Week 6 Blog – Group 23

In our second to last week of camp, Group 23 has had so many exciting events and activities that has kept our energy and enthusiasm going.  It all prepared us for Wednesday’s carnival and Thursday’s overnight!  We began with activities such as painting and drawing, where we created our own tropical birds, and coding, learning to create our own computer games through a software called Scratch.  We also made different types of shoes in ceramics and put our big imaginations to work in the evos playground.  Then came our Wacky Wednesday, and this week’s theme was Yomi Bear’s Safari Adventure and we had safari themed activities such as a lily pad relay.  Group 23 also enjoyed everyone’s favorite event: carnival!  We ate yummy snacks and played games and had fun in the bouncy houses.  The next day was the start of our second overnight, and everyone had a blast!  After our regular camp day ended, we had an extra swim and participated in an exciting game of Color Chase, collecting colors and trying to escape the green meanies!  Afterwards, we gathered around the campfire for s’mores and stories before going to sleep.  We then ended our week with some more relaxed activities like gardening and arts and crafts, and we left off on a super high note by winning Group of the Week!  We’re definitely going to keep up our energy for camp in our last week!

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 23

Although we are now into August and camp is coming to an end, Group 23 has been having a blast with all the exciting activities! We went through our week with energizing sports, practicing our techniques in tennis and basketball and having an intense tournament in Gaga.

We learned about galaxies while creating jewelry.  In gardening we learned about the flowers and herbs we were planting and in Krav Maga we learned the art of meditation.

This all led up to this week’s exciting Wacky Wednesday: Yomi Idol!  Group 23 worked their hardest all week to perform “We’re All in This Together,” from High School Musical, a song about friendship and teamwork.  In the end, we won the award for Best Smiles!!! We were then so happy to support our friends in other groups that competed in the finals.  Overall, Group 23’s week has been thrilling, full of energy and spirits, and we hope to keep it up for the last few weeks of camp!

Week 4 Blog – Group 23

A week of dreary weather couldn’t stop Group 23 from having fun at Camp! The Subway Surfer’s have been having some really fun events and activities to keep the spirit going.  Although it’s been rainy, we have all been playing games and doing activities in the Unit shelter with other groups.  We played games like The Mostest, where a category such as “the camper with the coolest dance move” is called and the one with the “mostest” wins points for their team (Group 23 came in first place!), and did cheers as loud as we could.  We also celebrated Yomi Bear’s birthday bash by showing off our best moves at a dance party and making him birthday cards.  We also began our Yomi Idol practice — this year, Unit 3’s theme is songs from movies and Group 23’s song is “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical!  We hope next week will be full of sun and even more energy!

 

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 23

Group 23’s summer just keeps on getting better as we continue to have event-filled weeks and spirited campers! The week began with energy, having tennis and Pop Fit Kids for our first activities. We continued on with activities such as painting and drawing and outdoor ceramics. Wednesday was our carnival, where we got to play games, go on rides, and have special treats! Throughout the day we jumped around in bouncy houses, played games for prizes, got our faces painted, and ate popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones. Thursday was the start of Unit 3’s first overnight, full of fun and spirit! After our regular camp day activities, we went bowling, doing our best to play in teams and cheer each other on before going back to Camp for a barbecue dinner. We then participated in a scavenger hunt, and then came just about everyone’s favorite part — s’mores and stories around the campfire! After waking up the morning and having breakfast, we had an early swim period before going into the last day of the week. Group 23 ended this week on a bit more of a relaxed note with activities such as pioneering and filmmaking.

Week 2 Blog – Group 23

Group 23’s first full week of Camp held a ton of exciting activities and new events! This included staying cool in the pool and sprinklers, having picture day, having our first wacky Wednesday, and of course, our Parent Night, all being the highlights of our week, along with welcoming a few new friends into our group!  During our Parent Night, we had the opportunity to have time to meet all of Group 23’s families and engage in exciting tennis games.  Leading into Camp Yomi’s first Wacky Wednesday of the summer, we participated in activities and games based on our favorite storybook characters.  For example, we built sturdy houses that the Big Bad Wolf wouldn’t be able to knock down and helped Little Red Riding Hood find her way to her grandmother’s house through an obstacle course.  The rest of the week was spent learning and trying new things, from dance exercises in Zumba to climbing the rock wall.  We hope everyone in Group 23 had a great Parent night while we look forward to the upcoming week, especially our first overnight!

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 23

Group 23’s second week of Camp was full of fun and spirit!  Throughout the week we kept up the energy by doing cheers and participating in exciting activities.  We began our instructional swim sessions, learning new strokes and skills that we could use during free swim.  We then played competitive games of soccer, gaga, and baseball, cheering on our teammates and doing our best.  Even though a thunderstorm swept Camp right before the holiday, we stayed in our unit shelter and drew picture books and learned new lanyard stitches.  We picked the week right back up in LEGO robotics, where we learned how to code sequences to control our robots’ actions.  We continued with Yomi-lectives and cheer offs, and although our week ended in rain, Group 23 knew just how to keep up our enthusiasm and continue the fun.  We hope everyone has had a great Fourth of July as we look forward to our upcoming parent night!

 

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 23

What an exciting start to our summer! Although we started off Camp with less than desired weather, Group 23, the Subway Surfers, made sure to bring on the energy have a great time in all of our activities. We began with painting and drawing, creating stories for our robot friends out of oil pastels and had yoga, where we learned moves included in the sun salutation and became “one with nature”.  We also participated in flying squirrel, facing our fears and flying high. Our week continued with cooking, where we incorporated some healthy fruits into making delicious nachos, along with Jewish culture, learning about the meaning of Shabbat and its blessings. Our swim periods have been filled with tons of fun pool games and cheer-offs as we cooled off from the heat. Group 23 ended our first week at camp with more athletic activities such as gymnastics and Pop Fit Kids, all while keeping hydrated and sun screened in the heat.  We look forward to having our first full week of camp soon, and hope that everyone in Group 23 has a blast this summer!

Week 7 Group 23 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 1 Gymnastics Arts & Crafts Archery Basketball Special Event
Period 2 Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Free Swim
Period 3 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Period 4 Tennis Gardening Unit: Wacky Wednesday Filmmaking Field Games
Period 5 Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Special Event
Period 6 Yomi-lectives High Ropes 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