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Week 1 - Video Recap

Posted by Crestwood on July 10, 2017


2017 Photo Newsletter - Week 1

Posted by Crestwood on July 7, 2017

 Week 1 - Welcome Week

 Make a Friend Name Games – Thursday June 29, 2017

On Thursday June 29th, buses began rolling in as campers and staff were welcomed back to another amazing summer at Crestwood.  On day number one, groups participated in a variety of activities to “Make a Friend” and get to know one another a little better.

Red, White, & Blue Day Friday June 30, 2017

Traditionally the last camp day before the 4th of July becomes our Red, White, and Blue Dress-Up day at Crestwood.  On Friday June 30th, our grounds became a place of patriotism.  Campers and staff showed they are “Proud to be Americans” as they modeled their red, white, and blue outfits.

Red, White, and Blue Day brings an additional tradition at Crestwood.  It is also the day that our youngest campers march in our parade.  Campers are “accessorized” with flags, necklaces, bracelets, and more, and march around our office circle.  Campers show off their pride for their group and their country as they stride behind their banner in their patriotic attire.

 

Our first Friday of the summer is also a day to dance.  We kickoff our Friday Special Events schedule with a DJ Dance Party.  It is always “Pure Joy” for anyone who attends as our field transforms to one enormous dance floor.

 

 Spirit Week

 Crestwood Spirit Day – Wednesday July 5, 2017

 This past Wednesday everyone had the opportunity to show their Crestwood spirit and dress in our green and white colors.

      

Group Cheer Contest – Wednesday July 5, 2017

This past Wednesday was also the beginning of our “Group Cheer Contests”.  All our groups are asked to put together a cheer, chant, or dance.  The contest is judged on creativity, originality, and enthusiasm.  Groups perform under our lunch tent during lunch periods. A winner from each of the following age groups will be chosen next week: pre-school/K, 1st & 2nd grade, and 3rd grade and up.  Congratulations to all participants, finalists, and winners.

Navaho Rock Star Day - Thursday July 6, 2017

This is the day that our 3rd grade ladies have their own dress-up day and come to camp as “Rock Stars”. They spent time with their friends taking fun “rock star” pictures and pretending to be famous while lip syncing and dancing around.


Pull Outs and Clinics

Posted by Crestwood on July 5, 2017

SUMMER 2017

OPTIONAL PULL-OUT CLUBS & CLINICS

If your child has a special interest,
we have the club for them


In addition to the wide array of activities that your children will enjoy every day, we have other "pull-out" clubs and clinics (listed below) for 1st-6th graders (some clubs require older campers) that can be incorporated into their day, allowing customization based on specific interests and special needs. These clubs and clinics are optional. Please note that children will enjoy many of these activities as part of their regular schedule in which case clubs are an opportunity to go more in depth in an activity.

Campers do miss the group activity on their schedule to participate in these clubs.  We generally try to offer the same club at varied times throughout the week so that our Administrators can try to schedule your child for clubs at an agreeable time with as few conflicts as possible.

We've put together a full list of clubs below with some descriptions and how they are scheduled. If you see a club missing, ask us, and if there is enough interest maybe we will start a new one. Grades listed are for the club only. Saturday's Family Fun and Clothing Day is a great opportunity to meet many of the club (activity) leaders and to discuss options with our staff.  You may be asking why we offer so much?  We VALUE individuality, creativity and independence. We like to see existing talents cultivated and to help campers discover new ones.


New Clubs for 2017
Magic Club- For grades 3-7.  Amaze your friends and parents with tricks and illusions.  A professional magician (& teacher) will be visiting Crestwood once per week revealing & teaching the secrets only true magicians know.  This club Wednesdays from 12:30PM-1:30PM and 1:30PM-2:30PM (1hour class).

Sewing Club- Calling All Fashionistas
Our fashion teacher has created a wonderful addition to our fashion program; a sewing workshop where campers are able to sew and design a creation all their own! Campers will be learning basic sewing skills on sewing machines and will be able to take home a project that they made themselves.  This program will run once per week for two weeks and will take place as block of approximately 2 hours during the camp day. We can't wait to see what your kids create!
This club will run on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings for children entering grades 4-7th.   NOTE: Campers will be required to sign up for this workshop and will be expected to commit to the two weeks they are assigned.

