Summer day camps at the Cross Island YMCA, located in Queens in the Bellerose neighborhood, offer a fun, safe, and enriching experience for kids ages 2-15.

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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

Early Childhood Camp at the Cross Island Y
238-10 Hillside Ave, Bellerose, NY 11426

Youth Camps at Public School 33
91-37 222nd Street, Queens Village, NY 11428

 

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

Camp Family Orientation

Attendance at one 60-minute orientation meeting is mandatory.

Camp Family Orientation
Saturday, January 26, Saturday, March 23
Saturday, April 27, Saturday, May 23
Saturday, June 8

 

Early Childhood Orientations (Ages 2-5.8)
11 AM and 1 PM

 

Day Camp Orientations (Ages 5.9-15)
12 PM and 2PM

 

Camp Leadership

Marie Turenne, Camp Director
718-551-9300, 718-551-9336
mturenne@ymcanyc.org

 

Early Childhood Day Camp
718-551-9313, 718-551-9342

 

Dianne DiPeri, Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp Director
718-551-9319
ddiperi@ymcanyc.org

 

Find a Camp

Early Childhood Camp

Ages 2-4

Early Childhood Camp provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music and movement, and interactive science, language, and literacy activities. Staff members experienced in engaging with preschoolers understand the importance
of rich adult-child interactions and focus on building supportive, nurturing relationships with every camper. Early Childhood campers will enjoy campsite-based collaborations with child-friendly organizations and go on excursions within walking distance in their own communities. Each child age three and older will receive a swim lesson once a week. Camp location: Early Childhood Center

Cost per 2 week session:

Preschool

  Y Member Community
Mon-Fri, Full Day  $640 $670
Mon-Fri, Half Day $350 $360
3 Days $470 $480

 

Toddler

  Y Member Community
Mon-Fri, Full Day  $625 $650
Mon-Fri, Half Day $340 $350
3 Days $495 $505

 

Kinder Camp

Ages 4-5.7

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 eld trip by bus each session.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $640
Community: $670

Day Camp

Ages 5.9-11

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:
Y Member: $575
Community: $625

Teen Camp

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, 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. 

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $575
Community: $625

 

Inclusion Camp

A special summer experience 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 who are typically developing come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, educational activities, reading, physical fitness, and more. The camp will feature one counselor for every two campers.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $890
Community: $900

Performance Arts Camp

Ages 5.9-12

Performance Arts Camp participants experience a wonderful summer of dance, drama, music, and art. Campers will learn the basics of choreography, from lyrical to hip-hop. In addition, campers will learn the fundamentals of acting, character study, improvisation exercises, and even try scriptwriting. Create, play, have fun! Camp groups showcase their new skills and perform for their families at the end of each session.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $625
Community: $675

STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

Ages 5.9-12

The STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an interactive, project-based and creative learning experience that includes arts and technology combined with traditional Day Camp activities that children associate with summer fun. STEAM Camp’s curriculum emphasizes creativity and hands-on learning in a fun environment. Campers will experience art, math, and science activities.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $630
Community: $680

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp For Children With Special Needs

Ages 6-14

This camp is made possible through the generous support of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation. Its donation has offset the expenses of the equipment, transportation, and staf ng required to serve children with special needs. All children will receive wheelchair accessible transportation, one-on-one swimming instruction, adaptive physical activities, and equipment. A nurse is also present both onsite and on eld trips outside the Y for children who require special care like catheterization and/or medication administration.

Camp Contact: Dianne DiPeri, 718-551-9319, ddiperi@ymcanyc.org

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,180
Community: $1,200

Sports Camps

Our Sports Camp is designed to enhance various Sports skills and fundamentals in age-appropriate groups. Through the coaching and support of camp staff with backgrounds and/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.

Soccer Camp

Ages 5.9-12

Soccer Camp participants will develop soccer skills, improve stamina, strength, and endurance in a fun environment with trained coaches. Each camper will be taught the fundamentals such as ball control, passing, dribbling, tapping, shooting, and goalkeeping skills. All ability levels are welcome!

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $620
Community: $670

Team Sports Camp

Ages 5.9-12

Our Team Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in groups, according to age. Campers will learn fundamentals and rules for baseball, basketball, soccer, and flag football. Each day of the week, staff will focus on one of these four sports. Our goal is to expose children to a variety of sports. In addition, they will learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed. Camp staff have a background in coaching sports.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $620
Community: $670

Gymnastics Camp

Ages 5.9-12

Our Gymnastics Camp emphasizes individual skill development in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. Dance, conditioning, stretching, and performance tips will focus on fun for gymnasts of every level. Gymnasts will have an opportunity to showcase their new skills in an exhibition at the end of each session.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $620
Community: $670

Basketball Camp

Ages 6-12

The game of basketball was created in 1891 at a YMCA by Dr. James Naismith. 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.

Players will perfect their dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and offense skills, according to their level of expertise. Academics, teamwork, and life skills will be incorporated throughout the sessions. Classes are based on appropriate age and level of play. All ability levels are welcome. Offensive and defensive skills and team concepts develop the most complete basketball player possible.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $620
Community: $670

Tennis Camp

Ages 5.9-12

Our Tennis Camp offers drills and activities designed for different developmental levels, so each camper will have a successful learning experience. The camp will focus on positioning, court layout, and rules and regulations. The campers will also learn about the basic forehand and backhand strokes and compete in both singles and doubles activities. Campers must bring a tennis racket.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $620
Community: $670

Teen Sports Camp

Ages 13-15

Our progressive curriculum enhances various sports skills and fundamentals. Campers will learn the different rules of each game while practicing their techniques in mini games. In addition, they will learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed. The camp will also focus on teaching tness and healthy lifestyles.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $620
Community: $670

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 8 AM-4:30 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-4 PM


Extended Hours
7-9 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 Hours Costs:
Y Member: $155/session ($310for both AM and PM per session)
Community: $160/session ($320 for both AM and PM per week)

Transportation

Transportation to and from the Cross Island YMCA at PS 33 is available only to campers in Youth & Teen or Specialty Camps (not Early Childhood Camp) who attend regular hours (9 AM-4 PM). We do not offer transportation for our extended hours campers. The registration deadline for transportation service is Saturday, May 18 2019.

Transportation is available within the following communities: Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Douglaston, Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Laurelton, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Ozone Park, Queens Village, Richmond Hill, Rochdale, Rosedale, St. Albans, Spring eld Gardens, South Ozone Park, Valley Stream.

Registration
  1. Consider joining the Cross Island 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 Cross Island 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:

Early Childhood Camp Preschool

  Y Member Community
Mon-Fri, Full Day  $640 $670
Mon-Fri, Half Day $350 $360
3 Days $470 $480

Early Childhood Camp Toddler

  Y Member Community
Mon-Fri, Full Day  $625 $650
Mon-Fri, Half Day $340 $350
3 Days $495 $505

 

Other Camps

Camp Price for Y Member Price for Community
Kinder Camp $640 $670
Day Camp $575 $625
Teen Camp $575 $625
Inclusion Camp $900 $900
Performance Arts Camp $625 $675
STEAM Camp $630 $680
Sports Camps $620 $670
Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp * $1,180 $1,200

* Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp cost is per 3 week session.

Extended Hours Fees
7-9 AM, 4-6 PM

Y Member: $155/session 
Community: $160/session

AM or PM Transportation Fees

Y Member: $220/session 
Community: $230/session



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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