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Park Slope Day Camp

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Park Slope Day Camp

Description

A traditional day camp, a Sports Academy featuring soccer, a travel program for teens, and a Leadership Experience for young adults heading to high school. No matter the program, you can expect a welcoming, inclusive community with activities that are designed to broaden horizons and build relationships. Locations in Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and Windsor Terrace. PSDC, now in its 31st year, boasts a seasoned leadership team, excellent COVID and overall safety practices, dynamic programing – much of which is outdoors - and enthusiastic, caring, and very well-trained staff. Extended day. Transportation by air-conditioned buses from most Brooklyn locations.

Reviews (139)

  • summer camp?

    He also liked Park Slope Day Camp. The Windsor Terrace location is a pretty fast bus ride on the B68.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Park slope day camp Location: WT - st Joseph's How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 7 Review: She loved every single bit of it. The counselors, the activities, the outdoor fun! She was completely exhausted the first day, but it's also because she's been remote since Last March. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More communication & photos on the day/ activities.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Park Slope Day Camp Location: Windsor Terrace How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 9 Review: I am so grateful to this camp for running in 2019 and 2020. While camp was not quite as fun as it used to be - few trips, no swimming - it was a good experience. Unlike previous years, this year was much more about friends and those relationships than the activities. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The changes are probably outside of the camp's control. Being able to swim would be key - that was because there was a lifeguard shortage. More trips! Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? I appreciated that all the counselors were vaccinated. The kids stayed in pods and wore masks.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Park Slope Day Camp Location: Park Slope How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4 and 5 (we have two children attending this camp) Review: Both children loved the trips and activities and the multitude of songs they learned Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? There was a case in the group of our 5 year-old, and they shut down camp access for his group for a week to be extra safe.
  • Outdoor Summer Camps for 6yo?

    Park Slope Day Camp is offering both hybrid (indoor/outdoor) camp and 100% outdoor options. I know they have early registration discounts if you sign up soon. We went last summer (as well as the 2 prior) and it was a GREAT experience - felt safe, my kid got ~25,000 steps a day (which was about 24,000 more than the past 4 months) and played with (gulp) other kids. I highly recommend it! I know this year they're hoping to be able to add more activities than they were allowed last summer and so many more companies are offering safe options (they'll bring the fun to the camp site, ie). Here's the website - https://www.parkslopedaycamp.com/. I'm not affiliated directly, just a happy parent of a happy camper. If you do register, though, drop my name. I'm not sure if I actually get anything, but maybe? I wouldn't balk at a few dollars saved. ;)
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 6 and 4 Comment: My kids had a great experience. The counselors did a fantastic job engaging the kids while keeping them safe (masks, distance, etc). They spent a lot of time outside in the park. Although they couldn't have swimming or field trips this summer, they did the best they could with tons of games, activities (including water days), dance, music, etc.
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 8 Comment: Loved it! Archery was a big hit with my daughter, but every day was different and she was always looking forward to an activity. Kids were crying on the last day of camp- I think that says it all! Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? Lots of modifications/precautions
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 4 Comment: Park Slope Day Camp was amazing this summer! My son was in the Pee-Wee program for kids entering Pre-K and he absolutely loved it. The activities were fun and age appropriate. The program was redesigned this summer because of COVID but they still found ways to make it exciting and to help the kids build friendships and a sense of community in a safe way. They did soccer, nature walks, archery, dance, art, and tons of games and water play. Lots of fun dress up days. It was extremely well organized and the communication with parents was great. You could tell this camp has been in business a long time- they really know what they are doing. All of the staff I encountered were lovely. Friendly and attentive. We had a great first camp experience and will definitely be returning. Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They took lots of precautions- kept kids in small pods, masks hand washing, temperature checks etc. Took it seriously.
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 9 Comment: We loved the camp! They did a terrific job keeping the kids occupied with so many fun activities. They had indoor space & outdoor space which was nice when weather was too hot or rainy. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Not much, I wish we got to know the counselors more, but with Covid it wasn’t possible. Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They handle this extremely well.
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 5 Comment: We treasured our time at PSDC. They were very careful with social distancing, hygiene, protocols etc. and made us feel very comfortable sending our daughter. It was invaluable for her to spend some time in person with her peers. We really cannot thank Ronnie and the staff enough for making this possible! What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? We only wished they would offer more time at camp this summer! Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? Communication and protocols were very robust.
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 6 and 8 Comment: This was an exceptional camp experience. It was very well organized, with amazing staff and tons of activities for my 6 and 8 yr old kids. My 8 yr old daughter says this was her favorite summer camp, ever. She is journaling about it. We are so thankful for PSDC. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? My daughters really did well in the smaller groups. It was a unique year, of course, and they missed some of the trips, but the camp should consider keeping some of the changes - the kids really bonded. Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? The camp prepared well for covid - there were lots of rules to keep groups contained and make safe choices. It made me hopeful for in person school.
  • Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of child: 8 Comment: Amazing! It felt extremely safe and well run. Lots of communication. Activities were varied (music, dance, sports, theater, nature, a little art). They did some water play too. Obviously not as fun as other years - no swimming, trips, etc. - but they did a great job pivoting and working to build a strong camp feeling. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? It was a bit redundant (we were there for 2 2-week sessions) but it’s hard to be extremely creative working with the situation and what you can and can’t do. They tried really hard and I don’t fault them at all.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    The camp was very organized and provided a lot of information to parents in advance of the camp. The counselors are young and energetic and the activities are varied and fun. Although the kids are in small groups they are still part of a larger program which I think can be overwhelming for kids that are not accustomed to loud and "organized chaos" fun. in our case, my kid was shy and was accustomed to having quiet downtime to draw on her own. She need time and encouragement that it didn't seem like counselors were equipped/sensitive to manage as they had their hands full, and from what I could tell likely not educators, but more activity leaders. Many people like it and often have positive feedback so it is more of a personality and fit, is my guess.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    They loved the field trips and councilors! They were always on the move and came home Torres - in a good way. They were happy to be dropped off every morning and made friends fast. The part they liked the least was the pool swim & park days were Abit repetitive.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    Our first year at the massive empire that is PSDC. Generally positive but it is a lot of go go go and a lot of time hauling your backpack on a bus to all corners but mainly to the beach and pool. Circus camp was cute and a nice break from all the outdoors I think. Kid was so tired everyday, which was good in some respect but also made evenings pretty difficult. Positive is that lots of friends are there and plenty of new friends to be made. It is massive though and feels kind of like a factory production. I also have mixed feelings after reading the Glassdoor reviews posted by former employees.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    My child really loved his camp group and counselors. He liked that they got to go on so many adventures each week. There were a few days that he did not want to go to the pool, but he had fun once he got there. What would you change? Maybe post more photos of his camp group and send individual updates.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    Age: 5 Review: I chose Park Slope Day Camp because friends seemed happy with it and it had a dreamy late pickup time: 6:30pm. It was the first time my child was in camp and right away we had a problem with him coming home sunburned. It got worse every day and at first I could not get the camp to call me back or deal with it. Eventually I called the director of the camp and I'm feeling optimistic now that care will be taken. But I worry that a traditional day camp with a long day of sun exposure was the wrong choice for my child. What would you change? I would like improved and more personal communication about my child from this camp.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    Age: 4.5 Review: Overall good experience. I trust leaving my young child with them. They do fun things every day. My son has come home happy and exhausted every day. What would you change? Perhaps not so many kids at one drop off/ pickup location.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    Age: 5 Review: We love this camp! It’s my son’s first year, and wow. The counselors are so energetic, the camp itself is run like a well-oiled machine. On the first day, my son told the counselor he was “feeling a little shy,” and she took him by the hand to find him an activity and some friends to play with. It was the sweetest. All the counselors greet him by name when he arrives. They go all over the city. They seem super safe at the beach and pool, as evidenced by their social media (which is also great to follow.) highly recommend! We’ll go here every year now.
  • Winter Break Camp Recs?

