The Southampton Fresh Air Home strives to provide a true camping experience for every one of its campers. Days begin with flag raising before breakfast. Throughout the day there are sports activities,computer classes, arts and crafts, and swimming. Campers enjoy outings, cookouts, camp-outs or activities at night. Activities are varied and adapted for the ability and dexterity levels of the campers.
Campers engage in interactive sports with equipment adapted to their needs. There is basketball, tennis, baseball, golf, track, sailing and swimming. Older campers have the option to participate in an off-campus track team. Sailing is done in Southampton at a new accessible dock. The sail boat, "Sara C", is provided by Sea Legs, a non-profit organization of disabled veterans that makes sailing possible for people with a wide range of disabilities.
Arts and Crafts
Various projects occupy the campers on rainy days. They enhance their creativity through arts and crafts activities. Campers make masks, costumes, and props for their nighttime theatrical performances and dances. The camp has a flat deck that both campers and counselors use as a stage.
The camp is equipped with fully-compatible computers, as well as color printers, scanners, and digital cameras. Adaptive software and technology are also available. Settings exist on computer software to adapt to dexterity levels. By working with this equipment at the camp, the campers enhance their confidence levels and achieve greater computer literacy in a fun environment.
Campers use creative software for arts and crafts projects, such as Hanes T-Shirt Maker® to create a t-shirt featuring the design of their choosing.
Campers have access to e-mail through our very own branded e-mail service in conjunction with Everyone.net to be used at camp and beyond, in conjunction with access to the world wide web.
The majority of the camp is wireless and we carry many of the latest games that campers can choose from during each computer activity.
The camp is in Southampton, a small East End town on Long Island. It is a close-knit community. The community reaches out to support the camp and enhance its programs in the summer season.
Campers attend concerts at local Agawam Park. They go to the circus when it comes to town, to carnivals, the 4th of July parade and fireworks, the beach, and to movies. They go to a local nature preserve, to minor league ball games, and to the theater.
Members of the Home's Board of Directors take a personal interest in the camp each summer, and often entertain groups of campers in their homes. Southampton is a warm and social community, and our campers are a part of the town's history and its current life.