Philipstown Recreation Department

Philipstown Recreation Department


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Grades 4th - 8th
Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 and the Philipstown Recreation Department have teamed up to offer a week-long Fire Academy for Junior Firefighters. The Academy will be open to Town residents only, with the maximum number of children set at 50.  Junior Firefighters are issued uniforms (t-shirts) that must be worn at all times. Topics include fire cause and prevention, fire safety, firefighting equipment and its usage, the importance of teamwork, and physical fitness and marching. This is a free program.  Graduation isTBA.

Instructor:   Dan Valentine
Days: Monday - Friday
Time:  9:00am-3:00pm
Dates: July 23-27
Location: Cold Spring Fire House
Fee: Free


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STORIES FOR THE STAGE                                                                                                                               

Grades 1st- 3rd
Create a magical theatrical performance in just one week! Using favorite stories, improvisation, and many other theatrical tools, students will create a piece to perform for an audience at the Depot Theatre. 

All classes are held at the Community Center except for Fridays, August 3 & 10, which will be at the Philipstown Depot Theatre. On these two Fridays, students will be having their dress rehearsal in preparation for the performance at 12pm. There is no transportation provided back to the Community Center on these days. Participants can join Summer Fun for an additional $75 per week. Participants can sign up for one or two weeks. 

Director: Laura Danilov & Kalista Parrish
Day: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Community Center Performance Space

Week 1:
July 30 - August 3
Fee: $160 Resident / $175 Non-Resident

Week 2: August 6-10
Fee: $160 Resident / $175 Non-Resident

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY”                                                             
Grades 8th - 12th+
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. A fun musical with many parts and ensemble pieces!

Note: July 23-26 rehearsals will be from 9:00-3:00pm.  Performances will be July 26- 29

Director: Katie Bissinger, Linda Speziale & Paul Heckert
Days:  Monday—Thursday

Times:  2:00-6:00pm*
Location: Philipstown Depot Theatre
Dates: June 25-July 26
Fee: $495 Resident / $510 Non-Resident

*New extended time and addition of guest teaching artists!


Grades 4th-7th
The story centers around King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. After a rather silly bit of miscommunication leads us briefly to Finland, our king and his ever faithful squire Patsy begin to search for knights to accompany him on his Quest. He finds his first in the unlikely guise of Dennis, a hideous local mud farmer. After convincing the locals that he is the king by conjuring the Lady of Lake to prove it, Dennis is transformed into Sir Galahad. The rest of the knights are found far and wide and The Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, send our stalwart band on their way. They meet up with an unforgettable slew of outrageously kooky characters and musical hilarity ensues as Arthur and the Knights make their journey.

Directed by Christine Bokhour and the Teen Mentor Project.  Dedicated, experienced teens mentored and supervised by professional theatre instructors, lead the 4th -7th graders with special appearances by noted theatre artists!

Performances are July 19-22.

Director:  Christine Bokhour & Teen Mentor Project
Days:  Monday - Friday
Times:  9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Philipstown Depot Theatre
Dates: June 25-July 19 (No class July 4 or July 20)
Fee:  $595  Resident / $610 Non-Resident

*Spamalot: Young@part version designed for elementary and middle school age students.




All campers should wear appropriate shoes. Flip-flops and open-toed sandals are not recommended. Please note any special equipment required for camp (i.e. cleats, baseball mitt, etc.)  A labeled water bottle is highly suggested for all camps.

It is strongly recommended that campers do not bring anything of value (i.e.: I-pods, cell phones, toys, electronic games, etc.)  We are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.  


All children attending specialty camps must have an updated permission slip on file prior to the start of camp.


Please send your child with a labeled lunch and drink each day.  


Payment must be received each week prior to the week your child attends camp.  Additional payment plans must be pre-approved by the department.  Refunds, at the registrant’s request, may be made up to one week prior to the start of the program.  There is a 15% administrative fee for all refunds and withdrawals issued less than one week prior to the start of the program.  Once the program has begun, there are no refunds except for documented medical reasons.


Please take note of the start and ending times of each program. There will be a $5 fee for every additional 15 minutes your child is here past the time they are registered for.  Parents must escort their children in and out of the building and sign their child in/out with the head counselor.  Arrangements must be made in advance if your child is to go home with someone other than their parent or guardian.  This request needs to be provided in writing, and the person picking up must show a photo ID if they are no known to the staff.