Summer Day Camp Guide - Ages 3-17 for Beacon and Hudson Valley Kids

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Being that the Hudson Valley and Beacon in particular are so rich in the arts, agriculture and a great outdoors scene, options for summer day camps are plentiful. Most camps offer weekly themes with daily projects and activities that reinforce that theme. You can definitely give your child a well-rounded summer that not only keeps them entertained, but very busy. Ages and times will vary among the summer camps, and several camps are offering early drop-off and late pickup for working parents, or for families with more than one child going to different camps. The tough part will be making a decision between themes and pulling the trigger! You can use this Summer Day Camp Guide to mix and match for your family's schedule. If you know of a camp that you think would fit within this list, email editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com. If you want to enhance your listing in our "Stand Out!" program, or to sponsor this Guide, click here for details.

Let's start with what you'll need for most every camp:
    •    Medical forms
    •    Packed lunch (fun with lunch boxes! Play has a bunch of cute metal ones.)
    •    Water shoes
    •    Bathing suit and towel
    •    Sunscreen
    •    Big bag to pack all of this stuff in
We've started the Guide with summer day camps that offer the longest option of hours per day, followed by more niche camps with shorter days.


Beacon Craft Workshop
Beacon Craft Workshop is offering four weeks of hands-on nature play and art work time for children ages 4-10, at Ilana’s home in Beacon, right near Sargent Elementary School. Rain or shine, campers go outside, explore in the eco-garden, and get creative! As they delve deeply into each week’s special theme, they make art with clay, paint and drawing materials, fabric, wood, and found objects. Field games, tie-dye, song-singing, and other classic activities of summer will also contribute to the community-spirit from June 27 until July 21.
Great For: Fun with education thrown in, lots of arts and crafts.
Ages: 4-10 years old
Swimming: No. But there will be sprinkler time!
Dates: June 27-July 21
Times: 9am-3pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available: send email
Price: $240/per child
Flexibility: send email
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Fishkill Recreation
Mad Science Enrichment Summer Camp
Ages: Grades 2-4
Dates: July 11-15, July 18-22
Times: 9am-4pm
Price: Half Day $175 or Full Day $315/per child
More Details and registration online (space is limited)

Sports Camp
Dates: August 8-12
Times: 8:30-12:30pm
Price: $125/per camper ($25 late fee after May 13)
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The Artist Corner
Ages: 5-12
Dates: August 15-19
More Details > or visit www.TheArtistsCornerNY.weebly.com

Snapology LEGO Summer Camp
Price: $165/child
LEGO STAR WARS: July 25-July 29, 9:30am-12:30pm (Ages 5-12) 
LEGO MINECRAFT: July 25-July 29, 1:30pm-4:30pm (Ages 5-12) 
LEGO ROBOTICS: August 8-August 12, 9:30am-12:30pm (Ages 8+)
LEGO MASTER INVENTORS: August 8-August 12, 1:30pm-4:30pm (Ages 5-12)
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Junior Day Camp at Fishkill Elementary
Grades: K-5
Dates: June 29 - August 12 weekly (no July 4)
Times: 8:30-2:30pm
Pre-Hours: 7:30-8:30 am (optional for fee)
Extended Hours: 2:30-5:30 pm (optional for fee)
Location: Fishkill Elementary School
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Senior Day Camp at Maurer Geering Park
Grades: 6-9
Dates: June 27 - August 12 weekly (no July 4)
Times: 8:30-2:30pm
Pre-Hours:  N/A
Extended Hours: 2:30-4:30 pm (optional for $40 fee)
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Rose Hill Manor Summer Day Camp
One of the most active summer camps and known for its daily adventures off-campus into the Hudson Valley. Every day has a designated theme, which might include trips to Bear Mountain State Park, Bowdoin Park, Memorial Park, the Beacon Pool at the University Settlement Camp, the Liberty Science Center, Splashdown Beach water park, and Museum Village (an 1800s village in Monroe where kids can make homemade candles, go into an old classroom, etc.). Fridays are down-time back at the school for crafts and projects. Children are bused to all off-campus activities. Field trip fees are required for attending certain destinations like Splashdown, etc.
Great For: Parents love field trips and activities with friends.
Swimming? Yes. Kids will play in the water at Beacon's summer pool at the Settlement Camp, at Splashdown and at various parks. All children are supervised and swimming lessons are not required.
Ages: 5-12 years old
Dates: Weeks from June 27-August 26
Times: Full Day: 9am-5pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Yes
Price: $195/week and a day rate is available at $45/day
Extra Fees? Yes, for field trips
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want
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All Sport Summer Day Camp (Camp FIT & Tennis Camp)

