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Why Shibley Day Camp?

Shibley Day Camp is a place where children gather from Nassau County, Manhattan, & Queens to have a magical summer. At camp children:

  • Build self confidence in adventure & performance activities
  • Compete in traditional and unique athletic activities
  • Create and express themselves in arts & cooking activities
  • Explore and discover during science and nature activities
  • Improve swim skills in the pools
  • Make meaningful long lasting friendships

The diverse community at Shibley is led by educators, coaches and parents. The program is balanced and built in a way that improves children’s skills in their areas of interest while also exposing them to new activities they may have never tried. The daily program is designed in a unique way so that children are continuously active and engaged with friends and staff.

The children spend their day swimming and playing outdoors on acres of shade covered fields and activity areas. When they walk onto the Shibley Day Camp grounds they suddenly feel like they have traveled to the Berkshires or Adirondacks. The down to earth atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable to children and adults of all ages and from all backgrounds. Shibley’s simple philosophy is that the child must come home smiling, tired and dirty:)

Daily American Red Cross instructional swim is one of the most important aspects of the program. All children from ages 3-13 learn to swim or improve their swim skills at camp. Swim instructors and counselors work with small groups of children in age appropriate pools every morning. The children then have an opportunity to return to the pool each afternoon to practice and play.

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Camp is fun, educational and magical for the children, but it is also much more than that. Having strong positive values that are modeled consistently and intentionally by the staff leads to lifelong friendships and personal growth.

Confident campers with positive values have the tools to become our future leaders and innovators. Staff orientation is guided by the principals of positive behavior management. We celebrate when staff and campers display our GREEN values: Generosity, Respect, Empathy, Endurance and Nurture.

Shibley Day Camp provides valuable events to its community throughout the entire year. Festivals, open play days and themed Zooms take place in the Fall, Winter & Spring. New families and veterans have ample opportunities to spend time at Shibley, make connections and become comfortable with the staff and grounds before summer begins.

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