Sixes / Sevens Program Overview

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Children in our Sixes and Sevens program are divided into Homegroups.  Sixes are going into First Grade in the Fall, Sevens are entering Second Grade in the Fall.  The camp day for Sixes and Sevens is 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Registration is by two-week sessions.

The camp program for children in the Sixes and Sevens includes organized activities and outdoor play in their Homegroups, Choice Classes which they select according to their interests, and weekly field trips.

Sixes/Sevens Program Description

Homegroup Time

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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. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay in the room until morning meeting begins at about 9:10am.

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 as many as three Homegroups of Sixes or Sevens (“Sixes A,” “Sixes B,” “Seven A,”…etc.).

Since children in Little Red Summer Camp come from many different schools, morning meeting is an important time for campers to get to know each other and to establish a safe sense of community in the Homegroup. The meeting may include a song or game, time to discuss what will be happening during the day, and time for campers to share their thoughts and ideas.

Activities on the schedule such as Arts and Crafts or Outdoor Play take place with the Homegroup. We use the Downing Street Park, our rubberized rooftop play area, and Houston Ballfield for outdoor activities. Groups may occasionally use the sprinklers, so we ask that campers keep a change of clothes and a swimming suit at camp. Note that the actual days for particular Homegroup activities may vary from Homegroup to Homegroup.

Lunch for Sixes is provided Monday-Thursday, and served in our cafeteria. All ages have a snack of pretzels, cheese, fruit, water, and juice throughout the day. Campers bring a packed lunch for field trips on Fridays.

Quiet Play following lunch is simply an opportunity for children to quiet their senses without the demands of a structured activity. Some children may rest, while others may look at books, draw, or play quietly. Homegroups may also have story time or some recreation time as a transition into the afternoon activities.

The camp day is closed by Afternoon Meeting, during which campers have a chance to reflect on the day and talk about what to expect for the next day.

Choice Classes

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During Choice Class time (indicated as “Choice A,” “Choice B,” and “Choice C”) Sixes participate in specialized activities, which are chosen as part of registration in advance of the camp season. For most Choice Classes all Sixes and Sevens, regardless of Homegroup placement, combine for these classes. Choice Classes meet consistently on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for an hour each day for the course of a two-week session. The classes are taught by Specialists, Head, and Associate Counselors.
Different classes are offered each session.

The following is a sample of classes offered to Sixes and Sevens:
(2017 Examples)
Gymnastics, Deep Sea Creature Feature, Imagination Dance, Kickball Club, Books and Baking, Eye Spy, New York Mystery, Karate,
Jewelry Making, Stuffed Creatures, How Things Work and Maskmaking!
Please note: 2017 Choice Classes will be added before General Registration opens on Monday, March 13th.

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

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Campers in all Sixes and Sevens Homegroups gather together on Wednesday morning for a community activity such as a song or game, and then participate in mixed-age activities of their choice. These may range from making a mural to playing tag games, bird watching or creating a disco party. This is a great opportunity for friends of different ages or in different Homegroups to spend time together.

The second Wednesday of each session is a theme day, such as “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Beach Day.” Camp-wide activities on those days are based on the theme, and each camp group chooses how it 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

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All Sixes Homegroups go on field trips on Fridays. Sixes generally join the Sevens in going to locations such as Central Park Zoo and Carousel, New York Botanical Gardens, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. We travel by air-conditioned, chartered bus. Our goal is to choose trip locations that give us a chance to be in as much “green,” natural space as possible. Our counselor to camper ratio on field trips for Sixes and Sevens is 1 to 4.

Fives Program Overview

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There are two options for children in the Fives programs.

  • Half Day Fives
  • Full Day Fives

Children in our Half Day Fives and Full Day Fives program are entering Kindergarten in the Fall, on track to go into First Grade the following year. As birth date cut-offs vary from school to school, children in the Fives may not necessarily have turned five by the time of camp.

