Week 6 Blog – Group 22

The group 22 pigeons began another fantastic week with a friendly game of baseball where we hit home runs like we were in the big leagues. After cooling off during instructional swim, we headed to sand Newcomb for heated game played with our toes in the sand. We ended the day with a refreshing free swim and an hour and a half of fun filled yomi-lectives.
Tuesday began with a stupendous scavenger hunt during pioneering, where we meandered through camp searching for treasure. Our campers channeled their inner moneys in high ropes while swinging to the top of the climbing ladder, and later had a blast in boating while rowing through the obstacle course. The day came to a close with Frisbee, where we tossed discs until snack time.
Our campers came to camp on Wednesday filled with spirit and ready to face the wacky day. Group 22 put the “ball” in “Kickball” as we danced around the bases before getting into our wacky activities. We attended a crazy carnival, where we bounced in and out of the bouncy house, dunked our counselor in the dunk tank, and munched on yummy snacks. After lunch and free swim, we continued our wild, wacky day with awesome arts and crafts in the unit and leapfrog races on the field.
We had a joyous start to Thursday in jewelry making, where we created incredible inspirational bracelets and necklaces. We cradled and relayed our way through lacrosse before another fantastic free swim. We rounded off the day with another period of yomi-lectives, where we explored our passions in everything from farm-to-table to photography.
The last day of the week began with a period of superb ceramics, where we pounded and kneaded the clay with smiles all around. Instructional swim was followed by a fantastic cooking period, were we got our hands dirty in flour and sugar. We sang our hearts out in Shabbat, and ended the week with a spirited time in pop fit kids. 
We had a fantastic week, and we can’t wait for the next one!

Unit 3 Overnight

August 2018

Dear Unit 3 Families,

One of our most popular events at Camp Yomi is the OVERNIGHT and we have great news… the second Unit 3 Overnight is just around the corner! Your camper’s OVERNIGHT will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2018. We will enjoy the pool all to ourselves for an extra swim in the late afternoon.  Our magical day will continue into the early evening with fun-filled activities, a Kosher barbecue dinner and ‘smores with songs by a campfire. Our fun continues the next morning with an additional swim! Breakfast the next morning is also provided, along with lunch on Friday. Campers return home the next day at the normal bus site and scheduled time.

Overnight programming is an optional activity, though well over 90% of our campers choose to participate. There is no need to call if your child will be joining us; however, please notify your child’s Unit Supervisor by Wednesday, August 8th at 5pm if your child wishes to return to your usual drop-off site at the regular time (5:00pm) on Thursday.  You can reach Jeremy at Yomi3@92y.org

What to bring on the overnight (we recommend sending everything in a duffle bag or a second backpack – wheeled suitcases are not ideal for the campgrounds terrain) :

  • Sleeping Bag (Required)
  • Toiletries
  • Insect Repellent
  • Pajamas
  • Long Sleeve Shirt & Long Pants
  • Change of clothes for the following day, including swimsuits for three Thursday and three Friday swims
  • Rain gear (optional)
  • Flashlight
  • Your enthusiasm for a great night with camp friends ☺
  • DO NOT send electronics, including cell phones, as well as CANDY

If your child takes medication that needs to be administered to your child while on the overnight, you should give the medication to your child’s bus counselor Thursday morning. Please include written authorization from the parent/guardian along with the name of the medication, condition for which the medication is being used, the required dosage and frequency with which it is to be dispensed. All medication must be in the original prescription container.

If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance prior to this event, please contact the camp office at (212) 415-5643 ext.2.

Sincerely,

Ivy Manheim                  Alexa Kinney                            Jeremy Burgess

Director                           Assistant Director                   Unit 3 Supervisor

Week 5 Blog – Group 22

The first day of our fifth fantastic week began with loads of energy and anticipation for the days to come. Specifically, we were looking forward to a certain dance competition on Wednesday…Yomi Idol! With the performance looming ahead, we danced our way through archery, where we practiced our four archer’s stances and hit loads of bulls eyes. In instructional swim, we continued to work on moving up the levels, and in Lego robotics, we channeled our coding energies into creating traveling robots. Yomi-lectives allowed us to focus on our individual passions, and per usual, we wrapped up the day with a yummy snack.

