• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Friends, Fun, Adventure: Summer Camps in Staten Island | then and now

ByMary M. Ward

May 27, 2022

In 1995, JCC Camp Counselor Kerry Glasgold gave his summer campers a ride on a swing at JCC Camp. (Staten Island Advance)

STATEN ISLAND NY — Some things haven’t changed much, like summer camp!

Kids can get out and do things they might not do every day during the usual school year, and parents enjoy some much-needed peace as the kids head off to day camp. in Staten Island.

Many photos in our vintage collection remind us of those hot summer days at the YMCA day camps at Pouch Camp or the JCC day camp at Camp Kaufmann.

Enjoy the summer, friends.

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In 1979, volunteers prepared Camp St. Edward in Princes Bay for summer use by needy youth. Here, the Rotary Club of Staten Island works hard. (Staten Island Advance/ Frank J. Johns)

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today’s archive page is from August 20, 1972. Camp Shalom at the Jewish Community Center provides children with a summer of fun recreational activities. In the top left photo, four boys are working together to build a treehouse. In the top right photo, boys and girls are gathered around the campfire roasting marshmallows. Campers also learn some important water skills, such as swimming and rowing. Like any other camp, arts and crafts are a big part of Camp Shalom, as campers learn origami. Preserving Jewish traditions, Camp Shalom also offers Bible re-enactments and Israeli folk dances. (Staten Island Advance)

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In 1995, YMCA camp counselor Kathryn Ryan, 18, chats with a group of summer campers at YMCA summer camp. (Staten Island Advance)

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Sister Vincent Marie Wilson watches over two of her campers at Camp St. Edward, Pleasant Plains during the summer of 1991. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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Jewish Community Center Lillian Schwartz Day Camp at Kaufmann Campground. From left, Jarinna Rantanen, 10, Emily Troy, 11, and Katie Baybusky, 11, shooting on the archery range. 2014 (Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Today’s archive page is from August 9, 1970. Advanced photographer Frank J. Johns spends an afternoon with Staten IslandÕs Camp Fire Girls at Wolfes Pond Park as they celebrate the summer at an end-of-season party. (Staten Island Advance)

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In 1996, Captain de la Luz, Jean Amberger, Sister Vincent Marie Wilson, and Joe Mandarino participated in the annual ÔChicken DinnerÕ held at Camp St. Edward to celebrate the renovation of the campground. (Staten Island Advance)

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The 1995 UAU summer camp at PS 26 crew of trashbuster campers and counselors. (Staten Island Advance)

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YMCA camp counselor Liz Cipoletti answers a question from one of her summer campers in the summer of 1995. (Staten Island Advance)

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IN 1995 The interior of one of the cabins at Camp Pratt after it was acquired by the Franciscan Servants of the Purest Heart of Mary and renamed Camp St. Edward. (Staten Island Advance)

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In a photo from 1995, children from Osborne day camp at the Goodhue Center in New Brighton learn the tarantella, an Italian dance, during their international festival. (Staten Island Advance)

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Staten Island’s private pools can be dry on scorching summer days, but the youth at Camp Kaufmann’s Jewish Community Center day camp are splashing. August 1965 (Advance from Staten Island)

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In 1981, Mother Nature must have considered the 4th of July the official start of summer because the Big Apple was baked for the first time that season yesterday. And there is more to come. Cubs Kevin O’Brien, left, and Lee Henderstein are on their way to cool off in Lake Ohrbach at Pouch Camp. (Staten Island Advance / Irving Silvertsein)

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Sign performer Michelle D’Esposito with hard of hearing camper Danielle Singer as remote control airplane hobbist Mike Figuly looks on during an airplane show at Fr. Drumgoole CYO Summer Day Camp in Mt. Loretto in 1995. (Staten Island Advance)

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In 2001, YMCA lifeguard Oriana Urcia and waterfront manager Erika Blatt jumped into the lake to escape the heat of Lake Ohrbach. (Staten Island Advance)

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Taylor Zuckerman, 12, enjoys the pool at JCC’s MarvinÕs Camp for children with special needs on the grounds of Henry Kaufmann Campground in 2013. (StatenIslandAdvance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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Learning to groom and care for horses is part of the daily life of campers at Center Equestre Seguine. Eight-year-old Britney Ferri of Egbertville, left, and Jennifer Demaio of Richmond brush ÒWallyÓ after a workout in 2005. (Staten Island Advance)

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In 2011, Camp MarvinÕs participants, ages 5 to 21 and with developmental disabilities, participate in many activities during the six-week session, including boating in one of the ponds on the Henry Kaufmann campsite. (Staten Island Advance/Mark Stein)