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2019 Summer Camps in the Hudson Valley 

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High Meadow School in Stone Ridge partners with organizations offering circus arts, Wayfinder, Ninja Camp (parkour and archery), Jam Camp, STEM camp, and more. Wee ones 5-7 get a taste of the theme; older kids dive deep with teens helping them; there's an Inchworm Program for ages 3-5."We offer enriching stuff that can be hard to find," says camp director Rochelle Victor, "where kids push themselves without getting overly competitive."

Horses For A Change at Frog Hollow Farm in Esopus celebrates all of the magic that happens when humans and horses connect in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. Week-long programs for kids of all ages offer therapeutic riding, basics, dressage and lots of barn fun and horse care. "We emphasize empathy and understanding of our non-verbal but very communicative companions," says co-owner Nancy Rosen.

Art, Hands, and Heart is a Waldorf-inspired, arts-based summer camp fostering community and joy of spirit through art, music, discovery, and play in the out of doors. The camp, hosted in New Paltz by Redeemer Lutheran Church, is geared towards children 7-12 years of age, and this year's program runs from August 5-9, 9am-3pm.

Frost Valley YMCA, on 5,500 mountain acres in Claryville, offers both overnight and day camps for kids and teens; there's horse camp, farm camp, Bear Grylls survival camp, inclusion camp and more. The core values—caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship—apply across the board; the atmosphere celebrates each camper's unique strengths. "These are the experiences that will shape the way children see the world and the people in it, which can have an exponential impact when they return home," says Director of Camping Services Dan Weir. 

click to enlarge Horseback riding at the Frost Valley YMCA camp.
  • Horseback riding at the Frost Valley YMCA camp.

With over 15 years of experience, Wild Earth is a leading local organizer of wilderness immersion camps with programs for all ages, including adults. The lush terrain of the Hudson Valley offers a beautiful and multifaceted backdrop for this kind of nature-based education. Experiential, hands-on, and play-filled, Wild Earth outdoor camps engage students' senses as they get to know local plants and animals, learn wilderness skills, create natural crafts, and build deep connections with friends and inspiring adult and teen mentors.

Livingston Street Early Childhood Community
in Kingston offers full and half day programs for ages 3 to 5 with an emphasis on social competence, emotional well-being, early literacy and communication skills. Lovingly guided campers explore the community as thoroughly as, in other places, they explore the woods. "You'll find us outdoors most of the day, walking around the neighborhood several times a week, and participating in a community project, like the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby," says Executive Director Cheryl Demuth.

Primrose Hill School in Rhinebeck has all the goodies summer has to offer for children ages 3-12, from secret gardens and circus training, to farming and gardening to dance and cooking, whatever your creative child loves to do they can do it with friends at Primrose Hill School. The camp runs July 1 through August 9 and is hosted on a Waldorf-inspired campus equipped with full classrooms, a farm, animals, a greenhouse, a garden, and plenty of outdoor space to play and create. Aftercare is available for families needing a longer day.

Camp Hillcroft, located in LaGrangeville, is a classic day camp experience for pre-K through 9th grade, packed with arts, athletics, water and outdoor fun, run by a family that's been enhancing children's summers since 1950. "It's good old fashioned fun and getting dirty, with yoga and cooking and high ropes added," says co-owner Sally Buttinger. "We have 35 program areas, and we typically have 150 out of 180 kids come back the next year for more." 

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