Island Quest Day Camp

Rooted in decades of shared experience and strong Jewish values, Island Quest combines everything you love about camp with new opportunities and possibilities to create the ultimate summer adventure.

For more information or to register, please contact Melissa Algranati at [email protected], or call our Day Camp offices at 718-225-6750 ext. 261 or 718-268-5011 ext. 205.

Click here for our Summer 2020 rates.

Returning Families: Click here to register for Summer 2020.
New Families: Click here to register for Summer 2020.

Island Quest brings together our strengths, resources, and expertise to inspire a summer you’ll never forget. Rooted in decades of shared experience and strong Jewish values, Island Quest combines everything you love about camp with new opportunities to create the ultimate summer adventure.

Build lasting friendships, cool off in the pool, enjoy the endless freedom of summer, and blaze your own trail in the greater community that camp was always meant to be. Whether you want to fly across a zipline, score the game-winning goal, or turn your recycled art into a robot, you can design a path that’s perfect for you!


WHERE WILL YOUR QUEST TAKE YOU?

  • Discover adventure! Whether meeting new furry friends, scaling a rock wall, or crafting nature-inspired art, you’ll learn about yourself and the world around you in our Seek program.
  • Eat, breathe, and sleep sports! Regardless of your skill level, step up your game with our Compete program.
  • There’s a world of creativity to conquer! Bring your ideas to life in our Innovate program, which combines science, art, and your imagination!

A Quest for Every Age…

Island Quest empowers children of all ages to grow their interests and gives them the rare opportunity to create their own adventure.

  • Our Travelers (Pk-2nd grade) sample offerings from each of the unique Quests we have to offer. Along our Innovate, Compete, and Seek pathways, we teach campers how to make choices and encourage them to learn more about what they love.
  • Our Adventurers (Grades 3-6) choose their own Quests each week.  They spend 2-3 period every day in their quest of choice and spend the rest of their day enjoying swimming and other fun group activities.  With the freedom to blaze their own path, campers enjoy a more in depth experience unique to their particular interests.
  • Our Jetsetters (Tween/Teen Campers) take their Quests on the road. Throughout thrilling personalized journeys, we allow each of these campers the opportunity to both enjoy immersive camp-based activities and explore exciting new destinations.

Included with your 2020 enrollment:

  • New Island Quest pilot programs introduced each week.
  • Explore newly enhanced areas of the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds.
  • One full week to enjoy the new Island Quest experience.

 

 

Every experience is unique. Every day is something new. Every adventure shapes your future. Join us for Island Quest’s Inaugural Summer in 2021, featuring:

  • The official unveiling of our new and improved facility, personalized program, and growing camp community.
  • Experience our BRAND NEW aquatics complex featuring 3 luxurious pools, sports fields and courts, specialty program areas, and more.
  • Special pricing for all returning 2020 families.

Take a Virtual Tour of our Campgrounds on Long Island!

ISLAND QUEST FAQS

What is a “quest”? How is camp structured?

Campers select one of three themes to explore through dynamic activities.

 

Kids who choose to “seek” will learn about our natural world through animal exploration, rock wall scaling, woodworking, ziplining and gardening, among other experiences. Those who wish to “compete” will be immersed in traditional team sports as well as lacrosse, euro handball and gaga. And those who want to “innovate” will push their creative boundaries through art and science and through a range of activities that include culinary arts and video production.

 

All campers swim daily and have the chance to take part in activities that may fall outside their “quest.”

Where is Island Quest located?

Island Quest is located at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, a 350-acre versatile property in Wheatley Heights, Long Island.

 

The campgrounds include sports fields, aquatics facilities, hiking trails, gaga pits, sand volleyball, playgrounds and more. You can take a virtual tour here.

What are the dates of camp?

Summer 2020 will kick-off on Monday, June 29th, with the last day of camp taking place on Thursday, August 20th. There is no camp on Friday, July 3rd.

Do you offer extended hours?

We offer extended coverage at our Central Queens (Forest Hills) and Sam Field Center (Little Neck) for early drop-off and extended day pick up.

What distinguishes Island Quest from other day camps?

The newly launched Island Quest is an innovative summer experience rooted in community and core Jewish values. Campers ages 4 to 15 customize a summer adventure while forging lasting friendships and discovering new strengths.

 

From now through summer 2021, the camp will undergo a $9.4 million infrastructure upgrade so that youths can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities for years to come.

How does camp incorporate Jewish values?

Island Quest is rooted in Jewish, yet universal ideals that we promote during the summer. These include living courageously, existing as part of a community and embracing one’s heritage.

 

On Fridays, we come together as a camp to celebrate Shabbat, by enjoying challah and grape juice and reflecting upon our week.

 

While we are guided by Jewish values, we embrace, celebrate and share all cultures and backgrounds at camp.

What’s for lunch?

Our catering team provides daily Glatt Kosher lunch options for campers. We will work to ensure that campers follow Glatt Kosher policy when traveling.

Can Island Quest accommodate special diets?

We work hard to meet all of our camper’s needs. We are nut aware and accommodate special diets such as gluten free, vegetarian and specified food allergies. We are happy to have conversations to ensure that your child’s diet is accommodated in accordance with our policies.

What if my child gets sick or injured?

We have an air-conditioned infirmary facility on our campgrounds where there is a Nurse and EMT at all times, as well as a first aid station at the pool during swim time. Families will be notified immediately.

Why is summer 2020 called a “pilot” summer?

In summer 2020, Island Quest will pilot for campers, through novel and customized programming and improved facilities, a sampling of what the future holds. We will also pay close attention to feedback during this time.

 

Then, in summer 2021, Island Quest will officially operate as part of a camp consortium at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. At that time, three other agencies across Long Island will join Island Quest; the premier day camp will leverage each organization’s strengths, resources and expertise.

How can I learn more about Island Quest?

The best way to learn more about Island Quest is to meet us! Please contact us at 718-268-5011 ext. 205 or 718-225-6750 ext. 261. Or, email us at [email protected]. We’d also love to hear from you through our Camp Suggestion box.