Dates & Frequently Asked Questions
2016 Season Dates
What are the dates for the 2016 Camp Season? What sessions do you offer?
We can’t wait for camp to begin! Camp starts on Monday, June 27th and ends on Friday, August 19th, 2016. Ivy League campers can enroll for a 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 week sessions.
What programs do you offer for Pre-School thru 6th Graders?
Pre-School and 2nd Grade campers can enroll for 3, 4, or 5 days per week. Pre-School campers have the option of enrolling in our Mini Day program from 9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., or in our Full Day program 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 1st – 6th grade campers can enroll for our Full Day program only.
What programs do you offer for Teens (6th - 10th Graders)?
For our 6th, 7th & 8th graders we offer our GRADS program. Campers have the opportunity to be on campus for 3 days of choice activities and 2 days of local day trips. This program also includes a one night overnight trip. For our 7th, 8th & 9th graders we offer our C.A.P.s program. Campers will have 3 days of local day trips and 2 days a week on campus filled with choice activities and time spent working with a camp group as a Counselor Assistant. This program includes two 1-night overnight trips. Our 9th & 10th Graders also have the option of choosing our Masters program. The Masters will particiapte in activities on campus 3 days a week and travel on trips 2 days a week. The days they are on campus our Masters will participate in choice activities, work with a camp group as a Counselor Assistant and will recieve mentoring from an Ivy League Athletic or Creative Specialist of their choice. Our 10th Graders can choose to partake in our L.I.T. (Leaders In Training) program. The program includes orientation days, on-going workshops, socilaizing with L.I.T. friends and fun day trips.
What are the hours of a typical camp day?
Our full camp day runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mini Day is 9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Buses will pick up your child between 8:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Before and after camp care is available each day at no extra charge. Before Care starts at 7:15 a.m. and after camp care runs from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
What are the camp's transportation options?
The Ivy League day begins and ends with a safe, spirited ride to and from camp. Ivy League provides professional, convenient, door-to-door, air-conditioned transportation for all of its campers. A specific pick up time will be assigned to each camper. All of our drivers are CDL certified and have undergone background checks. In addition, each vehicle has an Ivy League staff member on it called a Bus Counselor. Our responsible Bus Counselors ensure safety and get to know each camper individually. They make sure that that our bus rides are an extension of the Ivy League camp day – FUN!!! In addition to our door-to-door bus transportation we also offer Central Pick-Up bus locations in select areas. This service allows parents to meet the bus at a location chosen by the camp for a mopre direct route. If you choose not to utilize our bus transportation we do allow for Parent Transporation to and from camp.
How many campers will be in my child’s group?
A typical Pre-School through 5th grade group has 15 -18 campers of the same age. Pre-School groups are co-ed. Groups become gender specific starting in Kindergarten. Teen Travel groups are larger and are also co-ed.
What are group ratios and who supervises my child?
Ivy League maintains extremely low camper to staff ratios to ensure that each camper receives personal attention throughout the camp day.Group staff to camper ratios are generally as follows:
Kindergarten thru 5th Grade 1:4
Teen Travel 1:10
Campers’ groups have a senior counselor who is college age or older, and 2 additional counselors who are high school or college students. All Pre-School and Kindergarten groups are led by a “mommy” counselor, many of whom have children in camp with us or work at Ivy League Pre-School during the school year. Group counselors stay with their campers throughout the day and are active participants and helpers at each activity. In addition to our counselors each camp division is led by a Division Leader who facilitates procedures and trains the counselors. These Division Leaders are the individuals communicating with parents as needed.
Who can I speak to about my child’s day?
Ivy League prides itself on offering the highest level of supervision and communication. During the summer, your child’s group and division will be supervised by one of our skilled Division Leaders. These teachers, coaches, and parents are mature adults with training and experience in childcare and education. Your Division Leader will oversee your camper’s Ivy League experience, and be your direct liaison and contact with camp. This person is responsible for ALL aspects of your child’s experience while at Ivy League. They are always available to answer your questions and concerns, and will be in constant communication with you throughout the summer to meet your camper’s needs.
Who instructs each activity?
At Ivy League, experienced adult specialists offer the highest quality instruction and supervision in each activity area. Our specialists are hand selected for their particular skill level in each area of camp, and for their strong ability to teach these skills to our campers in an encouraging manner. Many Ivy League specialists are teachers, coaches, or professionals in their particular field. Group counselors accompany our campers to every activity, actively participate to provide additional assistance and support, but are not responsible for teaching each activity.
Do we offer swim instruction?
Yes! The Ivy League swim program is top notch! We have 4 heated pools, enabling us to provide age appropriate swim instruction in a comfortable environment. Our campers successfully progress through the American Red Cross Swim Levels. Each camper has small group instruction every day with the same Red Cross certified Water Safety Swim instructor to ensure that the camper feels safe and secure. Campers are also scheduled for recreational swim everyday. Parents are updated throughout the summer about their child’s progress through our “Swim Grams”. Our parents constantly let us know how amazed they are by their camper’s swimming progress at the end of an Ivy League summer!
Is lunch included?
Yes! Ivy League provides delicious, balanced lunches as part of our all inclusive tuition. We offer a hot meal, salad bar, bagels, deli meats, fresh fruit, and vegetables on a daily basis. Lunch is served family style to the campers by their counselors. Campers are also served dessert at the end of each meal. Dessert options vary and may include cake, pudding, jello, cookies, watermelon, and other tasty treats! All meals are prepared fresh every day by our renowned Chef Leo in our state-of-the-art kitchen. Before going home day campers are given ice cream or ices to cool off after a fun packed day.
Is there a nurse on premises?
Ivy League has a Registered Nurse and a certified EMT on staff in our health office and at our lunch area during all lunch periods. Our nurses maintain and ensure a safe and healthy summer for all of our campers. They are available to speak with you before and throughout the summer regarding your child’s needs.
Are there Special Events at Ivy League?
Our campers love our Special Events!!! We bring in performers, musicians, jugglers, singers, game shows, and more to keep the fun rolling. Our Water Fun Day, Carnival, and Color War are some of our camper favorites. Each week at Ivy League brings new Special Events and surprises to keep thing fun and exciting throughout the summer!
What do we do on a rainy day or oppressively hot day?
Rain or shine, the fun keeps going at Ivy League! During inclement weather, we switch from our regular sunny day schedule to our specially designed rainy day schedule. We have thousands of square feet of air conditioned indoor space to keep our campers dry, cool and entertained no matter what Mother Nature has in store. We also have a 6,000 square foot, climate controlled Field House which is used for our athletic activities when it is too rainy or too hot to participate outdoors.In addition to enjoying our many available indoor activities, on rainy days camper’s are treated to special movies, dance parties, and shows that provide new opportunities for fun! On oppressively hot days all campers are taken off the fields and given extra swim periods.
What do I need to send to camp everyday?
Ivy League provides all campers with a camp backpack. Everyday campers should come to camp with two bathing suits, two towels, change of clothes and sunscreen in their camp bag. Any notes to counselors should be placed in the clear pouch in front of camp backpack.
How can I find out more about Ivy League Day Camp?
Please contact our camp office to schedule a tour or to ask questions. We are extremely proud of our program and facility and invite you to take a look for yourself! Our year round staff is available to answer your questions by calling 732.446.7035 (Monday – Friday) from 9:00am – 4:00 pm.