Fives have two schedule options in order to most appropriately meet their energy level and needs. Fives may either join us for a Half Day program: Monday-Thursday from 9am-1pm and Friday from 9am-4pm, or Full Day program: Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Note that full and half day programs meet in separate Homegroup classrooms.

The camp program for children in the Fives includes organized activities and outdoor play in their Homegroups, Choice Classes which they select according to their interests, and weekly field trips.

Fives Program Description

Homegroup Time

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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 as many as five Homegroups of Fives: “Fives A,” “Fives B,” “Fives C,”…etc.

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. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay in the room until morning meeting begins at about 9:10am.

Since children in Little Red Summer Camp come from many different schools, morning meeting is an important time for campers to get to know each other and to establish a safe sense of community in the Homegroup. The meeting may include a song or game, time to discuss what will be happening during the day, and time for campers to share their thoughts and ideas.

Activities on the schedule such as Arts and Crafts or Outdoor Play take place with the Homegroup. We use the Downing Street Park and our rubberized rooftop play area for outdoor activities. Groups may occasionally use the sprinklers, so we ask that campers keep a change of clothes and a swimming suit at camp.

Lunch for Fives is provided Monday-Thursday, and served in the Homegroup room. All ages have a snack of pretzels, cheese, fruit, water, and juice throughout the day. Campers bring a packed lunch for field trips on Fridays.

Rest and Story Time or Quiet Play is simply an opportunity for children to quiet their senses without the demands of a structured activity. Some children may rest, while others may look at books, draw, or play quietly.

The camp day is closed by Afternoon Meeting, during which campers have a chance to reflect on the day and talk about what to expect for the next day.

Choice Classes

During Choice Class time (indicated as “Choice A,” “Choice B,” and “Choice C”) Fives participate in specialized activities, which are chosen during online General Registration in advance of the camp season. All Half Day Fives and Full Day Fives, regardless of Homegroup placement, combine for these classes. Choice Classes meet consistently on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for an hour each day for the course of a two-week session. The classes are taught by Specialists, Head, and Associate Counselors.
Different classes are offered each session. Note that Half Day Fours/Fives and Half Day Fives only select a class for Choice Class Block B.

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

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Campers in all Fours and Fives Homegroups gather together on Wednesday morning for a community activity such as a song or game, and then participate in mixed-age activities of their choice. These may range from making a mural to playing tag games, bird watching or creating a disco party. This is a great opportunity for friends of different ages or in different home groups to spend time together.

The second Wednesday of each session is a theme day, such as “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Beach Day.” Camp-wide activities on those days are based on the theme, and each camp group chooses how it will participate in the theme.

Field Trips

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All Fives attend camp from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays for field trips. Fives generally join the Fours in going to locations such as Central Park Zoo and Carousel and Green Meadows Farm. We travel by air-conditioned, chartered bus. Our goal is to choose trip locations that give us a chance to be in as much “green,” natural space as possible. Our counselor to camper ratio on field trips for fives is 1 to 4.

Fours Program Overview

 

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There are three options for Fours entering our camp program to most appropriately meet the needs of each child during her or his first time with us:

  • Nearly Fours
  • Fours (Half Day and Full Day option)

The camp day for Nearly & Half Day Fours is 9am-1pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday for Field Trips. Full Day Fours meet 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. Note that the Half and Full Day programs meet in the same Homegroup classrooms. Registration is by two-week sessions. The camp program for children in the Fours includes organized activities and outdoor play in their Homegroups, daily workshop rotations of either movement, sensory, science, music or cooking, and weekly Field Trips.

Please note that all campers are expected to be toilet trained.

Fours Program Description

Doors open to Homegroup classrooms at 8:50am.  Activity stations are set up throughout the room in order to engage children in the beginning of the camp day.  Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay in the classroom until morning meeting begins at about 9:10am.

Homegroup Time

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Morning and afternoon circle meetings open and close the camp day and may include an activity such as a song or a game, a discussion of what will be happening in the day and the week, and a time for the children in the Homegroup to get to know one another.

