Fours Program Overview

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

  • Half Day Fours
  • Full Day Fours 

The camp day for Half Day Fours is 9am-1pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday for Field Trips and Exploration Days. Full Day Fours meet 9am-4:00pm 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, Exploration Days on the first Friday and a Field Trip on the second Friday of each session.

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

Fours Program Description

The Fours day begins at 9am.  Activity stations are set up throughout the room in order to engage children in the beginning of the camp day.  

Homegroup Time

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

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 Half Day Fours 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.

Fridays

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On Friday, all Fours groups attend camp from 9:00am to 4:00pm in order to participate in  Exploration Days (the first Friday) and go on Field Trips (the second Friday).  On Exploration Days, Fours and Fives have camp to themselves and engage in fun, in-depth camper-driven experiences on and around our campus including large scale artworks, obstacle course challenges, themed picnics, and rooftop water play. On the second Friday, Fours 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.

 

Lunch Ordering

Summer Camp Lunch Ordering How-To

This season, all lunches will be individually packed and must be ordered ahead of time. Orders must be submitted by 12pm on the Wednesday before the week you are ordering for. Below, find detailed instructions on the ordering process.

Begin by visiting this link –  Menus | (nutrislice.com)

 

Registering your account

  • In the upper right -hand corner, click the drop-down menu represented by this symbol ≡
  • At the bottom of the list that appears, click Log-in.
  • Looking at the bottom you will see where it says, “Create an Account”. Click it.
  • This will direct you through a series of questions and screens that will allow you to register with our ordering system.
    • If you are registering as a parent for your camper, select parent. On the next screen, you will be able to enter key information about each camper (student).
    • For allergy information, please be as specific as possible without writing in sentences. For example, use key words like “dairy”, “shellfish” or “strawberries”. You can also include dietary preferences in this space such as “gluten free” or “vegan”.
    • Underneath the camper info window, you will see a clickable tab that says “Add Another Student” with a + symbol. Click the + to add another camper under the same account. This allows you to enter orders for multiple campers using the same log-in information. When placing orders, you will be able to select which camper the meals are meant for.
    • On the next two screens you will be asked to enter information about yourself to create the account. Your email will be your you log-in name and you will need to create a password.
  • Once you have entered all the information above, you will be logged in and the site will take you back to the main screen.

 

Placing an order

  • In the center of the page, click on “Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin”. This will bring you to our menu page.
  • At the top of the page, you will find some guidelines about ordering.
  • Most importantly, you must place all lunch orders by 12pm Wednesday for the upcoming week. For example, orders for the first session of camp must be placed by 12pm on Wednesday June 16th. If you miss the weekly deadline, you or your camper will be provided with the hot entrée or vegan entrée of the day – depending on dietary needs and preferences.
  • To filter by possible food allergies or dietary preferences, near the top of the page click on the three lines inside a circle. 
    • Here you will be able to click on any allergens or preferences that apply to you.
    • Once you choose the allergens/ preferences that apply to you, or your camper click the X in the top right corner. All menu items with these allergens/ ingredients will be crossed out in red.
  • Further down the page, you will find menu options listed by date.
  • To make your selection, scroll down to where it says “Entrée Selections” with a + symbol. Click the + symbol.
  • Here you will see a list of hot and cold entrée options for the day.
    • You may select one item per day.
    • If you have filtered options by allergen, when you click on an item that contains one of your highlighted allergens, it will display a warning in red.
    • Select one of the hot or cold options available and click “Add To Order” highlighted in blue at the bottom.
  • Continue by selecting one item for each day you or your camper will be attending camp.
    • Some items will offer “modifications”, allowing you to request changes or substitutions. For example, sandwiches will offer a “gluten free” modification. There are other options that are specific to each menu item.
    • You can order as far in advance as you would like. There is no limit to how far in advance you can place an order. You can order for the entire camp session if you like.
  • Once you have selected menu items for all desired dates you must finalize you order in the checkout screen. To get to the checkout screen, click the shopping bag at the top of the screen and select checkout in blue.
  • At the top of the page, you can select which of your registered campers/ users this order is for.
    • You can only place orders for one person at a time.
  • Next, you must select a delivery location for each date in your order.
    • Click the drop-down menu and select the location where you or your camper will be eating lunch. This location will be provided to you in advance by the camp staff.
    • Camp staff that are eating with their assigned group of campers should choose that group/ location as the delivery location. If you are not eating with a group of campers, you should select “Little Red Kitchen” – and you will be able to pick up your lunch from the kitchen during normal lunchtime hours.
    • Once you choose a location for one date, the system will ask if you want to apply this delivery/ pickup location to all your meal selections.
  • Once you have set the delivery or pick up locations for all of your meals, you should scroll down to the bottom of the page.
    • Select a division to help up filter your orders as we print them – Camper, Camp Staff/ Admin, or LREI School Staff
    • You may also include any special instructions for your orders. This can list any last-minute requests, more details about dietary preferences, etc.
  • Once all this information is completed, click “Submit Order” in blue at the bottom of the page.
    • You will be taken to a confirmation page thanking you for your order. You should also receive a confirmation email with order details.
    • If you have not been brought to this page or did not receive a confirmation email, you order was not submitted. Check that you have completed all the steps and that your checkout “cart” is empty.
    • If you have successfully placed orders for one of your campers but need to place orders for someone else registered to your account – scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Start Another Order”. This will bring you back to the main page to begin the process again.