Makerspace (S.T.E.M.)
A Makerspace is... a place where people can share tools and ideas to make stuff.  Makerspaces promote skills important for 21st century learning and for life.  We want campers who are initiators, engaged, persevering, collaborative, problem-solvers, innovative, creative, confident, critical-thinking, and flexible.  Makerspaces have the ability to promote all of these critical attributes.  Makerspaces are an ideal place for children to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts in a fun and non-competitive environment.  Makerspace will be run by our Lego/Rebotics teacher at various times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

  • Sports Clubs - Run by our Athletic Director, Ken Korder, and staff of talented sports coaches.  Dates and Times vary. (softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and football)

  • Tennis “Team” - Our Tennis Pros–Brad and Harold– are available for extra instruction and match play. Dates and Times vary.

  • Swim Team - For those campers entering grades 1-7 who are advanced swimmers (Crestwood swim level intermediate 1 and above), we offer a fun opportunity to join our swim team. Crestwood's swim team, led by our swim coaches, practices during the regular camp day and has intra/intercamp meets throughout the summer.  Meets one period in the afternoon on Mondays thru Thursdays.

  • Fashion Club - Led by former fashion industry professional, Lori Jurgens, learn how to develop, illustrate and design your own clothing just like your favorite designers.  Club members entering 4th thru 7th grade will meet during elective time on Mondays & Wednesdays (period 10 & 11)

  • Jr. Lego League and Robotics - Great Neck Robotics Coach, Nicole Alexander, will lead this Crestwood club. Nicole will present new lego building challenges to campers Grades 1-4 on a weekly basis.  Monday-Friday Mornings for Grades 1-4. Those entering grades 5,6 and 7 will have more advanced challenges and the excitement of working with robots. 

  • Rocketry – Build and Launch a Rocket with Fine Arts Teacher Jessica Goldberg. Wednesday mornings for 3rd-7th grade.

  • Camp Musical and Crestwood's Got Talent (aka Crestwood Idol) – Directors Bruce and Jared will take on the Madagascar Jr. for this summer’s musical production. Auditions (everyone gets a part) begin during our first week and the show will take place week 7.  For grades 2-7.  Rehearsals are generally periods 7 & 8, a certain number of days per week based on the part.  Our mid-summer show, "Crestwood's Got Talent", a vocal performance and variety show will also be a big hit.  The show will be during week 4.  Sign up on Family Fun and Clothing Day.  Second grade campers are required to choose Drama as their elective to be in the mid summer show.

  • Fine Arts Club - Our artist in residence, Jessica, provides opportunities for visual artistic expression.  Fine Arts is open all the time on a drop in basis with some limits to give all children equal opportunities. Grades 2-7.  Closed Wednesday mornings for Rocketry.

  • Crestwood Magazine - Campers will participate in a multi session "club" during which they will be led through the process of gathering ideas, drafting, revising, editing and publishing articles, poems, interviews, or other selected genre, for “The Crestwood Heartbeat”--Crestwood Day Camp's digital magazine.  Children (grades 1-7) meet up to 4 times in a 2 week period with Jessica Hemmerdinger and Randi Bloom, our writing teachers.  To view a previous Issue of the Heartbeat Magazine, click here to view it. Magazine Club will meet Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

  • Chess Club - We are proud to have top chess coach, Milos Scekic (FIDE Master, International Master and FIDE Trainer) working with our Crestwood campers.  Milos is the founder of Long Island Chess Kids and makes chess fun for all ability levels.  Grades 1-7.  Meets Monday mornings.

  • Bike Club – Go out on our bike trail with our bike specialist.  Dates and Times vary. Grades 1-7 based on riding ability.

  • Karate Club - Learn the basics of Martial Arts  including strong basics like blocking, kicking, and simple self defense methods with Sensei Jason from Busto's Martial Arts.  Dates and Times vary.  Grades 1-7

  • Trapeze & Circus Show - Learn the tricks of the trade - culminates with a circus / trapeze camper performance.  Dates and Times vary.  Grades 2-7.

