Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00
“I’m proud of what we’re doing here,” said Kelly Norris, great-granddaughter of Jeanne Shibley Bell, the founder of the Shibley Day Camp in Roslyn.
Ms. Norris is referring to the extensive upgrades, renovations and improvements now under way at the camp. The projects are moving forward under the guidance of her father, Ernest Norris, with additional help from her mother, Jane Bradbury Norris and her sister Mackenzie.
“We started with grounds repairs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” added Ernest Norris. “That got us thinking about new possibilities and other ideas we’d had for a while. Once you get going, these things gain a momentum of their own. We’re taking on many projects we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
Those projects include two brand-new batting cages; a re-constructed hockey rink; upgraded tennis courts; an entirely re-built climbing wall; a renovated and re-decorated air bungee; new additions to the power car fleet; renovated discovery zone playhouse; renovated fun wash water maze; plus new trees, shrubs and plantings from one end of the campground to the other.
“Goal number-one is to deliver the ultimate summer program to our campers, and that means providing the environment as well as the fun.” Norris added. “The 5-year-old who’s waiting to jump on the air bungee also has parents who realize that a summer at Shibley is like a summer in the north woods. The grounds, the trees, the shade are just as important to us as the playgrounds.”
The new developments at Shibley coincide with the announcement that the camp’s director, Harvey Kulchin, is retiring after 56 years at the helm.
“I’m so happy to see all this going on,” said Kulchin. “It has been my greatest honor to be a part of Shibley for all these years, and now it’s gratifying to see the family come in to create a new vision for the camp.”
Kulchin is being replaced by his longtime assistant director, Bill Brodsky, who is being joined by Robert Kulchin, his son and director of administration.
“It’s like looking at an old classic through a modern lens,” said Kelly Norris. We’re seeing Shibley in different way. We’re listening to our camper families and staff to give them what they’ve been asking for, plus more.”
Located at 175 Warner Ave., Roslyn, Shibley Day Camp is celebrating its 85th year in business. The camp offers a summer program for children from 3 to 14 . For further information about camp programs, call 516-621-8777.