Activities such as art, cooking, and outdoor play listed on the weekly schedule at times other than Choice Class blocks take place with the Homegroup.  Outdoor play happens at Downing Street Park, Minetta Lane Park or on our rooftop play area.  Outdoor play may occasionally include sprinkler time, so we ask all campers to bring a swimsuit and a change of clothes that they can leave at camp.

Lunch is served in Homegroup rooms for Fours.  A snack of fruit, cheese, pretzels, water, and juice is also provided throughout the day.

Rest time following lunch is an opportunity for children to quiet their senses and to play individually.  Some may really rest, while others may look at books or play quietly.  Fours may choose to bring a favorite stuffed animal, book, or blanket to have with them during rest time.

Block A and Block B

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During Block A, each Homegroup is visited on a rotating basis by a visual art, music, sensory, or movement Specialist for an hour each morning on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Note that Nearly Fours and Fours (half day) participate in Block A activities only. Fours (Full Day) also sign up for a Choice Class during Block B during General Registration, in advance of the camp season. Block B Choice Classes meet outside of the Homegroup rooms in the afternoons on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour each day over the course of a two-week session. Different classes are offered each session. Classes are taught by Specialists, Head and select Associate Counselors. Fours classes take place both inside and outside of the Homegroup room and are open to the participation of children in all Fours groups.

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

On Wednesday mornings, children from all Fours and Fives Homegroups gather together for age-appropriate activities, such as mural-making, a dance party, making a marching band, or a special cooking project.  This is a fun chance for children to interact with different Homegroups.  It is also a good opportunity for friends in different Homegroups to spend time with each other.  Wednesday afternoons (Fours- full day) are set aside for collaborative projects and activities with other Homegroups in the camp or for more extended Homegroup activities.

The second Wednesday of each session is a theme day, such as “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Big Green Meadow.”  Camp-wide activities on those days are based on the theme, and each camp group chooses how it will participate in the theme.

Field Trips

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On Friday, all Fours groups attend camp from 9:00am to 4:00pm in order to go on Field Trips.  We travel by chartered bus to locations such as the Green Meadows Farm and Central Park Zoo and Carousel.  Our goal for Field Trips is to take the campers to “green,” natural spaces.  We have a 1:3 or 1:4 counselor to camper ratio for Fours on Field Trips.

Location & Directions

Little Red Summer Camps:

Sixth Avenue Campus
Homegroups: ages 3.5-12 years
Specialty Camps: Story Makers, Robotics, Portfolio Development


LREI
272 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10014

 



Subways:

A, C, E, D, F, or V to the West 4th Street Station or 1 to Houston Street

Charlton Street Campus
Specialty Camp:
Musical Theater Workshop: ages 9-13

LREI’s Elisabeth Irwin High School
40 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
Located between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street on Charlton Street.

Subways:
1 to Houston Street or C or E train to Spring Street

Thompson Street Campus

Specialty Camp: Basketball Intensive

Thompson Street Gym
145 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10014

Subways:

1 to Houston Street or C or E train to Spring Street

Our Facilities

Indoor activities are held in the classrooms, art rooms, reading room, woodworking shop, computer lab, and cafeteria of LREI. Indoor spaces are air-conditioned and brightly lit.

Physical arts activities take place in the Lower/Middle School Performing and Physical Arts Space, Lower/Middle School Auditorium, Music Room, LREI’s High School gymnasium, LREI’s High School Performing Arts Space, and the Thompson Street Gym.

For outdoor activities, we use our rubberized rooftop playground, Downing Street Playground, Houston Street Park, Veusvio Playground, and Carmine Street Playground.

Transportation on field trips is by private air-conditioned bus, equipped with a bathroom. For travel over 30 minutes, an age-appropriate video maybe shown, such as an episode of Winnie the Pooh or Arthur for ages four-six and Wallace and Grommit or Toy Story for ages seven and up.

Health Forms and Safety

Safety is our first priority, no matter what activity children are engaged in or where we are. In addition to having a certified Health Director on site, all of our Head and Associate Counselors are CPR and First Aid certified. We bring water, first aid supplies, an emergency contact list, cell phones and walkie talkies to all parks and field trips away from the LREI campus.

