Our mission statement is CRESTWOOD – Where Acceptance, Respect, and Individuality Empower Children to be Creative, Collaborate with Others, Develop Independence and Cultivate Lifelong Friendships.
In simple terms, it’s our goal to make a difference in the life of every child who spends a summer at Crestwood. We create a community based on acceptance that is safe and nurturing for campers, where they are encouraged to try new things, take risks, challenge themselves and break out of the ordinary. Our staff works hard to get to know your child as an individual and help them find the extraordinary person within.
In addition to our Mission, we have developed a core set of values called, The Super 6, that we promote in our camp, teach at appropriate times within the camp day, and recognize and celebrate when our campers put these values into practice.
Acceptance – Seeing another human being, a new friend, as unique as you are. Being tolerant of differences.
Sportsmanship – Playing by the rules, discipline, respect and self-control. A good sport has fun because they enjoy playing the game more than the final outcome.
Individuality – A distinctive or unique character or personality. Encouraging kids to be individuals and to be themselves.
Praise the Effort over the Accomplishment – Trying hard and effort are what is most important. Understanding that we learn from trial and error. Children who are not afraid of making mistakes or failing are more likely to challenge themselves.
Independence – Freedom from the control, influence, support or aid of others.
Respect – Honoring other people and treating them with care and courtesy. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
What is Crestwood doing to prepare my child for a happy and successful future?
Whichever label you prefer, 21st Century Skills, Non-cognitive Skills, Character Skills or Social Skills, we have been teaching them all at Crestwood since 1956. And while these skills were important when we were kids (for parents reading this), there is a much greater urgency for them now. Times have clearly changed and Crestwood is prepared to do even more. As a parent, it’s important for you to seek out and provide your children as many opportunities as possible to learn these skills. These skills not only lead to a more successful future but to a happier childhood. Camp and a summer at Crestwood is an investment in your child’s total education and the best place to learn these vital social skills.
We are being pro-active and intentional to create opportunities for our campers to practice certain competencies – our SUPER 6. At our staff trainings, we spend hours reviewing the goals, skills, and values that we want to teach our campers. We teach our staff to help campers practice these skills and find teachable moments within the camp day. Whether they realize it or not, we push every child to grow in confidence and independence while at camp. Most of all, we keep camp fun and stress free, the actual environment where children learn best.
We make a point to emphasize our Super 6 every day at Crestwood. We use a variety of methods to teach these values and skills, such as: using examples and stories; engaging campers in new and challenging tasks; encouraging exploration and discovery; and connecting new experiences to the camper’s interests or personal life. What is most effective and most fun for us, however, is publicly recognizing and celebrating campers who demonstrate these skills and values.
Recognition and a kind word from a camp counselor can have a profound positive influence on a child. In addition, we will be send home progress reports and communicate with parents about your child’s development as a positive reinforcement tool and so that parents can share in their child’s proud achievements during the summer.
Crestwood is uniquely positioned to fill in the gaps left by a ten month education. The two months spent at camp are vital to having a full and complete education that provides the social and non-cognitive learning so crucial for success in today’s world. At Crestwood, we only hire mature adults and teachers as Group Leaders for each group. We also only hire college students and older as staff. We do not have CIT’s , Jr. Counselors, or High School age counselors. Our specialists are top teachers, coaches and professionals. We believe that a mature staff filled with professionals is best suited to carry out our mission, teach these skills, keep camp fun, and make a difference in the life of your child. We look forward to seeing your child grow with us at Crestwood.
THE CULTURAL ARTS PLAYHOUSE
Founded in 1995 by owner Bruce Grossman, the Cultural Arts Playhouse of Syosset and now Wantagh is a year round regional, off-off Broadway style theater that has produced over 500 productions including educational and touring shows. Named by Long Island Press as one of Long Island’s Best Live Theaters, the theater serves more than 20,000 people each year with its p
rofessional adult productions, children’s theater performances, and theater education classes for ages 7-18. Along with its Musical Theater and Acting Academy (MTAA) and Young People’s Theater (YPT) more than 5000 students have had the opportunity to learn from the finest instructors in the New York area. With the over 150 years of combined experience of it staff, many of CAP’s students and performers have been able to use their CAP experiences and use the talents they have learned to do professional theater, recordings, television and film.
OWNER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Bruce is so proud of the accomplishments of the Cultural Arts Playhouse over the last two decades. As owner and artistic director since its inception in 1995, Bruce and his staff have been bringing joy and laughter to Long Island families and audiences for twenty years and counting!!
Bruce started his career as a performer, which allowed him to understand the needs of actors on stage and how to get the most out of them. But even at an early age, and while getting his Bachelors and masters from Stony Brook University in theater and education, he always had a desire to direct. During his college days , he produced a production of Hair which was voted the show of the decade by Newsday! Bruce has a wealth of performing credits in commercials and film and tours. Some of his credits include the European tours of West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar and the national tour of the Emmy award winning None for the Road, a show preaching the evils of drinking and driving.
