KINDER CAMP
AGES 4-6

Summer camper drumming

Let a fun summer be a springboard for an amazing school year!

Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2020. Structured Day Camp activities support the transition to or from 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 instructional swimming (twice a week), indoor and outdoor physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and local outings. To develop their skill sets and comfort levels with city travel, campers participate in one trip per session by bus. Each session has a special theme, guest, or event, such as on-site magic show, live petting zoo, and live interactive performances! Campers also enjoy our cool, air-conditioned classrooms and peanut-free/ nut-sensitive facility.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $470
Community: $485

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INCLUSION CAMP
AGES 6-12

A young boy runs in front of a group of kids at the Bronx YMCA Summer Inclusion Camp.

A special summer awaits those enrolled in Inclusion Camp.

A special summer awaits those enrolled in Inclusion Camp. This camp brings a fun and 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 features one staff for every three campers.

The Castle Hill YMCA reserves the right to recommend a 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 two week session:
Y Member: $600
Community: $650

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LISA BETH GERSTMAN CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
AGES 6-12

Boy with basketball smiling at Park Slope Armory YMCA in Brooklyn

This camp is made possible through the generous support of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation. Its donation has offset the expenses of staffing required to serve children with special needs.

This camp is a fully integrated program for children of different abilities, giving them the opportunity to participate in enriching activities specifically designed to foster each child’s success. Campers experience a variety of summer camp activities, including trips with wheelchair accessible transportation, swimming (twice a week), and adaptive physical activities and arts and crafts. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to participate in a safe, caring, and fun learning environment.

Our small camper to staff ratio (ranging from 1:1 to 1:3) ensures that each camper receives individualized attention each day. All of our caring staff are trained by year-round YMCA leadership staff and are required to have previous experience as paraprofessionals.

This camp runs for any three-week session options within the time period of: 07/13- 08/21. Parent must contact the branch to be interviewed by the Day Camp Director.

Cost per three week session (Session 2-Session 4) Full Day:
Y Member: $1,800
Community: $1,950

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SWIM CAMP
AGES 7-12

Young girl smiles while swimming in YMCA indoor pool in Castle Hill, Bronx

Freestyle! Butterfly! Backstroke! Cannonball!

(Age 7–8, age 9–10, and age 11–12 groups; instruction tailored according to individual skill set.)

YMCA Swim Camp combines the traditional fun of Day Camp with a specialized focus on skills and learning related to aquatic activities. Our campers develop a lifetime love for the water, and a deep understanding of water safety and responsibility. Campers swim 2 times a day, with stroke development and training tailored by age and skill level. Campers have the opportunity to progress through the different skill levels.

  • Red (non-swimmer) is our beginner stage where the children learn basic swimming skills.
  • Yellow (intermediate) will need to swim 10 feet (3 yards) on their front and back, tread water for 20 seconds, submerge under surface water (face in), and swim-float-swim.
  • Green (swimmer) will need to swim 45 feet (15 yards) on their front and back, tread water for at least 60 seconds, submerge & retrieve object, swim-float- swim for 75 feet (25 yards).

When they are not swimming, campers participate in core traditional camp activities, including sports, field trips, art, and literacy activities. All activities and interactions emphasize building self esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $520
Community: $540

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STEAM CAMP (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATH)
AGES 7-12

A girl shows a camp instructor her science project at the Dodge YMCA summer day camp.

Grab your lab coat, goggles and your curiosity as we engage in scientific explorations.

Campers team up with fellow engineers to design a bridge, participate in an unforgettable dinosaur dig, and build and launch a model rocket—all while exploring the science behind the projects. The STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an interactive, project-based, creative learning experience that includes science, arts, and technology. STEAM Camp’s curriculum emphasizes creativity and hands-on learning in an environment that encourages teamwork, problem solving, and responsibility.

STEAM Campers also participate in Day Camp activities, including bi-weekly field trips, sports, team-building activities, and swimming (twice per week).

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $520
Community: $540

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TEEN CAMP
AGES 13-16

Boy covered in purple paint

Teens are at that magical time in life when they are developing unique personalities, opinions, and peer relationships.

Summer is the time they explore, have fun, and continue to grow and mature!

Teen Camp is for young people who are currently enrolled in middle school and/or high school, and is designed to immerse campers in a variety of fun activities—tailored specifically to their age and interests—that keep them active, learning, and engaged. Campers explore science, the arts, sports, and swimming, all with a focus on building skills, confidence, and strong peer relationships. Each session, campers participate in project based learning and citywide trips designed to engage teens in developing their leadership skills, real-world experiences, career aspirations, and educational goals—all while making friends and having fun. Included are workshops that explore resume building and interview dynamics, helping teens prepare for the years ahead of them. Teen Camp creates memories, relationships, and experiences that they’ll carry with them for a lifetime!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $415
Community: $435

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