This fitness club has an Outdoor Park that is loaded with activities. There are three pools, a basketball court for little and big kids, soccer, tennis courts, and a scenic area for exploring and picnics. Kids stay on the premises during the day, but there is plenty to do, including jumping in a bouncy house slide, and entertainment from magicians, etc. Kids are divided into age groups. All Sport's day camp also includes the option of Tennis Camp and a special Teen Camp. Teen Camp includes two field trips per week to Bear Mountain Zoo, Splashdown, and more locations. Add-ons are available for extra hours of care ($40/week), swim lessons ($40/week) and lunch from their grill if you don't want to pack your own ($35/week).
Great For: Kids who love moving to the next activity and learning new skills. Plus, you could tack on swim lessons during the day.
Swimming? Yes. For small kids, the kiddie pool is used, and for older kids, the regular pools. There is an option of additional swim lessons.
Ages: 4-14 years old
Dates Camp FIT: Weeks starting June 27-August 29 (the final camp day is September 2)
Dates Teen Camp: Weeks starting July 11-August 5
Dates Tennis Camp: Weeks starting June 27, July 11, July 18
Times: Full Day: 9am-4pm    Half Day: 9am-12pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Yes
Price Camp FIT: Full Day: Member $215, Nonmember $245  Half Day: Member $115, Nonmember: $145
Price Tennis Camp: Member $255, Nonmember $285
Price Teen Camp: Member $265, Nonmember $295
Extra Fees? Not really. Field trips are not extensive here. Fees come into play for swim lessons and early/late care.
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want. If you are commitment-phobic and don't want to sign up for a week, you can call ahead to select and schedule days. But you need to commit to those. :)
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Kids Place Summer Day Camp
Kids Place is known for their ability to accommodate different schedules, and for their activities. The children enjoy a wide array of traditional camp offerings including group games, arts and crafts, sports, drama presentations, cooking, and theme days. Each week of camp follows a theme that carries through in the activities offered during the week. The children attend weekly field trips as well as swimming and water fun. Kids Place Summer Day Camp tuition is all-inclusive; there are no additional fees for trips or swimming. Previous summer camp trips include Fun Central, Jump’n Jake’s, Stony Kill Farm, and a sail on the sloop Woody Guthrie. When the children are not on trips or out swimming, they enjoy activities in the center’s air conditioned rooms or full-sized gymnasium!
Great For: Parents who love field trips and activities with friends.
Water Play? Yes
Ages: 5-12 years old
Dates: Not posted on website yet
Times: Full Day: 9am-5pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Yes
Price 5-12 year olds, Liberty Street (includes field trips): $195/week with options for 4 day and 3 day weeks.
Price Grades 1-5, West Center Street (no field trips, but takes a weekly trip to Beacon's pool at the University Settlement Camp): $125/week
Price Grades 6-8, West Center Street (includes field trips): $195/week
Extra Fees? No, field trips are included with camp tuition
Flexibility: Yes. Sign up for the weeks you want at the number of days you want (shorter weeks available for the 5-12 year old age group only)
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Mill Street Loft
Dutchess Arts Day Camp Beacon at Scenic Hudson

