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Division 56

Overview

Our 5th and 6th graders comprise the most senior camper division, and our innovative program allows campers to enjoy a comprehensive summer experience with a unique combination of scheduled activities and choice-based programming.

Emphasis on personal and team achievement is increased through friendly competition that encompasses many camp activities. Enhanced twice-weekly league play includes team standings, playoffs and awards.

“CLUB” activities are further developed, and campers can choose to participate in a variety of focused activities based on their personal interests. Shades’ Famous Game Room is a featured activity area for 5th and 6th graders, and the added element of tournaments with prizes provides the opportunity for skill development and “play with a purpose.”

Camper-to-Counselor Ratio = 10

Developmental Milestones

Early adolescence is an interesting transition period for campers. We often see friendships further developed based on common interests, rather than input from parents or staff. Campers are typically classified into categories (i.e. “smart,” “sporty,” etc.), and it is very important for them to “fit in.” Our staff recognizes this need, and campers are given the opportunity to make decisions about group activities based on their interests. Being treated more like an adult makes campers feel more accepted, and allows them to be free to enjoy their time at camp without worrying about feeling misunderstood or under-appreciated.

Daily Activities

Division 56 programming offers campers the full spectrum of what Camps ‘R’ has to offer.

 

In our advanced Arts & Crafts program, campers create projects that challenge their creativity and enhance fine motor skills . Advanced projects include tie-dye, jewelry, tile mosaics, clay sculpture, murals, origami, paper creations, cartooning and decoupage.

Creativity is also expressed through a unique assortment of thematic crafts, based upon special events during the summer. Most camper projects are keepsakes, while others are used for camp decor and traditions.

Advanced skills and drills become paramount for campers with increased athleticism and ability levels, and our activity specialists focus on providing instruction with an emphasis on progression for every featured sport at camp.

Campers can participate in optional twice-weekly league games in a variety of sports, designed to promote sportsmanship and teamwork, and to give campers the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned that day.

Activities include: Soccer, Street Hockey, PoisonBall, Kickball, Softball, Pedal Go-Karts, Street Games, Basketball, Flag Football and more.

Welcome to Shades’ Famous Game Room… the most amazing collection of games to be found anywhere!

We have classic board games, like old favorites Connect 4, Scattergories, Jenga and Monopoly. There’s also an array of professional quality table games, including Foosball, Air Hockey, Ping Pong and Bumper Pool and Battle Stacks. Last, but certainly not least, are the video games. PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and Wii and all the latest games are available to immerse campers in the most cutting edge technology.

Gaming tournaments are organized to create excitement and to challenge campers to practice their skills throughout the summer.

Swimming
Division 56 campers have the option to be assessed for swimming ability by our American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors. If they can swim, campers have access to the “big” pool and water slides at our off-campus facilities.

Bowling

Our off-campus bowling centers create a “rock ‘n bowl” experience for our older campers, complete with animated flat-screen scoreboards, glow-in-the-dark bowling balls, and popular tunes broadcast throughout the center. Bumpers are also available if needed.

A note about swimming: Division 56 campers have the option to be swim-tested. Swimmers have access to most pool facilities at the discretion of the Aquatics Director. Campers who are not swim-tested, or who fail the swim test are considered non-swimmers, and as such, must be in water that is less than chest deep.

Camps ‘R’ Us off-campus trips take campers to some of the most popular venues on Long Island. 5th and 6th graders can participate in up to four trips each summer plus a fifth “bonus” trip (additional consent and payment required).

Our most recent venues included: Karts Indoor Racing, Adventureland, Ultimate GaGa and New York Mets @ Citi Field.

Camps ‘R’ Us has many traditions that have become part of the fabric of our camp community. We celebrate these special events on various days during the summer, and campers participate at a level that is appropriate for their specific age and abilities. These special days augment the daily activity schedule, and are indicated on your campus calendar.

Traditions include: Crazy Hat Day, Picture Day, Wild ‘n Wacky Challenge, Color War, Shades’ BIG Shindig, Pinewood Derby and Talent Show.

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