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Briarcliff Camps Keep Kids Entertained Over Summer

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – School ends this week, but that doesn’t mean local kids will be lacking for things to do. Many will still be going to Briarcliff schools for summer camp.

"It's a great opportunity for kids to stay local and to be with their friends," said Chris Soi, a recreation supervisor for the Village of Briarcliff. "I think we have very reasonable fees compared to private camps and we hire a lot of the local Briarcliff kids who go from campers to counselors-in-training to counselors."

The Briarcliff Recreation Department offers four- day camp programs for kindergarten through eighth grade students:

- The Tree Camp for children entering kindergarten and first grade, or children who will be five years old by Dec. 31, is held at the Todd Elementary School. Activities for kids include swim instruction at the village pool, arts and crafts, nature study, sports and games, music, creative movement and more. Professional entertainers also come to amuse the children and kids take one trip out of school.

- The Super Camp for children entering grades two through four is held at the Briarcliff High School and Briarcliff Middle School campus. Children will swim at the village pool, be entertained by professional entertainers, play sports, do arts and crafts and more. They will take four out-of-school camp trips.

-Camp Adventure is for children entering grades five and six. It operates out of Briarcliff Manor Middle School and features nine out-of-school trips to various local attractions, including Six Flags New England in Massachusetts, Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Connecticut and Mountain Creek Water Park in Vernon, N.J.

On non-trip days, campers will participate in sports, arts and crafts, games and special events such as "Boat Regatta," "Competition Week," "Talent Show" and "Camp Carnival". Campers will also swim at least once per week at the village pool.

- Camp Horizon is for children entering seventh and eighth grades. It will operate out of the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center at 5 Van Lu Van Rd. Kids will participate in athletics, arts and crafts and large group games that emphasize broadening horizons and promoting a greater level of responsibility. There will be at least ten out-of-school day trips to local attractions including Six Flags, Lake Compounce, Mountain Creek Water Park and Dorney Park.

Briarcliff camps operate June 28 through August 4 or 5. Six-week and three-week options are available and children can participate half days until 12:30 p.m. or full days until 3 p.m. For kindergarten through fourth grade, options are available to extend full days until 5 p.m.

Aside from school day camps, youth sports camps for soccer, lacrosse, golf and multi-sports are also offered through Briarcliff's Department of Recreation. They take place at Briarcliff's Chilmark Park.

For more information about summer camps, contact the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department at 914-941-6560.

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