We profiled Nassau County day camps earlier. Now we turn the spotlight on camps in Suffolk County.
From swimming and sports to arts and crafts, each camp offers activities and other events to keep kids happy all summer. Since there are so many different camps in the county from which to choose, be sure to check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide. Here are some of our favorite Suffolk County camps.
Waterside activities are featured at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island.
Camp Quinipet Day Camp — Shelter Island
Ages 2-13 years
Camp Quinipet sits on a large, partially wooded peninsula with wonderful water views from almost everywhere on the property. There is no swimming pool, but there is a sandy beach and a dock with all sorts of watercraft. The camp offers a sleepaway program, a day camp, and a sailing school. Quinipet is more rustic than fancy. It doesn't have huge air-conditioned classrooms or pools with fountains and water slides. But it does have comfortable lodgings, up-to-date facilities, and is situated in one of the most picturesque spots on Long Island. The staff is friendly and professional. The camp is owned and operated by the United Methodist Church and includes some progressive Christian programming, but children of all faiths are welcome. Campers register by the week. There is a half-day (morning or afternoon) program, along with a full-day program, which includes a hot lunch.
Crestwood Country Day Camp — Melville
Preschool through 10th grade
Established in 1956, Crestwood offers a range of sports and activities, including swimming, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, arts and crafts, dance, a mini zoo, zip line, paddle boats, super slides and carnivals. Bus service from most nearby neighborhoods is included in the cost of tuition, and early and after care programs are available.
Kenwal Day Camp
Pre-K through 12th grade
This camp is huge with an incredible mix of activities. It has eight zip lines, sports fields, courts, a lake for boating, four pools (one with a giant slide), and playgrounds. Kenwal offers a range of sports, swimming instruction, drama, music, arts and crafts, and a nature program. Children spend part of each day in general activities, and then have the choice of focusing on a particular interest or skill.
The Knox School Summer Adventures — St. James
Kindergarten through 10th grade
Knox is a full-feature day camp with a waterfront campus at Stony Brook Harbor. It offers swimming, kayaking, field sports, tennis, horseback riding, science, drama, music, dance, fine arts, crafts, and chess. It also offers a travel program for children entering seventh through ninth grades.
Drama is among the specialties for young campers at Laurel Hill.
Laurel Hill School Summer Camps — East Setauket
Pre-K through eighth grade
This camp offers a number of summer programs and day camps. Specialtes include sports, drama, science and academic enrichment.
YMCA of Long Island Summer Day Camps — Bay Shore, East Hampton, Holtsville, Huntington and Patchogue
Suffolk County YMCAs offer both traditional day camps and a variety of specialty camps. They also offer programs and classes for children throughout the summer. Membership in the YMCA is required for all camps. Sibling discounts are available.
Young People’s Day Camps of Suffolk County — Central Islip
This American Camp Association-accredited day camp offers a mix of activities, including sports, hiking, swimming instruction, arts and crafts, music, drama, martial arts, and dance. Registration for more than two weeks includes a discount in price. Fees include door-to-door transportation from nearby communities.
Top photo: Pool fun beckons at Laurel Hill School camps. Photos courtesy of the camps.
This post was updated in March 2017.