Day Camp at the Staten Island YMCAs

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.


Camp Rainbow, Stars Camp, Specialty Camp, Swim Camp, and C.I.T.  |  3939 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312

Outdoor Adventure Camp at Camp Pouch (C.I.T. and Combo)  |  1465 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314


July 2 – August 24

Camp Rainbow:
Extended am
7:30 am – 8:45 pm
Full day: 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Half day am: 8:45 am – 11:30 pm
Half day pm: 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Extended pm: 3:15 am – 6:00 pm

Stars Camp (C.I.T.):
Extended am
7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Full day: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended pm: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Outdoor Adventure Camp at Pouch (C.I.T. and Combo):
Extended am
7:15 am – 9:00 pm
Full day: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended pm: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Specialty Camp hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Additional hours: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Swim Camp hours: 12:15 pm – 3:15 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


Transportation is available for five-day campers to and from camp at various bus stop locations around the island for an additional fee. Camp runs from July 2 - August 24.

Day Camp at Camp Pouch AGES 6-13

At Pouch, the YMCA combines the natural beauty of an outdoor camp with an enthusiasm that only the YMCA at Pouch can bring. Located at the William H. Pouch Scout Camp, our campers have the opportunity to swim every day in Pouch’s Ohrbach lake, use row and paddle boats, and go rock climbing on the camp’s private rock climbing wall. But the fun doesn’t stop there!

We offer a structured camp day that includes building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment. We focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, group play, theme-based dance and drama, and arts and crafts projects.

Each camper will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of theme days such as Crazy Hat Day, Impersonation Day, Alien Day, and Slime Day, to name a few. The camp-wide thematic days encourage the campers to embrace their imagination and creativity. The YMCA Day Camp at Camp Pouch offers memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Camp Pouch runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day from July 2 – August 24, 2018. Extended hours run in the morning 7:15 - 9:00 am, and evening from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.


Swim & Combo Swim Camp AGES 6-13

Our Swim Camps help children and teens develop important swimming skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling values around water safety and responsibility. Swim Camp is divided into age groups. Campers will also be divided into skill levels.

Combo Swim Camp combines our Outdoor Adventure and Swim Camps. Your camper will arrive at Camp Pouch at 9:00 am, where he or she will spend the first half of the day. Campers will be transported by bus to Swim Camp and returned to Camp Pouch for regular dismissal each day. This camp runs each session.

The key components of Swim Camp are:

  • Swimmers are given an opportunity to build swimming skills.
  • Stroke development and training are tailored by age and skill level.
  • Activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Swim Camp runs from 12:15 – 3:15 pm each day from July 2 – August 24, 2018.

Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) AGES 14-16

Designed for teens in high school, our Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) camp is focused on building tomorrow’s leaders. Teens gain job readiness skills by working alongside experienced staff, taking leadership roles and participating in training experiences. This camp is great for teens looking for work experience and/or community service opportunities. C.I.T. is offered at both Camp Pouch and the South Shore Branch.


Early Childhood Camp AGES 3-5

Our Early Childhood Camp—Camp Rainbow—provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities designed to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music and movement, interactive science, language and literacy activities, and themes for each week of camp. All Staff members are CPR & First Aid certified. They are experienced in engaging with preschoolers, and understand the importance of rich adult-child interactions and focus on building supportive, nurturing relationships with every camper. Campers also will enjoy our cool, air-conditioned classrooms and peanut/tree nut-sensitive facility. This camp runs from July 2 – August 24, 2018.

*Please note: Campers must be 3-years-old prior to camp start date, and be completely potty-trained to attend Camp Rainbow.

For full-day campers, a packed healthy lunch from home is required; daily snacks are provided by the YMCA and included for all participants.

Five-day campers will get two days of swim instruction. (Non-swim instruction days include water fun and sprinkler). Three-day campers (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) will get one day of swim instruction. (Non-swim instruction days include water fun and sprinkler). Two-day campers (Tuesday and Thursday) enjoy water fun and sprinkler only.

Early Childhood Transition Camp AGES 3-5

Please join us for this five-day camp that runs from June 25, 2018 through June 29, 2018. Five Full Days Only. Please check with the branch for complete details.

