Hudson Valley Summer Camps
Warmer weather may not arrive until a few months from now, but sign-up for summer camp is well underway. Before you pack up the kids, check out these noteworthy Valley camps
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The Albany Academies, Albany
This camp offers everything from learning enrichment programs, to fine and performing arts (and even culinary arts for your junior gourmet), sports and games, and adventure classes. Special junior camp for those as young as pre-K.
Green Heron Farm Summer Camp, Woodstock
Seven weeks, July-August; horse care, stable management, and riding skills. Full or half days.
Summer Riding Program at the Southlands Foundation, Rhinebeck
Five-seven weeks, June-August. Young Rider Camp: ages five and up for beginner riders, mounted and unmounted activities. Junior Riders Camp: ages eight and up who canter, mounted and unmounted activities. Three two-week sessions; dressage, cross country schooling lessons available, trail rides, and competition.
J.Y. Moon Taekwondo Summer Camp, Croton-on-Hudson
Kids participate in all the regular fun of summer day camp — field trips, swimming, bowling, hiking — plus a rigorous Taekwondo program.
The following colleges host summer sport camps. All are day camps, unless otherwise indicated
Camps offered include baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, coed soccer, girl’s soccer, softball, volleyball (ovehurnight and day), and a swimming and diving program.
Camps offered: swimming (ages nine-18), boy’s/girl’s soccer (seven-12), advanced girl’s soccer (10-14), field hockey (five-12; overnight and day), and boy’s/girl’s basketball (seven-15).
Camps offered: boy’s/girl’s basketball (five-14; half-days for eight and under), coed cross-country (11-17), boy’s/girl’s soccer (five-18; half-days for eight and under), boy’s/girl’s tennis (five-15; half-days for eight and under), girl’s volleyball (grades six-12).
Summer Nature Camp at Museum of the Hudson Highlands
Cornwall-on-Hudson ; 845-534-5506, ext. 204
June 27-Aug. 19, for kids four-12. Different theme each week, with a field trip or hike for children seven-12. Past themes include Sky Hunters, Fossils, Aquatic Adventures, and Bug Out! Half-days are available for kids ages four and five.
Sprout Creek Farm
Seven one-week day camp sessions for ages six-11 offered June-August. Children experience a real working farm, participate in animal care, gardening, homestead crafts (such as bread baking and soapmaking) and environmental decision-making. Weeklong sleep-away camp for girls 10-12: Experience life as a farmer, waking up with the roosters and tending to the gardens and animals, milking cows, cooking, campfires, swimming. Four sessions, June-July.
New Paltz. 845-256-9830
This community-run organization (formerly Red Fox Friends) offers nature-based education for all ages with a heavy emphasis on Native customs.
Space Explorers Summer Camp
The Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center Ramapo. 845-357-3416
Campers learn about space and the technology that gets us there, experiencing space travel in the center’s own NASA-designed simulators.
Mad Science Summer Camp Program
For kindergartners through sixth grade. Camps offered across Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, and Orange counties include Science Explorers,Fantastic Forces, Crazy ChemWorks, Nature Academy, NASA Journey into Outer Space, Rockin’ Robots, Secret Agent Lab, and Ancient Adventures and Buried Bones.
Wappingers Falls ; 845-452-4225
Weeklong programs for ages four-16; from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (extended hours available). Each week offers a different program for each age group (four-eight and nine-16) including music video production, digital photography, singing and music, puppet theater, music recording, and kids’ musical theater.
Highland Visual and Performing Arts Institute
This one-week camp in July for grades one-10 is taught by professional artists. Activities include theater, improvisation, band, dance, West African drumming, voice, visual arts, meditation, and Tai Chi.
The Dance Emporium Middletown
This well-respected dance studio offers summer classes in everything from lyrical and ballet to hip hop, jazz, and acrobatics.
The Music School at Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie
Formerly the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Music School; offers summer programs for piano and violin, Kindermusik, and the Suzuki method.