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By. Jamie Flesher
A Day in the Life
Ahhhh summer! A season to kick back, have some fun, and hopefully find a great way to keep our children busy, happy, and safe. This past week I was thrilled to get to spend the day as a camper at the beautiful Day Camp in the Park located a short 20-minute drive (90% of campers receive bussing) from my house in New City. With its 4 miles of wooded grounds nestled at the top of Harriman State Park and the beautiful Lake Tiorati, Day Camp in the Park excels at maintaining a true rustic and camp like feel.
As a child I enjoyed my best summers at sleep away camp. I have fond memories of making lifelong friendships, learning to swim, and enjoying a whole list of activities while getting away from the daily grind (even as a kid). Day Camp in the Park is the closest thing I have seen to a sleep away experience without the sleep away part, and affordable too!
The day starts with Director Ken Glotzer unloading campers off their provided busses. Most campers take the DOOR TO DOOR bus and it is provided at no extra cost. I loved the happy vibe coming through as smiling campers ran to their friends and counselors. The staff at this camp is fantastic, with most senior counselors holding a NY State teaching certification, a child therapist and certified nurse on staff, and a large portion of the junior staff having once been campers themselves.
Day Camp in the Park is proudly accredited by the American Camp Association- but what really makes the experience is everyone was happy to be there and I got a true sense of the old fashioned camp message of acceptance, memories, and camaraderie.
Each group is assigned a real wooden cabin to serve as their “home-base” to campers. These are divided up by age and sex. The day itself moves in an orderly fashion through 8 different periods including lunch and each day brings a new set of activities so there is never a chance to get bored. Instructional swim is given to all campers 5 mornings a week by American Red Cross Certified Instructors. Free swim is given to all campers 5 afternoons a week.
On super-hot days the option to spend extra time at the lake or pool is available to all campers. Just a few of the activities I got to participate in on my visit were ceramics, karate, drama, tennis, boating, archery, soccer, gymnastics, nature, music, and basketball. I was also lucky enough to be there on tie dye day and got to create my very own tie dye shirt. I haven’t done that in 25 years!!!!
In addition to the traditional activities, each day has a scheduled camp event to make it just a little more special. Some of the fun activities that caught my attention were bubble blowing contests, camp bar-b-que, camp talent show, cardboard box boat races, magician performances, camp play, boomball contests, and of course, the ever popular tribal games where the camp is split into 2 teams to compete in weeklong events.
It just wouldn’t be camp if the day didn’t end with ice cream and announcements on the main camp hill. I spent most of my time nostalgic for the good ol’ days of summer camp, the experiences that can only be had there, and the friends I know are being made right in front of me. All in all, my visit was a great day for me and for the kids. I hope they invite me back next year and this time I may even swim in the lake!
To receive more information or book a “come try me” session, please call Karl at 845- 638-2515 or visit Daycampinthepark.com. Come see why this is a camper’s paradise!
Day Camp in the Park is giving away a free week of camp August 15th though the 19th to one lucky reader and a friend. Like, comment, and share to enter. Note: Transportation available for the winner if in Rockland County.