For children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years
Warmth, energy, love and fun are felt as campers, staff and families enter Camp Kulanu. Children enjoy the vibrancy of the community center atmosphere, coupled with the intimacy of a caring, professional staff and dedicated space. Our counselors consistently engage the children in their care and share in their enthusiasm for being at camp and for being together. Our camp atmosphere is contagious, and will make a positive and lasting impression on your child!
At Camp Kulanu…
• Daily instructional swim taught by certified instructors
• Arts and crafts
• Nature program
• Outdoor playground
• Air-conditioned Early Childhood classrooms
• Water play and tricycle riding on safety-surfaced deck
• Music enrichment
• Weekly Shabbat celebration
• Super Soccer Stars Program
• Cooking enrichment
• Trips for older children
• Weekly themes and specialty events
Ari Rina Unit:
Traditional Jewish program
for ages 3½-5
This program integrates all the activities of Camp Kulanu while also featuring morning tefila (prayer), brachot (blessings) before snacks, washing and birkat hamazon (grace after eating) at lunch. Ari Rina is led by observant teachers and professionals knowledgeable in Jewish tradition.
for ages 24-36 months
A summer experience geared towards our youngest campers, ages 24-36 months. They meet 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday through Friday. This program focuses on children who have not yet had a separation experience. A bridge between toddler playgroups and day camp, this program includes sprinklers and water play on the safety-surfaced outdoor play deck.
K'Tanim will also enjoy utilizing paint, play dough, sand, collage, puzzles, manipulatives, stories and music. The final 15 minutes each day includes the accompaniment of the child's adult caregiver in closure of group time and changing out of swimsuits. There are also Shabbat celebrations on Fridays.
Note: Children need not have had experience being independent in an early childhood program.
Half-day campers have the option to extend their day from 12:00pm-1:00pm, five days a week. Lunchtime is a time for sharing, socializing and community. This year, campers who are enrolled in a half-day program have the opportunity to share lunch together. Campers should bring a non-meat, non-shellfish lunch on Lunch Bunch Days and counselors will facilitate a family-style dining experience which will enhance campers' summertime fun. Families will be notified about special cook-out days, in which "Lunch Bunchers" will also participate. Additional fee.
Extend your child’s day
Kids' Corner is an after- or before-care program for children enrolled in any of the Y's Early Childhood Camps. The program provides activities for children based on the natural rhythms that children feel during these hours. Our safe and developmentally-appropriate activities are staffed by early childhood professionals.
We have the option of providing door-to-door bus service for our campers. Children will ride with Camp Kulanu staff on air conditioned school buses equipped with seat belts. Children must be part of our full day program (9:00am-3:00pm). Additional Fee.
Roxanne Parets, ext. 221
Early Childhood Camp
Camp Fees & Dates
Early Childhood camp is held in the fully-equipped air-conditioned early childhood classrooms at the Y and makes use of the Y's other facilities, including an indoor heated pool, outdoor state-of-the-art playground, safety-surfaced sundeck, shaded tent areas, and sports and ball fields at PS 81.
Transportation within Riverdale is available to Early Childhood Campers. Children travel to and from camp on an Exec-You-Van mini bus, equipped with seatbelts. A camp counselor will accompany the children on the bus.
Since our program is based upon developmentally appropriate practice, and includes a daily swim session, full-day campers must be toilet trained prior to beginning camp. Children enrolled in half-day program should supply swim diapers for use in the pool.