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With endless summer fast approaching, parents are left with a plethora of choices for summer camp here on Staten Island. Readers of http://www.silive.com can narrow down their choices for the best that Staten Island summer camp has to offer.

Staten Island Day Camp, according to SI Live is offering young kids "the “Food Olympics,” where eating becomes a sport, and “Camp Idol,” where young singers will get their shot on stage."

At Brick 4 Kidz, a Lego-building studio that opened in December, kids will put their engineering skills to the test as they build cool objects from Minecraft and Angry Birds at the company's engaging summer camp.

“In today’s world with everyone connected with iPads, phones, Wii and Xbox, summer camp offers a way for your child to disconnect and experience nature, friendship, exercise and socialization in real life with real memories and real friendships,” said Glenn Wechsler, co-director of the Jewish Community Center’s Lillian Schwartz Day Camp program, added the report on SI Live.

Here is a look at The Staten Island Advance's top picks for endless summer:

"The YMCA, the granddaddy of summer camps, certainly knows a thing or two about entertaining kids — as it’s being doing so since 1885! Its day camp program is packed with good old-fashioned fun: swimming, arts and crafts, structured games, activities and theme days," adds the report.

The YMCA summer camp program runs from June 30 to August 22 at Pouch Camp, 1465 Manor Rd., Sea View; Broadway YMCA, 651 Broadway, West Brighton; South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Avenue in Eltingville. The program offers kids swimming, arts and crafts, sports, outings to New York City, and Crazy Hat Day.

Nature'playground

"At the Greenbelt’s summer camp program, young naturalists will have a blast venturing out in the great outdoors of Staten Island and exploring the natural wildlife of the greenest borough," adds SI Live. The camp is located at High Rock Park at 200 Nevada Avenue in Egbertville and runs from July 7 to August 14. "Exploring the Greenbelt’s trails, streams and ponds to their heart’s content; learning about the birds, insects and mammals that inhabit the area. After this program, their kids will have a deeper appreciation for Mother Earth," adds SI Live.

Mad Science

At Wagner College’s Mad Science summer curriculum "which tackles a new science program each week — kids will get to learn fun things like how rockets are made or the way forensic scientists approach a crime scene," added SI live. The summer camp is locate at Wagner Colleg's bucolic campus at 1 Campus Rd., Grymes Hill ans runs from June 30 to August 8. "Building rockets, playing detective, learning the secrets of the spies, conducting crazy experiments and making their very own invention," adds SI Live. "A perfect combination of education and fun. Does it get any better than that?"

Special Needs summer camp

A great place for kids to spend the summer if they are special needs students is The JCC’s Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs. It provides an educational, creative, socially and emotionally safe environment for children and teens with special needs, who experience a full day of recreational activities. The camp is located at The Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Rd., Sea View from July 7 to August 15. "Swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, boating, dance, pioneering, special event days and weekly trips to places like amusement parks, cultural events and shows," adds SI Live. Highlights include a specially trained staff and a low camper-to-counselor ratio.

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Make them happy campers: A sampling of Staten Island summer programs

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Decisions, decisions: It’s that time of year again when parents must figure out whether to send their kids to a traditional camp — where tug-of-war and other good old-fashioned games usually are part of the mix — or a program that suits their children’s specific interests. (Associated Press)

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Elise G. McIntosh | mcintosh@siadvance.com By Elise G. McIntosh | mcintosh@siadvance.com
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on April 08, 2014 at 1:45 PM, updated April 08, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Oh, to be a kid this summer. With all the fun day camp offerings on Staten Island, they’re bound to have a blast.

Consider all the cool activities being organized by Staten Island Day Camp, where this year’s crop of campers will get to participate in the “Food Olympics,” where eating becomes a sport, and “Camp Idol,” where young singers will get their shot on stage.

And over at Brick 4 Kidz, a Lego-building studio that opened in December, kids will put their engineering skills to the test as they build cool objects from Minecraft and Angry Birds.

“In today’s world with everyone connected with iPads, phones, Wii and Xbox, summer camp offers a way for your child to disconnect and experience nature, friendship, exercise and socialization in real life with real memories and real friendships,” said Glenn Wechsler, co-director of the Jewish Community Center’s Lillian Schwartz Day Camp program.

To navigate the plethora of camp options, check out the list we’ve compiled and grouped according to a child’s interests. This is by no means a comprehensive list — just several ideas to help parents get started.

FOR THE TRADITIONALIST

The YMCA, the granddaddy of summer camps, certainly knows a thing or two about entertaining kids — as it’s being doing so since 1885! Its day camp program is packed with good old-fashioned fun: swimming, arts and crafts, structured games, activities and theme days.