If you want your child to think big, paint big, act big, all while enjoying the outdoors at Riverfront Park on the banks of the Hudson River, than this is the camp for you. Mill Street Loft's camp should help in deciding your schedule because it's only offered for two weeks. With Full Day and Half Day options, you have schedule and price differences to consider. The age range is wide, and the children are divided into age groups, which and are engaged in different projects.
Great For: Artistic children who love the visual and theatrical arts as well as being near the Hudson River
Water Play? No
Ages: 4-12 years old
Dates: Weeks of July 25-July 29 and August 1-August 5 (2 sessions total)
Times: Full Day: 9am-4:30pm   Half Day: 9am-1pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Yes
Price: Full Day: $350  Half Day: $190
Early Bird Pricing: $330 for full day, $180 for half day, ENDS APRIL 1.
Extra Fees? $10 for early or late pickup.
Flexibility: Sign up for either week you want, or both!
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Randolph School Summer Day Camp Program
The Randolph Summer Program is designed to offer a diverse group of creative, fun and educational activities for children ages 3-11. The camps focus on exciting new themes each week and are an extension of the progressive education that occurs all year. A playful, cooperative work environment is created in which each child experiences a sense of accomplishment and a love of learning. Most of the weeklong workshops culminate in an end-of-the-week exhibition or presentation.
Great For: Parents who like a progressive program for their children
Swimming? No, but kids do play in water
Ages: 3-11 years old
Dates: Weeks starting June 27-August 12
Times: Full Day: 8:30am-4pm   Half Day: 8:30am-12:30pm (ages 3-5 only)
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Call for info
Price Ages 3-5: Full Day: $300  Half Day: $200
Price Ages 6-11: Full Day: $300  Half Day: $200
Extra Fees? Yes, for older kids: $25 for rocket materials
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want.
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Common Ground Farm Day Camp
(at Stony Kill Farm in Wappingers Falls)

Give your child the experience of being down on the farm. If they love books and TV programs about barnyard animals, they may love this camp. There is a strong focus on the soil, trees, sun and water and how they work together to grow food. Kids' lunches are bring-your-own, but will be supplemented with harvested vegetables. Sessions for older kids include making a cookbook. Each week has a different theme that teaches different skill sets. Your child just may come home and teach you about composting! Thanks to a grant from the Dyson Foundation, scholarships are available and are limited. 
Great For: Kids who love dirt, animals, rivers, and planting and tending to gardens
Swimming? No, but kids do play in water
Ages: 3-12 years old
Dates: Weeks starting July 18-September 2
Times: Full Day: 9am - 3pm   Half Day: 9am - 1pm (ages 3-6 only)
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Yes
Price: Full Day: $260  Half Day: $210
Extra Fees? Yes, for before/after care.
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want.
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BCAP (Be Creative As Possible) Day Camp
This popular Pre-K program provides a nurturing environment that encourages social, motor and creative experiences that excite a love for learning, music, sculpture, painting, drawing, language, and creative movement.  Their program room looks and feels like a children's museum, with different activity stations to immediately occupy young minds. Has your child ever painted while lying down, like Michaelangelo did? Well they just might get under a table to simulate the experience while at BCAP. 
Great For: Kids who love building, drawing, dirt, animals, rivers, and planting and tending to gardens.
Swimming? No, but kids do play in water
Ages: 3-6 years old
Dates: Weeks of June 27, July 4, July 11 (3 weeks total)
Times: 9am-3pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? No
Price: $250/week
Extra Fees? No
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want.
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Hudson Hills Montessori Day Camp Program
Summer camp at Hudson Hills Beacon campus will be a challenging and fun experience for campers. Their morning will be spent in the Montessori classroom. Current Primary students will continue to receive new lessons on Montessori materials and have the opportunity to practice lessons they have already been taught. This will allow the children to progress in all the areas of the Montessori classroom throughout the five-week summer camp. New students will be introduced to the first lessons that will lay the foundation for their time in the Montessori classroom.
Great For: Parents who love the Montessori approach, and naps for 3 year olds
Swimming? No, but kids do play in water
Ages: 3-6 years old (call to confirm)
Dates: Weeks starting June 29-July 27
Times: Full Day: 9am-3pm   Half Day: 9am-12pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? Yes
Price: Full Day: $300  Half Day: $250 with options for 4-day, 3-day, and 2-day weeks.
Extra Fees? No
Flexibility: Yes. Sign up for the weeks you want at the number of days you want.
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Summer Workshops from Compass Arts

