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Early Start Imagination Camp (ESIC) Program

Camp is for everybody at Oasis in Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County, NY!

Designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of our Early Start Campers ages 3-5.

For most children, camp means a set of "firsts," this is especially true for our youngest campers-the first time playing with others, the first time learning to swim, and the first time riding a bus.  

The Oasis Early Start Imagination Camp program strives to create a nurturing transition into the camp environment, working hard to make both our families and campers feel safe.  

The Early Start Imagination Camp:
  • For campers ages 3-5 who have not yet started Kindergarten and are fully potty trained.
  • Has reduced staff-to-camper ratios.
  • Has a flexible schedule that's modified to meet the needs and skill level of our youngest campers.
  • A larger program that has opportunities for campers to participate in special events and activities with the entire camp community.
  • Intentionally designed by Early Childhood educators with your child's needs in mind.
  • Includes participation in "Ready For September": Oasis' patented school-year readiness program that helps campers prepare for the social elements and routines associated with being in a large-group enrichment setting.
  • Offers a blended program combining active, passive, and enrichment-based activities, tailored specifically to the ages and stages of our ESIC campers.
  • Read this post for more information on our Early Start Imagination Camp program.
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Lower Day Camp Program

Special attention is paid to ensure that activities and instruction are developmentally appropriate for the varied ages of our campers going into the 1st grade.

Lower Camp:
  • Lower Camp is comprised of campers going into the first grade.
  • What campers at this age need is structure and exposure to a variety of activities.
  • While variety is great, we still want Lower Campers to have choice in their programming, so periodically throughout the week they will select their own activities.
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Upper Day Camp Program

Special attention is paid to ensure that activities and instruction are developmentally appropriate for the varied ages of our campers going into the 2nd through 6th grades.

Upper Camp:
  • For campers going into the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades the Oasis Day Camp experience is tailored to meet their maturing tastes.
  • Age-appropriate programming includes Athletics, Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Outdoor Adventure, Enrichment, and Swim.
  • Campers will have the ability to self-select "Choice Time" activities: elective-based programming from a daily/weekly menu of options.

Lego Robotics July 13-17

(TEKintellect.com) has been the preferred STEM education provider, the past 6 years, for New York City’s premier private and public schools.

The program includes Lego Robotics in the morning, lunch and traditional camp afternoons-grades 2 to 6:

 • Building remote control activated LEGO models

• STEM lessons introducing them to principles of science including:

  • Centrifugal and Centripetal forces, Angular Momentum Inertia, Torque and much more!

• In the afternoon, the campers will be involved in traditional camp activities including recreational swim, sports, art, music, drama, nature/outdoor adventure.

• Drop off and pick up is the same as regular camp and hot lunch, snacks and ice pops are included each day!

Learn more here:

 

 

Junior Teen Travel -5 and 6th grade

Children entering the 5th and 6th grade will have an exciting option at camp- they can choose to join our Junior Teen Travel program! Our explorers will have the best of both worlds- traditional day camp and the option to travel to various exciting local destinations twice a week (for an additional weekly cost).

During weeks 2 through 7, Junior Teen Travel campers will spend Tuesdays and Thursdays on trips, and each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on location at camp. During their time at camp they can participate in our tradiitonal day camp activities- swim instruction, sports, arts and crafts, nature and all that we offer at Dobbs Ferry. Monday is our traditional bonding and activities day, Wednesday the campers can enjoy Kids Pick afternoon (our exciting choice time program), and Fridays, of course, are known for our stellar special events that no one wants to miss. It is truly the best of both worlds, camp and travel, as well as a true Upper Camp experience for our older campers.

Junior Teen Travel is for campers who are entering the 5th and 6th grade and are interested in having a hybrid travel option at camp, for an additional $50 a week. Here is the schedule.

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Teen Travel Program

We pride ourselves on providing unique day trips and special overnights for campers going into the 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

Teen Travel:
  • Gives teens the opportunity to take unique trips while forming lifelong friendships.
  • Choose what interests YOU most! Trips are organized around a weekly theme, allowing teens to choose what interests them the most.
  • Extended day trips and even overnights are all part of the experience!
  • Teen Travelers embark on outbound trips each to a myriad of exciting locations: theme parks, interactive exhibits, Broadway shows, sporting events, and more!
  • View the trip schedule here!
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C.I.T Program

You are never too old for summer camp! 

