Ever wonder what 8 year olds find interesting in the hot days of summer? When the choices of camp are as varied as the colors in a rainbow one looks for a choice that will both stimulate as well as educate their children. How fortunate we are to have New York City Chess as an option.
You might be thinking, chess over the summer? Well, I too wondered if my active, busy 8 year old boys would find this an acceptable option. Just look at the smiles on the faces of the attendees from past summers to see these guys have figured out how to engage our children. What I love about this camp is their understanding that children need variety in activity as well as carefully thought out structure that takes into account the views of the children.
In addition to chess, which is taught by Grand Masters as well as nationally rated players, Michael Propper, co-founder, feels physical activity is key to keeping the children engaged. Having been a college varsity player, Michael adds dodgeball, basketball, and sprinkler enjoyment for all of the children-chess all day would be too much for even the most dedicated chessophiles.
What is equally gratifying is the mix of boys and girls which proves, there are places where gender is irrelevant. I especially appreciate the little ones who are five and six years old playing chess against eight, nine, and ten year olds and beating them. You can only imagine what this does for the self esteem of the little ones. I for one can honestly say it still amazes me that I could have been beat by a six year old in four moves! I will tell you what, i will never let that happen again, next time it will take at least 5five moves-ha!
The true text of any camp is the end of the day reviews from the children. I can tell you, my sons not only raved about the day, they couldn’t wait to go back the next day. After playing chess all week, they still wanted to verse me on the weekends. My guys even chose this camp over a sports camp they had experienced during the summer as well.
Equally important is the atmosphere present at this camp-it is one of respect, sportsmanship, and a true love of fun! I can tell you without hesitation my guys will be returning next summer for another enriching adventure at New York City Chess. They can be reached at, New York City Chess Inc. 230 Thompson St, NY, NY www.chessnyc.com 212.475.8130
One last bonus, these people bring the chess to you at schools around New York City, so if their Thompson St. location doesn’t work for you, your child can access their training many other places in the City.