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Future Stars Chess Camp gives campers the opportunity to develop and nurture their love of chess and enhance their skills in an inspiring and fun atmosphere.

Our experienced director provides high-level chess training programs for children ages 6-14 (novice through advanced levels), where each camper is individually evaluated to determine best fit based on age and level of play.

Campers will discover new friendships while balancing the challenge of competitive teamwork with individual effort. In addition, students will participate in various multi-sport activities to garner a healthy mix throughout the day.

Chess Camp

Ages: 6 - 14
Dates: Please go to our
application for the most up-to-date information 

Time: 9am - 4pm


9am Morning Meeting

9:15am Chess Drills/Skills

10:30am Water/Snack Break

10:45am Chess Strategy

12:00pm Lunch

12:45pm Situational Work

2:00pm Competition Games

4:00pm Departure

Typical Day activities & times are subject to change.



  • Professional and individualized chess instruction
  • All ages and skill levels welcome


  • State-of-the-art chess equipment
  • Recreational indoor/outdoor space

DIRECTOR Ulysses Tapley has been an avid chess player since the age of 9. After 26 years of employment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, he took an early retirement package and a leap of faith to pursue his passion. He enjoys playing chess, but he enjoys teaching chess even more. He is fondly known as Coach “T” and enjoys teaching children and adults of all skill levels.

The game of chess keeps him quite busy - he currently teaches at Bridgehampton and Southampton Libraries, Southampton Youth Bureau, Southampton Youth Services, The Children’s Museum of the East End, St. John Paul Second Regional Catholic School and the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center.

We’re thrilled to have him with us at Future Stars. His motto for chess and life is, “when you find a good move, look for a better one.” - GM Emmanuel Lasker Ulysses is a member of the United States Chess Federation.

He currently resides in Riverhead with his wife, Jackie. He has two adult children.



Safety is first for a reason. Ingrained in everything we do, safety paves the way for our campers to thrive in a healthy environment.
Teamwork challenges our campers to collaborate thoughtfully and teaches us that, “we are not on a team because we work together, we are on a team because we respect, trust, and care for one another.” 
Attitude is everything, our coaches discuss both the good and the bad of attitudes; guiding campers to consider the power of an open and growth-oriented mind. 
Responsibility fosters a supportive and thriving community, which takes effort from every single member. We encourage every camper to take ownership of their actions, just as they do their belongings.  
Sportsmanship is more than just a handshake at the end of a game. We encourage our campers to honor differences and celebrate similarities of everyone in our community, all the while playing hard and playing fair. 
What does it mean to be a Future Star?

Our S.T.A.R.S. acronym tells our campers and parents of what it means to be a part of the Future Stars Southampton family. We aim to help our campers understand the value and interconnectedness of Safety, Teamwork, Attitude, Responsibility, and Sportsmanship. Through fun and engaging activities each day of every camp week, our staff of professional coaches/educators emphasizes one of these values, discussing its importance and encouraging campers to recognize the power they hold to contribute positively to a community or a team. Whether on the baseball field, in a chess match, or on a paddle board, we strive to equip every camper with the tools to be a Future Star for any community they may be a part of!



Future Stars Westhampton-Riverhead is located at Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus in Riverhead. This brand new facility features recreational indoor and outdoor spaces, a soccer field, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, outdoor volleyball courts, and a 25-yard indoor pool.
Tennis Camp is held just a few minutes away at Aspatuck Tennis Club, located in Westhampton Beach. The club has 9 state-of-the-art Har-Tru tennis courts, a club house, pro shop, and locker rooms.


2023 Summer Rates
 Program  1-2 Weeks (Full Price)  3+ Weeks ($25 off / wk)
 Multi-Sports Camp (9 AM - 4 PM)  $575 / wk $550 / wk
 Soccer Camp (9 AM - 4 PM)  $575 / wk $550 / wk
 Basketball Camp (9 AM - 4 PM)  $575 / wk $550 / wk
 Lacrosse Camp (9 AM - 4 PM)  $575 / wk $550 / wk
 Flag Football Camp (9 AM - 4 PM)  $575 / wk $550 / wk
 Little Stars (9 AM - 2 PM)  $525 / wk $500 / wk
 Tennis Camp @ Aspatuck Tennis Club (9 AM - 2 PM)  $775 / wk $725 / wk

Stack our Multi-Week and Sibling Discounts to save UP TO $50 PER WEEK! Discounts, extras, and add-ons are listed on the form linked below.

For more detailed Summer 2023 dates and rates, click below:

Westhampton-Riverhead Summer 2023 Application



CLICK HERE to view our 2023 Policies & FAQ page.

**Throughout the year, stay tuned as we add additional programs and update our safety protocol according to all CDC and NYS mandates. We are prepared to adjust our programming as needed to ensure the safety of our campers and staff. Please click below to view our 2022 Camp Guidelines to get a sense of our commitment to safety. 


Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our programs, registration, policies, and more. Our friendly front desk staff is happy to help you however we can! We speak both English and Spanish.

Phone: 631-287-6707


Directions to Suffolk County CC Eastern Campus:
121 Speonk Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901

Phone Number: 631-287-6707


Directions to Aspatuck Tennis Club:
25 Howell Lane
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Phone Number: 631-287-6707

Meet Our Site Director

We’re excited to introduce you to our Director at our Suffolk Community College Riverhead Campus: Keegan Johnson.

Keegan is a passionate, caring individual who strives to make a difference in the lives of children. Sports have always been a major part of his life and have taught him lessons that have shaped his path. Keegan joined the Future Stars team in 2016 as a counselor for the Little Stars program in Southampton. Prior to joining us, Keegan attended Georgetown University on a track scholarship, where he was a successful 400m runner and triple jumper. Due to injury, he was forced to return to Long Island to finish his Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. From there, Keegan attended LIU Brooklyn, where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in School Psychology. 

After Graduating in 2013, Keegan returned to his alma mater, Longwood School District in Middle Island, where he’s worked for 8 years and is currently a school psychologist. Keegan also works at night school for high school students that require an alternative learning program in order to graduate. He volunteers as a “My Brother’s Keeper” liaison for the district as well. Keegan’s commitment to being a positive influence for local youth is coupled with various other professional positions he’s held. He’s worked in custodial services, summer school programs, County and State Civil Service exam proctoring, child counseling services, babysitting, travel chaperone, and - second only to being a team member at Future Stars - as a DJ for events throughout Long Island.

With that background, and an unwavering commitment to making sure our campers are happy and safe, we are thrilled to have Keegan leading our inaugural camp season!


If you need to check your forms, get information on which camps which weeks your camper is registered for, or change your credit card information please log into your Parent Portal by clicking the link below: CampMinder Parent Login