Counselor-in-Training Program:
  • For energetic and motivated teenagers (ages 14 to 16; entering 9th grade through entering 11th grade) who want to learn and develop leadership skills working with children in a camp setting, while still getting to enjoy all the fun activities and friendships of summer camp.
  • Develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with leadership staff, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers.
  • Open only to returning Oasis campers.
  • Download the CIT application here.

Facilities

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Mercy College & the Master's School

Mercy College, and the Master's School in Dobbs Ferry are ideal settings for a summer camp.  

The Master's School will provide our youngest campers with a quiet, private location to run age appropraite activities, along with our Red Cross Swim program. Mercy College will remain our home for our older campers, giving them exclusive access to phenomenal athletic facilities including playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, an outdoor swimming pool, nature trails and much more- all against the picturesque backdrop of the Hudson River.

On top of sports and recreational activities, children are engaged in visual and performing arts, swimming and field trips. Oasis at Dobbs Ferry is the perfect opportunity for children to have an active and safe summer while making lifelong friends along the way!

The scenic campuses have beautiful newly renovated athletic facilities including Astroturf playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor  swimming pools, nature trails, large indoor gym, theatre and other spacious indoor air-conditioned facilities.  

Whether we’re inside or outside, our facilities are yet another aspect making Oasis a premier camp!

Activities-Never a dull moment! Many Options, Expert Instructors

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Aquatics

Aquatics

Oasis summer day camp features an American Red Cross learn-to-swim program with a strong emphasis on safety. Parents can be assured that their child is being supervised at all times by our aquatics directors, instructors and lifeguards. Oasis provides top-notch facilities for campers to improve their skills, cool off and have fun. 

Just The Right Mix of Learning & Recreation

Swimming and pool-time is a favorite for campers and we split time between instruction and free time. Instructors focus on skill development in a supportive environment, and then kids get to have fun and splash around with their friends. Children in Lower Camp swim at The Master's School athletic complex, and kids in Upper Camp swim in the Verrazano Pool on the Mercy College Campus.

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Athletics

An integral part of Oasis athletics programming is the camaraderie that develops among campers, counselors and instructors. Kids feel safe trying new sports and learn the importance of teamwork while having a good time. 

Expert Coaching

We provide kids with modern athletic facilities and expert athlete instructors who specialize in soccer, softball, tennis, lacrosse, flag football, and martial arts. Learning and fun go hand-in-hand as campers develop their skills and are given the chance to reach their individual potential.

Never played one of the sports?  No problem! 

Oasis coaches will show you how to pass, shoot, and score!  Our athletic program includes age appropriate instruction and plenty of time to play games just for fun.  Winning is secondary to ensuring that sports are safe, inviting, and enjoyable for everyone, no matter their level of ability.

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Creative & Performing Arts

Campers are encouraged to let their creative energy shine at Oasis summer day camp!

Wide Variety

We offer a wide-range of creative activities designed to let campers use their imaginations and express themselves artistically. Kids are exposed to theater, music, arts & crafts, dance and painting, and get a chance to develop their own unique style and talent. 

Learn From the Experts

Oasis creative and performing arts instructors are experts in their field with years of experience. They share their passion with the kids and create an atmosphere of inclusion so campers feel safe trying something new.

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Outdoor Adventure

Outdooradventure activities are designed for kids to connect with nature, unplug and discover! The Oasis experience truly comes alive when our campers challenge themselves to try activities they have never done before.

Where Individuality & Teamwork go Hand-in-Hand!

Whether it’s hiking, orienteering, or exploring, campers have the opportunity to challenge themselves individually, while also working together as a team. Our expert instructors provide guidance and lead the kids in fun activities including leaf etching, bark rubbing, rock study, planting, and identifying small creatures and insects along the trails. Everyone has fun while building friendships, self-esteem and confidence!

