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A long-standing Nabby tradition, the Nabby News is published weekly and features all that you need to know about our camp experience. Staff profiles, Group Scoop, Epic event recaps, important dates for parents and tons of great photos!

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Meet Our Nabby All-Star – Aimee Freundlich

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Aimee Freundlich has earned Nabby “Hall of Fame” status as a proud Nabby alum, current Nabby parent and Nabby Group Head Counselor in our Junior Camp. Did we also mention she is a dedicated teacher and talented artist, who runs her own face painting business?

It all began for Aimee at Nabby when she was 10 years old. Aimee started as a camper in Barnard and remained throughout Senior Camp, on her way to becoming a CIT (Counselor in Training). Along with her younger brother who also came to Nabby, she remembers loving all the camp activities and has fond memories of her summers spent here.

Perhaps her years at Nabby inspired Aimee to become a Kindergarten teacher, which she has been doing for the past 8 years at PS 41 in the Bronx. A few years ago, when her son Cameron was old enough to start camp, Aimee knew just the right place and enrolled him right away. After having returned to Nabby as a parent, Aimee began to wonder what it would be like to work at the camp she was so fond of as a child. Fast forward to this past summer, when Aimee joined our staff and became the head counselor of our kindergarten girls group, Smith. As Aimee recalls, it was tremendously rewarding and fulfilling for her and her staff – Skyler, Annalisa and Emma.

“I found great joy coming to camp every day and our staff was so happy to provide a comfortable and positive experience for our campers. It was also so special to share Nabby with my son and see first-hand how much fun he was also having”.

Aimee loves the personal connections she has made at camp and is always excited to see campers throughout the year, in and around town. Aimee got to see many of her Smith girls (and all her assistant counselors) at Nabby’s recent Halloween Celebration where she hosted a face-painting booth. Aimee majored in art in college and began her own face-painting business a few years ago. She works mostly at birthday parties and local events, and really wowed all of us with her artistry. As a face painter, just like her role at Nabby, Aimee loves to bring joy to children and make their experience the very best it can be!

We love having Aimee and Cameron here with us at Nabby and we know that Aimee feels the same. “I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy working at Nabby. I feel so at home here and my son and I always talk about how we miss it and we want to keep coming back.”

Aerial Adventure is Awesome!

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When we ask our campers what are some of their favorite activities at Nabby, we usually hear – “aerial adventure!”

Activities in this area include the zip line (with a chance to make a basket at the end), the obstacle course and treehouse, rock walls, and for senior campers, our high ropes course.

Always harnessed by our certified counselors, the younger campers really feel a sense of accomplishment when they make it to the top of the rock wall and receive a trophy. They also love playing games and circling through the treehouse as well as “flying” down our zip line. Senior campers not only get to experience all that the junior campers do, but they can also test their skills on our high ropes course. Our Aerial Adventure team led by Head Counselor Erin Appelle loves the look on a camper’s face when he or she is able to navigate the high ropes section of the Challenge Course for the very first time.

Erin has been at Nabby for 8 years and currently teaches special education in Carmel. She met Camp Director Joe Bertino at her very first teaching job at Ardsley Middle School! She has two children who also work at Nabby, Shannon, an assistant in Jackson and Maggie, a CIT in Barnard.

Erin is joined by the team of Donna Napolitano, Kyra Johnsen, Jack Massett, Justin Dama, Henry Casey, and Mike Ametrano. No matter the age, there is always a sense of accomplishment our campers enjoy an aerial adventure, and we love to see their confidence grow throughout the camp season.

Nabby NewsThank You Nabby Families!!

We truly came together during our “Community Week” and are so proud of our campers and thankful for the generosity of our families. We shared stories of good deeds at camp on our “Helping Hands” wall and were thrilled to see it get filled each and every day with handwritten notes until it was completely covered on Friday! We also joined together as a community to help others in need, with our food collection to benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester. What started with a few cans on Monday morning, became overflowing bags and tables covered with donations from so many of you! Our campers loved bringing in their contributions and were excited to see the collection get bigger and bigger each day. We will add to the collection with our non-perishable items from the kitchen at the end of the season and will make a special Camp Nabby drop-off at the Community Center based in Katonah.

It was a wonderful week celebrating good deeds and we thank all of you for joining us to spread kindness, both inside and outside of camp.

Aye Mateys!!!

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Shiver me timbers…Pirate Day at Nabby was full of swashbuckling fun! Campers came dressed to set sail and had so much fun this week at Arts & Crafts, making their Pirate Captain name plaques, treasure maps and treasure boxes. Campers also enjoyed a special morning assembly gathered around the big pool to watch our Pool Staff enter the waters after hearing the chants of “Walk the Plank!” “Walk the Plank!”

Nabby NewsNabby Ninjas!

This week we had a special treat for all our campers thanks to our friends at Grit Ninja in Pleasantville. The Grit Ninja team set up daily outdoor Ninja course activities for our campers and each group participated in the program at least once during the week. Activities included a rig with interchangeable obstacles including rings, ropes, pipe slider and a “broken bridge”, a parkour speed course, balance challenge and the famed “warped wall”. The activities were led by the Grit Ninja coaches, many of whom have competed on the popular tv show “American Ninja Warrior” – Henry – 3 times, Yancy – 5 times and Cara who will be on the show this August!! The course tested our camper’s upper body strength, speed, balance and agility and we were so impressed that everyone gave it their all. As Ninja coach Yancy told us at the conclusion of the week, “We had an amazing week at Nabby and we can tell you that the Nabby campers were strong and full of grit!” We agree!!!

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