The Director as well as his assistants and key personnel are New York State Certified Teachers, with many combined years of teaching and camp experience. Additionally, many of our teachers are also certified teachers.
Our staff is made up primarily of teachers and college students, with some high school students (junior counselors). Our ratios of campers to staff range from 4:1 to 8:1, dependent on camper ages. All ratios are within Health Department and New York State guidelines.
We are based in St. James on serene grounds beside the Long Island Sound. We have numerous rooms for our indoor activities such as zumba, dance, arts & crafts, as well as ball fields, courts, and play areas. We have an outdoor pool onsite where campers get to enjoy the water under the supervision of our dedicated Lifeguard and water safety staff.
Many staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified. In addition, we have 2-3 NYS licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) as well as a nurse on call.
Parents have the option of dropping their campers off and picking them up OR signing up for door-to-door bus transportation at a nominal fee. All of our drivers are certified, professional school bus drivers. Depending on your location, children are picked up between 7am and 8:15am. While we make every effort to accommodate parental work schedules, we cannot guarantee a specific time for every family. Children will leave camp at 4pm, and should be home between 4:30pm and 5:30pm, again dependent upon location and traffic. For those parents driving their camper(s), drop off is at 8:45 am and pick up is at 3:30 pm.
We offer a lunch program for a nominal fee. Campers who do not participate in the lunch program must bring a sensible lunch and drink on a daily basis. Lunches will be kept fresh in our coolers. Should a child forget or lose their lunch (it happens!), we will have several types of sandwiches available. No child will ever go without lunch!
A deposit is required when you register. For your convenience, the balance may be broken up into several payments with no interest or service charges. You may pay by a credit card, check or cash. Unless other arrangements have been made, all payments should be completed by June 30.
Camp shirts and backpack Id tags are distributed on the child’s first day. Each child will receive two shirts and one tag that is to be attached to their backpack of choice from home. For security reasons, camp shirts must be worn daily. You may purchase additional shirts if you wish to. In addition, all campers should bring 1-2 bathing suits and a towel (child’s full name should be on each article of clothing.) Last but not least, every child must wear sneakers and socks-flip-flops are not acceptable EXCEPT at the pool area.
You may reach us as follows:
Answering Service: 631-476-3330
Main Office: 1-800-933-YPDC