For more information on Early Childhood Transition Camp, contact Bonnie Schiuma,

South Shore Stars AGES 6-13

Looking for a place where your child can have fun and learn over the summer? Look no further than South Shore Stars. This camp offers a variety of supervised, fun activities including arts and crafts, health and fitness, group games, science and nature, music and drama, sports, and more. Each session features a new theme to spark your camper’s curiosity and broaden their horizon as they explore art, music, science, and the natural world through hands-on learning and camp trips. Campers will also learn to express themselves in a safe, bully-free environment while developing strong citizenship and integrity. Camp offers a peanut/tree nut-free facility as well as air-conditioned rooms, with swimming five days a week in an indoor pool.

South Shore Stars runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm from July 2 – August 24, 2018. Lunch must be brought from home every day.


Specialty camps are half-day camps that run in one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, but they can be transitioned into a full-day camp. Additional hours at camp equal MORE FUN! Campers extending their day will enjoy swimming, indoor, and outdoor activities. Try one or try them all!

One-Week Sessions, runs July 9 – August 24, 2018

Just Jewelry AGES 6-12

Love that sparkle and glitz? Join us as we explore the world of jewelry making and design. Learn jewelry-making concepts, including media and up-cycled materials. Create your own wearable jewelry, earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Explore DIY jewelry websites, brainstorm in small groups, and create one-of-a-kind pieces limited only by materials and your imagination. Available Weeks 3 and 7

Kids Kitchen AGES 8-13

Kids Kitchen is a fun-filled week where children will explore the world of cooking by creating different recipes. During the week, young chefs will learn proper hygiene, safe food handling, and basic cooking principles. Available Weeks 4 and 7

Minecraft World AGES 8-13

Lose yourself in the world of Minecraft and make your blocks come to life. Throughout the week, children will digitally design a world using the game of Minecraft, and then bring their designs to life. Students will engage in real-life games and crafts related to Minecraft and its characters. Available Week 5

Aspiring Artists AGES 6-13

Young artists will explore the wonderful world of art and make their own masterpieces through the use of an assortment of art media. Children will create drawings, learn to paint, sculpt, and design through the art of collage. Available Weeks 2 and 6

Science AGES 6-13

Join us for an excellent opportunity to experience hands-on science. Campers will use their creativity to build and assemble different projects and experiments during the week. Available Weeks 2 and 8

Lego Robotics AGES 8-13

Create different robots using the Lego WeDo curriculum. Learn how robots think and respond as you program the robot to move and follow simple commands. Campers will have plenty of time to play, experiment, and learn. Available Week 3

Lego Animation AGES 8-13

Use LEGO bricks and found objects. Brainstorm your ideas, create the storyboard, construct the props, shoot the still frames and then, using Movie Maker, create the finished animation. Available Week 4

Dance, Dance, Dance AGES 8-13

Students will learn basic dance stretches and steps. They will combine this knowledge, and perform at the end of the week in front of family and friends in a short recital. Available Weeks 4 and 8

Sports Specialty Camp AGES 8-12

(Half day, one-week sessions) 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 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. Sports Camp at the South Shore YMCA will teach the fundamentals of baseball, flag football, and soccer. This camp runs from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Baseball – Weeks 2, 5 and 7
Soccer – Weeks 4 and 8
Flag Football – Weeks 3 and 6

NEW! Teen Specialty Camp AGES 12-17

(Half day, one-week sessions) Teens will be physically challenged daily. They will learn the basics of fitness as well as participate in group exercise classes designed especially for their age group. They will be introduced to a variety of sports: pickleball, volleyball, softball, and basketball. They will be introduced to a personal trainer and have a one-on-one session with them, which will include a nutrition component. They will use the Teen Fitness Center, as well as the gym, the studio, and the YMCA ball field. Teens will also have an opportunity to swim every day. Two options to choose from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 12:15 - 3:15 pm.

Specialty Camp Additional Hours AGES 6-13

(Half day, one-week sessions) Not ready for the fun to stop? Register your child for Specialty Additional Hours after their specialty camp has ended. Campers will eat lunch, swim, and join the South Shore Stars Camp for the afternoon to keep the fun going. Available 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm





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.


Bonnie Schiuma  |  (Rainbow) Early Childhood Director  |  |  718-227-3200 ext. 1328 

Arielle Fiorica  |  (STARS, Specialty, Sports) Program Director  |  |  718-984-1422 ext. 1044 

Nick Bitetto  |  (Outdoor Adventure Camp at Pouch, Combo, C.I.T.) Program Director  |  |  718-447-4543 ext. 1232 

Michael Creegan  |  (Swim Camp) Aquatics Director  |  |  718-227-3200 ext. 1320 

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.