Summer is happening, and this year's schedule proves to be another one of flexibility and switching things around to take advantage of Summer Camp opportunities in the Hudson Valley to vacation with friends or send the kids to an awesome week of camp, like writing and kayaking, or writing at the Vanderbilt mansion with SUNY's program for young writers of all ages. Even the teachers and business owners are percolating with new ideas and creating programs that will appeal to families in the area.
Therefore, after a flurry of submissions over the past few weeks since we launched the Summer Camp Guide, we are issuing an update with more options you want to consider in your grand planning! Because if you're like most parents, you haven't committed 100% to all of your camp intentions. Some programs have filled up, some have expanded, and some are totally new.
Highlights you'll find in this update include more short term morning options, great for those who are not committing to full days of camp, but want their children stimulated during the day. Also great for grandparents who are in charge of kids for a week, and are looking for something to do.
Mornings are especially prevalent at the new location of Compass Arts with a variety of teachers in music, Spanish, building, and more. Compass Arts is in the middle of town near the Yankee Clipper Diner, nestled in with music destinations like Beacon Soundworks, a new recording studio on Main Street, Lord of the Strings, a repair shop for string instruments, and Main Street Music, a guitar store (and more) and a source of lessons.
Cooking camp is also in the mix now, in the lovely back outside courtyard of Beacon Pantry. Another short day option for kids learning to cook and at minimum, learn to make their own snacks! But possibly also the family dinner.
Budding writers of different ages have a plethora of weekly options from the Hudson Valley Writing Project. Classes have been designed around different destinations for different weeks, like a week at Storm King Art Center (sold out already but has a waiting list) to inspire the mind, and a week for “Courageous Writers” in Hyde Park to “explore the power of history” as kids visit FDR’s Presidential Library, his family home, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-kill, and the Vanderbilt estate.
Musical theater enthusiasts can take a summer intensive at Ballet Art Studio on Teller Avenue for a mixture of dance training and workshopping of a performance piece.
We have a new recommendation for gymnastics camp, and that is at Dutchess Country Gymnastics Center in Fishkill, who has a different theme for every week, including "Disney Week" and "The Games in Rio".
If there are waiting lists for any option, do get on them! You never know who will pull out at the last minute.
Eva is booking kids and family photo sessions now for Summer.
Get creative and have Eva and her camera to your favorite park or summer destination, or in your home or backyard!