Mariner Division (Grades 1-4)

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The Rolling River Mariner Division includes campers entering grades 1 – 4. Our goal in this division is to expose campers to a variety of activities and as they grow, allow them to focus attention on desired skills and interests through hobby-based programs.

Grouping: Mariner campers are assigned camp groups based on their incoming grade and gender.

  • Group sizes range from 15-20 campers, with the smaller groups emphasized in grades 1 and 2.
  • The camper to counselor ratio in the Mariners never exceed 5:1 in grades 1 and 2 and 6:1 in grades 3 and 4.
  • Each group is assigned a dedicated, adult head counselor and 2 or 3 assistant counselors to supervise activities and serve as influential mentors for the camp group. CITs (or counselors-in-training) are also assigned to all Mariner groups. CITs are not counted in the camper to counselor ratio.

Programs: The Mariner Division schedule epitomizes a traditional day camp experience.

  • The day begins with an interactive line-up, followed by a wide array of sports and arts activities tailored to elementary-aged campers.
  • All Mariners participate in daily swim instruction, as well a free swim period in our Pool Complex.
  • The Mariners are also introduced to more advanced programs, including competitive sports Intramurals, hobby and choice periods, theater productions, tubing/banana boating and other exciting offerings.

Trips: All Mariners participate in several off-campus trips to enhance the program and teach campers social and team-building skills.

  • Mariners groups attend 3-4 off-campus trips per summer.
  • Certain Mariner groups include off-campus weekly activities such as bowling and tennis in their schedule.
  • To foster independence, the 3rd and 4th grade campers have the opportunity to attend an optional 2 day/1 night overnight trip as well.


Mariner Division Activities

Creative Arts

  • Arts and Crafts at Crafts Creek
  • Ceramics at Pottery Pier
  • Music and Puppetry at River Country
  • Interactive drama at Hidden Treasures(1st grade only)
  • Theater Arts at The Sea Breeze Theater with an evening show that families are invited to attend
  • Woodworking at Hammerhead Haven
  • Lanyard, beading and jewelry-making at Loading Dock


  • Swimming- instruction & free swim daily
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball/Newcomb
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Miniature golf at Lagoon Links
  • “Gaga” and other big group games
  • Intramurals/ athletic leagues
  • Intercamp tournaments
  • Climbing Walls at The Sea Cliffs
  • Martial Arts at The Mooring
  • Dance & Movement at Ocean Motion
  • Gymnastics at Tumbling Tides
  • Fitness Fun in the Multi-Porpoise Building- 9 Interactive Nintendo Wii Stations for Wii Sports, Wii Fitness, Dance Dance Revolution, Rockband, Skillnastics and more.
  • Yoga taught by professional yoga instructors from Breathe N Flow Yoga

Additional Activities

  • Boating at The Rolling River Marina
  • Nature at The Coral Reef
  • Cooking at The Galley
  • Creative play at The Sandbar and
  • Pebble Beach playgrounds
  • Sand Playground

rrdc-mariners-2Mariner Division Special Events

  • Carnival
  • Magicians
  • Interactive Game Shows
  • Petting Zoos
  • Puppet Shows
  • Musicians
  • Interactive story telling
  • Fun-filled field days
  • Themed days such as Western Day, Halloween Spooktacular, Space Day, Circus Day etc.
  • Rolling River Spirit Week featuring Song and Plaque presentations
  • DJ Dance Party
  • Steve Max Simon Sez
  • Lou Del Bianco “Around the World” and “Respect” shows
  • Court Jesters
  • Interactive Roller Skating Show
  • Rolling River annual “Color War”
  • And Many More!

mariner-trips-2014Mariner Division Trips

At Rolling River Day Camp, we believe that off-campus experiences enhance the program, and teach our campers social skills and team-building skills. Supervision and safety are paramount on all trips to outside sites. In addition to sending the groups’ regular counselors, we provide an experienced trip Supervisor, a camp nurse and additional staff to lower the counselor-to-camper ratio. Prior to the day of the trip, we give our parents a detailed itinerary and other information pertaining to the excursion. For optional overnight trips, the Director leads a comprehensive meeting with all of the campers and staff before the trip embarks reviewing the itinerary, code of conduct, camper expectations and other necessary details.

Below are some of the exciting, fun-filled and educational places our Mariner girls and boys have visited in the past:

  • experience an optional overnight trip to a sleepaway camp at Brookwood or Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut

Enjoy a variety of age appropriate off-campus trips:

  • Pump It Up
  • Bellmore Theatre
  • Fun Station
  • Westbury Theater
  • Fun Zone
  • Long Island Children’s Museum
  • Adventureland
  • Hall of Science
  • Q-Zar
  • Crow’s Nest Mini-Golf
  • Bowling
  • Sportset

rrdc-mariners-3Sample Mariner Schedule (Ages 6-9)

  • 9:00 – 9:15 – Arrive at Camp
  • 9:15 – 9:30–Cast off for an exciting day (line-up)
  • 9:30- 9:45 – Pebble Beach Playground
  • 9:45 – 10:45 – Cabana and Instructional Swim
  • 10:45 – 11:15 – Martial Arts
  • 11:15 – 11:45 – Cooking
  • 11:45 – 12:15 – Sport (eg. Basketball or Softball)
  • 12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:15 – Ceramics
  • 1:15 – 2:15 – Cabana and Free Swim
  • 2:15 – 3:00 – Hobbies
  • 3:00 – 3:15 – Snack
  • 3:15 – 3:45 – Wii Room- Fitness Fun
  • 3:45 – 4:00– Reeling in – It’s time to go home (line-up)
  • 4:00 – 4:15 – Depart to Buses