 

Group 22 is gaga for Ga-ga! On Tuesday, we started off with some Ga-ga, which transitioned into a super spirited Yomi Idol practice filled with spectacular singing and delightful dancing. In free swim, we pretended to be sharks, minnows, cops, robbers, and narwhals while playing various pool games. We followed our rowdy swim period with some relaxing arts and crafts. Our mosaics were magnificent! Group 22 ended the day with a daring dash up the climbing tower. Who knew our kids were so adventurous and brave?

 

On Wednesday, we arrived at camp at the same time as some foreboding storm clouds that unfortunately prevented us from participating in our scheduled activities. Luckily, we were able to squeeze in a last-minute Yomi Idol rehearsal, and the rain had no effect on our excitement to showcase our hard work. The performance was absolutely fantastic. Broadway, here we come! Our dance was rewarded with the prestigious award, “best choreography” before we headed out to watch the fantastic finals.

 

While playing tennis on Thursday, it felt as though the sun was trying to compensate for its lack of appearance on Wednesday. We worked on hand-eye coordination and accuracy in the sweltering heat before heading to a refreshing instructional swim period, where we performed daring dives and beautiful backstroke. After devouring our delicious lunch, we all developed green thumbs in gardening, where we explored the wonders of worms and compost. We had a handful of new super-sliders during free swim, and ended the day with yomi-lectives, once again.

 

Friday began with a spectacular game of soccer and drills to improve our technique, followed by swim, the perfect activity to cool down. We were able to revisit our Yomi Idol dancing skills during zumba, where we had a blast before heading to free swim to continue our pool games. After participating in yet another spectacular Shabbat filled with singing, dancing, and c.o.w.s, we wrapped up another perfect week with painting and drawing.

Week 4 Blog – Group 22

Group 22 kicked off the week with shelter games as a storm raged outside. The rain didn’t stop us from having a blast playing the mostest and creating song parodies for Shabbat. We cheered our hearts out, laughing our way through the day until tennis, where we hit balls until the rain returned. After a rousing game of Candy Land in Unit Four, we ran over to a long awaited free swim. Afterwards, we headed off to our new yomi-lectives, where we had a blast learning about our new activities.
On Tuesday we made an exciting decision: our yomi idol song, Mamma Mia! We danced our way through duck duck goose and freeze tag, followed by a spirited instructional swim period learning about everything from flip turns to chicken-airplane-soldier. We flew through Frisbee, and practiced focus and strength during Krav Maga to round out another perfect day.
On Wednesday we were greeted by more thunderstorms, but that didn’t stop us from having an incredible dance party to celebrate Yomi Bear’s birthday bash. We learned some new dances like the Cha Cha Slide and practiced our favorites like the Limbo. We said “hi” to Yomi Bear before heading back to camp, where our shelter became our runway in another fantastic game of the mostest.
Thursday began with a productive yomi idol practice and some terrific tennis for our spectacular sports club participants. The pool felt extra refreshing after somersaulting and leapfrogging in gymnastics. The day wound down with another hour and a half of yomi-lectives, where we did everything from coding and cooking to photography filmmaking.
We were especially excited for Friday because we had boating, which had been looking forward to all week. We had a blast in the paddleboats, and the fun continued in outdoor ceramics and Shabbat, where we sang the Shabbat themed version of “Havana” that we created earlier in the week. Week four was an absolute pleasure, and we can’t wait for week five. Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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!

