Summer Arts Camp

Summer Camps Are Running and Registration Is Open!

Camp runs from July 6th – August 28th, 2020

Register Online Below

Dear Families,

Thank you for all the outreach and enthusiastic inquiries about our plans for this summer. As you can imagine we’ve been tuning and retuning various summer camp plans, as we closely monitor updates from City and State officials about the possibility of safe in-person summer programming!

Well, the first piece of positive news for all of us came the other day when Governor Cuomo indicated that camps in New York State will be able to open starting July 1st. That said, we are still awaiting specifics and guidance for what that might mean exactly for us (and you).

So, as we remain optimistic and eager to reopen with in-person programming we wanted to share our evolving thoughts and plans.

First and foremost, your children’s safety is our priority. Our unwavering commitment is to explore opening in a smart, cautious, and safe way, putting the safety of our campers, families, counselors, and broader community before all else.

We know that YOU (parents and caregivers) are trying to make arrangements quickly, and so we are prioritizing flexibility, fairness and transparency in our program plans and interactions. And with circumstances changing day-to-day, we also ask for your understanding as plans might change.

That all said, we are putting plans in place to have Summer Arts Camp at Greenwich House open and available starting on July 6th. Our hope is that we can begin that camping experience with appropriate structured in-person engagements and fun; but we are also preparing to begin (if needed) with enhanced remote programming that can transition to live programming when appropriate.

In anticipation of being able to provide in-person programming, we are designing a structure to make our camp experience safe and fun, such as reducing capacities, instituting new guidelines, updated cleaning protocols and making adjustments daily based on direction from national, state and local leaders along with the CDC and American Camp Association.

We will constantly monitor any new updates and will provide information to you.

As you can imagine however, when we reopen camp it will look different. Here’s some of the ways we anticipate we will be handling the new camp experience differently:

INFORMATION AND PROTOCOLS YOU CAN EXPECT:

Information:

·   We would like to open Camp on July 6th for 8 weeks ending August 28th

·  Camp hours will be from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with the option of extended day service until 6:00 p.m.

·  Due to social distancing regulations, enrollment for summer camp will be limited

·  Campers will be broken into groups of no more than 10 children per group

·  Campers will most likely have different arrival and dismissal times to avoid crowding in distinctive areas

·  Interaction between camp groups will be as limited as possible

·  Additional classrooms and other spaces at Greenwich House will be utilized to provide ample space for camp groups to spread out. We will also utilize outdoors spaces and have outdoor programming more than previous years.

Protocols:

· All families will be provided with our safety plans and procedures prior to the beginning of camp and will be expected to actively help us implement

· Every camper and staff member will be given a health screening each morning (temp check, symptom survey, etc)

·  Masks will be used during all activities (unless and until other health guidance is provided)

·  There will be frequent hand washing and disinfecting of commonly-touched surfaces before and after each activity

·  We will continue to provide updates and adjust our programming as safety protocols dictate

In this new world and new way of child care, I can assure you that our goal is to provide a sense of normalcy and a memorable experience at camp in the safest way possible for your children and our staff.

As a father myself, I know how stressful it will be to have your child return back to social interaction with their peers. You must have the utmost trust in the provider and have reassurance that your children will be well taken care of, more so now during this transition. It is our goal and commitment to deliver that reassurance. We will remain abreast of any new developments and create a contingency plan for any new program changes.

As always, we appreciate all of our families and miss all of our campers. Our staff is working daily to make sure we continue to provide your children with great services and thoughtful enrichment programs that builds self-esteem through arts and friendship. We hope to see you and your family very soon. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or concerns.

Best,

Omar Amores


Greenwich House offers the premier Summer Arts Camp in Greenwich Village, the heart of the art world. With a long history of providing arts programming to New Yorkers, Summer Arts Camp provides a chance for young people ages 7-14 to survey different artistic movements and develop their own craft. Summer Arts Camp is held at Greenwich House’s main 27 Barrow Street location, equipped with classrooms and studios, and staffed with our talented and creative counselors, many who are professional artists in diverse fields. All levels of skill are welcome—the only requirement is a sincere interest in the visual arts!

Our goal is to provide campers with opportunities that build self-esteem through art and friendship. Students work on collaborative and individual projects to explore their creativity in varied disciplines such as architecture, painting and drawing, cartoon art, ceramics, printmaking, and animation. Students will learn to feel comfortable expressing themselves artistically and within a group setting. Campers participate in critiques and learn how to present and exhibit their work.

Throughout the summer, campers will take field trips to movie theaters, museums, galleries, parks and neighborhood attractions, including weekly water play. In the past, students have visited such places as the Museum of Art and Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, the Paley Museum and the Bronx Zoo. Evening movie nights are scheduled for the whole family throughout the summer, and camp concludes with a carnival. Students are supervised at all times by our qualified counselors.

Camp runs from July 6th – August 28th, 2020

Camp days are from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with an extended-day option from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
(Extended hours are $50 per week).

Early drop-off between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. will be available.
(Early drop off is $50 per week).

Daily Schedule:

8:15 a.m. Early Drop-off (6th Floor Gym)
8:45 a.m. Arrivals (6th Floor Gym)
9:00 a.m. Attendance and Group Meetings
9:30 a.m. Activity Session 1
10:45 a.m. Activity Session 2
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Free Time
2:00 p.m. Activity Session 3
3:15 p.m. Activity Session 4
4:30 p.m. Pick Up (Lobby)
6:00 p.m. Extended Day Pick-up (Lobby)

Registration

Register online below or by filling out and submitting a paper application in person at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, 5th Floor. Families seeking financial aid need to complete both the registration form and financial aid form and submit hard copies to Greenwich House, 5th Floor. Financial aid is given based on need and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families applying for financial aid are not able to register online at this time. Applications for financial assistance are due by May 1, 2020. Both general acceptance and financial aid decisions are made on a rolling basis.