    My son loves Park Slope Day Camp.
  • camps for our rising kindergarteners?

    Last year we had to cobble together a couple of camps to make coverage for childcare all summer work - and we did Beansprouts for most of the summer, Park Slope Day Camp for only about a week, and the Prospect Park Zoo Camp. All of them felt like a fun "camp" experience, but without the long bus ride that some other folks mentioned. I'm leaning towards similar camps this summer that stay local, but give the kids lots of outdoor play. Park Slope Day Camp and Kids Orbit are connected, so given that my little guy really loves the kids orbit afterschool program we're leaning towards PSDC.
  • camps for our rising kindergarteners?

    We did Park Slope Day Camp last year and I THINK they were only on the bus once a couple times week at the little kids program - but they walked around the 'hood a bit. We had a great experience and will do it again next summer, I believe.
  • camps for rising Kindergarteners?

    I actually just asked Park Slope Day Camp about how often the Junior Camp takes buses (my kid gets pretty car sick) and this is what they said: "Junior Camp has one "trip day" a week but to answer your questions about buses - most of our divisions take a bus everyday to wherever they are going. This may be as short as 5 minutes or about half an hour on average to any given local destination. On our designated "trip day" bus rides may be in the 45 minute range. Our buses all come equipped with air conditioning and functional seat belts for everyone in the vehicle. We also we have measures in place to help accommodate campers with a history of car sickness."
  • camps for rising Kindergarteners?

    We did Park Slope Day Camp last year and I THINK they were only on the bus once a couple times week at the little kids program - but they walked around the 'hood a bit. We had a great experience and will do it again next summer, I believe.
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Age of child: 8 Summer 2018 Review: We've been going to this camp since my daughter was 4. We keep Coming back because she loves it. To me it's a traditional day camp feel with fun trips. Spending the day outside in the prospect park playing games; swimming twice a week; beach day and trip. The kids are exhausted at the en d of the day. I try to get my child to try a new camp but she keeps wanting to go back. Can't say enough good things about counselors, staff and director!
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Age of child: 4 Summer 2018 Review: Loved the variety of activities including swim lessons, beach days, amusement parks, sports lessons, etc. Above expectations on communication and support from staff.
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Lots of activities, games, and songs and fun every day. My son came back exhausted. If your kid thrives on high energy this is the Camp for them. If your child needs a break in the day, you may want to do only a week at a time BC consecutive weeks may be grinding. Age of child: 4.5 What would you change about the program, if anything? I think they were great with the info they provided regarding the bus and weekly schedule. That said on obvious heavy rain days I wish they gave change of plan notification earlier so that I didn’t have to send my kid with full swim gear and weigh him down
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Summer 2018 Review: My son was extremely unhappy at Park Slope Day Camp. He is a very active and engaged child, enjoyed preschool and pre-K and prior summer experiences, but had to be dragged crying to PSDC many days. Primary issue was the daily bus trips that he felt sick on. But, he also did not like the beach and pool visits, which had been a big draw for us in signing him up. (We are members of a beach club and he willingly swims with us each weekend. We were never able to determine what exactly was his concern re: beach / pool with camp.) We has also heard rave reviews of children coming home dirty and exhausted each day. Not sure my son was either many days - there seemed to be a lot of sitting on a bus or in a school gym. I also was concerned at the number of trips to arcades / locations that don’t seem to have much redeeming value. Age of child: 5 What would you change about the program, if anything? Would never go back
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    Lots of time at the park, lots of time outside with some extra field trips and weekly trips to the pool. Daughter seemed to have enjoyed herself, came home tired. The counselors generally seem good, some are more charismatic than others (like anywhere). It's hard to get info from a 4 year old but overall seems to have worked out for us. Age of child: 4 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    Likes: tons of activities, outdoor time, extremely varied each day. My son loved the pony rides, field trips, etc. Always came home happy and exhausted. If you could change anything, what would it be? They need to be much more mindful of potty checks for the young ones. Both my son and his buddy had several accidents at camp - for both of them, it was their first accidents in 2 years. It happened frequently enough that a few of us complained to the counselors and supervisors. Age of child: 4 years old Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    Our son has had two great summers at Park Slope Day camp! This summer we did a full six weeks of the regular camp and I think he got a little tired of some aspects of it so next year he's asking to do part of the time in their sports program for variety, which makes sense, but he wants to go back. They have a wide variety of activities and are very organized. He always loves his counselors. It makes me nervous when I see how much they are traveling around but it always goes smoothly and he has a great time and I think it builds his confidence and independence. He really feels part of the community there. I also like that it's more diverse than some other communities we are part of (including his public school) and that he particularly gets to see and learn from people of color in leadership roles. If you could change anything, what would it be? Age of child: 6 (going into 2nd grade) Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    My son loved camp. His counselors were fantastic and he came home every day excited about what he did, what songs he sang, the new game he learned, where they went, etc. It was such a positive experience for him. He loved riding the school bus, which was good because they were definitely bussed around a lot. Mostly, I think the people made the camp so great for him- can not say enough nice things about his counselors. Also, the administration is communicative, approachable and easily reachable. Age of child: 4 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    My son loves camp. Everyday they have a fun activity planned, the park, the pool, horseback riding, Amusment park, etc If you could change anything, what would it be? The only thing I would change is the swim part. I wish the kids got more of a lesson. Age of child: 5 1/2 years Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    friends and lots of activities all day If you could change anything, what would it be? nada Age of child: 7 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    We had already used Kids Orbit for after school, so my daughter liked that many of the teachers were familiar to her. I liked that I could customize her attendance schedule (Mon-Weds only, though it's not clear on the website that you could do this; you have to do it on the phone after you register). I also liked that they provide "extra fun" until 6:30, which you can sign up for in the last minute. They did fun stuff every day: swimming, gymnastics, horseback riding, a trip to coney island, trips to museums, etc. They had a carnival onsite and other camp-based fun. I think my daughter liked learning camp songs best though. Communication from the camp was great--they sent an email every Friday confirming attendance for the week coming up, and noting any special things to know, like if you're supposed to wear a certain color on a certain day. Honestly, it was a big spend for us, but they gave us five camp shirts and didn't ask for another penny for activities, and the kids did a LOT, and went a lot of places. So I felt that the money was well worth it. I think that the independence required to navigate camp was a lot for my daughter, who had a lot of separation anxiety at drop-off (although she had already been to pre-K), but I don't think that was related to the camp itself at all. She liked the activities and loved the counselors, who were very kind and understanding when she would be upset at drop-off. All in all, I thought it was great and would definitely send her again. Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    Kids are out and about every day (weather permitting). Swimming, the park, field trips, events, etc. He would come home dirty and happy and tired. My son claimed the counselors were strict but knowing my son, that's a good thing in my book. Good camper/counselor ratio. If you could change anything, what would it be? two very minor things. Would love if they provided the kids lunch, even just once a week, I could use a break from packing lunches every day. Also, would like it if they sent us contact info for the other kids in my son's age cohort, he made some new friends and since he takes the bus, I haven't met any other parents so not sure how we will arrange future playdates. Age of child: 6 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    she loved everything about it Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    PSDC is AMAZING. It was our first year this summer and we will definitely be back. The camp counselors are all so motivated and energetic. They love being around the kids, are playful and fun. My son comes home happy and tired at the end of each day. They do all sorts of field trips to keep things interesting and involved. In addition, they are very communicative, and the director will call if anything comes up that a parent would need to know about. All in all, A+ experience! Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    PSDC was awesome. My daughter is going into first grade and she had a great time. The fact that they had a different activity/excursion every day was exciting. We would get the schedule for the next week on Thursday/Friday, print it out and put it on the fridge. She would read what was happening each day (good reading practice!!) and was excited about it all. The counselors were awesome. They were full of energy both at dropoff AND at pickup (which I think is amazing...good thing being a camp counselor is not my job as I would not be smiling or full of energy at the end of a day like they have been). They say that they will send home your child dirty, hungry and tired....and they did!! So my only complaint is that I always picked up a tired, dirty and hungry kid at the end of the day (which was with Extra Fun every day)...But, hey, that's what summer camps are for, right??? Now that her 7 weeks are ending, I asked her how she liked the overall summer and camp and her response? "When do I get to go back?" Parenting success!! Age of child: 6 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    My son loves this camp. This is our first year, and we will go back next year for sure. He is a high energy kid, and was excited about riding the bus every day to different activities and spending a lot of time outdoors. The counselors seem engaged with the kids and they are keeping his sensitive skin protected from the sun as we asked. The trips are fun and there's a good balance of staying local and leaving the neighborhood for new experiences. Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    My daughter ran to camp each day! She attended 6 of the 8 weeks, plus Extra Fun (the extended day to 6:30pm), and came home with lots of happy stories about her friends and their adventures. The longer bus rides on certain days afforded her a short nap, and the consistency of staff combined with the variety of activities was the perfect balance for her age. Camp administration's communication is strong: weekly emails reminding us of the activity calendar and pick-up/drop-off schedule, daily emails or calls if needed, and always someone on site to talk to. We're already looking forward to next summer. If you could change anything, what would it be? Age of child: 4 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    The activities are fun and engaging, the counselors are great, and my child comes home happy, dirty, and tired, which is exactly how I think kids should be after camp. They go to the park, the pool, and on fun trips so he kids never get bored. If you could change anything, what would it be? The one thing I would like is if they did enough of a swim lesson that really taught your kid, but aside from that we LOVE the camp! Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Beansprouts or Park Slope Day Camp?

