Early Childhood Center
Shibley's Junior Campers, ages 3-6 years old, have their own Early Childhood Center located in the heart of Camp. Age-appropriate "Clubhouses" are close to the Dining Hall, Nurse's office, Summer office and bus-pick up areas. Here young children feel comfortable in their own camp area with all activities within easy walking distance.
Special Care and Attention
Our youngest campers receive Shibley's very special brand of "TLC". From the time they get on the bus to the time they return at the end of the day, it's our goal to make sure every child feels "at home" at Shibley.
We take particular care to ensure our youngest campers are comfortable with their camping experience.
Just before camp opens, we host several events exclusively for our Junior Campers and parents. These events include Bus Rides around camp, Swim Parties and Playtime on our Junior playground. Fun experiences like these familiarize young children with camp and help them adjust more easily.
We offer a Mini-Day option for campers 3-5 years old. This program is specially designed for young children who aren't ready for a full-day away from home. Morning bus pick-up is at the usual time for Mini-Day campers but they have early dismissal at 2:00 and arrive home by 2:30pm. For more information about this special program please contact our office at 516-621-8777.
All of our Group Leaders are experienced educators with Masters Degrees, and most have been working at Shibley for decades. Group Leaders are actively involved with their campers. They work along with and supervise a small number of college-age counselors to ensure every camper feels comfortable throughout the day.
Each Shibley Counselor goes through extensive orientation before camp begins.
Shibley's Junior Playgrounds are specifically designed with young children in mind.
Our three-story "Green Giant" climbing structure, Shibley Zone play center, Kids Car Wash, "Golden Gate Bridge," Magic Castle and super-sized Sandbox Area provide hours of fun and physical activity.
Electric Power Cars are a big hit, where even the youngest campers can "drive" with help from our staff.
Learning to Swim
A big part of camp is learning to swim, and our youngest campers get lots of attention in this area. Your child will have swim instruction every day in our heated Junior Pools specially contoured for young swimmers. Campers also enjoy daily recreational swim to encourage them to use their new water skills. Our Lifeguards and Swim Instructors are Red-Cross Certified and all Pool Staff are CPR Trained.
In Junior Camp we have scaled-down courts for Basketball, Tennis and Newcomb to build confidence as young campers learn new sports skills. Other Junior Camp favorites include Tae Kwon Do, T-ball, and Gaga Ball. Shibley's "Yankee Stadium" field is a home for Softball, Hockey, Soccer and games of all types.
Music is a big part of Junior camp with our Musical Movement, Singing and Percussion activities. Participation in various camp performances builds confidence in a fun environment. Our youngest boys and girls love our Junior Camp Talent Show, Junior Camp Sing-Along and watching the older campers perform in our Broadway Musicals. There's also the "Shibley Stars Musical Review" for our Junior Girls and our Junior Girls Disco Party where they rock out!
Arts & Crafts
Junior Campers have many opportunities to make hands-on projects in the deep shade of our Arts & Crafts area. Trained arts teachers guide them in their creative endeavors and they will proudly bring home their camp "masterpieces"!
Another favorite activity, our Tug-A-Mania Boat Race, gives our 1st Grade Boys the opportunity to make their own wooden Tug Boats and race them in our Junior pool.
Campers love being outside at Shibley. Our shaded areas provide the perfect environment to appreciate nature's beauty. We have a petting zoo area where campers can touch and hold animals such as turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs and our favorite pet - a tame Chinchilla!
Our schedule is packed with exciting special events from Carnival and Waterworld Day to our Shibley Olympics and Sports Dress Up Day.