GUIDE TO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS/CAMPS – 2013
Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning.
The Ithaca Times and the Tompkins County Youth Services Department are pleased to bring you this listing of these many available summer camps and programs in and around our area. For convenience and affordability, note that many towns/villages offer summer recreation programs in schools and community centers throughout the County.
The content was prepared as a public service by Theresa Albert
at the Tompkins County Youth Services Department. The Department
receives tax support from Tompkins County, and the New York
State Office of Children and Family Services. This information
can also be found on the County’s web page:
Website development by Nathan Tarter at Tompkins
try to list most of the pertinent information about each camp/program;
however, you can get more detailed information by calling
the camps or programs you are interested in directly. Below
are a few things to think about when deciding on a camp or
program for your child (ren).
- It’s not all in the name! Be aware that there are differences between “camps” and programs, workshops, or classes. Official camps must be registered with the New York State Health Department and meet specific criteria. Some programs, workshops, or classes offered, may call themselves a camp, however, they may be exempt from Health Department regulations due to duration, group size, focus or location. For example, some programs may be registered as school-aged child care programs through the Child Development Council but still call themselves camps. If you have any concerns or questions, 1) speak with the director of the camp or program you are interested in, 2) contact Audrey Balander or Kristee Morgan at the County Public Health Department, 274-6688, or 3) contact the Child Development Council at 273-0259 about camps operated by school-aged child care programs (SACCs).
- Reduced fees or scholarships: If fees
are a problem, be sure to ask if scholarships are available,
even if the descriptions fail to mention them. Be sure to
ask for details.
- For parents who receive public assistance,
please contact the Department
of Social Services regarding subsidized fees for 2013
camps for more information, contact:
Robin Collins @ 274-5237
- Many camps will provide before and after supervision
for an additional fee making it feasible for working
parents. Don’t count a camp or program out automatically
just because of the hours listed – make sure to inquire
about supervision provided outside of camp or program hours.
- Inquire directly about program accessibility
for youth with disabilities. For advice, questions or more
information about mainstreaming youth into recreational
programs, contact the Recreation
Support Services at the Ithaca
Youth Bureau (607) 273-8364.
Enjoy and have a safe and healthy