Camp Yomi: Grades K-4

About Camp Yomi

Yomi campers participate in a wide range of recreational activities and experience nature firsthand at the beautiful Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Rockland County, NY.

 

“Camp Yomi is the best camp I have ever been to! Camp Yomi is full of nature. Swim is fantastic! I love the counselors at Camp Yomi. They are helpful and attentive, very gentle, funny and caring.” —Sydney, a camper

The daily schedule includes a diverse mix of sports, specialized arts, instructional and free swims and much more. The exciting calendar of events includes our famous Wacky Wednesday theme days (Carnival, Olympics, etc). A unique Visiting Artists Series program presents musicians, dancers and artists who provide enrichment workshops for groups of children.

Camp Yomi encourages all campers to participate in every activity, and our instructors are sensitive to all skill levels and abilities. Much of our athletics program is run in conjunction with some of NY's most established sports programs. We have developed partnerships with Super Soccer Stars, the Baseball Center NYC and Ad-In Kids Tennis. These organizations provide us with the best possible instructors, and our campers benefit tremendously from their expertise. Similarly, our unparalleled arts programs are influenced and supported by the magnificent resources of 92Y. Campers engage not only in arts & crafts and painting, but also in cartooning, ceramics and sculpture, digital photography and filmmaking and jewelry making. The specialized instruction available at Yomi truly distinguishes it from other New York day camps.

Our younger campers experience "late nights" at the campgrounds complete with an afternoon swim, BBQ dinner and other special events. Our older campers enjoy overnights and a variety of elective options, including horseback riding, theater, ceramics, tennis, martial arts, rocketry, golf and more (horseback riding, tennis and golf are offered at an additional fee).

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“Were I five years old again, Yomi would be exactly the kind of place where I would love to spend my summer.” —A parent of a camper

The 2013 season will be in session from Jun 27-Aug 16, 2013. Download our Camp 2013 registration form [PDF]

For more information, please call 212.415.5573 / email

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Frequently Asked Questions

"I love Camp Yomi because everyday is something new and all the events are really cool and exciting. I think that they choose excellent counselors and that all the counselors are fun, warm, and kind. The specialists are also very nice and fun and all the things you do are fun." —Naomi, a camper
 

Where is Camp Yomi and how do campers travel to and from camp?

Camp Yomi takes place at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, located in Pearl River (Rockland County), NY. Campers enjoy use of a beautiful 100-acre camp setting, including pools, a lake, streams, fields, basketball courts, ropes/challenge course, arts and nature centers and more. Yomi is located off of Exit 6 of the Palisades Parkway. From the George Washington Bridge, the ride is approximately 20 minutes. Children travel to and from the campgrounds on air-conditioned coach buses equipped with lavatories. Camp staff accompany them on the bus.

Central pickup spots are located at:

West Side locations*

  • Tribeca - Greenwich Street & Jay Street
  • P.S. 41 - 11th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenue
  • Stephen Wise - W. 68th Street between Central Park West & Columbus Avenue
  • P.S. 199 - W. 70th Street between Amsterdam & West End Avenue
  • P.S. 9 - W. 84th Street & Columbus Avenue
  • The Heschel School - W. 89th Street between West End Avenue & Broadway
  • Anche Chesed - W. 100th Street & West End Avenue
  • Columbia University area - W. 110th Street between Broadway & Riverside Drive
  • Battery Place and West Street - Outside of 17 Battery Place
  • Chelsea - 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenue

East Side locations*

  • Epiphany School - E. 22nd Street between Second & Third Avenue
  • Murray Hill - E. 34th Street & 1st Avenue.
  • P.S. 183 - E. 66th Street between First and York Avenue
  • Wagner Middle School - E. 76th Street between Second & Third Avenue
  • E. 85th Street & York Avenue
  • 92Y - E. 92nd Street & Lexington Avenue

At most sites, morning drop off is between 8 and 8:30 am and evening pickup is between 5 and 5:45 pm. Children are supervised by our staff at all times.

* Pickup/drop-off locations are subject to change.

Who are the Camp Yomi staff?

Counselors are carefully chosen for their maturity, energy and experience with children. Senior counselors are college age and older. Specialists are skilled and experienced in the areas they teach. Unit supervisors and head counselors are caring, experienced educators with a love for children and a commitment to our camp philosophy and program. A large percentage of our staff returns year after year, and many of our counselors attended our camps when they were children. The camp administration is comprised of experienced professionals who have many decades of camp experience to draw upon to ensure a fabulous summer for our campers.

Who are Yomi campers and how many children are in each group?

Yomi campers are entering Kindergarten through fourth grade. Our campers come from a wide variety of public and private schools. Our camp families are committed to exposing their children to the rich, diverse camp program that we offer. Children enjoy Yomi for the wide range of activities and the nurturing, high-spirited camp environment.

Yomi is divided into age appropriate units. Typically, there are 10 groups in a unit. Each group in Yomi is co-ed and has an average of 15 campers. Each group is staffed by two or three counselors, depending upon the age of the campers and the group size. Head counselors, unit supervisors and the Yomi Director and Assistant Director oversee our outstanding staff. Every effort is made to accommodate special grouping requests.

What activities do you offer?

At Camp Yomi, we offer a balanced and diverse daily program. Activities include: soccer, softball, basketball, sand volleyball, music, jewelry making, fine arts, crafts, ceramics, cooking, filmmaking, cartooning, Jewish culture, tennis, nature, our exciting climbing tower, zip line, high/low ropes course and more!

Camp facilities include two specialized art centers and an interactive multi-media & nature center. Staffed by instructors from 92Y faculty and other professional educators, these state-of-the-art, year-round facilities greatly enhance our already dynamic specialty programming. Every summer we make facility improvements and take a fresh look at our program to ensure that we are always meeting the needs of our campers.

Tell me about your swim program.

All campers swim twice each day. One swim period is devoted to Red Cross-certified swim instruction and the second is a free swim. We have three large in-ground pools and an awesome water slide! Two pools are specifically designed for teaching beginning and intermediate swimmers. For instructional swim, children are tested the first week of camp and placed in an appropriate swim group. The pools are staffed by Water Safety Instructors and certified American Red Cross lifeguards.

What's a typical day like at Camp Yomi?

Campers enjoy a daily program geared toward the needs, interests and abilities of our campers. They each participate in a wide variety of activities, including two daily swims (instructional and recreational) and three or four group activity periods where options include soccer, basketball, ceramics, archery, fine arts, music, a visiting artist series and much more. Activities are always geared to the specific age of the campers.

What about lunch?

The vast majority of campers bring a bag lunch, which is refrigerated at the campgrounds. A Kosher box lunch program is also available for an extra charge. Cold drinks and an afternoon snack are provided to all campers.