Navigator Division (Grades 5-8)

Jump to: On-Campus Fun | Off-Campus Activities | Day Trips | Overnight Trips | Sample Schedule

The Rolling River Navigator Division includes campers entering grades 5 – 8. This popular program sets the standard for creativity and diversity in day camping. The Navigator Division is the perfect combination of a traditional summer camp experience and exciting off-campus travel program.

Grouping: Navigator campers are placed in groups based on their incoming grade and gender.

  • Group sizes range from approximately 20-25 campers.
  • Each group is assigned a dedicated, adult head counselor and 2 or 3, college-aged assistant counselors.
  • All Navigator head counselors possess a NYS Commercial Drivers License and are responsible for transporting groups to off-campus activities and local day trips.

Trips: As Navigators progress through the Division, they earn more independence and responsibility to explore off-campus activities.

  • All Navigator groups participate in a full day, full division trip once per week.
  • 6, 7, and 8 grade campers receive a second full day trip per week while 5 grade campers receive a half day trip. 8 grade campers take part in an additional half day, off-campus activity as well.
  • Our diverse travel calendar features a variety of age-appropriate and popular locations such as Splish Splash, Mountain Creek, Dorney Park, New York Mets, Rye Playland, Aviator and more.
  • Campers also have the opportunity to attend a 3 day/2 night optional overnight to exciting locations such as Hershey Park, Lake George, Boston, Washington DC and more. We also offer an optional Broadway Show in New York City.

On-campus: Our on-site Navigator schedules include camp favorites in sports and the arts well as opportunities for customized hobby and choice periods.

  • While lower division Navigator campers still receive swim instruction, upper division campers may participate in lifeguard training workshops.
  • All Navigators also engage in a co-ed Intramurals program and weekly special events.


On-Campus Fun

Creative Arts

  • Arts and Crafts at Crafts Creek
  • Ceramics at Pottery Pier
  • 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 the Loading Dock


  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball/Newcomb
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • European Handball
  • “Gaga”, boxball and other big group games
  • Baggo
  • Intramurals/Age group athletic league

Movement Activities

  • Martial Arts at The Mooring
  • Creative play at Pebble Beach playground
  • Dance and movement at Ocean Motion
  • Swimming (see Aquatics section)
  • Yoga taught by professional yoga instructors from Breathe N Flow Yoga

Additional Activities

  • Fitness Fun in the Multi-Porpoise Building- 9 Interactive Nintendo Wii Stations for Wii Sports, Wii Fitness, Dance Dance Revolution, Rockband, Skillnastics and more.
  • Boating at The Rolling River Marina (see Boating section)
  • Nature at The Coral Reef
  • Cooking at The Galley

navigators-on-campus-2014Off-Campus Activities

Here are some examples of the exciting and interesting places that our Navigators have visited in the past:

  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Miniature golf
  • Golf driving ranges
  • Racquetball
  • Ice skating
  • Roller skating
  • Laser tag
  • Rock climbing
  • Movies/IMAX
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • County Park pools and Water Slides

navs-2014Day Trips

At Rolling River Day Camp, we believe that off-campus experiences enhance the camper’s program, as well as teaching them social skills and team-building. Supervision and safety are paramount on all trips to outside sites. Therefore, 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 related information pertaining to the excursion. For 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 Navigators have visited in the past:

Fun In The Water

  • Mountain Creek Water Park
  • Wildwater Kingdom
  • Splish Splash
  • Camel Beach Water Park
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Canoe Trips
  • Beast Boat

Amazing Amusement Parks

  • Six Flags
  • Dorney Park
  • Rye Playland
  • Adventureland

Batter Up At Baseball Games

  • Mets/Yankee games
  • Brooklyn Cyclones
  • Staten Island Yankees
  • L.I. Ducks

Indoor Amusements

  • Boomers
  • Country Fair
  • Dave and Busters
  • Pump It Up
  • Aviator- Innovative Sports Complex

Kids Love To Explore

  • Planetariums
  • Museums
  • Aquariums

And More Fun-Filled Destinations

  • Jeckyl & Hyde
  • Mars 2112
  • Beach Trips
  • Comedy Clubs
  • County Parks
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Go-Karts
  • Broadway Shows
  • The Sands at Lido/DJ Parties
  • Medieval Times
  • Blue Man Group
  • Cirque de Solei

rrdc-navigators-3Overnight Trips

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

  • Lake George, N.Y.
  • Hershey Park, PA.
  • Washington D.C.
  • Ocean City, MD.
  • Boston, MA.
  • Williamsburg, VA.
  • Lancaster, PA.
  • Busch Gardens
  • White Water Rafting
  • Six Flags Amusement Parks
  • Whale Watching
  • Club Getaway – Kent, CT.
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Dude Ranch
  • Mystic, CT
  • Lake Compounce Amusement, CT


Sample Navigator Schedule

(For A Full Day In Camp When Not On A Trip)

  • 9:00 – 9:15 – Arrive at Camp
  • 9:15-9:30 – Cast off for an exciting day (line-up)
  • 9:30- 10:30– Hobbies- Choice of approx. 15 activities
  • 10:30– 11:00 – Choice of either Sport (eg. Hockey) or Arts (eg. Ceramics)
  • 11:00– 11:45 – Computer
  • 11:45 – 12:45 – Cabana and Instructional Swim
  • 12:45 – 1:15 – Lunch
  • 1:15– 2:15 – Intramurals/Sports Leagues
  • 2:15 – 3:15 – Cabana and Free Swim
  • 3:15 – 3:30 – Snack
  • 3:30 – 3:45 – Loading Dock
  • 3:45 – 4:00– Reeling in – It’s time to go home (line-up)
  • 4:00 – 4:15 – Depart to Buses