Day camp is a hands-on learning laboratory where children of all ages can learn and practice the life skills they need to live and thrive in the real world today and in years to come. Children learn how to make a friend and be a friend; how to be a responsible member of a group as well as to take responsibility for their actions; how to lead others as well as how to be led by others; how to empathize with others as well as how it feels to be the recipient of someone’s empathy; how to accept people for who they are as well as being accepted for who they are; how to solve problems on their own and as part of a group; and how to be a good team member.
The day camps at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds provide a place for this personal development through the wide range of activities offered from swimming to drama, from sports to arts and crafts, from science to outdoor adventure, and from nature to Jewish identity building activities. It is a safe, natural setting with endless programmatic opportunities for the children that attend our camps.
The children that attend our camps are as diverse as the communities they live in.
The day camps at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds provide exceptional summer experience for children of all abilities. Many camps integrate special campers into typical camp groups, providing additional well-trained staff when needed, as well as stand alone camp programs dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of this population. These special needs day camps provide experiences of the highest quality and caliber, serving children with social, emotional, physical, developmental, and medical needs.
At the Staten Island site:
• The JCH of Bensonhurst provides a separate program for children with learning and development disabilities.
At the Pearl River site:
• The 92nd Street Y camp programs offer two options: Camp Bari Tov for children ages 5-13 yrs old with a variety of severe developmental disabilities and Camp Tova, a perfect small group experience for children with a variety of special needs between the ages of 6-13 yrs old.
At the Long Island site:
• The Samuel Field YM-YWHA provides the Summer Camp Inclusion Program (SCIP) to special needs children in Kindergarten through 10th grade through the outstanding camps offered by the following agencies: Samuel Field YM-YWHA (Little Neck), Central Queens YM-YWHA (Forest Hills), Mid Island Y-JCC (Plainview), Suffolk Y-JCC (Commack), Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC (Oceanside), JCC of the Greater Five Towns (Cedarhurst) and the Sid Jacobson JCC (East Hills).