Day Camp at the Harlem 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.


Harlem Y  | 180 West 135th Street, New York, NY 10030


July 2 – August 24

Camp hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Extended Day hours: 7:30 am – 9:00 am  |  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


It’s not too late to register! Complete the application below and submit a deposit for each camp session. Your child’s medical form, two passport photos, and deposit must be submitted before they can begin camp. It’s a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. All consent forms and final payment are due by your child’s first day of camp. Don’t delay – camps are filling up fast!


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 instructional swimming, indoor and outdoor physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and local outings.

Day Camp AGES 5-11

(For youth in first grade and above in September 2018) Day Campers will engage in activities that will enhance their social and emotional skills, help keep their academics on track, keep them physically active, and challenge them to learn new things every day. They will have the opportunity to make new friends and take exciting trips throughout New York City. Campers will participate in a wide range of sports, instructional swimming, arts and crafts, and weekly themed days such as Crazy Hat Day and Super Hero Day. In addition, campers will engage in a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math activities during each session. Campers will be divided into age groups with children within one to two years of their age.

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. Field trips to museums and science centers will link to the camp-based activities and maximize educational enrichment.

Teen Camp AGES 12-14

Teen Camp is open to 12- to 14-year-olds currently enrolled in middle 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 campers to real-world experiences with technology, art, and character development through team-building. Campers also participate in swimming, dancing, singing, sports, and more!

Basketball Camp AGES 7-12

Our Basketball 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 basketball, all while practicing their techniques in mini-games. In addition, campers will explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a strong work ethic.

Swim Camp AGES 7-12

Our Swim Camp helps children develop important swimming skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling values around water safety and responsibility. Swim Camp is divided into two age groups: 7-9, and 10-12.

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.
  • Swim campers participate in core traditional camp activities.
  • Activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Dance Camp AGES 7-12

Dance Camp is for all youth who have a passion for the art of dance. Each session we will offer a specific dance style. Our skilled instructors will work with all different levels of dancers, from beginner to advanced. The purpose of dance camp is to allow youth to grow and develop their passion for dance in a fun, safe environment filled with their peers who share a common fondness for dancing and music. For the 2018 camp season, we will focus on: Session 1 – Ballet, Session 2 – African, Session 3 – Jazz, Session 4 – Hip Hop/Modern.





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.


Ibrahim Diakite  |  Camp Director  |  |  646-531-1054  

Caroline Sanchez  |  Youth & Family Director  |  |  212-912-2167  

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.