Week 6 Blog – Group 28

This week at camp Yomi was an exciting and eventful one. Not only was it Safari Wednesday but also Unit 3’s overnight. To kick off the week campers played some frisbee, after running around and having fun kids went into the pool to cool off. Campers then later got to be movie stars during filmmaking. On Tuesday kids got to do archery and even getting some bullseyes. Later in the day campers also got to hit some home runs during baseball. During arts and crafts campers got creative by creating masterpieces using tissue paper to add an extra effect. Goals were also scored during soccer. Wacky Wednesday was also safari themed. But before the wild activities could start, campers enjoyed their time playing gaga. After lunch campers got snacks and got to enjoy some games. After free swim, there were more games for kids to play. After all the fun and games campers created underwater animals with plates and other items. Thursday was the second overnight for unit 3. But because all the fun of overnight, kids got to show their basketball skills. During Jewish Culture, campers shared beautiful and inspiring words about the culture. After Yomi- lectives campers got ready for all the extra fun from overnight. First kids played different games including kickball, steal the bacon, and gaga. After that campers enjoy a friendly round of pizza relay. Once that was done one of the best games ever took place. Greenie Meanies, a race to try and find all 7 colors without getting caught by a greenie who has the power to wipe away all the colors. Once the game was over we all enjoyed dinner, then began to set up for the night. To end the night was a bonfire with of course s’mores. On Friday we all enjoyed breakfast together as a unit, then cleaned up our belongings and had free swim. After getting refreshed we had time to play kickball. After lunch group 28 learned about nature. To end such a busy week group 28 participated in Painting and Drawing, where they created exotic birds. We all hope you enjoy your weekends, and tune in next week for the excitement that’s in store for our last week of camp with all our friends!!!

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 28

It’s been a great week for Group 28 at camp! The highlight of this week was definitely Yomi Idol. Group 28 practiced hard and diligently to perfect their performance. The song we performed to was You’re the One That I Want from Grease, and the campers enjoyed every second of it! With their flashy dance moves and smooth transitions, Group 28 did so amazing and placed 3rd in the whole Unit! Group 28 also got to do many fun-filled activities this week. All the campers have been showing enormous amounts of improvement in tennis. The coach and counselors can surely see how passionate and competitive each camper gets during the drills and games. Group 28 also got to give Rock Climbing another shot this week. Unlike the first time we did Rock Climbing, most of the campers got all the way to the top this week as the whole group cheered them on! For the first time this summer, Group 28 got to do Lego Robotics. Here, the specialists told them a variety of tasks the robot must do and then the campers had to program the robot to do those tasks. Floor Hockey was another activity Group 28 tackled for the first time. This was surely a favorite. All you could see was the campers running back and forth, and goals being scored left and right. However, it had to be cut short because of the rain. Although the rain made Group 28 miss some activities this week, it definitely didn’t kill our spirit! During rainy days, we did such fun Unit activities in the shelter. It really showed what camp was all about… never a dull moment! Nevertheless, swim will never fail to put a smile on Group 28’s faces. All of the campers are showing exponential improvement during instructional swim, and free swim will always be enjoyable for Group 28. This week has been awesome! Next week is filled with so many fun things. We have Yomi Bear’s Safari Adventure for Wacky Wednesday and then the following day we have Unit 3’s second overnight! We are all excited and pumped for all the new memories the rest of the summer will give us!

Week 4 Blog – Group 28

Hello group 28! It’s been another awesome week, we had a few bumps in the road with the weather but we still had so much fun even if we had to change our activity. On Monday morning it was raining a little bit so we stayed inside our unit. We played an awesome game called the moistest and WE WON! We had so much fun and time was flying by. After lunch the rain settled down so we were able to finish our day of activities. We had arts and craft free swim and then our first time at our new yomi electives. Tuesday was really exciting because for the first time this summer we went boating. We also had gymnastics where everyone was having an awesome time. Wednesday was another raining day but that didn’t stop us from having the best wacky Wednesday ever because of course, we couldn’t miss yomi bears birthday bash! So we went to a hotel and we had out activity there it was so much fun we were dancing and jumping around it was perfect. When we got back we were surprised to find out we could go swimming because the rain had died down which all the kids had so much fun at free swim. On Thursday we started the day with ceramics where the kids made snowmen that came out to look amazing. After lunch, we had tennis where we played a match and both teams did so well that we ended up having a tie by the time we had to go to free swim. On Friday we started the day with yomi idol practice, which all the kids were so excited to start practicing. And by the end of the day, we had Shabbat and participated in fun shelter games!

