Israeli Day Camp in New York

Israeli Day Camp in New York City

Located in the 75-acre Staten Island Greenbelt, Kimama 14Y day camp is specifically designed for Israeli-American children living in The United States. Hebrew-speaking counselors offer an unforgettable 8-week experience, including leading all activities exclusively in Hebrew. Kimama 14Y offers programming for campers ages 5-13, as well as a training program for ages 14-16. Read more about our programs and activities below!  

Program & Activities

Kimama 14Y programming fosters new friendships and relationships, helping campers develop independence and strengthen self-confidence through face-to-face communication (phones are not allowed!).  

Kimama 14Y offers challenging activities to campers from the moment they step off the bus onto the campgrounds. Infused with Israeli and educational content, campers enjoy various activities on-site including swimming, boating, archery, art, hiking, and athletic programming like soccer, basketball, baseball, GaGa – and more! Enrichment activities conducted in Hebrew include music, theater, dance, Israeli culture, and additional activities to strengthen Israeli identity.  

CITs

(Counselor In Training)

Kimama 14y’s 4-week Counselor in Training Course provides participants with the multitude of skills needed to be a successful counselor, including leadership skills, tackling group challenges, teamwork and more. CITs will also develop interactive content in order to lead and motivate younger campers.  

The Counselor in Training Course is a four-week training program open to campers ages 14-17. At the end of the CIT Course, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Graduates have the opportunity to volunteer as counselors at Kimama 14Y after their course completion, and we will provide a documentation stating community service credit. [Graduates will also be strongly considered for counselor positions the following summer, after course completion.] 

Swimming

Israeli Day Camp in New York City

Kimama 14Y’s swim program follows the Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Lenny Krayzelberg’s Swim Academy for instructional swim, focusing on water safety as well as skills. Depending on swim level, campers can swim in one of our three pools for instructional swim as well as free swim. Free swim gives campers the opportunity to practice their skills while also swim with their friends.  

All pools are staffed with American Red Cross certified water safety instructors and lifeguards. Swim ratios for instructional groups are 10:1 or less, depending on swim group and level. Kimama 14Y provides towels for every swim period – so there’s no need to pack towels! Learn more about the Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy HERE.  

 

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Dates & Fees

The camp is aimed at children from kindergarten (Minimum age 5) to sixth grade living in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. Camp will take place from June 29th, 2019 to August 21st, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. On July 3rd, camp will be closed in recognition of the July 4th holiday. Camper-to-counselor ratio: 1:6

Number of weeks Early Bird

Until February 18
Discounted

February 19 - March 31
Full Price

April 1 - June 30
2 Weeks
$1,455
$1,631
$1,806
3 Weeks
$2,060
$2,302
$2,544
4 Weeks
$2,581
$2,880
$3,179
5 Weeks
$3,021
$3,366
$3,711
6 Weeks
$3,377
$3,759
$4,140
7 Weeks
$3,652
$4,054
$4,455
8 Weeks (full)
$3,844
$4,256
$4,668
Registrations require a two week minimum; weeks do not need to be attended consecutively. Changes can be made as long as space is available. Cancellations are fully refundable until March 31, 2020. Registration is conditional on a minimum of two weeks participation The number of weeks does not have to be in sequence, certain weeks can be selected from the entire period Changes can be made at any time up to the time the camp starts, based on space availability The price will be determined on the date of registration The price includes transportation An additional 3% discount will applied to your balance when paying by E-Check. Payments by check are not accepted

Food and Nutrition

All food served at camp is kosher and meets all required health standards. The camp’s menu balances campers’ desires for favorite dishes with parents’ reasonable nutritional expectations.  In other words: the menu is fun and healthy. Every day at camp, campers receive a mid-morning snack at 10:00 a.m. which includes fruits or dried snacks, and a hot, kosher lunch at 1:00 p.m. The counselor team constantly supervises the nutrition of the children throughout the camp session, and if any child experiences a personal problem, whether of a medical nature or otherwise, we understand how to offer the ideal response.  Please advise us in advance of any such situation in order that we can make arrangements in advance.