Troubleshooting

  • If you are having issues placing orders or need help please email [email protected] and CC our Chef Manager Eric Baer – [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as possible or put you in contact with a Nutrislice tech who can better resolve your problem.

Basketball Clinic

2020 Summers Basketball Clinics

Basketball Clinics run Monday through Friday*

(*no clinic on July 3rd)

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Choose from any of the following dates:

Week 1- June 15-19
Week 2- June 22-26
Week 3- June 29- July 2* {no clinic on July 3 in observance of July 4 holiday}
Week 4- July 6-10
Week 5- July 13-17
Week 6- July 20-24
Week 7- July 27-31

$500/full week registration -or- $125/day

*Program will be held at the Thompson Street Athletic Center {145 Thompson Street}

**Campers are asked to bring bag lunches each day that do not contain nut or seed products and do not include glass containers.

Summers one-week Basketball Clinics are designed to help players, ages 8 to 13 develop their basketball skills and compete against each other in games.

Training will include:

  • Shooting
  • Passing
  • Dribbling and Ball Handling
  • Rebounding
  • Hand/Eye Coordination
  • Defense and Agility
  • Athletic Stamina
  • Footwork
  • Teamwork
  • Strategy

Basketball Clinics Registration Form

Summers Sports Clinics – Refund Policy

If you withdraw from a Summers Sports Clinic for any reason, you will receive a 90% refund of your fees paid until June 1, 2020. No refunds are issued after June 1, 2020.

Any refund resulting in failure to meet the terms of a discount will result in loss of that discount. If a withdraw means that your camper will no longer be here for the full week of the clinic session, you will lose the application of the full-week discount pricing, and remaining days will be charged at the daily rate.

Camp fees will not be refunded or prorated for any missed days due to illness, injury or unforeseen schedule changes. Registrations are non-transferable.

Wrestling Clinic

2020 Summers Wrestling Clinic

June 15-19, 2020        9:00 am – 2:00 pm

$500/full week registration -or- $125/day

*Program will be held at the Thompson Street Athletic Center {145 Thompson Street}

**Campers are asked to bring bag lunches each day that do not contain nut or seed products and do not include glass containers.

Summers offers a one-week Wrestling clinic. The wrestling clinic is an opportunity for athletes, ages 8 to 13, to learn the basic concepts of wrestling, develop and enhance their wrestling skills, and compete. The program will focus on helping wrestlers learn takedowns, escapes, top control and tumbling while developing overall fitness, agility and athleticism.

Areas of focus will include:
– Grappling
– Defensive Wrestling
– Chain Wrestling
– Finishing moves
– Athletic Stamina
– Strategy

Wrestling Clinic Registration Form

Summers Sports Clinics – Refund Policy
If you withdraw from a Summers Sports Clinic for any reason, you will receive a 90% refund of your fees paid until June 1, 2020. No refunds are issued after June 1, 2020.

Any refund resulting in failure to meet the terms of a discount will result in loss of that discount. If a withdraw means that your camper will no longer be here for the full week of the clinic session, you will lose the application of the full-week discount pricing, and remaining days will be charged at the daily rate.

Camp fees will not be refunded or prorated for any missed days due to illness, injury or unforeseen schedule changes. Registrations are non-transferable.

Fives Choice Classes

Fives Choice Class Season Overview

   

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for an hour. 

NOTE: These are examples from the 2021 season

Session 1

Bundle 1:

Not a Box (Laura Araman) If you are someone who has a big imagination and has ideas of what you might do with a huge box, then this class is perfect for you. Just like the rabbit in the story Not a Box, we will use our imaginations to design and carry out our idea of what to transform a box into. Will it become your play kitchen? Will it become a race car, train, rocket ship? By the last class, your Not a Box will be ready to take home to continue your story.

Puppeteers (Jaryn Stewart) A class perfect for those who both love design and storytelling, we will make many kinds of puppets and see where each type of puppet takes us! Will the sock puppet live in a shoe? Will the paper bag puppet brave the icy cold waters of the arctic? And what about the finger puppet? The only way to find out is to join puppeteers!

