is a free summer program advisory service established in 1984 by
Elaine Vipler, a mother and teacher who discovered a need for
this kind of assistance when she was searching for a camp for
her young daughter.
"It was a difficult, time-consuming
and confusing task," remembers Elaine, "I
began by visiting camps and interviewing directors - this was
the beginning of SummerScope."
With over 20 years experience of dealing with
camp and program directors, Elaine Vipler continues to regularly
visit camps to remain well-informed and keep abreast of all the
latest developments. She is well known by the camp and summer
Says Elaine, "My aim is to help
families find a safe, fun-filled and enriching summer
experience for their children. At SummerScope we take the
guess work out of finding the most appropriate camp for your
Over the years, Elaine has been interviewed on
television and radio and has been featured in several newspapers
including the New York Times and the New York Post. As a summer
program consultant/advisor, she has given presentations to
parent groups, schools, community organizations and business
organizations on how to go about choosing camps, teen programs
Elaine also operates SCOPE,
a service that offers assistance in choosing schools in New York
City (pre-kindergarden through to High School). For a reasonable
fee, she provides guidance in all stages of school selection.
SummerScope is also a member of the Greater NY
Chamber of Commerce.