Week 3 Blog – Group 22

The Group 22 Pigeons had a spectacular third week. On Monday everybody arrived with a full tank of gas, ready to zoom our way through the week. There was one thing we were all looking forward to, and that was the overnight. Everyone was so excited and was already talking about what they had packed for the upcoming event. It all started with soccer where we practiced our footwork by doing a fun New Jersey snag drill in order to prepare us for the next competitive match.
Tuesday started amazingly at gardening where we picked weeds from the ground. We learned that the weeds take nutrients away from the plants that we want to grow. Even when it began to pour on our heads we remained positive while we did arts and crafts in the warmth of the shelter.
On Wacky Wednesday, we all came to camp dressed in blue in order to represent Unit 3. The Yomi carnival came to camp and we bounced in the bouncy house, slid on the slide and ate cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. After that, we played field games against other groups, and we defeated Group 25 in a game of Steal the “Challah.”
Thursday was the most exciting day of the week, as we anticipated our long-awaited overnight. It all began after our Yomi electives when we got on the buses that took us to Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. We had a lot of fun knocking down pins and getting high scores. We then came back to camp, which was remarkably empty. We enjoyed our picnic dinner, which consisted of hot dogs, chicken burgers and veggie burgers in the field at the center of camp. The boys and girls separated and we prepared for bedtime. Once our sleeping bags were set up and we put on our jammies, we headed to the bonfire where we sang and cheered while eating s’mores fresh out of the fire and watched our counselors face off in goofy sword fights. Finally, we headed off to our sleeping bags where we had story time before we hit the sack.
We awoke Friday morning to blazing sunshine. We enjoyed our breakfast before heading off to a swim in the pool. We headed back to the unit where we met up with our arriving friends before heading off to a fresh day of camp fun. At archery, we all took turns trying to shoot the bull’s eye like Robin Hood. Next, we had Shabbat where we settled down for the end of overnight. Nelson taught us a new Despacito Shabbat song while we ate challah and drank grape juice. Finally, we prepared for dismissal and said goodbye after a long 48 hours of camp togetherness. The Group 22 Pigeons will rest up this weekend and return to camp, arriving with even more spirit than last week.

Week 2 Blog – Group 22

Hi, group 22 superstars! We had another amazing week filled with joy and laughter. We started off on Monday with an exciting craft making activity in arts and crafts! From there, we jumped right into instructional swim, where we practiced and learned new swimming skills. We then made our way to play Gaga and then to take our group picture. After free swim, we finished the day with an hour of Yomi-lectives, where the kids explored their passions and let their talents shine. We had a creative start to Tuesday when we happily created ceramic monsters or creatures. Afterward, we had instructional swim, which was super exciting and rewarding. We can already see improvement! We continued the day with coding, where our campers flapped through each level of flappy bird. After free swim, we played a game of knock out at basketball. We shot over to a relaxing period of music with Nelson, where the kids helped make beautiful instrumental music. We enjoyed seeing you all and playing improv games on parent night. Our first ever Wacky Wednesday was a blast. Everyone’s costumes were incredible. Our day was filled with potato sack races, game challenges and more. Unit 3 was in for a treat as we were able to play lots of games (like kickball) and had fun running through the field and sprinklers. On Thursday, we practiced photography, learning new skills such as using birds-eye perspective with a scavenger hunt. We then headed off to sprinklers for more fun and games. After lunch, we were able to unwind with some jewelry making. At free swim, we played a giant game of tag with the whole group. Friday was filled with enthusiastic singing at our Shabbat service and exciting activities such as gymnastics, cooking and pop fit kids. Overall, we had an amazing and creative week, and we are looking forward to even better weeks to come.     

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.

Unit 3 Overnight

Dear Unit 3 Families,

One of our most popular events at Camp Yomi is the OVERNIGHT and we have great news… the first Unit 3 Overnight is just around the corner! Your camper’s OVERNIGHT will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2018. We will go bowling, enjoy the pool all to ourselves for an extra swim in the late afternoon.  Our magical day will continue into the early evening with fun-filled activities, a Kosher barbecue dinner and ‘smores with songs by a campfire. Our fun continues the next morning with an additional swim! Breakfast the next morning is also provided, along with lunch on Friday. Campers return home the next day at the normal bus site and scheduled time.

