Looking Back at My First Shibley Summer

My first summer here at Shibley was definitely one I will never forget!  There are so many things that make Shibley such a special place, what stands out the most however on any given day are definitely the campers and the staff members. From the day camp began until the day camp ended, as I looked around, all I saw were smiling faces and happy individuals who would rather be exactly where they were rather than any other place.

The environment that camp provides is motivating for both the campers and staff, day after day, and the fun and excitement never stops. Whether you’re 3, 13 or 23 years old, where else can you make oreo rice krispie treats, cruise down a zip line, tie dye your own shirt, swim in a pool after sliding down a windy slide and have pizza for lunch all in the same day while wearing a green tutu?

The positivity and optimism here at Shibley are extremely motivating and just as contagious as the GREEN values! Whether you’re on the ball field, running lines at the theater for an upcoming production or climbing around the green giant, connections are constantly being made and friendships are consistently being fostered. We’re here to cheer each other on and lift one another up. Shibley is a family, the kind of family that only camp can provide and we are all extremely fortunate to be a part of it.

Fall Festival 2019

SAT, OCT 26 – 1PM to 4PM

Shibley is a place for our families to gather throughout the year! The annual Halloween themed Fall Festival is a great time for campers to reconnect with friends they haven’t seen since school started.

New and prospective families will have the opportunity to meet camp staff, participate in camp activities, tour the grounds and make new friends!

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP if your children are not currently enrolled at Shibley for Summer 2020

Pumpkin picking/painting, hay rides, face painting, games, music, refreshments, air bungee, Green Giant and a chance to enjoy our beautiful 20 acre wooded facility with family and friends.

Summer 2019 Review in Pictures

One of my projects after each summer is to put together a folder of pictures to use throughout the year for emails, social media posts, flyers, brochures, website updates and other marketing initiatives. So I have spent the last week looking through over 40,000 pictures, most of which are also available to you on the Shibley App.

I would like to give a shout out to our awesome media team from Summer 2019. Choosing the best of the best is not easy and I ended up with a folder of over 1000 pictures to work from.

I can’t share all of them here and now and I had to pick a number to stop at so enjoy ONLY 39 of my favorites (to represent the 39 days of camp), with captions.

We asked at orientation: “Who is ready to have a major impact on the lives of these campers?”

We saw the excitement on their faces the instant they arrived at camp on day one.

We loved celebrating America’s birthday on July 4th!

We saw the confidence build in each camper as they developed new swim skills.

Confidence that looks like this!

We expanded our Science activity area and added some animals…

…in addition to rocketry, coding, robotics and nature activities that encourage our campers to explore Shibley’s beautiful grounds!

Everyone loved the rides on Carnival Day…

…and the entire camp wore shirts they tie dyed themselves at Arts & Crafts. It was pretty cool.

Arts & Crafts projects of all kinds were on display from the beginning of camp to the end.

For Rock Star Day we beat on drum sets and percussion as the buses arrived at camp. And we dressed the part!

The Green Giant was a favorite of Junior Camp…

…and Senior Camp alike.

An equally popular attraction at camp was the Senior Adventure Park where campers overcame their fears and zipped away!

Another part of the adventure program is the Air Bungee which allows campers to soar up into the trees (and flip around while up there).

This summer the theater arts & solid gold dance programs were expanded to include more of Junior Camp (and more boys!!!)

We followed the Yellow Brick Road!

Senior Sing was spectacular.

We celebrated the GREEN values together every Friday!

On Halloween Day some campers chose to dress up like the staff members they look up to (That’s R for Respect- see above).


Our Shibley Chefs baked some very yummy creations.

We love the unique relationships that develop when siblings attend camp together…

…and the love shown when they meet randomly during the day.

Visiting Week was YOUR chance to see your child in action. I’m sure you also took 40,000 photos 🙂

The coaches taught athletic skills of all kinds to campers of all ages.

Lacrosse skills are more fun to learn in a tutu, don’t you think?

The annual Jeannie Cup did not disappoint!

We had a walk off ending to our Senior Boys 1 World Series..

…and we had our first Super Senior World Series.

We learned basic tennis skills and played fun tennis games in Junior & Senior Camp.

Recreational swim for our oldest campers included plenty of sliding into the pool.

We have the best swim instructors on the planet!

and the most spirited staff!!!

Sometimes we needed a hug…

…and sometimes a high five!

The Goose Cup is a big deal and we had two great teams competing for the championship this summer.

We filled the pools with inflatable fun for Waterworld Day.

