Marvin’s Camp
for Children with Special Needs
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Age: 6 – teens
Program supervisor: Christina Tesoriero
Camp Director: Nick Plataroti
6-week program: July 10- August 18
(Interviews required for all new campers)

Marvin’s Camp for children with special needs provides an educational, creative, socially and emotionally safe environment for children and teens with special needs.

Children experience a full day of recreational activities, including daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, boating, dance, pioneering, special event days and more. The program also includes weekly trips to places like amusement parks, cultural events, shows, etc.

Marvin’s Camp employs a dedicated staff which receives special training in working with children with special needs. Our small groups and low camper to counselor ratio enables us to provide excellent care and attention to each camper.

The camp is committed to providing children with a positive and enriching day camp experience and to enhancing the camper’s activities of daily living.


Unit Director: Nick Plataroti

Nick Plataroti has been a part of Marvin’s Camp at the JCC for seven years. He spent four years as a counselor, and two years as an Assistant Director. Nick is thrilled to be coming back to camp this summer as the Unit Director of Marvin’ Camp. During the school year, Nick is a Substitute Teacher for the NYC DOE (Department of Education), a counselor in Kidz Klub Afterschool program for the youth department, and the Coordinator for Afterschool Juniors program, which is an afterschool program for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Nick is very excited to be returning to camp this summer and hopes that it will be the best summer yet!

Favorite Camp Memory: Watching campers have fun at all activities!

Favorite Musician/Musical Group: Sum 41

Favorite Food: Chicken Cutlets

Favorite TV Show: Shades of Blue

Something most do not know about you: I have two siblings with special needs

Favorite Spot at Camp: The pool

Favorite Vacation Destination: Aruba