Address

Pouch Camp, 1465 Manor Rd., Sea View; Broadway YMCA, 651 Broadway, West Brighton; South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Ave., Eltingville
Date

June 30 to Aug. 22
Why kids dig it

Swimming, arts and crafts, sports, outings to New York City, Crazy Hat Day.

Parent-pleaser

Programs are designed to help kids build upon their academic skills. Plus, early-bid and sibling discounts.

Good alternatives

The JCC summer camp; Young People’s Day Camp; William Osborn Day Camp at

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Campers of the Greenbelt summer program trek the trails of the Greenbelt.

Photo Courtesy of Dorothy Reilly

Goodhue Center

Information

718-227-3200 ; ymcanyc.org/

southshore/pages/day-camp-at-staten-island-ymca

FOR THE NATURE LOVER

At the Greenbelt’s summer camp program, young naturalists will have a blast venturing out in the great outdoors of Staten Island and exploring the natural wildlife of the greenest borough.

Address

High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave., Egbertville
Date
July 7 to Aug. 14
What kids will dig
Exploring the Greenbelt’s trails, streams and ponds to their heart’s content; learning about the birds, insects and mammals that inhabit the area

Parent-pleaser

After this program, their kids will have a deeper appreciation for Mother Earth

Good alternatives

Staten Island Museum’s Earth Camp; the Zoo’s Zoofari program

Information

718-667-7475 , ext. 1; education@sigreenbelt.org

FOR FUN-SEEKERS

Priding itself on its innovative lineup of special events, Staten Island Day Camp packs as much fun into a day as it can with its unique blend of traditional camp activities and one-of-a-kind programming.

Address

College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., Willowbrook
Date

June 30 to Aug. 22
What kids will dig
A speed scavenger hunt, the Food Olympics, a dance party, an “extreme sports” competition, track-and-field races, “Camp Idol” and much, much more

Parent-pleaser

A low kid-to-counselor ratio and a highly trained staff

Good alternatives

FunStation Day Camp

Information

800-301-2267 ; statenislanddaycamp.com

FOR THOSE MAD ABOUT SCIENCE

In Wagner College’s Mad Science summer curriculum — which tackles a new science program each week — kids will get to learn fun things like how rockets are made or the way forensic scientists approach a crime scene.

Address

1 Campus Rd., Grymes Hill
Date

Programs run from June 30 to Aug. 8
What kids will dig

Building rockets, playing detective, learning the secrets of the spies, conducting crazy experiments and making their very own invention

Parent-pleaser

A perfect combination of education and fun. Does it get any better than that?

Good alternative

David Villamarin Math & Science Academy at St. Charles Parish; Fastrack

Information

718-390-3221 ; wagner.edu/community/youth-programs/summer-camp/

FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The JCC’s Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs provides an educational, creative, socially and emotionally safe environment for children and teens with special needs, who experience a full day of recreational activities.

Address

Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Rd., Sea View
Date

July 7 to Aug. 15
What kids will dig
Swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, boating, dance, pioneering, special event days and weekly trips to places like amusement parks, cultural events and shows.

Parent-pleaser

A specially trained staff and a low camper-to-counselor ratio

Good alternative

Kids Connect USA

Information

718-475-5231/5232; camp.sijcc.org

FOR LITTLE BUILDERS

Kids will have the chance to put their engineering skills to work using Legos at Bricks 4 Kidz, which opened its Staten Island facility in December. It offers hands-on classes where kids will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cards, buildings and other constructions.

Address

72 Sharrott Ave., Pleasant Plains
Date

July 7 to Aug. 29
What kids will dig
Building Angry Birds and comic heroes out of Legos — need we say more?

Parent-pleaser

Their kids will be getting a hands-on lesson in the principles of architecture, engineering and physics

Good alternative

Wagner College’s Lego Robotics program

Information

347-534-7925 ; bricks4kidz.com/newyork-statenisland-richmondcounty/

FOR THE BUDDING ACTOR

The Staten Island Children’s Theatre Association has a musical theater workshop for aspiring entertainers, who want to learn or sharpen their musical/acting skills. The program will culminate in a performance of “Disney on Stage.”

Address

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston
Date

June 30 to July 11
What kids will dig

Singing, dancing, acting and shining on stage.

Parent-pleaser

It teaches youngsters the virtues of commitment, cooperation and building self-confidence; watching their child perform in the show

Good alternative

St. George Theatre Performing Arts Academy

Information

718-981-7288 ; statenislandchildrenstheatre.com.

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