We strive to meet the needs of all children. If your child takes medication, is physically challenged, or has special health needs, please let us know when submitting registration and medical forms so that we can make plans to accommodate them in the most appropriate way possible.

Download the required forms here:

Camp Health Form

 Camp Medication Form (Optional): If you would like for our Health Director to be able to administer over the counter or prescribed medication to your child during the camp day, please fill out and sign this form and email to Ava at [email protected] by June 3rd*Please note that prescription medication requires a signature from your Health Care Provider.

Allergy Action Plan: If  your child has allergies that could require medication (EpiPen, or Benadryl, etc) please be sure to fill out the Allergy Action Plan form and email to Ava at [email protected] by June 3rd.

If your child requires a SEIT this summer, download the SEIT Form and email it to [email protected] no later than May 15th, 2019.  We cannot accommodate SEITs without prior notice and receipt of form.  Please note that we only allow one SEIT per Homegroup and we reserve the right to place your child in a different Homegroup based on availability.

Download our SEIT form here: SEIT Form (PDF)

Please email all forms to [email protected], fax to 212-677-9159 or mail to:

Summers at LREI 
Attention: Health Forms
272 Sixth Avenue 
New York, NY 10014

Who we are

Campers

Children in Summers at LREI come from public and independent schools across the New York City area, as well as from other states and countries.

Roughly 90% of the children in our programs attend schools other than LREI during the year. Our goal is to create a safe environment where children can form new friendships and feel themselves to be part of a camp community. We welcome a diverse population, including children who are visiting the United States and those who have specific needs that we are equipped to accommodate.

Faculty

All teachers on the camp staff have experience with and a genuine love for working with children. Some are full-time teachers at LREI or other independent schools. Some are Associate teachers or teachers from the Afterschool program at LREI. Others are professional visual artists, actors, musicians, and dancers who have years of experience sharing their creativity with children. Nearly 80% of the Head Counselors in Little Red Summer Camp are returning teachers.

Lunch and Snack Menu

The Story of Our Food

At Summers at LREI we pride ourselves on providing nourishing, healthy, balanced meals to children.  We believe that what and how a child eats at camp directly impacts their experience during the camp day.   Our menu includes as many organic and locally-sourced items as possible.  Please note that we do not offer any fruits or vegetables on the “dirty dozen”* list unless they are organic.  We do not use any artificial colors or preservatives in our foods.

We know that many children are selective eaters, which is why we offer so many choices.  Whether it is daily par-baked baguettes with soy nut butter or organic jam, hard-boiled eggs, chickpeas, organic carrot and celery sticks, organic strawberries and melon, turkey slices, sliced cheese, and other rotating options.  In addition, children have numerous hot entree options, such as tacos with choice of filling, pasta with option of sauces, and hot sides such as steamed organic broccoli, organic collard greens, organic sweet plantains, etc.  Our variety of choices of food at camp, allow us to easily accommodate a wide variety of diets, including vegetarian and vegan.

“Dirty dozen” foods are considered the highest in pesticide residues when they are grown with conventional (non-organic) methods.  We will only offer these foods if they are organic:  peach, apple, bell pepper, celery, nectarine, strawberries, kale, lettuce, grapes (imported), carrot, pear.

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Salad Bar
Organic mixed greens: 
mesclun, 
spinach; 
Salad dressings — ranch, blue cheese,
balsamic vinegar and olive oil; 
organic crumbled feta cheese; 
organic carrot and celery sticks; 
plain pasta noodles; 
organic boiled egg; 
Tofutti sour cream (on taco day); regular sour cream (on taco day); 
organic small cherry tomatoes; 
organic vanilla yogurt; 
organic soy yogurt; berries: rasperries, blueberries, strawberries

Sandwich Bar


Boars Head american, muenster and white cheddar slices
Boar’s Head low salt, skinless turkey and salami cold cut slices
Tofurkey slices
Homemade bread slices
Tuna salad
Sliced avocado
Sliced cucumbers
Soy nut butter, butter, jam

Rainbow Plate
Our Counselors guide children to include a wide variety of colors on their plate, thereby encouraging them to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains.  This message is reinforced daily to campers during Morning Meeting as well as during lunch time.  

