Episcopal Charities’ Summer Recreation programs provide meaningful, educational and nurturing opportunities for children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy such experiences during summer vacation. An inner-city teen has the chance to steer a canoe at an upstate camp. A group of children from Dutchess County can visit a Manhattan museum for the first time. Summer Recreation programs recognize the vital nature of discovery, refreshment and fun that promote learning the other nine months of the year.
Programs awarded funding in the 2016-17 Youth Opportunity Grant cycle for Summer 2016 include:
Brighter Futures Summer Camp of Lifting Up Westchester
Grace Church, White Plains
35 Orchard Street, White Plains, NY 10603
Director: Ms. Eileen Torres
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Richard A. Kunz
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (July)
Brighter Futures Summer Camp at Lifting Up Westchester (formerly known as the Grace Church Community Center) provides an enriching, educational and fun experience for almost 80 homeless and low income children who might otherwise spend their summers in shelters, in front of screens or on the streets. The camp’s healthy, enriched environment and a supportive group of adults offer consistency and stability, encouraging at-risk youth to make better choices in their lives and reach their potential at camp, at home and at school.
Christ Church Summer Camp
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie
20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Director: Ms. Jane Barber Smith
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Susan Fortunato
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (six weeks, July & Aug)
The Christ Church Summer Camp is a healthy, fun environment for children in the Poughkeepsie area. Sixty campers ages 6 to 11 enjoy arts, athletics and adventure throughout the summer. The camp’s varied schedule includes swimming, music, art, field games, service projects, field trips and reading and writing activities. With almost two-thirds of its campers receiving some kind of scholarship, the camp ensures that children of all income levels grow and thrive during the summer months.
Incarnation Camp – Pioneer Village
Church of the Incarnation, Manhattan
Incarnation Center, 253 Bushy Hill Rd. (mailing address PO Box 577), Ivoryton, CT 06442
Director: Nancy Pilon
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Douglas Ousley
Hours of Operation: Session 1: Late June-Mid July | Session 2: Mid July-Mid August
A program of the Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, Pioneer Village is a rustic outdoor summer camp experience for young teens that promotes leadership and fosters a community of lifelong friends. Episcopal Charities supports Incarnation Camp’s commitment to offering scholarships to young people from low-income urban communities.
San Andres Summer Program
Iglesia San Andres, Yonkers
2 Post Street, Yonkers, NY 10705
Director: Myriam Choate
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Alejandra Trillos
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July – mid-August
Integrated with San Andres’ after school programming, the summer program at San Andres provides a safe, fun, and culturally rich home away from home for close to forty young children in low-income Southwest Yonkers. Day campers benefit from a wealth of activities including arts education, literacy classes, and field trips throughout the New York City metro area.
St. Andew’s Summer Camp
St. Andrew’s Church, Bronx
781 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx NY 10473
Director: Mr. Antonio Verdejo
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dr. Yesupathaam Duraikannu
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri., 8:00-4:00pm with an extended session 4:00-6:00pm. Operates 8 weeks during the summer
The eight-week summer camp at St. Andrew’s is an engaging and enriching community of up to 100 students ages 4-12. A highly structured day gives students an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pursuits, including field trips, movement and visual arts, sports, academic enrichment activities, and indoor and outdoor play.
St. Edmund’s Summer Camp
St. Edmund’s Church, Bronx
1905 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Program Director: Elaine Bedminster
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Benjamin Nnaji
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
St. Edmund’s Summer Camp offers 20 to 30 children an enriching opportunity to engage in arts and crafts, creative games and educational activities for seven weeks. The program is a low-cost day camp option for working families, fostering a positive community under the supervision of caring, experienced staff.
St. Margaret’s Summer Day Camp
St. Margaret’s Church, Bronx
940 East 156th Street, Bronx, NY 10455
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Theodora N. Brooks
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9.00 am-5.00 pm
St. Margaret’s aims to provide educational, recreational, and cultural activities to 40 children for seven weeks each summer. Serving primarily low-income Latino families, St. Margaret’s also offers benefits screening. The program has been awarded a 2-year grant.
St. Mary’s Summer Camp
St. Mary’s Church, Manhattanville
521 W 126 St, New York, NY 10027
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Mary L. Foulke
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9.00 am-5.00 pm
St. Mary’s Summer Camp is a free program of fun and learning for neighborhood elementary school children, particularly those living in nearby public housing and shelters. Academic support includes tailored math and reading curricula, and children experience hands-on learning at St. Mary’s Urban Farm. A variety of field trips and sports and recreational activities are incorporated into the day camp schedule.
St. Peter’s Summer Camp
St. Peter’s Church, Port Chester
19 Smith Street, Port Chester, NY 10573
Director: Elizabeth Valdovinos
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Hilario Albert
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:50 pm for eight weeks in the summer
The summer day camp at St. Peter’s is a fun, safe and enriching environment. St. Peter’s provides quality care (including extended days) for eight full weeks to children from low-income working families. In a multicultural setting, children receive summer academic support, arts, drama and dance enrichment, instruction in karate and other sports, and educational and recreational day trips.
Sts. John, Paul and Clement Summer Vacation School
Church of Sts. John, Paul and Clement, Mt. Vernon
126 S 9th Ave, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Director: Mrs. Elvia Gumbs
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm, July-August
The five-week Summer Vacation School at the Church of Saints John, Paul and Clement provides up to twenty low-income children with a full complement of summer camp services including arts and crafts, sports and karate, academic tutoring, healthy food, and field trips to educational and cultural attractions.