Crestwood Country Day Camp in Melville, NY - Over 60 Years of Excellence!

So much to do!!! At Crestwood Country Day Camp, your child may say, "The days are too short," but never, "There's not enough to do".

The professional team at Crestwood has been 'Teaching 21st Century Skills – Since 1956'.

When it comes to camp, most of us fall into two categories: those who went to or worked at camp and those who did not. Those who did not often think of camp as a place where kids go to have fun, learn to make smore’s and where parents can send their children to have some peace and quiet during the summer. For decades, those of us that went to camp have lived with an understanding of the benefits and skills we gained there. Many of us attribute a portion of our success and happiness in life to our experiences at camp.

It turns out that for over 60 years camps, like Crestwood, have been teaching the skills that only now the experts are discovering are critical for success.

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What role does Crestwood Country Day Camp play in my child’s education?

More than ever, camp plays a vital role in giving children a complete education. In combination with a great school and a loving family, Crestwood will provide the “non-cognitive” social skills that children need to be successful later in life.

Crestwood Country Day Camp is a place where kids learn:

  • Collaboration and Teamwork – to work well with others; to a be a good leader and to be a good follower; to respect other people and their opinions; to play by the rules and practice good sportsmanship
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – to learn from the world around them and their environment; develop their own ideas and thoughts; gain independence and self-esteem
  • Communication – to express oneself and one’s feelings; to make and develop lifelong friendships
  • Creativity – to be themselves; to try new things; to be carefree; to take risks


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Crestwood’s Mission and Values

Crestwood's mission statement is: CRESTWOOD – Where Acceptance, Respect, and Individuality Empower Children to be Creative, Collaborate with Others, Develop Independence and Cultivate Lifelong Friendships.

In simple terms, it’s Crestwood's goal to make a difference in the life of every child who spends a summer at their camp. They create a community based on acceptance that is safe and nurturing for campers, where they are encouraged to try new things, take risks, challenge themselves and break out of the ordinary. The Crestwood staff works hard to get to know your child as an individual and help them find the extraordinary person within.

In addition to their Mission, Crestwood has developed a core set of values called, The Super 6, that they promote in their camp, teach at appropriate times within the camp day, and recognize and celebrate when their campers put these values into practice.

Crestwood's SUPER 6 values are:

  • Acceptance - Seeing another human being, a new friend, as unique as you are. Being tolerant of differences.
  • Sportsmanship - Playing by the rules, discipline, respect and self-control. A good sport has fun because they enjoy playing the game more than the final outcome.
  • Individuality - A distinctive or unique character or personality. Encouraging kids to be individuals and to be themselves.
  • Praise the Effort over the Accomplishment - Trying hard and effort are what is most important. Understanding that we learn from trial and error. Children who are not afraid of making mistakes or failing are more likely to challenge themselves.
  • Independence - Freedom from the control, influence, support or aid of others.
  • Respect - Honoring other people and treating them with care and courtesy. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.


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What is Crestwood doing to prepare my child for a happy and successful future?

Whichever label you prefer, 21st Century Skills, Non-cognitive Skills, Character Skills or Social Skills, they have been teaching them all at Crestwood since 1956.

And while these skills were important when we were kids (for parents reading this), there is a much greater urgency for them now. Times have clearly changed and Crestwood is prepared to do even more. As a parent, it’s important for you to seek out and provide your children as many opportunities as possible to learn these skills. These skills not only lead to a more successful future but to a happier childhood. Camp and a summer at Crestwood is an investment in your child’s total education and the best place to learn these vital social skills.

Crestwood is being pro-active and intentional to create opportunities for their campers to practice certain competencies – their SUPER 6. At Crestwood staff trainings, they spend hours reviewing the goals, skills, and values that we want to teach to their campers. They teach their staff to help campers practice these skills and find teachable moments within the camp day. Whether they realize it or not, Crestwood pushes every child to grow in confidence and independence while at camp. Most of all, the professionals at Crestwood keep camp fun and stress free, the actual environment where children learn best.


They make a point to emphasize their Super 6 every day at Crestwood.

