Established in 1981, Fieldston Outdoors is a six-week, coed day camp for children entering kindergarten through seventh grade in fall 2016. The program offers a full range of activities, including art, physical education, swimming, drama, yoga, nature study, gardening, and music. Fieldston Outdoors features a special focus on the environment, nature, and the Hudson River, which campers learn about through songs, stories, folklore, and crafts presented by staff specialists and visiting artists.
Our older campers--5th and 6th graders--develop their own program called SPP (Special Projects Program), which are week-long intensive experiences. In the past, SSPs have centered on cooking, a particular sport, orienteering, bird habitat study, writing the camp newspaper, and more. Trips are an important feature of the camp, where children engage in activities that relate to the Hudson River and its history. Activities include hiking along the Palisades or Hudson Highlands, canoeing the Piermont marshes, and sailing on the Clearwater sloop. Campers in first grade and above take overnight camping trips geared to their level. Besides regularly scheduled classes, children engage in activities of their own choosing on specified afternoons. A typical “choice” session might offer cooking, tie-dye, friendship bracelets, water experiments, origami, sketching, rock jewelry, insect hunting, basketball, kickball and soccer.
Transportation is available to those living in Manhattan and Riverdale for an additional cost.