Elementary Counselor Newsletter

Summer Edition

March 2023

Summer is just around the corner!

Summer is right around the corner; it is time to plan ahead! This newsletter is designed to share summer opportunities with our community. We included camps, parks, websites to get you started.

Best regards,

Arzu Alkan, Guggenheim Counselor 767-5268

Jen Biblowitz, Sousa Counselor 767-5365

Casey Horowitz, Daly Counselor 767-5219

Gina Kelly, Salem Counselor 767-5425

Barbara O'Donnell, Manorhaven Counselor 767-5325

Jessica Shawver, Daly Pre-K Counselor 767-4954

Summer Programs in Town

Please see below for a list of local summer programs for children in Pre-K - 5th grade. There are limited scholarships available to some of these summer camps. Please get in touch with the program you are interested in directly for more information.

  1. FAST Sports Camp - please click here for more info.
  2. Summer Together - please click here for more info.
  3. Science Museum of Long Island - please click here for more info.
  4. Parent Resource Center Summer Program for Pre-K - please click here for more info.
  5. Camp Invention - please click here for more info.
  6. Unlimited Sports Summer Day Camp - please click here for more info.
  7. Bach-to-Rock Music Camp - please click here for info.
  8. PYA Summer Camp - please click here for more info.
  9. PW Public Library Programs - please click here for more info.

*Summer Together scholarship recipients will be chosen with a lottery.*

The online application process will begin on April 17, 2023.

Local Parks & Town of North Hempstead Community Calendar

Please click here for Calendar of Events

Manorhaven Beach Park - please click here for more information.

North Hempstead Beach Park- please click here for more information.

Sand Point Preserve Woodland Playground - please click here for more information.

Manorhaven Pool

Application online: https://northhempsteadny.gov/parks

Registration begins May 2nd, 2023

Activity Registration begins: June 1st, 2023

Pool opens: June 17th, 2023

Residents of the Town of North Hempstead who are enrolled in a free or reduced lunch with their school district, enrolled in a Federal or State assistance program; meet SNAP monthly gross income and annual gross income thresholds are qualified for a 60% off facility membership.

Needed: proof of income, residency, and identification.

Summer Camps Listing for Port Washington

Below is a listing of summer camps by category-- mixed camps, music, science, and art, dance + theater. Also listed are facilities that offer "vacation workshops" during school holidays.

Summer Camps


Haven Art

29 Haven Ave, Port Washington, NY
516.883.8344 | www.havenartstudiony.com


300 Forest Dr. East Hills, NY
516.484.1545 |

For ages 7 – 16, offers a summer theater camp and Broadway theater camp. Contact Susan Kalman at skhalman@sjjcc.org for details.


146 Main Street, Port Washington, NY
516.524.4245 |


185 Colonial Springs Rd, Wheatley Heights, NY
631.643.7900 | www.usdan.com

For children grades K-12, Usdan is a non-profit performing arts day camp that offers classes in music, art, theater, dance, chess, writing, nature, swim, tennis, & recreation.

Berest Dance Center

12 South Washington St, Port Washington, NY
516.944.687 | www.berestdance.com

For children ages 3 – 15, students study at least two styles of dance per day.

Golf Camp at Harbor Links

1 Fairway Dr, Port Washington, NY
516.767.4816 |

For children ages 6 – 16. Call for details.

Port Sailing School

86 Orchard Beach Blvd, Port Washington, NY
516.767.7245 | www.portsailing.com

For children ages 8 – 17, Port Sailing School offers four two-week sessions of hands-on training in seamanship, sportsmanship sand boat handling skills. Each session will include a basic sailing course aboard a 23-foot keel sailboats.


Mulitple locactions, Port Washington, NY

Soccer for kids ages 1 – 8 years old.

Tennis Academy

100 Harbor Road, Port Washington, NY
516.883.6425 | www.pwta.com

Intensive tennis camp for kids who are able to play matches with a focus on instruction, performance training, supervised practice and match play.

Unlimited Sports Action

30 Beechwood Ave, Port Washington, NY
516.767.7675 | www.unlimitedsportsaction.com

For children ages 3 – 10, a variety of sports are offered (and open enrollment) for both half-day and full-day programs. Single days are also available.

World Tae Kwon Do Academy

19 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

516.944.5454 | www.portwtkd.com

A three- to seven- week summer program for school-age children that focuses on Tae Kwon Do, soccer, bowling, nature hikes, archery and other outdoor activities.


Mad Science

Various locations, Port Washington & Manhasset, NY
516.620.6768 | www.longisland.madscience.org/summer-camps-on-long-island.aspx

Half-day and full-day week-long programs with interactive and hands-on experiences that allow children to discover cool chemical reations, build rockets , check out security sytems and cool spy equipment and build their very own working robot.

