The YMCA of Greater New York is thrilled to run in-person summer camp in 2022! Through our day camps and specialty camps in all five boroughs, parents can trust the Y to give their kids a fun, enriching, and high-quality camp experience this summer — out of the house and off screens.

 

Registration is open! See below for more information about camp sessions and why you should choose the Y.


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Early Bird Deadline and Camp Open House
Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2022
Learn more about summer camp and visit with camp staff at our Open Houses on Saturday, March 12th, Saturday, April 30th, and Saturday, May 14th.

Location

180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030

Hours & Dates

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

Dates: July 5-August 26

  • Session 1: July 5–July 15, 2022
  • Session 2: July 18–29, 2022
  • Session 3: August 1–August 12, 2022
  • Session 4: August 15–26, 2022

Camp Leadership

Katherine Allotta, Camp Director
212-912-2125
harlemycamp@ymcanyc.org

Find a Camp

Traditional Summer Camp, Ages 6-12

There is an energy and magic to summer camp that cannot be replicated! Friends, experiences, and memories to last a lifetime! At the YMCA Summer Day Camp, each day is a fun new adventure. Campers participate in traditional camp activities that get them active in physical fitness, get them creative in arts and crafts, get them to experiment in exciting science activities, and get them silly in theme day activities.  Camp offers a unique experience that includes time for children to build social and emotional skills in a fun and inclusive environment. This environment creates an atmosphere of family and community that includes a focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, group play, and team building. Our camp activities focus on the YMCA’s four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.  

Cost per two week session:
Member: $600
Community: $675

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Financial Assistance is available 

Kinder Camp, Ages 4-5

A fun summer is a springboard for an amazing school year! Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2022. 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 physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, and theme-based arts and crafts. Our camp activities focus on the YMCA’s four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.

Cost per two week session:
Member: $675
Community: $750

Register Now

Financial Assistance is available 

Swim Camp, Ages 7-12

Freestyle!  Butterfly!  Backstroke!  Cannonball!  
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. All swimmers are individually tested, and instruction is tailored to meet them at their age and skill level. All aquatic activities are supervised, and instruction provided by experienced certified water safety instructors and lifeguards.   When campers are not in the pool, they participate in traditional camp activities that get them creative in arts and crafts, get them to experiment in exciting science activities, and get them silly in theme day activities. Our camp activities focus on the YMCA’s four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.

Cost per two week session:
Member: $700
Community: $775

Register Now

Financial Assistance is available 

Registration and Information

Everything you need to know about registration, camp policies, how to get ready for camp, and more. For additional information, visit our Camp FAQ.

Need help with signing up? Read our guides for "How to Complete Registration Forms" and "How to Complete Online Payments." 

Summer Camp Open House Dates

Learn more about summer camp and visit with camp staff at our Open Houses. Check with your local branch for the specific time of their open house.

  • Saturday, February 12th
  • Saturday, March 12th
  • Saturday, April 30th – Healthy Kids Day and Early Bird Deadline
  • Saturday, May 14th
Signing Up for Camp
  1. Sign up online and reserve your child’s spot
  2. Take advantage of our discounts
    • Member rates if you are a YMCA member
    • 10% Early Bird discount if you pay off your entire balance by April 30, 2022
    • 10% Sibling Discount for all siblings of the first child registered at full price
    • Note: Early Bird and Sibling Discounts cannot be combined
       
  3. Note on payments:
    • Two forms of payment are accepted: credit cards, and cash.
    • The YMCA accepts all major credit cards, and you will need to sign up for automatic billing to ensure payments are made on time with no late fees incurred
    • Online payment is currently not able to process 3rd party payments, sibling discounts, and financial assistance
    • How to complete online payments
       
  4. Once you’ve submitted your information and payment online, you’ll receive an email with additional registration and medical forms that you’ll need to complete and submit to the camp director before the start of camp.
     
  5. Your child’s full application packet, including medical forms, are due before the camp registration can be finalized. The medical form must be completed by a physician and include signature, date of exam, and stamp.
     