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Choice Time

Kids in Upper and Lower camp have the opportunity to spend more time exploring an activity they love during Choice Time. Campers can choose from electives in sports, performing arts, creative arts, and outdoor adventures.

Sample activities include:

  • Baseball/Softball Clinic
  • Basketball Clinic
  • Flag Football
  • Extra Swim
  • Gagaball
  • Handball
  • Lacrosse
  • Lanyard
  • Martial Arts
  • Painting
  • Soccer Clinic
  • Theater
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Special Events

Camp Spirit, Tradition & Continuous Excitement!

A great summer day camp experience blends excitement and spontaneity with lots of tradition and camp spirit.  Whether it’s singing at lunch or cheering at morning rally, Oasis’s infectious camp spirit starts the moment campers arrive and keeps growing until the moment they depart.

Never a Dull Moment.

Field trips and special activities like talent shows, scavenger hunts and high-energy dance parties are all part of the programming at Oasis.  Weekly special events and themes, BBQs, day trips to exciting attractions, and all of the other activities help create a unique, fun-filled environment that keep Oasis campers coming back year after year.

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Academic Enrichment

Oasis “E-KIDS” Program

Become an Oasis “E”-Kid and continue to maximize your potential! Studies suggest that most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months. With our Oasis “E-Kids” program, campers will have the opportunity to recieve tutoring 3x a week, for 1 hour at a time. The sessions will be focused on math enrichment, ELA enrichment, and completing a summer book project. Academic enrichment is available for $125 a week, for campers entering the 1st through 6th grade.

Oasis has a long history of offering academic enrichment services and has been widely recognized for that work. We have won both Federal and State government awards and independent reviews of our work, completed by Johns Hopkins University, have confirmed that students who participate in our programs perform statistically better than non-participating peers.  With all of this experience under our belt, Oasis “E-Kids” is sure to be a success for every one our participating campers. 

Transportation and Lunch

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Transportation

Oasis bus service features pick-up and drop-off stops at a number of convenient locations in select neighborhoods at an additional fee of $125 per week.

Door-To-Door Service Option

We also offer a Door-to-Door pick up option for $150 per week (availability is dependent on current bus routes).

Click here to download the bus route.

Safe & Comfortable

All transportation is done with air-conditioned yellow school buses, driven by professional drivers that have been fully vetted.  Oasis staff members are also present on every bus.

Extended Day

For parents who chose not to patriciate in transportation services, Oasis also offers an extended day option. For $50 each a week/per child, parents can choose to sign up for our Early Drop-Off and/or Late Pick-Up services.

Available from 8am to 8:30am, and/or from 5:30pm-6pm, parents can either drop their camper off at camp early, have them take part of our late-stay program, or do both!

Lunch Service

Food at Camp

Camp lunch is included in your tuition and the camp spirit comes to life when our groups come together at lunchtime.  Whether it’s beneath a shady tree or in the cool air-conditioning inside, campers have the chance to mingle with campers from other groups and eat with their counselors. 

Options

Campers have the option to bring their lunch from home, packed in a soft non-disposable container or to enjoy our hot lunch service.  Our lunches include a hot entree and side, fruit, bottled water and a fresh baked dessert. 

We Care About Healthy Eating

All of our food is baked, never fried, and we always make sure to use only fresh ingredients.  Moreover our caterer prepares our meals fresh every morning in their state-of-the-art kitchen.  It is delievered to camp piping hot or chilled perfectly and ready to go!

Variety

Menus vary daily.  Everything from meatballs and pasta to baked chicken fingers is part of the fare at Oasis.  Of course every meal comes with a healthy dose of vegetables and fruit as well!  Don't like something?  No worries, campers are able to choose substitutions for specific meals.  Maybe you just want a bagel and cream cheese or a turkey sandwich.  Thanks fine with us...we'll make it right on the spot just for you!

On the Go

A cold lunch will be provided on trips days– so whether you're in camp or on the go...either way, you’re covered!  

H2O!

All of our lunches come with plenty of cool bottled water.  We also provide water is provided throughout the day to keep our campers hydrated and happy!

Click HERE to see our menu!