Snack
Snack is provided at specific times throughout the day and includes organic whole organic fruit– apples, bananas, grapes, peaches, raisins, in addition to organic applesauce (no added sugar), and carbohydrates– organic baked cheese crackers, organic popcorn and popcorners, pretzel rods, saltines, and cheerios.

Dessert
Dessert at camp? Hold the phone, we do not offer your average sugary concoction at camp!  In the afternoons, campers are offered a low sugar, locally-produced cool treat.  We serve Chloe’s small-sized fruit pops.  For more details about Chloe’s pops, click here.  

Friday Field Trips
Each Friday, campers are asked to bring bag lunches that do not contain nut or seed products and do not include glass containers.  Homegroup teachers distribute camp-provided snack and water to campers throughout the trip.

Nut and Seed Policy
Summers at LREI is a nut and seed aware institution.  We are proud to offer a safe environment for children with often life-threatening food allergies.  We ask that no outside nut or seed products are brought into the school or in bag lunches on Field Trips.  Please click  Nut_and_Seed-free_Lunch_Ideas for great nut and seed-free options.

 

 

2019 Dates to Remember

Summers at LREI 2019 dates are as follows:

Session 1: June 24th – July 3rd (no camp July 4th and July 5th)
Session 2: July 8th – July 19th
Session 3: July 22nd – August 2nd

Early Registration for returning familiesMonday, December 3rd, 2018 at 12 noon
General Registration for all families: Monday, February 1st, 2019 at 12 pm
Choice Class Registration: April 15th, 2019 at 4 pm

May 15th – SEIT Forms due (submit to [email protected]).

June 3rd: Health Forms due (submit to [email protected]).

June 3rd:  NO refunds after this dates.

Musical Theater Workshop

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Musical Theater Workshop is offered to campers aged 9-13 for all three sessions:

Session 1: June 22nd -July 3rd (no camp July 3rd)   Musical Showcase
Session 2: July 6th -July 17th  Book Musical TBA
Session 3: July 20th – July 31st Book Musical TBA

Note that the sessions of this workshop are independent, and will focus on staging different shows.  Children are welcome to register for one or more sessions.

Musical Theater Workshop Program Description

The activities in this workshop are exclusively geared toward fully staging a musical each session.  This workshop is for children who get a thrill out of singing, dancing, and devising stage characters, and want to focus on learning more about these essential musical theater skills. Each session, students put on an abridged version of a well-known musical.  Past productions include: “Oliver,” “Honk,” “Annie,” and “Once Upon a Mattress”.   In each session, campers are cast on the first day and rehearsals begin in full swing on the next. A full blown production is created in just nine days. In addition to learning lines, lyrics, and dance steps, the group works together as a true ensemble, warming up each day with theater games.  Each actor is also involved with making props and the set. The highlight of the camp – the performance – takes place on the final Friday of each session, followed by clean-up and celebration.  It is strongly recommended that campers are present for all days of their registered session(s).

Please note that because of the shorten length of Session 1, campers will perform a musical showcase instead of a full length musical.

Times and Location
Musical Theater Workshop meet Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:15pm at the  Charlton Street Campus (40 Charlton Street). Performers will rehearse in several newly-renovated movement and voice studios.  Performances take place on the large state-of-the-art stage with dynamic lighting and live, professional piano accompaniment.

Musical Theater Workshop Performances:
Session 1: Wednesday, July 3rd, afternoon time TBA
Session 2: Friday, July 19, afternoon time TBA
Session 3: Friday, August 2nd, afternoon time TBA

A hot lunch is provided Monday-Thursday; we ask that campers bring a bag lunch on Fridays.

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Daily Schedule:

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