Camp Programs

At Camp Harbor each day is filled with a balance of fun and educational opportunities. The activities vary from year to year and each week has a unique theme, which includes academic enrichment activities, workshop programs in addition to various activities which may include; instructional swim, soccer, arts & crafts, baseball clinics, recreational swim, basketball, group challenges and contests, archery, nature, flag football, juggling, and much more.

Manners, good sportsmanship, common courtesies, and fun are emphasized by the staff who lead each camp group. All campers are grouped according to the grade they will be entering the following September. Each group is headed by a State Certified Teacher.


Information for 2016 lunch program coming soon!

2017 Camp Harbor Lunch Menu (PDF)


Workshop, Trailblazer, and Lunch Program information coming soon

Beyond each group's independent time, each scheduled activity is planned from an academic foundation:

Academic Enrichment

To keep our PreK through 1st Grade campers from falling behind over the summer, additional time is scheduled to work on fun age appropriate school related skills including shapes and colors, the alphabet, reading, writing, and math.

Arts & Crafts

In arts & crafts, groups have the opportunity to meet with our Art teacher who guides them through lessons in painting, sculpting, drawing, etching, and coloring.

Athletics Program

Athletics serve a crucial role in the education and development of every child. Camp Harbor’s athletic program includes age appropriate skills training in a non competitive environment in many sports such as soccer, lacrosse, and tennis. In addition, groups plan activities throughout the day to keep the campers active including capture the flag, kickball, basketball, and archery.

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

The CIT Program is offered to campers entering grades 9 and 10 in September. It is an exciting option for teens interested in working as camp counselors in the years ahead. Campers in the CIT Program are required to enroll in Red Cross Babysitter, CPR, and First Aid workshops on site; there is no additional charge for these CIT workshops.

When not in a workshop, CITs will assist the counselors in their assigned camp group. All participants of the CIT Program will meet daily with the CIT Coordinator to discuss their camp experiences and future strategies for working with children. In addition to the job specific training, CITs will also learn genreal job related skills. All second year CITs leave with a resume and a scheduled interview for next summer. Upon the program's conclusion, each CIT will have the opporunity to plan and run their very own activity for the camp!

In addition to the job training, CITs will be participating in weekly challenges and contests with their peers to sharpen team-building skills. Some of these challenges will take place during weekly field trips off campus to various locations on the island.

Interested boys and girls should enjoy working with children, and be prepared to take responsibility for the campers in their care. CITs are under the direct supervision of the group teachers and activity instructors.

For more information about Harbor's CIT Program, please emailRalph Pepe, Director of Summer Programs, or call him at (631) 584-5555.

Music

Our Music Teacher encourages campers to dance, sing, and play simple instruments. Our camp music class is filled with new fun music and old camp favorites that campers will recognize, and a few things very old that may be new to their ears. The focus here is to learn basic musical foundations and history while having a great time doing it!

Nature

Our nature program makes science exciting by fanning the fire of curiosity and exploration in every child. Campers will get to learn about the world around them and get hands on experience in many areas of science including marine biology, entomology, geology, and meteorology. Whether meeting a horseshoe crab brought in by our enthusiastic Nature Teacher or investigating the life in our outdoor classroom pond, campers will love learning more than they ever thought possible!

Swimming

Our pool staff is comprised of an Aquatics Director, and four Red Cross certified Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Full day campers enjoy two swim sessions each day, a morning instructional swim and an afternoon free swim. Swim levels are decided by swim assessments and lessons include everything from blowing bubbles for preschoolers to the Butterfly in our advanced swim groups.

Trips

Senior camper off-campus trips are scheduled weekly. Destinations may include but is not limited to; bowling, mini golf, the beach and ice skating.

The Workshop Program

The Workshop Program is an exciting option for students interested in fine-tuning a particular skill or experimenting with a new one. Workshops vary from year to year, and may include such courses as robotics, cartooning, painting, pottery, digital photography, website design, ninjutsu, chess, drama, fun in the kitchen, language arts, math, card sharks, CPR, and Survivor, to name just a few. The core of the program was designed to keep the students' academic momentum going all summer long. The emphasis is always on making the learning experience enjoyable and exciting for students. Class size is small and limited according to the nature of the subject matter and are taught by a highly qualified staff of dedicated teachers assembled to challenge and meet the needs of each student.

Academic Workshops like our Kindergarten Readiness, English Language Arts (ELA), and Math Workshops are specifically designed to work with students entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. Summer is a great time to ensure success in the fall!

Athletic Workshops work in small groups and train campers on the fundamentals and keys to success. Camp Harbor coaches work to instill a spirit of teamwork while at the same time work on individual skills on the court or field.

Culinary Workshops give campers the chance to explore their cooking skills. Working on measuring, adding, multiplying, and fraction skills, cooking becomes an avenue to higher math scores as well as delicious treats.

Music and Fine Art Workshops go beyond normal camp music and arts & crafts. In these workshops, campers expand their knowledge of music theory, instruments, pottery, woodworking, spray art, and painting.

Science and Technology Workshops offer campers the opportunity to become more tech savvy and explore their curiosity about the modern world. Robotics gives campers the opportunity to build and program robots to follow simple commands and perform simple tasks. Our marine biology workshops allow the campers to learn about some of their favorite marine plants and animals. A favorite in recent years, SHARKS! culminates in the dissecting of an actual shark.

All workshops meet daily, Monday through Friday, for one hour. Some workshops require a two week commitment. Students may enroll in up to three workshops per week.

Workshops are optional and are available at an additional charge.

A Week in Pictures

Quote of the Day

"I just want to tell you we've had a great year. The teachers are so creative and he's learned so naturally. I've loved our preschool here. They've really cemented his love of learning. That's part of his personality but also, that's what they've fostered here."

—Current Parent

Quote of the Day

As I dropped my kids off this morning and proceeded to take a flight, I never had a moment's pause about leaving them in the care of the school while I was beyond their reach. That kind of trust is priceless.

—Current Parent

Quote of the Day

"Harbor Country Day is all about educating the whole child with teachers and staff who care, small classes that stimulate thought, and a community focused on children's character and leadership development."

—Parent

Quote of the Day

"Students are nurtured as they move through our school,allowing them to feel safe and supported by our staff. As a result, they not only gain the mastery of the basic skills presented in our challenging core and co-curricular offerings, but are also enabled to think creatively and work collaboratively to effectively solve problems that come their way- skills essential for success in the 21st century."

—Mr. Joe Ferber, Former Interim Head of School

Quote of the Day

"The field trips, class sizes, curriculum and mentoring nature of the community, forged for me a foundation that I rely on today and every day. Some of the best things in my life have come from my Harbor experience."

—Andrew, Alumnus

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