Island Park Summer Recreation Program Provides Enriching Opportunities at All Levels
The Island Park Public Schools hosted a successful summer recreation program throughout July and into early August. For five consecutive weeks, students participated in a range of activities that provided them with lasting skills, memories and friendships.
The program was housed at Lincoln Orens Middle School and facilitated through the district’s recreation department. This year, a total of 244 students attended either as campers or counselors-in-training. Those from pre-k through eighth-grade took part in the full camp experience, while 17 seventh- through tenth-graders participated in the CIT component and gained leadership experiences that will be useful in future jobs.
Students enjoyed arts and crafts, theater arts and athletics while a Wii room and computer room provided fun and educational games designed to keep minds sharp through integration of mathematics, literacy and other subjects. For younger children, story times prompted an enthusiasm for reading. Theme days fostered a camp connection while also encouraging individuality, and field trips to locations such as the library, Queens Zoo and Shell Creek Park inspired learning through discovery and exploration. Other trip destinations included the Queens Museum, Country Fair, Hot Skates, Laser Bounce and Rockville Centre Lanes bowling.
Swim instruction was another valuable aspect of the program, especially given the coastal location of Island Park and critical role of water safety techniques. Each age group visited Masone Beach once a week, during which swim safety and lessons were offered as well as activities, including kayaking.
A culminating Spirit Week brought many highlights. Students supported their teams of blue and gold by wearing the respective colors, and also rose to the occasion by creating banners and reciting cheers. On Aug. 3, each group presented two songs in the show “Finding Lori” before an audience. Family members and fellow campers attended, and the last day of the program featured a carnival.