Looking Back on a Successful Summer 2021 at Shibley Day Camp

In the blink of an eye, one of the most challenging summers I have experienced during my tenure at camp has come to an end.  That being said, it was also most certainly one of the most rewarding!

During this most unique and challenging summer, there were various trials and tribulations that we faced head-on with grit, resilience and tenacity.  We knew that in order to have a successful, healthy summer, we had to tackle new ways to program groups, hire & train staff, create efficient & safe bus routes, prepare food, and most importantly, keep your children safe through vigorous health and safety protocols.

We had an AMAZING STAFF this summer, but filling every possible position was difficult.  So many “would be” counselors decided that after 15 months of isolation, they preferred to relax this summer with friends rather than taking on a job. Totally understandable! Some “would be” counselors who felt that they had missed out on career internships the summer before felt that they had no choice but to find one this summer to bolster their resumes, so we lost that pool of applicants as well. Little do they know that working at camp is the best internship of all!

In addition to working around COVID, this summer, we faced 3 separate brutal heatwaves without the convenience of being able to retreat to the friendly confines of our indoor air conditioned facilities.  I recently attended a professional development day with my Long Island colleagues from other camps and one director described his staff as “warriors battling intense heat, rain, mental health and exhaustion.”

The stars of our show, as always, were the campers! This summer we had a higher percentage of new campers at camp than ever before. We were also thrilled to welcome our returning campers, many of whom we did not see for two years! Wow, did they get big! You could tell from the start that many campers (new and old) were extremely anxious being thrust into this nurturing but highly stimulating environment.  After all, many were home all year in remote learning education models with limited social interactions. So, as you might expect, socialization skills were rusty, group dynamics were overwhelming for many, and separation from parents/caretakers, especially for our younger campers, was difficult to say the least. But as each day passed, you began to feel and see those meaningful friendships forming, campers exhaling with ease, and the genuine sounds of children happily at play.

So what are my takeaways from summer 2021:

  • We all survived (and thrived!) and we are all stronger for it!
  • Many protocols and changes we implemented will remain in place because they made camp safer, more efficient or more fun!
  • Camp continues to be a safe space for campers to be nurtured, loved and accepted.
  • Unlikely heroes stepped up big time and filled the staff gaps.
  • We continue to face the unknown, but one thing we do know is that we have a team here that will go the distance to find the solutions that will keep our camp community healthy, safe and joyful.

Shibley Nation…..WE DID IT !!! We made a positive impact on the lives of our children and gave them a summer they will never forget. We thank you all (staff, parents, colleagues, friends, etc.) from the bottom of our hearts for your support and appreciation of all we did in 2021!

Exciting News re: Full-Time Shibley Team

Dear Friends,

This week we made two exciting changes to strengthen our full-time team at Shibley Day Camp. Randi Chase has been promoted to Associate Director. Randi has been at Shibley since 1994. Her three children attended Shibley and now her grandson is a nursery camper. She started as a sports specialist (she’s a former Cornell University basketball player) and grew from that position to group leader and Senior Camp Director until ultimately joining the full-time team in 2016. Randi will continue to direct Senior Camp, hire/train our outstanding staff and meet with families at off-season camp and community events.


Hayley Burrows, our Junior Camp Director, has joined our full-time team. Hayley started at Shibley as a group leader (and parent) in 2019 and was promoted to Junior Camp Director for summer 2021. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and previous camp (camper, specialist, leadership, office) and teaching experience. Hayley will continue to direct Junior Camp and will now support the full-time team in all facets of camp operations and administration throughout the off-season.

Please congratulate them both:

randi@shibleydaycamp.com & hayley@shibleydaycamp.com.



2021 Shibley Chef Recipes from Cooking

Lunchbox S’mores Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  1. In a large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, flour, and graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Press evenly into a 9 x 9 square baking dish that has been coated with non-stick spray.
  3. Sprinkle chocolate chips and marshmallows evenly over top.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted brown.
  5. Cool before slicing and serving.

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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 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.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared pan (batter will be very thick) and press down evenly into the pan using a spatula.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
  7. 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
  1. Line baking pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Over a double-boiler or in a microwave using 50 percent power, melt chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and immediately add in Rice Krispies.
  4. Using a spatula, fold the chocolate and cereal together until the cereal is fully coated in chocolate.
  5. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle with toppings and refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
  7. Slice into bars and serve cold or at room temperature.

Cinnamon Crumb Dessert Pizza

crumb topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup softened butter


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp milk
  1. Mix flour, softened butter, brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl until it forms a crumble (don’t mix into a paste).
  2. Sprinkle the crumbs onto a stretched homemade or store bought pizza dough.
  3. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or so.
  4. While the pizza is cooking, mix all three icing ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. When pizza is ready, slice and drizzle the icing on top.


  • 1 1/2 cups softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • additional powdered sugar for dusting the tops
  1. Beat butter until creamy
  2. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt, and beat.
  3. Gradually add the flour until well incorporated and stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Let cookie dough chill in the fridge.
  5. Roll dough into balls (about 1tbs of dough each) and place on lined baking sheet. Since the dough is cold, they shouldn’t spread.
  6. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes.
  7. Once slightly cooled, sift powdered sugar on top and enjoy!

