Upper Camp

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What is Upper Camp?

The Upper Camp is uniquely designed to meet the needs of children between the ages 8-14. Campers choose from a variety of focused programs and also participate in larger unit activities, including swimming twice a week and community focused field trips.

During their semiweekly swim, campers have both instructional swim and free swim at a private pool in Riverdale. Counselors and swim staff work with the same campers each time, individually and in small groups, at appropriate swim levels and with an emphasis on safety. 

Below are Upper Camp dates and descriptions of each program.

Session 1 (6/15/15 - 6/29/15)

Select the session and grade your child will be going into for the 2014 school year.

  • Musical Theater, Grades 4th - 8th

    In Session 1, Musical Theater campers will sing, act and dance Broadway's greatest songs, scenes, and production numbers selected from various shows. The Theater campers will also be involved in usual Bank Street Summer Camp fun such as camp wide programs with other Upper Camp groups, overnight trips, and, of course, the Bank Street swim program at Riverdale.

    The Bank Street Summer Theater Program operates from a basis of collaboration between campers and instructors in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Instructors guide children through a variety of group exercises and activities to give them a sense of ownership of their performance.  Through physical and vocal expression, a sense of play is cultivated and an ensemble is born. All children are asked to start from where they are and encouraged to go to the edge of their imagination. Everyone is expected to work hard, play hard and have lots of fun.

    Weekly Sample Schedule (PDF 795 KB)

    $1,500

  • Special Effects, Grades 4th - 8th

    Movies are magic. This class will reveal some of the tricks of the trade and help campers make some of their own special effects. The program will cover everything from natural disasters to skin deformity. Campers will learn how to think outside of the box and really impress their audience.

    Weekly Sample Schedule (PDF 688 KB)

    $1,500

  • Sports, Grades 4th - 8th

    While the Sports programs are located in Bank Street’s gym, campers will also be using our many local parks such as Riverside, Morningside and Central Park, all of which are less than four blocks away. Drills, workouts and games will focus on building individual skills, teamwork, knowledge of a variety of sports, and total body coordination.  The program is coed and with an emphasis on personal growth rather than competition. Come join, no matter what your skill level and be ready to work and grow this summer! Sports will also be involved in usual Bank Street Summer Camp fun such as camp wide programs with other Upper Camp groups, overnight trips, and, of course, the Bank Street swim program at Riverdale.

    Weekly Sample Schedule (PDF 693 KB)

    $1,500

  • Spanish Travel, Grades 4th-6th

    Through the Spanish Travel program, campers take different trips around the city. They go to museums, parks, and sport events all over New York City. During these trips, counselors interact with the campers solely using the Spanish language, motivating them to use the language in many different ways. While visiting the various destinations, counselors will work with campers on their receptive and expressive communication skills, making sure that their exposure to the language is both positive and meaningful.

    Campers should be ready to use the target language in all activities. They will also be involved in usual Bank Street Camp fun: camp wide programs with other Upper camp groups, overnight trips, and, of course, the Bankstreet swim program at Riverdale. 

    Weekly Sample Schedule (PDF 708 KB)

    $1,500

    Grupo de Paseos, inmersión en Español. Sesión 1 (Junio 18-27) Grados 4 - 6

    En el programa Paseos en Español los campistas viajan a diferentes lugares de la ciudad de Nueva York. Los paseos incluyen; museos, parques, y eventos deportivos. Durante los paseos, los consejeros usan únicamente el Español para interactuar con los campistas, motivándolos a usar el idioma en diferentes maneras. Durante sus visitas a los diferentes destinos de la ciudad, los campistas son motivados a practicar sus habilidades receptivas y expresivas del idioma. Los consejeros del campamento se aseguran que los campistas tengan una experiencia positiva y significativa con el Español. Se espera que los campistas usen el idioma Español durante todas las actividades. Los campistas también tomarán parte de eventos especiales del Camp como: programas con otros grupos del Upper Camp, paseos de una o más noches, y por supuesto Natación en Riverdale.       

    Weekly Sample Schedule (PDF 367 KB)

    $1,500

Session 2 (6/29/15 - 7/31/15)

Select the grade your child will be going into for the 2014 school year.

  • Masters of Science, Grades 4th-6th

    The Masters of Science is a S.T.E.M. based experiential program in a recreational setting where each week campers will focus on a different aspect of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition to visiting this museums and time in the classroom, campers will participate in their very own science fair when campers share the work they have done over the course of the session with parents and friends.

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF )

    $3,600

  • Spanish Travel, Grades 4th-6th

    Through the Spanish Travel program, campers take different trips around the city. They go to museums, parks, and sport events all over New York City. During these trips, counselors interact with the campers solely using the Spanish language, motivating them to use the language in many different ways. While visiting the various destinations, counselors will work with campers on their receptive and expressive communication skills, making sure that their exposure to the language is both positive and meaningful.

    Campers should be ready to use the target language in all activities. They will also be involved in usual Bank Street Camp fun: camp wide programs with other Upper camp groups, overnight trips, and, of course, the Bankstreet swim program at Riverdale. 