Getting to Camp

Transportation is provided from bus stops throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, with pickup as early as 8am and drop-off as late as 5pm. Summer 2020 runs from June 29th – August 21st, with no camp July 3rd. All buses are air-conditioned and staffed with a minimum of 3 staff members who facilitate games and songs throughout each bus ride.  

Health

There are two on-site medical centers which are fully equipped and staffed by a certified medical team who are prepared to respond to any medical need. We take every precaution when it comes to adequate hydration, preventing excess exposure to the sun and to hygiene. Numerous drinking fountains with cold water are located around camp.

Security & Safety

Our campgrounds are supervised by a team of professional security guards, who monitor the entry and exit points. No visitors are allowed on the private grounds without advanced notice and approval.  

All staff are trained in clear, detailed security procedures and appropriate execution of these procedures prior to the start of camp. Staff also lead campers in safety drills at the start of each session, in compliance with Department of Health regulations.

Summer 2020 Bus Stops

Campers are bused from central locations in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn to our beautiful campgrounds on Staten Island. All stops are listed by area & don’t represent bus routes.  Routes and times will be finalized the week prior to your camper’s first day at camp

Pickups may begin as early as 7:45 AM, and drop offs as early as 4:20 PM, Monday through Friday. All stops may vary by one or two blocks or on another corner, depending on city traffic and one-way streets.  All stops and routes are subject to change based on enrollment.

Brooklyn Bus Stops

Park Slope

Williamsburg/ Greenpoint

Prospect Heights

Carroll Gardens

DUMBO/ Downtown Brooklyn

South Slope/ Sunset Park/ Bay Ridge

Crown Heights/Lefferts Gardens/Flatbush

Other

Manhattan Bus Stops

Manhattan East

Lower & Central Manhattan

Manhattan West Side

A Sample Day:

wht clock Week: wht clnder Date:
Theme Day
08:30 - 09:00 Arrival
09:00 - 9:30 (30) Morning Gathering
09:30 - 10:00 (30) Group Session
10:00- 10:30 (30) Snack
10:30 - 11:15 (45) Elective- Younger Division Sport - Older Division
11:15 - 12:00 (45) OutDoor Cooking - Younger Division Elective - Older Division
12:00 - 13:00 (1hr) Workshop-Younger Division (45) Pool - Older Division
13:00-14:00 (1hr) Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 (1hr) Pool- Younger Division Israeli program-Older Division
15:00 - 15:45 (45) Israeli program-Younger Division Workshop-Older Division
15:45-16:00 (15) Group Daily Summary
16:00 - 16:30 (30) End of Day Camp Gathering
16:30 Pickup

Younger Division

Older Division

Groups

Everyone Together

Every day at Camp Kimama is new and different. Our goal is for every camper to fully experience our wide range of activities, while also enjoying several special events and trips!

Our schedule is based on a weekly themes, specials and electives. We also have regular day trips and trips planned for rain days.

Arrival Music fills the air as staff is dancing with the children to latest Israeli hits as we gather around the flag pole.

Morning Gathering – With lots of singing and cheers, campers get to discuss those days events, which specialty we will be participating in and hear about birthdays and important announcements for the day.

We break into our Group activities – each group has their own planned activity based on the weekly theme.

Snack Morning we serve a Healthy morning snack daily .

We have our electives, children get to choose from a wide range of options individually (Art, Cooking, Science, Sports, Photography and many more)

Israeli Culture every day we have an activity that is fun and educational based on our weeklytheme .

Pool – we have both instructional swim and free swim time for the children.

LunchLunch is served buffet style. We serve a main meal, a side as well as daily options including fresh vegetables and fruit. Expect lots of singing, dancing and cheering with your food!

Each day we have one special activity that we do for the entire group.

Group activity and daily summary 

Filled with spirit and enthusiasm, it’s a time to recognize campers for outstanding achievements, acts of kindness and birthdays. We sing and play until pickups.

Every week we have a Special Day with the entire camp.

These large group activities involve your whole age group and may involve the whole camp and include activities like campfires, talent shows, etc.

Every Friday we have Kabalat Shaabat

We think of summer camp as an essential part of childhood, a place where children can make lasting friendships and mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically.

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