Overnight programming is an optional activity, though well over 90% of our campers choose to participate. There is no need to call if your child will be joining us; however, please notify your child’s Unit Supervisor by Wednesday, July 18th at 5pm if your child wishes to return to your usual drop-off site at the regular time (5:00pm) on Thursday.  You can reach Jeremy at Yomi3@92y.org

 

What to bring on the overnight (we recommend sending everything in a duffle bag or a second backpack – wheeled suitcases are not ideal for the campgrounds terrain) :

  • Sleeping Bag (Required)
  • Toiletries
  • Insect Repellent
  • Pajamas
  • Long Sleeve Shirt & Long Pants
  • Change of clothes for the following day, including swimsuits for three Thursday and three Friday swims
  • Rain gear (optional)
  • Flashlight
  • Your enthusiasm for a great night with camp friends ☺
  • DO NOT send electronics, including cell phones, as well as CANDY

 

If your child takes medication that needs to be administered to your child while on the overnight, you should give the medication to your child’s bus counselor Thursday morning. Please include written authorization from the parent/guardian along with the name of the medication, condition for which the medication is being used, the required dosage and frequency with which it is to be dispensed. All medication must be in the original prescription container.

If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance prior to this event, please contact the camp office at (212) 415-5643 ext.2.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ivy Manheim                     Alexa Kinney                               Jeremy Burgess

Director                              Assistant Director                       Unit 3 Supervisor

Week 1B Blog – Group 22

It has been an amazing week filled with fun and laughter for our group 22 superstars! We kicked it off on Monday with a rousing game of baseball with so many homeruns we thought we were at a Yankee game! From there, we jumped right into free swim, of which we had two periods and double time to play Sharks And Minnows and Stuck In The Mud. We then made our way to jewelry making, where we honored Independence Day by creating beautiful red, white, and blue jewelry. We finished the day with an hour of Yomi-lectives, where the kids explored their passions and let their talents shine. We had a sweet start to Tuesday, which we happily shared with our friends at Tova during cooking. Afterwards, we had our first instructional swim, which was super exciting and rewarding. We can see improvement already! We continued the day with coding, where our crafty campers defeated 12 levels of Minecraft coding with ease. After free swim, we had a relaxing period of Krav Maga, where the kids handled the foreboding storm clouds wonderfully. Although we were caught in a storm towards the end of the period, there’s nothing like a great game of Follow The Leader to make a rainy day feel bright. We hope you had a lovely 4th of July off, which we followed up with a relaxing morning in the garden tasting mint and learning about herbs and spices on Thursday. We then headed off to another productive instructional swim period, where we worked on our strokes and even had time for games after the lesson. We were able to unwind after the excitement of swim and lunch with a period of yoga, where we learned all sorts of cool poses like downward dog and tree. Free swim brought the opening of the slide and a very fun game of freeze tag. With tons of rain in the cards for Friday, we remained positive and had tons of fun playing indoor games and activities until it subsided. We continued our normal scheduled Shabbat service, where we had a blast singing our hearts out and left camp with yet another fantastic week behind us, and looking forward to the amazing weeks to come.

 

It has been such a hot summer so far and we can’t wait to dive into even more summer fun at the pool! We started instructional swim this week and look forward to helping your camper build on their skills in the coming weeks.

Just as a reminder, 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, and Guppy

Orange: Tadpole, Minnow, and Goldfish

Red: Catfish, Dolphin, Marlin, Barracuda, Shark, and Killer Whale

To get more information on the objectives of each swim level, please check out the document section located on the left side of your parent portal www.92y.org/mycamp. The levels are listed under “Swim Information 2018”.

If you have any specific questions about swim, feel free to email Nina, Swim Director, at CampSwim@92y.org or leave a voicemail at 212.415.5643 ext. 3

Unit 3 & 4 Parent Night

July 2018

Dear Camp Yomi Parents,

On Tuesday, July 10 we will be hosting our Units 3 and 4 Family Visiting Evening at camp.  Visiting Evening is always special as it is an opportunity to meet your child’s counselors, join the group for an activity period and find out what has made Camp Yomi such an amazing and unforgettable experience. Please bring a picnic dinner. We will provide a cold drink and dessert.

