Day Camp at the Ridgewood YMCA

YMCA Summer Camps

From swimming and sports to arts and culture, YMCA camps will engage your child in a summer of exploration and enrichment. The city is our campground.


Ridgewood Y  | 69-02 64th Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385


July 2 – August 24

Camp hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Extended Day hours: 8:00 am – 9:00 am  |  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Complete the application, and submit a $100 deposit for each camp session. Submit your child’s medical form and two passport photos by June 1. It’s a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. All necessary consent forms and final payment for Session 1 are due by June 18. 


Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, March 24 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Early Childhood Camp AGES 3-4

Early Childhood Camp provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development. Activities include outdoor play, music and movement, and interactive science, language, and literacy activities. Staff members experienced in engaging with preschoolers understand the importance of rich adult-child interactions and focus on building supportive, nurturing relationships with every camper. Early Childhood campers will enjoy campsite-based collaborations with child-friendly organizations and go on excursions within walking distance in their own communities.

Kinder Camp AGES 4-5

Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2018. Structured day camp activities support the transition to kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment. We focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, and group play. Campers will participate in indoor and outdoor physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and local outings. To prepare our young campers for their transition into kindergarten and develop their skill sets and comfort level with city travel, campers will participate in one field trip by bus each session.

Day Camp AGES 6-10

Day Campers will participate in a wide range of sports, arts and crafts, and weekly themed days such as Crazy Hat Day. Day Camp activities are designed to help children retain and build upon the academic skills they have developed during the school year. Research has shown that children can lose a half grade of learning over the summer months. To help mitigate summer learning loss, the YMCA offers interactive programs such as Book of the Week, which gives campers the opportunity to read books and participate in facilitated discussions. In addition, activities such as journaling and age-appropriate science experiments will expand their literacy, math, and science skills, and promote their ability to think critically. They will have the opportunity to make new friends and take exciting trips throughout New York City.

Sports Camp AGES 9-11

Our Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in age-appropriate groups. Through the coaching and support of camp staff with backgrounds or education in sports, campers will learn the history, rules, and key skills of different sports, all while practicing their techniques in mini-games. In addition, campers will explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a strong work ethic.

Creative Camp AGES 9-11

Creative Camp introduces children to the performing and visual arts. During this unique program, children will develop their artistic ability through song, acting, sculpting, painting, and so much more. Weekly trips allow campers to expand their creativity. They will experience a wide range of cultural activities through performances specifically geared to their weekly theme-based projects.

Adventure Camp AGES 12-14

Through a variety of hands-on activities, campers will explore science, the arts, and sports, all with a focus on building skills, confidence, and strong peer relationships. In addition, students will avoid the “summer slide,” and retain academic skills through educational and fun hands-on activities. Each session, campers will participate in community projects and citywide trips.

Teen Camp AGES 14-16

Teen Camp is open to 14- to 16-year-olds enrolled in high school. A Teen Camp experience instills the values of accountability and teamwork in addition to the YMCA’s core values of honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility. Teen campers participate in hands-on programming geared towards building self-confidence as well as activities designed to engage teens in developing educational and career goals. Field trips are purposeful in connecting teen campers to real-world experiences with technology, art, and character development through team-building. Campers also participate in dancing, singing, sports and more!

Counselor In Training (C.I.T.) Camp AGES 16-17

Our C.I.T. program is for tomorrow’s leaders. Teens that are involved in this amazing program gain job readiness skills and work experience. Our C.I.T. participants work alongside our experienced Summer Camp Staff learning the fundamentals of lesson planning, group facilitation, and program planning. All participants receive training in program safety and participate in service learning projects.





Thanks to our generous donors to our Annual Campaign we are able to make the Y accessible through our Financial Assistance Program. These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need Y programs, but cannot afford them. 

To apply, complete our Financial Aid application and submit it along with the required documents.


Alexandra Reyes  |  Youth & Family Director  |  |  212-912-2185 

Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and our staff go through rigorous training to ensure the safety and positive experience of each child.