Dates & Rates Forms & other FAQs

Dates & Rates

DATES & RATES

Oasis at Dobbs Ferry is open from June 28 through August 20, 2021. Camp will be closed July 5. Enrollment is flexble-you can enroll for any number of weeks you like. Don't know your summer schedule yet? No problem, choose your weeks now and you can change them before camp begins.

Refer A Friend Savings Program

Camp is better with friends and when you refer a friend, you’ll each get $25 off for every week of camper registration. Friends must put your name in the "How did you hear about us" box when they register so we can credit both of you when the program begins. There’s no limit on referrals, so spread the word to share savings and secure summer fun!

2020 Camp Pricing- This is the same pricing as 2020, NO INCREASE!

# of Weeks

Camp

(1st-6th grade)

ESIC Camp

(3-5 years not in K)

Teen Travel

(7th to 10th grade)

2 weeks$1,350$1,400$1,450
3 weeks$2,025$2,100$2,175
4 weeks$2,700$2,800$2,900
5 weeks$3,325$3,450$3,575
6 weeks$4,000$4,150$4,300
7 weeks$4,675$4,850$5,025
8 weeks$5,350$5,550$5,750
Early Drop Off  (8:00-8:30 am) - $50/weekLate Stay (5:30-6:00 pm) - $50/week

 

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Notes:

  • Returning families save $15 per week, per child.
  • Families are welcome to drop their children off directly at the site. Morning drop-off starts at 8:30am and afternoon pick-up ends at 5:30pm.  
  • Read more about transportation options that make getting to camp easy.
  • Early Start Imagination Camp is for campers who haven't completed kindergarten by the start of camp.
  • Camp includes Lower Camp for children entering 1st and 2nd grade, and Upper Camp for children entering 3rd through 6th grade. 
  • Junior Teen Travel is for campers entering the 5th and 6th grade and are interested in having a hybrid travel option at camp (additional $50 a week). Once you have registered for camp, please email us directly to enroll at dobbs@oasischildren.com.
  • Tutoring services are available for $125 per week, per child (available for campers entering 1st through 6th grade).
  • Lunch is included in tuition for all programs except for Teen Travel.  

Questions? Contact us at dobbs@oasischildren.com or 646-519-5057.

Forms

Day Camp

Download the brochure.

Download the health form.

Download the bus routes. 

Download the lunch menu.

Junior Travel Schedule (5th and 6th grade option): Junior Travel Schedule


Teen Travel Camp

Download the brochure.

Download the trip schedule.

Download the bus routes.

Download the health form.

F.A.Q.s

Where is camp located?

For campers entering pre-k through 1st grade in the fall, camp is located at the Master's School (49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry) while campers entering grades 2nd or above, will use the Mercy College Campus as their home-base (555 Broadway).

 

The Master's School gives Oasis the opprotunity to provide a traditional camp experience with a variety of age appropriate activities for our youngest campers, that allow kids to learn new ways to express their individuality, leadership and creativity, while utilizing their grassy fields, indoor meeting spaces and newly built athletic complex. The Mercy College Campus provides our older campers with access to phenomenal athletic facilities including playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, an outdoor swimming pool, nature trails and much more - all against the picturesque backdrop of the Hudson River.

 

Lower Camp:

The Master's School

49 Clinton Avenue

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10562

 

Upper Camp:

Mercy College

555 Broadway

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10562

What time does camp start and end?

Drop-off is between 8:30am and 9am. 

Pickup is between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

*Early drop-off (8am-8:30am) and late pickup (5:30pm-6pm) is available for an additional fee.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Depending on whether your camper is in Upper Camp or Lower Camp, they can be dropped off directly at the Master's School (Lower Camp) or the Mercy College Campus (Upper Camp). If you have children in both Upper and Lower Camp, your children can both be dropped off on the Mercy Campus before 8:50am, and we will shuttle your children to the appropriate space.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

If you wish to pick up your child early, please notify our site office on the day prior by email at dobbs@oasischildren.com or via phone at 646-519-5057. Early pick up times are scheduled around your child’s activity schedule (1:00pm, 3:00pm, etc.) so we must know in advance to ensure we aren't pulling your child from the begining of an activity or during a transition between activities.