  • Guitar & Keyboard Club – learn guitar or piano with Music Man Mike and Amanda (1st grade and older).  Dates and Time vary.

  • Math & Reading - We can offer remediation pull-out clubs in Reading & Math for interested campers.  Dates and Times vary. Grades 1-7.

As always, most of the activities at Crestwood are available for optional pull-out clubs i.e. Golf, Archery, Nature, Gymnastics, Climbing Tower and more!

There is so much to do at Crestwood that for many campers these optional programs are not necessary.  The point of this e-mail is not to pressure you as parents or your campers into choosing these options.  We want you to know that they are available.  It is our goal to meet the needs of every child.  In addition to you discussing any of these options with your child, our Group Leaders, Division Heads and Specialists will frequently recommend these options to your campers if they see an interest.  Campers can join or try most clubs during the course of the summer.  Most clubs will not begin until week 2 of the summer.


Futures Day

Posted by Beverly on May 9, 2017

FUTURES DAY FOR AGES 2-4 WITH PARENT
Enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY Day at Crestwood

This summer, Crestwood will again offer our popular FUTURES DAY program for parents considering a future at Crestwood for their 2-4 year old (entering Kindergarten in September 2017 or younger). FUTURES DAY is an opportunity for children to experience some of the best of what Crestwood has to offer, with the comfort of a parent by their side. 

Activities will include our carousel, ferris wheel, jumping pillow, sports, playgrounds, paddleboats, nature, music, arts & crafts, lunch, snack and more (activity choices will vary by day). We encourage you to invite friends who have always wanted to share in the Crestwood experience.

If you or a friend are interested in signing up for a COMPLIMENTARY FUTURES DAY at Crestwood this summer please call 631-692-6361 or e-mail Elyse at elyse@crestwoodcountryday.com.  Available days are Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 5th through August 16th. We will need to know your preferred date as we coordinate days according to ages of the children. Two time slot choices are also available, either 9:45AM - 11:45AM or 12:15PM - 2:15PM.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.


Post School Pre Camp

Posted by Beverly on May 8, 2017


2017 Post-School/Pre-Camp Program for Preschoolers & Kindergarten


June 12, 2017- June 23, 2017




    Due to popular demand, Crestwood will once again offer a Post-School/Pre-Camp Program for Toddlers through Kindergarteners (Grade completed in June of 2017).  This program will take place between the end of many local preschools and the start of summer camp. The program will run from Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 23, 2017.  The program is open to Crestwood school families, camp families, and friends who do not attend Crestwood. 

    For details about the program and an enrollment form please click here.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Mark H., Mark T., and Jeff


Summer Vollyball at Crestwood

Posted by Crestwood on May 1, 2017

SAND TRAINING AND VOLLEYBALL AT CRESTWOOD DAY CAMP – Summer Weeknights from 5 PM to 7 PM

 
Block Magic Volleyball has partnered with Crestwood Day Camp to create an after camp program focusing on building strength, endurance and sports specific skills. Our goal is to create faster, stronger athletes who are prepared to take their game to a new level. Our program will benefit all athletes while focusing on volleyball and basketball athletic skill sets. Our expert coaching staff will be comprised of High School and Club coaches. In addition, the program will feature players who are currently playing college volleyball.  Each session will consist of two hours.  In the first hour,  our athletes will experience an intense workout using our sand courts and beautiful campus at Crestwood. Foot speed and building strength in our legs for vertical jumping will be stressed. In the second hour, athletes will have the opportunity to use the facility to play a game of their choice. (basketball, volleyball, soccer).  Swimming Pool and Water Slide will be available for all players to cool-off at the end of the session (with lifeguards on duty). Snacks, refreshment and music will be provided.
 
