Culinary Arts girls: Beginning second from left, Samantha Madalon, Eliza Rudolph (middle) and Sophie Peterfreund make breakfast pizzas in Chef Stanley Rupinski’s Culinary Arts Camp at the Tech Center at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.
When today’s moms and dads were growing up, summer camp meant playing field games, learning to swim and making key chains – but not anymore. At the Tech Center at Putnam-Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services, campers ages 12 to 15 are baking their own pizzas, painting custom car fenders, designing video games, learning about police work and more, according to a press release from BOCES.
Jimmy Cancro, an eighth-grader at Lakeland-Copper Beech Middle School, said he was glad to be able to do something different, after spending a week away at a traditional summer camp. In Noelle Scheffel’s program on computer animation, Jimmy created a visual effect of lightning.
“I like being able to mix it up,” said Jimmy. “This has been fun.”
Sophie Peterfreund, a sophomore at Fox Lane High School, said she loved spending a week in Chef Stanley Rupinski’s kitchen learning culinary basics. “I love that we’re learning new skills like how to cut and dice because I can apply what I’ve learned when I cook with my mom at home.” Sophie said she also enjoyed making treats like doughnuts.
Samantha Madalon, an eighth-grader at Mahopac Middle School, said her family was benefitting big time from her experience in Chef Stanley’s class. “My brother, Jake, is really happy that I did this because I am going home and baking cookies and tarts and things every day and serving them to my family at lunch,” Samantha said.
In all 329 campers participated in 19 programs offered over the course of four weeks. Camp offerings included: Animation, Architectural Design, Auto Body, Baking, Cake Decorating, Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts/Hospitality, Computer Graphics, Creative Arts, Fashion Design, Game Design, Hairstyling & Beauty, Healthy Cooking, International Desserts, Law Enforcement, Metal Working, TV Production & Digital Film and a special STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp.
Somers Middle Schooler Lauren Hurst proudly displays the dog she created from copper piping in Metal Working camp at the Tech Center.