FILM, VIDEO AND TECHNICAL THEATER
In Technical Theater & Media we have world-class programs designed by the camps’ Executive Director, John J.A. Jannone. John has been, for over 15 years, a Professor of Television and Radio, and founder of the M.F.A. program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA), at Brooklyn College. Campers in all of our camps learn hands-on technical theater and multi-camera television production as lighting and sound operators, stage managers, stage crew, camera operators, vision mixers/technical directors, and floor managers for our many live productions. It is often the case that we have more campers backstage than on-stage! Our program is open to campers of all ages and experience levels: beginners are given realistic hands-on opportunities, while more advanced campers are challenged to expand and explore, in the realms of lighting, sound, set, and costume design. We also offer traditional single-camera filmmaking and editing to interested campers.
SPORTS AND SWIMMING
We have an active waterfront program that includes a large swimming pool and an on-campus lake that is used for boating or fishing. Our waterfront is supervised by qualified lifeguards and assistants. During our orientation program, each camper takes a swimming test so that his or her skills can be ascertained, and we can explain what our waterfront program can do to upgrade skills. Swimming instruction is scheduled individually with each camper. Recreational or ‘general swim’ is offered twice daily during our regular morning and afternoon activity periods, and anyone who wishes to participate may. The water in our pool is checked weekly by a state approved laboratory, and daily by our staff. Both areas are inspected and approved annually by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Every day we offer a different sporting activity or game after dinner. We have tennis courts and a large sports field for softball, volleyball, badminton, soccer and many other team and individual sports. In keeping with our non-competitive orientation, the emphasis in our sports program is individual involvement, improvement of skills, and fun.
Horseback riding is a popular activity with many campers. We have horses and English and Western tack on campus for use in our daily riding program. In our program there is room for the beginner, the camper wishing an occasional ride, and the advanced student who desires in-depth training in equitation and horse care. There is an orientation concerning safety and program goals for those campers who choose riding. After appropriate familiarization and practice in our spacious riding ring, those who qualify often take trail rides.
INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC
In our Music program, campers may elect instrumental and vocal lessons, with opportunities to participate in numerous ensembles. Our instrumental program offers piano, brass, string, and woodwind instruction. Campers study classical, popular, and Broadway material. We have a variety of instruments available for campers who wish to try an instrument for the first time. There are many performance opportunities each session.
Our radio program broadcasts from our short-range FM radio transmitter reach the camp community two or three times daily, including a live daily morning show. Our radio program teaches production and presentation of professional talk, news and music radio formats; along with radio plays, radio improv, comedy, and broadcasts of Ballibay rock bands and ensembles. Campers learn DJ skills in the ‘WBAY’ radio studio, as well as during our ‘DJ dances’ during the summer.
I attended camp Ballibay for 6 great summers. Each year I stayed for 7 weeks and loved it. I have made some of my best friends and best memories there, and would highly recommend it to anyone. The staff was always extremely nice and talented. I got opportunities to try hands on things, such as video production and directing, that I would not be able to anywhere else. It was really a one of a kind experience.
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