This year, Compass Arts is giving campers several options, but you need to carefully plot them into your calendar because they will come up quickly, and you could miss what could be a nice enhancement to your free-flowing, commitment-free, not-very busy camp schedule.
Great For: Children who love music, movement and naps after class. Kids who are not enrolled in full-day camps, but need stimulation during the first part of the day.
Swimming? No
Ages: 3-6 years old
Times: 9am-12pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? No
Extra Fees? No
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want.

It's Not Camp!!! Camp
This week of camp with a silly name is going to be full of music, art, movement, Spanish, puppets and more! The kiddos will have a rockin' good time with Romina Robinson, Lisa Martinez, and Gina Samardge all week long!
Price: Half Day: $155
Dates: June 13-17, 9am-12pm (Week 1)
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June 20-24, 9am-12pm (Week 2)
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Tactile Explorers
This 45-minute class for toddlers and a caregiver will provide an opportunity for play and socialization, as well as a chance to explore fun and frequently messy new art materials that won't wind up on your couch! Materials will be thoughtfully presented to provoke curiosity and interest, allowing for open-ended exploration using all the senses. In keeping with the tactile, hands-on spirit of young children, all materials will be natural, often homemade and food/plant based...just in case any children are curious to sample a little taste!
Price: Half Day: $45
Days: Tuesdays
Date: June 14-June 28, 10am-10:45am
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Tri-Arts Summer Workshop
Throughout the week, children will explore a folk tale through music, creative movement, art and yoga, then share their creation with their families at the end of the week.
Price: Half Day: $155
Dates:
June 27-July 1, 9am - 12pm (Week 1)
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August 22-August 26 (Week 2)
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S.T.E.A.M Lab (S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
This is an exciting interdisciplinary program, influenced by the STEAM movement in education. Each week, children will collaboratively design and build immersive, physical environments filled with music, art, movement and discovery. Tuesday/Thursday and Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday options. Taught by Kate Daley and Gina Samardge

"Mazes, Marbles and Machines” 
Compose a musical maze, paint with moving marbles, and invent a machine!
Price: Half Day: $75 (2-day)  or $95 (3-day)
Date: August 2-4 (Week 1)
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“Obstacle Courses, Oceans and Objects” 
Create an obstacle course, make music in oceanic habitats, and print masterpieces with everyday objects!
Price: Half Day: $75 (2-day) or $95 (3-day)
Date: August 9-11 (Week 2)
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“Buildings, Bubbles and Bugs” 
Design and construct 3-D fantastical cities, move to music like a bug, and experiment with bubbles!
Price: Half Day: $75 (2-day)  or $95 (3-day)
Date: August 16-18 (Week 3)
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Beacon Music Factory

Summer Camp For Kids 'Music Factory Camp' 
Ages 5-12

One-Week Kids Music Factory Summer Camp
Children 5 to 12 years

MUSIC FACTORY CAMP!
Inspire your child with a musical experience like no other.
With music and childhood educators on hand throughout the week, your child will sing, dance, and play music by taking lessons, composing and presenting stories through music.  Kids will create their own rock bands and drum corps; they’ll romp and play musical theater games in Memorial Park (right next door to our school). They’ll have music–appreciation jam sessions with our pro musician teachers.   

Beacon Music Factory has established itself by cultivating an awareness and love of music, and the people, composers and performers who make it.  And in our minds, that means everybody.  Campers will have access to the full range of BMF studios and facilities for all their music-making.