Bundle 2:

Under the Sea (Danielle Staropoli) Using Leo Lionni’s Swimmy as a guide, we will explore the movement of water and the many different movements of underwater creatures. Through our water action words: wave, ripple, splash, and whirl, we will explore slow motion, inversions, and still shapes. From floating like jellyfish to diving like dolphins, campers will use their imaginations, along with props, to navigate the waves of the water.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow  (Laura Araman)  In this class we will explore rainbows. We will mix paint colors and water to make the various colors of the rainbow and explore prisms and light. If you are someone who loves colors and rainbows, join with other campers during this exploration-based class in which we will work together to create rainbows with various materials.

Bundle 3:

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Obstacle Course (Danielle Staropoli) In this exciting class, campers will help design, then dance through a challenging and fun obstacle course. Elements can include marching on a balance beam, swinging on the ropes, and leaping over a giant “puddle”! Campers will use hand-eye coordination, agility, flexibility, and stamina to accomplish each tricky task along the way!

Bundle 4:

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Open Playground – Jump, run, and play as we explore a different neighborhood playground for each class.

Animal Games (Clara Campos)  Do you like animals and making art and running around and playing? Well then this is the class for you! We will make our own props and costume pieces to play fun games that will get us moving, using our imaginations, and learning about the animals we love.

 

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Bundle 1:

Moving Off The Page (Danielle Staropoli)  In this movement based class, we will use storytime and dramatic play to explore the different people, animals, and creatures we encounter. Books like Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, or Roar: A Dinosaur Tour by Paul Michael, and many others, will have us marching, jumping, turning, and leaping into our own made up adventures. Campers will have a chance to create their own stories too!

Without a Paintbrush (Jaryn Stewart)  We will be doing all different kinds of painting in this class. The only thing missing will be a paintbrush! But we won’t miss it at all because we’ll be busy using straws, bubbles, eye droppers, squeeze bottles and other fun tools. Campers will work collaboratively, and take turns to follow recipes for these different experiments, testing out their hypotheses and having a great time in the process.

Bundle 2:

Sensory Play (Laura Araman) If you like getting your hands dirty this is the class for you. We’ll be exploring lots of different squishy, goopy, gloppy mixtures, like water beads, shaving cream, slime and goop. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get messy! Campers will work collaboratively, and take turns to follow recipes for these different experiements, testing out their hypotheses and having a great time in the process.

Obstacle Course (Danielle Staropoli)  In this exciting class, campers will help design, then dance through a challenging and fun obstacle course. Elements can include marching on a balance beam, swinging on the ropes, and leaping over a giant “puddle”! Campers will use hand-eye coordination, agility, flexibility, and stamina to accomplish each tricky task along the way!

Bundle 3:

Puzzle Me This (Isaiah Sullivan) From jigsaw puzzles to riddles to cross word puzzles, campers will have fun learning about and solving these complex head-scratchers! In addition to playing these brain games, we will learn the rules of each puzzle and how they are made. Campers will then create their own puzzles to take home at the end of the session!

Stuff It! (Laura Araman) There is nothing like giving a squeeze or a hug to a stuffed animal, squishie toy or lovie. They are there when we need them! Well, think about how special this stuffie, squishie or lovie will be if you designed, built and sewed it yourself! That’s just what you’ll be doing in this class. You’ll be a part of the whole process, deciding what you want to make, the shape, the color, the fabric, and just how much stuffing you’ll need to make it just right for you.

Bundle 4:

Beginner Chess (David Rigo)  In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Soccer (Denzel Johnson) GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! In this soccer class, we will practice passing, shooting, and blocking, while learning about the different positions and working on some game strategy. Sportsmanship and teamwork will be encouraged when we take the field in friendly competition.

 

Session 3

Bundle 1:

Obstacle Course (Danielle Staropoli)  In this exciting class, campers will help design, then dance through a challenging and fun obstacle course. Elements can include marching on a balance beam, swinging on the ropes, and leaping over a giant “puddle”! Campers will use hand-eye coordination, agility, flexibility, and stamina to accomplish each tricky task along the way!

Indoor Camping (Laura Araman)  Do you love camping? We’ll be enjoying some of the joys of camping, just from inside. From stargazing, and creating our own constellations, to roasting s’mores and telling stories around the “campfire”, campers will use their imaginations to create an indoor camping experience. We will even work together to set up a tent!

Bundle 2:

Animal Tag! (Rebecca Saltzman) As a group, we will share and decide an animal for the day. We start with big animal stretches and exercises (think, downward dogs and lizard animal yoga poses). We will stretch, warm up, play tag games and cool down. Campers will have the opportunity to exercise their creativity, gross motor skills, sportsmanship, and cheetah sprints.

Moving Off the Page (Danielle Staropoli) In this movement based class, we will use storytime and dramatic play to explore the different people, animals, and creatures we encounter. Books like Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, or Roar: A Dinosaur Tour by Paul Michael, and many others, will have us marching, jumping, turning, and leaping into our own made up adventures. Campers will have a chance to create their own stories too!

