Eights / Nines Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2 : July 9th-July 20th 

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

2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Cityscape Collage (Noah Furman) Let’s explore the city around us through art making! In this choice class, campers will get a chance to observe the environment of New York City and make their own interpretations of the city. Looking to the work of artist Romare Bearden for inspiration, campers will use paper, paint, fabric, cardboard, and other found materials to create a portrait of the city through their own eyes.

Karate (Vinnie Barile) An introduction to the basic moves and ideas of Karate. Activities will focus on building strength, flexibility, coordination, and spatial awareness.

Capture the Flag (Woobens Celony) Come play capture the flag, as well as other team games! We will start with the original game, and then come up with our own variations of the classic game using our creativity and teamwork.

Honey! I Shrunk the Campers! (Cody Rae Knue) Giant slices of pizzas! Camper-sized forks! In this fun choice class, campers will make larger than life-size fantastical sculptures of everyday objects. We’ll play with ideas of scale, transformation, and create humorous stories connected to our artwork. Campers will learn to build the inner skeletons of their sculptures, and problem solve ways to mold and shape their works. We’ll then use papier-mâché and paint to bring our sculptures to life. We’ll finish by installing our artwork around camp and sharing our wacky stories.


Block B: 1:30-2:30

Ready, Set, Go! (Morgan Wright) Have you ever imagined yourself as a character in an adventure story, braving obstacles, answering riddles, and finding your way through impossible mazes? Now is your chance to practice! Every day we will work together to accomplish a challenge—completing obstacle courses, solving puzzles, and helping friends through trick-filled labyrinths. The session will end with the ultimate team challenge. Are you ready?

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.

Ta-Da Tie-Dye! (Cody Rae Knue) Tie-dyeing is a summertime classic! Walk away with a whole new ready-to wear piece of art. We’ll dive into the different ways of creating dyed patterns and designs on fabric using clothespins, rubber bands, and wood blocks similar to the Japanese technique called Shibori.  We’ll experiment with different color combinations and how to use color to enhance our designs, as well as cut and sew our fabric to change its shape.

Basketball (Bella Bulone) Meet us on the court, where we will hone our passing, shooting and dribbling skills.  After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play, while developing good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies.  We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!


Block C: 2:30-3:30

Kickball (Rachel Kaly) Campers will learn the rules of kickball, and work on running, fielding, and kicking skills to perfect their A-game. Each class, we’ll break into teams and play against each other to practice.

Experimental Painting  (Noah Furman) Campers will try their hand at a variety of techniques and tricks to paint without using a brush! Stenciling, stamping and printing to make colorful and unique designs, campers will come up with their own library of crazy colors and use them to make their own patterned creations. Campers will build their own “brushes” to develop their personal mark-making skills. We will get to try painting on fabric as well which can be used as clothing or decoration.

Basketball Skills (Henry Rice) Master the craft of basketball in this beginner basketball skills class. Campers will play warm-up games, practice drills and even play full games. Kids will have the opportunity to enhance skills in coordination and teamwork, as well as getting exercise. Having fun and getting better at fundamentals will be the primary goals, with winning taking a backseat.


Tinier Worlds (Clara Campos) We will create very tiny worlds using our imaginations and skills, as well as a bunch of interesting materials. If you are into dioramas, solving problems creatively, and working small, this is the class for you! Projects will include VERY small homes (faeries, gnomes, insects etc.), tiny work spaces  (studios, offices, stations, etc.), and tiny figures/creatures to inhabit your worlds. Materials will include boxes, jars, wood, sculpty, cork, string, twine, moss, buttons, tin foil, glass beads, and many more little tiny things!

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 Examples (2019 TBA)

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

Art Studio is offered to campers ages 10-13 during Session 3: July 22 – August 2nd

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.

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 Daily Schedule:

Time & Location
Art Studio takes place at our Sixth Avenue campus (272 Sixth Avenue). It meets Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.  A hot lunch is provided Monday-Thursday; we ask that campers bring a bag lunch on Fridays.

Field Trip and Friday Share Schedule:
Art Studio campers will make chaperoned off-site trips as dictated by the needs of their individual and group projects.
Additionally, on the first Friday of the session, students will join theTens-Twelves & other Specialty camps on a Field Trip via air-conditioned coach buses.

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 Tens-Twelves on a Field Trip via air-conditioned coach buses:

Field Trip Schedule 2019

Session Three:
Friday, July 26th: Victorian Gardens
Friday, August 2nd: End of Camp Celebration/Share

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 eight camp seasons and works as an Enrichment teacher during the school year.

Program Fees

2019 Program Fees

Session 1 (closed July 4th & 5th):

Full Day: $1382
Half Day: $872

Session 2 & 3:

Full Day Sessions: $1625
Half Day Sessions: $1025

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

5% off for full 3-Sessions of registration
5% off per sibling for same sessions of registration
10% off during Early Registration (for returning 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 until June 3, 2019. If your family completely withdraws from Summers at LREI, we will withhold the $50 registration fee.  Any refund resulting in failure to meet the terms of a discount will result in loss of that discount.  Camp fees will not be refunded or prorated for any missed days due to illness, injury or unforeseen schedule changes. Registrations are non-transferable. No refunds are issued after June 3rd, 2019.

Extended Day
The Extended Day program runs daily from 4-5:30pm at Sixth Avenue Campus.  Campers are given a choice of free time activities to participate in, including outdoor play and indoor games.
Drop in: $25/day
One week block (5 days in a row): $100 ($20/day)
Register by stopping by the camp office or call (212) 477.5316 and ask for the Camp Registrar.

Delivery Policy
Summers at LREI will email you a confirmation of the programs you have registered for immediately upon receipt of payment. The services in return for this payment will be provided on the dates of Summers at LREI according to your registration choices, between June 24th, 2019 and August 2nd, 2019.