OUR ONLINE STORE IS OPEN!

November 13, 2023By Annie Yamamoto

We are delighted to share the exciting news that our online store is officially open! We want to express our sincere gratitude for the overwhelming support we have received as we prepared for this launch! 

At the heart of our vintage logos lies the artistry of Dottie Jannone, the original co-owner of Camp Ballibay and artist behind the designs. As we open our store, we take a moment to celebrate Dottie and her beautiful contributions to the aesthetic legacy of Ballibay. 

Our initial launch features two vintage Ballibay logos from the 70s and 80s. 

While our initial launch highlights these vintage logos, we are excited to share that we have plans to expand our merchandise in the future! Keep an eye out on all of our social media platforms (Instagram Discord and Facebook for upcoming releases, promotions, and exclusive merch.

We're in the process of establishing a community of campers, staff, and alumni on Discord, and we invite you to join us! As our Discord community expands, it will serve as the primary platform for sharing the latest Ballibay news, along with exclusive content available only on Discord. You can use this invite link to join, but please note that it expires on November 17, 2023. If you happen to come across this blog post after that date, feel free to reach out to me for a fresh invite link! 

Once again, thank you all for your unwavering support! As we commemorate Dottie's artistry throughout our 60th season, we invite you to visit our store!

FOUR VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS YOUR CHILD CAN LEARN AT BALLIBAY ARTS CAMP

August 31, 2018By Kerin

When your child goes to a sleepaway arts camp, they will come home with more than just fun stories; they will return home with valuable life skills. We may not realize it straight away, but the skills our children can learn while at sleepaway camp — and at our arts camp — are ones that we can appreciate for years to come. Sleepaway camps foster friendships, independence, communication, problem-solving, and responsibility, just to name a few, while arts camp adds to those skills, with creativity, confidence, focus and much more. The safe, fun, and creative environment at an arts camp allow these skills to grow through many conversations, individual decisions, explorations, art programs, activities, and free time.

Communication

Without parents around to “help,” young campers learn how to communicate for themselves. They develop the confidence to explore, take initiative, and communicate with those around them, including both adults and children. Especially in theater, music and rock camp, children learn to engage with others through multiple conversations and through the process of learning and enacting their jointly-created art. our child’s confidence and communication skills will improve so much that they will learn how to resolve issues, effectively communicate needs, and create better relationships with those around them.

Confidence

Theater camp and music or rock camp are amazing for building confidence. Through learning, practicing and playing on a daily basis and learning how to communicate with their peers, teachers and counselors, campers step out of their comfort zones, learn from mistakes, and adapt and grow into confident young adults. Developing the confidence to perform in front of others can translate into multiple aspects of life, whether in the performing arts or giving presentations for school.

Creative Expression

Creative expression is the very foundation of the arts, and Ballibay Arts Camp is designed to foster creative expression in our campers. We allow our campers to explore and express their creativity and work in any way they choose; we do not place any limits on them; rather we learn about their interests, support their decisions, and work with them to develop the skills they need to see a project through. We allow our campers to be unconstrained by anyone else’s categories, definitions, constraints, or prohibitions. Campers develop and create their own personal artistic expression, however they see fit to do it. See our blog about embracing children who are “different” thinkers.

Problem-solving & Critical Thinking

When young artists have a vision or an idea, they are faced with the practical problem of translating that vision into objective reality, whether that is a song, musical composition, painting, sculpture, video, movie, play, or something else. This “translation” process combines continuous problem-solving with ongoing, unfolding creativity. And this is generally done in a highly individual way, with little outside guidance or support. This ability to combine creativity with practical problem-solving (which includes critical thinking) is central to the life of an artist, but also is an immensely important life lesson for all of us.

Sleepaway camp and arts camps provide the perfect spaces for any child or young adult to grow and develop as an artist and person, developing important skills each and every day. These young campers will develop these skills more and more as they progress through life, shaping them into well-rounded individuals.