Bundle 3:

Painting Without a Brush (Laura Araman)  We will be doing all different kinds of painting in this class. The only thing missing will be a paintbrush! But we won’t miss it at all because we’ll be busy using straws, bubbles, eye droppers, squeeze bottles and other fun tools. Campers will work collaboratively, and take turns to follow recipes for these different experiments, testing out their hypotheses and having a great time in the process.

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Bundle 4:

Open Art – Come and try your hand at a variety of art projects! This class is all about exploration and self-expression through a variety of mediums.

Open Playground – Jump, run, and play as we explore a different neighborhood playground for each class.

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Sixes/Sevens Choice Class

Sixes/Sevens Choice Class Season Overview

     

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for an hour. Each Choice Class Bundle contains two classes, one meeting from 10:30-11:30 and the other from 1:30-2:30.

Session 1

Bundle 1:

Mystery Detectives (Andy Hunter) Elementary! It’s time for these campers to get a clue! In this investigation-driven choice class, we will solve life’s most frustrating mysteries. Like “Where do my missing socks go?” and “Who REALLY stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” While developing skills like problem-solving and teamwork, campers will decode puzzles, share hidden messages, and follow riddles and clues throughout the camp. Each day will lead them closer and closer to uncovering the truth!

Spy School (Alex Checkman) Do you have what it takes to become a spy? We will learn to create the perfect disguise, come up with secret agent names, write our own secret codes, break ciphers, and go on top secret missions…Sshh!

Bundle 2:

Will It Paint? (Isaiah Sullivan) In this class, campers will paint beautiful works of art. The only catch is – we will not be using paint brushes! Campers will experiment with various tools and materials to see what works best for their paintings. From feathers to pipe cleaners, campers will get as creative as their hearts desire. On the last class of the session, their unique works will be on display in our very own make-shift gallery so we can see all of the artwork together and admire each other’s creations!

Rhythm Nation (Danielle Staropoli) In this music-driven movement class, we will explore a variety of hand clapping games to develop our sound and action repertoire. Through claps, snaps, stomps, and voice, we will maintain a steady beat and create counter rhythms and ostinatos. The music we make through our procession will seamlessly become a lively piece by the end of the session.

Bundle 3:

On Your Kart, Get Set, Go! (Denzel Johnson) Ready, Set, Go(-Kart)! In this class we will be using cardboard and scooters to build our very own go-karts! Once we build our vehicles from scratch, we will start racing them against each other in fun and safe ways. We will also test our go-karts by putting them through different obstacle courses. Join this class if you enjoy building and are ready to get set, and go!

Print It! (Matt Mahler)- Artists have long been stamping, printing and imprinting their mark on the natural world throughout history. Campers will explore various printing methods including monoprinting, relief and colograph printing in this exciting choice class. How many different ways can you leave your mark?

Bundle 4:

Build It! (Matt Mahler) Have you ever wanted to build a robot out of cardboard and tin foil or craft a building using only q-tips and glue? Have you ever been curious of mixing clay, cardboard and wire together to make a new object? If any of these combinations spark your interest, Build It! Is the perfect choice class for you! In this construction/art class we will work with cardboard, paper, wire, clay, string, and anything else we can get our hands on in an attempt to make exciting new sculptures. If you can dream it, you can build it!

Squish It! (Laura Araman) Do you long for the fun things that you remember finding in the sensory table? Well, you’ll get that chance again, while doing some experimentation with color, and mixtures. We’ll do some experiments and get a little messy in the process. We’ll work together to make different squishy, goopy, gloppy goos – like water beads, shaving cream, slime and goop. Campers will work collaboratively, and take turns to follow recipes for these different experiments, testing out their hypotheses and having a great time in the process.

Bundle 5:

Open Playground  Jump, run, and play as we explore a different neighborhood playground for each class.

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

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Session 2

Bundle 1:

Creepy Cryptozoologists (Andy Hunter) Loch Ness, and Trolls, and Bunyips, oh my! In this class, we will discover some fantastic beasts and where to find them. Campers will learn about various mythical creatures and cryptids from near and far: practicing their movement, diet, and behavior. Each class will foster creativity and a thirst for learning. After researching all we can, we will create our own creatures, complete with profiles about habitat, appearance, and behavior. Then, we will end with a creature expedition to find what might be lurking in the depths of camp life…

Gaga for GaGa! (Danielle Staropoli) Get ready to play Gaga! This old school ball game is beloved by all and has influenced camp deeply throughout the years. Get ready to slap, jump, dodge, and dive your way to glory!

Bundle 2:

Urban Hikers (Rebecca Saltzman) This choice class is all about getting outside! Each class will consist of a different outdoor “adventure” to help us understand our natural surroundings. Even in a busy city, nature is all around us. Campers will hone their observation skills in order to become bird-watches, tree-catalogers and more! We will do crafts that connect us to nature – such as making birdhouses, bee hotels, and painting on natural items.

