July Session 1 (five weeks)
(1st grade-9th grade in September)
JULY CAMP THEMES
Senior staff develop weekly theme ideas months in advance. These ideas come to life with help from staff and campers. Artwork, dances, songs, games, food, decorations, special events, and entertainers come together for presentations and carnival-type events on “Theme Day.” Parents, siblings, and friends are invited to attend theme day events, which are often a highlight for campers. A Calendar is published and made available via email and on our website.
ASSEMBLY IS COMMUNITY TIME
Everyone gathers for interactive experiences in the form of game shows, team challenges, and presentations. Professional entertainers and staff present theme related performances that have included a magic show, Hawaiian dancers, circus acts, storytellers, dance party, puppet show, skits and staff talent show.
Must be 5.9 to 7.8 years old as of September 1st
Campers are prepared (hence the word PREPS) to participate in a variety of fun activities. Each day begins and ends with a group meeting. Unique group hand-shakes, group made chants and division chants are often heard around the lawn meeting area where the day begins and ends. Campers are greeted by friendly counselors trained to make everyone feel like valuable members of their special group. Team-building A.C.T.ivities and group discussions ignite each day with fun, challenges and games. After a few days at A.C.T., campers and parents learn why A.C.T. feels magical from the moment they enter our gates and hear the theme music coming from our lawn meeting area.
Two trained and caring adult counselors along with a counselor-in-training (CIT) guide each group of up to eighteen campers through weeks of age-appropriate A.C.T.ivities, taking full advantage of our beautiful campus and unique classrooms. Counselors escort campers throughout the day and assist specialists who are eager to share their talents and spark interests. A carefully designed weekly schedule includes periods taught by specialists.
Wednesday Trips: (Day of the trip is subject to change)
Chartered buses are used for neighborhood as well as out-of-town destinations such as lakes, water parks and amusements parks typically on Wednesday. Detailed trip schedules are prepared early. Parents are notified in writing of all trips in May requiring they sign a trip permission form.
Smaller 5:1 camper staff ratios are maintained on trip days. Certified lifeguards escort and supervise all water front areas. A.C.T exceeds the NYCDOH ratio of RTE, First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen certified staff on trips and on campus. *No camper will be able to attend trips without the trip permission forms signed and submitted by the day before the trip.
Must be over 7.9-10.8 years old as of September 1st
The more veteran campers in the Voyager division are ready for independence. They are challenged to think and do. A.C.T.ivities combine an attractive balance of pre-selected and choice ACTivities. The group of up to eighteen campers and two counselors follows a weekly schedule, which ensures that everyone samples favorite activities, explore new ones, and contribute to group events.
These older campers have more to choose from. Twice a week they can join a one week club and join another five week club known as X-pand-a-club. Campers from other groups get to meet new friends during club times. They can work on a variety of craft projects using fabrics and ceramics, join a chess team, learn to juggle, be part of a theater ensemble, join a sports team, play 9 Square, play Ga-Ga ball, or harvest our garden. Special event days have included roller skating sessions, Laser tag, water rides and a visit by a video game truck.
Thursday Trips (Day of the trip is subject to change)
The division boards buses for out-of-town destinations such as lakes, water and amusements parks typically on Thursdays. Detailed trip schedules are prepared early. Parents are notified in writing of all trips in May requiring they sign a trip permission form. *No camper will be able to attend trips without the trip permission forms signed and submitted by the day before the trip.
Smaller 5:1 camper staff ratios are maintained on trip days. Certified lifeguards escort and supervise all water front areas. A.C.T exceeds the NYCDOH ratio of RTE, First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen certified staff on trips and on campus. Special and optional trip activities include:
• A day at the Water Park leaving at 9am returning at 6pm.
• The oldest Voyagers can join the Pioneers on a two-night theme based camping trip.
CAMPING TRIP: Must be over 9.9 years old as of September 1st
The oldest voyagers choose to go on a camping trip from Wednesday to Friday with Pioneers, as described in the Special Camp Features (see page 13). Details are sent in our welcome packet. An additional fee is required to help defray trip expenses; This fee is payable during the first week of camp.