COVID Update: Our team worked tirelessly to ensure we can offer a safe version of our programming this past summer. With many changes in protocols and procedures, all of our campers and coaches thrived while remaining healthy and safe!
Future Stars Academic Camp enhances students' reading comprehension, writing, and math skills. The customized curriculum is designed to meet each student’s academic needs; students feel much more confident following each session. The camp also prepares older students for upcoming standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT.
Academic Camp integrates classroom learning with outdoor play to make learning fun. We use the wonderful facilities at Purchase College--the Olympic-sized swimming pool, soccer fields, and athletic courts--on a daily basis. Due to our excellent student to teacher ratio of approximately 3:1, every student is engaged and involved throughout the learning process.
9am - Orientation
9am - Academics
10:40 am - Field play
11:50 am - Lunch
12:50 pm - Swimming
1:45 pm - Academics
2:40 pm - Field play/Study session
4pm - Departure
Typical Day activities, sports & times are subject to change
Math Focused Program
Our Math Program helps students acquire mastery over the shifts that have taken place in their math classes as a result of the Common Core. We work with students to understand the many connections in math. Recognizing these patterns will enhance students’ problem-solving skills as they develop an arsenal of strategies to work through such problems. Students will work both collaboratively and individually on challenging word problems. They will build math proficiency and gain greater confidence throughout the program, developing the essential skills needed to excel in their math classes: adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, and conceptual understanding.
English Language Arts Program
Our ELA Program helps students develop greater expertise over the ELA Common Core standards. ELA classes have dramatically evolved during the past few years. As a result, we work with students on extending their mastery over reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Our staff helps students enhance their writing and grammar through thematic writing sessions. Campers develop skills as they respond to the ideas and arguments presented in the texts that they read in class each day. Our reading material is very extensive: newspaper articles, short stories, poetry, and novels. Through our program, students develop the writing and critical-thinking skills needed to excel in school.
Director: Daniel Riseman
Daniel Riseman is a New York State certified teacher (grades 7-12) in Math, English Language Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and Social Studies and has an Advanced Certificate in Special Education. For the past 19 years, Daniel has provided in-home, subject-based tutoring. He also customizes lessons to prepare students for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, ISEE, SSAT, and TACHS. Riseman Educational Consulting, LLC has been awarded “Best of Westchester” for College Prep the past six years. Daniel serves as Director of the Educational Consulting and Academic Achievement Program at the Child & Family Institute in Scarsdale.
As a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Daniel assists students with every step of the college admissions process. He has helped students get admitted into MIT, Harvard, Princeton, University of Chicago, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Duke, Brown, Cornell, Washington University in St. Louis, Amherst, Wesleyan, Haverford, Swarthmore, Pomona, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, University of Virginia, Berkeley, Rice, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Tufts, Emory, Carnegie Mellon, Wake Forest, Michigan, UCLA, University of North Carolina, among others.
He also helps college students with the transfer process and graduate school admissions.
Daniel has served as a featured education writer and contributor for Psychology Today, The Fiscal Times, Yahoo Finance, Foxnews, The Week, Education News, MSN Money, Institute of Sport, STEM Education Digest, The Awakened Wire, Special Needs Digest, Entertainment News, and LifeZette. He has also served as an on-air educational expert for EWTN.
Our state-of-the-art facilities include a brand-new lighted turf baseball complex, new lighted turf football/soccer field, NCAA regulation softball field, and several full-size soccer fields. Additionally, there are acres of training fields expertly maintained. ---- 14 deco tennis courts (6 lighted), 3 full indoor and 3 outdoor basketball courts.
The indoor facilities utilized include the swimming pool, diving well with 3 meter and 1-meter boards, aerobics studios, locker rooms, analysis rooms, 3 Air Conditioned gymnasiums, racquetball/squash courts, and more!
In addition to the grounds, we utilize program specific training equipment for each program (i.e., trampolines with harnesses, batting cages and pitching machines, sport specific target training, radar gun, video, and much more).
Director of Operations and Director for Purchase College since 1993
Jordan has also seen the camps from the perspective of being a camper when growing up. He graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Psychology, and also has an MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. Jordan’s college tennis team won an NCAA National Tennis Championship during his tenure and was always top 4 in the nation.
