Family summer camps on Long Island
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Summer camp is just for kids, right? Wrong. Several camps on Long Island offer the opportunity for grown-ups and kids to enjoy day camp or sleep-away camp together. Here are several that offer families a little Kumbaya:
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends from July 6 to Aug. 25, West Hills Day Camp, 21 Sweet Hollow Rd., Huntington
INFO 631-873-5242; westhillsfamilydaycamp.com
COST $500 per family for four weekends in July or August
West Hills is opening its grounds to families for the first time this year. "They can engage in all the activities we do here at camp with the children," says Monica Jovans, director of West Hills Family Day Camp. When families tour the camp looking for their children, they frequently say, "I would love to do zip line. I would love to do ATV. I want to go swimming. I want to do arts and crafts," Jovans says. Now they can. There'll be kids events and baby-sitting certain times of day so parents can participate in an organized adult pool volleyball game or tennis clinic, Jovans says. Kids don't have to attend West Hills for families to join the program.
WHEN | WHERE June 30 to July 6, Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center, 99 Shore Rd., Shelter Island Heights
INFO 631-749-0430, quinipet.org
COST About $400 per person ages 13 and older; $300 per person ages 3 to 12; younger than 3 is free; while this year is currently sold out, put it on your radar for next summer
Families experience all the classic, favorite activities such as campfires, swimming in the Peconic Bay and hiking. Quinipet is a Methodist camp on Shelter Island, but families don't have to be Methodist to attend. "It's definitely Christian focused," says Gregory Nissen, acting executive director at Quinipet. "There are Christian-based discussion groups and conversation that happen throughout the week." Families live in cabins, some of which have air-conditioning. "I call it 'rustic comfort,' " Nissen says. Meals are served in the mess hall.
Leave the kids at home and go to camp as a grown-up at the 10th annual Usdan University day. "We have received quotes from parents and alumni saying they want to be 13 again," says Reva Cooper, director of public information for Usdan. This is as close as grown-ups may get this summer:
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights
INFO 631-643-7900, usdan.com
COST $65 per adult; $50 a person for a couple
The day begins with a choice of arts classes, including digital photography, painting, pottery, Broadway jazz dance and musical theater. "Campers" can choose to create a miniature herb garden and learn recipes that incorporate the harvest. A catered lunch is followed by a concert in the 1,000-seat McKinley Amphitheater, followed by chorus, a nature walk, archery or a campus tour. There is an optional swim from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. The "students" in performance classes sometimes take the stage to demonstrate their morning's work. At the end of the day, everyone gets ice cream (a Usdan tradition) and a diploma.