Pawling Recreation Prepares for Summer

The Pawling Recreation Department is proud to announce that registration is now open for 2018 Summer Camp programs. Held at Lakeside Park, the programs will feature two separate sessions, each lasting three weeks. Camps will feature and array of activities for all age groups, and promise to provide a summer full of memories for area youth.

Summer Camp will run from Monday, June 25 through Friday, August 3. Campers will be divided by age group, including Pre-K/Kindergarten, Youth (Grades 1 – 4) Pre-Teen (Grades 5 – 6) and Teen (Grade 7 – 8) “We are fortunate that we are able to separate the campers so that everyone gets to have their own activities,” says Recreation Director Melissa Smith. “It also allows us to do separate trips for each age group.” A typical camp day begins with camper drop off, followed by a morning meeting at 9:00 a.m. Each age group takes turns leading the meeting, which begins the day with an activity such as group exercise, joke telling, or dance instruction. Camp directors then inform campers on which special activities will be offered that day, with special events including tie-dye parties, and ice cream day. The remainder of the day is filled with a multitude of activities such as boating, swim lessons, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports competitions, zumba classes, and free swim time. The day ends with parents picking up campers at 3:00 p.m.

In addition to the numerous activities offered each day, the camp also offers many special events throughout the summer. These include theme days where campers are encouraged to don costumes, including Super Hero Day and Pirate Day. Another favorite among campers is Bike Day, in which youths are allowed to bring bicycles and explore the trails in and around Lakeside Park. Finally, no summer camp experience would be complete without a Camp Olympics, which Pawling Recreation also proudly offers. Part of the program also includes a day trip during each session, with youth campers taking a trip to the movies, and pre-teens and teens taking an excursion to either Lake Compounce or Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.

While the youths in attendance will have no shortage of activities, older campers are also afforded a unique opportunity by the Pawling Recreation Department. Campers going into 9th and 10th grade have an opportunity to apply for the Counselor In Training (CIT) Program. This program is open to campers who have been with the program for at least two years. The Pawling Recreation Summer Camp is staffed almost entirely by former campers who have completed the CIT program and graduated to counselor positions. “That's one of the special things about our camp,” says Smith. “Most of our staff have been with us since they were a kindergarten camper. We never have to go outside of the program to look for staff. We keep everything in house.” The Summer Camp program is currently under the direction of Dylan Malone, who has been a part of the program for twelve years. Additionally, three assistant directors have all been part of the camp program since kindergarten.

This system of promotion has allowed for the counselors employed by Pawling Recreation to have an intimate knowledge of the camp procedures to provide an environment that is both safe and enjoyable. “It’s important that parents know who is looking after their children,” says Assistant Recreation Director Robyn Woolley. “And we can proudly say that the majority of our staff have been campers themselves. They know the programs; they know the park. Our program is very unique because people keep coming back.”

With warm weather fast approaching, the Pawling Recreation Department is anxiously anticipating another fun filled summer at Lakeside Park. Registration for summer camp programs is currently open. For more information or to register, visit online, or call (845) 855-1131.