All visitors traveling by our Academy Buses should assemble on 3rd Avenue at 91st Street (around the corner from the 92nd Street Y) between 3:45pm and 4:00pm.  We will begin the boarding process at 3:50pm and our last bus will depart from 3rd Avenue at 4:05pm. Parent buses will depart from the Campgrounds beginning at 6:45pm.  If you are driving you should plan to arrive at 5:00pm (the drive is approximately 20 minutes from the George Washington Bridge in light traffic).Please be aware if you arrive before 5:00pm, you will need to wait in the parking lot as campers and staff will still be preparing for your arrival. Directions to the campgrounds are included below.

Please respond to this e-mail or e-mail campmail@92Y.org and let us know if you’ll be joining us this evening and if your camper should remain at camp. Please include your child’s name, unit, and your plans for July 10 in the e-mail. If you have another child from Units K, 1 or 2 or from another 92nd Street Y Camp this summer that you would like to have stay with their sibling, please e-mail campmail@92Y.org and let them know. If you are driving, please bring a photo ID to get into the campgrounds. If someone other than you or your child’s legal guardian will be attending, please email their name to get their name on the security list.

As an alternative, your child can return at the regular time to their usual bus stop, just email campmail@92Y.org to let us know. Please email us by Monday, July 11th at 5:00pm.  If your situation changes between the time that you contact us and the event, please inform your camper’s Unit Supervisor at 212.415.5643 regarding the changes.

If you have any questions concerning visiting evening, please feel free to contact us at the Camp Office at 212.415.5573 or e-mail Jeremy (Unit 3 Supervisor) yomi3@92y.org or Maddy (Unit 4 Supervisor) at yomi4@92y.org. We look forward to seeing you at the campgrounds on Tuesday, July 12.

Sincerely,

Ivy Manheim

Director, Camp Yomi

Directions from New York City to Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds:

-Take Upper Level of GW Bridge.

-Get on the Palisades Parkway (stay right immediately on other side of GW Bridge).

-Take Palisades Parkway to Exit 7 Townline Road and make a LEFT onto Townline.

-Proceed to stop sign and make a RIGHT at the stop sign onto Sickletown Road.

-Take Sickletown Road for about 1.5 miles (you will go under a one-lane stone bridge) until you see a sign on the right for “HENRY KAUFMANN CAMPGROUNDS, MILDRED GOETZ SITE”

-Make a right up the driveway and park in lot.

Week 1 Blog – Group 22

The first week of camp was a blast of fun for the Group 22 Pigeons! We were all super excited to dive into camp and get to know each other! First, we flew our way to basketball where we learned to improve our ball handles through drills and exercises while also hitting some amazing shots from way downtown! After that, we splashed our way through the swim tests to know which swim groups everyone was going to for instructional swim throughout the summer. Next, we kicked our way onto the soccer field where we had an electrifyingly competitive match. The Yellow Jersey team hit a crazy buzzer beater at the last second to tie the game! Painting and drawing rolled by, where we all released our inner Michaelangelos and painted some amazingly detailed symmetrical robots. We also got to play floor hockey, where the Orange and Yellow teams clashed off against one another. Finally, we ended the week with a Shabbat celebration, where we sang and danced our hearts out to spirited cheers while eating delicious challah and drinking thirst quenching grape juice. With week one complete, we are all super excited to rest up and get ready for our second week of Camp Yomi fun!

Week 7 Group 22 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 1 Music w/ Nelson Archery Baseball Soccer Special Event
Period 2 Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Free Swim
Period 3 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Period 4 Basketball Arts & Crafts Unit: Wacky Wednesday Field Zipline Field Games
Period 5 Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Special Event
Period 6 Yomi-lectives Tennis Wacky Wednesday Yomi-lectives Shabbat
Period 7 Yomi-lectives Free Swim Wacky Wednesday Yomi-lectives Closing Ceremony
Period 8 Snack/Dismissal Snack/Dismissal Snack/Dismissal Snack/Dismissal Snack/Dismissal