Summer day camps at the Bronx YMCA, located in the Castle Hill neighborhood in South Central Bronx, offer a fun, safe, and enriching experience for kids ages 4 to 16.

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Online registration for summer camp begins in mid-February, 2019. Please join us at our next Summer Camp Open House to learn more about camp!

Location

2 Castle Hill Ave
Bronx, New York 10473

 

Dates & Hours

Dates: July 1–August 23, 2019 (Closed July 4)

 

Session 1: July 1–12, 2019
Payment Deadline June 8

 

Session 2: July 15–26, 2019
Payment Deadline June 22

 

Session 3: July 29–August 9, 2019
Payment Deadline July 6

 

Session 4: August 12–23, 2019
Payment Deadline July 20

 

Hours: 9 AM-4 PM
Extended Day Hours: 7:30 AM-9 AM, 4 PM-6 PM 

Camp Family Orientation

Attendance at one of the following orientations is mandatory.

  • Thursday, June 6,  5-7 PM
  • Friday, June 7, ,  5-7 PM
  • Saturday, June 15, 12-3 PM
  • Saturday, June 22, 12-3 PM

 

Camp Leadership

Lisa Neal, Camp Director
212-912-2490
lneal@ymcanyc.org

 

Find a Camp

Kinder Camp

Ages 4-5

Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2019. Structured day camp activities support the transition into kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment, including a 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. To prepare our young campers for their transition into kindergarten and develop their skill sets and comfort levels with city travel, campers will participate in one field trip by bus each session.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $465
Community: $480

Day Camp

Ages 6-13

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.” In addition, campers will engage in a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities during each session. Day 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.

Cost per 2 week session, full day:
Y Member: $450
Community: $470

Teen Camp

Ages 13-16

Teen Camp is for young people who are currently enrolled in middle school and high school, and is designed to immerse campers in a variety of fun activities that will keep them active, learning and engaged during the summer months. Campers explore science, the arts, sports and swimming, all with a focus on building skills, confidence and strong peer relationships. During each session, campers will participate in community projects and citywide trips designed to engage teens in developing educational and career goals. For more information, email lneal@ymcanyc.org or call 212-912-2490 ext. 0212.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $410
Community: $430

Swim Camp

Ages 8-13

Our Swim Camp helps children develop important swimming skills and a lifetime love for the water, while instilling values around water safety and responsibility.

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.
  • Our activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $515
Community: $535

Science Camp

Ages 7-10

Campers will engage in scientific explorations that are so much fun they will forget they’re learning! Campers will team up with fellow engineers to build a bridge, participate in an unforgettable dinosaur dig, build and launch a model rocket, while exploring the science behind the projects!

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $515
Community: $535

Inclusion Camp

Ages 6-13

A special summer awaits those enrolled in the inclusion explorer camp. This camp brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with different abilities. This unique camp gives children with special needs the same experience as other campers. Children with different abilities and their peers are developing together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, educational activities, reading, physical fitness, and more. This camp will feature one staff for every three campers.

The Bronx YMCA reserves the right to recommend camper for the Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp due to child’s development needs. Parent must contact branch to be interviewed by the Day Camp Director.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $600
Community: $650

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp for Children with Special Needs

Ages 6-13

This three-week camp is a fully integrated program for children with different abilities. Campers will experience a variety of summer camp activities, including swimming, trips, and arts and crafts. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to participate in a safe, caring, and fun learning environment. This camp runs for three week session options from Session 2 to Session 4. The counselor to child ratio is 1:1

Child and parent must contact branch to be interviewed by Day Camp Director.

Cost per 3 week session | Session 2-Session 4, Full Day
Y Member: $1,800
Community: $1,950

Information, Registration & Policies

Open House Dates

Saturday, January 26 | 10 AM-3 PM
Saturday, March 23 | 10 AM-3 PM
Saturday, April 27 (Healthy Kids Day) | 10 AM-3 PM
Saturday, May 18 | 10 AM-3 PM

Sessions & Hours

Our camp season runs July 1 through August 23. Our two week sessions operate from 9 AM-4 PM, Monday through Friday (extended hours available). Our camps are closed on July 4th in observance of the July 4th holiday.

Camp Sessions
A standard camp session is two weeks in length, and there are four sessions per summer. 

Session 1: July 1-12 (closed July 4)
Session 2: July 15-26
Session 3: July 29-August 9
Session 4: August 12-23


Camp Hours
9 AM- 4 PM


Extended Hours
7:30-9 AM, 4-6 PM

Need more time? We're here for you! Sign your child up for extended camp hours when you register for camp to extend a day of fun for them and peace of mind for yourself. 

AM or PM Extended Hour Costs
Y Member: $50/week ($100 for both AM and PM per week)
Community: $60/week ($120 for both AM and PM per week)

Registration
  1. Consider joining the Bronx Y and becoming a member. Members get access to our facility and family programming, as well as discounted rates for Summer Camp.

  2. Take advantage of the 10% Early Bird discount by paying off your entire balance by April 27, 2019. The 10% Sibling Discount is available for all siblings of the first child registered at full price.
    Note: Discounts cannot be combined.

  3. Online registration will be available for most camps in mid-February, 2019. Note: Online camp registration is currently not able to process 3rd party payments, sibling discounts, and financial assistance.
    • If you wish to register in person, visit the Dodge YMCA and ask for camp registration materials. You can also download the registration form (PDF).
    • If you wish to register online after mid-February, 2019, simply select your camp location and camp type using our online registration system.

  4. Submit a non-refundable deposit for each session you would like your child to attend. This will hold your child’s spot for the designated sessions of camp.

  5. The YMCA accepts all major credit cards, and you may sign up for automatic billing to ensure payments are made on time with no late fees incurred.

  6. Submit your child’s full application, including consent and medical forms prior to the first day of camp. The medical form must be completed by a physician and include signature, date of exam, and stamp.

  7. Submit two passport size photos of your child.

 

Fees & Financial Assistance

Fees for YMCA day camps vary depending on type of camp.

Fees per two week session:

Camp Price for Y Member Price for Community
Kinder Camp $465 $480
Day Camp $450 $470
Teen Camp $410 $430
Swim Camp $515 $535
Science Camp $515 $535
Inclusion Camp $600 $750
Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp * $1,800 $1,950

* The cost for Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp is for 3-week sessions, sessions 2-4.

AM or PM Extended Hours Fees
7:30-9 AM, 4-6 PM

Y Member: $50/week ($100 for both AM and PM per week)
Community: $60/week ($120 for both AM and PM per week)



Financial Assistance 

We are here to help! We offer a wide range of financial assistance to our community. We want you to know that we are here because of you, for you. Download an application and bring it to your branch to explore scholarship options.

Discounts

10% Early Bird Discount
Register and pay in full before April 27, 2019 to get a 10% discount.

10% Sibling Discount
All siblings of the first child registered at full price receive a 10% discount.

*Discounts cannot be combined and are available only on the cost of camps per session, not on extended day or transportation fees.

Credit Policy

If your child cannot attend camp for a period of time paid, you may submit a request for credit along with documentation to the Camp Director. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Credits can be used for camp or other programs throughout the year. Any credit request must be submitted to the camp director, and will be granted under the discretion of the Youth and Family Director. All request should be made prior the start of the session.

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Our Day Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association. This means that we have implemented a very strict set of standards that ensure a safe physical environment, positive staff/camper interactions and strong programming.

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