Summer Programs

Backyard Adventures Summer Program

For kids ages 5-12

June 25th 2018 – August 31st 2018

Come for one week or the whole summer!

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summerThe Backyard Adventures Summer Program at RCN has provided a safe learning environment for thousands of kids for over 60 years.

It’s a wonderful place for kids to hang out, make friends, grow, and explore life! Located on 4+ shady acres near Highland Park, there is plenty of outdoor fun going on! Engaging themed activities, special events, weekly field trips, science, nature exploration, basketball and soccer.

Themed programs are based on NYS Common Core standards, STEM, ELA and Literacy for Summer.

Learning about circuits in RCN Summer ProgramThe curriculum planned will build personal relationships with each child so that they feel safe and welcome. It builds trust between adult and child and fosters trust between other children. RCN supports experiential learning along with creative curricula to reinforce academics, such as math and literacy. Studies show that children retain learning at a higher level when lessons are reinforced during long recess periods in the summer months.

Printable Summer Camp Descriptions 2017


Session 1: Friendship week (Building our Community)

June 26th -June 30th

A week of getting to know new friends and building relationships with fun team building activities!

We will be making friendship bracelets. Friendship bracelets are the quintessential summer program activity! They’re as much fun to make as they are to wear and swap with friends among other fun things that will bring us together!

Supports NYS Common Core Standards for ELA & Literacy.

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Session 2: Kaboom!

July 3rd –July 14th


Campers will explore the awesome world of chemistry! What happens when you mix diet Cola with Mentos? What happens when you put raisins in a cup of soda? How can we blow up a balloon without helium or our hot air? We will answers these questions and more during this fun filled session!

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Session 3: Let's Get Crafty!

July 17th – July 28th


Join us for some crafts and fun! We will be creating crafts from around the world and learn about those countries, so grab you passports and let’s get crafty!

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Session 4: Lego Mania

July 31st -August 11th


These two weeks will be filled with challenges, using our imagination to build and create things like a Lego marble maze, wearable Lego and so much more!

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Session 5: Have a Ball!

August 14th – August 18th

 If there is a game that involves a ball we’ll play it! The campers will be building on their leadership skills, sportsmanship, teamwork and strategy skills in a fun way!

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Session 6: SPLAT!

August 21st – August 25th

Join us for our end of the summer party—Our celebration will include mud pies, slime, water play, splat-paint creations, and celebrate the end of the summer, and beginning of a new school year! Complete with a child-created and presented talent show!

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