My Spectrum School

11 Sintsink Drive East, Port Washington, NY516.883.8035 /https://myspectrumschool.com/camp

This unique summer offers hands on STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities for kids ages 2-10 in their state of the art school and in their outdoor nature classroom. You can enroll for half days, full days, and extended days (perfect for working parents) and have the option to opt for week by week or the entire summer.

Community Synagogue

160 Middle Neck Rd, Port Washington, NY
516.883.3144 |

For children from birth (with a mommy & me program) – 5 ¾ years, this six or seven-week summer program offers an indoor facilitiy,12-acre estate, and a mix of activities including sports, games, nature walks, water and sprinkler play, stories, arts and crafts and more.

Growing Tree

140 E Broadway, Roslyn, NY
516.621.9009 | www.growingtreenurseryschool.com

For children ages 18 months – 5 years, this camp offers indoor and outdoor playgrounds, music/movement and special visitors, weekly summer themes, sprinklers/water activities, outdoor classrooms and more! This seven week program offers 2, 3, 4 and 5 day options.


131 Brookville Road, Brookville, NY
516.626.1100 | www.luhisummercamps.org

For ages 4 through grade 8, LuHi offers a variety of programming in each 2 week session, including an “all around program” which offers a little bit of everything, arts & education programs and specific sports schools.

North Shore Day Camp

85 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove, NY
516.676.0190 |

For children ages 2 ½ to 15, North Shore Day Camp has an amazing facility that includes four heated swimming pools, a 9-hole miniature golf course, driving cages, rock-climbing wall, ropes course, zip line, mountain bike course, and playgrounds as well as tennis, basketball, volleyball and tetherball courts and baseball fields, soccer fields, and hockey rinks. Also available is a fine arts village offering ceramics, woodworking, drawing, painting design and more; a computer room; cooking cabin; and game room.


LIU Post Youth Programs 720 Northern Blvd-- Riggs Hall 47, Brookville NY



For ages 5 – 16, programs include arts & crafts, computers, cooking, dance, drama, music, nature, sports, and swimming along with specialty programs — horseback riding, cheerleading, and performing arts.

Parent Resource Center

Parent Resource Center, 232 Main Street, Suite 4, Port Washington, NY
516.767.3808 | www.parentresource.org

For ages 2 ½ – 5 ½, the PRC offers a six-week preschool camp that includes water play, arts and crafts, sports, music and field trips — wonderful staff and teachers and one of the best bangs for your buck in terms of camp!

Pierce Country Day

Mineola Ave, Roslyn, NY 11576
516.621.2211 | www.piercecamps.com

For ages 3 – 9, a variety of programs and special events that include swimming, paddle boats, water rock climbing wall, water trampoline, kayaks, scuba diving, snorkeling, interactive spray ground, sports, arts, and adventure programs.

Port Day Camp

Port Washington Children’s Center, 232 Main Street, Suite 2, Port Washington, NY
516.883.4864 |

Half-day and full-day sessions for kids ages pre-K through 2nd grade. Kids enjoy water play, music, art sports, nature and more!


175 Warner Ave, Roslyn, NY
516.621.8777 | www.shibleydaycamp.com

For ages 3 – 13, Shibley offers a number of unique activities in their junior and senior camps including sports, theater/drama, olympics, early childhood, ball pit, go karts, rock climbing and more.

SID Jacobson JCC

300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY
516.484.1545 |

For ages K – 6, a variety of programs, pre-camp and post-camp childcare and bus transportation.

Buckley Country Day

2 I U Willets Rd, Roslyn, NY
516.365.7760 | www.buckleycamp.com

For ages 18 months through 15 years, Buckley offers Parent-Child programs, 3-day and 5-day mini-day programs and 5-day full-day programs. Families can register anywhere from 2 weeks through 8 weeks. The 25-acre campus offers outdoor and indoor facilities including swimming, sports, arts, sciences, and enrichment.

Kids Summer Fishing Adventures

Inspiration Wharf, 405 Main Street, Port Washington, NY


Weekly Sessions All Summer Long for kids 8 and up!
A fun and exciting hands on approach to fishing, adventures include fishing boat trips, eco tours, fish ID, equipment care and use, boat safety, knot & rig tying, conservation and much, much more! All equipment, bait and tackle provided!

Vacation Workshops

Haven Art

29 Haven Ave, Port Washington, NY
516.883.8344 | www.havenartstudiony.com/holidays-special-events-2/holidays/

All ages welcome to drop in and paint for an instructional art class. See website and/or call ahead for details.

