North Salem Recreation Department announces summer programming


The North Salem Recreation Department today announced its summer programming for youth and adults. The department will offer a 6-week day camp for kids, a series of one-week themed day camps at Joe Bohdrum Field Park in North Salem, weekly preschool programs and drop-in soccer for men and women.

“We have a lot of programs coming back that have been popular over the past two years,” said Lauren Rosasco, recreation leader for the Town of North Salem. “We tried to hit every sport and we revamped and re-themed our crafts camps. We try to offer a wide variety of programs for all ages.”

North Salem Recreation’s signature summer programming is its popular day camp at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem. Children in pre-k through grade 7 are eligible to attend. This year, the camp is offering three two-week sessions from June 27 through August 5. Sessions 2 and 3 are already at capacity, and there are limited spots still available in session 1.

North Salem Recreation's signature summer programming is its popular Mountain Lakes Day Camp. (Image courtesy of Lauren Rosasco)

Rosasco noted that the town is still hiring for several staff positions at Mountain Lakes Day Camp, including counselors, lifeguards, medical personnel and specialists to run programming such as boating and music. Counselors must be ages 16 or older, and lifeguards must be 17 or older. Pay varies depending on age and experience.

The town is also still accepting applicants for its first year counselor-in-training program, open to students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grades. “The CIT program incorporates some typical camper experiences as well as some training classes that we give them, including experience in leadership and running programs with campers, so that they get a slow start to becoming a counselor,” Rosasco said.

In August, the Rec. Department will host a series of one-week themed day camps for children in K through 8th grade. Programming will run from Monday through Thursday each week (with Friday as a rain date) and includes a mix of sports and arts & crafts camps. Prices range from $160 - $230 per week depending on the camp.

The Town of North Salem contracted with several third party vendors to run the programming for the August sports camps, including Overtime Athletics, Saints Basketball, East Coast Panthers, and the US Sports Institute, a nationwide community sports provider. The crafts camps are run in-house by Rosasco and an assistant.

North Salem Rec's summer programming includes week-long crafts camps at JB Park. (Image courtesy of Lauren Rosasco)

Rosasco noted that the Rec. Department is collecting donations of recyclable items for its green art program. “We look for egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, bottle tops…any unique recycled item that could be made into an awesome craft.”

Preschool programs for ages 2 through 6 will run Mondays from July 11 through August 8. Those sessions are one-hour and provide participants with a basic introduction to popular sports such as football, soccer and baseball.

Adult programs include drop-in soccer for both men and women on Monday nights from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. from July through September. There is a one-time membership fee of $20.

Programming schedule:

August 8 - 11

  • Basketball with East Coast Panthers (3rd thru 5th grade)
  • Soccer with Overtime Athletics (K-2)
  • Out of this World! Craft Camp (K-5)

August 15 - 18

  • Lacrosse with NS Lacrosse (3rd thru 5th grade)
  • Biddy Basketball with Saints Basketball (K-2)
  • Zoo Explorers Craft Camp (K-3)

August 22 - 25

  • Basketball with East Coast Panthers (6th thru 8th grade)
  • Flag Football with Overtime Athletics (K-5)
  • Dinos & Unicorns Craft Camp (K-5)

August 29 - Sept 1

  • Multi-Sports with US Sports Institute (5 - 11)
  • Summer Camp Classics Craft Camp (K-5)

Online registration for the August programs opens on May 2. Questions: email

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