As a performer, he has been received favorably by Long Island audiences and Newsday as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Josh Baskin in Big. Other credits include Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Father in Ragtime, Pseudolus in Forum and Captain Walker in Tommy to name a few. Bruce is pleased to have produced and or directed Long Island premieres of Big, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carrie, Assassins, Altar Boyz and Spring Awakening to name a few. Cap has always been known for doing shows that are cutting edge and that other theaters don’t do. Bruce has been featured on the nationally syndicated Twilight Zone radio series starring Jim Caviesel and Jason Alexander to name a few of the actors in the series. Bruce has taught at the collegiate and high school level over the years and currently is on staff at several elementary schools and high schools on Long Island. But for all of these accomplishments, Bruce is most proud of his children! Not just his daughter Brooke and son Jared, both flourishing at Universities and who grew up at the playhouse and made countless friends and memories, but the thousands of kids he has come into direct contact with as a director and teacher and mentor. To see the pride on a kids face as they excel in front of Cap audiences and the joy it brings to parents and family! There is nothing more rewarding than that.
Growing the confidence and self esteem of a child is what Cap stands for! We also take pride in training our students for professional careers. Over 30 of Bruce’s students and actors have made it to Broadway and film and tours and commercials. Some of the Cap alumni include Jamie Lynn Sigler of Soprano and Beauty and the Beast fame, Marissa McGowan as Eponine in Les MIs on Broadway . Bonnie and Clyde and A Little Night Music with Katherine Zeta Jones, Dan Domenech in Rock of Ages, Al Calderone in 13 and Law and Order, Brian D’addario from Les Mis and Little Mermaid and Danny Quadrino from Bye Bye Birdie and Newsies to name just a few!!! No theater can boast as many success stories! Twenty years and counting!! We must be doing something right!!
Fusion Academy Woodbury is a revolutionary, accredited private middle and high school where all classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows scheduling to be customized and for teachers to personalize curriculum and teaching styles to each student’s individual strengths, interests, and learning style. Students may enroll full-time, take a class for credit, or utilize our tutoring services any time of the year. Please contact Fusion and ask for Victor at 516-364-5414 to learn more, or set up a private tour.
The Greentrees Country Day School and Camp was founded in 1988 by Marilyn and Murray Hauer. Specializing in Nursery through Kindergarten.
The Greentrees Country Day School strives to help each child grow and develop to his/her maximum potential. We believe that children should grow through a variety of experiences, with challenging activities that encourage each child’s growth physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. Greentrees was founded on the premise that our ideal early childhood learning and discovery center will provide recreation and enjoyment within a creative and mentally stimulating environment. We are committed to showing our students not just that learning can be fun, but that it is fun.
Recording studio specializing in developing up and coming singers and musicians. We provide music video services as well as social media and fan building programs. We offer vocal and instrument lessons for all ages. We also host kids birthday parties as well.
New York College of Health Professions has been a pioneer in Holistic Health and Wellness for over 38 years. It is the only private non-profit institutionally accredited college of its kind in the New York metropolitan area. The College mission is to provide education and community service in these areas.
Founded by Matt Ross in September of 2012 “one river” west of New York City, One River School of Art + Design has embarked on a mission to transform art education in America. Today, our innovative program teaches thousands of students in ten schools across six states with many more openings on the horizon.
One River School has developed a proprietary method for teaching art and digital design programs to students of all ages in a state of the art facility. Our process allows students to have more fun, make inspiring artwork, develop new friendships and grow their art making skills along the way.
Our exhibition program has become a national taste-maker for emerging artists across the country. We present the most current, and compelling artworks in our school galleries. Inevitably, our exhibition series supports working artists and our mission to create more awareness for contemporary art.
Primrose of Woodbury NY is an accredited early childcare facility, serving kids from 3 months to 5 years of age. Primrose of Woodbury NY will be the first Primrose in NYS, and is the only accredited early childcare institute by AdvancedEd. Known for its accredited Balanced Learning curriculum, caring and experienced faculty, and overall dedication to quality educational childcare, Primrose Schools is consistently recognized as the leader in educational childcare and will be a beneficial addition to the Woodbury / Syosset community.
School of Rock is music school re-imagined. Our music programs are designed to encourage learning in a supportive environment where students of all skill levels are comfortable and engaged. We take the music school concept to the next level for kids, teens and adults. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano and Vocals
Syosset High School is looking for members to join their Business Advisory Board which bridges the gap between education and industry. We are also seeking internship opportunities and open positions for our students who are at least a Junior in high school.