    We've sent our daughter to both and we've had good experiences with both. In my opinion the major difference is that PSDC does a lot more field trips - every day actually. They usually go out, take a bus or the train. This was exhausting to my daughter and she sometimes felt nauseous on the bus.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 4.5 Review: Not great. He has had a lot of trouble adjusting, and I have not found the counselors to be very communicative or supportive. What would you change about the program, if anything? Down time for the young kids to rest, better communication from counselors, more individual attention for the young kids
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 6 Review: She loved it. Made new friends, loved the counselors and the trips. This year they offered Lego for 3 weeks. She enjoyed creating new things. What would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 5.5 Review: Not that happy with the camp overall. We used it for two full weeks to bridge the gap after Beansprouts was over and before school started. Not very good programming, the staff wasn't very engaged, parent-camp communication was lacking. My daughter didn't like the activities that much. What would you change about the program, if anything? Having just finished Beansprouts for the first seven weeks of the summer, Park Slope Day Camp needs a lot of improvements to even come close. The swimming was stressful and the overall feel of the camp is just a lack of enthusiasm. Perhaps good for kids really into sports and little else.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 6 Review: He liked it , and the counsellors were great, but I think it was a little exhausting for him--he did after camp too. And he is a very high energy kid. What would you change about the program, if anything? Maybe a little more down time.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: Ages 5 (her third year!) Review: PSDC is a fun, loving, high energy camp with outgoing counselors and lots for the kids to do. If they are not swimming and going to the park (2 days/week) they are at the beach, an amusement park, a museum, or going to a show. They also go carousel and horseback riding, and spend time doing gymnastics and outdoor games. They play a lot of music, sing songs, learn active and sedentary games, do arts and crafts, and generally have a rollicking good time throughout the day. After giving it a rave review, my kid would say, if pressed, that there is not a lot of time to eat lunch, and the bus rides sometimes make her feel sick if they are long. She's also not too keen on being hit with a ball, which happens sometimes. When she is dropped off, her camp friends run to meet her and her counselors greet her with open arms. When we get home, I find that her water is invariably empty, and I have no idea if it was filled during the day, or if she was encouraged to go to the bathroom or eat any lunch. She is filthy and often singing. My kid is proud to wear her camp shirt, and gets a kick out of seeing other kids wearing it off site. We'll have to size up for next year! Big thumbs up for the mini camps, too, which are held during school holidays and have much the same spirit and activity. What would you change about the program, if anything? More time for lunch, water drinking and bathroom-going. Otherwise a fantastic experience for energetic kids.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 6 years old and 4.5 years old Review: For my 6-year-old 2016 was his second summer camp at PSDC, this time in the "junior" camp. Again he enjoyed it a lot. He adored his camp counselors (especially Ben and Paul!) This has been quite a hot summer and PSDC is good about changing activities because of the heat or rain and we get a notice via email. He especially liked going to Coney Island, the magic show, and the basketball game (I think that's what it was...) My 6 year-old is not a big swimmer so he didn't like so much going to the pool or the beach, which is once a week each, but it was all ok for him. For my 4.5 year old who was in the Peewee camp (and my 6 year-old was in it last year), the activities are less "intense" when it gets too hot so they stay in more and do more "crafty" stuff like coloring and making bracelets. They also went to the beach and the pool and although he also does not like getting wet much, he went along and I believe one of the counselors just stayed out of the water with him. My son tends to be very shy and the counselors (especially the head-counselor Jillian) really did a great job with her patience and drawing him out. Every day at drop off he would cling to me but by the end of the day he's jumping up and down having a great time. I think a vital part of this camp is the camp counselors, whom our 6 year-old at this age really looks up to. Some camp counselors seem more experienced than others in dealing with parents but overall they are all very good with our kids. PSDC is the first place ever for my kids to be exposed to pop music! They came home recognizing pop songs, and also sang songs that their counselors taught them. I now know more Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber songs than I ever cared to know. But it's all good.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 5 years old Review: It was full of fun for the kids. They spend a lot of time outdoor-swimming/horse back riding/amusement park/beach. My son loved it. I think it's the perfect summer camp for the one's parents cannot take that many days off in Summer. They go everywhere in the city. What would you change about the program, if anything? It would be so much better if they have calm down phase around the end of the day. = ) Nothing is perfect!
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 5.5 Review: My son didn't love it. Lots of travel and not enough play. He is a swimmer and complained that they never let go of him during swim. Despite speaking to the director, this didn't change but we were only there for 2 weeks. What would you change about the program, if anything? I would have liked more communication in advance regarding "special" days so that there was time to prepare. For example, I didn't know about fairy tale day until about 4pm the day before and that didn't give me any time to do anything for my son. I would have also appreciated more individualized attention during swimming and maybe a progress card at the end of the week.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 6 Review: She likes being active and there were a lot of activities. What would you change about the program, if anything? I wish they had an early drop off option (before 8AM).
  • Fun stuff for 5 year old next week?