Single 1-week program
Price: $300 flat tuition fee (1st child), $275 tuition fee for each additional child. Plus one-time $25 registration fee per child (if you are not already a registered BMF student) 
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Beacon Pantry Cooking School

Food Art
They say we eat with our eyes first... In this camp, kids will play with their food! Create art projects on the plate and then enjoy eating it all up. Incorporated will be safe knife skills (using nylon kid-friendly knives), cooking techniques, kitchen safety and etiquette, along with making delicious food and having fun! Cooking camp will take place in Beacon Pantry's back patio outside (which we captured here in an Instagram moment), and ends with a lunch.
Ages: 5-8
Date: August 22-26
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Location:
382 Main Street
Beacon NY, 12508
Price: $195
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(Not This Year) City Of Beacon Summer Camp
Plenty of activities are in the works for initiatives from the City of Beacon, but for 2016, they are hunkering down on planning and will not be offering Summer Day Camp. Do get a pool pass at the Beacon Pool, though!


Stony Kill Farm Summer Camps
Stony Kill Farm Camp provides a fun, creative and enriching hands-on, nature-inspired adventures for kid campers in two camps: Summer Explorers Camp, and Nature's Theater Camp. Stony Kill Farm Summer Camp is a place where your child will explore and discover the wonders of the outdoors while instilling a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world.  The aim is to to inspire your children to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of the future, to spark a lifelong love of learning, and to develop a deep and enduring connection with the natural world ... all while having some good old-fashioned fun in a beautiful setting.

Summer Explorers Camp:
Explorers' Farm Camp will explore nature through enjoyable themes for each day. Each day, campers will visit the animals, hike one of the many trails at Stony Kill Farms, and take part in many varied hands-on experiences (scientific, environmental, arts & crafts) that relate to each day's theme. Some sample daily themes are: farm life, pond ecology, tracking wildlife, survival, food we grow, art in nature, hiking safety, bird watching, composting and going green, the mighty Hudson, and much more!
Ages: 5-12
Dates: June 27-July 1 and July 5-8
Times: 9am-3pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? No
Price: $175 for members, $200 for nonmembers
Families who sign up for two or all three weeks receive a $50 reduction per family.
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Nature's Theater Camp: 
Last year's new addition of Nature's Theater Camp was so popular and successful, Stony Kill Farm is offering it again this year. This year's presentation will be entirely new, and once again written by the campers. Besides writing an environmentally themed presentation to be acted out by the campers, they will also create all scenery, props and costumes for the big show, presented on our outdoor stage the last day of camp. Campers will also visit with the animals daily, and take some beautiful nature hikes for inspiration.
Ages: 7-15, but younger children will be considered if they are the sibling of an older camper
Dates: July 11-15
Times: 9am-3pm
Early Dropoff and Late Pickup Available? Call for info
Price: $175 for members, $200 for nonmembers
Families who sign up for two or all three weeks receive a $50 reduction per family
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Dutchess County Gymnastics Center
Located in the neighboring town of Fishkill, Dutchess County Gymnastics Center is a convenient location for Beaconites who want to enroll their children in a program dedicated to the sport of gymnastics, guided by committed coaches. Their summer camp is divided into weekly themes like "I Love the USA," "Artful Antics," "The Games in Rio," and "Disney Week."
Great For: Kids who love moving, jumping, stretching, and wearing legwarmers (not required).
Swimming? No
Ages: Call first
Dates: Weeks starting June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, and August 29
Times: 9am-4pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? No
Price: Full Day: $235/week (or $65/day) with discounts available on multiple weeksHalf Day: $160/week (or $45/day)
Extra Fees? No
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want.
Location: 
986 Main Street, Suite 9
Fishkill, NY 12524
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Studio-B 4th Wall Theatrical Productions -
The Beacon Theater

