Junior Division

Aquatics | Athletics | Arts | STEM

Our Junior Division introduces campers to a wide variety of athletics, arts and enrichment activities. This offers them opportunities to explore potential areas of interest and practice skills in a fun, safe, and supportive enviornment. Please keep in mind specific activities and schedules are subject to change.

Junior Division Activities

Our program is designed to pique the interests of our campers while challenging them to try new things. Creating opportunities for successful participation in activities, while building positive social relationships with other campers and staff, is what our Junior Division is all about.

Aquatics

 

Swimming takes place in our private Downtown Community Center Pool. Beth and Sam, our Aquatics Directors, works with us year-round. When it comes to learning how to swim in a safe, fun and positive environment, they know how to make it all happen!

 

Swim Lessons

Learning to swim is an integral part of our summer camp programs. (We are, after all, on an island!) Our experienced aquatics team follows a time-tested curriculum, allowing children to learn at their own pace in groups based on ability. We offer a firm foundation for beginners, and challenge more experienced swimmers to learn proper strokes and techniques as well.

 

Swim Staff

Our swim staff includes three certified swimming instructors, three American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards, three teaching assistants, and our aquatics director. In total, we have over ten full-time staff on deck at our pool, not including each group's counselors, who assist and make sure your child is safe and having fun while learning how to swim. Swim classes are comprised of, on average, six to eight children, one instructor, one instructor's aide, and one of the group's counselors who is with the campers all day and knows them well. In addition to our structured swim lessons, supervised free-swim time is an important part of the learning process. It is an excellent way for kids to practice what they learn in class.

 

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Field Sports

FIELD SPORTS

On the Battery Park City ballfields, sports are an integral part of the camp experience. Soccer, kickball, t-ball, whiffle ball, relay races, running games, capture the flag, and parachute games are all a part of the program. Drinking water is always available at the field. On high heat index days, we use the camp yards, gyms or other indoor spaces instead.

ATHLETICS PROGRAM

Andrew and Sal our, Athletic Directors, have over 30 years of experience as physical education teachers and supervise our athletic instructors. Our Athletics Program offers a wide array of organized, ageappropriate games and sports—a daily curriculum of fun! We balance individual skill and confidence-building activities with team games and sports. We help novice players feel good about themselves and offer opportunities to challenge the abilities of the more accomplished athletes. Fun and safety are our highest priorities!

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Lego Construction

Building Lego skyscrapers, bridges, houses, roadways, and more has become a favorite STEM activity for all ages at camp!

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Ooey Gooey Science

Ooey Gooey Science

Chemistry is taught by mixing up gooey blobs, making volcanoes erupt, and building lava lamps! Learning can’t get much more fun than this!

 

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Craft Making

Teachers and campers in Studio 2 explore fun craft-making projects with wood, tile, beads, clay, heavy paper, felt, pom-poms and more! These multi-dimensional pieces will be sure to brighten up your summer.

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Animal Education

Whether in our science studio or with our own visiting exotic animal specialst, campers love our animal education activities. 

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Visual Arts

Under the guidance of our experienced art teachers in Studio 1, campers explore sketching with charcoal, painting like Matisse, sculpting with putty, and more. Wait till you see what they bring home!

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P.E. Classes

P.E. CLASSES

Each week our campers enjoy a variety of gym sports and games taught by real P.E. Teachers: basketball, whiffle ball, soccer, relay races, parachute games, batting practice, steal the bacon, four corners and more! The gym is a perfect recreation area rain or shine!

ATHLETICS PROGRAM

Our Athletic Directors, have over 30 years of experience as physical education teachers and supervise our athletic instructors. Our Athletics Program offers a wide array of organized, ageappropriate games and sports—a daily curriculum of fun! We balance individual skill and confidence-building activities with team games and sports. We help novice players feel good about themselves and offer opportunities to challenge the abilities of the more accomplished athletes. Fun and safety are our highest priorities

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Music & Drumming

MUSIC AND DRUMMING

Our music program encourages children to get in the groove. It also introduces campers to the rhythms of West African drums. From improvising beats to accompanying stories, to jamming and having a great time, campers love our music program.

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Pier 25

Being on Tribeca’s Pier 25 transports you “Out of the City.” A camp favorite for years even before it was renovated. Miniature golf, beach volleyball, playgrounds, games and more!

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Senior Division

Our Senior Division day camp is designed to meet the needs and desires of older campers. Our age-appropriate activities are geared towards keeping 4th - 8th graders energized and engaged. Please keep in mind specific activities and schedules are subject to change.

Senior Division Activities

Our program is designed to offer a variety of activities, giving consideration to campers' preferences. A daily choice period is integral to supporting the more specific interests of our older campers. Within our Senior Division, creating opportunities for successful participation while building positive social relationships with other campers is a top priority.

Aquatics

 

Swimming takes place in our private Downtown Community Center Pool. Beth and Sam, our Aquatics Directors, works with us year-round. When it comes to learning how to swim in a safe, fun and positive environment, they know how to make it all happen!

 

Swim Lessons

Learning to swim is an integral part of our summer camp programs. (We are, after all, on an island!) Our experienced aquatics team follows a time-tested curriculum, allowing children to learn at their own pace in groups based on ability. We offer a firm foundation for beginners, and challenge more experienced swimmers to learn proper strokes and techniques as well.

 

Swim Staff

Our swim staff includes three certified swimming instructors, three American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards, three teaching assistants, and our aquatics director. In total, we have over ten full-time staff on deck at our pool, not including each group's counselors, who assist and make sure your child is safe and having fun while learning how to swim. Swim classes are comprised of, on average, six to eight children, one instructor, one instructor's aide, and one of the group's counselors who is with the campers all day and knows them well. In addition to our structured swim lessons, supervised free-swim time is an important part of the learning process. It is an excellent way for kids to practice what they learn in class.

 

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Field Sports

On the Battery Park City Ball Fields we play soccer, kickball, field hockey, relay races, capture the flag and beach volleyball. All sports activities are led by one of our 4 phys. ed teachers, ensuring that our campers are working on technique and skill development as well as having fun! 

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Visual Arts

This program is designed to help campers build artistic skills while inspiring creativity. Individual and group projects are displayed at our end of summer show.

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Pier 25

Pier 25 Being on Tribeca’s Pier 25 transports you “Out of the City.” A camp favorite for years even before it was renovated. Miniature golf, beach volleyball, playgrounds, games and more!

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Special Activities & Events

 Jr. & Sr. Division Specialties 

Pier 25:

Being on Tribeca’s Pier 25 transports you “Out of the City.” A camp favorite for years even before it was renovated. Miniature golf, beach volleyball, playgrounds, games and more await our Junior Division Campers once a week and Senior Division Campers more than once a week!

Crazy Hat Day:

Creations range from kitchen sink and baseball card hats to gumdrop and floppy court jester hats with moons and stars! This special day has been a camp favorite since we started in 1992!

Animal Education Shows:

Once or twice a summer our exotic animal specialist from New Jersey brings his educational animal show to camp with some of the following: wallaby, alligator, python, african porcupine, wolf, arctic fox, and the list goes on... this has been a year-round favorite offering from Manhattan Youth that started at Downtown Day Camp and is sure to continue for years to come.

 

 

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