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Park Slope YMCA Armory - P.S. 10 Daycamp

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Park Slope YMCA Armory - P.S. 10 Daycamp

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Reviews (16)

  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Park Slope How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4.5 Review: This was one of the few camps that we came across that had a true 9-5 day (with optional earlier drop off) and felt more affordable than other Brooklyn based camps. Camp is structured in two-week blocks, which is great if you're traveling for some of the summer. This was a little stressful for our son as he started later than a lot of kiddos in his group and had a little bit of a tough time assimilating - but in the long run, I think this was/is good for him! (Just something to note.) I thought the program was fantastic! The counselors were very attentive - it was really seamless to drop off and pick up. We were late once (ten minutes) and I called ahead and they were so kind about it - I truly felt like we were a big team taking care of our son this summer. The activities were super varied - swim, "ice" skating, water play, blow up bouncy houses, arts and crafts, etc. I would highly recommend this camp! What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I kinda wish there were even more swim opportunities, but only because my son is still nervous in/around the pool and I wanted him to get more comfortable with it. (He's also younger - 4.5, so I think there are other more dedicated swim camps if interested.) Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? nothing COVID related popped up!
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: The armory How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6 Review: My son thought the camp was Meh. Given how long the day is, they didn’t seem to do that much. They only swam one day per week even though it’s advertised as twice per week and often they didn’t go to the park either when it was on the schedule so they were indoors all day. They didn’t do much in the way of sports either. On a positive note, the arts and crafts seemed great, they had animals come visit and it was also a very affordable option compared to other camps.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Park Slope How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6 Review: My child loved camp! She was with her good friend and made some new friends. They were supposed to have swim 2x a week and only had it once a week and we were not notified. We sent our child in with a swimsuit and gear and no swimming happened. The next day we were notified that due to staffing shortages swim would be only 1x a week. They were supposed to go outside every day which also did not happen. Camp is supposed to go till 5pm and you can pick up earlier. Some days we picked her up at 415pm and the children were just sitting around doing nothing. At drop off a few times no one was there to check her in, not sure how they are keeping tabs on the children. There were a lot of teenagers working which is fine, I also worked at camp as a teen-ager as well. It just seemed disorganized and more adult supervision was needed. There was a wonderful zoom before camp started going over what to expect. Unfortunately many of those things didn't happen. With all this said, my daughter had fun, she looked forward to everyday and was with friends. Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? My daughter got COVID the 2nd week of camp. Our family has been 100% covid free until then. Her friend tested positive 1st in the evening and the next morning she tested positive. I emailed the camp immediately to let them know and they took NO ACTION. No notice was send out to other parents. I also called and got no response. This made me assume that the same may have happened earlier and this could have potentially been avoided by keeping her out of camp or wearing masks.
  • [ANONYMOUS] Affordable local summer daycamps?

