FAQs

The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps brings in some of the top instructors in the world to teach and coach our campers in numerous sports and activities. You won’t find the caliber of coaching and instruction we have at any other traditional camp setting. This allows us to offer World-Class sports instruction on par or better than the top sports camps, yet still give campers a well-rounded and fun traditional camp experience. Our campers enjoy the option of tailoring their summer experience to their interests by “specializing” in weekly sports programs as well as selecting daily options of various camp activities.
Throughout the summer we offer campers the opportunity to specialize in a sport or activity for a week. Throughout the week, these campers will spend the two morning activity periods (about 2 hours total) learning from our professional coaches and instructors. Specialty campers have the option of spending even more time in the afternoon clinic which spans through the last two activity periods in the afternoon (about 100 minutes). Specialty weeks are offered when our professional World-Class instructors are in residence (click for schedule) [link to specialist schedule].
Yes. There are many weeks in which we offer a “Specialty” week in multiple sports and activities. Each day, there is a morning and an afternoon clinic in each of the specialty programs. Campers who wish to specialize in two activities throughout a specialty week may spend the morning at clinic in one sport/activity and the afternoon at clinic in the other sport/activity.
While the core of our programming is based around sports, we feel that children should have a well-rounded experience. We offer specialized programs in activities such as broadcasting and dance. Campers at The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps enjoy swimming, water trampolines and blobs, and boating in a pristine four-mile lake, and splashing in a 5,000 square foot swimming pool with 85 foot water slides.  They also share social time at traditional camp activities, camp recreational sports favorites like gaga and arts & crafts.  Campers can also relax in a rec room with a pool table, television and video games. Evenings around the campfire and color war are just two of many Brookwood summer highlights.
We train our staff to create an all-inclusive atmosphere around camp. All of our instructors are chosen because of their ability to engage and work with participants of all levels from beginners to experts. Our campers make up a range of kids highly motivated to learn and excel in particular sports to ones who just enjoy being active and playing games.
All training at Brookwood’s New York sports summer overnight camps is conducted by athletes and coaches, who have reached the pinnacle of their sports careers and have proven expertise in helping young athletes succeed at all levels, and have  a wealth of experience in working with kids at youth sports camps. They include:

Baseball Camp:
Lee Mazzone – former MLB pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles

Football Camp:
Jay Fiedler, Director – former NFL Quarter back for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins
Scott Brunner – former NFL Quarterback for the New York Giants
Chris Chambers – former NFL Wide Receiver for the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers

Soccer Camp:
Eric Lorandini and Gary Lewis – international instructors and talent evaluators with Manchester United Youth Development and other English Premier League clubs

Basketball Camp:
Tim Capstraw – former Division 1 Head Basketball Coach and current announcer for the New York Nets
Mark Coffman—former Division 1 Coach for over 25 years. Currently runs elite youth programs on West Coast

Sports Broadcasting Camp:
Steve Levy – Current ESPN Sports Anchor and Announcer
Rich Ackerman – CBS Radio Broadcaster
Tim Capstraw – Brooklyn Nets Radio Broadcaster

Dance Camp:
Erica Ratkovicz—lead instructor at a top youth dance studio in NJ, choreographer, and former professional ballet dancer

Brookwood Camps has been in business since 1938, and owned by the Fiedler family since 1986.  The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps is currently under the direction of a second generation of Fiedlers, Jay and Scott.
We will schedule up to 3 calls home from your children with the number of calls home depending on the length of their stay at camp. We also have a one-way email system which allows you to send as many emails as you would like to your child. Emails are printed daily and distributed to campers with the mail. Campers are also required to write two letters a week. You are welcome to call the office to speak to one of the directors anytime to get updated reports on how your child is doing at camp.
Yes.  Unlike traditional overnight youth sports camps, The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps offers young athletes sports training with flexible dates.
Yes.  The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps provide campers with meals featuring all food groups for optimal nutritional balance.  The Sports Academy is proud to have had the same top culinary staff for the past 20 years.
The Brookwood Camps’ state-of-the-art health services center is supervised by a medical doctor and three registered nurses who are specially trained to provide a range of medical support, including administering daily medication, treating illnesses and injuries, and handling emergencies.  The expert Brookwood medical staff is committed to campers’ health and safety, and to maintaining close communication with parents when the need arises.
Campers at The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps enjoy traditional summer camp cabins.  Each cabin has many of the amenities that campers are accustomed to at home, including indoor toilets, showers and sinks, as well as conveniently placed electrical sockets for hair dryers, flat irons and other grooming accessories.
While the camp provides the necessary equipment to participate in each sport offered, we do suggest campers bring up certain individualized items such as baseball gloves, tennis racquets, lacrosse sticks and gloves, hockey sticks and gloves, golf clubs, etc. Campers should also make sure to bring proper footwear for a variety of sports on field and courts.
Laundry is washed at our on-campus facility once a week for everyone at camp.
We do not allow cell phones or any devices capable of accessing the internet. We believe that summer camp is one of the few places remaining which allows kids to decompress from the constant and addictive habit of device dependency and develop their social skills with others. We ask parents not to send any of these devices to camp with their children. For those who need their cell phone to communicate during travel to and from camp, we will keep those devices locked in our office safe during their stay at camp.
On the first and last day of the full season, we offer bus service to and from various locations in the Tri-State region. We also arrange a chaperoned flight to and from Fort Lauderdale Airport for our Florida campers.

For those arriving or leaving camp midsummer, the arrival day for each week is Sunday and departure day is Saturday. We can arrange airport transfers (charges apply) at the NY region airports (JFK, LGA, EWR, or SWF) for those flying to and from camp. Contact the office for more details about travel.