Holy Names - 4-12 yrs old
Saint Gregory's - 4-12 yrs old
St. Sophia's - 4-12 yrs old
This popular, well rounded program offers a variety of daily activities including: Project Based Learning, crafts, archery, drawing, karate, computer training, singing, outdoor and indoor sports & recreation, reading, fitness, and swimming.
Campers are grouped according to age and each group follows a daily schedule. There is an adult head counselor with at least one assistant for each group of 12-14 campers. Additionally, each activity usually includes an adult teacher.
Other than the short (10 minute) bus ride to the pool for the daily swim we do not take any other field trips. The Day Camp at Saint Gregory's has its own outdoor, heated pool on site.
Day Camp Directors:
Holy Names - Julie Purcell
Julie Purcell attended The College of Saint Rose where she received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education and her Masters of Science in Literacy. She is NYS-Certified in Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 6), and Literacy (Birth-Grade 6). Julie currently teaches in an integrated preschool classroom at the Circle of Friends Pre-School in Delmar, NY. This will be her 9th summer with JMU4Kids Day Camp.
Saint Gregory's - Kim Case
Kim Case is a NYS certified art educator for grades K-12. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from RIT, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from Sage Graduate School. She has been an art educator in schools for 7 years, and is currently teaching in the North Colonie Central School district as the art teacher at Loudonville Elementary School. This is Kim's 7th summer with JMU4Kids as the director of our Day Camp at Saint Gregory's School, but has actually been attending this site each summer for camp since she was 7 years old! Kim can't wait to share her love of the community and joy of summer camp with you and your child!
St. Sophia's - Joe Urschel
Holy Names - 7-14 years old
St. Sophia's - 7-14 years old
A full day of recreational games in a variety of sports including: wiffleball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and football (non-contact), tennis, and track and field. Additionally, we will end each week with a tournament on Friday.
Campers will have access to the archery range and game room for a break from their daily schedule. Also included is an afternoon swim at UAlbany's indoor pool.
Performing Arts Camp @ Holy Names (ages 7-14)
Awaken the creative spirit and imagination through Dance, Drumming, Singing and Acting/Drama. This camp features a variety of experiences in these 3 mediums such as:
* Dance: Hip Hop, Modern, African
* Music: Jazz, Blues, Percussion, Choral Singing.
* African Drumming
Each week this intensive exploration will culminate with a mini-performance by the campers for their parents and peers. Due to the short time frame for preparation, DAILY ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!!
The staff is trained and experienced in their respective disciplines and are professional instructors.
After lunch these campers will have the option of swimming at UAlbany's indoor pool, then return to Holy Names for recreational activities.
Director: Eva Weeks
Eva is the very talented daughter of dance instructor Sara Weeks and the late great Alan Weeks.
Eva is familiar to all as a former counselor for Performing Arts Camp and his now attending Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. She is majoring in business and economics. Eva has been with our Performing Arts Camp for six years. The first year as a camper, two years as a CIT and two years as the go-to counselor for all Performing Arts responsibilities and Mr. and Mrs. Weeks' right hand. This will be her second summer as the Performing Arts Camp Director.
Sports & Fitness Camp @ Saint Gregory's (age 8-14)
Sports camp includes a wide variety of sports and activities that cater to the athlete focused on improving skill level, overall health and wellness, and knowledge of many different movement forms during game play.
Each day will include games and instruction in a variety of major sports as well as "lifetime athletic activities." Games like football, baseball, soccer, cross country, volleyball, European handball, kickball, and basketball are played each week. Also, lifetime sport/ adventure activity games like dodgeball, capture the flag, Cavatta ball, and flag tag are played as well. Every morning, to start camp, we run a fitness circuit that provides instruction and drills to improve agility, flexibility, quickness, and strength. Lastly, the athletes will have access to the on-site heated outdoor pool for both aquatic exercise and rehab along with "cooling off."
Director: Matt Shaw
Matt Shaw is a New York State certified physical education teacher for grades K-12. He has a Bachelors of Science degree from SUNY Cortland in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Education from St. Rose. He has taught and coached in the Albany area for the past 14 years. He enjoys all sports and has a passion for improving the overall health and wellness of every child he teachers. Matt stresses the importance of sportsmanship and cooperation during game play and his goal is to help children become responsible, upstanding student/ athletes. This is Matt's third summer with JMU 4 Kids as the director of our Sports & Fitness Camp, and also runs the Sports Camp portion of our Vacation Camps.
Harry Potter Camp @ St. Sophia (ages 8-14)
Help us transform St. Sophia’s into “Hogwarts”! Campers will be sorted into one of six original “houses”: Embredor, Firesong, Ironclaw, Lindenleaf, Wipplyn, or Wolfwind, and will compete each week for the House and Quidditch Cups.
Daily schedule will include themed activities, or “classes”, such as Transfiguration, Herbology, Astronomy, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Quidditch games round out the day.
Each week will focus on a specific Harry Potter book, inspiring unique challenges and activities.
Week 1 – Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
Week 2 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Week 3 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Week 4 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Join us for the legendary Triwizard Tournament! In addition to regular activities, including the resurrection of Lord Voldemort, campers may choose to participate in the tournament, testing both their athleticism and use of cool logic.
Week 5 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Week 6 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Week 7 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Horcruxes or Deathly Hallows? The week is lush with book-specific challenges in addition to regular activities, as campers must collect horcruxes and hallows before entering the final battle against Lord Voldemort.
Week 8 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Inspired by the recently published scripts, this week will reprise popular challenges from the previous weeks with a fantastic twist!
Prior knowledge of the Harry Potter books, scripts, and movies will prove advantageous for campers. Limited to 75 campers per week.
