Summer Camp for 6-9th graders
Division (6th-9th grades)
Turn a boring summer
of pre-packaged programming into
your own special experience. Work with peers to develop
a five week summer experience you're sure to enjoy.
Making a difference!
Must be 10.9 to 13.9 years old as of September 1st., 2018
The Pioneers are made up of co-ed and mixed-grade camper groups, who share in the decision making process, embrace new experiences, and accept responsibility for their day. Pioneers are offered options to participate in camp-wide events or to develop their own ACTivities. They are free to use the many facilities and resources of the camp as well as utilize the amazing opportunities offered by New York City. Teamwork, leadership and ownership are the ideas upon which the Pioneers function.
ALL first-time Pioneers must understand the unique freedom of choice they are given and the responsibility that comes with that freedom. Individual self-interest must at times give way to the group’s priority and expectations. New campers unfamiliar to A.C.T. camp are encouraged to meet with the camp director to clarify expectation prior to enrollment. Three age groups of Pioneers work with counselors to create a schedule of activities and events for the five-week session and follow preset activities. Campers practice the art of compromise and take turns in leading initiatives. Many Pioneers move onto becoming part of the camp staff first as CIT’s once they age out.
Counselors guide discussions, the group’s decision-making process, and mediate as needed. Campers have great latitude to develop activities that appeal to them. They plan their own schedule of trips and activities in addition to swimming, art and sport periods included on the camp schedule. The camp director works with staff to ensure that weekly plans are appropriate and camp resources are made available.
Camp sponsored trips are listed on the camp calendar, available in May. Pioneers board chartered buses for out-of-town destinations such as lakes, water and amusements parks typically on Thursdays. Smaller 5:1 camper staff ratios are maintained on trip days. Certified lifeguards escort and supervise all water front areas. A.C.T exceeds the NYCDOH ratio of RTE, First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen certified staff on trips and on campus. In addition, Pioneers often schedule their own trips within the five boroughs using public transportation to visit places like Palisades Park, China Town, bowling lanes, laser tag arenas, Central Park and other entertainment venues.
Trip: 9.9-13.9 years old
The Pioneers ‘camping trip is held once in July, Wednesday through Friday. The three-day trip enables campers and staff to have an opportunity to bond and develop camping skills. Pioneers travel to northern New Jersey, which serves as a base camp for theme events and challenges. Once tents are pitched they first make a visit to the nearby lake for water games and swimming. Delicious and plentiful meals are prepared with campers’ assistance. An additional fee per child is charged to help defray trip expenses. Items needed for the camping trip are included in the camp welcome letter.