Group 17 Blog, Week 6

The Courageous Cruisers blasted into the sixth week of camp with more smiles and excitement than any other group in camp! The amazing week began with the group totally obliterating their fears and all going super high up on the flying squirrel! After that, it seemed like nothing could beat that, but we were wrong. On Tuesday, the favorite activity had to be soccer, where the campers went against the counselors in a game… and won! The unbelievable teamwork of the campers was too much for the counselors to take! On Wacky Wednesday, the theme was Yomi Bear’s safari adventure and all of the counselors dressed up as lions and the kids dressed up as well and looked like they were actually on a safari! There were intense games of Hungry-Hungry Hippos and a bounce house which was fun to bounce in and roll around in. The campers had fun at the end of carnival by getting face-paint, and participating in booths and won tons of tickets! That was a Wednesday that the group, campers, and counselors won’t soon forget! The week ended with the group having a blast at Frisbee, and even got to learn how to throw the frisbees really far! At the end of this amazing week, it is clear that it won’t be forgotten. Although some counselors are leaving the group, we can only wonder what the next and final week at camp will bring. Have an amazing weekend from Group 17!   

Group 17 Blog, Week 5

This week the courageous cruisers had a great time showing off their moves in Yomi idol. They busted their humps practicing and did an amazing job! We also ran bases, and even hit a couple of home runs at baseball. Then in nature we dug in the the dirt for worms and examined with awe two different bids eggs. In Zumba the courageous cruisers got to show off there wicked moves while playing freeze dance. We also got to decorate photos that we took last class. If week 5’s weather couldn’t hold us back, then nothing can stop us from having a blast in week 6!

Group 17 Blog, Week 4

The Courageous Cruisers rode into this sunny and rainy week with great enthusiasm. On Monday we enjoyed playing in Lego Robots and programming super cool commands. We were able to move them, make them dance and even have robot fights! On Tuesday we enjoyed our calming poses at Yoga. We stretched our hamstrings and became animals and objects like dogs, cats and even trees. On Wednesday it was Yomi Bear’s Birthday but because of the rain, our normal planned activities were cancelled. “Oh no! The day’s ruined!” we thought, but Yomi Bear had a huge party with all of camp at a hotel! We danced, sang along to the lastest hit songs, and played games with the entire camp yomi family. On Thursday we enjoyed playing lacrosse and learned how to shoot properly! Friday was Israeli Day and we played many games including a dunk tank with counselors thanks to the help of all the staff members from Israel. The Courageous Cruisers had a magnificent time and can’t wait for next week!


Have you ever wondered what it is like to ride a bus to camp? You should ask one of the buses that recently won bus of the week. Bus of the week can be earned for many different reasons, some of which include: being spirited, being organized, having fun, being friendly, and inclusive. Our “spies” ride the buses each week looking out for all of these different things. On Fridays at dismissal it is tradition that Yomi Bear appears at camp and helps announce the bus of the week winners. If your camper’s bus wins Bus of the Week, make sure to congratulate them – it’s a big deal in our world!

Group 17, Week 3

The Courageous Cruisers had an amazing week at camp! We started off with one of our favorite activities, Boating. We also had Circus Arts where we learned how to balance items and even how to juggle! We also had filmmaking where we learned all about green screens, especially how make ourselves disappear by using them. In Music with Nelson we sang lots of songs from The Beatles, Moana, and High School Musical while playing the drums, triangle, and tambourine. This Wednesday was Carnival! The kids got to enjoy cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, bouncy houses, face paint, and lots of carnival games. On Friday we had shabbat. We ate the delicious challah and grape juice and danced to the shabbatons lovely singing. We also had the Flying Squirrel ropes course which was a real thrill. The Courageous Cruisers had a jam-packed week and are excited to see what next week brings.

Group 17 Blog, Week 2

This week the courageous cruisers, group-17, were just that: Courageous and cruising. We conquered fears at zipline, met Maui, and had many other novel experiences. Like on Tuesday, when we went boating for the first time, and had a blast racing. We also explored our minds by engaging in creativity activities such as ceramics, and arts and crafts. Another new experience was archery, where we not only learned how to wield a bow and arrow, but learned of the responsibility to safety wielding such an instrument requires. Then there was the usual stuff, but that didn’t mean it was any less fun! At basketball we did our best Michael Jordon impressions, and at swim, we had a blast playing Marco Polo with our counselors. Week 2 was amazing; we can’t wait to see what week 3 has in store.

