Dwight Summer Day Camp

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May 31, 2011, Riverside Park

Some kids always seem to be in “go!” mode—ready to take on a challenge and try something new at every turn—and that’s exactly the type of kid that Dwight School’s Adventure Camp was designed for. Tweens ages 9 to 12 are in for an action-packed summer, with fresh weekly themes that transport them through historical periods and to far-flung locations around the world. Sweet activities and community service projects keep campers busy creating a rainforest in the Amazon, battling climate change during the Ice Age, hunting in the Stone Age and even journeying to another galaxy. If those crazy adventures aren’t enough, day trips, leadership exercises and daily swim instruction round the days out. The Discovery, Sports and Spark camps are open to kids as young as age 4, so little ones can get in on the action too. Ages 4–12.

Venue name: Dwight Summer Day Camp
Address: 2116 First Ave
New York
Cross street: between 108th and 109th Sts
Transport: Subway: 4, 6 to 110th St
Price: une 20–Aug 26; Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. Two-week session $1,300; early-bird, sibling, returning-camper and multiweek discounts available.
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Rebecca R

On paper this was an impressive camp but unfortunately our experience was dismal and we will not be returning next summer.

Dwight’s facilities are gorgeous (i.e., indoor pool, a basketball court, enclosed outdoor space etc.) and their curriculums were impressive (i.e., Adventure camp went to see a Broadway play, the Star Wars exhibit etc.).

Over the course of three weeks I had several conversations with the director to discuss my child’s performance. This is not my first time at the rodeo. Having a child who is ADHD, which was shared with the camp prior to signing up, I’ve learned to show up, listen, and work hard with my child to ensure the next day is a better day. While the majority of our days were good the bad days were significant. Twice I was called and asked to pick-up my child early. When getting the call they couldn’t tell me exactly what happened but would speak to me when I got there. Call me crazy but as a customer paying for a service the very least they could do is figure out what happened BEFORE calling me. My child who is 8 might be crying, pouting and incoherent but what is the staff saying? And telling me that another child was also being sent home didn’t make everything better. 

This was definitely a new experience for us as we’ve never been asked to leave early from any camp or kids program. Perhaps other programs that we’ve used in the past are more capable of defusing a situation, turning things around and teaming with the family to achieve an outcome that is best for all. 

I want to be fair in my review and recognize we are one family. As such, I definitely think this could be a great experience for that child who is easy going. My child is more on the high energy, disorganized and rambunctious side. Knowing this I don’t seek out the cheapest camp and avoid the ones with unexperienced staff. With that being said, I don’t think we received the product we paid for.