For over fifty years, Thornton-Donovan Summer Challenge Camp has been enriching the summers of campers ages 3-14 from across Westchester County.
Located on the six acre Thornton-Donovan campus, the Summer Challenge Camp offers two distinct camp programs along with an additional academic enrichment program. Campers ages 3-7 are members of the Play School program, while ages 8-14 are athletes in the Sports Fitness program.
Campers participating in either program are welcome to participate in the additional enrichment program that runs throughout the camp day. Students not affiliated with the camp may also take part in the academic program hosted by Thornton-Donovan’s teachers. It can accommodate students in grades K-12 for various subjects along with students seeking tutoring for upcoming SAT/ACT exams.
An overview, campers ages 3-7 have the opportunity to participate in daily arts and crafts, athletics, dance, karate, music, free play, swim instruction, and free swim. Every week, special activities are provided to the campers including treasure hunts, pajama days, crazy hat days, petting zoos, and themed science programs.
Groups are kept small with roughly 12-14 students per group with two counselors per group. Counselors are either current elementary school teachers or college students majoring in education.
The Sports Fitness program focuses on developing sports-specific skills while still allowing campers time to participate in activities such as arts and crafts, bowling, and treasure hunts. The sports covered by the Sports Fitness program include soccer, tennis, basketball, football, volleyball, and swimming. Counselors overseeing each athletic station and instructing skill development are all current or former athletes in that specific sport.
The Summer Challenge Camp also offers door to-door busing and daily lunches in the enrollment price. Even more important than busing, food service, athletics and fun is the fact that parents can relax while their children are at camp. We pride ourselves on making sure our families know their children are in a safe environment that will return them home the same way they left; however, they will be very tired from an action-packed day.