Rina Slavin has been a director of Goldens Bridge Day Camp for five years. She is a teacher, a longtime resident of the Colony, and her children were campers at GBDC.
Reed Gillen was the Waterfront Director of Goldens Bridge Day Camp for two years. He has also been a tutor and youth mentor in various capacities for many years.
Both directors are thrilled to bring their energy and expertise to our unique camp, and are committed to providing a safe and fun environment where campers can engage in creative and cooperative activities to foster self-esteem and confidence.
Our program specialists, many of whom are teachers or other professionals, offer developmentally appropriate instruction that emphasizes both skill building and creative process. They are passionate about their fields and eager to share their expertise with our campers. Specialties includes arts and crafts, nature, music, sports, and theater arts. Our programs are enhanced by visiting artists who bring their own unique talents for special events.
Our counselors know GBDC well – many of them were campers themselves. This creates a sense of continuity, history and community. Our caring and nurturing staff epitomize the values of the Camp and serve as role models for their campers. The majority of counselors
are college students who return year after year. Our new hires are often
former campers or friends of current counselors who make their way to
GBDC from around the region. We have an extremely high staff-to-camper
ratio, providing excellent supervision and ensuring that your child will feel
at home and be known.
Swimming in our pristine, eight-acre lake is central to a day at Goldens Bridge Day Camp. Campers swim twice daily, receiving daily swim instruction, guided by our amazing WSI-certified
Waterfront Director and lifeguards. Campers are never rushed or
forced into swimming, but are encouraged and taught in a variety
of engaging activities that are tailored to their skill levels. They are
assessed frequently and encouraged to achieve mastery. Safety is
paramount; our lifeguard-to-camper ration far exceeds Board of
Health requirements. In addition, our campers participate in free
swim every afternoon, providing an opportunity to enjoy the new
skills they have learned.