Look What I Found!

Do you ever go into your parent’s attic and look for old family memorabilia? Do you ever find boxes of old photos of the way that things used to look? Vintage clothing that was worn by your great grandmother? Or maybe you discover a piece of furniture that you would like to take and use for your own home. These are the types of things that I am finding in the winter office at Shibley.

As most of you know we move from our summer office down in junior camp to our winter office in the Manor house when the weather turns cold. This house has lots of rooms and nooks and crannies. Over the years, the rooms and house itself has been used for different purposes. It’s been used as a summer residence for staff and mainly as a storage space for t-shirts, activity equipment, sample arts and crafts projects, signs from previous summers’ productions and lots of old camp photos.

These items have accumulated over many years and it appears that very little was ever thrown away. Some people might look at this and think nothing of it (or run the other way)… but not me…. I investigate these rooms and see history, inspiration and supplies!!  There is a treasure trove of things to use at camp, show off to alumni and hang around the manor house.  I love taking a walk down memory lane to discover items that tell stories of Shibley’s past.

The old camp photos are the best. By the look of the clothing, lots of these pictures were taken in the 1970’s and 80’s. The pictures show bunks that are red and white. The campers’ t-shirts are blue and white and staff didn’t even wear a staff shirt! There are pictures of activities like the hay jump (where kids literally jump in a pile of hay) and the “golden gate bridge” which was an original playground for junior campers where the junior adventure course now sits. There are signs for a nature trail that started up in senior camp and winded its way down into junior camp. I even found pictures of staff that are still here!!

So many things were different. So much has changed over the 91 summers that Shibley has been around. And while the bunks and logo might look different than they did in the 1930’s and some of the activities may have changed, there is one thing that will always remain. Shibley is a magical place where everlasting friendships are made.

39 Pictures from Summer 2021 with Captions

There are 39 days of camp each summer so here are 39 great pictures with captions from Summer 2021. If you have a better caption…let us know!

The sunshine is included in the cost of camp.

It’s important to say hi to the tortoises each morning on your way up to senior camp.

Streeeeeeeeeeeetching out before we begin is always a good idea.

And don’t mess with us after a good taekwondo class with Master Ryan!

Fingertip catch for the save!

Camp twins!

Whoa, do you have any beads for us or just for him?

Crazy hair up there in the air.

Tree Hugger

The ball goes round and round…even senior boys enjoy the simplest of games.

Bubbles! Really big ones!!!!

Serious faces while we wait to see which car is fastest. Everyone ready?

I see you!

Lip sync win…about to (inflatable) mic drop.

Call me maybe?

Sometimes it’s the campers helping the staff instead of vice versa.

We LOVE this activity!!! Don’t make us leave!

You guys go on the junior adventure park, we are going to stay here and dig for treasure.

Where’s Devin?

Ready, set, swim!

Please wake us up for the next activity, we can sleep later!

Let us show you how serious we can be:)

Why is she literally twice as tall as I am?

These are not sharks…they are lifeguards.

Mmmmmmm we love making yummy snacks at Cooking!

How long does it take those yummy treats to bake? We have to eat before our swim!


Piggy back fun time! When do we switch?

Nice pajamas! Wake up!

Just hangin’ around in the Green Giant.

Doesn’t that look like so much fun up there? Yes. Ready to go? No. 🙂

We love tie dying our own shirts for Carnival Day!

Congratulations on displaying the GREEN values!

We are robot visitors and we love your art program.

Olympic relay race skills!

Why didn’t you just crawl through like me?

Stand in the big ring. Throw the little ring. Good luck!


Camp friends don’t shake hands…

Living Ten for Two: I Just Want To Be At Shibley Day Camp!

Shibley is not just a place that you go to for two months over the summer and forget about for the next ten months of the year. One of my favorite things about Shibley is that the fun does not end just because the summer does. Sure, we are not at camp every day, but like an evergreen tree, Shibley is here all year long. We have events in the Fall to bring us all together to enjoy the facilities and the beautiful Fall foliage.  In the Fall and the Spring there are birthday parties and family events occurring on our grounds virtually every weekend.  We might pop up at a Fall Festival at your elementary school or spend some time in a city park making beaded bracelets with campers and catching up. We also host zooms (story time, show and tell, scavenger hunt, zumba, etc.) over the winter so we can see familiar faces on our screens when it’s too cold to gather at camp.

I’m sure that you have all heard the saying “living ten for two”. It’s a phrase that you might hear a camper or former camper saying. When you are a true camper, you think about summer every single day. You are pushing through the school year so that you can get to the prize at the end…a summer at Shibley!! All that you think about is being at camp, seeing your old friends, making new friends, and participating in every fun activity. The minute that camp ends you are immediately talking about the next summer. Every summer, my kids cry on the last day of camp. They miss their counselors, their friends, the green giant, etc!! For the next month all I hear from my three little campers is “why do we have to go to school? I just want to be at camp!!”
This is why I love Shibley so much.

Your Shibley Family is always thinking of you. We love to see you at our off-season events, and we love bumping into campers around town and hearing what your family is up to. I hope that everyone is off to a great school year, and I would love to hear from you!! I can be reached all year long at hayley@shibleydaycamp.com

Read my previous blog about using children’s books to promote our GREEN values all year long…turn your children into everGREENs!

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.