• HACEF Summer Camp Volunteer Positions

    The HACEF Summer Camp program is looking for dedicated and committed volunteers (entering grades 7-12) for Community Service hours this summer! Our volunteer counselors are not only invaluable in helping our camps run smoothly, they serve as leadership models to our younger Harborfields students.

    We encourage our volunteers to "match" themselves to camps in which they themselves have a deep interest. Very often, our volunteer counselors’ own enthusiasm, drive, and passion will inspire young campers to continue to pursue a subject! This is also a wonderful opportunity for older students to work alongside experienced instructors who have a depth of knowledge, great for both college resumes and for giving back to our community. You can earn ALL of your first quarter community service hours for the National Honor Society... by helping out with one week of HACEF Summer Camp!

    All camps will be held at Harborfields Schools.

    If you would like to placed on the volunteer wait list or have additional questions,
    please email 
    All emails will be replied to in the order in which they were received.
    *Student volunteers must be at least two grades higher than the campers they will be assisting.
  •  *Early-bird rates are in effect until May 1st
    Refunds will not be given after May 1st

    -- Grades indicate the grades that the camper will be entering in September 2018
    -- Your PayPal transaction confirmation email is proof of your registration. Please keep a copy for your records.
    -- You will receive a confirmation email from the instructor approximately 1-2 weeks before the start date of camp.If the email address on your PayPal account is different from the one you use daily,
    please add that in the notes section during checkout OR email harborfieldshacef@gmail.com with the email address you prefer us to use.
    -- All camp communications will be done via email.
    -- If you have any questions, email us at harborfieldshacef@gmail.com

HACEF Summer Camp Art Show

Alex Braunstein and William Eagers, both 11 years old, show off their fully functional hockey rinks made in Advanced Woodcrafting.

By Julia Limmer

The last day of camp is never a dull affair at Harborfields High School. Almost every Thursday, campers attending Harborfields Community Educational Foundation (HACEF) arts camps display their projects and artwork for their parents, siblings, and peers.

A record 690-plus kids from all grade levels attended the nine-week camps this summer, choosing such options as fashion design, woodcrafting, drawing, and painting, among others.

“I am so proud of our students and faculty for the impressive work they have done,” Superintendent of Schools Francesco Ianni said. “Seeing so much talent, passion and dedication was truly the highlight of my summer.”

Parents are asked to come 15 minutes early on the last day of camp so they can view everyone’s art displayed in the hallways of the high school’s art wing.

Eileen Rottkamp has been teaching a course, “Drawing Painting Sculpture,” at the camps since the beginning in 2011. She always had an art show to display her campers’ works. Other teachers shortly followed suit.

“The art shows mean so much to the kids and their parents,” Rottkamp said. “It gives the campers the opportunity to proudly display their work and their parents get to experience the joy their children feel from being creative. Every summer presents a new opportunity through these camps for the teachers and campers to have a rewarding experience.”

Along with programs that stick to different types of arts and crafts, other course options included robotics, coding, and cooking.

Sharon Chillemi taught two sessions of “Chocolate Mania” this summer. Her campers created delicious treats such as “under the sea” marshmallows with graham cracker, chocolate, and a goldfish cracker, and emoji lollipops.

“Perhaps one of these camps could spark their enthusiasm for a lifelong hobby or even fuel an interest in their chosen career path,” Karin Fey, one of the camp’s directors said. “It is an honor to help bring those opportunities for creativity, for innovation, and learning to our kids.”


Long Islander News photos /Julia Limmer
Co-directors Karin Fey and Emma Hendler next to the room where Fey teaches her class “Crop Paper Scissors.”

Eliana Herskovitz, 8 years old, displays her favorite page from her new scrapbook.

Sharon Chillemi (Back left), her helpers (Back right), and her campers from “Chocolate Mania” wearing aprons they designed.

Accessories created by campers from Rosemarie Elder’s Fashion Design II class.

Maddie Woodward and Kate Lysaght, both 11 years old, display scrapbooks they created in Karin Fey’s “Crop Paper Scissors” class.

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  • Officers

    President - Karin Fey
    Vice President - Sal Ammirati/Eric Gerde
    Treasurer - Tracy Armstrong
    Corresponding Secretary - Marianne Minton
    Recording Secretary - Carol Cuti
    Trustees - Maraya Albertson, Hansen Lee, Mary Seligmann, Laurie Wax
    Directors of Summer Camps- Karin Fey/Emma Hendler