Eight / Nines Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 : June 25th-July 6th

Eights and Nines take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

2018 Choice Classes

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Drum Building (Ryan Clinesmith) Campers will get to make drums out of various materials, from cardboard to wood and more. We will experiment with what materials make what sounds, and what makes the most effective drum, all coming together at the end for a drum circle. We will practice planning and perseverance, as well as teamwork and imagination.  

Basketballpalooza (Denzel Johnson) In this Basketball class, campers will work on building skills as well as inventing fun and wacky basketball themed games. This class combines teaching and running basic basketball that develop an understanding of the game, along with drills that bring out the silliness and wackiness that make camp so much fun.

Modern Masters (Matt Mahler) Be inspired by the most recognizable artists of the last 150 years in this creative choice class. We will look to artworks by recognizable artists including Picasso, Warhol, and Frida Kahlo for inspiration, and then create our own masterpieces using paint, oil pastel, collage, printmaking and even sculpture techniques.

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) Calling all chess masters! In this class students will have a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review and a chance to hone their skills.


Block B: 1:30-2:30

Mosaic Makers (Noah Furman) In this class, campers will explore the art of mosaic, learning all about how to construct images from small pieces into a greater whole. Using found objects, things we find in nature, and wood, we will make beautiful and bedazzling mosaic masterpieces. Starting small and moving up in scale to make collaborative mosaic imagery of plants, animals, and whatever else our imaginations lead us to.

Weird Science (TBA) Meet us in the lab where we will conduct a variety of fun and interesting science experiments!  We will make weird substances like oobleck, mix up playdough from scratch, and build our own volcanoes before making them erupt!  

Basketball (TBA) Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball! If you already have experience in basketball, this is a good class for you too because it will be a fun way to practice the skills that make basketball more fun to play! We will practice basketball skills with fun drills and games that will keep our bodies moving and our brains engaged!


Block C: 2:30-3:30

Undercover Camper (Woobens Celony) Learn the art of stealth from a self-proclaimed Undercover mentor! We will craft disguises, crack codes, and become one with the shadows. Campers can expect to play games such as person-hunt and Spy vs Spy, as well as being tasked with missions to find objects hidden around the camp! Only when they have become masters of stealth will the Undercover Campers be able to challenge the mentor to the ultimate game of hide and seek!

Light Art (Adrian Jevicki) The LED (Light Emitting Diode) will be our art material of choice in this class. We will make objects, cards and paintings all featuring LED’s. In this class we will have fun, make art, and learn a little about electricity while we’re at it.

Checkmate (David Rigo) Are you ready to take your chess game to the next level? This class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

Get Up to Get Down (Danielle Staropoli) Dance dance dance! This class will explore many aspects of dance technique including flexions and extensions, limb rotations, stretch, swings, bends and twists, plus control in balance (two feet, one foot, other body points). We will use our new techniques to collaborate in improvisations, while inventing original movements in response to music, images, words and ideas.

Eights / Nines Field Trips (Not in Use)

All Homegroups take a field trip once a week. Trips take place on Fridays, except for the last trip of the season, which is Wednesday, August 1st.

We take air-conditioned, chartered buses to age-appropriate locations for activities that are educational and lots of fun. Our priority is to take trips that give campers the opportunity to be in a natural setting or a museum worth exploring as a group. In order to maintain a very safe adult to camper ratio, Specialists accompany Homegroups as additional adults on field trips. For Sevens on trips we maintain a 1 to 4, to 1 to 5 counselor to camper relationship. For this reason, we do not ask for parents or caregivers to accompany groups on trips.


Field Trip Schedule 2018: 


Session One:
June 29th: Aviator Sports
July 6th: Liberty Science Center

Session Two:
July 13th: Improv-4-Kids
July 20th: Hudson Play

Session Three:
July 27th: Victorian Gardens
August 1st: Block Party

Eights / Nines Program Overview

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Eights / Nines Program Description

Children in our Eights and Nines program are divided into Homegroups. Children in the Eights are going into third grade in the fall and Nines into fourth grade in the fall. 

The camp day for 8/9’s is 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Registration is by two-week sessions.  The camp program for children in the Eights/Nines includes organized activities and outdoor time with their Homegroups, Choice Classes which they select according to their interests, and weekly field trips.

Our Musical Theater Workshop ,Specialty Camp is offered to our Nines campers.  Visit the Specialty Camp section of this website for more details.

When registering, parents choose a Homegroup for their child. A Homegroup is a consistent place, team of teachers, and group of children that meet over the course of camp. For example, we may have two or three Eights Homegroups (“Eights A” and “Eights B” etc…).

