Young People’s Camp: Ages 8-13

One Week Session: 

YPC 1 (ages 8-11) July 16 – July 22, 2017   Register

YPC 2 (ages 9-11) July 23 – July 29, 2017   Register

Available Spots for YPC 1 Boys

YPC 2 is FULL

To be placed on wait list, email cara@rowecenter.org

Two Week Session:

  YPC 3 (ages 11-13) July 16 – July 29, 2017   Register

(Formerly called Transitions Camp)

 

Young People’s Camp 1 & 2 (YPC) is all about fun! Every day offers a variety of choices ranging from quiet games of checkers to rowdy games of ultimate Frisbee; singing groups to junk band sessions; bracelet-making playshops to theater games; mural painting to body painting; blowing bubbles to making up super-heroes (a YPC favorite!) One day we may dress up as pirates; another day we do everything backwards. At lunchtime, we bang on the tables and make lots of noise. Later, by the bonfire, we have quieter times, telling stories and singing songs. For many, this is their first time away from home, an experience that can be both scary and exciting. Enrollment is limited to 20 for each session, so each camper receives close, individual attention. 

Young People’s Camp 3 is a place for 11-13-year-olds to grow, have fun, connect with others, and feel accepted and valued. We make a space where young people can be all of themselves: the part that wants to play and the part that wants to think seriously about the world. Our aim is to give campers a chance to start the lifelong exploration of discovering who they are as individuals: identifying the values they find important, figuring out what they love about themselves, and finding their strength. We also work to build a community that reflects a just world where people of all identities are valued and where all people feel supported for who they are.

The staff members at YPC 1, 2, & 3 are fun, energetic, and dedicated individuals who are committed to building a caring community where campers can grow. Some staff attended YPC when they were young, and all work together to create a loving, nourishing camp, free of competition and criticism, where everyone can explore and have fun. Campers and staff say YPC is an exciting adventure that they look forward to all year. Come join us!

“My son has been to YPC for the last two years and he has found the experience immensely rewarding and enriching. He has found kids who share his values and outlooks and he has had a great deal of FUN! These last few school years have been difficult for him, with some bullying, and the more we expose him to like-minded folks the better. We want to continue the experience for him and make Rowe an important part of his life.” — A parent of a YPC camper

Want to learn even more about YPC? Check out the link below! 

Not Soccer Camp: The Outlandish Secret Goals of Rowe Center’s Young People’s Camp

Camp Director

Pippi Kessler,  professional consultant and speaker, has trained thousands of people across the country to use their power for good. As an ongoing consultant at ImmerseNYC and Ma’yan, she designs feminist leadership programs for teens, conducts professional training seminars, and creates innovative curricula and workshops. She is the longtime Director of Rowe Young People’s Camp and leads conferences for parents and educators about the ethics of working with young people. She is currently completing her Masters Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Learn more about her work at pippikessler.org

YPC 1 & 2 Program Director

Megan Gilbert has been working at Rowe for the past seven years and loves camp. She recently graduated form Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Child Psychology and Theater; and loves fostering self expression and community with people of all ages. When she’s not at Rowe, she can be found writing workshops for young adults on different topics relating to social justice, performing at open mics, and making theater with the children at PS 30 in Yonkers.

YPC 3 Program Directors

Paula Kadanoff is a health educator in NYC who has been working as a counselor at Rowe camps for the past eight summers. She started working as a counselor after her first year teaching high school in the Bronx and thought the camp was a perfect compliment to the rigors of formal education by emphasizing the same level of rigor in creative play, bold self-expression, and thoughtful community building. She currently works for the Department of Education on a federally funded program to build high quality, LGBTQ-inclusive and affirming sexuality education for all teenagers in NYC. She spends most of her free time snuggling her baby and weaving unicorn magic into her daily life.

Finn Eaker has been involved with Rowe for the past eight years, with experience facilitating growth of children seven-to-13 years old. Finn is focused on positive communication and has been an important leader and facilitator at Rowe. Finn loves leading creative play and developing characters that serve to create fun, safe spaces for all. Finn envisions a world free of gender- and identity-based oppression, and is working toward this through creative arts and gender-inclusive discussions. 

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