We're thrilled to run summer camp in 2021 at the Castle Hill YMCA in the Bronx! You can trust us to give your kids a fun, enriching, and high-quality camp experience this summer — out of the house and off screens. Our summer camps will lead to a summer of fun, friendships, and adventure! 

At the Y, no family is turned away because of inability to pay. Financial assistance is available. 

Location

2 Castle Hill Ave
Bronx, New York 10473

Hours & Dates

Hours: 9 AM-4 PM
Extended Day Hours: 8-9 AM, 4-6 PM 

Dates: July 5-August 27 (closed July 5 for Independence Day, camp starts July 6)

  • Session 1: July 5–July 16, 2021
  • Session 2: July 19–30, 2021
  • Session 3: August 2–August 13, 2021
  • Session 4: August 16–27, 2021

Camp Leadership

Ibrahim Diakite, Camp Director
e: castlehillycamp@ymcanyc.org
p: 646-531-1054

Emeli Martinez, Membership Coordinator
e: castlehillycamp@ymcanyc.org
p: 718-792-9507

Find a Camp

Kinder Camp, Ages 4-5

A fun summer is a springboard for an amazing school year! Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2021. Structured Day Camp activities support the transition to kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment, including a focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, and group play. Staff members experienced in engaging with this age group understand the importance of rich adult-child interactions and focus on building supportive, nurturing relationships with every camper. Campers participate in physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, and theme-based arts and crafts. All camp activities focus on the YMCA’s four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility. Campers will receive their very own set of materials and equipment.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $750

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*Financial assistance is available

Traditional Day Camp, Ages 6-12

There is an energy and magic to summer camp that cannot be replicated! Friends, experiences, and memories to last a lifetime! At the YMCA Summer Day Camp, each day is a fun new adventure. Campers participate in traditional camp activities that get them moving in physical activities, get creative in arts and crafts, experiment in fun science activities, and get silly in theme day activities. Summer Day Camp offers a unique camp day that includes time for children to build social and emotional skills in a fun and inclusive environment. This environment creates an atmosphere of family and community that includes a focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, group play, and team building. All camp activities focus on the YMCA’s four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility. Campers will receive their very own set of materials and equipment.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $750

Register Now

*Financial assistance is available

Registration and Information

Everything you need to know about registration, camp policies, how to get ready for camp, and more. For additional information, visit our Camp FAQ.

We also have Inclusion Camps for Campers with special needs. Please contact us to learn more.

Need help with signing up? Read our guides for "How to Complete Registration Forms" and "How to Complete Online Payments."

Summer Camp Open House Dates

Learn more about summer camp and visit with camp staff at our next Open House.

Our next open house will be on Saturday, May 15. 

Can't join in person? Join us virtually by registering here. 

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Signing Up For Camp

 

  1. Sign up online and reserve your child’s spot
  2. Take advantage of our discounts
    • Member rates if you are a YMCA member
    • 10% Early Bird discount if you pay off your entire balance by May 16, 2021
    • 10% Sibling Discount for all siblings of the first child registered at full price
    • Note: Early Bird and Sibling Discounts cannot be combined
       
  3. Note on payments:
    • Two forms of payment are accepted: credit cards, and cash.
    • The YMCA accepts all major credit cards, and you will need to sign up for automatic billing to ensure payments are made on time with no late fees incurred
    • Online payment is currently not able to process 3rd party payments, sibling discounts, and financial assistance
    • How to complete online payments >
       
  4. Once you’ve submitted your information and payment online, you’ll receive an email with additional registration and medical forms that you’ll need to complete and submit to the camp director before the start of camp.
     
  5. Your child’s full application packet, including medical forms, are due before the camp registration can be finalized. The medical form must be completed by a physician and include signature, date of exam, and stamp.
     
  6. If you wish to sign up for camp in person, come to our YMCA branch and we will be happy to assist you.
Fees, Discounts, Financial Assistance, and Credit Policy

Fees

Fees per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $750

 

AM or PM Extended Hours Fees
8-9 AM, 4-6 PM

Y Member: $180/week ($360 for both AM and PM per week)
Community: $180/week ($360 for both AM and PM per week)


Discounts

Take advantage of our discounts

  • 10% Early Bird Discount if you pay off your entire balance by May 16, 2021
  • 10% Sibling Discount for all siblings of the first child registered at full price
  • Note: Early Bird and Sibling Discounts cannot be combined

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater New York awards financial aid to campers based on the family’s annual income. Download an application and bring it to your branch to explore scholarship options.


Credit Policy

All refund requests related to medical or health emergencies will be honored. All requests for credits or refunds not due to medical or health reasons must be submitted in advance of program start.

Required Paperwork

According to the NYC Department of Health, all participants must have a completed medical form on file prior to the start of summer camp. Please submit your child’s complete medical information form. It’s also a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. If your child does not have complete medical forms along with immunization records, they may not attend camp.

During the registration process, it is extremely important that families notify the camp if the child has any medical conditions such as, but not limited to, allergies, asthma, diabetes or other conditions.

Additionally, campers must submit all necessary consent forms, including but not limited to:

  • Authorized Pick Up
  • Emergency Care Consent

Registration Form

Medical Form

Mandatory Virtual Family Orientation

Prior to your child attending camp, we require all families to attend our virtual orientation. You will receive more information on this in your welcome email from the camp director.

Activities

Y campers stretch themselves physically and creatively. They play games, read, create books, and write poetry. They participate in science experiments, solve puzzles, craft art, and perform music and shows. Parents say their children come home tired, smiling, and frequently humming a new camp cheer.

Weekly schedules for each age group are provided to families at the beginning of each session. They can be obtained from the camp office. Families are encouraged to review the weekly schedule with their child. Weekly activities that are planned and scheduled are age-appropriate, recreational, challenging, and fun. If there are any questions about the activities or events, please speak to the Camp Director.

Camp Clothes and Gear

Each camper will receive two t-shirts and a camp bag. Camp t-shirts must be worn every day. Additional camp t-shirts may be purchased with the camp director.

Food Allergies

The YMCA is a peanut and nut free environment.

During the registration process, it is extremely important that families notify the camp if the child has any medical conditions such as, but not limited to, allergies, asthma, diabetes or other conditions.

Why YMCA Camps

Y Camp is Fun

  • Camp is Part of the Y’s DNA: We’ve been running camps for decades and we’ve adapted to our current context to keep camp fun and safe for all.
  • Cut the Screen Time: From sports to crafts to games to adventures, we’ll make sure your kids get to play and participate in all types of exciting activities, including dedicated outdoor time every day (weather permitting).
  • New Friends: In the course of a week, kids will make new friends and connect with campers and staff members.

Y Camp is Enriching

  • Educational Camps: Our creative and enriching camps — from traditional day camp to specialty camps like STEAM — help kids reach their fullest potential physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • Cultivate Social-Emotional Learning: Camp is a safe space to try new things, build new skills, and develop trusting relationships.
  • Y Core Values: Our camp program focuses on the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Y Camp is the Highest Quality

  • Healthy Environments: We’ve provided care for essential workers and Y families throughout the pandemic, so we’re experienced in ensuring all our programming strictly adheres to current health and safety regulations.
  • Experienced Staff: We’re seasoned youth development professionals who have a passion for education. 
  • Small Groups: We’ll keep camp groups in small pods that have strict camper-counselor ratios to ensure campers are always engaged and having fun!