Shibley’s Favorite Chewy Oreo Bars

  • 15 oreos
  • 15 marshmallows
  • 1tbs butter or 1 tbs veg oil
  1. Place Oreos in ziplock baggie and crush them with hands
  2. Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave until puffed, about 1 1/2- 2 minutes
  3. Pour crushed Oreos into marshmallows and stir
  4. Transfer to lined pan and let set
  5. Cut into bars and eat

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (4 oz), at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose heat-treated flour ****
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup regular or mini semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes (we mix this by hand in our Shibley kitchen).
  2. Mix in the milk and vanilla.
  3. Reduce the speed to low or switch to a spoon and stir in the flour (make sure to sift) and salt until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips (we use mini chips at camp).
  5. The cookie dough can be consumed immediately or covered and saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Don’t bake it.

***To heat treat flour, spread flour on baking pan and cook at 350 for 5 minutes. Allow to cool before using.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1/8 cup veg oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Mash banana
  2. Mix in all other ingredients
  3. Scoop into greased muffins tins
  4. Bake for 20 minutes for 350

Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

  • 1 1/4 cup Rice Chex
  • 3oz. white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 powdered sugar
  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave
  2. Pour melted chocolate over Chex and gently fold to cover cereal
  3. Mix in sprinkles
  4. Mix in powdered sugar
  5. Gently fold until cereal pieces separate and feel dry
  6. Let chill for a few minutes and enjoy!

Soft Pretzels

  • 1 package of Pizza dough
  • 1 Egg
  • Rock Salt – perfect for pretzels
  • 1⅓ cups baking soda
  • 1 quart warm water
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Create your baking soda bath – mix warm water and baking soda
  3. Cut up the pizza dough in small bite-size pieces
  4. Dip all the pieces into the baking soda bath
  5. Place pieces onto a baking sheet
  6. Whisk egg and brush egg onto the dough pieces
  7. Sprinkle the dough with salt
  8. Bake for 12 minutes – you want the dough to be golden brown

Churro Chips

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 15 small 6 1/2″ Flour Tortillas
  • 6 tbsp melted Butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a large baggie
  3. Spray a baking sheet(s) with nonstick cooking spray
  4. Cut the tortillas into triangles
  5. Brush each with melted butter
  6. Place triangles into baggie and shake to coat
  7. Place tortillas on baking pan
  8. Bake for about 8-10 minutes until light, golden brown

Monkey Bread Minis

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Fresh pizza dough (Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits work well too)
  1. Grease muffin tin.
  2. Mix butter and brown sugar, then spoon 1 tbs of the mixture into each muffin cup
  3. Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in a large baggie.
  4. Cut dough into small bites, place into baggie and shake to coat.
  5. Place a few pieces in each muffin cup
  6. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes
  7. Cool 1 minute and turn upside down to serve

Easy Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Thoroughly spray a non-stick muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease it with butter.
  3. Put butter and the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
  4. Microwave on High for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each 30 seconds, until the chocolate chips and butter are fully melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Whisk the eggs and egg yolk in a large bowl until combined.
  6. Add the flour, salt, powdered sugar, melted chocolate and butter.
  7. Mix everything until combined.
  8. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
  9. Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 9 minutes. Do not overcook, since you want the chocolate inside to be liquid.
  10. Take the chocolate lava cakes out of the oven. Let stand for 3 minutes.
  11. Put a large cutting board over the muffin tin and quickly invert it so the muffin tin is upside down.
  12. Bang the muffin cups with your fist to help release the molten lava cakes.
  13. Slowly lift the muffin tin, releasing the lava cakes onto the cutting board.
  14. Transfer the chocolate lava cakes to the individual plates and serve immediately.

2022 Enrollment Information for Shibley Day Camp

We are excited to announce our 2022 Dates & Rates. Our Alumni Loyalty Rates with the biggest discounts for Summer 2022 will be available until Friday, August 27. 

Tours are available during the week of 8/23-8/27.

  • A $750 deposit per child will hold the Alumni Loyalty Rates for any length program your child attends next summer.
  • You do not have to know your schedule for next summer to enroll. Choose any weeks now and adjust them in the spring. There is a 4 week minimum.
  • The deposit and all payments are 100% refundable through April 15, 2022.
  • Credit cards may be used for deposits through 8/27 without a processing fee.
  • After 8/27 all credit card payments, including deposits, will incur a 3% fee.

Camp Calendar:

    • Week 1A: Wed. 6/29 thru Fri. 7/1*
    • Week 2: Tue. 7/5 thru Fri. 7/8**
    • Week 3: Mon. 7/11 thru Fri. 7/15
    • Week 4: Mon. 7/18 thru Fri. 7/22
    • Week 5: Mon. 7/25 thru Fri. 7/29
    • Week 6: Mon. 8/1 thru Fri. 8/5
    • Week 7: Mon. 8/8 thru Fri. 8/12
    • Week 8: Mon. 8/15 thru Fri. 8/19
    • Week 1B: Mon. 8/22 & Tue. 8/23*

*Week 1 enrollments will be entitled to Week 1A & 1B or 5 total camp days due to the bookend schedule.

**Week 2 enrollments will be entitled to one additional day of camp due to the July 4 holiday.



Please email heath@shibleydaycamp.com or call the office at (516) 621-8777 if you have any questions about Summer 2022.

Thinking About Sleepaway Camp?

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.




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.




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.




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.




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!




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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!




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: