From the Director

Carole B. Berman
Executive Director
Challenge Camps

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to announce our new location, Schechter Westchester in Hartsdale, providing a magnificent setting for Challenge Camp 2017, on the occasion of our 37th summer! We have made every effort to incorporate your comments and suggestions, and strive to meet the needs of all of our campers while staying ahead of the curve in terms of developing new and exciting curriculum. Our courses have been specially designed to meet the creative and intellectual needs of gifted and talented children.

The Program

Challenge Camp is a unique program for bright, curious children. The Challenge Camp advantage is that you and your child customize a program of selections based on your child’s interests and the students follow their course selections for an entire session. As many of our courses are project based, you will see your child’s knowledge and interest grow throughout the session.

Our Facility

Challenge Camp is located at Schechter Westchester, a picturesque campus with art rooms, science labs, computer and music rooms, and state of the art classrooms featuring Smartboards. There is a modern dining hall, prominent library/media center, a spectacular air conditioned gymnasium alongside an array of grass playing fields. The facility is fully air conditioned!

Morning Curriculum

In addition to returning favorites in the STEM and arts disciplines, we are introducing over 25 new morning workshops designed to stimulate the imagination of our campers. These selections include: Artificial Intelligence Gaming, Boom! Pow! Wow!, Fun with Photoshop, Galaxy Quest, Glorious Galapagos, Junior Architects, Little Fashionistas, My Green Thumb, Silly Superheroes, Stop Motion Animation and theater productions, “The Lion King” and “Peter Pan”. We are continuing our innovative thematic approach to Pre-K learning with our Discover, Imagine and Create program.

Afternoon Challenge

The Afternoon Challenge features our outstanding sports program including the continuation of our popular Fencing, Swim and Tae Kwon Do programs. We are also introducing new enrichment classes this summer – 3D Puzzles & Mazes, Color in Motion, Edible Explorers, Marvelous Mosaics, Musique Fantastique, and Skateboard Deck Design are some of our exciting new additions.

Our Team

The charismatic and talented Joe Fields will return as Challenge Camp Afternoon Director. Marcy Geisser-Wolf coordinates all camp activities including instructing the Counselor in Training Program. Marc Berman and Michelle Segal will facilitate the administration of camp operations to make this a memorable summer for your child.

Our Services

Challenge camp has teamed with CampDoc to manage our Online Portal for registration and filing of health documents, This is the preferred registration method. For your convenience, Challenge Camp offers a door to door transportation option. We also have early morning arrival or extended day programs to offer additional flexibility to families.

Please call (914) 779-6024 or email to learn more about the benefits of early registration, sibling discounts and open house information. We are happy to answer any questions and look forward to providing a meaningful and fun summer experience for your child.


Carole B. Berman
Executive Director
Challenge Camps