PROGRAMS - Sports/Fitness and Recreation
Partnering with the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program, we offer a six-level instructional approach for swimmers of all ages. All our instructors are trained and certified by the Red Cross, and students of all levels also receive training in basic water safety and how to help others in an emergency. Kips Bay also has a competitive swim team, the K.B. Makos, for intermediate and above swimmers.
Open to all ages of Club members, the Mustangs Baseball program is an exciting opportunity for recreation and competition. Kids learn sportsmanship, develop a positive self-image, and gain mentorship while learning about baseball in a safe, fun-filled environment.
The Kips Bay Mustangs Basketball program combines learning and training with the opportunity to play competitively. In addition to the competitive teams for boys and girls, there is a Basketball Academy Development Program for younger children.
Camp Sebago is a fully operational day camp at Harriman State Park in Tuxedo, NY. Here, youngsters can learn to swim for the first time, practice boating and water safety skills, sing, dance, and act in the performing arts cabin, and much more. This summer, we will have 35 day trips to our campsite upstate taking 100 children each to experience nature. Many of these are return trips for our members, so the campsite serves close to 1,000 kids each summer.
Fencing is a new addition to our athletics programs. Starting last fall, children have been introduced to the Olympic sport of fencing, and the reception has been enthusiastic. As well as being great exercise, the sport helps kids improve agility and decision-making skills. The focus on strategy requires intense concentration in addition to physical fitness.
With lead instructor Sensei Norman Smith, we teach members Shotokan Karate. We practice “a do,” which means that children learn the philosophical and spiritual aspects of Shotokan karate in addition to the physical training and practical applications. Martial arts are not just a way to exercise, they also encourage discipline, body awareness, competition, and etiquette. Members study basic self-defense skills, develop hand-eye coordination, and learn respect and mental focus.
Summer Day Camp
Our summer day camp is one of the most exciting camps in the area! We serve approximately 1,000 children ranging in ages 6 to 11 each summer. Each child will have the opportunity to participate in all major sports, dance, drama, board games, video games, computers, arts & crafts, movies, constructive games, swimming, skating, daily journal writing, trips (at least three days a week), nature hikes, a field Olympics, a water Olympics, breakfast, lunch and snack. Every year we have a special summer theme, where the children and staff are engaged in competitive activities such as sports, dancing, singing or art work.