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Rockland Family Camp Partners Share the Benefits of Summer Camp!

Rockland Family Camp Partners Share the Benefits of Summer Camp!

We chatted with our camp partners about why camp is so beneficial for our kids.


Summer is nearing, so many parents are figuring out summer camps and when to send their kids. We chatted with our camp partners about why camp is so beneficial for our kids.

Check them out!

Why send a child to summer camp?

“Summer camp provides a unique opportunity for children to have fun, learn new skills, and grow personally and socially in a highly supportive environment. Camps allow kids to try new activities, make friends, and have fun. Camps as a whole encourage children to work together and focus on independence. Children at camp learn to make decisions, solve problems, and discover new interests.”

 — Mike Halpern, Director Youth Services, Mosholu Day Camp

“Camp incorporates many different things... skill progression, obstacles, crafts, socialization, games, and FUN! It also builds independence and helps kids adjust to being in a program for longer periods, sitting at a table with other kids and eating a meal, talking to others about common interests, laughing with teachers, and discovering what they can do. The #1 draw for parents... Camp tires the kids out and burns that energy!”

— Marie Wood, Owner/Director, Tumble-bee Gymnastics 

How do kids flourish at summer camp?

“Summer camp is a time for children to explore -- to learn about themselves and the world around them. Junior Farmers Camp inspires the next generation of farmers, gardeners, artists, thinkers, and earth-lovers.”

 — Reed Gillen, Education Director, Rockland Farm Alliance – Junior Farmers Camp 

How do kids with learning challenges enjoy their camp experience at your camp?

“We offer summer students a year of training in 5 weeks, taking their dance experience to a new level! Students get to perform, study technique, sing, dance and act, gaining confidence and self-esteem supported by a professional, caring staff. Summer classes allow students to continue their year-round training, enhance their skills and grow as a performer, essential for any dancer, whether a pre-professional or recreational student.”



— Alison Frankel, Director, Director, Coupe’ Theatre Studio- Cuties Summer Program

“Every child learns differently, it is our job to find the technique that works best with each child and follow that plan. There is not a one size fits all learning pattern in our environment. We involve the family and staff and work together as a team with constant communication to help each learner. It is our job to give each student the tools that he or she needs to thrive in our environment.”

 — Jaime Naddeo, Owner/Director, Bright Beginnings of Rockland 

How do kids with learning challenges enjoy their camp experience at your camp?

 “One good thing about the YMCA Summer Camp is most of our staff come from the School Age Programs that are licensed through the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS). They are required to go through 15 hours of training a year on how to work with various children, including ones with learning challenges. We at the YMCA Pride ourselves on being able to support the “whole” child, Physically, mentally and emotionally.”

— John Dillon, Rockland YMCA Summer Camp Director

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