Learn More and Tour at Campus Open Houses: Next One is March 11 — Now celebrating its 30th year of serving families, the Queens College Summer Camp offers parents and children ages 5 to 16 the chance to tour and receive detailed information at seven upcoming Open Houses beginning Sunday, March 11.
Last year, more than a thousand families from Queens and Nassau took advantage of the camp, known widely for its value, convenience, and the variety of rich, rewarding programs available, from sports to classes in theater, dance, literature, and the sciences. New this summer is a Computer Tech Camp, which will focus on teaching children “Coding for the Future.”
“For three decades, our neighbors in Queens and on Long Island have relied on our camp for a highquality summer experience for their children,” says Brian DeMasters, summer camp director. “We’re proud of our reputation and our outstanding staff of over 250 adults, including the licensed professional teachers who oversee all camp programs.”
Established in 1988, the summer camp is an extension of QC’s participation in NCAA Division II sports. Activities make use of the campus athletic facilities— soccer, baseball and softball fields, swimming pools, as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts—and many of the counselors are members of the college’s varsity teams.
Parents can accommodate their schedules and budgets by choosing from 2-, 4-, 6- or 8-week sessions with a wide range of age-appropriate activities to exercise their children’s bodies and stimulate their minds and imaginations. Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch is provided to all campers, whatever their schedule. Transportation to and from campus is available at an extra fee.
Audrey Blackmore, now a freshman at QC, started at the camp when she was ten years old and attended for five years. “When I began, I chose the all-day sports program,” Blackmore recalls, an option that continues today for campers who simply want to swim and play ball—soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and basketball. “Later, I enjoyed the dance program and crafts such as modeling with clay. I even learned to sew. There were so many options to explore!” she says. “And the teachers really care.”
When Blackmore was about to turn 16, she enrolled in the Counselor-inTraining program, which not only prepared her to be a counselor in the camp for the next two years, but also taught resume building, job interviewing, CPR skills and leadership development. “I’ve seen the camp grow over the years and I made friends years ago who became counselors, too,” Blackmore says. For summer 2018, she will be in the camp office, working to accommodate the needs of all participants, including busy working parents who might unexpectedly need an early-start time for their children.
Families are invited to learn more about the Queens College Summer Camp at Open Houses to be held on campus in the Rosenthal Library, room 230, from 10 am to 12 noon on the following dates:
Sunday, March 11 (last day for Early Bird discount of $200 off) Saturday, March 24 Sunday, April 8 Saturday, April 21 Sunday, May 6 Saturday, May 19 Sunday, June 3
Presentations will include tours of campus facilities. For more details, including a brochure to download, please visit http:// www.queensknights.com/ camps . You can also call (718) 997-2777 or email QC.SummerCamp@ qc.cuny.edu for information.