What We're All About
Week Long Overnight Summer Camp
The Camp DayDreams summer camp program is designed to develop healthy, empowered, vibrant youth. Campers and staff spend the week in camp cabins located in the woods of a 1200 acre campus in the Finger Lakes Region.
During the day, we offer a variety of activities including: swimming, boating, fishing, archery, team sports, games, arts & crafts, adventure hikes, drumming and performing arts.
The evenings are devoted to all-camp activities that focus on community building and character development. Traditional programs include the scavenger hunt, the water park and the "Book of Records."
While Camp DayDreams emphasizes safety and learning, it is a fun-filled traditional summer camp experience for children. Staff and campers learn, laugh, play and create lasting friendships.
Daytime Activities (Areas)
- Waterfront Activities: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boat rides, fishing, and water fun.
- Athletic field Activities: soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, frisbee games.
- Adventure: archery, ropes course & team building, nature hikes, camping and campfire skills.
- Arts & Crafts: general arts and crafts, t-shirt dying, mosaics, ceramics & hang building and woodworking.
- Music & Drama: drum circles, song and voice, improv, skits, dance, intro to yoga and martial arts.
- Education: chess, geography games, financial literacy games, math puzzles, mind teasers, good health quiz, history trivia, letter writing, and reading.
The CDD Evening Program
Evening Activities: egg drop, treasure hunt, counselor hunt, gold rush, capture the flag, scavenger hunt, The DayDreams Crossword, dramatic skits.
DayDreams Town Meeting Skit Themes: teamwork, good sportsmanship, harmful gossip, avoiding confrontations, not backstabbing your friends, on being a good friend, how to deal with peer pressure, on being kind and giving to other, taking responsibility, looking to the future, and many, many more.
The Evening Campfire: a different cabin group runs the campfire each night. That cabin is responsible for building the campfire, presenting an original song, and teaching everyone a traditional song. The campfire gives us all a chance to review the day and to recognize special things that took place during the day. We all look forward to this special time of peace and joy.
**Click here for a link the the Camp Schedule for Camp DayDreams
Junior Counselor Program:
What is a Junior Counselor?
A Junior Counselor at Camp Daydreams is a 16-17 year old youth that is looking for a rewarding, challenging and life-changing experience working with Rochester’s urban youth in the beautiful setting of Camp Cutler in Naples, New York.
Each Junior Counselor is assigned to a cabin group or specialty area with an adult cabin leader and another counselor. The team works directly with a group of 7 children (between the ages of 8-13).
The Junior Counselor participates in the same daily activities that campers participate in. Some of our activities include swimming, boating, arts and crafts, biking, fishing, board games, frog hunting and much more!
The Junior Counselor also participates in the camp evening event, and camp fire, and ends the night in their cabin with the campers.
All staff at Camp Daydreams have 2 activity blocks off per day. All Staff that volunteer for the entire campweek get one night off. Junior Counselors must remain on-campus for this night off.
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The Children of Camp DayDreams are best served through our partnerships with youth development programs in the city of Rochester. Through these partnerships we are able to address the needs of the Children of Camp DayDreams all year round. A partnering agency must meet eligibility requirements including child participants' active year-round involvement in their program. Please contact Camp DayDreams if you know of an agency that has an interest in partnering with Camp DayDreams. Our contact information can be found on the Contact Us page of this website. To view our Agency Partnership Guide, please click on the link below:
Camp DayDreams has partnered with the following organizations:
The United Academic Athletic Program (UAAP), James Madison School of Excellence Art Department (JMSE), Lifetime Assistance, The South West Area Neighborhood Association (SWAN), Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW), Society for the Protection & Care of Children (SPCC), YWCA/Stepping Stones Program, Catholic Family Center Youth Program-including Boy Scouts of Otetiana Council, The City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Rec Leaders Program, The Prep Program of the Catholic Family Center at School #17, The Wilson Commencement Park, The Artsreach Program of Henrietta, St. Joseph's Villa, Hillside Children's Center, The Schuyler County ARC, Former Camp NaCoAra Campers, Rochester After School Academy (RASA) at School 39, The Holy Family School, St. Martins on Ontario Street, DHHS Monroe County, and DRYS City of Rochester.