Summer with Friends
Our programs offer engaging and hands-on activities that will give participants the opportunity to learn, socialize and have lots of fun
Make Memories That Will Last a Lifetime
Our program begins Monday, June 26, 2023 and ends Friday, August 11, 2023. Our flexible program allows families to register for the weeks that they prefer.
Each week we will offer engaging and hands-on activities that will give participants the opportunity to learn, socialize and have lots of fun!
Classes will be taught by Friends Academy faculty/staff members and industry professionals.
Our Explorers Program is tailored toward children age 3 + and/or will enter Pre-k through - Grade 2 (Fall 2023). Our ratio is 4:1, children to adults. Each week children will participate in theme-based activities in addition to daily sports, two (2) swim sessions and one (1) specialty class each day in addition to our daily activities. Our specialty classes include:
Ultimate Science: Our hands-on experiments will encourage children to "dig deeper" and discover the wonders of science.
Get on Your Feet: Children will learn rhythm, coordination, musicality and choreography. Children will develop strength and agility while learning and having fun. Get on Your Feet" will culminate in a Summer Stage Extravaganza.
Chess: This program will help children learn the basic knowledge of chess: piece movement, check, and checkmate. Students are grouped by grade levels and receive both instruction and guided game play during each session.
Work of Art: Children will create their own personal works of art. Express your creativity using a variety of different mediums and materials to draw, paint, and so much more. Use your imagination to make each art project uniquely your own. It’s time to have fun and get creative!
Hola Amigos: This Spanish language class will include fun activities like music, cooking games, outdoor activities and much more!
Tumble & Roll: Children will have an introduction to jumps and tumbling. This class is sure to have your little one bouncing for days!
Lacrosse: Children will be taught catching, throwing, cradling, shooting, offense, and defensive fundamentals. The program is designed around player development and focuses on teaching proper technique in a fun, safe, and high-energy environment.
2023 Weekly Themes
Week 1: June 26th - June 30th - Summer Spirit
Week 2: July 3rd - July 7th - Party in the USA
Week 3: July 10th - July 14th - Down on the Farm
Week 4: July 17th - July 21st - Wild Waters
Week 5: July 24th - July 28th - Summer Olympics
Week 6: July 31st - August 4th - Space is the Place
Week 7: August 7th - August 11th - Tropical Paradise
2023 Explorers Sample Schedule
Time & Activity
Children move through a a variety of programs engaging activities throughout the day.
9:30am - 10:15am – Fun & Creative
10:15am - 11:00am – Specialty Class
11:00am - 11:45am – Lunch
11:45am - 12:30pm – Instructional Swim
12:30pm - 1:15pm – Outdoor Play
1:15pm - 2:00pm – Learn & Explore
2:00pm - 2:45pm – Free Swim
2:45pm - 3:30pm – Super Sports
3:30pm - 4:00pm – See You Later Alligator!
2023 Calendar of Events
Click here to print a PDF version of our calendar
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Our Trailblazers are children entering Grade 3 - Grade 8, Fall 2023.
Each week Trailblazers select two (2) programs of choice. Trailblazers receive a morning and afternoon session in their program of choice for the week. Please click here for program descriptions.
Courses will have a capacity of 16 participants with the exception of some sports programs. We are currently in the process of adding additional options to our program.
2022 Trailblazers Sample Schedule
Time & Activity:
9:30am - 9:40am – Morning Meeting
9:45am - 11:25am – Specialty Class A
11:30am - 12:00pm – Lunch
12:05pm - 1:30pm – Swimming/Outdoor Games
1:45pm - 3:30pm – Specialty Class B
3:40pm - 4:00pm – Wrap-Up & Dismissal
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What are the dates for the 2023 Season?
Monday, June 26th through Friday, August 11th.
We are closed on Tuesday, July 4th.
What are the ages of children who attend Friends Academy Summer Programs?
Our Explorers Program is for children Age 3 – Grade 2 (Fall 2023).
Our Trailblazers Program is for children in Grades 3 – Grade 8 (Fall 20223).
Will my child have to wear a mask?
At this time, wearing a mask will be optional.
