Time to plan 2009 Summer Camp!

2/19/2009 Bump:

Winter may not be over yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about Summer (especially if you have kids.)

Here’s a great idea for parents (specifically working parents, because this is a great alternative to Day Care):

Deerkill Day Camp serving Hoboken again in ’09

Suffern, NY based Deerkill Day Camp, who is in their 52nd year, is proud to announce that their services are again available for Hoboken families!

Boy, checking out their website and all the fun pictures makes me want to be a kid again!



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(Deerkill Day Camp, continued…)

All about Deerkill Day Camp

deerkill-day-camp-hoboken-2.jpgDeerkill Day Camp is built on 15 wooded acres and is a 3rd generation family-run business. Started in 1958, it’s a tight-knit community of campers from ages 3 to 14. Children that attend typically want to stay, and they’re known for their low turnover among campers as well as counselors.

Camp days usually begin around 9am, and are split into thirds: Specialty Programs, Swim Instruction, and Athletics. Their specialties, which are taught by professionals, include arts & crafts, ceramics, woodworking, nature, ropes, dance, theater, digital photography, tennis, and graphic arts among others. The swim program is what Deerkill believes is their best offering, as they say even the youngest of campers are jumping off the diving board by the end of the summer.

deerkill-day-camp-hoboken-1.jpgThey have a 110-foot pool, with a wading area for the tiny tykes. The athletic program promotes healthy competition, but the campers’ challenges come mostly from within, and the counselors always pick the teams, and encourage full participation.

Costs for the camp are dependent on the age of the camper, and how long they’ll attend. Sessions range from 4-8 weeks, and cost anywhere between $2,000 and $4,500. Shorter programs are also available for campers 3 and 4 years of age. Costs include all field trips (including the Bronx Zoo, Van Saun Park and many others,) transportation, hot lunches, free use of the facilities by families each weekend, a t-shirt, backpack and all supplies. No hidden charges, and they don’t allow tipping.

deerkill-day-camp-hoboken-4.jpgDeerkill Day Camp believes that there is no substitute for a mature staff. They are the only camp in the area whose group leaders who accompany the kids are all college graduates, with most being teachers. The counselors care about the feelings and aspirations of the campers. They pay professional salaries, with the counselor:camper ratio being among the lowest in the area.

On top of already picking up in Manhattan, Bergen, Rockland and Orange Counties, Deerkill is a day camp that is only in session for 8 weeks during the summer (June 29th through August 21st.) They provide door-to-door transportation for all campers, and will have several pick-up locations in Hoboken (15th & Wash, 9th & Clinton, 2nd & Monroe, 4th & Hudson – and possible a few others).


The ride is about 45 minutes each way, and they employ experienced drivers and are staffed with bus counselors to supervise.

Open Houses and More Info…

Deerkill Day Camp has two upcoming open houses: Sunday February 22nd (1pm and 2:15pm) – and Saturday, March 7th (1pm and 2:15pm). It’s strongly recommended that you call or email ahead to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

If you’d like more information, please email directors@deerkilldaycamp.com to have your questions answered by Todd Rothman, Director of the camp. He can also be reached via phone at 845-354-1466.

Happy camping kids!


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Wednesday, March 5, 2008 10:15 am

I went to Camp Tamarack Boy Scout camp for years in Oakland…

Those were the best summers ever. 😯

Saturday, January 5, 2008 7:37 pm

Kill = Dutch word for water/stream. Actually it should be “kil” since I’ve never met a dutch word that ended in two consonants.

Arthur Kill, Fishkill, Catskill, etc. All these names were spared when New Amsterdam became “New York.” All are reminders that the Dutch were here before the English.

Even “Hoboken” a town in Belgium, is a stone’s throw from Holland.

But I think the name “Holland Tunnel” came later.

Friday, January 4, 2008 5:21 pm

foot in mouth

Friday, January 4, 2008 5:10 pm

what a horrible name for a childs daycamp.

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