Confession: while we love being city moms, every summer we face the same conundrum: we want our kids to spend as much of the summer break as possible surrounded by nature, but there’s no way we can spend the whole summer out of the city ourselves. They (or we!) might not be ready for sleepaway camp yet, but there’s another option. Mohawk Day Camp, just 20 miles north of the city, provides daily transportation between their 40-acre campus and Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Yes, you read that right. Your city kid can spend the summer on the ropes course and in the pool while you continue your hustle. Even better, transportation is included in the tuition cost. Campers throughout Manhattan are picked up and dropped off at central locations, typically within five blocks of each residence. Brooklyn campers are picked up and dropped off at convenient locations close to home, with a concentration of buses in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg.
Mohawk’s busses are all professionally-driven, air-conditioned buses with seat belts for older kids and carseats for kids under four or under forty pounds. Every bus has a trained Mohawk staff person on board to ensure the safety of every child.
So what is the camp experience like once they get off the bus?
Campers get plenty of pool time in with American Red Cross swim instruction twice daily in one of eight heated pools. They participate in traditional camp activities like archery, ropes courses, climbing walls, arts & crafts, jewelry making, musical theater, and tennis, along with activities like rocketry, Japanese drumming, and video production. For the youngest campers, Mo’Town provides a whole mini town’s worth of imaginary play, and Wheel World introduces a variety of pedal vehicles. Oh, and there’s a farm complete with ducks, alpacas, horses, goats, and chickens.
For working mamas, making sure everyone is packed up and ready to go can be challenging, but at Mohawk they take care of basically everything There’s a towel service, so there’s no need to worry about your six-year-old leaving their towel on the bus. They also provide a healthy lunch daily, with accommodations for allergies. The whole campus is nut-free, so allergy mamas can breathe a sigh of relief.