Director: Anjni Amin
This will be Anjni's fifth summer at Harry Potter Camp, and her third as director. She is a certified NYS music teacher for K-12 with a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of Saint Rose, and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Anjni is currently a doctoral candidate in Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern University.
XTREME Camp @ Holy Names (ages 8-14)
Our most challenging and daring camp! This will be a popular choice for boys and girls, age 8-14, who want to test themselves physically while having a great time learning new lifelong skills.
Weekly activities will include:
* Zip Lines & Giant Swing, plus 9 other high ropes elements
* Wilderness survival (food, H2O, shelter, first aid, etc.
* Obstacle course
* Paintball with Tippman Markers
* Team Building
* Bubble Ball
* Optional swimming @ UAlbany's indoor pool!
Since the safety of our campers is most important, this camp will operate under a "military type" of atmosphere. This means we will expect full attention & participation, and will include marching, as well as other military terms and concepts, to instill discipline.
Each camper will receive a camo t-shirt and a camo backpack if they "survive" their first week. Limited to 90 campers / week.
Director: Kevin Reinisch
This will be Kevin's fifth summer with XTREME Camp and his third as director. Kevin works for the RCS school district as a middle school P.E. teacher.
Science Camp @ Mater Christi (ages 8-14)
This popular offering of 6 weekly themed sessions will give campers an opportunity to explore, investigate and discover all facets within the world of science.
Each week will focus on a specific theme:
Week 1 July 3-7 (closed 7/4)
What's in your garden? Gardening with natures helpers. Campers will explore what creates soil and investigate what nutrients are needed for healthy plants. By the end of the week campers will have their own garden to plant at home.
Week 2 July 10-14 What's in your water? Explore what makes up everyday water through the eyes of a chemist. We will test water to identify minerals invisible to the naked eye. Learn how different water can be and how our world depends on H20.
Week 3 July 17-21 City Engineers Built for movement, future engineers will help plan and build a city along with creating transportation for their thriving metropolis.
Week 4 July 24-28 Flights of Fancy! Explore jet propulsion motors and how physics applies to airplanes. Fly your creations for a friendly competition on the final day.
Week 5 July 31-August 4th Our Place in Space Young astronomers will explore our solar system and the latest expeditions to space. Journey to each planet and test your survival skills! As a bonus, our chicks should hatch this week!
Week 6 August 7-11 Comparitive Human Anatomy- Investigate the characteristics of our feathered friends and how human internal systems compare. Chicks Should have hatched by Monday!
As a bonus, Science Camp Incubates chicken eggs with additional weekly activities based on the stages of incubation. A weekly letter will go home explaining field trips and important information.
Each afternoon the campers will work on Project Based Learning (PBL) activities, and swimming will be available some days at U Albany's indoor pool.
Besides the talented full time staff, campers will learn from weekly guest presenters such as: George Steele, noted area naturalist, and Fran Martino, Hudson River expert.
Our goal is to create an atmosphere of learning in a fun, hands on style. Not only will we excite the future scientists but also inspire those kids, who had not yet experienced the joy of science, to want to learn more.
Director: Heather Sliwinski
Heather is a permanently certified NYS teacher for Pre-K thru 6th grade. She has a Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities from The College of Saint Rose, and a Bachelors of Science with a concentration in Reading from SUNY Oneonta. She has worked for summer camps for the past 12 years, and has taught Science, Math, Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade & 6th grade. This will be her thrid summer as the Science Camp Director and seventh year with JMU 4 Kids.
Laser Quest @ Mater Christi (ages 8-14)
Be the hero of a mythical, galactic journey! Laser Quest is an active, outdoor, futuristic LARP (Live Action Role Playing) that integrates our high tech laser tag equipment for "battles" and conflict resolution. This camp is designed to develop self-esteem, team-building, and creative problem solving skills.
The campers band together in groups, and under the guidance of an adult Quest Leader they work together in a climate of respect, imagination, empowerment, and excitement to overcome interesting challenges and solve mystifying riddles. An afternoon swim at U Albany's indoor pool will also be available.
The Questers experience the excitement that come with choosing a mythical archetype and make decisions about how to use their imaginative powers to complete the week long quest. As they continue through the week their characters can gain or lose powers depending on how their decisions play out.
Director: Brinan Weeks (Assisted by Nick Malinowski)
Both Brinan and Nick are avid "Star Wars" aficionados, and accomplished LARPers.
Girls Basketball Camp @ Mater Christi (ages 8-16)
Using the air-conditioned gym, this camp is designed for the serious female athlete who aspires to play at the high school level & beyond. Coach Steve Gigliello and his staff help players develop their individual skills, team concepts, total understanding of the game and physical conditioning.
An optional afternoon swim at U Albany's indoor pool will also be available.
Director: Steve Gigliello:
Steve Gigliello is the highly respected varsity girls basketball coach at Holy Names.
Our Leadership Program is a great opportunity for young teenagers to help us with some of the responsibilities of running our camps. In order to qualify as part of our Leadership Program a camper must be older than the oldest camper in a given camp. It is possible for a 13 year old to be a camper at a camp which goes until 14 years old for one week, and then be part of the Leadership Program at one of our Day Camps, which only goes until 12 years old, the next week.
These campers will be assigned to help with one of our groups of young children and are supervised by an adult head counselor. These duties include: helping campers with arts & crafts projects, assisting with lunch, cleaning up after snacks, etc.. Additionally, they are required to go in the pool to help with the young campers.
Technically considered campers by the Health Dept., you are required to complete the same online registration form as all campers.
There is a $100/week fee to defray associated expenses. Accommodations can be made for time off due to appointments, etc..