Summer Camp

Vacation in March, Courtesy Of Bank Street Summer Camp

Posted by Dylan Morgan on February 27, 2012

March Madness Article Who says a summer camp can only happen in the summer?

In March, kids on spring break who are pining for summer fun can attend the Bank Street March Madness Camp from March 19 through March 30. March Madness is part of the Summer Camp’s initiative to create exciting and cutting edge programs during schools vacations.

These programs offer children the opportunity to try something new in an environment that is both safe and encouraging.


The March Madness vacation camp offers five exciting programs, headed by the fabulous and talented staff you expect from the Bank Street Summer Camp. Campers can sign up for one week or two week programs. Lunch is included, as Chef Chad from Bank Street Kitchen will provide a healthy lunch on a daily basis.

While Gabe Meyers normally teaches the Film Writing and Directing program during the summer, this March he will be teaching the new Web-based Storytelling program. The program has been designed for campers to think about what makes a story compelling and how to create an interactive experience. They will explore visual expression and learn the valuable skills of web design. Each camper will make their own “choose your own adventure” story using this up-and-coming medium. 

Evi Rivera-Williams, who teaches the 6/7s, and Dario Palimalo, who heads one of the Spanish Immersion camps during the summer, will head the Spanish Immersion program. This program is able to accommodate all levels of Spanish. Campers will participate in signing, dancing, craft-making and play, all centered around using the Spanish language. Special events and excursions will be a part of the weekly schedule.

Creighton Irons, Meredith Smart and Kate Lieberman, all of whom teach theater during the summer, are returning to teach a Theater Master Class. Campers will learn necessary tools of the trade including scene study, vocal training, movement and choreography, all of which will result in a theatrical combination of Romeo & Juliet and West Side Story.

Brian Sackey, a School for Children Alum and currently an Upper School Basketball Coach, will continue to head the Travel program. For the first week, campers take day trips around the city. For the second week, Brian will accompany campers to Washington DC for a five day and four night trip, where they will explore some of the area’s national monuments and museums.

Summer Camp kidsSports will be headed by Chris Mera for the first week. Chris is a School for Children Alum and currently an assistant teacher in Stacey’s 7/8s. For the second week, Ricky Forde, who is the physical education teacher for the School for Children, will join Chris.

The Camp has a long history of bringing in School for Children teachers, alumni and graduates from the Graduate School. By employing staff members who have both studied and grown up with the Bank Street philosophy, the Camp has created a hands-on approach to creative play in all its programs. 

What else is the Camp up to?

In order to combat summer learning loss, the Camp has recently created a new tutoring program that will run after hours during the summer. Cookie Shapiro has been asked by the American Camp Association to speak on a panel about summer learning loss at the upcoming Tri State Camp Conference in Atlantic City on March 15, where the Camp will also give a presentation on creating and maintaining a diverse student body.