Our beautiful campgrounds have over 50 acres of grass, courts, and fields to play on. With over 12 active activities, our campers are sure to get in the game! Our sports activities are coached by professional sports organizations and instructors such as; The Baseball Center, Tennis Innovators, and Super Soccer Stars.

This week, Fly Yoga instructors coached campers on how to create stories using only body movements. Campers dribbled down the court at basketball, learning special reasoning on the court. 

 Unit 3 and 4 campers have the option of joining the weekly Sports Club activity for even more sports in their schedule. During Sports Club, campers enhance their skills, receive extra practice time and specialized instruction.

 Counselor of the Week

Every week we choose an extraordinary staff member(s) from each unit who exemplifies all five of our camps’ core values. We look for someone who is compassionate, mindful, courageous, a leader, and most importantly an overall mensch! These individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure smiling, laughter, and safe summer fun! These handful of super counselors get the esteemed honor of being Counselor of the Week.

Group 17 Blog, Week 1B

The Courageous Cruisers blasted into the second week with overwhelming energy and excitement. The group started out the week with laughs and giggles at Improv, where the campers and counselors could act out practically anything they could think of! On Tuesday, the camp week got even better, even though it seemed like it was the hottest day of the year. The group favorite activity was definitely Zumba, with the campers and counselors getting down and doing some crazy dances and stretches! One day, there was a storm, but that didn’t stop the entire group from having fun! The campers ran through the sprinklers and got to sing cheers in the shelter, and by the end of the day, despite swim’s being canceled, it seemed just a great a day as any. We all came back on Thursday and told stories about what amazing times we had with friends and family on the 4th of July, and jumped right into high-gear with the day starting out doing the zip line! Later, campers — for an exciting first time — got to swim with their instructional swim groups. The second week felt even more action-packed than the first, and we can’t wait for more fun activities and adventures to come!


Hey All You Yomi Fans!

The swim team is so excited to dive into summer, and into the pool! We’ve had so much fun at the pool already; we can tell it’s going to be a super sunny and sensational summer at Camp!

Each day, campers have a free and instructional swim period. Campers receive swim instruction from American Red Cross Certified lifeguards and instructors. After each camper is evaluated on their swim skills, they are placed into their appropriate swim groups with respective bracelet color.

The swim levels are:

Blue: Wader, Splasher, Guppy

Orange: Tadpole, Minnow, Goldfish

Red: Catfish, Dolphin, Marlin, Barracuda, Shark, Killer Whale If you have any questions, feel free to email me Nina, Swim Director, at or leave a voicemail at 212.415.5643 ext 3.


Group 17 Blog, Week 1

The Courageous Cruisers zoomed right into the first week! We started the week off with one of our favorites, Ceramics! There, we made some awesome 4th of July pots that we painted in red and blue! It really got us excited to see the fireworks on 4th of July! We also started the week geared up to play Tennis with the super cool coach, Mango! We learned to correctly hit the ball over the net with intense accuracy and even beat some of our counselors in a game! It rained hard this week, but that only pushed the counselors to get more creative with our activities! We cooked some deliciously amazing s’more nachos with bananas, Marshmellows, chocolate, and granola! On Friday we had Shabbat, where we enjoyed some tasty challah and grape juice. Then, together, we danced to the songs of the Shabbatoons! When it wasn’t raining, the sun was beaming. And so, since our frequent water breaks just weren’t enough, we topped off each day with a well-deserved swim! It felt so refreshing to walk into the pool and swim like dolphins! Courageous Cruisers had an amazing time this week at camp and can’t wait for the next one!

Week 7 Group 17 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Per. 1 Filmm. Gymnastics Basketball B


Baseball at Mets Field Special Event
Per. 2 Ga-Ga 1 by Unit 3 Music with Nelson Wacky Wednesday Hobby Hour Special Event
Per. 3 Circus Arts Improv – Laugh it Out Wacky Wednesday Hobby Hour Special Event
Per. 4 Photog. Archery Wacky Wednesday Zumba Lunch
Per. 5 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Free Swim
Per. 6 Lego Robotics Frisbee Cooking Painting and Drawing Field Games
Per. 7 Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Shabbat
Per. 8 Instruc. Swim Instruc. Swim Instruc. Swim Instruc. Swim Closing Ceremony