Stuff It! (Laura Araman) There is nothing like giving a squeeze or a hug to a stuffed animal, squishie toy or lovie. They are there when we need them! Well, think about how special this stuffie, squishie or lovie will be if you designed, built and sewed it yourself! That’s just what you’ll be doing in this class. You’ll be a part of the whole process, deciding what you want to make, the shape, the color, the fabric, and just how much stuffing you’ll need to make it just right for you.

Bundle 3:

Danceketball (Adrian Jevicki) What happens when you mix dance with basketball? Danceketball! Danceketball is a class where we will mash-up classic ball games with creative, imaginative movement and music to create original experiences of ballgame dance party madness. This is a class for people who love to move, play and invent new ways of doing so.

Totally Tubular Tie-Dye (Rebecca Saltzman) Join a crew of groovy campers to make awesome works of tie-dye. We will use all of the colors in the rainbow to design and dye all sorts of things, such as shirts, pants, socks, or headbands. Plan to experiment with natural dyes like indigo and beet, too. The goal is to learn some history of dye, have fun, get messy, and bring home some new swag!

Bundle 4:

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

Ping Pong (David Rigo)- In this class we will learn how to play ping pong. We’ll practice some basics like serves and returns, and try to get the hang of spin. Above all else, we will just have a blast playing this awesome game!

 

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Session 3

Bundle 1:

Obstacle Course Creators (Andy Hunter)- Getting from point A to point B has never been so fun. In “Obstacle Course Creators,” we will try to find new, challenging, and silly ways to cross everything from wood floors to rivers of molten lava! Swing from ropes, slide and jump, zigzag! Challenge yourself and your friends to create and solve the world’s most amazing obstacles.

LEGO Experts (Alex Checkman) – Are you skilled in the art of LEGO building? Do you have what it takes to take on any LEGO building challenge? Are you ready to face a variety of challenges that will ask you to put your creativity, problem solving, and teamwork to the test? Get Ready, Get Set, Build!

Bundle 2:

Miniature Baking (Isaiah Sullivan) Everyone loves baked goods, and in this class less will be more! Campers will practice their baking skills by making amazing miniature pastries! Get ready to enjoy some tiny delicious desserts!

Rhythm Nation (Danielle Staropoli) In this music-driven movement class, we will explore a variety of hand clapping games to develop our sound and action repertoire. Through claps, snaps, stomps, and voice, we will maintain a steady beat and create counter rhythms and ostinatos. The music we make through our procession will seamlessly become a lively piece by the end of the session.

Bundle 3:

LREI Summer Olympics (Denzel Johnson) The 2021 Summer Camp Olympics are upon us! With a focus on teamwork and sportspersonship, campers will create their own make-believe countries, and compete in events to take home the gold! Our olympics will include various sports games, “Minute To Win It” style games, and other faun challenges. We will complete the session with a grand closing ceremony to celebrate each other!

Team Art (Rebecca Saltzman) Work as a part of a team to explore large-scale drawing, and various ways to make marks. Campers will experiment with new ways to draw, and use a range of materials on large-scale, collaborative artworks. Teamwork, problem- solving, and creativity will be our focus as we create these exciting works!

Bundle 4:

Tiny Worlds (Clara Campos) Have you ever wanted to make a museum for a mouse? A home for a gnome? Or create an art show small enough for grasshoppers to enjoy? What about put an ocean in a jar? In this class that combines construction and art, campers will create tiny worlds using their big imaginations, using materials like shoeboxes, glass jars, buttons, string, cardboard, moss, and whatever else we can think of!

Embroidery Hoop Art (Laura Araman) By the end of this class you will be heading home with your very own embroidered circle hoop art piece for your wall. You’ll decide on the design, learn some special types of stitches, and make your idea come true. Campers will make creative choices, and use their fine motor skills to do this project, while doing a lot of problem solving throughout the process.

Bundle 5:

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Ping Pong (David Rigo) In this class we will learn how to play ping pong. We’ll practice some basics like serves and returns, and try to get the hang of spin. Above all else, we will just have a blast playing this awesome game!

Tens-Twelves Choice Classes

Tens-Twelves Choice Class Season Overview

     

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Choice Classes meet for one hour with the exception of Double Block Classes that meet for two consecutive hours. 

 

Choice Class **Examples**

Wacky Group Games  In this class we will play Octopus Tag, Capture the Flag, Disco Tag, Four Corners, Silly String Tag, Water Balloon Hopscotch, Noodle Tag, and more! We will end each week with a water balloon bonanza!

Intermediate Chess  In this class students will get 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.

Ping Pong  In this class we will learn how to play ping pong. We’ll practice some basics like serves and returns, and try to get the hang of spin. Above all else, we will just have a blast playing this awesome game!

