Marydell Faith and Life Center, 640 No. Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960. The campus is beautiful and provides a unique setting: a $10 million view of the Hudson River, Hook Mountain and NY State Park.
What are the camp hours? 9:00am – 4:00pm
What ages can attend? Ages 5 – 18
How do I register my child for camp?
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All campers learn how to juggle three balls, handstands, do a cartwheel, forward/back bends and walkovers, acro-balancing, equilibristics (walking on a tight-wire, balancing on a rolling globe, unicycle, rola bola). They will also learn aerial (static trapeze, silks), clown and comedy routines (acting) and how to put on make-up, costumes and put on a show. As a result, they will be ready to perform at the end of the week.
Early Drop-off at 8:30am (no charge), but before 8:00am: $15/day. No after-camp care is offered.
No experience in circus arts is necessary. Because we teach them all the skills they need.
12:1 ratio per the guidelines of the Dept of Health for day camps.
Pack your child 2 healthy snacks and a lunch. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide refrigeration. Please put a cold pak in their lunch bag if needed. We provide ice pops every afternoon. We are a peanut- and nut-free camp and no fast food is allowed. There are no food machines at camp but we provide plenty of water to hydrate the kids.
Children on scholarship will be given lunch in the Marydell Cafeteria and snacks provided.
Yes. We will be using the Marydell pool. Pack a swim suit, a dry set of clothes, a towel with your child’s name on it and flip flops.
Oh, yes. We are required by the Dept of Health to have certified lifeguards.
Our tent is designed to seat 275 patrons in seats for performances. When we run camp, we have had as many as 200 kids in the tent. For our Marydell Camp, we expect to have up to 75 kids daily at 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.
Yes, we would welcome it! You will need to go through our Counselor Training program first, and get certified at your own expense for First Aid and CPR. Because you are new to us, we will also need to run a background check on you. Call Mr. Amazing to discuss.
No. Because who needs to? We have a circus tent!
Yes. But if campers stay for both sessions (i.e., two weeks), their skill-building will carry over into the second week.
Yes! All parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to attend the End-of-Week Camp Showcase of Talents. It starts at 2pm each Friday.
Circus is allied with acting, dancing, choreography, music, painting, set decoration. We find each child’s special talent and feature it. No child is left behind in our circus camp.
We use industrial fans to cool off the tent. Because Marydell is right on the Hudson River, we expect there to be cool breezes off the river. Would we love to offer you an air-conditioned tent? Yes! If you know an HVAC company that would like to sponsor the air-conditioning, we would love to talk with them!
Yes. Magic happens to siblings in camp – they learn to support each other and get along.
Yes. If your child/ren are on a free/reduced lunch program at their school, you may qualify for a scholarship. Contact Mr. Amazing.
Yes. Our sister-circus, Westchester Circus Arts, runs circus arts camps in Peekskill, Stone Ridge, Katonah and Tarrytown.
Certainly give Mr. Amazing a call to discuss.
Yes, we do. But they do have to attend our Counselor-in-Training workshop, and be at least 15 years of age. If they are 13-15 years old, they pay half-tuition for the two weeks while they learn on the job. Call Mr. Amazing.
Yes, that is our plan! Meanwhile, we are awaiting confirmation from the Village of Upper Nyack about which days and times they will approve. In other words, check back in a week.
In summary, this is going to be a very exciting summer for everyone!