Captain Shibley started off Olympics with a lap around the campers.

Do you have favorites of your own? Post them or share them with us!


Shibley Chefs 2019 Recipes

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels


  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1 – pound package small pretzel twists


  • In a large bowl stir together oil, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add pretzels and toss well to combine.
  • Spread pretzels out on lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 300˚F.

Mini French Toast Cups


  • 4 slices bread (we used whole wheat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 400˚F.
  • Lightly grease a muffin tin and set aside.
  • Place the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon into a bowl and whisk.
  • Tear or chop up the bread and add to the mixing bowl, stirring to coat.
  • Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so the bread can soak up the egg mixture.
  • Evenly distribute between six muffin cups and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the tops of the bread puddings are slightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before eating

Birthday Cake Popcorn


  • 1 bag microwavable popcorn
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • rainbow sprinkles
  • mini chocolate chips


  • In a microwave or double boiler, melt white chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Pour over popcorn and fold with a spatula to coat.
  • Spread onto waxed paper.
  • Decorate with sprinkles and chips.
  • Cool in refrigerator until firm then break into pieces.
  • *delicious with any type of chocolate

Eggless Brownie Batter Dip


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Allow butter to soften or soften in the microwave at 50% power.
  • Cream together butter and sugars.
  • Mix in cocoa powder, salt, milk and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Serve on its own or use as a dip with pretzels.

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats


  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 20 Regular Oreos, chopped
  • 5 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 Tbsp. butter


  • Spray or line a 9×13 pan.
  • In a large bowl, pour measured Rice Krispie Cereal.
  • Chop and mash Oreos. You can do this by putting them in a ziplock bag to help keep the mess under control. You want the Oreos to be a variety of sizes from chunky to finely crushed.
  • Add Oreos to Rice Krispy cereal and stir to combine.
  • Heat butter and marshmallows together in the microwave safe bowl for about 60 seconds in microwave.
  • Pour melted marshmallows over cereal and Oreos and use a spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to quickly combine all the ingredients.
  • As soon as all the cereal is combined, spread mixture into the prepared 9×13″ dish. Use the spatula to press the mixture around the dish, and flatten as needed.
  • Let sit until completely cooled.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


  • 1 (15.25 Ounce) Box Yellow Cake Mix*
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl stir together the yellow cake mix, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla until well combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop batter into prepared pan (batter will be very thick) and press down evenly into the pan using a spatula.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
  • Cool and cut into bars. 
  • *Chocolate cake mix can be used to make Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars.

Crunch Bars


  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 c. Rice Krispies
  • Pinch of flaky sea salt
  • mini marshmallows, white chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles for decorating the top


  • Line baking pan with parchment paper or foil.
  • Over a double-boiler, or in a microwave using 50 percent power, melt chocolate chips. Transfer to a large bowl and immediately add in Rice Krispies. Using a spatula, fold the chocolate and cereal together until the cereal is fully coated in chocolate. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle with toppings and refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Slice into bars and serve cold or at room temperature.

City Parents Love Shibley Day Camp

“You want me to put my 5 year old on a bus from Manhattan to Long Island every day this summerare you crazy? 

We often hear these words or see the wheels spinning in parents’ heads when we talk about campers coming to Shibley Day Camp from Manhattan. In fact, a large percentage of our campers do come from the east side of Manhattan in addition to areas in Queens like Long Island City and Forest Hills; and parts of Brooklyn including Park Slope. 

So why do parents send their children in droves from the city every day to day camps on Long Island? We asked a mix of first time Shibley families and veterans and here were some of their answers: 

I feel so grateful to have found Shibley for my daughter.  I’m so glad that I can give her the perfect summer camp for a city kid; one where she is outdoors in the sunshine, swimming in the pool  and running in the grass every day. She comes home exhausted with dirty knees and crazy hair.  Most importantly, she comes home happy. – Mrs. Grillo 

Shibley Day Camp

“Sending our children out of the city for summer camp was the best decision we could have made.  We love our city living most of the year, but the amazing landscape at Shibley provides a true camp experience and the ability to be outdoors for activities as much as possible – a luxury not local camp could provide.  While the bus ride to and from was my greatest hesitation, this was actually one of their daily highlights. They made friends outside of their groups and age bracket which made them feel even more connected to the Shibley community.  I know it was a good thing when I offered to pick them up from camp one day and they both quickly responded ‘NOOOO!’”– Mrs. De Angelis