Block Magic is Owned & Directed by David Eisermann – New Hyde Park Varsity Volleyball Coach
 
For More Details and Registration Form – PLEASE CLICK HERE
or call Coach Dave at 631-365-1380


 

News / Blog



Week 1 - Video Recap

Posted by Crestwood on July 10, 2017


2017 Photo Newsletter - Week 1

Posted by Crestwood on July 7, 2017

 Week 1 - Welcome Week

 Make a Friend Name Games – Thursday June 29, 2017

On Thursday June 29th, buses began rolling in as campers and staff were welcomed back to another amazing summer at Crestwood.  On day number one, groups participated in a variety of activities to “Make a Friend” and get to know one another a little better.

Red, White, & Blue Day Friday June 30, 2017

Traditionally the last camp day before the 4th of July becomes our Red, White, and Blue Dress-Up day at Crestwood.  On Friday June 30th, our grounds became a place of patriotism.  Campers and staff showed they are “Proud to be Americans” as they modeled their red, white, and blue outfits.

Red, White, and Blue Day brings an additional tradition at Crestwood.  It is also the day that our youngest campers march in our parade.  Campers are “accessorized” with flags, necklaces, bracelets, and more, and march around our office circle.  Campers show off their pride for their group and their country as they stride behind their banner in their patriotic attire.

 

Our first Friday of the summer is also a day to dance.  We kickoff our Friday Special Events schedule with a DJ Dance Party.  It is always “Pure Joy” for anyone who attends as our field transforms to one enormous dance floor.

 

 Spirit Week

 Crestwood Spirit Day – Wednesday July 5, 2017

 This past Wednesday everyone had the opportunity to show their Crestwood spirit and dress in our green and white colors.

      

Group Cheer Contest – Wednesday July 5, 2017

This past Wednesday was also the beginning of our “Group Cheer Contests”.  All our groups are asked to put together a cheer, chant, or dance.  The contest is judged on creativity, originality, and enthusiasm.  Groups perform under our lunch tent during lunch periods. A winner from each of the following age groups will be chosen next week: pre-school/K, 1st & 2nd grade, and 3rd grade and up.  Congratulations to all participants, finalists, and winners.

Navaho Rock Star Day - Thursday July 6, 2017

This is the day that our 3rd grade ladies have their own dress-up day and come to camp as “Rock Stars”. They spent time with their friends taking fun “rock star” pictures and pretending to be famous while lip syncing and dancing around.


Pull Outs and Clinics

Posted by Crestwood on July 5, 2017

SUMMER 2017

OPTIONAL PULL-OUT CLUBS & CLINICS

If your child has a special interest,
we have the club for them


In addition to the wide array of activities that your children will enjoy every day, we have other "pull-out" clubs and clinics (listed below) for 1st-6th graders (some clubs require older campers) that can be incorporated into their day, allowing customization based on specific interests and special needs. These clubs and clinics are optional. Please note that children will enjoy many of these activities as part of their regular schedule in which case clubs are an opportunity to go more in depth in an activity.

Campers do miss the group activity on their schedule to participate in these clubs.  We generally try to offer the same club at varied times throughout the week so that our Administrators can try to schedule your child for clubs at an agreeable time with as few conflicts as possible.

We've put together a full list of clubs below with some descriptions and how they are scheduled. If you see a club missing, ask us, and if there is enough interest maybe we will start a new one. Grades listed are for the club only. Saturday's Family Fun and Clothing Day is a great opportunity to meet many of the club (activity) leaders and to discuss options with our staff.  You may be asking why we offer so much?  We VALUE individuality, creativity and independence. We like to see existing talents cultivated and to help campers discover new ones.


New Clubs for 2017
Magic Club- For grades 3-7.  Amaze your friends and parents with tricks and illusions.  A professional magician (& teacher) will be visiting Crestwood once per week revealing & teaching the secrets only true magicians know.  This club Wednesdays from 12:30PM-1:30PM and 1:30PM-2:30PM (1hour class).

Sewing Club- Calling All Fashionistas
Our fashion teacher has created a wonderful addition to our fashion program; a sewing workshop where campers are able to sew and design a creation all their own! Campers will be learning basic sewing skills on sewing machines and will be able to take home a project that they made themselves.  This program will run once per week for two weeks and will take place as block of approximately 2 hours during the camp day. We can't wait to see what your kids create!
This club will run on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings for children entering grades 4-7th.   NOTE: Campers will be required to sign up for this workshop and will be expected to commit to the two weeks they are assigned.