Campers Vs Counselors  There is strength in numbers and the numbers are on your side, BUT Counselors do not like to lose! So Campers, now is your chance to take on some of your own Counselors in a variety of team based games (Gaga, Bounce Out, Butts-Up, 4-Square, Dodgeball). And Campers, at the end of each week you will run “The Behemoth,” a lengthy obstacle course with several Counselors trying to impede your progress.

Mime Time  In this class, campers will explore gesture, expression, movement and storytelling. Through a great deal of imagination, campers will work towards object permanence and agreement when handling balls, ropes, walls, and doors. Campers will work in small groups to create original scenes including characters, conflict and resolution, which will be performed for each other during our final class.

Movie Club  Let’s make a movie! How hard could it be!? Well, together we’ll find out. In Movie Club we will learn about all the different aspects of moviemaking – script writing, camera work, lighting, direction, special effects, and more – then we will make a movie. Aaaand…ACTION!

Expressive Portrait Painters  Before selfies, artist had to look in the mirror to paint their own portraits. Explore basic portrait techniques as you make your own expressive self portrait painting, using acrylic paint on canvas. Learn proportions, and how to use color, highlights and shadows that give your painting character and bring it to life!

Cardboard Creators  Cardboard is super accessible and multi-purpose material, with ton’s of potential when it comes to creating art works. Young artists can expect to master the basic skills of joining, folding and scoring while on the journey toward making their own creations. There are no limitations in this choice class. If you can imagine it, you can create it!

Embroidery Hoop Art  By the end of this class you will be heading home with your very own embroidered circle hoop art piece for your wall. You’ll decide on the design, learn some special types of stitches, and make your idea come true. Campers will make creative choices, and use their fine motor skills to do this project, while doing a lot of problem solving throughout the process.

Mixed Media Mashup  Campers will be as imaginative and creative as possible in order to create large mixed media art compositions for all to see! They will begin small by exploring materials. Campers will create small compositions using these varied materials and techniques, which will all lead up to their large mixed media project where they have chosen their very favorites to include. All of this excitement will culminate in an installation somewhere in camp for everyone to view and enjoy their work!

Basketball  Let’s play some baaaasketbaaaaallll! In this class we will hone our skills by doing drills, and running scrimmage games with each other. We will also do fun challenges like 3-point shoot outs and more!

Gaga for GaGa! Get ready to play Gaga! This old school ball game is beloved by all and has influenced camp deeply throughout the years. Get ready to slap, jump, dodge, and dive your way to glory!

Puzzle Perfection Are you a puzzle lover? What if you could take everything you know and love about puzzles and create your very own! Puzzle perfection is a class where campers get to explore different types of puzzles and the way that they fit together. Campers will then begin by creating their own small personal puzzle. While they are busy with their own personal puzzle creations, they will be designing a piece for the Puzzle Perfection large jigsaw puzzle which can be completed by many for years to come!

Friendship Bracelet Intensive Friendship bracelets are so key at summer camp! This class is devoted to making a variety of bracelets using different materials. We are bringing back gimp from the 90’s, learning how to make a simple cardboard bracelet “machine” to make beautiful weaving bracelets, and also learning the original knotted chevron friendship bracelets.

Game On In this class we will devise our own rules for a ball game using features from established games like basketball, baseball or dodgeball, as well as create our own unique rules to make a brand new game. The first week of the session will be dedicated to planning, discussion and testing. In the second week we will play, revise rules, and perhaps invite campers to try it out as a share.

Parkour  Parkour – the art of “free-running.” Campers will using a wide range of abilities (balance, speed, coordination) to nativagate a series of obstacbles before them. There will be wall running, rope swinging, bench hurdling, and mat sliding. Everyone will finsih the course, but who will do it with the most “style.” No limits and no boundaries!

People Find Challenge  Where are the best hiding spots in camp? Campers will work together to make their own guidelines for the Summers at LREI favorite – People Find! We will use the building as our play space for this high energy hide and seek game. Additionally, we will switch it up a bit each day – altering our call and response signals, the amount of people you seek with, and the places that are available to hide and seek in. It’s going to be a great time!

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

Jewelry/Bead Bonanza  Ever want to learn how to make a necklace and earrings? Maybe even a ring or a keychain? In this class we will do just that, and then on the last day of the session we will showcase our beautiful jewelry for each other so we can see what we have all been working on!

News Radio In this class, campers will produce and perform their own daily internet radio show. They’ll have the chance to DJ, do investigative reporting, and be endorsers of their favorite products, foods, and events!

We Built This City  Calling all builders and architects! Have you ever wanted to design and create your very own building? Using New York City structures as our inspiration campers will design and construct their very own building using cardboard and other recycled materials. Then we will combine all of our structures to create a city!

