2023 Early Enrollment Open Until August 23rd

Dates & Tuition

Entering Third and Fourth Grades

Campers in helmets ready to zipline.

Explorers

The Explorers division offers big fun for growing campers! Explorers enjoy all the activities on The Ranch, along with choosing areas of enthusiasm during Club and X-Factor periods. Options include athletic clinics, crafts, hobbies, adventure specialties, and artist-in-residence workshops.

Explorers get the chance to experience the commitment and camaraderie of teamwork through participation in intramurals. Teams face off on rinks, courts, fields, or diamonds to exercise their newly honed accomplishments and to practice cooperation and sportsmanship.

A highlight of the Explorers’ day is the X-Factor, a choice period which includes athletics, STEM options, and traditional camp activities. Professional coaches in baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball run instructional, skills-oriented clinics for those who pick an additional athletics activity. These highly credentialed instructors hail from professional organizations. STEM options during X-Factor are equally alluring, especially robotic and coding.

Each grade also participates in ‘Coleman After Dark,’ a late night on The Ranch.

Meet the Explorers Team

Andrew Tortorici

At Coleman Country Since 1999

The co-supervisor of the Explorers, A.K.A. “DJ Torto” for his many years as the unofficial spirit leader at Coleman Country, was most recently the Athletic Director at camp. Prior to that five-year stint, his decades at Coleman Country included nine years as an Explorers counselor. A physical education teacher in Manhattan, Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in sports management and a Master’s in physical education.

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The co-supervisor of the Explorers, A.K.A. “DJ Torto” for his many years as the unofficial spirit leader at Coleman Country, was most recently the Athletic Director at camp. Prior to that five-year stint, his decades at Coleman Country included nine years as an Explorers counselor. A physical education teacher in Manhattan, Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in sports management and a Master’s in physical education.

Michele Mann

Michele Mann

At Coleman Country Since 2016

Michele Mann, co-supervisor of the Explorers, says, “Camp has become a second home to us … and the Coleman Country family has become a second family to me and my four kids.” At camp, Michele’s talents began to soar as a head counselor in the Pioneer division. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s in literary education studies. Michele has been teaching on both the elementary and middle school levels since 2003 in the New York City public school and in Westbury. Michele’s own children, all Coleman Country campers, run the gamut from our littlest Pioneers through all divisions; and her kids are unanimous: “There’s no place in the world my family would rather be than at Coleman Country.”

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Michele Mann, co-supervisor of the Explorers, says, “Camp has become a second home to us … and the Coleman Country family has become a second family to me and my four kids.” At camp, Michele’s talents began to soar as a head counselor in the Pioneer division. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s in literary education studies. Michele has been teaching on both the elementary and middle school levels since 2003 in the New York City public school and in Westbury. Michele’s own children, all Coleman Country campers, run the gamut from our littlest Pioneers through all divisions; and her kids are unanimous: “There’s no place in the world my family would rather be than at Coleman Country.”

Sample Schedule

9:00 AM

Arrival

9:15 AM

Line-Up

Campers gathered for an assembly.
9:30 AM

X-Factor (Camper Elective)

Camper playing tennis with an adult.
10:15 AM

GaGa

Girl camper playing gaga in the pit
11:00 AM

Instructional Swim

Explore Aquatics
Campers swimming.
12:00 PM

Lunch

Campers eating lunch together.
12:30 PM

Club

Explore Clubs
Explorers camper stands on balance beam
1:15 PM

Archery

Explorers camper does archery
1:45 PM

Intramurals

Explore Athletics
Explorers camper prepares to kick ball
2:30 PM

Challenge Course

Explore Adventure
Explorers camper climbs through mesh on ropes course
3:00 PM

Snack

Three girl campers having a snack together
3:15 PM

Free Swim

Two girl campers in the pool together
4:00 PM

Round-Up

Shaded area of campus.
4:20 – 4:30 PM

Dismissal

“In a league of their own. Couldn’t have been happier with my daughter’s experience this summer. Amazing staff, facilities, and programs.”

“Best in the business! Our girls came home every day looking like it was the best day of their lives. Excellence from top to bottom, and the genuine caring for the campers is evident at every turn.”

“CCDC is a place where you can be all you want to be without the pressures of the outside world. When I walk onto The Ranch, I feel empowered and energized.”