  6. If you wish to sign up for camp in person, come to our YMCA branch and we will be happy to assist you.

 

Fees and Discounts

Fees

Camp Member Community
Traditional Camp $600 $675
Kinder Camp $675 $750
Swim Camp $700 $775
Basketball Camp $650 $750
AM Extended Hours (8-9am) $125 $200
PM Extended Hours (5-6pm) $125 $200

 


Discounts

Take advantage of our discounts

  • 10% Early Bird Discount if you pay off your entire balance by April 30, 2022
  • 10% Sibling Discount for all siblings of the first child registered at full price
  • Note: Early Bird and Sibling Discounts cannot be combined

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater New York awards financial aid to campers based on the family’s annual income. Download an application and bring it to your branch to explore scholarship options.


Credit Policy

All refund requests related to medical or health emergencies will be honored. All requests for credits or refunds not due to medical or health reasons must be submitted in advance of program start.

Required Paperwork

According to the NYC Department of Health, all participants must have a completed medical form on file prior to the start of summer camp. Please submit your child’s complete medical information form. It’s also a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. If your child does not have complete medical forms along with immunization records, they may not attend camp.

During the registration process, it is extremely important that families notify the camp if the child has any medical conditions such as, but not limited to, allergies, asthma, diabetes or other conditions.

Additionally, campers must submit all necessary consent forms, including but not limited to: 

  • Authorized Pick Up
  • Emergency Care Consent

Camper Information Form

Medical Form

Mandatory Family Orientation

Prior to your child attending camp, we require all families to attend our orientation. You will receive more information on this in your welcome email from the camp director.

Activities

Y campers stretch themselves physically and creatively. They play games, read, create books, and write poetry. They participate in science experiments, solve puzzles, craft art, and perform music and shows. Parents say their children come home tired, smiling, and frequently humming a new camp cheer.

Weekly schedules for each age group are provided to families at the beginning of each session. They can be obtained from the camp office. Families are encouraged to review the weekly schedule with their child. Weekly activities that are planned and scheduled are age-appropriate, recreational, challenging, and fun. If there are any questions about the activities or events, please speak to the Camp Director.

Camp Clothes and Gear

Each camper will receive two t-shirts and a camp bag. Camp t-shirts must be worn every day. Additional camp t-shirts may be purchased with the camp director.

Food Allergies

The YMCA is a peanut- and nut-free environment.

During the registration process, it is extremely important that families notify the camp if the child has any medical conditions such as, but not limited to, allergies, asthma, diabetes, or other conditions.

Why YMCA Camps

Y Camp is Fun

  • Camp is Part of the Y’s DNA: We’ve been running camps for decades and we’ve adapted to our current context to keep camp fun and safe for all.
  • Cut the Screen Time: From sports to crafts to games to adventures, we’ll make sure your kids get to play and participate in all types of exciting activities, including dedicated outdoor time every day (weather permitting).
  • New Friends: In the course of a week, kids will make new friends and connect with campers and staff members.

Y Camp is Enriching

  • Educational Camps: Our creative and enriching camps — from traditional day camp to specialty camps like STEAM — help kids reach their fullest potential physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • Cultivate Social-Emotional Learning: Camp is a safe space to try new things, build new skills, and develop trusting relationships.
  • Y Core Values: Our camp program focuses on the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Y Camp is the Highest Quality

  • Experienced Staff: We’re seasoned youth development professionals who have a passion for education.
  • Camp Spirit: We love camp, yes we do, we love camp, how about you? Each camp has a fun and exciting energy that can only be found at the YMCA. From daily cheers to wacky spirit days, from camp songs sang throughout the day to weekly challenges, we create an experience that promotes individuality amongst campers and lifelong memories.
  • Healthy Environments: We’ve provided care for essential workers and Y families throughout the pandemic, so we’re experienced in ensuring all our programming strictly adheres to current health and safety regulations.

Interested in going to a Sleepaway Camp? Check out our YMCA partners in the NY region. Scholarships to these camps are available thanks to funding from the YMCA of Greater New York and our generous partners (for up to 95% off).  For more information, or to start your registration process, contact sleepawaycamp@ymcanyc.org 

Camp partners
: Frost Valley YMCAYMCA Camp Mohawk | Fairview Lakes YMCA Camps