Summer Day Camps at the Harlem YMCA, located in the heart of the historic, diverse, and culturally rich neighborhood of Harlem in Northern Manhattan, offer a fun, safe, and enriching experience for kids ages 4 to 14.

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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!


180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030


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: 7:30-9 AM, 5-6 PM

Camp Family Orientation

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

  • Sunday, June 2 at 10 AM
  • Friday, June 14 at 6 PM


Camp Leadership

Ibrahim Diakite, Camp Director


Caroline Sanchez, Youth & Family Director


Find a Camp

Kinder Camp

Ages 4-5

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 tness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and spectacular showcases. 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 small local trips within the community.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $550
Community: $640

Day Camp

Ages 6-11

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: $450
Community: $600

Teen Camp

Ages 12-14

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: $450
Community: $600

Swim Camp

Ages 7-12


Our Swim Camp helps children develop important swimming skills and a lifetime love for the water, while instilling values around water safety and responsibility.

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.
  • Swim campers participate in core traditional camp activities.
  • Our activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $515
Community: $650

Arts Camp

Ages 7-12

Dance Camp is for all youth who have a passion for the art of dance. Our Dance Camp will involve warmups necessary to get the body ready for
the technical skills being taught. Our skilled instructors will work with all different levels of dancers, from beginner to advanced. Your child will also learn the different aspects of a dance program such as class etiquette and performance readiness and costuming. Each class will include across-the- oor drills, technique and a routine. Every session will end with a mini showcase of skills learned.

For the 2019 camp season, Dance Camp will focus on:

  • Session 1 – Ballet
  • Session 2 – African
  • Session 3 – Jazz
  • Session 4 – Hip Hop/ Modern

    Cost per 2 week session:
    Y Member: $490
    Community: $630

    Basketball Camp

    Ages 7-12

    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 and/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.

    Cost per 2 week session:
    Y Member: $490
    Community: $630

    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
    7:30-9 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: $65/session
    Extended PM: $55/session
    Extended AM & PM: $120/session

    1. Consider joining the Harlem 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 Harlem 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 $550 $640
    Day Camp $450 $600
    Teen Camp $450 $600
    Swim Camp $515 $650
    Dance Camp $490 $630
    Basketball Camp $490 $630


    Extended Hours Fees
    7:30-9 AM, 5-6 PM

    Extended AM: $65/session
    Extended PM: $55/session
    Extended AM & PM: $120/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.


    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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