Future Stars Adventure Camp has been delivering action packed days and lifelong memories to campers since 2017. We pride ourselves on crafting an itinerary that offers diverse adventures on a daily basis which focus on a range of physical skills while promoting personal growth in a social setting.
Campers should arrive hungry for adventure and new experiences, willing to take personal risks, explore new friendships, and prepared for personal growth. Throughout teh week our environment changes on a daily basis, but the constant is adventurous spirit and growth mindset taken into each day.
The Adventure Camp programs are one-week sessions for Boys & Girls entering grades 5-10. Experienced Physical Education teachers direct and oversee the program with additional expertise offered from on-site staff at the various trip locations. A limited enrollment will ensure plenty of active play and ‘adventure’ in this unique and rewarding program.
NEW 2023 - Jr Adventure Camp for rising 3rd-5th graders. Details below.
JR. ADVENTURE CAMP
Dates: July 10-August 4
4 Weekly Sessions
Times: 9am - 4pm
Extended Hours Available
July 11th - July 15th
July 18th - July 22nd
July 25th- July 29th
August 1st-August 5th
Adventure Camp has a limited enrollment so please register early
The first day of each session will feature a morning of ice-breaker activities and staff presentations as to the goals and expectations of the program. Campers will get to know each other and the staff, participate in cooperative games and discuss the themes for the week (Communication/Respect for Differences/Problem Solving/Self-Esteem/Compassion).
Throughout the week campers will tackle additional challenges where they will be encouraged to incorporate creativity into solving problems. By promoting positive working relationships, the staff will encourage leadership roles and apply strategy while working on 'project adventure' style initiative. Every day campers will also take local trips for Adventure Activities under the guidance of the Future Stars staff as well as on-site instructors and supervisors at the various locations.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Tree Top Adrenaline
Campers will spend the day in the treetops, tackling obstacles, challenging their courage, testing their strength, and having a blast in the process. On a comprehensive arial park built right on the Purchase Campus, campers will experience swings, zip lines, balance elements, and a lot of high altitude smiles. In the afternoon, campers will be completing a swim assessment and participating in a simulated ocean rescue.
Purchase Ropes Course, Purchase Campus
Campers will learn the basics of kayaking from experienced instructors at Rye Beach, a sheltered portion of the Long Island Sound. Campers will learn about kayaking skills and terminology, essential safety gear, and the tips and tricks to get comfortable on their kayak. Following their paddle, campers will engage in beach games and leisure activities.
Hudson River Recreation
Rye Town Beach Park
95 Dearborn Ave, 10580
Thrillz, Jumpz, and Spins!
The options are endless on Wednesday as we head to Connecticut’s #1 Indoor adrenaline park. Campers will challenge themselves on obstacles such as climbing walls, giant swings, ziplines, log rolls, super slides and a state-of-the-art trampoline park. Our visit at Thrillz and Jumpz will conclude with a pizza party in our private party room. The fun continues into the afternoon as we head to Spins bowling for some team building, bowling and gaming.
Jumpz and Thrillz 21 Prindle Ln Danbury, CT 06811 Spins Bowl Mt. Kisco 333 N Bedford Rd Mt Kisco, NY 10549
In years past, this has been a favorite of many former Future Stars Adventurers. Campers will start their surf day with a land lesson that will quickly transfer into the surf of Rockaway Beach. On 8-10 foot foam surfboards, campers will ride waves to the shore line, hooting and hollering with excitement throughout the ride. Campers can also play in the surf (shin deep water) or participate in other beach games and activities if they choose not to surf.
Surf with Chris
Beach 69th St, Arverne, NY 11692
Climbing Ninjas and Flying Arrows
Our Friday culminating activity is often talked about the entire bus ride back to campus and will continue into your homes that night. The day will start with a local hike where adventurers can take in scenic views of the Hudson River. Campers will then get to enjoy a heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping, extreme sports facility that is packed with amazing elements. The 26,000 square ft. facility is every adventure camper's dream. Campers can sit on a toilet 38 feet in the air, walk a plank and jump into the abyss below, and climb toy block towers to the rafters. Ninjas can enjoy warped walls, salmon ladders, vaults, swings, and ropes. We will also be letting some arrows fly at the new archery feature.
High Exposure Climbing and Ninja Warrior Gym
266 Union St
Northvale, NJ 07647
JR. ADVENTURE CAMP Itinerary (subject to change)
Waiver Statement: Our camp experience is diverse and immersive, and each site requires waivers for all participants. The waivers need to be completed prior to our camp week, with no exceptions.
