Running Intensive

Session 1: June 25-July 6

Camp Season Program Description

Summers at LREI Running Intensive will teach young runners the skills they need to be fit and flexible, strong and fast. Runners will improve their acceleration, maximum velocity, and speed endurance, as well as their athletic abilities in general. Whether you’re a sprinter, distance runner, soccer player, basketball player, shot putter, or long jumper, all athletes benefit from training and speed. Campers will come to appreciate the rhythms of the athlete’s day, the freedom of outdoor runs, and the supplementary skills necessary for healthy living and athletic success. Personal feedback and individualized skill building time will be maximized so that each camper can fulfill their potential for SPEED!

Training will include:

–Long Jump
–Shot Put
–Distance running
–Field Games

This session is open to campers of all ability levels, whether experienced or new to running, ages 10-13.

Please note Running Intensive is only offered Session 1

 Runners 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.  

Times and Location
Running Intensive meets Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:15pm at 40 Charlton Street.  Running Intensive takes place around the city using 40 Charlton Street and at the Thompson Street Athletic Center, located on 145 Thompson Street, as additional training facilities. 

Teacher Bio
Peter Heinz teaches 9th grade World History and 11th and 12th grade elective classes at LREI during the school year and brings a lifelong passion for the sport of running to Summers at LREI.  As an athlete at Connecticut College, Peter competed in events ranging from the 4×100 relay to the 8k in Cross Country.  Now, as a coach at LREI, Peter’s main focus is on creating a supportive environment that fosters a love of the team sport of running, a desire to master fundamental athletic abilities, and of course, top notch speed.

Peter is a USATF Certified Coach, and USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning coach. Athletes on Peter’s teams have won 18 ISAL Championships, earned All-State honors 31 times, been ranked overall within NY State by MileSplit NY, and many have gone on to compete in college.

2018 Daily Schedule:


Field Trips
Runners will make chaperoned off-site trips on Wednesdays, in addition to Field Trips on Fridays.

We will take trips to explore the best running spots in the city, as well as explore some of the history these locations have to offer. Campers will travel as a group by subway to places such as Van Cortlandt Park, The Armory Track and Field Center and Track and Field Hall of Fame, Central Park, and the track in McCarren Park, Brooklyn.

2018 Field Trip Schedule:

Session One:
June 27: Prospect Park or Armory Track and Field Center & Inwood Park (Lunch served at Camp)
June 29: Field Trip to Van Cortlandt Park (Bring Lunch)
July 4th: Camp Closed
July 6: Field Trip to Central Park (Bring Lunch)




Podcast City

Podcast City is offered for campers aged 10-13 third session only.

Session 3: July 23-August 3

Camp Season Program Description

Welcome to Podcast City! Podcasts fill the world around us, giving us access to information and adventure, from hard hitting investigative journalism to fantastical tales of far off places. This camp is a chance for students to add their voices to the digital airwaves. In addition to learning how podcasts work, campers will learn how to write, produce, and perform their own podcast shows that will be recorded and made accessible to family and friends, as well as the camp at large. Projects will range from conducting in-person interviews on topics such as “unusual jobs in NYC,”  to writing and producing their own original stories. In the process, campers will learn all the tools (audio software and hardware) and skills they need to record, edit, and produce their original podcasts!

Podcast City is open to all campers ages 10-13.


Please note Podcast City is only offered Session 3

 Podcasters 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.  


Times and Location
Podcast City meets Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:15pm at 40 Charlton Street. 


Teacher Bio

Jake Tiner has worked at Summers at LREI for the last 6 years as a head counselor and specialist.  From September through June, Jake teaches third grade at a NYC independent school, and has also taught sixth and seventh grade science. He is an avid podcast listener, and counts Radiolab and The Moth among his current favorites.




2018 Daily Schedule:



Field Trips
Podcasters will attend Field Trips via air-conditioned coach buses that are scheduled on Fridays with the rest of the day camp.

2018 Field Trip Schedule:

Podcast City: Share and Field Trip Schedule 2018

Session Three:
July 27th: Victorian Gardens
August 1st: Block Party (WNYC visit in afternoon)
August 3rd: Share at Camp



Tens to Twelves Program Overview


Eights to Twelves   Eights to Twelves

Tens-Twelves Program Description

Ten-Twelves year-olds have the option of registering for a Homegroup or a Specialty Camp (open to 10-13 year-olds).  Children in the Tens are going into fifth grade in the fall, Elevens into sixth grade, and Twelves into seventh grade.

The camp day for 10-12s is 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Registration is by two-week sessions.  The camp program for children in the Tens-Twelves includes organized activities and outdoor time with their Homegroups, Choice Classes which they select according to their interests, and weekly field trips.

Specialty Camps (including Musical Theater Workshop, Art, Robotics, Running Camp, Podcast City and Basketball ) are offered to Ten-Thirteens.  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.

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 Tens through Twelves Homegroups.  Classes are taught by Specialists, Heads, and select Associate Counselors.

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Tens / Twelves: 2018 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 Tens 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.