Makerspace (S.T.E.M.)
A Makerspace is... a place where people can share tools and ideas to make stuff.  Makerspaces promote skills important for 21st century learning and for life.  We want campers who are initiators, engaged, persevering, collaborative, problem-solvers, innovative, creative, confident, critical-thinking, and flexible.  Makerspaces have the ability to promote all of these critical attributes.  Makerspaces are an ideal place for children to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts in a fun and non-competitive environment.  Makerspace will be run by our Lego/Rebotics teacher at various times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

  • Sports Clubs - Run by our Athletic Director, Ken Korder, and staff of talented sports coaches.  Dates and Times vary. (softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and football)

  • Tennis “Team” - Our Tennis Pros–Brad and Harold– are available for extra instruction and match play. Dates and Times vary.

  • Swim Team - For those campers entering grades 1-7 who are advanced swimmers (Crestwood swim level intermediate 1 and above), we offer a fun opportunity to join our swim team. Crestwood's swim team, led by our swim coaches, practices during the regular camp day and has intra/intercamp meets throughout the summer.  Meets one period in the afternoon on Mondays thru Thursdays.

  • Fashion Club - Led by former fashion industry professional, Lori Jurgens, learn how to develop, illustrate and design your own clothing just like your favorite designers.  Club members entering 4th thru 7th grade will meet during elective time on Mondays & Wednesdays (period 10 & 11)

  • Jr. Lego League and Robotics - Great Neck Robotics Coach, Nicole Alexander, will lead this Crestwood club. Nicole will present new lego building challenges to campers Grades 1-4 on a weekly basis.  Monday-Friday Mornings for Grades 1-4. Those entering grades 5,6 and 7 will have more advanced challenges and the excitement of working with robots. 

  • Rocketry – Build and Launch a Rocket with Fine Arts Teacher Jessica Goldberg. Wednesday mornings for 3rd-7th grade.

  • Camp Musical and Crestwood's Got Talent (aka Crestwood Idol) – Directors Bruce and Jared will take on the Madagascar Jr. for this summer’s musical production. Auditions (everyone gets a part) begin during our first week and the show will take place week 7.  For grades 2-7.  Rehearsals are generally periods 7 & 8, a certain number of days per week based on the part.  Our mid-summer show, "Crestwood's Got Talent", a vocal performance and variety show will also be a big hit.  The show will be during week 4.  Sign up on Family Fun and Clothing Day.  Second grade campers are required to choose Drama as their elective to be in the mid summer show.

  • Fine Arts Club - Our artist in residence, Jessica, provides opportunities for visual artistic expression.  Fine Arts is open all the time on a drop in basis with some limits to give all children equal opportunities. Grades 2-7.  Closed Wednesday mornings for Rocketry.

  • Crestwood Magazine - Campers will participate in a multi session "club" during which they will be led through the process of gathering ideas, drafting, revising, editing and publishing articles, poems, interviews, or other selected genre, for “The Crestwood Heartbeat”--Crestwood Day Camp's digital magazine.  Children (grades 1-7) meet up to 4 times in a 2 week period with Jessica Hemmerdinger and Randi Bloom, our writing teachers.  To view a previous Issue of the Heartbeat Magazine, click here to view it. Magazine Club will meet Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

  • Chess Club - We are proud to have top chess coach, Milos Scekic (FIDE Master, International Master and FIDE Trainer) working with our Crestwood campers.  Milos is the founder of Long Island Chess Kids and makes chess fun for all ability levels.  Grades 1-7.  Meets Monday mornings.

  • Bike Club – Go out on our bike trail with our bike specialist.  Dates and Times vary. Grades 1-7 based on riding ability.

  • Karate Club - Learn the basics of Martial Arts  including strong basics like blocking, kicking, and simple self defense methods with Sensei Jason from Busto's Martial Arts.  Dates and Times vary.  Grades 1-7

  • Trapeze & Circus Show - Learn the tricks of the trade - culminates with a circus / trapeze camper performance.  Dates and Times vary.  Grades 2-7.

