For 15 years we have conducted camp at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960 in Grace’s Memorial Hall. It is a well-equipped room with air-conditioning. The campus is beautiful and provides a unique atmosphere for campers. The church itself is 155 years old, made of local brownstone. The historical nature of the setting makes our camp very special.
Ages 7 – 14. Call Mr. Amazing if your child is almost 7.
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Do you have Early Drop-off or After-Camp Extended Hours?
Early Drop-off only. Arrangements need to be made with the Camp Director 6 weeks prior to camp starting. Early Drop-off starts at 8:30am (no charge); if dropping your child at 8:00am, there is a $15 surcharge per day.
Does my child need any prior experience in circus skills?
None…all skills are taught to your child’s ability.
What food should my child bring to camp?
Pack your child 2 healthy snacks (morning and afternoon) and a lunch. We provide healthy ice pops every afternoon. See our Checklist for more information. We are a peanut and nut-free camp. No fast food is allowed in camp. There are no food machines at camp. Please make sure your child walks in with his/her lunch in the morning drop-off period.
Can I stay and watch my child in camp?
As with school, parents are encouraged to drop off and leave their campers on a regular schedule to facilitate the daily routine of camp. If parents have safety concerns, or if their child has special needs, please discuss these with Mr. Amazing.
Do you take day trips?
All campers and staff stay on premise all day. If it is really, really hot, we may walk the camp down to Nyack’s Memorial Park to cool off in their playground water fountain, but we would advise you the night before.
Can campers attend for just one week?
Yes, but only the first week of a two-week camp. Over the past 10 years, the directors have developed a carefully staged curriculum of skill introduction and advancement that takes place daily over the two-week span of camp. Each day’s work and play builds toward the Showcase of Talents on the last day of camp. During a two-week camp, we are building teams of partners for acrobatics, working on comedy routines that involve multiple participants, and, most importantly, teaching the core concepts of our circus: Confidence.Imagination.Respect.Cooperation.Understanding.Success. (CIRCUS).
We have found over the years that campers coming in the second week of camp have a much harder time acclimating to the routine of the camp and the other campers. We wish that we could accommodate all parent’s schedules. But there is a silver lining to this: if your child’s summer schedule does not match our camp schedule, they can enroll in our CIRCUS SCHOOL held 5 days a week at Westchester Circus Arts in Tarrytown. We start CIRCUS SCHOOL in early September.
Do you teach anything besides circus skills at your camp?
All of the arts are allied with Circus: acting, dancing, choreography, music, painting, set decoration. Some kids find that they are not so interested in ALL the circus skills. Some are directors, some are musicians, some are artists, some are composers…we find each child’s special skill and feature it. No child is left behind (or out) of our circus camp.
Is your circus space air conditioned?
Yes, it is. In fact, it is the only camp facility in the area we know of that IS air conditioned.
I have two children aged 6 and 8, and I have to work all day. Can they both attend BIG TOP CAMP?
Call Mr. Amazing to discuss. Most of the time the answer is Yes.
Do you run any other camps in the area?
Yes, we do. Our sister-circus-partner, Westchester Circus Arts Center in Tarrytown, runs a circus arts camp the same dates as we do. We may also run various circus programs for other camps like the JCC Rockland. Call Mr. Amazing for a full list.
What if I want to have you run a circus summer camp in my area?
We would love to. Just give Mr. Amazing a call to discuss it. We want to expand our camp offerings in towns where kids want to run away to join the circus…but be home for dinner.