How An Educated And Experienced Staff Makes Each Summer Unique

There is something wonderful and familiar about going to camp year after year. Every summer at YPDC Staten Island is unique, even though some of the friends and faces remain the same. Your child never gets the full scope of the camp experience by just attending one summer. That’s because each activity, each trip and … Read more

There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Day Camp

We’ve written about quantitative and statistical studies that measure how day camp can help your child become a more functional, happier adult. These are so important, because they show day camp as the necessity that it is. But what about the more qualitative aspects of day camp? They’re important, too! And they’ve been proven to … Read more

Get To Know The Directors At Young People’s Day Camp Of Staten Island

There are many components of a camp; the facility, the activities, the guests, the trips, but the most important parts of an overall camp experience are the staff and the kids. Young People’s Day Camp of Staten Island is no different. Here, your kids are a key part of their camp experience, but the staff … Read more

5 Reasons Why Summer Day Camp Is A Necessity For Your Child

Are you a Staten Island native? Do you remember the magic of your first Staten Island day camp experience? How about your favorite day camp experience? The friends you made? The time you won a three-legged race and laughed until tears rolled down your face? Or was it when you discovered a talent you never thought … Read more

100 Years Of Day Camp: How Things Change, But Our Values Stay The Same

Day Camp Turns 100 Years Old This Year…Happy Birthday!! In 1918, Forrester (“Pop”) Pierce, a young ambitious physical education teacher envisioned a new way to spend summer vacation. His vision included kids engaging in self-esteem building socialization, bonding activities, and physical activities. He believed that this experience would create a lifelong commitment to health, wellbeing … Read more

Labeling And Relabeling Day Camp Items

Because there are so many fun activities at camp, it can sometimes be difficult for kids to keep track of the things they bring to camp. The one piece of advice that every seasoned day camp parent agrees on is to label, label, and label some more. Label everything your child brings to camp with … Read more

Let’s Give Campers And Camp Counselors Some Applause

We can all agree, heroes deserve applause, but sometimes we have heroes right in plain sight that deserve some applause. We often see the good guys on the big screen, battling the villains and saving the day just before 90 minutes is up. There are also real-life, larger than life heroes right in our backyard; … Read more

Getting Psyched About Your Kid’s Day Camp

The first day of your kid’s day camp has arrived! The moment you and your child have been anticipating finally came! Whether it’s your first or your twenty-first time heading to camp, there is a lot to be excited about! Here are some ways you and your kid can get psyched for an amazing summer at … Read more

4 Things A Day Camp Counselor Can Teach Us About Communication

Being a day camp counselor requires patience, endurance, knowledge, training, but most importantly, it requires communication; communication with staff, with parents and, especially with the campers. Here are a few lessons we can all learn from the successful communication between day camp counselors and campers: Confidence Do you ever notice why some people are always … Read more

How And Why Day Camp Can Work For Your Kid

Camp serves thousands of children every summer and the tradition of summer camp has endured for decades, but why is summer camp such a successful American institution? It’s not a magic formula, day camp in the North Shore allows kids your child to develop in different ways than during the school year. The structure and … Read more