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF )

    $3,720

    Grupo de Paseos, inmersión en Español. Sesión 2 (Junio 30 - Agosto 1) Grados 4 - 6

    En el programa Paseos en Español los campistas viajan a diferentes lugares de la ciudad de Nueva York. Los paseos incluyen; museos, parques, y eventos deportivos. Durante los paseos, los consejeros usan únicamente el Español para interactuar con los campistas, motivándolos a usar el idioma en diferentes maneras. Durante sus visitas a los diferentes destinos de la ciudad, los campistas son motivados a practicar sus habilidades receptivas y expresivas del idioma. Los consejeros del campamento se aseguran que los campistas tengan una experiencia positiva y significativa con el Español. Se espera que los campistas usen el idioma Español durante todas las actividades. Los campistas también tomarán parte de eventos especiales del Camp como: programas con otros grupos del Upper Camp, paseos de una o más noches, y por supuesto Natación en Riverdale.       

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF ) 

    $3,720

  • The Acting Company, Grades 4th-8th

    During Session 2, campers will be adapting, producing, and performing while also incorporating rhythm, and movement.  As campers prepare the play, they will explore acting, improvisation, directing, playwriting, storytelling, props, lighting, set, make-up and costume design.  We feel that it is important to include everyone as much as possible, so we take special care to ensure each camper has a substantial role.  Campers will also be attending a show during this session. In previous years, the Theater programs have seen Broadway shows such as In the Heights, The Fantastiks, The Wiz and Sister Act!

    Camper’s will also be involved in the usual Bank Street Summer Camp fun: scavenger hunts, sports and games in Riverside Park, camp wide programs with the other Upper Camp groups, an overnight trip to Club Getaway, and of course the Bankstreet swim program.

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF )

    $3,600

  • Film Writing and Directing, Grades 4th-8th

    The film program offers campers the unique experience of creating their own short films from script to screen. Through this in-depth, educational film experience, campers develop and explore their own creativity while learning how to use the art of film and storytelling to their advantage. Campers work collaboratively in groups of two to make a five-minute film. Campers will learn everything from film development and script writing to editing and scoring. Each camper will share responsibilities within their own group by working closely with a partner to create a collaborative vision, while also assisting other pairs in creating their films. Camper will not only be proud of their final product but they will also have developed the skills needed to continue to make their own short films on any Apple computer.

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF )

    $3,600

  • Musical Theater, Grades 4th-8th

    The Bank Street Summer Theater Program operates from a basis of collaboration between campers and instructors in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Instructors guide children through a variety of group exercises and activities to give them a sense of ownership of their performance.  Through physical and vocal expression, a sense of play is cultivated and an ensemble is born. All children are asked to start from where they are and encouraged to go to the edge of their imagination. Everyone is expected to work hard, play hard and have lots of fun.

    The focus of Session 2 will be a “Production Workshop.” During this session, campers mount a full-scale musical production. Students develop skills in acting, singing and dance. We feel that it is important to include everyone as much as possible, and we take special care to ensure each camper has a substantial role.  During each of our sessions, musical theater campers will be rehearsing, creating, collaborating, and performing.  As campers prepare these performances, they’ll be exploring acting, improvisation, movement, dance, and other aspects of the performing arts process.  Campers will also be attending a Broadway show. In previous years, the theater program has seen shows such as In the Heights, The Fantastiks, The Wiz and Sister Act!

    The Theater program will also be involved in the usual Bank Street Summer camp fun: sports and games in Riverside Park, camp wide programs with the other Upper Camp groups, and of course the Bankstreet swim program.

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF )

    $3,600

  • Sports, Grades 4th-8th

    While the Sports programs are located in Bank Street’s gym, campers will also be using our many local parks such as Riverside, Morningside and Central Park, all of which are less than four blocks away. Drills, workouts and games will focus on building individual skills, teamwork, knowledge of a variety of sports, and total body coordination.  The program is coed with a focus on personal growth rather than competition. Come join, no matter what your skill level and be ready to work and grow this summer! Sports will also be involved in the usual Bankstreet Camp fun: camp wide programs with the Upper camp groups, overnight trips, and, of course, the Bank Street swim program. 

    Weekly Samples Schedule (PDF )

    $3,720

  • Travel, Grades 4th-8th

    Travel Camp is a great way to experience the very best parts of New York City for every kid while also getting to know Boston, Hershey, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Virginia. Not only do we visit various locations in all boroughs of the city, campers are also involved in the usual Bank Street Summer Camp activities: sports and games in Riverside Park, camp wide programs with other Upper Camp groups, and of course, the Bank Street swim program.

    Schedule (PDF )

    $5,040

Session 3 (8/3/15 - 8/7/15)

grades prek-k Daily swim  $    680.00
grades prek-1 Spanish Immerison Daily Swim $    680.00
grades k-1 Daily swim  $    680.00
grades 2-3 Spanish Immersion Swim & Trips  $    680.00
grades 2-3 Daily Swim & Trips   $    730.00
grades 4-7 Daily Swim & Trips   $    730.00
grades 4-8 Advanced Swim and Technology  $    730.00

 

The Daily Swim program includes both instruction and free swim for the first half of the day in the outdoor pool at Skyview in Riverdale. Campers come back to Bank Street for lunch and activities or go out to a park or museum.

The Spanish Immersion Swim program is very similar to the regular Daily Swim program, except that the counselors interact with campers in Spanish. The program is truly immersive, meaning that not only are the counselors speaking with the campers in Spanish but the campers are also encouraged to respond to the counselors in Spanish.