Campers roam on more than 20 acres of land boasting four heated pools, a fishing and boating pond, an adventure course, various athletic fields, an archery range and a ceramics studio. When they’re not trying out more traditional camp activities like swimming, rock climbing, and crafting, campers will compete in a Color War and play games at a camp-wide carnival. Older campers (entering 5th grade or above) can opt for the overnight program. 444 Saddle River Rd, Airmont NY (845-352-3521, bluerilldaycamp.com). Camp runs June 30–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Eight-week session $6,895, six-week session $6,370, four-week session $4,445, two-week session $2,455. Tuition includes door-to-door transportation and lunch. Ages 3 to 15.
When you're looking for a summer day camp for your city-dwelling child that has all the outdoor charm of a sleepaway camp, sign her up for a commuter camp. This kind of summer day camp lets your child experience all the things sleepaway camps offer—think sailing, canoeing, swimming and hiking, plus lots of fresh air and green grass—without having to leave one's family for weeks at a time. Not all commuter camps are alike either: Whether you're child is into creative arts like cartooning and jewelry making or farming the land and caring for animals, you'll find there's a camp on our list that fits the bill.
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