    Also the YMCA has camps for 4 year olds if you’re a member its $270 a week plus it has extended day from 8am-6pm - its takes care of 8 of the 10 summer weeks. YMCA has a scholarship based on need you can apply and if you pay the whole summer by May 20 you save 10% - or roughly 1 week is free.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 6 Review: My daughter really enjoyed it. We originally signed her up for just 6 of 8 weeks, and she decided half-way through she wanted to go the full 8. She got to go on field trips, play in the park, swim, go in sprinklers, learn songs and do arts and crafts. The structure was lax, and there wasn't much focus on academics, which is probably why she liked it so much. Gave her a break from the rigors of the school year. What would you change about the program, if anything? In general, I thought the program was fine. And the price was certainly right. (About 50% less than most other programs I researched.) I just wish there was more parent communication. I would pick up a weekly schedule on Monday, which always looked great, but then my daughter would often tell me they didn't do half of the things listed. It would have been nice to get an email - even just once a week - summarizing what the kids did and what type of schedule changes were made.
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 5 Review: Our son LOVED camp at the Y. He attended all 8 sessions and loved going each day. He enjoyed the activities and the predicable weekly schedule. He thought the counselors were so funny and he made several new friends. What would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Kinder camp Age of Child: 5 Likes: Counselors are nice. Good trip choices 1x per week. What would you change? Not enough time outdoors. Need more water play or swimming. Lunch is too early. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations Do you have any other information to add? I don't understand why but kids are not allowed to run when at the playground. They are told they can only walk fast. This makes no sense to me. Free lunch program seems to be encouraged unnecessarily even to those who have brought their lunch. The miste
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: Armory/PS 10 Age of Child: 4 Likes: My 4-year old son attended the Y Camp during Session IV (mid-August). I was a little nervous because this was the first time he was in a large camp. The staff and counselors was very welcoming and made my son feel right at home. I loved that each week had a set schedule and had a range of activities (swimming, sprinklers at the park, etc.) and lunch was available if needed. In addition, this session included having a talent show which my son loved learning the song and the dance moves. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the camp and would definitely send him next year. What would you change? I know many parents have commented before but I do agree that it would be good for the camps to spend a little more time outside. My son came home after the first day and said they "sat around a lot today". I know it can take some time to travel to Prospect Park with 15+ 4-5 year olds, but if the day was set around doing multiple activities in the park (playground, games, lunch) would be better than playing within the school. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
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    Half Day Kinder Camp Location - PS 10 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 son enjoyed the camp and liked the 'teachers'. It was a good preparation for pre-k for him. He particularly enjoyed the craft activities and the other kids at the camp were friendly and fun. We also liked that it was fairly inexpensive. What would you change about the program? Information given out to parents had a few mistakes which led to misunderstanding and disappointment. The schedule we were given often did not match actual activities so expectations were raised ('Oh, you have a special excursion tomorrow'...) and were not met. In particular it was advertised that the kids would swim twice a week when in reality only one swim lesson per week was planned and kids spent very little time in the pool. 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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    YMCA 9th St, Brooklyn Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - Express Location - Drop off at PS10 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? diverse group of kids, friendly staff, mostly well organized, good range of activities, including swimming What would you change about the program? to provide a little more notice about trips and events. they provided a week ahead sheet available on the Friday so normally ample notice but we were taken by surprise a couple of times about some things. For example, "Mommy we can wear costumes tomorrow" which resulted in somewhat harried late evening/early morning searches. 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: extremely good value. Generally very happy with the Y.
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    Express Camp Location - drop-off at PS 10 Age: - 7 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? Our son was not happy at this camp at all: -- inside most of the day in un-air-conditioned PS 10 -- every kid needs some down time, but it seems that's all this camp was. For most mornings they sat in classrooms, were not allowed to talk and were asked to complete work sheets about the value of the week, i.e. honesty. They seemed to spend majority of the time inside, not outside, although there were activities like sprinkler, or walk to the park. Some days they used either the Armory or the pool at 9th St. -- My son attended this camp on the hottest week of the summer. When I asked him to be sure to drink lots of water he told me that the counselors told kids not to drink water, because they didn't want the bother of taking them to the bathroom! What would you change about the program? The counselors seem to be untrained, unsupervised and uncaring towards the kids. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) No Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Do NOT recommend If there is any other information you want to provide, let us know here: I've heard better things about some of the other camps the Y runs, but avoid the Express Camp.
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    Park Slope Armory Age: - 6 What did you/your child like about the summer camp? She liked the swimming, field trips, and games. 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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    Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - Express Camp Location - based at PS 10 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? Some familiar faces amongst campers. Counselors, on a scale of one to ten, were about 7, so my son seemed friendly enough with them. He didn't like after-camp but I did, b/c of my work schedule. What would you change about the program? I don't fault the Y for the # of people who come through their door - and it's a high # b/c they are at least *affordable* ($350 for 2 wks., vs. say $400 for one week elsewhere) - and we love the Y in general (we're members at 9th St. and the Armory, and my son's school holds gym classes there) -- but -- two big hesitations about this program, which he attended for 4 wks starting the last week in June. 1) Turns out the younger groups are based at PS 10, and much time is spent sitting in the auditorium, cafeteria and classroom - would have MUCH preferred being based at the Armory - and this set-up was not made clear until the orientation, i.e. until after fee was paid. 2) - and more important to me than point #1 - for the Y, an organization with its history of development - to almost completely eschew time in the green outdoors, say Prospect Park!!, seems ridiculous. If they did go outside it was just to the PS 10 playground or to walk to the Armory or 9th St.....they spent just a few time slots out of a few days out of the month visiting the park. The program seemed much more concerned with the easiest way to contain a large group of kids. JUST TAKE THEM TO THE PARK. Minor point: after-camp was one of those moments in which kids stuck in a classroom - every time I went to get him, 3 or so counselors in there just sitting in chairs, watching some kids scribble - the first time my son ever did anything (school or camp-wise) that necessitated an authority figure reporting back to me was here - I'm sure he was bored out of his mind & so started running around the desks (that was his infraction - this is no excuse for not heeding the counselor, I'm just noting he'd never had this happen before, where he'd done s/t and then didn't listen when told to stop). Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) No 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'm actually undecided about next year - because of the cost, we may have to send my son back there, and I would love to feel more positive about this program, but if money were no object, would rethink it.
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    YMCA Prospect Park Half Day Kinder Location - Drop-off Pick up at PS 10 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? We liked the price! The counselors seem great. Goes through August, which is nice. What would you change about the program? The disorganization on the first day almost caused a riot amongst the parents. They are not flexible about drop off times - it's 9am sharp, or you have to preschedule early drop off for the entire session. It's not really near any public transport. The kids have to walk a ton - they walk from PS 10 all the way to the Prospect Park Y for swimming once a week. That's another thing - they advertised swimming twice a week when they really only had swimming twice a session, as in, once a week. Very hard to get a hold of anyone by phone or email. Was really hoping this would be more of a sports camp given that it is run by the YMCA, but it's not really. I think my son would have enjoyed it more if it were more athletic oriented. Will you send your child back to this summer camp program next year? (Or would you if you could?) No Would you recommend this program to other parents for their child in the future? Recommend with reservations
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    YMCA Specific Camp Program (if applicable) - Kindercare Location - PS 10 & Park Slope Armory 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? He loved the counselors, daily activities, and other kids in the camp. What would you change about the program? Better organized with paperwork. 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 affordable, especally for YMCA members and early registrants. It starts the day after school ends and covers the whole summer break except for the final week in August.
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    Our son, 6, just did a week's camp at the Armory over winter break and he had a great time. He didn't want to go the first day but looked forward to each each day after that. Nice variety of activities including free play time. The one thing I was startled by was that several of the other boys brought DS's (sp?) with them and were allowed to play with them during free time. My son described all the other children, himself included, crowded around waiting for a turn to play.

 

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