Caring: Ourselves, Our Community, Our World

Summer Camp 2016
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Celebrating 52 years serving Poughkeepsie’s
6 - 11 year olds in a 
non-sectarian, safe, affordable, fun and friendly learning environment that
 promotes self-esteem 
and builds confidence
with every new experience.

Summer Camp at Christ Church is a nonsectarian and inclusive 6-week summer day program that accepts children aged 6-11 on a first come first served basis. It is a community outreach program of Christ Episcopal Church now in its 52nd year of continuous operation. Over the years our camp family has extended to the second and even third generation in some Poughkeepsie families as some campers return year after year, then their children and their children’s children.

This year we expect to accept 60 campers, and to hire 10 full time staff members over 18 years of age, as well as our 4 teen-age interns, all of whom will be CPR and First Aid certified. (See a Staff job application and job descriptions below.) The camp is divided into 4 age groups, each well staffed by a Senior Counselor, a Counselor and an Intern.  Age-appropriate and age-interest activities are planned by each group and all-camp programs and field trips are part of camp life as well.


In 2015 the Summer Camp theme will be Caring: Ourselves, Our Community, Our World. 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 camp day runs from 8:30am to 4pm. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are included. Campers and staff enjoy the use of four bright air-conditioned rooms in Christ Church. The Walley urban park on the Christ Church campus is their playground    

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 they 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 2015 the older campers will again work with photography to produce stop-motion animation projects with a persuasive message under the guidance of 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 and opportunities for a structured free swim at the Hudson Valley Community Center pool will be offered that 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.


For tuition details, including information on the New Early Payment tuition, see our Summer Camp Flyer


Other than themselves dressed in clothes suitable for play, and sturdy shoes suitable for kicking a kickball or walking on a sidewalk or trail, children need only to bring a bathing suit and towel twice a week.  Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided by the City of Poughkeepsie Schools Summer Feeding Program.


The camper registration period will begin on March 1 and extend to
June 1. Please download the Camper Registration flyer below to learn all the details you need to know about how to register your child for camp.  For questions email

Camper Registration Forms

Camper Registration 2015 flyer


Summer Camp for staff will begin on June 22 and end on August 8. Staff are required to attend an Orientation Week prior to the start of camp From June 22 through June 26.

For further information please download the job descriptions for the staff positions open this year. If you are interested in applying for a position, download and complete the appropriate application. Follow the directions for submitting your application.  The deadline is April 15.

Senior Counselor Job Description

Counselor Job Description

Application for Sr. Counselor and Counselor

Summer Intern Job Description

Application for Summer Intern





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