Summer 2022: Our Full Program is Back and Better Than Ever!

At Pierce we never stop working on camp – we love camp and live camp with everything that we do. After two successful summers with the pandemic, we are excited to bring back our full program AND introduce some great new additions to our facilities and schedule.

AMAZING HAPPENS HERE!

We are very excited about what we have in store for this upcoming summer season! Here’s a SNEAK PEEK of just a few things we are adding (and bringing back) to Summer 2022 to make it the best one yet! We can’t wait to see everyone at camp in a few short months! -The Pierce Family

We Look Forward To Seeing Your Family For Our 105th Summer!

Sneak Peek of What’s In Store for Summer 2022:

  • American Ninja Warrior Expansion – Our Ninja Warrior course has been such a big hit that we will be doubling the number of unique elements giving our campers new opportunities to run, jump, vault, climb and balance. Our campers are going to love these new challenges as this is one of the most popular activities on camp for 6’s and up!
  • New Photo Sharing App – Allow us to introduce Campanion, our new camp photo app. The current photo system will remain in place, but benefits of Campanion allow you to view our photos more easily on your phone, set up optional facial recognition for your camper, and view photos in an Instagram style feed. Campanion also allows for enrollment and camp form submission right through the app.
  • Brand New SANDTASTIC Playground – It’s time for a major upgrade in the sand playground! We have teamed up with Landscape Structures to build a state-of-the-art playspace full of innovative new features which will inspire the imaginations of our campers… then they will take it from there!
  • Flag Football – We’ve added flag football for all campers 6’s and up. Instead of tackling the ball carrier, defensive players attempt to pull the flags off the ball carrier’s belt.
  • New Activity: Think Fast! – Our very own professional game show equipment will allow our campers to face off in a variety of game show formats…tell Ken Jennings to watch out!
  • More Theme Days and a new Special Event – We are putting the final touches on our 2022 Camp Calendar which will include more theme days and a brand new Special Event… Stay tuned for more details!

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WE ARE BACK!!!

After Two years of modified camp, our full program is back including these activities and special events!

  • Carnival Day!
  • Mid-Summer Surprise
  • Sports League Play for 6+
  • Senior and Super Senior Trip Program
  • Active-8 Choice Program for all of our 8’s
  • Pierce Sharks Swim Team
  • Pow Wow Shows WITH PARENTS!
  • Special Events from our favorite vendors Party Pets, Eric the Magician, and more!

This summer, camps are expecting to bring back the fun. And parents are ready for it.

Pierce summer day camp in New York

While families are signing on for the summer, it’s not without wanting to know the specifics of how camps will protect their children, camp directors say.

Camps that opened last summer have shared their best practices with other Long Island camps, says Will Pierce, owner/director of Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn and president of the 30-member Long Island Camps and Private Schools Association. Pierce had 700 people on its campgrounds every day during the summer of 2020 without a single case of COVID-19, he says.

“In the worst-case scenario, day camps will be open under the guidelines from last summer, which worked incredibly well,” Pierce says. Those included pre-camp temperature checks, mask wearing by staff, small cohorts who spent the day together, and other restrictions.

But camp directors say they are waiting for the state to hand down 2021 protocols in the coming weeks, which may amend requirements. “That’s still an eternity in terms of the world we live in; things are changing quickly,” Coleman says.

Transportation to camp will also return; last summer parents for the most part had to drop their children off and pick them up. But how that will be handled hasn’t yet been prescribed by the state, Pierce says. His camp has its own buses and has been operating them for local school districts with all students wearing masks at a 50% to 66% capacity so that each child can sit next to a window and windows can be open when it’s warm enough, Pierce says.

TAKING THE LEAP

Diana Shapiro, 38, of Great Neck, who works in finance, says her three children are the third generation to attend Pierce. Last summer, however, she and her husband decided not to send them because of uncertainty. This year, they feel comfortable sending them back; their older son and daughter, ages 10 and 7, will go to Pierce’s sister sleepaway Camp Birchmont in New Hampshire and her younger daughter, 5, will attend Pierce on Long Island.

The fact that their friends sent their children to Pierce last summer and had only good things to say, coupled with Shapiro’s expectation that vaccination rates will climb by summer, made the family feel good about resuming camp. “Things are just getting better,” Shapiro says.

Coleman agrees. “I’m all about 2021,” he says. “I think this summer will be one for the ages.”

Read the full article at Newsday.com

By Beth Whitehouse Beth Whitehouse, Newsday[email protected]  @BethWhitehouse1

Beth Whitehouse writes about families, parenting and great things to do with the kids on Long Island. She’s been a Newsday editor and shared a 1997 Newsday staff Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800.

Summer Camps to Reopen this Summer

“If camps follow the guidelines, campers can attend safely.”

Kids in New York will have more opportunities for fun this summer. Day and overnight summer camps will reopen in June. Day camps were allowed to operate at limited capacities last summer but sleepaway camps were closed the entire season. Here’s a look at which guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe.

Cheering for a teammate, dribbling a basketball, learning to play tennis and soccer… these are the sights and sounds of summer camp that Will Pierce hopes to bring back this summer. Will Pierce is the owner and director of Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn, NY. It won’t be long before children are back here. Camp ran last year at a reduced capacity. Will Pierce says “We will only operate if we can do so safely. We operated at a group maximum of 15 campers, all staff were in face masks, and we had a daily health screening.” This year Pierce hopes to increase the group sizes but continuing the protocols that kept them safe – sanitizing equipment and having the staff members wear masks. Pierce says “We had over 700 people here every single day with zero cases.”

According to a recent Duke University study that examined 54 YMCA camps in North Carolina during the pandemic, there were only 19 symptomatic cases out of nearly 7,000 campers and staff. “Camp is a very controlled environment. It always is.” According to Susie Lupert, Executive Director of American Camp Association New York-New Jersey. This year Governor Cuomo has allowed sleepaway camps to reopen. Lupert believes if camps follow the guidelines campers can attend safely.