Under the friendly, watchful eyes of BoulderBird, boys and girls aged 7 through 14 get baseball training from current and former Boulders players. It all goes down in the Boulders' home stadium, Provident Bank Park, so little leaguers get a taste of real-life professional baseball. After an afternoon of practicing their pitches, working on their swing, and crafting their signature home-run shuffle, kids settle in for lunch before being picked up by their parents or guardians.
Designed for paddlers of all skill levels aged 11 and over, Hudson River Kayak Tours leads groups along picturesque aquatic arteries. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a guided tour of the Stony Point lighthouse and battlefield, or push off from Mine Dock Park in Fort Montgomery and paddle toward Popolopen Creek Gorge, heading toward a beautiful waterfall, under bridges, and alongside a bird sanctuary. In addition, every Thursday and Friday, paddlers compete with the sun to see who can make it to Iona Island first.
Since 1978, Champion Day Camp has sated kids’ hunger for summertime adventure. During day camps, children are divided into small groups organized by age and supervised by staff members who are responsible for three to five campers each. In this nurturing environment, kids can make friends and learn new skills as they enjoy a range of activities such as the Ropes Adventure program—which includes climbing walls, ziplines, and a 52-foot “Humongous Tower”—or computer-, yoga-, and photography-based activities. Champion also stages traditional camp activities, such as swimming, soccer, and speculating on the ingredients of bug juice.
The experienced dance instructors at Steeltoes Dance Studios have been teaching little ones to gracefully twirl and leap across the dance floor for 29 years. They strive to boost each student’s self-image as they dole out personal attention and technique corrections in their studio’s friendly, noncompetitive environment. Their small-group classes range from vocal to ballet and tap to hip-hop, and are divided by age into junior, teen, and adult classes. During hip-hop sessions, the staff teaches current moves from modern stars such as Usher, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, and Bing Crosby. They’ve rounded out their class roster with musical theater and pre-school creative dance and interpretive-dance classes, which help kids express themselves.
When Teresa Colon walked into her first pole-dancing class, she was nervous, anxious, and a little heartbroken?a painful breakup had left her miserable and insecure. Seeking something to take her mind off her ex-fianc? and restore her confidence, Teresa discovered pole dancing. Though she found the workouts challenging, she continued to take classes and practice in her spare time and came to love the sense of empowerment it instilled in her, as well as the newfound physical strength.
Now a certified pole-fitness instructor, Teresa conducts classes at her own studio, Tease Time Pole Fitness. Amid funky, colorful walls and towering chrome poles, the skilled dancer leads groups of no more than eight women through spins, techniques, and move combinations, striving to simultaneously strengthen students' physical well-being and confidence levels. The new, freshly renovated studio booms with lively music and glimmers with disco lights, much like a nightclub or the inside of any refrigerator once the door is closed.
Perhaps it’s their diverse backgrounds—a former D1 college assistant baseball coach with a master's in physical education, a sports-psychology counselor and fitness trainer, and an amateur baseball leaguer—that make the coaches at Pitch by Pitch All Sports Camps open to such a wide variety of athletics. Their weeklong camps embody everything from baseball, soccer, and tennis to less regimented sports such as floor hockey and Capture the Flag. Through drills, games, and relays, coaches teach young campers how to command the field with confidence, while still displaying good sportsmanship. And since it all happens at Congers Lake Memorial Park, full-day campers can spend their lunch breaks swimming in the community pool, playing in the game room, or fishing for their lunch in the lake itself.