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Camp Akeela – Thetford Center, Vermont

Camp Akeela is a co-ed, overnight camp in Vermont where “quirky” kids thrive! Within a well-rounded and traditional camp program, we focus on the social growth of campers, many of whom have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or a similar ASD profile. Akeela is an intentional community that values and celebrates each child and staff member. Campers make life-long friends, develop self-confidence, achieve independence, and leave camp with lasting memories filled with fun and spirit.

866-680-4744

info@campakeela.com

campakeela.com

Camp Cobbossee for Boys – Monmouth, Maine

Cobbosseee is the nation’s premiere four-week boys sports-and-adventure camp. Nestled on the shores of gorgeous Lake Cobbossee, Cobbosseee is one of the oldest continuously-running camps in the nation. Cobbossee is a place where sports and competition occupy a central facet of our summer program – but never at the expense of grace, class, or brotherhood. We know that competition and a healthy social culture are not mutually exclusive. Our boys form deep, lasting connections with each other, their counselors, and the veteran leadership at Cobbossee. Beyond sports, Cobbossee offers a rich program on our breathtaking waterfront, as well as a fully-developed adventure program in Maine’s forests, rivers, oceans, and mountains.

207-933-3503

info@cobbossee.com

www.campcobbossee.com

Camp Danbee – Hinsdale, Massachusetts

Camp Danbee offers girls both a full season and partial (Danbee in 4 or Danbee in 3) enrollment option. Spirit and instruction best describes our program. Small bunk ratios of 8 campers to 3 staff members insures quality supervision. 12 tennis courts, 2 heated pools, state of the art Gymnastics facility, along with a comprehensive arts and dance program highlight some of the many offerings. Located on Lake Ashmere in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, Danbee is a traditional and very spirited summer for girls from 7 to 15 years old.

Danbee’s low (1:3) counselor/camper ratio. Our emphasis on skill development and participation over competition gives girls a chance to succeed, to build self-confidence, and to grow at their own pace. Promoting resilience and empowering our girls since 1950.

973-402-0606

jay@campdanbee.com

www.campdanbee.com

Greenwoods Camp for Boys – Decatur, Michigan

More than a sports camp, Greenwoods is a community focused on inclusion and character development. Whether you are a competitive athlete, a musician, or love water sports … there is a place for you at Greenwoods. We teach sportsmanship on the field and teamwork in the bunks. Our elective program allows campers to choose a competitive or non-competitive schedule.  A competitive camper may choose to participate in sports leagues and tournament play with our highly skilled coaches, satisfying even the most competitive spirit. A less competitive campers may choose to participate in sports instruction to improve his skills, or elect not to participate in team sports.

Greenwoods encourages boys to gain a sense of independence, but that does not mean they are doing it on their own. Our counselors, coaches and directors support and encourage boys every step of the way. The spirit of our brotherhood sets the stage for boys to explore and discover who they are. Campers create their own activity schedules, with input from their parents, to tailor an experience that meets their interests and passions.

269-423-3091

info@lwcgwc.com

www.lwcgwc.com

Camp Kippewa – Monmouth, Maine

No two girls are alike, why should their summers be?

Camp Kippewa is a unique all-girls overnight camp for ages 7 to 15.  Girls select from a wide array of activities to create their own weekly schedule. The caring, nurturing ambiance at Camp Kippewa sets a girl at ease with who she is, giving her the confidence to make friends easily and feel comfortable about trying challenging new activities.

The Arts program offers over 20 disciplines of Fine Arts & Crafts and Dance & Theater. Onsite horseback riding facilities host an unbeatable Equestrian program where campers can ride daily. Lake Cobbosseecontee is the perfect setting for top-notch Water Sports instruction in waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.  Our program also offers a variety of Land Sports including our popular tennis program, gymnastics, soccer, softball, lacrosse and more. Campers enjoy the natural setting of Maine with ocean sailing trips, beach days, wilderness hikes and canoe trips.

Ask about our Equestrian Academy!

207-933-2993

info@kippewa.com

www.kippewa.com

Lake of the Woods for Girls – Decatur, Michigan

We’re more than just a camp … we’re an intentional community focused on guiding girls and teens on how to become their best selves. We provide an encouraging atmosphere where campers are challenged to take healthy risks and form authentic relationships with peers and counselors. Each camper is respected as an important member of our community, and together, we celebrate differences and achievements.

Campers create their own activity schedules, with parent input, to tailor an experience that fuels their interests and ignites their passions. Girls return home from Lake of the Woods confident of who they are and what they can accomplish.