 

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 28

This week has been an exciting week for group 28, filled with many actives and new experiences for many of our campers. To kick off the week we showed off our soccer skills and learned some new tricks. Then we were able to enjoy our Yomi-lectives. On Tuesday Group 28 made home runs during baseball. We then showed some love and appreciation to mother nature during gardening. On Wacky Wednesday everyone showed off their Wackiness by dressing in all blue. We were also able to enjoy snacks, games, a bouncy house and slide during our carnival winning received stickers and some prizes. We used our handprints to make masterpieces during ceramics. Overnight, Overnight, Overnight Whoo! Overnight took place on Thursday. Before all the late afternoon actives could commence group 28 heading out to do some bowling. After that Group 28 enjoyed a scavenger hunt and then also had s’mores around a campfire and friends. Right before bed, we listened to a bedtime story, allowing for many of us to enjoy a new experience of being away from home for a night. At the end of the week, Group 28 was able to do tower climbing, having fun while being safe. And to close off the week we were able to do more exercising during pop fit kids. But one of everyone’s favorite actives is swimming which we got an extra period of. We are looking forward to seeing what the rest of the summer can bring us!

Week 2 Blog – Group 28

This week has been filled with nothing but enjoyable and informative activities for Group 28! We started off the week showing off our best smiles when taking our group picture during Picture Day, and then got to showcase our creativity when making bracelets at Jewelry Making. On Tuesday, we had Gymnastics for the first time this summer! We engaged in a challenging obstacle course where we not only had fun, but also got the blood pumping through our whole body! Later that day, we had Filmmaking where we got to see the finished product of the green-screen skits we did last week. We also started a new documentary project that is still in the making! On Wednesday, Group 28 put their brains to the test during the Coding activity. It was also our first Wacky Wednesday of the summer! The theme was story book characters and many counselors and campers can be seen dressed as characters from the Three Little Pigs, Harry Potter, the Magic Tree House, and many more! Unit 3 also participated in various Wacky Wednesday events. For one event, the whole Unit was split into 2 groups, the red team and the blue team, and competed against each other in a game show that consisted of many challenges such as tug of war, a hula-hoop contest, and a questionnaire! The first Wacky Wednesday was a successful spearhead to all the upcoming Wednesdays this summer. On Thursday, we headed to the garden where we got to see all the plants that are currently growing by the day. Nonetheless, we can never forget about… SWIM! Not only do we cool off in the pool, we also are becoming better swimmers every day during our Instructional Swim where the lifeguards teach us the fundamentals of swimming. Group 28 is excited for what’s to come next week, including the Carnival on Wednesday and Unit 3’s overnight on Thursday! The summer is just getting started!

 

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 28

It’s been a busy week for Group 28, the Railroad Runners! On Monday, we made beautiful self-portraits in arts and crafts before swimming in the nice cool pool. We then headed off to the various Yomi-lectives, a camper favorite. Tuesday marked the first day of instructional swim, and we have quickly gotten into the groove and are enjoying our swim lessons. The afternoon was interesting as an unexpected thunderstorm led to a change plans away from the high ropes. Thankfully, Group 28 took this change in stride and helped keep the unit’s energy alive by drawing pictures, perfecting lanyard stitches, and most importantly cheering as loudly as we can. We took a break for the Fourth of July but came back on Thursday with renewed spirits to play sand Newcomb in the morning, swim throughout the day, learn how to be professional actors and actresses in filmmaking, and end the day at their Yomi-lectives. As we approach the end of the week, we are excited about weekly Shabbat and camper awards. It’s been a busy week, but the Railroad Runners are always ready to go with a smile on their faces! Stay tuned for next week’s blog!

 

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.

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 28

Week 1 was fun and full of thrilling activities for Group 28. Wednesday was such an exciting day, as we started off with pioneering where we learned how to navigate and survive in the woods! We then dived right into swim where we took our swim tests and then had fun playing in the pool. The rain couldn’t stop us at outdoor ceramics! We were so lucky there was no class inside the ceramics building so we got to go inside and make awesome pinch pot baskets. After free swim, Group 28 showed off our kickball skills! Thursday was expected to be a very cloudy raining day but luckily the weather was the total opposite once we arrived at camp! We got to go to all four activities without the interruption of the weather. In photography, we were put into groups of three’s and had to complete a photography scavenger hunt. We had so much fun taking pictures of nature and each other. We then Following an awesome free swim period, we proved that we were tennis pros. It was awesome seeing everyone enjoying the game. After sweating so much at tennis Group 28 was so excited to go to swimming again. Afterward, we ended the day with our first yomilectives. We talked about it all day and were so happy to go to the activities. Friday we showed our agility skills at pop fit kids!  It was like a mini obstacle course. We also showed off some of our best chef (and eating) skills at what some may call camps best activity: COOKING. We were excited to cook and eat the delicious snack. We, of course, like every Friday had Shabbat where we sang songs. We finished the day showing off our coolest dance moves at Zumba which the kids had a blast at. We can’t wait for next week and what it brings to group 28.

Week 7 Group 28 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 1 Tennis Krav Maga Coding Sand Newcomb/Volleyball Special Event
Period 2 Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Instructional Swim Free Swim
Period 3 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Period 4 Ceramics High Ropes Unit: Wacky Wednesday Jewelry Making Field Games
Period 5 Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Free Swim Special Event
Period 6 Yomi-lectives Archery 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