Shibley Day Camp“As much as we love the city, you can’t beat the variety, offerings, and outdoor facilities that a suburban day camp has to offer. The minute my active little city-bird saw Shibley, he asked if he could go there over the summer. We’re confident that it’s the right choice for us.” – Mrs Goldenberg  

“We knew it was time to give Marco a taste of suburban life when he saw the Camp Shibley promotional video and said “look, it’s in the jungle!”  There’s more to life than steaming hot sidewalks and fenced-in city parks. We wanted to give him the opportunity to spend his summers running around in fresh air and green grass, and swimming in a beautiful outdoor pool.”-Mrs. Zambetti

Shibley Day Camp“…imagine not hearing the shrill of car horns and emergency vehicles for days on end.  Instead, imagine the magical sound of kids having fun in a truly natural setting.  My daughter loves escaping the noise of the city and enjoying full days filled with the sounds of nature…” – Mr. McLaughlin 

Shibley Day Camp

Sending our daughter to Shibley from LIC was one of the best decisions we have ever made! Our daughter gets the opportunity to be active in the outdoors on a beautiful large suburban property while participating in so many activities including; swimming, ropes course, playgrounds, sports, color war…the list is endless. Shibley provides convenient busing, which is amazing especially for working parents. She is currently counting down the days until she goes back to camp!– Mrs. Fritz 

Shibley Day Camp

This will be my daughters second summer at Shibley Day Camp, and the excitement in our home is at a whole new level! When is camp starting mom? How many more days again? Living in Manhattan is an amazing experience for my daughter and our family, but like every New Yorker and especially my child who is born in and being raised in NYC, you need a break every once in a while.  When my daughter was old enough she went to Shibley and upon her return from camp that afternoon her happiness and exhaustion was evident. The activities were beyond her imagination and the staff and counselors were just amazing even the bus ride home was an exciting adventure for her filled with fun and appropriate songs and games. City kids have benefits like no other children, but you should not pass up an opportunity to send them to a camp outside the hustle and bustle of the jungle of Manhattan. And make sure its a place like Shibley that your child will love just as much as their own home.– Mrs. Sticco 

Shibley Day Camp

I love sending my daughter to camp in the suburbs for so many reasons.  First and foremost is getting her to spend time outside surrounded by large lawns of green grass and giant shady trees. She learns about nature and escapes the concrete jungle.  Also, I love that there are various pools for swim instruction dedicated to each age level. My daughter finally learned to put her head under water and started to swim last year and now she runs and jumps into the water with no fear. This year she will work to pass the deep water test. Let’s not forget about the bus! I feel like my daughter grew up on that bus, gained independence, developed patience and made great friendships with boys and girls of different ages.  Lastly but equally important are all the outstanding activities that take place outside like carnivalOlympicsrelay racesbungee .. and so much more.. We love Shibley Day Camp! – Mrs. Fastenberg 

Shibley Day Camp

“The environment is such a departure from more urban settings. It’s like a having a relative with a country house who lets your kids go run, swim and play all day (under adult supervision). Their summer days don’t crawl by looking for things to do. Every day is spent in a beautiful wooded sanctuary that gives my children the feel of a upstate sleep-away camp. But I get the added bonus of seeing them at the end of every day, exhausted and relaxed as they regale me with the stories of their adventures. Without a haven like Shibley, my kids would probably never lay back on the grass and watch the clouds on a beautiful summer day like they were in their own backyard. They don’t have to compete with neighborhood kids for a hot swing on a blacktop playground. They don’t have to wonder how they will fill their hot summer days in a concrete jungle. Instead, all four of my children learned to swim from Red Cross certified instructors, they climbed rock walls, played softball, hockey, basketball and gaga….Over the many years I have realized it is a different kind of friendship that forms over the summers, when you only see each other for a few months. Those relationships are special. They will have these camp friends for a lifetime. – Mrs. Haberstumpf

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Facilities Update from Billy

Hello Shibley families! Billy here, and I wanted to show you some of the work that the facilities crew and I have been doing at Shibley this off season. We have completed the last of our interior bunk renovations. Xanadu and all the Senior boys bunks are now complete.  All camper bunks have been updated with beautiful pine paneling.

We have also been hard at work completing our new indoor science center complete with small animal habitats. We have  built an outdoor tortoise enclosure for our friend Daisy.

We are also redoing the bathrooms near Junior Pool 2 as part of the complete renovation of that pool and surrounding area.

We are very excited for warmer days ahead so we can get back into full swing of getting camp ready for an amazing summer 2019.​