Boundless Tree Top Adrenaline and Visit from the Zoo
The day will be spent on campus, giving campers a chance to acclimate and form bonds that will strengthen throughout the week. Campers will start with icebreaker games and cooperative activities. We will then head to Boundless Adventures, a comprehensive aerial park, where campers will spend time in the treetops, tackling obstacles, challenging their courage, testing their strength, and having a blast. Campers will experience swings, zip lines, balance elements, and tons of high altitude smiles.
After a picnic lunch, the campers will be greeted by a few friendly visitors. Two by Two Animal Haven, a traveling educational animal program, will provide a hands-on experience highlighting animal habits, life span, diet, environmental conservation, and animal welfare. The lesson will focus on fostering kindness and empathy for all living things.
Purchase Ropes Course, Purchase Campus
Gritty Ninjas and Treasure Hunting
The day starts at Grit Ninja, where they will have the ultimate ninja experience tackling obstacles that focus on agility, balance, strength, and grit. Experienced coaches will be facilitating the sessions, and it is sure to be an amazing time.
Following a picnic lunch, campers will head back to campus where they will be geocaching. They will utilize GPS devices during this treasure hunting activity and return home with the surprises they find. There will be ample amounts of outdoor fun while they learn about orienteering in the digital age!
The Grit Ninja
404 Irvington St Suite 202
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Wolves, Happy Farmers and Gravity Defying Stunts
On our first and third scheduled Wednesdays, campers will start the morning meeting some of the Wolf Conservation Center’s gray wolves, learning about wolf history, diet, and behavior, while observing an enclosed habitat. Following our time with the wolves and a picnic lunch, we will stop at King Kone for a special ice cream treat on the way back to campus. Once back to Purchase, campers will enjoy a special camp wide activity planned by our lead directors.
On the second and fourth scheduled Wednesdays, campers will spend the morning at Spins Grand Prix to enjoy a wide variety of gravity defying obstacles, rope swings, trampolines, and bouldering walls at the 20,000 square foot facility. Following our time at Grand Prix and an on-site lunch, we will head to Baskin-Robbins for an ice cream treat before heading back. Once back to Purchase, campers will enjoy a special camp wide activity planned by our lead directors.
Wolf Conservation Center
7 Buck Run ST
South Salem, NY 10590
Spins Bowl & Grand Prix
333 N Bedford Rd
Mt Kisco, NY 10549
Happy Hapik Heights and Greenburgh Nature Knowledge
On our first and third scheduled Thursdays, campers will start their active morning at Hapik Climbing gym, where they will have access to multiple climbing walls, and other fun obstacles to put their courage, strength, and self confidence to the test. Following our climb and a lunch on site, campers will head back to Purchase where they will enjoy free swim time at the campus pool.
On the second and fourth Thursday, campers will spend the morning at Greenburgh Nature Center, where they will enjoy a picnic lunch followed by interactive and engaging classes led by Greenburgh Nature Center’s knowledgeable and dedicated instructors. Topics include: Birds of Prey, or Animal Adaptations. Following the class and an on-site picnic lunch, campers will head back to enjoy free swim time at the campus pool.
51 Market Street
Yonkers, NY 10710
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dronmore Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Rockin’ Jump and Pizza Bowling Party
Our culminating activity is a celebration of sorts. The day will start at Rockin’ Jump, where campers will have a blast working up an appetite jumping, swinging, and sliding. Following the jump time, campers will walk to Spins Grand Prix, where they will enjoy a pizza bowling party and a much anticipated gaming session.
333 N Bedford Rd
Mt Kisco, NY 10549
Director: James Tranchida
Jamie attended SUNY Cortland where he received degrees in Physical Education and Fitness Development. He later received a Masters Degree in Curriculum Development from The University of Western Connecticut. He has been a PE teacher in the Briarcliff Manor School District for 12 years, coached Football at the Modified, JV, and Varsity levels and Spring varsity track and field for 4 seasons.
Coach T has carried his passion for traveling and the outdoors to 25 countries where he has hiked, biked, surfed, climbed, camped, kayaked, and learned about different cultures along the way. He completed a 50-day outdoor adventure course for educators with outward bound in Oregon, where he spent time learning how to develop outdoor programs that develop self-confidence, leadership skills, teamwork, cooperation, communication, and risk management in addition to outdoor adventure skills of climbing, white water rafting, mountaineering, and a wilderness first responder course.
Additional teachers and coaches will also work with the campers throughout the week, and staff are First Aid CPR/AED Certified. Additional safety staff and/or lifeguards will also be on site at specific trip locations.
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) for our tennis camp, 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 has coached 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 Rd, Purchase NY 10577
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 by 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.