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.

Nearly Fours / Fours Field Trips

All Fours groups, including those registered for Half Day Homegroups attend camp for a full day from 9:00am-400pm once a week for a field trip. Trips take place on Fridays.

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 home groups as additional adults on field trips. For Fours on trips we maintain a 1 to 3 or 1 to 4 counselor to camper relationship. For this reason, we do not ask for parents or caregivers to accompany groups on trips.

Nearly, Half Day and Full Day Fours Field Trip Schedule 202o: 

Session One:
Friday, June 26th: Tear Drop Park

Session Two:
Friday, July 10th: New York Hall of Science
Friday, July 17th: Staten Island Children’s Museum

Session Three:
Friday, July 24th: Victorian Gardens
Friday, July 31st: End of Camp Celebration/Share

Fours Choice Classes

Choice Classes take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for one hour and meet six times over a two-week session. Classes are selected during online General Registration.

Nearly and Half Day Fours do not select Choice Classes. Full Day Fours select one class from Block B.

Full Day Fours and Half Day Fours have a Morning Arts Block from 9:30-10:30, when art, movement, and science specialist teachers visit Homegroups on a rotating schedule.  Morning Arts Block meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

2018 Choice Classes:

Session 1:  June 25 – July 6
Block B: 1:30-2:30 Full Day Fours only
Yoga Animal Adventures
Oobleck, Slime, Clean Mud

Session 2:  July 9 – July 20
Block B: 1:30-2:30  Full Day Fours only
Circle Games
Food Art

Session 3:  July 23 – August 3
Block B: 1:30-2:30  Full Day Fours only
Imagination Movers
Without a Paintbrush