A entertainingly diverse theater program on Beacon's Main Street in the Beacon Theater. Join 4th Wall Theatrical Productions for high levels of fun in acting, singing, dancing and set building. Pick from weeks themed as Camp Glee, where kids learn to incorporate popular music and focus on the basics of cappella and harmony. Musical Theater camp comes next, where the kids put on a musical in just one week. Teachers come from the industry and have backgrounds at MTV, CBS, cruise lines and theme parks, and more.
Great For: Kids who love acting, singing, dancing, moving, and collaborating.
Swimming? No
Ages: 5-17 years old
Dates: Weeks starting July 5, July 11, July 18, July 25, (4 weeks total)
Times: 9am-3pm
Early Drop-ff and Late Pickup Available? No
Price: $208-$260 (prices vary by themed week)
Extra Fees? No
Flexibility: Sign up for the weeks you want.
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Beacon's Howland Public Library
Beacon's public library offers so many great events throughout the year, and summer is no exception! Join in on fun activities for babies, toddlers and middle-school kids. Sessions include Come & Play Wednesday, Battle of the Books, Summer Reading Performers, Brain Games, and more. Some activities do require pre-registration with a simple form, so be sure to visit the library's website first.
Price: Free
Dates: Vary by event
Times: Vary by event
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***************   OLDER KIDS   ***************

Beacon Art Studios Summer Camp
Beacon Art Studios, located in the old Beacon High School, offers "Project Funway" Summer Fashion Sewing Program.

Project Funway Summer Sewing Camp: Fashion designers-in-training will spend the week testing their fashion design skills in daily challenges, designing their own fashion line through sketches, putting a new spin on old and creating unique clothing and accessory items by using their newly acquired skills of upcycling and reusing for the end of the week fashion show!
Ages: 9-16
Dates: June 27-August 12 (broken up into 7 five-day sessions)
Times: 9:30am-2:30pm
Early Drop-off and Late Pickup Available? No
Price: $275 (except session 2, which is a four-day session)
Extra Fees? No. All materials included in tuition
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Beacon Pantry Cooking School

Cooking Around the World in 5 Days
During this weeklong camp, kids will cook their way around the world! Each day focuses on a different country and cooking in traditional dishes from that country, getting to know different cultures through food. Countries in the curriculum are China, Mexico, Italy, France and the Caribbean. Cooking camp will take place in Beacon Pantry's back patio outside (which we captured here in an Instagram moment), and  ends with a lunch.
Ages: 9-12
Date: July 11-15
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Location:
382 Main Street
Beacon NY, 12508
Price: $195
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Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
for 13-16 year olds! This year, Common Ground Farm is offering a very special camp experience for teenagers! Our CITs will participate in their very own week of summer camp from July 11-15, 2016. Throughout this week, CITs will work with farm camp staff and will work in the garden, will create a lasting legacy project, will meet and help our farmers, will gain wilderness experience, will participate in team-building exercises and will learn how to be valuable members of the Farm Camp staff! CITs will then assist in all aspects of Farm Camp for the rest of the summer, from July 18 through September 2. Each CIT can take one week off during this time, if the program conflicts with summer vacations.

Ages: 13-16
Date: July 11-September 2
Time: 9am-3pm
Location:
On the grounds of Stony Kill Farm
79 Farmstead Lane
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Price: $600 for 8 week program
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Ballet Art Studio - Dutchess Dance

Musical Theater Intensive
Ms. Katie Bissinger leads a five-day intensive to get everyone ready for the 2016-2017 theater season. Mornings will be devoted to warm-up and dance training. In the afternoons, the dancers will workshop a performance piece.
Ages: 12 +
Date: August 15-19
Time: Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-7pm for a workshop performance starting at 6pm. 
Location:
Ballet Arts Studio
107 Teller Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508
Price: $375
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Storm King Art Center