    Park slope day camp has mini camp. But would go to their website and see availability. Good luck
  • park slope day camp?

    Jut want to echo "what she said"/ PS Day Camp is especially nurturing fot younger campers, but also has adventurous options for older ones, including optional 1 or 2 day sleepaways at Club Getaway. My kids loved the camp at age 6, and my older one, at 12, still loves it.
  • park slope day camp?

    We love Park Slope Day Camp. This will be my younger son's 4th year at the Camp, he will be entering 2nd Grade in the Fall of this year. And this will be older son's second year after moving him from another summer Camp. Crock full of activities. They are always on the move and the counselors are super nice, attentive and accommodating. They go to the pool and beach every week and have lots of off site adventures as well. They also travel by school bus. I especially like that camp drop off is at 8am and not 9pm like some of the other camps. I do not have to pay an additional fee to drop them off early, great for working parents. They also offer for a fee a door to door pick up and drop off. My kids will also be at the Windsor Terrace location.
  • re: Park Slope Day Camp

    I wasn't going to respond, but to balance out the discussion, my 5 year old loved PS Day Camp last summer. He went for 7 weeks and had a great time throughout. He also went to two other camps, for one week each and didn't like either one very much. There were a great variety of interesting activities, he made a lot of friends, liked the counselors and enjoyed the art activities. He was at the WT location last summer and will go to the Pres. St. location next summer.
  • Park Slope Day Camp

    My daughter also went to PSDC last summer, when she was 5, and she had a great time. I dropped her off and picked her up at Camp Friendship (6h Ave. at 8th St.). There were no problems with lack of indoor space -- they simply went back to Camp Friendship when necesasry during the day. I found the counsellors to be fun, energetic and well-trained, and the organization to be well-run. I am sending both of my kids there this summer (which reminds me . . . I'd better get that applicatiaon in!).
  • Park Slope Day Camp

    We have been a PSDC family for going on 6 years now, and are very happy, our son started as a 5 year old and he’s 11 now headed to the “on wheels” program for about 5 weeks this summer… it kept him happy and safe when he was younger and is still doing it now as he has more adventures, and he’s made great friends and has a lot of fun. It’s also very organized with email and phone blasts when trips run late, and weekly updates of schedule changes, and lots of other things that make me feel like they have it together. And great staff. My only gripe is the cost – the price keeps going up, and new families of any camp should expect their kid to want to return every year and be prepared for not just this summer but 5 summers from now. And new families should be aware that the PSDC price doesn’t just go up annually, it goes up as kids have more trips and adventures and it used to be the more affordable camp (we chose the 8 weeks at PSDC over the 6 weeks at Poly Prep which was the same price for shorter days and fewer weeks) and now I wouldn’t say it’s the more affordable option. Now I’d say JCH Bensonhurst is the more affordable option and we know plenty of families who swear by that other camp. (including 1-2 families that switched over for cost reasons) But my kid is set on PSDC and we happily send him. They do a good job.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 4 Likes: He liked the field trips, the swimming, and the carnival days. What would you change? I was shocked that after two weeks of camp at $600 per week, we were still reminded to give the counselors a gift. I hope the counselors are paid enough as it is and don't rely on parents for tips because that is an astronomical sum of money for what we got. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? Love the bus service.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 7 Likes: Variety of activities. Counselors. A very active camp. What would you change? More trips for the Sports Academy. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 12 Likes: This is kind of a generalist camp rather than the sports/music day camps my daughter also does. So she really was interested in the camp because of the overnight to Hershey Park amusement park which she liked (but the accommodations were sub par and they say they are changing that for next time). She liked traveling around but sometimes found the places a bit "junky" or small scale (amusement parks were more local etc). I think the camp tries to give tweens a lot of hangout time which she liked but could have used more games or activities which she liked. That said, she was comparing it to her beloved overnight camp. I always find that PSDC invests well in its staff and is a good professional and well thought out program. Tweens are hard to please too. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 5 Likes: This camp kept them so active all day. They taught my son how to swim at the Red Hook pool twice a week and they would go to Jacob Riis park every other week. Very flexible bus pickup options for free, extra care until 6:30pm, weekly field trips (Wonder Wheel Park, Adventureland, Toy Museum, and more!). He's spent all summer outside playing, and every day I'm jealous that I didn't get to go to camp with him! :) What would you change? Not much. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 6 Likes: They loved the counselors and they loved learning skills that they performed at the end of the two weeks. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? The bussing from a location closer to us to the location in Cobble Hill was very easy and the kids loved the bus rides. For parents who like the convenience of park slope day camp but your kids got tired of all the day trips (which is what happened to us last year) I highly recommend this speciality variation.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 5 Likes: The multiple activities and the general feel and camp rituals (chants and special theme days). What would you change? - tell kids to bring something to sit on at lunch - end the tipping counselors request Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? The staff was energetic, caring and trained well. (Not disconnected or distracted, knew my kid quickly and engaged, clear chain of command on site).
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 3 Likes: The hours were fantastic. What would you change? I think it is a lot of physical activity for my young one. He came home pretty dirty and exhausted by the end of the day. I would have liked to have had some quiet days during the week. Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? I think my son was generally too young and quiet for this type of camp. I needed the hours for coverage though. The older kids looked like they had a great time and I'd reconsider sending him in two years.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 13 Likes: The counselors were very nice and so were the kids at camp. They went to different places on trips on a daily basis and that was fun because of the diversification. What would you change? Not much. It was very well run. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? All of my children went to Park Slope Day Camp for their childhood. My son worked there for 2 years after he aged out and my daughter is now working as an assistant counselor. It is a very friendly and well run camp. I highly recommend.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 4 Likes: My son seemed to really enjoy the camp - he's not yet 5 so not a lot of detail on why he loved it but he did say he liked his counselors, all the activities and generally really seemed to like going! I had a good feeling about it as well - I liked the focus on safety protocols, the counselor to kid ratio and it seemed very well run (the camp office was very responsive and everything seemed well organized). What would you change? The counselors seemed a bit young - especially given the young age of the junior campers. That said, they all seemed mature and responsible, and well supervised. It just would have been my preference for at least one of the counselors of the group to be a bit more experienced. Overall, I didn't observe anything that highlighted this as a problem but since asked, this is the one thing I would change. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 4 Likes: Loved the young, energetic counselors. Everyone knew her name and she's not the outgoing/talkative kid. Variety of activities is great. They are SUPER buttoned up and organized, which was reassuring as a parent. What would you change? Not much. They're a well-oiled machine. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 7 Likes: lots of physical activity and time outdoors. Good balance between field trips and onsite activities. Convenient bus service for drop off and pick up. My non-athlete learned a huge amount of skills in his 2-week Sports Academy session, and a great deal of soccer confidence. He comes home happy. What would you change? 1. Counselors need more training in working with and disciplining kids. There were a couple of instances where it seems counsellors over-reacted (or flipped out) for lack of othe disciplining skills. 2. Provide a later bus drop off option. They have after-camp, but it requires you pick up on site. Bus pickup is closer to 4:30. 3. Provide a more instructive swim option. We were excited about all the scheduled pool visits. But they reportedly spent most of their time in the baby pool, or in a class hanging onto the wall with one or two chances to swim per kid. My narrator may not be fully reliable. But a more intensive option for kids who can swim would be great. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 8 Likes: In the beginning my son was wary about attending this particular camp--he wasn't sure he would like it. But from the first day on he can home with a smile, telling funny stories about things he'd done with his camp friends and counsellors. A big positive is that his Sports Academy experience motivated him to further hone his soccer skills, and in turn increased his self esteem. The coaches really focus on helping kids become better athletes--with a focus on good sportsmanship and keeping things fun. His counsellors were amazing--genuinely kind, caring and responsible young adults. What would you change? Overall My son was thrilled with his camp experience but I would prefer if they offered healthier snacks. (Whole grain crackers and fruit instead of pretzels and juice). Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? If your child loves soccer, this camp is a great option.
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 5 Likes: Great counselors, made lots of friends, varied activities. What would you change? n/a Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • responses: drop-in summer camp