Island Rock

60 Skyline Drive, Plainview, NY516.822.7625 | www.islandrock.net

Indoor rock climbing facility that offers “open climb”, classes and training, and birthday parties. Kids Club Programs starts for newbies ages 5+. Family Programs and adult climb also available.

My Style Camp

2-8 Haven Ave Suite 210 Port Washington NY 917-664-2286 www.mystylecamp.com

Calling all fashionistas! Make your own fashion designs, learn to make your own trendy designs.

Parent Resource Center

232 Main Street, Suite 4, Port Washington, NY
516.767.3808 | www.parentresource.org

For children 18months – 4 years, the PRC offers a variety of special programs and classes while school is out on holiday.

The Cooking Lab

160 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 570-0050 https://www.thecookinglabpw.com/summercamp2023

Culinary classes for young aspiring chefs .Weekly summer cooking and baking camps all summer long! There are different themes each week including Bake Shoppe & Culinary Passport. Classes are hands-on and focus on building essential skills and confidence in the kitchen. Morning sessions are for Ages 8-12 and afternoon sessions are for Ages 11 & up.

The Science Museum of Long Island

Holiday Workshops


Set on days students are off from school, our holiday workshops offer students in grades Pre-K through 7th a day full of hands-on science activities. Each day has a unique theme with different experiments, crafts, and demonstrations.

Transportation not provided. Children must bring a packed lunch. Drop-off: 9:45 am Pick-up: 2:45pm

Current available dates are 4/6, 4/7, 4/10, 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, 4/14 and 6/19

SMLI Summer Camp information.

After School Workshops

Our after-school workshops run three times a month from 4:00-5:30pm and provide students in grades K-7th a chance to explore their scientific interests in a fun, social setting. For up-to-date information head to www.smli.org/afterschool.

School of Rock

154 Mineola Ave, Roslyn Heights, NY
516.441.0010 | www.roslyn.schoolofrock.com

Offers performance boot camp, “making the band” camp, METAL performance camp and PopRocks performance camp.

Comprehensive list of camps in Long Island Area

You can find a comprehensive lists of summer camps in greater Long Island area.

Benefits of Summer Activities & Camp

For generations, children have spent their summers at day and sleepaway camps, trying new activities such as swimming, hiking, and various sports. But what many families may not realize is that camp provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. Below are just a few of the many benefits your children will gain from the summer camp experience.

1) Campers obtain the life skills needed to become successful adults.

At camp, children gain valuable life skills. In fact, an organization called The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (comprising a group of businesses, education leaders, and policymakers) has found there is a large gap between the knowledge students learn in school and the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. After extensive research, the organization determined that some of the skills necessary to become successful adults are communication, collaboration, creativity, leadership, socialization, and problem solving. All of these areas are fostered in the camp environment.

Campers are always communicating with each other, either on the field or in the bunk, learning to work together as a team and as part of the camp community. They also get to be leaders at camp, whether through guiding a first-time younger camper or managing their camp Olympics team. Campers learn to navigate on their own and solve problems by themselves. They engage in many creative outlets, too.

2) Camp educates the whole child.

There is more to learning than test taking and achieving good grades. Camp offers one of the most powerful learning environments and can be a place where a child's social education takes place. It provides children with the opportunity to try new activities. When children succeed at these activities, they build self-esteem. Children also build social skills and problem- solving skills by being part of a supportive community and partaking in activities together. Campers are challenged and encouraged to grow every day.

3) Camp allows kids to unplug from technology.

Today's children spend more than 7.5 hours a day engaged with technology, which often takes the place of vital hands-on activities and socialization opportunities. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Taking a break from technology over the summer allows children to communicate face to face.

4) At camp, there's plenty of time for play, which helps children with social and emotional development.

Balancing school schedules, homework, and extracurricular activities doesn't leave much room for play. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children to reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones. It also helps kids manage stress. Traditional summer camps give children plenty of play time, which leads to healthy emotional and social development.

5) Children can reinvent themselves at camp.

Students often attend school year after year with the same peers, which can lead to labeling and being "stuck" with a particular perception. A child may become known as studious, quiet, etc., when, really, he can be boisterous in another setting. Children who go to day or sleepaway camps meet a whole other group of people in a different environment. Often times, a child will break out of his supposed categorization if given the chance. Children get to reinvent themselves at camp and be who they truly want to be, which helps them to build confidence.

6) Camp promotes independence.

When children go to camp, they are given the opportunity to grow more independent. Whether for a day or an entire summer, separation from one's parents means a camper has to learn to rely on himself and other trusted adults and peers. Separation from parents gives a child the ability to think independently, which builds self-esteem.

6 SUMMER CAMP BENEFITS, article by Jess Michaels