*Please note - Early pick up is not possible on days your child is on a field trip.

How old are your campers?

Our campers range from ages 3-15.

Our Early Start Program is for campers ages 3, 4, and 5 who have yet to enter Kindergarten.

Lower Camp consists of ESIC and campers who are going into 1st grade.

Upper Camp is set up for our campers who are going into 2nd through 6th grade.

Teen Travel is for campers who are going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grade.

How can I get in touch with you?

Camp Director: Alla Zaydman
Site contact info: 646-519-5057 
Site Email: dobbs@oasischildren.com

Can I visit my child at camp?

YES!!  Starting your camper’s second week we highly encourage you to visit us.  We do not allow parent visits during the first week of camp in order to allow your campers time to acclimate to their new surroundings.  So come ready to have fun and join in.  Call the office to make set up a time to visit.  We ask that you give us 24 hours notice.  When you arrive for your visit please come to the main office.  We will outfit you in your own Oasis t-shirt.  Make sure you come dressed ready to fully participate in all aspects of the program.  Yes, if you are coming during your camper’s swim period bring your suit and be ready to jump in the pool!

What do campers wear at camp?

All campers must wear their Oasis t-shirt, shorts, socks, and sneakers. 

For the pool, please send your camper with a bathing suit (either on them or in a plastic bag), a towel, and flipflops/Crocs (you may also want to send goggles and a swim cap). 

We highly encourage sending your camper with a hat and sunglasses to protect our scalp and eyes. 

For our younger campers, parents may send an extra change of clothes in their bookbag.

What should my child bring to camp?

LABEL EVERYTHING!

Campers should bring everything that they need for camp in the Oasis backpacks. Campers should bring:

  • swim gear
  • water bottle (not the metal ones, they get hot too fast)
  • lunch
  • sunscreen
  • spare change of clothes

What medical staff do you have on site?

Oasis in Dobbs Ferry has a full time RN or EMT on site at all times.  In addition to this all leadership staff and several group leaders are Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Epi-Pen Administration certified.  Please know that our staff IS NOT allowed to administer medicine to your child.  The only exception to this Department of Health guide line is epi-pens.  A member of our medical staff or your Division Leader will call you if your child receives medical attention of any kind.

If your child should require an epi-pen or an asthma pump, please feel free to send one to the camp's summer office in a labeled ziploc bag. Staff will have the medication ready in case of an emergency.

My child has severe allergies and needs to bring an Epi-pen, what should I do?

Please make sure that you indicate any and all important medical information that we need to know about your camper on his/her medical form.  Please alert your Division Leader that your child will be bringing epi-pens to camp.  Please bring 2 pens, both of which need to have a copy of the original prescription taped to them and be clearly labeled with your campers name.  One epi-pen will be kept locked in the medical office safe.  The other will go out into camp with your camper’s Division Leader every day.

What do children eat for lunch at camp?

You can send your child to camp with a packed lunch in a insulated, non-disposable lunch bag that will be kept in coolers during the day. You can also sign up for our catered hot lunch service for an additional fee. 

What is required to enroll for camp?

Parents will have to fill out a registration form to enroll for camp, or use our online system to do so. Before your child begins their stay at camp with us, they will need a completed health form. The health form cannot be over a year old, and is REQUIRED for your child to attend camp.

Staff

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Your Child's Happiness Comes First

Everyone at Oasis shares one common goal: to put the interest and happiness of our campers first.  

Our staff is nurturing and encouraging in everything they do.  We are involved in all aspects of camp and believe that participation and supervision are one in the same.

Amazing staff that receive the best training in the industry - it’s another aspect that makes Oasis a premium camp!

It’s about the people.

It’s not about the grounds, facilities, or even the activities.  It’s about the people.  At Oasis we deliver excellence through our commitment to recruiting, training and motivating the best staff in the summer camp industry.

We attract the most qualified teachers, coaches, program specialists and college students, and continuously instruct, coach and reward them to bring out their highest level of performance.  

Most importantly, our staff loves what they do, which makes a difference every day in your child’s camping experience.

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