  • Guitar & Keyboard Club – learn guitar or piano with Music Man Mike and Amanda (1st grade and older).  Dates and Time vary.

  • Math & Reading - We can offer remediation pull-out clubs in Reading & Math for interested campers.  Dates and Times vary. Grades 1-7.

As always, most of the activities at Crestwood are available for optional pull-out clubs i.e. Golf, Archery, Nature, Gymnastics, Climbing Tower and more!

There is so much to do at Crestwood that for many campers these optional programs are not necessary.  The point of this e-mail is not to pressure you as parents or your campers into choosing these options.  We want you to know that they are available.  It is our goal to meet the needs of every child.  In addition to you discussing any of these options with your child, our Group Leaders, Division Heads and Specialists will frequently recommend these options to your campers if they see an interest.  Campers can join or try most clubs during the course of the summer.  Most clubs will not begin until week 2 of the summer.


Futures Day

Posted by Beverly on May 9, 2017

FUTURES DAY FOR AGES 2-4 WITH PARENT
Enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY Day at Crestwood

This summer, Crestwood will again offer our popular FUTURES DAY program for parents considering a future at Crestwood for their 2-4 year old (entering Kindergarten in September 2017 or younger). FUTURES DAY is an opportunity for children to experience some of the best of what Crestwood has to offer, with the comfort of a parent by their side. 

Activities will include our carousel, ferris wheel, jumping pillow, sports, playgrounds, paddleboats, nature, music, arts & crafts, lunch, snack and more (activity choices will vary by day). We encourage you to invite friends who have always wanted to share in the Crestwood experience.

If you or a friend are interested in signing up for a COMPLIMENTARY FUTURES DAY at Crestwood this summer please call 631-692-6361 or e-mail Elyse at elyse@crestwoodcountryday.com.  Available days are Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 5th through August 16th. We will need to know your preferred date as we coordinate days according to ages of the children. Two time slot choices are also available, either 9:45AM - 11:45AM or 12:15PM - 2:15PM.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.


Post School Pre Camp

Posted by Beverly on May 8, 2017


2017 Post-School/Pre-Camp Program for Preschoolers & Kindergarten


June 12, 2017- June 23, 2017




    Due to popular demand, Crestwood will once again offer a Post-School/Pre-Camp Program for Toddlers through Kindergarteners (Grade completed in June of 2017).  This program will take place between the end of many local preschools and the start of summer camp. The program will run from Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 23, 2017.  The program is open to Crestwood school families, camp families, and friends who do not attend Crestwood. 

    For details about the program and an enrollment form please click here.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Mark H., Mark T., and Jeff


Summer Vollyball at Crestwood

Posted by Crestwood on May 1, 2017

SAND TRAINING AND VOLLEYBALL AT CRESTWOOD DAY CAMP – Summer Weeknights from 5 PM to 7 PM

 
Block Magic Volleyball has partnered with Crestwood Day Camp to create an after camp program focusing on building strength, endurance and sports specific skills. Our goal is to create faster, stronger athletes who are prepared to take their game to a new level. Our program will benefit all athletes while focusing on volleyball and basketball athletic skill sets. Our expert coaching staff will be comprised of High School and Club coaches. In addition, the program will feature players who are currently playing college volleyball.  Each session will consist of two hours.  In the first hour,  our athletes will experience an intense workout using our sand courts and beautiful campus at Crestwood. Foot speed and building strength in our legs for vertical jumping will be stressed. In the second hour, athletes will have the opportunity to use the facility to play a game of their choice. (basketball, volleyball, soccer).  Swimming Pool and Water Slide will be available for all players to cool-off at the end of the session (with lifeguards on duty). Snacks, refreshment and music will be provided.
 
Block Magic is Owned & Directed by David Eisermann – New Hyde Park Varsity Volleyball Coach
 
For More Details and Registration Form – PLEASE CLICK HERE
or call Coach Dave at 631-365-1380