Two groups of deserving kids find fun, fresh air, and friends at BYSC’s 5th annual Adirondack camping experience at Brant Lake Camp

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Kids from NewFlex program at Brant Lake
Children from the New Flex Foundation of Mt. Vernon with BYSC volunteers at Brant Lake Camp

This past week, Backyard Sports Cares hosted two separate groups of deserving campers at Brant Lake Camp, a private summer camp in the Adirondacks. BYSC hosted thirty school-aged children from the New Flex Foundation of Mt. Vernon, and seven residents from the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, a rehabilitation program offering teenagers a second chance alternative to incarceration.

Young men from the Youth Shelter of Westchester camping at Brant Lake
Young men from the Youth Shelter of Westchester after a game of Football at Brant Lake Camp

The visitors were treated to a full regimen of typical summer camping activity including sports, swimming, cookouts, campfires, hiking, and bunk life.

Teens from YSOW on Brant Lake

Brant Lake is a third-generation sleep-away camp owned and operated by the Gersten Family. This is the fifth summer Brant Lake has opened their campus to this program.

Visit our Facebook page to view more images from our Brant Lake campout with the New Flex Foundation and the Youth Shelter of Westchester.

Young men from Youth Shelter Program of Westchester join BYSC for a weekend at Brant Lake Camp

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Earlier this month, Backyard Sports Cares coordinated an extended weekend to Brant Lake Camp in the Adirondacks for 12 teen residents from the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester. For many of these at-risk young men, it was their first time officially camping, and for others, it was their first foray out of an urban environment and into … Continue reading “Young men from Youth Shelter Program of Westchester join BYSC for a weekend at Brant Lake Camp”

Backyard Sports/Bits and Pieces Summer Field Day

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Once again Backyard Sports and the White Plains Youth Bureau collaborated to provide a Summer Field Day for nearly 200 youngsters who are part of the Bureau’s Bits and Pieces Camp.  Activities included soccer, gaga, basketball, project adventure, golf, and a tug of war.  Assisting with the program were Scarsdale high school students, Josh Wasserman, … Continue reading “Backyard Sports/Bits and Pieces Summer Field Day”

Backyard Sports Brings NewFlex Youths to Brant Lake

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For the fourth year in a row, Backyard Sports Cares hosted a group of kids from Mt. Vernon’s NewFlex Youth Program at Brant Lake Camp for a weekend of fun camp experiences and activities. It was another fabulous camp experience for the NewFlex Youth Program kids who participated in lots of activities and made new … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Brings NewFlex Youths to Brant Lake”

White Plains Youth Bureau Honors Backyard Sports Cares at 45th Anniversary Gala

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In recognition of the enriching multi-sport afterschool programming that Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) provides for the White Plains Youth Bureau and the organization’s Bits and Pieces summer camp, Backyard Sports Cares was honored with a video presentation, including heartfelt testimonials of admiration and appreciation for its programs. “After five years of working together with the White … Continue reading “White Plains Youth Bureau Honors Backyard Sports Cares at 45th Anniversary Gala”

A very special summer camp experience

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By Danny Bernstein Once again, I had the good fortune of spending a portion of my summer with dozens of campers from the Edward Williams School and the New Flex Foundation in Mt. Vernon.  While camp holds many nostalgic moments in my heart, new and profound experiences were created over the three days in which … Continue reading “A very special summer camp experience”

BYS Brings Fun & Sports to Bits N’ Pieces Day Camp

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The White Plains Youth Bureau Bits N’ Pieces Summer Camp wraps up its 6-week session on August 14th at the Church Street Elementary School in White Plains. Students entering 1st through 5th grade came together from 8:30am to 5:00pm for camp fun and sports activities. Backyard Sports runs a program in collaboration with the White Plains … Continue reading “BYS Brings Fun & Sports to Bits N’ Pieces Day Camp”

Players vs. Coaches: Soccer Fun At Camp Shape

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Third through eighth grade campers from the City School District of New Rochelle’s Camp Shape took to the soccer field to scrimmage with their coaches, comprised of high school and college students from Backyard Sports.   The day camp runs throughout July from 9am-12pm at New Rochelle High School. The kids enjoy a variety of … Continue reading “Players vs. Coaches: Soccer Fun At Camp Shape”

BYS Coaches 200 White Plains Youth Bureau Day Campers

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This summer, in collaboration with the White Plains Youth Bureau, Backyard Sports’ coaches are providing daily sports and recreation to nearly 200 campers at the White Plains Youth Bureau Bits N’ Pieces Camp, located at Church Street Elementary School.     On July 22, BYS held its annual field day giving campers a chance to … Continue reading “BYS Coaches 200 White Plains Youth Bureau Day Campers”