Kickball, played on the Cantine Field baseball diamonds, was one of the many games and sports activities taking place during the first day of camp at the Saugerties sports field complex. As of Monday, July 8, 216 youngsters were registered for the camp, but director Suzanne Dodig-Sussman said more were still registering.
“This is bigger than we’ve ever had,” Dodig-Sussman said. One of the reasons for the success of the camp has been the quality of the staff, she said.
The Saugerties Day Camp offers instruction in a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer and bowling, as well as special events like parachute games, races and scavenger hunts. Students also participate in arts and crafts, nature study and a variety of games and free play. The entire sports complex is available, including the Lions Club playground, the Small World playground and the Kiwanis toddler playground.
Trips away from the sports complex have included Ulster Beach, Zoom Flume Water Park, Hoffman’s Playland, miniature golf and bowling. The various activities will be announced as they come up, according to the camp’s brochure. Visitors to the camp have included puppeteers, musicians, storytellers, artists and naturalists.
Full-season rates for Saugerties residents range from $440 for the season for a single child to a maximum of $1,520 for four children or more from a family. Half-day rates range from $260 to $920. For out-of-town residents, the rates are $490 to $1,720 for full day, and $290 to $925 for half day. On-site registration rates are slightly higher.
New campers may continue to register throughout the summer, with rates pro-rated for the number of weeks they participate. Opening day was Monday, July 8, and the camp runs through August 16. The full day runs from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m., and a half-day program is also available.