Sew It! Have you ever wanted to sew something? A bag, a giant pillow, or even a stuffy to hug? If so, then this is the class for you! Campers will learn how to sew bookmarks, bags, pillows, or anything they can think of. They will choose their own yarn and draw out their own ideas before getting started on each project. The possibilities are endless! If you can think it, then you can sew it!

Ultimate Camp Warrior Challenge  Get ready, get set, navigate a daredevil obstacle course! First, we will practice sections of the course in teams (i.e. rope climb, jumping over lava, and army crawl), then we will put it all together and adventure through it. Finally, campers will design their own obstacle courses to challenge each other – and counselors!

Dance for the Camera  Campers in this class will be dancers, choreographers, and cinematographers as they design, perform, and help produce their own dance films. As we work on our films, we will learn ways of framing movement and putting forth an idea using the body and lens. Our films will then be shared with fellow campers.

Broadway Bound  Can you not stop singing Wicked? And Hamilton? Does your heart soar every time you hear Sondheim? We will be singing and dancing to exclusively Broadway tunes in this class, which will culminate in a class show. If you want a fun, safe, supportive environment to belt your heart out in, this is the class for you!

Eights/Nines Choice Classes

Eights/Nines Choice Class Season Overview

       

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Choice Classes meet for one hour with the exception of Double Block Classes that meet for two consecutive hours. 

 

Choice Class **Examples**

Wacky Group Games  In this class we will play Octopus Tag, Capture the Flag, Disco Tag, Four Corners, Silly String Tag, Water Balloon Hopscotch, Noodle Tag, and more! We will end each week with a water balloon bonanza!

Intermediate Chess  In this class students will get 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.

Ping Pong  In this class we will learn how to play ping pong. We’ll practice some basics like serves and returns, and try to get the hang of spin. Above all else, we will just have a blast playing this awesome game!

Campers Vs Counselors  There is strength in numbers and the numbers are on your side, BUT Counselors do not like to lose! So Campers, now is your chance to take on some of your own Counselors in a variety of team based games (Gaga, Bounce Out, Butts-Up, 4-Square, Dodgeball). And Campers, at the end of each week you will run “The Behemoth,” a lengthy obstacle course with several Counselors trying to impede your progress.

Mime Time  In this class, campers will explore gesture, expression, movement and storytelling. Through a great deal of imagination, campers will work towards object permanence and agreement when handling balls, ropes, walls, and doors. Campers will work in small groups to create original scenes including characters, conflict and resolution, which will be performed for each other during our final class.

Movie Club  Let’s make a movie! How hard could it be!? Well, together we’ll find out. In Movie Club we will learn about all the different aspects of moviemaking – script writing, camera work, lighting, direction, special effects, and more – then we will make a movie. Aaaand…ACTION!

Expressive Portrait Painters  Before selfies, artist had to look in the mirror to paint their own portraits. Explore basic portrait techniques as you make your own expressive self portrait painting, using acrylic paint on canvas. Learn proportions, and how to use color, highlights and shadows that give your painting character and bring it to life!

Cardboard Creators  Cardboard is super accessible and multi-purpose material, with ton’s of potential when it comes to creating art works. Young artists can expect to master the basic skills of joining, folding and scoring while on the journey toward making their own creations. There are no limitations in this choice class. If you can imagine it, you can create it!

Embroidery Hoop Art  By the end of this class you will be heading home with your very own embroidered circle hoop art piece for your wall. You’ll decide on the design, learn some special types of stitches, and make your idea come true. Campers will make creative choices, and use their fine motor skills to do this project, while doing a lot of problem solving throughout the process.

Mixed Media Mashup  Campers will be as imaginative and creative as possible in order to create large mixed media art compositions for all to see! They will begin small by exploring materials. Campers will create small compositions using these varied materials and techniques, which will all lead up to their large mixed media project where they have chosen their very favorites to include. All of this excitement will culminate in an installation somewhere in camp for everyone to view and enjoy their work!

Basketball  Let’s play some baaaasketbaaaaallll! In this class we will hone our skills by doing drills, and running scrimmage games with each other. We will also do fun challenges like 3-point shoot outs and more!

Gaga for GaGa! Get ready to play Gaga! This old school ball game is beloved by all and has influenced camp deeply throughout the years. Get ready to slap, jump, dodge, and dive your way to glory!

Puzzle Perfection Are you a puzzle lover? What if you could take everything you know and love about puzzles and create your very own! Puzzle perfection is a class where campers get to explore different types of puzzles and the way that they fit together. Campers will then begin by creating their own small personal puzzle. While they are busy with their own personal puzzle creations, they will be designing a piece for the Puzzle Perfection large jigsaw puzzle which can be completed by many for years to come!

Friendship Bracelet Intensive Friendship bracelets are so key at summer camp! This class is devoted to making a variety of bracelets using different materials. We are bringing back gimp from the 90’s, learning how to make a simple cardboard bracelet “machine” to make beautiful weaving bracelets, and also learning the original knotted chevron friendship bracelets.