    Park Slope Day camp has this option but with a minimum of 10 days to be used through out the summer.
  • responses: drop-in summer camp

    Park Slope Day Camp has accommodated my 2 days here and there requests!
  • Park Slope Day Camp Reviews

    We love it. Very nurturing to the younger kids. The counselors are also clearly very well trained, and always seem alert both to the children's needs and to the parents' as well. Total contrast to the camps I went to as a kid. I recommend PSDC unreservedly. But register fast because they tend to fill up as summer approaches. (Reviewed March 2015)
  • Re: [PSP] full day summer camps for 4 year olds

    We loved Park Slope Day Camp -- very nurturing toward the youngest kids. "Slightly Sporty" could probably describe it well.
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Pee Wees Age of Child: 3 Likes: One counselor was more lovely and dynamic than the next. It was really an amazing group of young people (the majority of the counselors seemed to be college students). They kept my almost-4-year-old engaged but also contained. He came home every day singing new songs, and talking about his new skills (karate, etc.) What would you change? Honestly, nothing. Super-organized, lots of follow-up. They would call if my son got the slightest bump or bruise. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Do you have any other information to add? Highly recommend
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Junior program Age of Child: 4 Likes: My daughter loved camp. I think she liked the counselors the best. The first couple days she said who her best friends were she was naming counselors. She loved the camp songs. Everyday on the way home she would sing a new song. She loved swimming and the beach. And enjoyed the theme days. What would you change? Nothing much did not see anything we would add or take away Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Do you have any other information to add? Highly recommend
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: junior camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: The counselors were so wonderful and seemed to really like the kids and their jobs. My children were kept busy and engaged and had a lot of fun. They never got bored and loved just about everything they did. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Do you have any other information to add? Highly recommend
  • Aug 25-27 any camps available for a 6 yr old girl

    Park Slope Day Camp has mini camp as they call it. Check their website for info.
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Age of Child: 4 Likes: Flexible schedule - able to schedule on/off weeks, add extended day, etc. Fun trips Pool Fun games and activities Physically exhausting School bus pickup! What would you change? Healthier snack options Better sunscreen application Better hydration reminders to kids Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add?
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Sports Academy / Regular Camp Age of Child: 7 Likes: Day trips, visits to the park, the other kids, counsels. What would you change? More day trips. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? These programs are best for kids who are very active.
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Age of Child: 5 Likes: They enjoy different activities each day and my daughter really loves her camp counselors. She looks forward to going every morning and comes home happy every afternoon! They are great at communicating! If there was ever a problem, they are totally on the ball! What would you change? Nothing, Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add?
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Age of Child: 4 Likes: They did trips to all different activities including amusement parks, swimming pool, beach, etc. My daughter really liked her counselors - they were full of energy and I heard many stories about their funny jokes, songs, etc. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add?
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Age of Child: 5 Likes: I have two very different children (one outgoing, one shy) and both really like this camp. They enjoy the variety of trips (museums, amusement parks, bowling, etc.); swimming, and the typical camp games like steal the bacon, red light/green light, etc. Mostly they like the counselors-- PSDC does a good job of selecting enthusiastic, friendly, helpful counselors and staff. What would you change? A few more options for the long "park days," such as drama, sports, etc. Also, the kids often complain that the "theme days" don't have anything to do with the theme: animal planet day is just more park games dressed up as "Pet Tag" instead of tag, etc. : ) There does seem to be a little more just "hanging around" as opposed to engaging in learning activities (karate, gymnastics) than in previous years. But my kids like hanging around with their friends so all in all, they are happy!!! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? The desk staff is particularly friendly and helpful if you need anything!
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Pee Wees Age of Child: 4 Likes: Great counselors! Fun activities. What would you change? Better communication from office about what to wear/bring, esp as weather changes. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Pee Wees Age of Child: 3 Likes: She was happy with all the different activities and trips. She liked her counselors. What would you change? Hygiene - for the 3-year-olds, especially, it seemed like they never washed the kids hands or faces. All of her camp shirts, her hands and her face would be covered in dirt when I picked her up. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? I was very impressed with the diversity of activites, the constant communications via email, and how well it was organized. LOVED the bus transportation!! The counselors were all very friendly and sweet.
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Junior Age of Child: 5 Likes: Great counselors, field trips and activities. What would you change? Length of day - 8am-4pm was a bit long for him. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: Lots of activity for our son. Good level of contact with parents on a weekly basis or as needed (especially when the weather was extremely hot and they needed to modify the outdoor activities) What would you change? Would like more swimming. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp North Slope Program: Regular and Sports Academy Age of Child: 5 Likes: Really well-organized, fabulous counselors, lots of activities - sports, arts & crafts, singing, field trips. Offered extended day option. Very communicative with parents. What would you change? Not a thing Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? We particularly liked the Sports Academy - the soccer program run by Sonic Soccer.
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    PS 58 - Carroll Gardens Program: Cirque D'Ete Age of Child: 4 Likes: My daughter enjoyed the good combination of physical activity and art projects. She especially enjoyed the introduction to gymnastics skills. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Pee Wees Age of Child: 3 Likes: Our daughter was excited about going to camp each morning. She liked doing different activities each day. Her favorite activities were the pony rides, swimming at the Red Hook Pool and going to the beach. She also had fun riding the school bus to the different activities. She liked her counselors. She was thrilled when she received a gold medal on her last day of camp. She has been wearing the gold medal every day for the past two weeks. My husband and I were very happy that our daughter had a good experience for her first time at summer camp. We were impressed with the variety of activities done with the youngest campers. The counselors were energetic, positive, interacted well with our daughter and took good care of her on some very long days (8:30am to 6:30pm). Things could get disorganized at drop off and pick up times but I am happy to report that I was never allowed to leave with my daughter until I had signed her out. They also checked my ID for the first few days even though it was clear that my daughter was excited to see me. I didn't mind showing my ID. I'm glad they were strict with these policies that ensured the security of my child. At first I thought it was unnecessary to receive 5 t-shirts on the first day. But I was thrilled that I had enough shirts for the week without having to run to the laundromat after work one day. What would you change? For the Pee Wee campers that stay longer than the 2pm departure time, I would suggest a rest time. My daughter often napped on the bus but a nap on one of the mats probably would have helped her. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? We also had our daughter do the final mini-camp week. We were still happy with her experience during the mini-camp week but we did find it less organized. Counselors seemed to change more often and didn't know as many details about our daughter's day.
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    North Slope Program: Joey's Age of Child: 4 Likes: The range of activities and trips was fantastic. The camp counsellors were a lot of fun. What would you change? The venue for the North Slope location was very dark and run down. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    North Slope location Program: Pee Wee program Age of Child: 4 Likes: My son really liked the variety of games that his group played every day, riding horses, running around in Prospect Park, going to swim at the Red Hook pool, and having special theme days. I was happy to see him engaged in all of the above, plus I really appreciated how incredibly well organized all of the administrative stuff was, with frequent, informative, user-friendly emails, easy digital ways to submit important info, timely updates and reminders, and responsiveness to questions. This camp is both kid-friendly and parent-friendly! What would you change? Healthier snack. That's about it, and that's really pretty minor. A really fun, well-run camp that manages to accommodate a huge number of campers/families but still feel friendly and intimate in their communications. Impressive. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Pee wees Age of Child: 5 Likes: Counselors and activities What would you change? A bit more organized. Calendar fit messed up and difficult to know what day was what Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • ISO Park Slope Day Camp Reviews

