Starchild Camp Progams

Summer Camp

Our summer camp program is not like the others!! We are open 8am to 6pm Monday thru Friday beginning June 28 through September 1. Campers spend the morning engaged in a variety of arts and crafts projects chosen by the students, rotating each day between a number of activities including but not limited to: knitting, cooking, crochet, origami, guitar, sports, and media and visual arts. In the afternoon, we become a “traditional” camp and students take part in either swimming (twice weekly) or field trips to an event or activity in and around the city. Lunch is provided twice a week and breakfast and a snack is offered daily. Everyone of our staff is CPR certified. Our counselor/camper ratio is 1:5 and 1:4 on days we swim. Additionally, our aquatics director travels with us for all trips involving water. For a complete schedule click the below link. Schedule2017 * (subject to change) For a list of our frequently asked questions, click here.   Cost is $300 per week if registered before May 1; $325 after May 1; and $375 after June 1. Please call or email for daily rates.

After-school Program

We are currently accepting registration for our after-school program which begins the first day of NYC public school and lasts through the last day of school. We provide pick up from schools in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park. We offer a hot snack, homework assistance, language and music lessons, and outdoor play (weather permitting). We offer programs for students in grades K-8. Our after-school program for middle school students is devoted to helping this student population make a positive and successful transition from elementary school to middle school and later into high school. Our goal is to help students achieve academic success while providing them an opportunity to express themselves through a number of arts initiatives including visual, media, 3D animation, and more. Our programs create a safe space where students express themselves while discovering new talents that motivate and inspire them to succeed in all areas of their lives. The after-school day begins with gathering at the site followed by outdoor play, a snack, then homework. The remainder of the day (depending on the day of the week) is filled with either music lessons, Spanish lessons, or arts and crafts, and maybe a movie (Fridays once or twice a month). Middle school students take advantage of an arts program geared to helping them adjust to middle school and transition to high school. Our child/counselor ratio is 1:6. The cost for our after-school program is $400 monthly. We offer a discount of one month for registrations processed before August 15, 2016 and for those paid in full. Contact info: 119-03 80th Road, Forest Hills Queens, New York Ph (347) 965-9261

Spring Break Program

Spring Break Camp

April 10 thru April 18 8AM to 7PM EXPLORING CUBA Join us for ten days of Cuban music, song, dance, food, field trips, and FUN!!! For: Students in Grades K thru 6 Cost: $450* for all seven days or $65* per day Breakfast, lunch and snack is included! Please call or check back for additional information. 347.965.9261 SpringBreakCampSchedule  BreakCampRegistrationForm  


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What Parents Say About Us!!!

Fabulous summer camp! Definitely coming back this year and next and the year after!!!

Janis B./Forest Hills,NY

My son absolutely loves WorldPlay/Starchild Camps!  He’s engaged and excited everyday! The team is top notch and extremely dedicated to the kids & their jobs! Enrolling for summer camp, at my sons request! Nothing more comforting then your child feeling safe & happy when they are outside your home!

Debbie F./Kew Gardens, NY

Kelli and her team are so wonderful with the kids. She plans out such great activities for them, both fun and educational. See you next summer!

Lance G./Douglaston, NY

“This camp is extraordinary, staffed by a team of compassionate, wise and generous people.”

Lori K./Rego Park, NY

“This was her first time attending a Starchild camp and she had a wonderful experience. She had excellent counselors, a variety of experiences, and was able to try new things. Each day she came home happy, confident, and full of amazing stories.”

David R./Flushing, NY

“My son has had a terrific experience at Starchild Camp. This is his third summer attending. Occasionally, I send him to another camp for a week or two just to mix things up; he always comes home and says, “It’s good, but Starchild is better.”

Margie S./Glendale, NY

Camp Director

Kelli Herd

Kelli Herd

Kelli Herd is the executive director of StarChild Camps. Kelli has worked as an elementary school teacher for both the Washington, DC and New York City Public School Systems. She has over ten years of experience as an educator and has created and facilitated several programs for children and youth. Kelli also worked for the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help as a Project Manager in Benin, West Africa. While in Benin, Kelli worked closely with the Beninise Prime Minister of Education conducting first-year research assessment/analysis of Beninise primary schools to create workshops and manuals that introduced new and interactive pedagogical tools for students and teachers. Ms. Herd has also worked as a community outreach organizer for the Hazelwood Initiative in Pittsburgh, PA. She served for two years as executive editor of the organization’s monthly newspaper. Most recently, Kelli served as the Director of Development for Bridge Street Development Corporation in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of New York and as the Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Literacy Partners in NYC.

Kelli holds a MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in English also from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kelli genuinely loves working with children and introducing them to new and exciting cultures and experiences. “There is no better sound than the laughter of a child.”

Kelli has lived in Forest Hills with her son Jeremy for over ten years.

Do you want to check out our planned events for this summer?
Click HERE to view our ACTIVITY schedule