269-423-3091

info@lwcgwc.com

www.lwcgwc.com

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac for Boys – Lenox, Massachusetts

The spirit of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac lies in the commitment to our community. Campers and staff feel supported, challenged, and encouraged to participate in an action-packed day of sports, outdoor adventure, waterfront, media and the arts. Through these activities and our elective-based program, campers build confidence by experiencing success. Our boys discover the power of their true selves and the individual role they play as part of the greater community. To us, community over everything is what makes Mah-Kee-Nac extraordinary.

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is located in beautiful Lenox, Ma and offers 7, 4, and 3 week sessions. For boys 5th grade and below, MKN also offers a one-week trial session.  Give us a shout if you’d like to learn more.

413-863-6561

rachel@campmkn.com

www.campmkn.com

Camp Walt Whitman – Piermont, New Hampshire

We feel fortunate to attract particularly nice kids and down-to-earth families. We attribute this to the fact that we share a common goal to raise great kids who value community, giving back to others, being a good person and being a good friend. Our campers recognize that there’s a bigger world out there than their own, and they develop a real sense of how to positively contribute to it.

This camp has been in our family since 1948, when the Soloway brothers, Arnie and Chick, established a sleepaway camp for boys and girls that would provide a warm and caring atmosphere, stretch campers to overcome challenges, and teach children how to reach their full potential as individuals while contributing to a larger community.

Today, Camp Walt Whitman is run by the Soloway Brothers’ great-nephew, Jed Dorfman, and his wife Carolyn Dorfman. All this time, we’ve held true to the lofty goals Arnie and Chick laid out 70 years ago.

1-800-657-8282

cww@campwalt.com

www.campwalt.com

Camp Watitoh – Becket, Massachusetts

Camp Watitoh is a coed camp located in the Berkshire mountains, 3 hours from NYC and 2 hours from Boston. Our campers choose Watitoh to be part of something more than a camp, to be part of a family. A hidden gem with just over 220 campers and 100 staff, it is a place where everyone knows each other and is living the dream on Center Lake as one community. We offer land sports, creative arts, adventure, watersports, and so much more on a beautiful lakefront property.

Traditions, evening activities, camp songs, and forever friendships are deeply ingrained in the reason campers return year-after-year to their summer home. We offer an active intercamp tournament schedule along with the opportunity to explore the many special attractions of the Berkshires like Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and more…The families who are attracted to Watitoh immediately sense the down-to-earth feel and often comment on Watitoh being more of a “throw-back” which connects camp-going parents to their own camper years.

413-623-8951

info@campwatitoh.com

www.campwatitoh.com

Camp Wicosuta – Hebron, New Hampshire

Camp Wicosuta is girls’ sleep-away camp in Hebron New Hampshire.  We offer a four-week traditional summer camp experience for campers completing grades 1-9.  In addition, we offer a Two Week Explorer Program for younger campers.

At Wicosuta our goal is for every girl to walk away feeling confident in herself and competent in her abilities.  She will develop independence and new social athletic and artistic skills while making friends and having the time of her life!  We teach these lessons in a physically and emotionally safe community where our campers are challenged to move past their self-set limits.  These 3 C’s (Confidence, Competence and Community) are the foundation of Camp Wicosuta.

1-800-846-9426

info@campwicosuta.com

www.campwicosuta.com

Camp Winaukee – Moultonboro, New Hampshire

Your son is in the process of growing into a man, and the experiences you choose for him are going to shape him and his future.  Winaukee is a summer camp for boys aged 7-15 where we create life changing experiences for boys through our varied program and unwavering commitment to our core values.

Located on a private cove of Lake Winnipesaukee, just 2 hours north of Boston, our athletic programming builds skills and confidence across all major sports, our outdoor adventure activities will see your son challenge himself by flying high on the zip-line and hiking Mount Washington and our water sports options are endless!

Creating happiness within a healthy environment for boys to develop, grow and realise their incredible potential is why we exist! We look forward to hearing from any Shibley family who wishes to learn more about our incredible camp!

800-487-9157

dan@winaukee.com

www.winaukee.com

Camp Winadu – Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Camp Winadu is an all boys camp located in the Berkshire Region of Massachusetts, approximetely 2.5 hours from both New York City and Boston.

Winadu stands alone in that families and campers do not need to make a choice between a well round traditional camp and great instruction from Sports to Crafts to Music to Outdoor Adventure and Watersports.   We like to say its not an either/or.  Amongst its 40 plus activities, Camp Winadu is one of the only traditional summer camps offering a full Ice Hockey program led by the Head Coach of Williams College plus a Golf Program on-site and off-site led by an on-site Teaching Pro.

We offer three unique ways to visit and Experience Winadu this Summer:  No Stop Tour @ Camp, Pop Up Tour – where we come to you and September Open House dates @ Camp.   Contact us to learn more about these options:

914-437-7200

alissa@campwinadu.com

www.campwinadu.com

Early Shibley History Lesson

Whenever I take a walk around the Shibley grounds I have memories of years gone by.  It has been over 60 years since I first set foot on this spectacular property which is made up of three major parcels.