    We sent our son to the end-of-summer 1-week mini-camp at 4 years 2 months last year, and he had a great time it and didn’t seem overstressed, although he was both tired and keyed up at the end of each day (we sent him till 4 PM, and I think not leaving him till 6 was a good idea at that age, although we will do the full extended day next summer). The one negative was that the kids do get bused to the beach, the pool etc. many days, and he got bus sick, although not too badly; so it may not be ideal for a kid who’s prone to carsickness. But think that mini-camp was structured more like the Junior Camp (with more trips), so it may be less of an issue with Pee Wee Camp.
  • ISO Park Slope Day Camp Reviews

    We started when our son was just turned 5 and going into Kindergarden, now he's going into 3rd grade (so this will be our 4th PSDC summer) and I was concerned about safety as our son is (and used to be even more) active and loves taking risks etc. PSDC is very safety oriented which put me at ease. And the camp is very geared to the different age groups, so the counselors for the younger kids really "get" that age from what I could tell. (we didn't meet them all each summer, but the first summer we made a point of it). I may have been one of the recent reviewers, I forget, but I should also mention that we have put our son in each of the Bay Ridge, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope locations for various reasons (mostly synching up (or not) with a friend in a different neighborhood) and have liked all 3 locations, more or less), and we have done a variety of things each summer such as, only 3-4 weeks one summer and 7 weeks another (depending on which specialty camp(s) we added that summer). I love how well the camp works with families to customize the experience. Am running into logistical trouble with other otherwise lovely camps that have "sessions" including ones that start mid-week making it hard to coordinate with PSDC and specialty camps which go Mon-Fri and thus to do those camps without taking time off from work for a few days.
  • Re: Summer camp suggestions?