The Crestwood team uses a variety of methods to teach these values and skills, such as: using examples and stories; engaging campers in new and challenging tasks; encouraging exploration and discovery; and connecting new experiences to the camper’s interests or personal life. What Crestwood has found most effective and most fun, however, is publicly recognizing and celebrating campers who demonstrate these skills and values.

  • Giving a shout-out to the child who is first to befriend a new camper
  • Pointing out a group of campers who congratulated the team they just lost a game to.
  • Giving a round of applause to a child who tried to climb the tower for the first time, even though she only made it half way up
  • Giving a normally shy and reserved camper a ride on their shoulders because he wore the craziest costume for dress-up day

Recognition and a kind word from a camp counselor can have a profound positive influence on a child. In addition, Crestwood sends home progress reports and communicates with parents about your child’s development as a positive reinforcement tool and so that parents can share in their child’s proud achievements during the summer.

Crestwood is uniquely positioned to fill in the gaps left by a ten month education. The two months spent at camp are vital to having a full and complete education that provides the social and non-cognitive learning so crucial for success in today’s world. At Crestwood, they only hire mature adults and teachers as Group Leaders for each group. They also only hire college students and older as staff. Crestwood does not have CIT’s , Jr. Counselors, or High School age counselors. Their specialists are top teachers, coaches and professionals. They believe that a mature staff filled with professionals is best suited to carry out their mission, teach these skills, keep camp fun, and make a difference in the life of your child.


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Why Crestwood Country Day Camp?

The Crestwood program is very carefully planned to take into account the varied interests and needs of children of different grades.

Children are grouped according to age which helps foster friendships and promotes compatibility in play.

Crestwood has created many enrollment options to suit the needs of their families.


  • 8 weeks
  • 6 weeks (first six or last six)
  • 4 weeks (first four or last four)

Ages 2½-16; Buses arrive between approximately 8:50 am - 9:10 am; Bus departure begins at 4:00 pm. Choice of three or five days per week for pre-schoolers and kindergarten age campers.

Pre-schoolers only; 9:00 am-2:30 pm; Choice of three or five days per week. This program offers pre-schoolers the opportunity to enjoy all the great things Crestwood has to offer in a shorter day. Transportation is available to and from Crestwood.

Pre-Schoolers only (ages 2 & 3 year olds); 9:00 am -1:00 pm; Choice of three or five days per week. Designed for 2 & 3 year olds who are experiencing camp and separation for the first time. Transportation to Crestwood is available. Parent pick-up is required at 1:00 pm.

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Camp Programs


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Crestwood Country Day Camp Activities

Aquatics at Crestwood


Sport Program at Crestwood


Adventure at Crestwood


In addition to all of our Aquatics, Athletics, Arts, and Adventure activities, Crestwood has many other activities for campers to enjoy.

While they all may fall under different categories, they all share one thing in common: FUN!

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Crestwood offers the highest level of safety and service when providing bus transportation to their campers. The following are some of the features of the Crestwood transportation program:

  • Crestwoos offers door-to-door round trip bus service.
  • All buses are air-conditioned for comfort.
  • All buses are equipped with seat belts and they require all campers to be buckled in.
  • Children under the age of 4 are required to be in a car seat or safety harness which can be either parent provided or provided by Crestwood.
  • The Crestwood buses are driven by professional school bus drivers only. Crestwood does not hire inexperienced drivers who may be gaining their first bus driving experience with your child on board.
  • All buses are staffed by at least one bus counselor. Bus counselors are Crestwood summer counselors and group leaders who are at least 18 years of age. They will take care of your child from the minute the bus arrives at your house until the moment your child arrives at Crestwood and is greeted by their group counselor. Bus counselors add camp spirit, games and parties throughout the summer season.
  • Crestwood's Transportation Director works year-round to make your summer as enjoyable as possible. They will do everything possible to honor any special transportation requests.

Crestwood’s bus service is included in our tuition; however, for those who wish to drop off and pick up their child at Crestwood, tuition discounts of up to $425 per child are available (for those using before care or after care disount may vary - call the office for details).

NOTE: Please contact the Crestwood office to make sure we provide bus transportation to your neighborhood.

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Additional Information

Name: Crestwood Country Day Camp & School
Address: 313 Round Swamp Rd., Melville, New York 11747-1998.
Phone: 631-692-6361