By Alyssa Schmidt
If you live in Syosset, Dix Hills, Melville, or Plainview, then you’ve probably heard of Driftwood Day Camp. Driftwood has been around since 1959, but was recently turned around by new owners, the Kuznetzs and the Wagenbergs, in 2008. Driftwood is the only camp named Best of Long Island by the Long Island Press for eight consecutive years.
Kids from ages 3-13 enjoy camp everyday, but none of these camps compare to the experiences they have at Driftwood. Driftwood is all about making new friends, having a blast, and making everlasting memories. There are so many fun activities, such as unicycles, food network, trapeze, circus, swim, sports, many different types of arts and crafts, and science. Aside from these main activities, each day feels like an activity of its own. The head staff and activity-coordinators try to give each day a “theme,” such as pirates and princesses day. These creative themes make each day feel unique and special. The kids and staff dress up according to the day, and there are activities and competitions that go along with the theme. Whichever age group finishes certain puzzles in that theme first wins a poster for their cabana.
Not only do the campers love it, but it is a blast for the staff as well. They get the staff involved by doing talent shows and makeovers; campers always enjoy watching their staff on stage. These are just a few of the many reasons that Driftwood is the place to be. This iconic Long Island day camp truly fits its motto: Best.Camp.Ever.
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