    Park Slope Day Camp has a couple of meeting places in Brooklyn (I see more of what goes on in the Carroll Gardens one). They always seem to have a good ratio of counselors to campers and the counselors keep the kids busy! I have yet to see any of them just sitting around watching the kids play. The kids are always on the go in the buses but they have very nice air conditioned buses to cart the kids around. I never had any personal experience with the camp but when asked, I do highly recommend it based on what I see and hear from both kids and parents.
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp park slope day camp north slope Day Care or Sleep Away-- dc Program: junior camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: loved adventures/ field trips What would you change? more field trips, less time at the pool/beach Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations Do you have any other information to add? my daughter had more separation issues this year- she really missed me and the go go go of camp was almost too much Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Park Slope Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 6 Likes: 1 day/week go to Manhattan Beach, trip each week to Coney Island, Liberty Science Center, movies, central park zoo etc She also liked that they went to the park most days and played games outside. What would you change? In the materials it talked about the kids exploring Prospect Park each day, and it turned out that they mostly hang out behind the picnic house and learn camp songs and play games. I'm glad she gets a chance to spend the time outside, but it would have been even better if they had explored different areas of the park and maybe done some nature-based activities as well. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp PS 282 Day Care or Sleep Away-- Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: My daughter enjoyed all the fun activities and songs and friends. They went to the Red Hook pool every other day and Prospect Park and on many field trips. She had a blast! What would you change? Not a thing, it's fab! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp North Slope Day Care or Sleep Away-- Day Camp Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 4 Likes: Every day my son came home excited about what he had done. I caught him singing camp songs and he described all sorts of games. The variety of activities was great. Lots of swimming was a plus. The counselor's are super enthusiastic and my son really loved them all. What would you change? Healthier snacks. They provide a juice and some sort of dry snack (pretzel, cookie, etc.) in the afternoon. Not the worst, but not the best. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? I thought it was a wonderful mix of urban adventure and good old fashioned camp. Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Windsor Terrace Day Care or Sleep Away-- Program: Age of Child: 4 Likes: Community, independence What would you change? No thoughts Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Windsor Terrace Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: Age of Child: 5 Likes: He came home dirty, tired, and happy everyday. They swim 3X /week, go on a trip 1x/week. They rotate horseback riding, gymnastics, carousel every 3 weeks. He loves PSDC. What would you change? price! but really, when broken down hourly- it's less than $10/hr. So I guess you really can't beat that here. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? This is my son's 3rd year at PSDC. This year, he also did a 2 week program of soccer camp thru PSDC. He also loved this! Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Park Slope (6th Ave/8th Street) Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: Age of Child: 5 Likes: Everything! The counselors, the trips, the activites and his friends. What would you change? There is a good deal of bus travel -- to and from Prosepct Park, the pool, the beach and the weekly trips. But I don't think my son cared. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Park Slope Day Care or Sleep Away-- day Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: The Counselors! They were great. What would you change? Down time and travel time...but it's a problem for a lot of camps. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Carroll Gardens Day Care or Sleep Away-- Day Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: Trips, swimming Pool, 2 weeks in Sports Camp What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? We were moving this summer and ended up living in 6 different apartments while we waited for our new home to be ready. PSDC staff were great with the various changes we had for bus schedule and other schedule changes, and we're a real pleasure to work with. Nothing ruffled their feathers. Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
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    Junior Location - Park SLope (camp friendship) How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 3 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? they liked playing games and going swimming. What would you change about the program? it was hard to get much info out of them because i had two daughters aged 3 and 4 at PSDC, but i know they didn't love riding the bus. that's life though and how else could they get to coney island which they loved. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: i wonder if there's anyway to recycle the t-shirts. like ask for them back at the end of the summer. they probably cost a lot, and are very nice, but there's no need to wear them again. it would be nice to pass them onto future campers.
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    Soccer Camp Location - N. Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 5 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? Super nice counselors, lots of fun easy into-to-soccer age-appopriate games for the little kids What would you change about the program? Maybe they could go swimming in the afternoon? Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend
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    Jr Camp Location - N. Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 5 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? Super nice counselors, very friendly, good intro to swimming in a pool, safe and fun trips to the beach, horseback riding, arts & crafts, fun camp games. He even loved the extended day program. What would you change about the program? Nothing, actually! Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend
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    Middle Camp Location - Park Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 6 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? My daughter liked the opportunity to swim a lot, the comaraderie, the counselors, and spending a lot of time in the park. I appreciated the mature staff, the attention to the children's safety and happiness. The staff seem to truly love what they do. What would you change about the program? I think the days are a little too packed with activities. My daughter got used to it, but she complained that there was "too many things" to go to each day and she would have preferred depth over breadth. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend
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    Junior Camp/Cirque D'ete Location - North Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 5 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? She had great fun doing a wide range of activities. The counselors were very outgoing and formed a special bond with my child. She made lots of new friends and was very excited to participate. What would you change about the program? The pick up from the North Slope location to Cirque D'ete was a little rough, since the bus could not park on the curb. Also, although most communication (about where to go, or where they were during heavy rains/earthquakes) was exceedingly clear, the newsletters were a little sparse. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: This camp is extremely well run. I was very impressed by the quality of the staff and by the director who spent a great deal of time at the site where we attended. When my child had a minor accident (tripped and scraped knee, bonked head), I was notified immediately, and provided a detailed explanation of the incident, and what course of action had been taken (ice/bandaid)
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    Location - PS 282 How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 4 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? She went swimming 3 days per week. Twice to the Red Hook Pool & once to Manhattan Beach. She enjoyed the many field trips. Participated in horse back riding & gymnastics. Friendly staff, excellent on-site supervisor. What would you change about the program? Although it was great that they went on so many trips, it seemed they were on the bus a lot. I wish that they were able to provide more swimming lessons during pool time. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: My daughter came home every afternoon tired, dirty & extremely happy. She was in the Junior Camp & ended up with great counselors.
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    Junior Camp Location - North Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 4 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? My guy had a great time! He liked the games, learning many camp songs, playing with his counselors (who were enthusiastic and very playful and from my interaction seemed like they received good training from the camp), going to the beach once a week, the trips, and just making new friends. He came home happy every day, singing a new song. What would you change about the program? I was very happy with my son's experience. This camp is run very well. During the heatwave or rain, they changed schedules and accomodated the kids the best they could. The only things I would change is I wish I could have gotten some more feedback on what he specifically did..I had informal conversations with his counselors so I get a sense of his day. I received newsletters which were good but I would have liked more specifics. (It could be that I am just used to pre school and this is a camp) Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend
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    Junior Camp Location - North Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 6 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? A good variety of activites, lots of pool and beach time, great trips, energetic, fun and attentive counselors, the chance to make new friends. What would you change about the program? Nothing Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: The staff are really pros. They've been doing this for a very long time (20 years), and they have it down. They are organized, communicate with the parents frequently and really well, and seem to hire dedicated staff who love kids and are great with them, but are also really responsible. The office staff are super responsive to questions/needs/concerns, and are very flexible.
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    Junior Camp Location - Windsor Terrace How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 5 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? The variety of the field trips, the art projects and the counselors. What would you change about the program? Way way WAY too much waiting around. And a fair bit of bussing. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend with reservations If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: I was terribly impressed with the counselors: they are caring, attentive, thoughtful, kind, affectionate, and they really seem to enjoy their jobs.
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    Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - PeeWees Location - North Slope How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 5 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? The counsellors Varied activities The school bus! What would you change about the program? Nothing, it's fantastic. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend
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    Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - Junior Camp (k &1st grade) Location - windsor terrace How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 4 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? My child came home everyday DIRTY and TIRED - exactly how I like my kid after a day at camp. He LOVED the horseback riding, loves going to the beach and pool. My son THRIVED there. He came home every day a little more confident, way more cooperative, and very happy! His behavior at home actually improved too. He ate better dinners, fell asleep at night without the extra water/bathroom trips! The hours of the camp are very work friendly - you can enroll your child in extended day (for extra $, of course) The couselors are wonderful - attentive, loving, very safety concerned. I feel there are plenty of adults for the # of kids in attendance. What would you change about the program? I really can't think of anything I'd change. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: They are pretty pricey, but for all the activities they do, and the care my child received, I decided it was worth it. Still less $$ than a nanny...and they don't ask for extra parental help or extra money for trips. It's all included! Also, I had many work schedule changes this summer - actually needed to add 3 more weeks than I originally signed up for - and it was accomodated with no problem!
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    My older son, now 7 has been in PSDC for 3 years, and is crazy about it. My younger son started last year at age 3 and loves it as well. I don't have much to add except to echo the noteworthy comments of others: -- Very nurturing towards the younger children -- Very safety-conscious -- Great morale and esprit de corps among the counselors. It stuns me how well-trained and "on" they so uniformly seem to be. -- Office staff is friendly, helpful and professional Last year I left both children in the "extended day" after-camp for a couple of weeks and was surprised that they seemed to like that as well as the regular camp.
  • Review from 2010 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child:3 Likes: My son liked the activities What would you change? Very disorganized. Staff is too young Does not follow calendar or inform parents in advance of scheduled trips Too much Chaos for a 3 year old No real structure Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Do NOT recommend Do you have any other information to add? This camp should be for older kids. Every day that I send my son there I feel anxious.
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Jr Camp Age of Child: 4 Likes: Loved swimming lessons, being in the park, field trips (to plays, carnivals, a farm...) and camp games. What would you change? Maybe less bussing? But then he wouldn't get to go to the park, to the pool, to the beach, to horseback riding lessons... so maybe nothing! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? They promised he would come home happy, hungry, dirty and tired, and he did! I do think he had a great time and spent a lot of time outdoors. It was a great, traditional camp.
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: The variety of activities: park days, swimming at Red Hook pool, beach trips, gymnastics, horseback riding, theater trips, nature walks and theater games in Prospect park. It was a good balance between traveling and staying local. The counselors -- the entire staff, really -- were mature, well-trained and seemed unusually skilled at connecting with both children and parents. I had some hesitation about this camp because of the uniform, lots of rules, its large size (felt a little like a factory), but I was pleasantly surprised by how thoughtful and personal the experience was for both me and my daughter. I felt like my daughter was truly "known" by the staff -- more so than at any other camp or school experience she has had! From the top down to the junior counselors, these folks seem to really love children. What would you change? I can't think of anything, except maybe easing up on the rule requiring the children to wear sneakers and socks every day (crocs seemed to work just fine and are a lot cooler on these hot NYC days). Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Pee Wees Age of Child: 4 Likes: - Pony rides - Pool - Trips What would you change? Do more creative activities with the kids. They really enjoy a lot of creative projects/programs. Teach swimming - not just go to the pool with them. I wanted my child to learn to swim. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? One thing that annoyed me is that my child lost 2 hats, 2 towels and a water bottle. Everything was labeled, and some things (hats, water bottle) were labeled twice. For Pee Wees there are 4 counselors per group, and they should check buses, ask the kids and collect their stuff. My child has lost things about once a week and the counselors never have any idea where that could have happened. So this is frustrating!
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Age of Child: 4 Likes: Very active camp. Lots of supervision. Varied activities. He liked the school bus and yellow shirt! What would you change? Better feedback from staff. Healthier snack. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: Free bus service that picked her up right near our house, long extended day hours--very important to two full-time out of the house working parents, camp t-shirts provided by PSCD (made getting dressed these past weeks easier), lots and lots and LOTS of fun activities, including horseback riding, swimming and the beach EVERY week (!). My daughter has come home excited about something that happened at camp nearly every day. She also had friends from her current school, from her Beansprouts classes, and from her day care site participate in her group, so it was a great way to reconnect with playmates and families we hadn't seen in awhile. Counselors have been friendly and very professional, and really organized! What would you change? The facilities at the Windsor Terrace location could be cleaner. Kids were in the cafeteria/basement at Holy Name church, and while the counselors diligently cleaned all the time (I saw this nearly every time I picked my daughter up), still a grungy floor and bathrooms that sometimes didn't have enough toilet paper and paper towels. This is a relatively minor concern--we've really loved the program! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Camp Park Slope Day Camp Windsor Terrace Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 6 Likes: Loved the counselors; varied activities; lots of swimming; very organized and efficient; very, very safety conscious. What would you change? The only thing that I might change would be to eliminate the bus ride to the Park. Otherwise, I only have great things to say about the program. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Overall Excellent Program.
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: pee wee Age of Child: 3 Likes: all the activities-being outdoors- the field trips. What would you change? maybe the meeting place? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Age of Child: 7 Likes: The swimming What would you change? More pool time Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Park Slope Day Camp was EXTREMELY well-organized. The teen counselors there were surprisingly mature, communicative and overall together. We've tried Beth Elohim in the past and were put off by the lack of professional, polished counselors there. I think that's why we were so shocked by how well Park Slope Day Camp operated.
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior Camp (6 year olds) Age of Child: 6 Likes: He seemed to like the teenage male counselors of which there are quite a few. He like the horseback riding which is unfortunately just once every other week. He also like the gymnastics, again only once every other week. What would you change? Not sure why but he disliked going to the Red Hook Pool twice a week. My son said it was confusing and hard to change into their clothes in the hallways. He dreaded going each week. Said he got yelled at by pool workers and seemed generally terrified of going. He also didn't seem to fond of the weekly trips to Manhattan Beach. The counselors don't really help the kids much. His shoes were always on the wrong feet when he returned (once with just one sock on) and his backpack literally filled with sand. They are really kind of on their own at this camp - not much nurturing in my experience. Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations Do you have any other information to add? The camp is mediocre at best. They spend a lot of time in Prospect Park - nothing terribly exciting. The counselors barely even said good morning to either me or my child when I dropped him off each morning. They were, however, very friendly on my child's last day when I tipped them.
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: My son loved everything about camp. Every day was packed full of fun: they swam twice a week, went to the beach once a week, took great field trips all over the city, did drama and karate. He was never bored. Moreover, the counselors were just wonderful. Somehow the camp found the most attentive, kind, fun loving young adults imaginable. He felt part of a big fun club! What would you change? Really, nothing. We were very happy! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior camp Age of Child: 6 Likes: My son was HAPPY! He loved the weekly schedule and variety of activities. He made new friends. He became more self-sufficient and confident. He challenged himself to try new things. What would you change? Although they kept us informed by email, they weren't great about responding to email questions. They were always receptive and available by phone, but email would be more convenient. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Juniors Age of Child: 5 Likes: Counselors, counselors, counselors -- my kid can be difficult but they quickly settled him in. Activities. High level of organization. Nice camp spirit. Location relative to our house via subway. What would you change? The inflexibility with regard to refunds, although I understand why they are this way. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: our son loved - Pool; karate; loved some of the counselors and other kids; gymnastics, horseback riding, amusement parks we loved - the free shuttle bus between campuses and through Brooklyn in the am; their flexibility and well located campuses; their organization level and structure; the useful and organized email blasts to famlies including during the heat wave when they told us how they were dealing with it; we felt we were in good hands What would you change? A little hard to do business with them via email and not always convenient to do things by phone More opportunity for kids to become truly proficient at swimming - I wish they had a one-week swim camp or something or other specific camps besides just the circus camp although that might be too hard to work into a good, organized program Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Junior Camp Age of Child: 4 Likes: Loved being outdoors, learning to swim, being in the park each day. What would you change? A lot of time is spent on the bus - but that is unavoidable, as they are bringing them to many great places! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Program: Mini Camp - end of August to September Age of Child: 4 Likes: My child enjoyed the rides on the school bus (still a novelty) and the many trips. What would you change? My only experience with the camp is the end of season mini camp where most of the vetted counselors had already gone back to school. All that remained were the inexperienced high school students who would rather spend time texting than engaging the children. I think there should be more experienced counselors at these events. Also, I found the staff to be very careless with my son's things (we had a lot of missing items even though they were cleary labelled). Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations Do you have any other information to add? These types of camps are best when the weather is nice. The activities are fun and are mainly geared towards outdoor activities. If you have the misfortune of getting bad weather, it is pretty dull and the kids are cooped up in the dank basement of the Beansprouts building. Not very fun:(
  • Review from Summer Camp Survey 2010