Game On In this class we will devise our own rules for a ball game using features from established games like basketball, baseball or dodgeball, as well as create our own unique rules to make a brand new game. The first week of the session will be dedicated to planning, discussion and testing. In the second week we will play, revise rules, and perhaps invite campers to try it out as a share.

Parkour  Parkour – the art of “free-running.” Campers will using a wide range of abilities (balance, speed, coordination) to nativagate a series of obstacbles before them. There will be wall running, rope swinging, bench hurdling, and mat sliding. Everyone will finsih the course, but who will do it with the most “style.” No limits and no boundaries!

People Find Challenge  Where are the best hiding spots in camp? Campers will work together to make their own guidelines for the Summers at LREI favorite – People Find! We will use the building as our play space for this high energy hide and seek game. Additionally, we will switch it up a bit each day – altering our call and response signals, the amount of people you seek with, and the places that are available to hide and seek in. It’s going to be a great time!

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

Jewelry/Bead Bonanza  Ever want to learn how to make a necklace and earrings? Maybe even a ring or a keychain? In this class we will do just that, and then on the last day of the session we will showcase our beautiful jewelry for each other so we can see what we have all been working on!

News Radio In this class, campers will produce and perform their own daily internet radio show. They’ll have the chance to DJ, do investigative reporting, and be endorsers of their favorite products, foods, and events!

We Built This City  Calling all builders and architects! Have you ever wanted to design and create your very own building? Using New York City structures as our inspiration campers will design and construct their very own building using cardboard and other recycled materials. Then we will combine all of our structures to create a city!

Sew It! Have you ever wanted to sew something? A bag, a giant pillow, or even a stuffy to hug? If so, then this is the class for you! Campers will learn how to sew bookmarks, bags, pillows, or anything they can think of. They will choose their own yarn and draw out their own ideas before getting started on each project. The possibilities are endless! If you can think it, then you can sew it!

Ultimate Camp Warrior Challenge  Get ready, get set, navigate a daredevil obstacle course! First, we will practice sections of the course in teams (i.e. rope climb, jumping over lava, and army crawl), then we will put it all together and adventure through it. Finally, campers will design their own obstacle courses to challenge each other – and counselors!

Dance for the Camera  Campers in this class will be dancers, choreographers, and cinematographers as they design, perform, and help produce their own dance films. As we work on our films, we will learn ways of framing movement and putting forth an idea using the body and lens. Our films will then be shared with fellow campers.

Broadway Bound  Can you not stop singing Wicked? And Hamilton? Does your heart soar every time you hear Sondheim? We will be singing and dancing to exclusively Broadway tunes in this class, which will culminate in a class show. If you want a fun, safe, supportive environment to belt your heart out in, this is the class for you!

Comic Book Creators

Comic Book Creators is offered to campers ages 10-13 during Session 2: July 8 – July 19

Camp Season Program Description

Comic books, graphic novels and even comic strips are all great storytelling methods that allow artists and writers to tell exciting stories in a visual way.  If you have an interest in drawing or writing comics then this will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about how these books are created, and a chance to make your own!  Are you a comic reader? Come try your hand at scripting, inventing characters, learning how to compose panels and pages, how to ink and color pages, and some of the digital techniques that brought your favorite books to life.  Campers will have the chance to work with traditional and digital tools and materials as they work towards making their own characters and stories, and ultimately work towards making their own issue of an original comic. Some of the exercises may include drawing thumbnail and model sheets, learning different drawing perspectives, creating dialogue, working with exciting figure poses, developing a personal style of comic drawing, introduction to storytelling methods, layout and inking of comic pages, working with watercolor, and some basic Photoshop for digital drawing and coloring.  From Manga style to classic heroic figure drawing, all styles and levels of experience are welcome!

Daily Schedule:

Time & Location
Comic Book Creators Specialty camp 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:
Comic Book Creators 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 our Tens-Twelves & other Specialty Camps on a Field Trip via air-conditioned coach buses.

Field Trip Schedule 2019

Session Two:
Friday, July 12th: Improv-4-Kids
Friday, July 19th: End of Session Grownup share

Teacher Bio
Jeremiah Demster
 is the middle school art teacher for the 5th and 6th grade at LREI. He is also the coach of the middle school Robotics team. He has worked LREI and Summers at LREI since 2011. Previous to this position Jeremiah taught a combined age 12-14 Montessori middle program with a heavy emphasis on marine biology and diving on the island of Maui. He has been teaching since 2006. Jeremiah has also been a part of AmeriCorps in outdoor education instruction, and an adventure counselor for the YMCA in New Hampshire, specializing in outdoor education and ropes instruction.  Jeremiah holds a MS in Teaching Methodology from the University of New England, and a BFA in Fine Arts from Endicott College, as well as a Montessori teaching credential from the Houston Montessori Center.