What is your COVID-19 Plan?
We will be following a plan similar to the one that we are currently utilizing during the school year. This plan includes: wearing masks indoors (optional), frequent hand-washing, smaller cohorts of students, sanitizing surfaces throughout the day and social distancing when possible.
Will my child be outside all day?
While we love for our children to enjoy the great outdoors, we understand that sometimes the heat can become unbearable. All of our classrooms have central air conditioning. All children will have daily indoor and outdoor time.
What are the hours of a typical day and is transportation included?
Our day runs from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Transportation can be added on to your summer tuition at the rate of $95 per child/per week. If you opt for transportation, your child will be picked up between 7:30am and 9:00 am. Parents can drop off children after 9:15am and pick up by 4:00pm.
We provide air-conditioned transportation by professional drivers. All of our drivers are CDL certified and have background checks completed. In addition, each vehicle has a bus counselor. Bus counselors ensure safety, know all of the children by name and make sure our bus rides are an extension of our fun-filled day.
Do you offer extended hours?
Our Sunrise Program runs 8:00am- 9:15am. Families may opt to register their child for extended hours. Families who register for extended hours will be responsible for dropping their children at our program each morning.
Do you offer swim instruction?
Our swim program is an important part of our children's day. We provide two (2) swim sessions daily for our Explorers. One session is with swimming instruction in accordance with the American Red Cross Swim Levels. Each child has small group instruction every day with the same swim instructor to ensure that the child feels safe and secure. Children also are scheduled for recreational swim. For our Trailblazers, swimming instruction is optional and by request only.
Do you offer lunch?
Our all-inclusive program includes a lunch for every child.
We offer hot meal choices, plain pasta, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and snacks on a daily basis. All children are offered Gatorade, water, ice tea, lemonade, and milk daily. All children receive a snack in the afternoon. We are well equipped to handle picky eaters and any food allergies! We are a nut-free facility.
Is there a medical professional on campus?
We have a Registered Nurse on campus. Coaches and head staff are trained in first aid and CPR. We also have AED machines located throughout our campus.
How many children/staff members will be in my child's group?
Our Explorers Program as a ratio of 4 to 1 ratio of children to counselors. There is a maximum capacity of 16 students per group.
Our Trailblazers will have a ration a 8 to 1 ratio of children to counselors. There is a maximum capacity of 16 students (indoor program) and 24 students (dance and sports) per group.
Who instructs each activity?
Our Explorer Program will be led by Group Leaders. Our Group Leaders are professionals in the field of education who have extensive experience in Early Childhood Education and/or Youth Development Programming and will be responsible for teaching each activity. Group Counselors are active participants and remain with their children the entire day.
Our Trailblazer Program will be led by Specialty Instructors. These are individuals are often teachers, coaches or professionals in their particular field.
What happens if it rains?
Rainy days at Friends Academy rarely effects our daily schedule because of our facilities. All of our indoor activities can still run and we have plenty of additional indoor space to program great activities! Please make sure to dress your child with a waterproof jacket in case of inclement weather!
We are very fortunate to have indoor facilities for many of our sports, while our camp field house provides additional space for sports activities to continue due to inclement weather. We have a set schedule for field house time during bad weather and set aside large classrooms for video and classroom instruction. We ask that each camper be prepared for the weather as we will play during light rain as we examine daily the safety of the field for playing.
What do I need to send my child with every day?
We recommend that every child brings a bathing suit (towel service is provided). We supply water and Gatorade stations throughout the campus with cups but children are welcome to bring a refillable thermos.
Can my child change programs if he/she doesn't like the activity or originally chosen?
Although we intend to explore the reasons for wanting to change a program, our main goal is to make sure each child is happy with their summer experience. We provide the opportunity to switch before the session begins if your child is not satisfied with his/her choice. Switching is always based on availability while providing minimal disruption to the existing program.
How can I find out more about Friends Academy Summer Programs?
Please contact our office to schedule a private tour or to ask questions. Our staff is available to answer your questions by calling 516-393-4207 (Monday - Friday) from 9:00am - 4:00 pm or you can email Summer@fa.org