    Age of Child: 3 Likes: They love the variety of activities and the nurturing environment. The counselors are very involved, well trained, and seem to genuinely care about their charges. They also have a great sense of pride and esprit de corps. My 6-year-old has been there for 3 years running and my 3 year-old has just started. Both are wild about the camp. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
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    There was a very recent thread on this, but to reiterate my own family's experience with Park Slope Day Camp: My older son, who is 6, loves the camp, and it is especially the caliber of the counselors that has impressed me. The clearly have been carefully selected and trained, and have a clear sense of professionalism, enthusiasm, and esprit de corps. From speaking with my own son's couselors, I understand that most of them return year after year, and many attended the camp as small children themselves. (Recommended 2/10)
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    Summer Camp/Name of Business - Park Slope daycamp Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - Junior camp Location - Park slope 2. How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 5 3. What did you/your child like about the summer camp? The songs, the games, her counselors 4. What would you change about the program? Too many busrides 5. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes 6. Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend with reservations 7. If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: They take the bus everywhere and my daughter hated the busrides. The first week she said over and over that she hated camp and didn;t want to go. We figured out that she actually only hated the busrides, but they are integral to the camp day, it's hard to separate one from the other. After three weeks, she said she loved camp and wanted to go back.
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    Summer Camp/Name of Business - Park Slope Day Camp Location - Park Slope - 8th Street, 6th Avenue 2. How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 7 3. What did you/your child like about the summer camp? This is my child's 4th year! This was his best year yet! He loves all of it...he has learned how to swim, do karate, team activities every day, went on weekly trips, two times a week to Red Hook pool for instruction swim. He loves the counselors and the kids. They also play every day in Prospect Park. 4. What would you change about the program? Nothing. 5. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) Yes 6. Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Highly recommend 7. If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: When I asked my son if he likes camp or school better...he said he likes camp because you don't have to listen as much and you can play much more... What I love most of all about Park Slope is their fabulous training of their staff...always feel secure that my son is taken care of and the counselors are very competent. Also, Ronnie, the director, is very available and listens to concerns from parents and staff alike. This year I asked him to pump up his swimming instruction and he did...My son is swimming very well as of this year.
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    Summer Camp/Name of Business - Park Slope Day Camp Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - Middle Camp Location - Windsor Terrace 2. How old is your child? (or the age when he/she attended camp) Age: - 7 3. What did you/your child like about the summer camp? My daughter liked it that some of her friends were in the same group. This was the third year that she was in this camp at this location. Both, she and I, were familiar with the routine and the counselors and I liked the hours. 4. What would you change about the program? Most of the counselors were very young and did not seem to be well engaged withthe campers or parents. By the end of the summer, I did not know who most of the counselors were in my dauhgter's group. The supervision also left a lot to be desired. The activities were not as great as theywere last year or the year before, possibly because she was in Junior camp then. 5. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) No 6. Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend with reservations