Homegroup Time

Homegroup time  Homegroup time

Homegroup room doors open at 8:50am. Activities are set up throughout the room in order to engage children in the beginning of the camp day. The camp day starts with a Morning Meeting shortly after 9:00am. Since campers come from many different schools, Morning and Afternoon Meetings are focused on activities that help them get to know one another and to build a sense of community.  Meeting time may include games, a chance to share thoughts and ideas, and a discussion of the camp day.  Other activities with the Homegroup include “Think Tank,” an opportunity for campers to generate group projects, In/Outdoor Games and Arts and Crafts.

A healthy, tasty lunch is served in the cafeteria Monday through Thursday.  Following lunch, recess takes place at Houston Ballfield, Downing Street Park, in our Physical and Performing Arts Space, or in Homegroup rooms.

Choice Classes

Choice Classes   Choice Classes

Campers select three choice classes which meet for an hour each on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for the course of a two-week session (indicated on the schedule as Choice Class A, Choice Class B, and Choice Class C).  These classes are open to all children in Eights through Twelves Homegroups.  Classes are taught by Specialists, Heads, and select Associate Counselors.

Eights / Nines: 2017 Choice Classes examples




Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities  Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

Campers of all ages gather on Wednesday for a camp-wide activity such as a game or song, followed by mixed-age activities.  Campers may choose to participate in activities such as capture the flag, a clowning workshop, a sculpture project, or making a camp-wide disco.  This is a fun opportunity for children in different Homegroups to get to know each other, as well as for siblings to spend time together.  The second Wednesday of each session is a camp theme day such as “Block Party” or “Intergalactic Cafe” .  In addition to camp-wide activities related to the theme, each Homegroup decides how they will participate in the theme.  Wednesday afternoons are set aside for extended Homegroup projects, collaborations between groups, and activities related to the theme day.

Field Trips

Field Trips  Field Trips

On Fridays, the Eights through Twelves travel by air-conditioned chartered bus to locations such as the Bronx Zoo, LAVA Acrobatics and Trapeze Workshop, Governor’s Island, and Liberty Science Center.

Art Studio: Portfolio Development

Art Studio







Session 2:  July 9 – July 20

Portfolio Development

This course will give young artists a jump start on developing a personalized portfolio of art works. Artists will explore techniques that are age appropriate in various drawing, painting and sculptural materials all the while building confidence and unlocking their own artistic voice. Young artists can expect to create up to 5 finished artworks to add to their portfolio. Using art historical references, campers will brainstorm and create projects that are personal to them and receive the support necessary in realizing their completion. Along with creating strong, personalized, portfolio-worthy pieces, campers can be expected to participate in the critique process and familiarize themselves with appropriate vocabulary that will help them better articulate their vision.


Teacher Bio

Matthew Mahler is an a visual artist based in Queens, New York. He holds a B.S. in art education from Hofstra University and an M.F.A. in Painting from CUNY Queens College. Matt is the co-founder of Small Black Door, an experimental art space located in Ridgewood, New York.  Matthew has been an Art Specialist for Summers at LREI for over five camp seasons and has worked as an Afterschool Enrichment teacher during the school year.

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Art Studio students also take a Daily Elective Class. The class options are a rotating selection of activities, allowing campers to make decisions based on their desires each day.  There is no need to register for Daily Elective Classes.


2018 Daily Schedule:



Art Studio Classes take place at 40 Charlton Street in the newly-renovated Arts Pavilion.  Students will work in several brand new state-of-the-art studios, complete with ample natural light, balcony space, sweeping views, kiln, and large work stations.

Art Studio meets Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:15pm.  A hot lunch is provided Monday-Thursday; we ask that campers bring a bag lunch on Fridays.

2018 Field Trip and Friday Share Schedule:
Artists will make chaperoned off-site trips as dictated by the needs of their individual and group projects.
Additionally, on the first Friday of each session, students will join Upper Camp on a Field Trip via air-conditioned coach buses:

Session Two: Art Portfolio
July 13: Improv-4-Kids
July 20: Share







Parent Information Statement (DOH)

This camp is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is inspected twice yearly.  The inspection reports are filed at the Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation located at 253 Broadway, 12th Floor, CN 59A, New York, NY 10007.

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2018 Program Fees

Full Day Session: $1560
Half Day Session: $985

Extended Day (4-5:30pm at the Sixth Avenue Campus)
Drop in: $25/day
One week block (5 days in a row): $100 ($20/day)

5% off for full 3-Sessions of registration
5% off per sibling for same sessions of registration
10% off during January Early Registration (for returning 2017 families)

If you withdraw from a Summers at LREI program for any reason, you will receive a refund of your fees paid minus $200 per session of registration and the $50 registration fee (per family) is available until June 1, 2018. Any refund resulting in failure to meet the terms of a discount will result in loss of that discount. No refunds are issued after June 1st, 2018. Registrations are non-transferable.

A one-time registration fee of $50 is charged for each family.