EARLY CHILDHOOD DAY CAMP
AGES 2-4

Staff sitting with camper at table

Summer is the time to play, grow, and celebrate all the joys only summer can bring!

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.

Cost per two week session:
Half Day: Y Member: $360; Community: $370
Full Day: Y Member: $672; Community: $690

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KINDER CAMP
AGES 4-5 yrs 8 mos

Three preschoolers ready for swim lesson

A fun summer is 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 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 once a week, 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 set and comfort levels with city travel, campers participate in at least one field trip by bus each session.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $660
Community: $690

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SWIM CAMP
AGES 5-12

Age 5-6, Age 7-8, Age 9-10, and Age 11-12 groups; instruction tailored according to individual skill set.

A camp counselor helps a child learn to swim at the Harlem YMCA summer day camp.

Freestyle! Butterfly! Backstroke! Cannonball!

Cross Island 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 once a day, four times a week.

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.
    • 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 Day Camp activities including sports, weekly field trips, art, and literacy activities. All activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $633
Community: $684

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DAY CAMP
AGES 5 yrs 9 mos–12 yrs

Age 5 yrs 9 mos-6, Age 6-7, Age 8-9, and Age 11-12 groups

Summer campers playing outdoor game

Day campers will engage in activities that will enhance their social and emotional skills, participate in a summer filled with awesome games and activities. Our campers establish new friendships, participate in sports, creative arts, explore science, nature, swim, and of course, have fun! Campers learn how to express themselves in a safe and bully-free environment while developing our four core YMCA values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.

Our Day Camp includes a wide range of sports, instructional swimming, arts and crafts, and themed days such as “Superhero Day.” Each week features a different theme, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Pokémon, where science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities are geared towards the specified theme. Campers will have swim lessons once a week. There are also weekly field trips, one field trip per session done by bus where campers get a chance to learn about their communities. Field trips to museums and science centers will link to the camp-based activities and maximize educational enrichment.

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. Activities such as journaling and age-appropriate science experiments expand their literacy, math and science skills, and promote their ability to think critically.

All the activities are geared to be fun and build lifetime memories! Unit campers are divided into age groups within one to two years of their age.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $587
Community: $638

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GYMNASTICS CAMP
AGES 5 yrs 9 mos–12

Age 5yrs 9mos-7yrs, Age 8-10, Age 11-12 groups

A camp counselor helps a child do gymnastics at the McBurney YMCA summer camp.

Ever wonder how the kids you see on YouTube can jump so high or do such amazing moves? They probably had gymnastics training! With the right training, a child gains the self-confidence to move in ways they didn’t know they could.

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

When campers are not doing gymnastics, they engage in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, arts and crafts, and swimming one time per week.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $633
Community: $684

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BASKETBALL CAMP
AGES 5 yrs 9 mos–12

Age 5yrs 9mos-7yrs, Age 8-10, Age 11-12 groups

A girl plays basketball among the boys at the Harlem YMCA basketball camp.

The non-stop action and high-scoring games make basketball one of the most exciting sports out there!

Did you know the game of basketball was created in 1891 at a YMCA by Dr. James Naismith? Our Basketball Camp is designed help players implement team concepts, while perfecting their dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and offense skills.
All ability levels are welcome, and instruction is customized to age and level of expertise.

Campers learn the history and rules, all while practicing their techniques in mini games. They explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed, while strengthening their appreciation for a strong work ethic.

The skills and habits emphasized in our basketball camp are designed to help campers become the most complete player possible.

When campers are not playing basketball, they engage in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, arts and crafts, and swimming one time per week. Our activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $633
Community: $684

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PERFORMING ARTS CAMP
AGES 5 yrs 9 mos–12

Age 5yrs 9mos-7yrs, Age 8-10, Age 11-12 groups

Kids performing on a stage during the West Side YMCA summer day camp.

Does your child love to sing, dance, or perform?

Performance Arts Camp is for every child with a passion for the art of dance, theatre, and visual arts, drama and music. Our skilled instructors work with all different levels of dancers, from beginner to advanced, and start each session with warm-ups to get the body ready for the technical skills being taught. Starting with voice and physical warm ups, our skilled instructors work with all different levels of dancers, singers, and actors from beginner to advanced. Campers learn acting skills, character study, scriptwriting fundamentals, costume and set design, choreography (from lyrical to hip-hop), and vocal skills. Campers showcase their new skills at a culminating performance at the end of each session for family and friends. Campers also engage in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, arts and crafts, and swimming one time per week. Clothing appropriate for dance and movement is required.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $638
Community: $689

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STEAM CAMP (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATH)
AGES 5 yrs 9 mos–12

Age 5yrs 9mos-7yrs, Age 8-10, Age 11-12 groups

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! The STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an interactive, project-based, creative learning experience that includes science, 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 an environment that encourages teamwork, problem solving, and responsibility. Campers will experience art, math and science activities. STEAM Campers also participate in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, sports, team-building activities, and swimming one time per week.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $643
Community: $694

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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 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 once 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.

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

This camp runs for three-week session options: July 6–July 24 and July 27-August 14.

Cost per three week session:
Y Member: $1,200
Community: $1,225

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SUPER SPORTS CAMP
AGES 6-12

Super Sports Junior Camp Ages 6–8
Super Sports Senior Camp Ages 9–12

A group of kids pose with a soccer ball at a YMCA camp.

Summer is amazing time for campers to be active, make new friends as coaches cheering them on!

Our Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in age-appropriate groups, utilizing the coaching and support of camp staff who have backgrounds and education

in sports. Campers learn the history, rules, and key skills of baseball, basketball, soccer, and flag football, all while having fun and practicing their techniques in mini games. Each day of the week, staff will focus on one of these four sports, providing a wide knowledge-base to campers. Campers explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed, while strengthening their appreciation for a strong work ethic.

When campers are not playing a sport, they engage in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, arts and crafts, and swimming one time per week. Our activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $633
Community: $684

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TEEN ADVENTURE CAMP
AGES 13-15

Three kids at the North Brooklyn YMCA summer day camp.

Being a teenager is a magical time in life, where children develop unique personalities, opinions, and peer relationships. Summer is the time they can explore, have fun, and continue to grow and mature!

Teen Camp is for young people who are currently enrolled in middle school and high school. It is designed to immerse campers in a variety of fun activities that 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. Each session, campers participate in project based learning and weekly 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. Teen Camp creates memories, relationships, and experiences that they’ll carry with them for a lifetime!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $587
Community: $638

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