Bearcats Summer Camp, based out of Baruch, closes over Winter break


Courtesy of Bearcats Summer Camp Facebook

Amanda Salazar, Editor-in-Chief

Baruch College’s in-house summer camp for kids, Bearcats Summer Camp, announced on its official Facebook page that it is shutting down after 24 years and will not offer day camp for any future summers.

“We are writing to let you know that we will not be offering the camp any longer,” the announcement read. “We wanted to share this news right away so you can start looking for an alternate camp for summer 2020.”

The camp was run out of Baruch’s Newman Vertical Campus building, though the program also took the campers on off-site trips, including to musicals and amusement parks, according to the camp’s Facebook page.

It was available to kids five through 15 years old and Baruch students were welcome to be employed at the camp as counselors.

“The program features fun recreational activities including; as arts and crafts, sports, computers, and enrichment programs. Swimming lessons are taught and supervised by Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors.

The camp also offers weekly field trips, theme days, parent visiting days, and an annual talent show,” a description of the camp on an open house announcement read. According to a page on the New York Sports Connection website, Bearcats Summer Camp also had a sports program that included badminton, basketball, fitness training, kickball, ping pong, racquetball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, wallyball and wiffleball.

Photos from the camp’s online presence show groups of kids laughing together outside of theaters and at parks.

Others show campers in Baruch classrooms, working on arts and crafts projects, and using the Baruch swimming pool. Some even show children in Baruch t-shirts. Despite being around for nearly a quarter of a century, many the camp stayed mostly out of sight and many Baruch students do not seem to have been aware of its existence.

No explanation was given for the sudden closing of the camp.

When The Ticker reached out to Director of Athletics & Recreation Heather MacCulloch, who signed the post announcing the closing and whose name pops up when the camp is searched online, she declined to comment.

Director of Student Life Damali Smith Tolson also said that she would be unable to comment, as she did not work directly with the camp program. Andres Acha, who is listed as the most recent camp director for Bearcats Summer Camp , was unable to be reached for comment by The Ticker.

No matter the circumstances of its closing, Bearcats Summer Camp will be dearly missed by those who were involved with the program, including the children.

“Thank you for being a part of Bearcats Summer Camp at Baruch College. We are pleased that for 24 years, the camp served the Gramercy community and beyond,” the Facebook post announcing the closing stated. “While we are sad to see the camp close, we are proud of the role we had in giving generations of young children a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for so many summers. Thank you for your support over the years; it was an honor and pleasure to work with you.”