Cornucampia | Summer Camps | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Cornucampia 

Hudson Valley Summer Camps

Building the perfect campfire at Wild Earth. - MAGGIE HEINZEL-NEEL
  • Maggie Heinzel-Neel
  • Building the perfect campfire at Wild Earth.

With snow on the ground and frilly hearts filling storefront windows, it might seem a bit early to be thinking about summer vacation, but for many Hudson Valley camp programs, enrollment season is fast approaching. In fact, for Wild Earth, a nature and exploration camp based in New Paltz, it has already begun. "Last year," says Associate Director Simon Abramson, "we opened enrollment at noon on February 1, and by one o' clock, we were fully booked."

According to Abramson, Wild Earth's camp program is about giving kids and adolescents the chance to "connect in nature"—both with the physical environment and with one another. Campers spend the day exploring natural habitats, learning basic survival skills, playing outdoor games, and getting gleefully dirty, ending with a discussion circle and stories of that day's adventures. "Our instructors always set out in the morning with a plan," explains Abramson, "but our best ones will throw it out in order to follow a fox" or indulge campers' curiosities.

But if analyzing bear scat isn't your youngster's idea of a good time, there are dozens (and dozens!) of other options—from swimming, singing, and practicing archery at traditional camps like Green Chimneys (locations in Carmel and Brewster) to writing fiction, exploring 3-D printing, playing jazz, or learning computer coding at Poughkeepsie Day School.

For a blending of the arts and exploration, Manitoga Summer Nature & Design Camp (Garrison) turns the outdoors into a laboratory for design and creativity. Further north, Hawthorne Valley Farm (Ghent) introduces campers to life on an organic farm, where they learn about everything from animal husbandry to field-fresh cooking. Your kiddos could even join Tivoli Sailing Co. (Saugerties) for a week on the Hudson, during which they'd receive nautical instruction from Captain Jerome Hollick, design their own pirate flags, and fight in a staged naval battle.

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Beginner Restorative Yoga and Meditation @ Majestic Hudson Lifestyle

Beginner Restorative Yoga and Meditation

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Continues through Jan. 14 — De-stress and unwind with this beginner practice designed to build strength, promote...
Summer Dance Camps and Classes @ the hudson valley dance center of warwick

Summer Dance Camps and Classes

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23 — Summer Dance Classes and Camps for ages 2.5-adult! Fully air conditioned, safe,...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Education

  • Kicking Off Your College Career at WCC's Peekskill Extension Center
  • Kicking Off Your College Career at WCC's Peekskill Extension Center

    The Peekskill Extension Center of Westchester Community College is the place to start your first year at college. The center is in Northern Westchester, close to Putnam County, and provides an intimate experience for credit and non-credit students seeking associates/transfer opportunities or workforce development.
    • Aug 8, 2019
  • Innovative On-Farm Programs, Enhanced Tutoring for Dyslexic Students at Poughkeepsie Day School
  • Innovative On-Farm Programs, Enhanced Tutoring for Dyslexic Students at Poughkeepsie Day School

    Since 1934, Poughkeepsie Day School has been providing Hudson Valley students with progressive, creative education, blending the exhilaration of intellectual discovery with a solid foundation of skills and turning out students who are resourceful, community-spirited, self-reliant and caring.
    • Aug 2, 2019
  • The State Of Sex Education in New York
  • The State Of Sex Education in New York

    Only 24 states plus Washington, DC mandate sex education in public schools, according to the Guttmacher Institute: New York is not one of them. Our state does mandate HIV education, but there's no requirement that what is taught be medically accurate or culturally appropriate.
    • Aug 1, 2019
  • More »