Project Write: Becoming Authors and Artists
In this weeklong class offered by Storm King in partnership with the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP), students engage in place-based writing surrounded by sculpture, rolling hills, meadows, and woodlands. Storm King staff and HVWP teachers share behind-the-scenes discoveries and inspiring insights, launching students into a fun and creative world of writing and art making.
Ages: 10-14 years old
Date: July 11-15th
Time: 9am-3pm
Location:
Storm King Art Center
Price: $295
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The Art of Scientific Observation: From Microecology to Monumental Sculpture
Offered in partnership with the Black Rock Forest Consortium. Throughout history, both scientists and artists have used field journals to note their observations of the natural world and develop their ideas. Effective visual and written notation require keen observational skills, and the practice of creative recording in journals can engage and develop critical and lateral thinking capabilities. Weaving together science and art, this class offers students a unique opportunity to combine field ecology and artistic practice at Storm King Art Center. Through explorations of Storm King’s forests, fields, ponds, and sculptures, the class introduces students to observational and notational methods through creative journal making. Students will engage with a variety of techniques including sketching, collaging, and writing. Daily investigations will include field analysis of plant and animal life, as well as sculpture and landscape architecture. Students will leave the class having created their own experimental field journal. A neighbor to Storm King, the Black Rock Forest Consortium is a nonprofit research, education, and conservation organization with membership of 22 prominent universities, schools, and research institutions from the Hudson Valley and the New York metro area.
Ages: High school students, grades 9-12
Date: July 18-22
Time: 9am-5pm
Location:
Storm King Art Center
Price: $400
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Spark Media Project

Spark Media Project aims to create opportunities for all young people to develop the communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills and habits of mind they will need to become active participants in the 21st century. They offer several summer camp options to choose from:

Rhinebeck: Mini-Movies Summer Intensive
In this two-week filmmaking intensive, teens learn the entire process of filmmaking, from brainstorming and scriptwriting to editing and adding special effects. Youth use professional filmmaking equipment and editing software to produce their own original narrative shorts.
Ages: 11-15
Dates: July 11-July 15 and July 18-22
Times
10am-4pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
10am-2pm Wednesdays and Fridays
Location:
Upstate Films Rhinebeck
6415 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Price: $600 for two weeks
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Rosendale: Kids Call the Shots
In this camp taught by a team of media professionals, youth learn all about the filmmaking process, from scripting and storyboarding, to filming with different shots and camera angles, to trying their hands at editing. Youth will also learn to use lights and sound kits. Students will create a “behind the scenes” video as well.
Ages: 7-11
Dates:  July 18-July 22
Time: 10am-4pm
Location:
Rosendale Theater
408 Main St.
Rosendale, NY 12472
Price: $350
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FDR: Kids Call the Shots (Hyde Park Summer Camps)
In this camp, youth learn all about the filmmaking process from media professionals, from scripting and storyboarding, to filming with different shots and camera angles, trying their hands at editing. Youth will also learn to use lights and sound kits. Students will create a “behind the scenes” video as well.
Ages: 7-11
Dates: July 25-July 29
Time: 10am-4pm
Location:
Discovery Center at The Home of FDR Historic Site
Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Price: $350
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Rosendale: Multimedia Animation
In this camp, youth will learn all kinds of different animation techniques, from flip-books to stop-motion animation, to computer animation with Adobe Premiere and Character Animator. Youth work collaboratively to create animated narrative shorts, making the characters, movements, voice-over, music, and sound effects themselves, as well as a live-action “behind the scenes” video.
Ages: 10-14
Dates: July 25-July 29
Time: 10am-4pm
Location
Rosendale Theater
408 Main St.
Rosendale, NY 12472
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FDR Multimedia Animation
In this camp, youth will learn all kinds of different animation techniques, from flip-books to stop-motion animation to computer animation with Adobe Premiere and Character Animator. Youth work collaboratively to create animated narrative shorts, making the characters, movements, voice-over, music, and sound effects themselves, as well as a live-action “behind the scenes” video.
Ages: 10-14
Date: August 1-August 5
Time: 10am-4pm
Location:
Discovery Center at The Home of FDR Historic Site
Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Price: $350
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