BY BARRY WARNER
Did you know that getting kids enrolled in a summer day camp program and out in the sunshine provide health benefits? Vitamin D is produced by the action of the sun’s rays on the skin and is used to help young bodies absorb calcium plus build strong bones and teeth. In addition, being out in the sunshine helps bodies to produce chemicals that improve moods and makes kids feel happy.
Phil Lima is serving as director of the Stony Point Summer Day Camp for the 12th year and has been in camping for 45 years. He told The Rockland County Times, “The mission of the summer day camp is to provide a fun-filled and enjoyable recreation program for kids ages 7-14.”
Karen Lima said, “I have been in the program with my husband Phil, for 35 years as an arts and crafts counselor plus first-aid specialist. The 7-8-year-old female campers have been working on jewelry boxes, tie-dye and sand art. The camp promotes skills like cooperation, sharing and following directions.”
Counselor Erica stated, “I enjoy keeping the kids busy playing games. Also, I want to be a teacher, so working here at the summer day camp is a good way to learn about interacting with children.”
Many of the Stony Point campers learn best while they are in motion. Field trips immerse kids into the greater environment of Rockland County and beyond. The Castle in Chester has a climbing wall, go-carts, laser tag and batting cages. Splashdown Beach Water park in Fishkill features a zero-gravity half-pipe and three body slides. Rye Playland has superflight rides, go-carts and a whip.
Assistant director Ashley Kardian stated, “The counselors find out what the campers want to do by getting down to their level and stimulating communication. I encourage the counselors to act as role models and participate in the games. After a busy day, the campers may be tired, but they have stories to tell their parents about their trips and activities.”
The Stony Point Summer Day Camp provides opportunities for girls and boys to develop a sense of teamwork and independence, in order to refine social skills and build self-confidence. The program helps growing kids release their pent up energy in a positive manner. Having a fun summer will ease the transition back to school in the fall.