Summer day camps at the Chinatown YMCA, located in Lower Manhattan near SoHo, the Lower East Side, and the East Village, 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!

Locations

Houston Street Center
273 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

 

Hester Street
100 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002

 

Dates & Hours

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

 

Session 1: July 1–12, 2019
Session 2: July 15–26, 2019
Session 3: July 29–August 9, 2019
Session 4: August 12–23, 2019

 

Hours: 9 AM-5 PM
Extended Day Hours: 8-9 AM, 5-6 PM

Camp Family Orientation

Attendance at one of the following two-hour orientations is mandatory.

  • February 25, 2019, 6-8 PM
  • March 25, 2019, 6-8 PM
  • May 27, 2019, 6-8 PM

 

Camp Leadership

Narcisa Loza, Senior Youth and Family Director
347-297-1222 | 212-912-2466
nloza@ymcanyc.org

 

Emely Sit, Administrative Assistant
212-219-8393 | 212-912 -2458
hsesit@ymcanyc.org

 

Find a Camp

Kinder Camp

Ages 4-5, Hester Site

Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2019. 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. Campers will participate in a wide range of activities such as theme-based arts and crafts, sports, local outings, interactive science and literacy activities, as well as participating in 2 hours per week of Mandarin and Spanish language activities. Kinder campers will participate in instructional swimming once a week. To prepare our young campers for their transition into kindergarten and develop their skill sets and comfort level with traveling, campers will participate in one walking distance eld trip per session.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $445
Community: $496

 

Day Camp

Ages 6-11, Hester Site

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 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. One eld trip per session will take place where campers will commute by train, and get a chance to learn about their communities and its culture.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $402
Community: $442

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp For Children With Special Needs (Hester)

Ages 6-11, Hester Site

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp for children with Special Needs offers children of different abilities the opportunity to participate in enriching activities, specically designed to foster each child’s success. Campers will participate in one day of instructional swimming at our Houston Street location. Campers will engage in a wide range of activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, as well as participating in 2 hours per week of Mandarin and Spanish language activities. We meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at our Hester Camp location. 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.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,054
Community: $1,181

Teen Camp

Ages 12-14, Houston Site

Teen Camp is for young people who are currently enrolled in middle 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, con dence 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 as leaders. Teen Campers will also participate in workshops such as resume building, interview preparation and career exploration. Campers participate in three days of swimming and sports at our Houston Street Center and two days packed with adventures at our Hester Camp location, including eld trips, arts and crafts, science projects, and more. We meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Location: Houston Street Center for arrival and dismissal.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $760
Community: $788

Sports & Adventure Camp

Ages 6-11, Houston Site

Our Sports & Adventure 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 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 and Adventure Camp offers campers the perfect combination of active play and educational enrichment. Campers participate in three days of swimming and sports at our Houston Street Center and two days packed with adventures at our Hester Camp location, including eld trips, arts and crafts, science projects, and more. Campers will also have the opportunity to learn two hours of Mandarin and Spanish once a week so that campers to get to know different languages and cultures. We meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Location: Houston Street Center for arrival and dismissal.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $760
Community: $788

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp For Children With Special Needs (Houston)

Ages 6-11, Houston Site

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp for children with Special Needs offers children of different abilities the opportunity to participate in enriching activities, speci cally designed to foster each child’s success. Campers will participate in three days of swimming and sports at our Houston Street location and two days packed with adventures at our Hester Street location. Campers with special needs will receive the support from staff speci cally trained to meet their needs in an inclusive camp setting. We meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at our Houston Camp location. 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.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,085
Community: $1,216

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-5 PM, Monday through Friday. 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-5 PM


Extended Hours
8-9 AM, 5-6 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. 

Extended AM:
Y Member: $122/week
Community: $135/week

Extended PM:
Y Member: $100/week
Community: $115/week

 

Registration
  1. Consider joining the Chinatown 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 Chinatown 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 $445 $496
Day Camp $402 $452
Gerstman Camp (Hester) $1,054 $1,181
Teen Camp $760 $788
Sports & Adventure Camp $760 $788
Gerstman Camp (Houston) $1,085 $1,216

 

Extended Hours
8-9 AM, 5-6 PM

Extended AM
Y Member: $122/week
Community: $135/week

Extended PM:
Y Member: $100/week
Community: $115/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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