Historic photo of Shibley events

ATTARA

The white mansion known as Attara was the home of the Willets family back in the pre-camp era.  It was also the first of the major parcels purchased by Jeanne Shibley back in the 1930’s as The Shibley Day Camp.  It also served as her residence until 1985 and as her husband John Bell’s until 1996.  The Attara mansion is now used for camp activities such as dance, tae kwon do and cooking.

Jeanne  Shibley was actually 13 years older than her husband who was a peanut farmer from Windsor, North Carolina.  That age distance was especially rare back in those days.  Jeanne Shibley was originally from Shelby, Tennessee.  Shibley was her middle name which is similar to the name of the town where she grew up. Her actual last name was Snell.  She was a very strong, determined, career minded person when most other women of that time period were homemakers.  It was before the equal rights amendment and only about a decade after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. She started out as a dancer and then became a dance and etiquette teacher and eventually the founder of Shibley Day Camp.

JUNIOR CAMP

The next major parcel purchase was that of the junior camp section where the dining room and summer office buildings are located.  That property was originally a farm.  I remember back when I was a camper in the 1960’s, that every morning in the summer we had an assembly in front of the famous Shibley bell and the American flag.  I am pretty sure we all recited the pledge of allegiance each morning before beginning our camp day.  It was the 1960’s and I remember it as a much simpler and innocent time. There was no cable TV, no cell phones and no play dates.  Children grew up at a much slower rate and were able to enjoy childhood and playing outside for a longer period of time.

SENIOR CAMP/WINTER MANSION

The third and final purchase was the Taylor estate which is where our winter office is with that incredibly long driveway from Warner Ave.  I always thought that if we could take that long road and shape it into a square, it would be a very large area and would make a great ball field. The caretakers of the grounds also used to live in this building.  I actually lived in this building during my last two years of college at Adelphi University while working part time at camp.  That was my first apartment back in the fall of 1976.

THE SHIBLEY SHADE & SHIBLEY SHAPE

Over 90 years have passed since the beginning of Shibley.  Many generations of children have taken part in the Shibley experience and walked the beautiful grounds.  The Shibley property is unique as it is hidden away from the main roads of a bustling area.  The Shibley property actually spans 2 towns and zip codes, Roslyn and Roslyn Heights.  It is the place to be when you want the feeling of being in the country upstate without having to travel far.  The Shibley trees create the famous Shibley shade which has kept so many children a little cooler during the hot summer months.  The sprawling nature of the property is a one of a kind.   It cannot be classified as a square or rectangular.  The Shibley shape is a work of art created by nature.

Spring Play Day – Saturday, April 17

CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND RESERVE YOUR 90 MINUTE BLOCK AT CAMP

Join us and our friends at mainstages for a day of games, music and fun. Bring a picnic lunch (no nuts and no glass please) to enjoy on our beautiful 20 acre wooded facility with family and friends!

Children can play in our playgrounds (Green Giant will open in May), sandboxes, and on the fields. Mainstages will be running Field Day Fun, an interactive half hour performance where participants will meet fun characters to play socially distant field day-styled games that are fast, fun, creative, and guaranteed to leave your kids smiling and breathless!

Please note that spots are limited in each performance. This event will be following Shibley’s COVID-19 protocols including mask wearing, social distancing, and having all visitors temperature checked upon arrival.

Registration is required for this FREE event!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND RESERVE YOUR 90 MINUTE BLOCK AT CAMP

Spring Break Holiday Camp presented by mainstages

  • Where: Shibley Day Camp Theater & Gaga Area (Attara in inclement weather)
  • Dates: March 29th-April 2nd
  • ***Times: 9 AM – 1 PM***
  • For: Children currently in grades 1-6
  • Cost: $475 – Use code Shibley50 for $50 discount if enrolled for summer 2021

***This is a drop-off and pick-up program***

mainstages is a New York City based theater and entertainment company owned and operated by a Shibley family. They will provide fun entertainment to intentionally encourage SAFE SOCIALIZATION throughout the week. Children will participate in interactive game shows, scavenger hunts, and more. Each day will have a special theme. Simply pack some snacks (no nuts and no sharing) and we will provide the rest.


Program Questions: Email matt@mainstages.com or call (347) 878 – 2431

Registration and additional information: https://www.mainstages.com/register-shibley-day-camp/


Safety Precautions:

  • Spring Break Camp will take place at and around our outdoor theater.
  • In the case of inclement weather, we will move to our tented area (1st option) with a large indoor space as a backup if we must go completely indoors.
  • All staff and children will wear face coverings at all times except for when eating snacks.
  • Children will wash hands and sanitize throughout the day.
  • Children will be temperature checked before they are admitted to camp.

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