Currently Jordan is Head Tennis Coach at Purchase College where he was named 2019 Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Additionally, he is President of Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club and coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball. Jordan met his wife Julie at Future Stars many years ago. Now their children, Emily and Eli, join Jordan at camp each summer soaking up all that the camp has to offer.
James played collegiate soccer at Rutgers University before moving back to England and graduating from York St. John University with a degree in Sports Studies and Psychology. Shortly thereafter he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Durham University and became a qualified Physical Education teacher. James worked for 7 years as Head of Physical Education at Durham Sports College & Sixth Form Centre before moving to New York with his wife Erica.
James is currently a Physical Education teacher at the Hewitt School in NY and coach’s soccer for Eastern FC. He has had a significant impact on character development and youth leadership at Future Stars.
Group Leaders, typically post graduate educators, are responsible for supervision, instruction and implementation of everyday activities on and off the field, court, classroom, etc.
Head Counselors, usually post graduate or collegiate student athletes, assist the Group Leader in making sure campers are engaged, following curriculum and program directives, interacting, interrelating, and having a great summer experience enjoying personal growth!
General Counselors, normally college age former campers, work under the supervision of the Group Leaders. They assist in direction, supervision and organization of everyday activities.
Leaders in Training
Our Youth Leadership Program is designed to teach and provide the appropriate skills to develop our oldest campers into future counselors. Youth Leaders will be working under the supervision of their program director as well as the Group Leaders. Assisting in everyday activities and learning the importance of camper safety and development. At no time will campers be alone with a Leader in Training.
Behind the Scenes
The Camp Office is your place for all camper questions, weekly changes, program changes, billing questions, payments, arrival & departure nuances. Reema operates the "command center" for all camp operations!
A registered EMT or Athletic Trainer is on-site at all times. Camper medications should be labeled and given to the Health Office Director where they will them pack a program specific med bag for each program.
The Pool Staff is composed of swim coaches, certified lifeguards and water safety instructors monitoring campers during their recreational swim and training campers during instructional and work out sessions.
How long is the camp day? Do you have early drop off or extended day options?
Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. We do offer early drop off starting at 8 am and extended day going till 5:30 pm for an additional fee. We do have a full week of camp on the July 4th week!
What is the camper to counselor ratio?
How do I make changes to my campers’ schedule?
Changes can be made by calling the camp office, 914-273-8500.
How are campers grouped?
All campers are grouped based on age. After the Monday morning assessment, campers will be moved around based on skill level, so they are in a comfortable social environment as well as skilled.
SUNY Purchase is a sprawling 500 acre campus in the heart of Westchester County with state of the art facilities. Just minutes from the Greenwich border and 23 miles from Manhattan the campus is easily accessible from all major highways.
Address to this location is:
735 Anderson Hill Road. Purchase NY 10577
For Summer 2021 all campers and staff will be bringing their own packed lunch. Campers and coaches will eat lunch together within their cohorts/pods under tents and other shaded areas. Recreational activities will be available for campers to enjoy during this period too.
We do offer door to door transportation to Westchester, Greenwich and most of Manhattan. Buses are all air-conditioned and labeled with Future Stars insignia. Drivers are certified from the bus company and a camp counselor will be monitoring campers at all times.
Typical pick up/drop off times vary depending on your spot on the route. We will call the week before with your bus times, as the times change weekly. For campers that are spending an extended time on the bus, we do the best we can to reverse the route and make it fair to all and still efficient (in some cases this is not a possibility).
Pick up times vary between 8:15 am and 8:45 am
Drop off times vary between 4:15 pm and 5:00 pm
Pick up times vary between 7:30 am and 8:00 am (all buses should leave city by 8:00 am)
Drop off times vary between 4:45 pm and 5:30 pm
The SUNY Purchase College Pool is an indoor pool, fully staffed with certified lifeguards. Campers will have the option of recreational swim each week.
Campers will be given a Deep-Water Test overseen by a Water Safety Instructor. This test is done at the beginning of each session, campers don’t need to take it more than once unless they wish to try and move up a level.
Bands are given to each camper to signify where they are able to go in the pool. Campers are monitored by lifeguards as well as counselors actively in the water.