BY JOE MARVILLI
Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner. With schools due to close up shop for the summer, children throughout the Borough will be looking for something to do.
When it comes to summer fun, Mill Basin Day Camp should be near the top of the list for any kid’s vacation. With tons of activities available from June 30 to Aug. 22, this venue is ideal for children who want to stay in shape, form friendships, learn leadership skills and keep their minds sharp.
Mill Basin Day Camp is located at 5945 Strickland Ave., Brooklyn, and has been open since 1998. Although it is not in Queens, owner Jack Grosbard said that many of the camp’s children come from the Borough.
“We have a very large number of campers that attend from many parts of Queens,” he said. “We offer door to door transportation to Howard Beach, Belle Harbor, Rockaway, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, just to name a few.”
Once the kids arrive, they can enjoy a bevy of activities over either a four-week or eight-week period, with options for attending camp three, four or five days a week. Mill Basin has an outdoor pool, basketball courts, a multimedia center, an arts and crafts studio, a karaoke studio, a baking center, a dance studio, a 6,000-square-foot turf field and a drama stage theater, to name a few.
“Mill Basin Day Camp is dedicated to providing an exciting and fulfilling camp experience for both children and their parents by providing fun, recreational, social and educational activities,” Grosbard said.
He added that since the focus for children has switched from the body to the brain, the obesity rate among kids has skyrocketed. He lamented the loss of the community and the neighborhood, saying that many children are also ill-prepared to deal with the challenges of adult life.
“So, how do we prepare our children with the skills and more importantly, the competencies they will need to tackle changes in our world? We could start with a positive camp experience,” he said. “A quality camp experience provides our children with the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development and healthy living — a meaningful, engaged and participatory environment.”
Part of that learning and engaging environment comes from the camp’s counselors. All head counselors are certified in CPR and First Aid from the American Red Cross.
While the camp would like all of the children to take part in all their activities, no one is forced to do anything they are uncomfortable doing. All of the activities promote fun and safety and are non-competitive. Good sportsmanship is encouraged all around.
“We often think if it looks like fun it must be unimportant, but ‘fun’ is a young person’s ‘work’ — to learn, to grow, to be productive, creative and happy,” Grosbard said.
Mill Basin has open houses nearly every Saturday until the end of June, starting at 11 a.m. Registration is now open for the camp, which accepts boys and girls between 3 and 14 years old. For more information or to register, call (718) 251-6200 or visit www.millbasindaycamp.com.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.