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KinderKamp

Overview

We offer a balanced, age-appropriate curriculum for 5 and 6 year old boys and girls who have just completed preschool or kindergarten. Our KinderKamp program offers a natural progression for campers who are ready to take on the challenges of more advanced activities, new experiences and enhanced programming.

Campers thrive in a very nurturing camp setting, with a low camper to staff ratio, scaled down equipment perfectly sized for active young campers, and the freedom to be creative through Arts & Crafts, Imagination Station, Music and Dance.

Camper-to-Counselor Ratio = 6

Developmental Milestones

During the summer, campers will begin to model their behavior on the other children and staff around them, and we set the expected outcomes from the first moment everyone arrives at camp. Our staff empowers campers to share, develop friendships and cooperate with each other while reinforcing and encouraging the positive outcomes of good behavior. There is also a focus on improving fine motor skills through creative play and athletic skills through activities designed to develop strength, power and speed.

Daily Activities

Camper schedules are planned to encompass a wide variety of exciting, hands-on activities.

 

In our introductory Arts & Crafts program, campers explore the art of cutting, pasting, sponge and finger painting, play-doh, collage and much more! Hands-on projects include puppets, masks, hats, photo frames and key chains.

Creativity is also expressed through a unique assortment of thematic crafts, based upon special events during the summer. Our campers’ masterpieces are displayed throughout the campus or brought home for their parents’ private art collections!

With our indoor and outdoor athletics program, we introduce campers to activities that will enhance their motor-skill development and movement capabilities.

Daily skill builders and games help campers to build self-confidence in an atmosphere that promotes fun, participation and teamwork. Activities include: Soccer, Tee-Ball, Parachute, Aerobics, Kickball, Pedal Go-Karts, Mini-Basketball, Relay Races and more.

KinderKampers have built in classroom time, during which they enjoy a variety of play centers. Circle Time is our first activity of the day, and it enables campers to make a smooth transition from home to camp. Circle Time activities include morning greeting, calendar, weather, and a look forward toward upcoming events.

During the camp day, individual and group activities in the classroom include songs, creative movement, games, music, blocks, dress up, kitchen creative, construction zone and story time.

Swimming
KinderKampers enjoy recreational swims in the kiddie pools and interactive “Splash Zone” at our off-campus pool facilities.

Bowling
With specialized equipment, including lighter balls, and the “magic” bumpers at the ready, KinderKampers feel comfortable bowling at our off-campus facilities.

A note about swimming: All KinderKampers are considered non-swimmers, and as such, must be in water that is less than chest deep. Because our swim program is recreational, KinderKampers are not assessed for swimming ability or offered instruction.

Camps ‘R’ Us off-campus trips take campers to some of the most popular venues on Long Island. KinderKampers can participate in up to four trips each summer. Our most recent venues included: Long Island Children’s Museum, Once Upon a Treetop, White Post Farms and Pump It Up.

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 KinderKampers 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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