After each and every camper is swim tested by our Aquatics Directror, our campers swim twice a week at Tottenville Pool. All of our campers are able to swim in the 3 and a half foot pool and those who are not comfortable or too young will be able to relax in the facilities wading pool. This also gives them an opportunity to practice in a safe environment.We have 5 of our own lifeguards in addition to the lifeguards on site so our pool days are extremely safe and a load of fun for our campers at Young People's.
One of the best parts of having camp at Nansen park is the ability to bring trips to us. When the petting zoo comes to Young People's it saves us time and allows the children more time with the animals. The campers are able to interact and take pictures with exotic animals from all over the world. The experience is not only entertaining for our kids but it is educational as well. The campers learn facts about different reptiles, birds, and mammals during the show while also safely interacting with the animals. It is an extremely good time for our campers, and one of our more popular events.
At YPDC our campers have several great trips throughout the summer. Along with swimming twice a week the campers will have one to two more days of trips each week. Here are just a few of them... We get to see the Somerset Patriots play baseball at TD Bank Park. The children also get to experience all of the sights and exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History. Everyone of our campers, and our staff, thoroughly enjoys iPlay America, where they get to spend a hot summer day enjoying rides, video games and prizes. A complete list of trips and activities can be found on our schedule!
Field Day & Color Wars
Can you say "old school"? Well we can and we did last summer as we had out first color wars game in many years at Young People's. Every group showed pride and camp spirit and wore their colors and came ready for a great time. Campers competed in many time tested events like... relay races, egg and water balloon tosses, football throw and puzzle solving competitions against each other. At the end of the day the campers are treated to ices and prizes.
At the end of the day it was all about bringing the camp together for a fun competition between groups and provided some fantastic memories for the children. This event is certainly one for the ages!
Farewell Show and Goodbye Party
At the end of the year the families, friends and of course all our campers are invited to our Farewell Party at Young People's. The campers begin learning and working hard from about the half way point of the summer. This has become quite the tradition and the children and staff take pride in performing acts for not only their families, but for the other groups as well. The theme our show comes from a collective group. The counselors choose a theme and help the campers prepare for a show that is getting better year after year. Some of our recent themes includes The 80's, Disney and movie sound tracks!!