In addition to providing its campers with days filled with activities, sports, and games, the Hampton Country Day Camp in East Hampton also tries to impart positive values to the children who attend.
Doris Rosen and Dave Skolnik, the directors of the camp, have implemented a Helping Hands program through which children have brought in canned and packaged food from home for distribution to the East Hampton Food Pantry, which, in turn, distributes it to needy families on the East End, including more than 1,000 kids.
The program is an offshoot of the Hampton Country Day Camp’s STARFISH values program, which was started by Jay Jacobs, the executive director and principal owner of the camp. STARFISH, which stands for sportsmanship, tolerance, appreciation, respect, friendship, integrity, sensitivity, and helpfulness, was set up at all six of the Timber Lake camps run by Mr. Jacobs in order to promote these values to campers.
The next Helping Hands project at the Hampton Country Day Camp will be Morry’s Swimathon, a campwide event in which participants swim laps in pools and parents sponsor their children by contributing based on the number of laps they swim. The money collected goes to the Project Morry fund, which, among other things, provides opportunities for children to attend summer camp who would not otherwise be able to.
The Hampton Country Day Camp, in its fifth season, is at 191 Buckskill Road.