This Year’s Theme
In the course of all our program activities we will strive to keep ourselves safe, to be kind to others and to have an abundance of fun as we learn new things with our camp friends.
The program at camp will emphasize helping others. Each of the 4 age groups will choose and complete a neighborhood service project. In past years they have started a camp garden, planted flowers at the Mathew-Warner home, pulled weeds at the Locust Grove gardens, made flower boxes for homes in the neighborhood, raised money for SPCA, helped harvest at the Vassar Cooperative Farm Project and raised the sail on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Field trips and performers brought to the camp will provide inspiration for the work children do in the arts under the guidance of a professional artist. Within walking distance of camp, children can learn more about protecting plants and small animal habitats in a small forest. For the past several years the campers have learned to use many media in their art groups. In 2016 the older campers will again work with photography to produce stop-motion animation projects with a persuasive message under the guidance of Spark (formerly Children’s) Media Project.
Campers will also learn more about their Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County homeland through visits to the library, Vassar Institute, walking tours of the City and hiking the Walkway. During quiet time there will be ample opportunity to curl up with a good book or to write or draw about the day’s adventure in one’s journal.
Recreation is a big part of daily camp life. Twice weekly swim instruction will teach an important life-long skill. Land sports such as soccer, kickball, volleyball and basketball will provide good exercise on a daily basis. We expect music, drama and dance to be a part of the curriculum as well and look for staff with interest in those fields.
Our goal is to provide a safe environment and to introduce children to activities they otherwise might not have the opportunity to do. We plan a program in which children work together. We want our campers to grow in self-confidence and to feel good about themselves. We want them to learn to be caring to one another and to the world we all live in.
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