Area organizations gear up for summer camps, day programs for youth

Published Jun 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

Area community organizations are gearing up for the season with summer camps and day programs for youths of all ages, aiming to provide enriching activities in a variety of safe and encouraging environments.

The Salvation Army is accepting applications for its summer camp, Long Point Camp, in Penn Yan on Seneca Lake.

Long Point Camp offers a teen session for campers age 13-17, a music session for campers age 7-16, and kids’ sessions throughout the season for campers age 6-12.

Sessions last five days, and campers stay overnight.

Salvation Army Major Stanley Newton, who has been involved with the organization’s summer camp program for over 25 years, says Long Point Camp offers youth a chance to “get to see the world from outside the box of their own community.”

More information about Long Point Camp can be found by visiting the New York Salvation Army’s website at, or by emailing

The Rome Arts and Community Center will hold its summer youth day program, Artletics, from June 26 until Aug. 17.

Center officials say Artletics will combine “the creativity of Fine Art, the energy of Drama, and the excitement of Athletics,” and will be offered to children age 5-12.

Artletics will be held Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will take place at the RACC, 308 W. Bloomfield St.

More information about Artletics including dates and pricing can be found at the RACC’s website,, by calling 315-336-1040.

The YMCA will also host a youth summer camp day program, Camp Crooked Arrow, at its Rome location at 301 W. Bloomfield St.

Camp Crooked Arrow meets Monday through Friday, and campers take a weekly field trip to Delta Lake State Park, according to program officials.

Campers will engage in activities including swimming, games, and arts and crafts, and campers are provided lunch every day.

Nicolina Calandra, the program’s coordinator, says the camp emphasizes the core values of honesty, responsibility, respect and integrity.

More information about Camp Crooked Arrow including enrollment details and pricing can be found at the Rome YMCA’s website,, or by emailing