Town of Huntington, NY - News Details

4/12/2019 - [MAY 1 DEADLINE] Lupinacci to Special Needs Families: Apply for Town’s Camp Bright Star by May 1

Huntington – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci encouraged special needs families to apply for Camp Bright Star, the Town’s summer day camp designed to provide fun and friendship for children and teens with special needs, allowing special needs youths to enjoy camp life in a structured and safe environment.


“What makes us so unique and special is that we are a small camp. Camp Bright Star is a family where everyone feels accepted, respected and welcomed,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “Under the leadership of Camp Director Serena Kindler, we have an excellent team that is dedicated to provide the best care to each individual camper.”


New applicants should submit the Town’s application by Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to eligible children, Huntington residents, and the child’s appropriateness for camp. There is no guarantee of placement as there are a limited number of camp openings.


At a program cost of $270 with a Resident Recreation ID card and $600 without a Recreation ID card, Camp Bright Star is much less expensive than other camps, where tuition for the summer can cost up to $6,000 or more. Transportation is provided for Huntington residents. Non-residents can access the bus transportation by dropping the camper off at a scheduled bus stop in Huntington.


Camp Bright Star’s 2019 program operates from Tuesday, July 2 through Friday, August 9 at Oakwood Primary School in South Huntington. The camp also offers trips that families often look forward to their children experiencing. Program hours are 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Camp will be closed on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. 


Every applicant will be interviewed prior to joining the camp in order to ensure the camp environment is an appropriate fit for the potential camper. Interviews will be conducted for Huntington residents on Monday, May 6 and Monday, May 13 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Town Hall. Interviews for non-residents will be held on Monday, May 20 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Town Hall or sooner depending on enrollment. Applicants will be contacted in April by email; applicants must include an email address on the application.


The application, which includes a section to be completed by a doctor, and a check (make payable to the Town of Huntington) should be sent as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 1, mailed to the Town of Huntington, Parks & Recreation Department, ATT: Camp Bright Star, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY  11743. If the application is missing information, it should be mailed along with a check before the deadline; missing information may be submitted at a later date.


Applicants may still register if they are only attending for one or two weeks to fit their summer schedule. If the potential camper is on any medications, the applicant must submit a copy of each prescription and give it to the Camp Nurse on the first day of the program.


If the potential camper will be accompanied by a paraprofessional, or “shadow,” applicants must call the Parks and Recreation Department at (631) 351-3094 for specific instructions. All requests must be made no later than Friday, May 10, 2019; no requests will be accepted after this date.


Register for Camp Bright Star to receive the application and instructions on applying at: