What is the difference in the programs you offer?
We have three distinct programs; Pre-school/Kindergarten, Traditional Camp, and Baseball Camp. The Pre-school and entering Kindergarten program is for 3-5 year old campers ready to play and explore. It features small nurturing groups and developmentally appropriate exciting activities. Our Traditional Camp program is for entering 1st graders thru entering 8th graders and is made up of a fun-filled diversified schedule of athletics, swimming, crafts, and skill enhancing activities. Our Baseball Camp Program is for children entering 4th thru 8th grade who have a passion for sport and an enthusiasm for the ball field. It features specialized top-notch training and skill development while maintaining a fun-filled learning environment.
What are the camp dates for 2023?
Camp runs for 8 fantastic weeks from June 26- August 17, 2023. Your child can be enrolled for a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 week session. Our Pre-school program accepts full and half day campers. Regardless of the program length you desire, the Summer Trails Day Camp experience is not to be missed!
Who will supervise my child?
All of our counselors are “hand-picked” on the basis of maturity, sensitivity, leadership ability, and a true desire to impact the life of a child. Our super cool staff are ready each morning to greet our campers with a big smile.
Where are you located?
We are located at 93 Mahopac Ave in Granite Springs, a hamlet of Somers in the Northern part of Westchester County.
What is the facility like?
Summer Trails is operated on 20 privately owned sprawling acres. We have two heated swimming pools in our aquatics complex, a picturesque pond full of adventure and wildlife, challenging vertical and horizontal climbing walls, a fantastic playground, five indoor facilities, as well as numerous fields, courts, and crafts areas. New for 2023 is a dynamic zip line over our pond and an above ground climbing adventure course.
What is a typical day like?
The day is made up of 35-40 minute exciting activity periods alternating between high energy active programs and creative quiet programs facilitated by quality staff, in order to build skills, self esteem and experience some good old fashioned fun. Campers swim twice each day; Red Cross instruction in the mornings and free swim in the afternoon.
Will my child swim at camp?
Summer Trails has two heated swimming pools and campers are scheduled for both an instructional swim (a great opportunity to get comfortable in the water, perfect a stroke, or learn how to dive) and a recreational swim ( a chance to splash around with your friends) daily. We run the American Red Cross certified swim program.
Are there any special event days at camp?
Everyday at camp is special. We have theme days such as a Luau Pool Party, Yad Sdrawkcab (that’s Backwards Day!) and Olympics Day. Additionally we bring in fabulous professional entertainers such as Beth & Scott & Friends, the Hollyrock Game Show and The Extreme Magic of Eric Wilzig- just to name a few.
Who will I contact with a question or issue?
During the summer, the Summer Trails office is opened daily from 7:00 am – 6:30 pm. Jamie is always happy to speak directly with you.
What happens when it rains?
Camp is in session rain or shine. We are prepared on property with shelter for all campers in the event of sudden rain. If it is raining in the morning or the weather is calling for a rainy afternoon please send your children to camp with a raincoat. Always send your children to camp with a swimsuit. In the event that the rain passes we will return to our regular scheduled program including swimming. In the event of prolonged rain, some camper groups (third grade and older) may be transported via camp bus or van to one of our off site rented facilities. All campers taken off grounds will be brought back to camp before dismissal time. Younger campers (grades two and younger) will remain on the campgrounds on rainy days. Similar to school snow delays and early dismissals we will communicate via email, text and phone to notify you if a late start and early dismissal is necessary (this is very rare!).
How will I know what is going on at camp?
There are several ways we will be in contact. Enrolled families can check out the private picture section on our parent dashboard to get a glimpse of all the fun we are having at camp; pictures are uploaded daily. Make sure to follow Summer Trails on social media to stay up to date on special events. For a personal touch, your child’s Group Leader will be your primary contact during the summer and will be sure to call to say hello prior to their start of the camp season. Also, we want you to feel free to call or email us anytime! We love to hear from you and to talk about your child.
Do you provide camp transportation?
Yes, we want to provide our families with several options to make getting your child to camp easy. We provide centralized shuttle service for a small fee to and from several towns. Alternately, many of our camp families drop off and pick up their child at camp daily. Additionally, at the end of the day we offer free shuttle locations for those families wanting an expedited 3:50pm pick up.
How long is the camp day?
Our stimulating and exhilarating camp day runs from 9am to 4pm. Pick up begins at 4pm. Additionally we offer extended hours; in the morning from 7:30 to 9am and in the afternoon from 4 to 6:30 pm. Your child will wish the camp day never ended!
Is there health care at camp?
We have a highly qualified nurse at camp each day. Our medical team takes care of all health needs with lots of Tender Loving Care. If your child has a specific health concern or allergy please contact our office to discuss how we can best accommodate your child.
What should I send with my child each day?
Enrolled families will receive a detailed list of everything you should send with your child on the first day. We provide a backpack for each camper. Each day campers should bring two swimsuits, towel, sunscreen and sneakers. Baseball campers should bring their bat bag with glove, cleats and safety equipment in addition to the above packing list.
How do you celebrate birthdays at camp?
If a camper has a birthday during the summer, we have a special birthday celebration. During morning announcements the grove sings our camp “Birthday Song” and special birthday gift is provided. There is no need to send in any food, treats- families can call our office to order a special birthday treat. Options include birthday cupcakes, ice cream or watermelon. If any campers in the group have any allergies, we will accommodate their specific needs for the birthday celebration.
Is Summer Trails ACA accredited?
Summer Trails is proud to have been accredited be the American Camp Association since 1974. Camps accredited by the ACA must meet standards above and beyond those imposed by local and state authorities. ACA camps aim to provide a meaningful experience for every child.
How can I see camp and take a tour?
We are available to schedule private tours during the off-season. Please call 914-245-1776 and coordinate a time that fits your schedule. Jamie personally schedules all new family tours and looks forward to the opportunity to share Summer Trails with you!
What will my camper eat during the day?
Daily lunch is catered from local vendors. All food provided is nut free. Additional nutritional information will be available prior to the beginning of camp. If you prefer to send a nut free bagged lunch, it will be kept cold in a camp fridge. Additionally, we serve an afternoon snack of ice cream or ice pop as well as a fresh fruit option daily. Our preschool and entering Kindergarten campers receive a morning snack on the go; usually goldfish or pretzels.