) 438-3131 or visit
- 10+ co-ed programs for pre-K to 10th grade.
135 Academy Road, Albany
Call (518) 429-2332 or visit
Albany Berkshire Ballet
- Summer dance camps and intensives for ages 4 to adult, beginner to professional.
25 Monroe St., Albany
Call (518) 426-0660 or visit
Albany JCC Summer Camps
- Experience summer fun for ages 3-15 with water sports, the arts, science, specialty camps and more.
340 Whitehall Road, Albany
Call (518) 438-6651 or visit
A New England Nanny
- Camp pick up and drop off, tutoring,
vacation child care, and full-time care.
Call (518) 348-0400 or visit
Bethlehem Children’s School
- 10 weeks of adventure-filled camps for
children ages 2.5-10 with art, science, outdoor education and more.
12 Fisher Blvd., Slingerlands
Call (518) 478-0224 or visit
Camp Scully Summer Camp
- Day and overnight summer programs, with a wide variety of outdoor activities for ages 5-16.
Call (518) 512-3577 or visit
Capital District Child Care Council
- Providing a free 2018 summer camp catalog featuring over 200 local camps of all types, with pricing and activities.
Call (518) 426-7181 or visit www.CDCCCC.org
Capital District YMCA
- Over 12 locations. From day camps to overnight camps to specialty camps, field trips and weekly themes, there is something for everyone.
Call (518) 869-3500 or visit
Children’s Museum of Science & Technology
- Hands-on summer camps explore topics from archeology to zoology, paleontology to sustainability science.
250 Jordan Road, Troy
Call (518) 235-2120 or visit
Circle of Friends Preschool
- Summer camp for ages 3 to 5 years old.
2 Bethlehem Court, Delmar
Call (518) 478-0722 or visit
College of Saint Rose Summer Academy
- Four weeks of fun and learning for students in grades 6-10.
432 Western Ave., Albany
Call (518) 454-5144 or visit
Doane Stuart School
- Announcing SCAMP – a summer experience for 3-8-year-olds with dance, music, science and outdoor fun.
199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer
Call (518) 465-5222 or email:
[email protected] or visit
Drama Kids International
- Weekly full and half-day summer camps held in the Capital District for ages 4-11.
Call (518) 458-1313 or visit
Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Inc.
- Summer environmental education programs for grades K-12.
284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville
Call (518-797-3440) or visit
Ohav Shalom Nursery School
- Summer weekly themed camp for preschool kids ages 18 months to 5 years old. Full or part-time availability.
113 New Krumkill Road, Albany
Call Sheryl @ (518) 489-4894
or visit www.OhavShalom.com/
Rosa Venerini Early Childhood Center
- Summer program for 18 months to age 8. Children bring a beloved book to life through STEAM-inspired play.
1840 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady
Call (518) 372-5961 or email
Saint Gregory’s School
For more information on summer camp programs,
call Maureen Kostanoski at (518) 785-6621 or email [email protected]
Samaritan-Rensselaer Children’s Center: Summer Fun at RPI
- For kids ages 4-12 with swimming, arts and crafts, sports, drama, field trips and more. Full or part-time.
Located on the campus of RPI
Call Deirdre or Kristina @
(518) 271-3748 or visit
Serendipity Day Care Center
- Summer Dippin’ 2018 includes 9 ½ themed weeks for children in grades 1-6 with horseback riding, swim lessons, parks, museums, field trips and more.
22 Grove St., Voorheesville
Call (518) 765-2399 or email:
SPORTIME Summer Camps 2018
- Preschool Camp for ages 3-5, Multi-Sport Camp for ages 6-16 and Tennis Combo Camp for ages 6-16.
2699 Curry Road, Schenectady
Call (518) 356-0100 or visit
St. Matthew School and Child Care
- Summer camp for ages 3-12.
75 Whitehall Road, Albany
Call (518) 463-6495 or visit
Temple Israel — Herman and Libbie Michaelson Early Childhood Education Center
- Summer Fun program for kids under 5 with creative play and activities.
600 New Scotland Ave., Albany
Call Amie at (518) 438-7858, ext. 120 or email AmieB[email protected] or visit
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
- Summer camps for kids ages 6-17 with
pottery, stained glass, jewelry making,
game design, photography and more,
full or part time.
265 River St., Troy.
Call (518) 273-0552 or register online at
The Music Studio
- Summer Fun with Music for ages 2-7 and Piano Camp for ages 9 and up.
1237 Central Ave., Albany
Call (518) 459-7799 or visit
- 10 full weeks of action packed summer adventures at multiple locations: Troy, Brunswick, East Greenbush, Albany, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Rotterdam, Scotia, Schoharie, Clifton Park and Ballston Spa starting June 25.
Call (518) 368-2653 or visit
Woodland Hill Montessori School
- Summer Day Camp for ages 3-12 with fun
and creative play and exploration.
100 Montessori Place, North Greenbush
Call (518) 283-5400 or visit