Choose from early childhood camp, kinder camp, sports camp, swim camp, basketball camp, science camp, mini chef camp, teen camp and more for your child at the Jamaica YMCA in Queens. Our summer camps will lead to a summer of fun, friendships, and adventure!


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Next Summer Camp Open House: Saturday, January 25
Stop by the Y between 10 AM and 3 PM to meet our team, take a tour, and learn more about your child's camp options. See all Open House dates >


Location

89-25 Parsons Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432

Hours & Dates

Hours: 9 AM-4 PM
Extended Day Hours: 7:30-9 AM, 4-6 PM

Dates: June 29-August 21 (Closed July 3)

Session 1: June 29–July 10, 2020
Session 2: July 13–24, 2020
Session 3: July 27–August 7, 2020
Session 4: August 10–21, 2020

Camp Leadership

Carlotta Cuenca, Camp Director
ccuenca@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2210

Choose a Camp

Kinder Camp

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Mad Science Camp

A camper shows her science project to a counselor during STEM camp at the Y.
Ages 6-8

Swim Camp

Young girl smiles while swimming in YMCA indoor pool in Castle Hill, Bronx
Ages 6-11

Basketball Camp

A group of kids play basketball during summer camp at the YMCA.
Ages 9-11

Mini Chef Camp

A summer camper cooks during chef camp at the YMCA.
Ages 9-11

Dance Camp

Kids in a dance and performance camp at the YMCA perform on stage.
Ages 9-11

Teen Camp

Boy covered in purple paint
Ages 12-15

Registration and Information

Learn more about how to register, our policies, how to get ready for camp, and more. For additional information, visit our Camp FAQ.

Open House Dates

Learn more about summer camp and visit with camp staff at one of our Open Houses.

Open Houses take place from 10 AM-3 PM on the following dates.

Saturday, January 25 
Saturday March 21 
Saturday, April 18 
Saturday, May 16 
Saturday, June 6

Signing Up For Camp
  1. Consider joining the Jamaica Y and becoming a member. Members get access to our fitness equipment, free fitness classes, pool, and family programming, as well as discounted rates for Summer Camp.
     
  2. If you wish to sign up for camp in person, come to our YMCA branch and we will be happy to assist you.

  3. Sign up online and reserve your child’s spot
    • Complete online forms
    • Submit a $150 non-refundable deposit for each session you would like your child to attend

  4. 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 18, 2020
    • 10% Sibling Discount for all siblings of the first child registered at full price
    • Note: Early Bird and Sibling Discounts cannot be combined
       
  5. Note on payments:
    • 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
       
  6. 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 bring to your branch.
     
  7. Your child’s full application packet, including medical forms and two passport size photos, 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.
Fees, Discounts, Financial Assistance, and Credit Policy

Camp Fees

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 $435 $485
Teen Camp $410 $470
Swim Camp $435 $485
Dance Camp $435 $485
Basketball Camp $435 $485
Mad Science Camp $435 $485
Mini Chef Camp $435 $485
AM or PM Extended Hours $120 $125
AM and PM Extended Hours $220 $225
AM or PM Transportation $165 $170
AM and PM Transportation $305 $310

 


Discounts

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 18, 2020
  • 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

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. Requests submitted after Sunday, June 14 will be invalid. Please note that deposits are non-refundable. Any credit request must be submitted to the Camp Director, and will be granted under the discretion of the Youth & Family Director.

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, he or she 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 (see First Aid section for information on medication administration).

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

  • Swim
  • Trip
  • Authorized Pick Up
  • Daily Transportation
  • Consent to Treat
Activities and Field Trips

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.

Field Trips

Our campers love our trips! From local walks around the community to learning about different animals in the zoo, to fun museum trips, we keep our campers engaged all summer! We coordinate our trips with weekly themes so campers experience what they’re learning simultaneously.

Camp Clothes and Gear

Each camper will receive two shirts and a camp bag. Swim caps will be provided on the camper’s first day of swimming. Camp t-shirts must be worn every day, and additional t-shirts can be purchased from your branch. Swimmers must have a towel, swimsuit, change of clothes, water shoes, and a plastic bag for wet swim gear. Campers also receive a memory book so that they can cherish the memories they make with their friends!

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

Our Promise

The Y promises to prepare kids for success in life. Summer Day Camp builds self-esteem, fosters self-reliance, and teaches healthy behaviors and positive values. Because it’s different from school, campers also explore different sides of themselves. Supported by our highly skilled counselors, campers build competence and confidence while learning and growing all summer long.

All Y camps feature:

  • Well-trained staff who serve as positive role models
  • Activities that promote cultural diversity
  • Lessons in conservation and protecting the environment
  • Exposure to new age-appropriate, challenging, and fun experiences
  • An atmosphere that fosters fairness, teamwork, and cooperation
  • Visits to the city’s top attractions, including zoos, aquariums, parks, and museums
  • Health, exercise, and nutrition education

More About YMCA Camps

Learn more about our camp staff, safety measures, and get answers to other questions in our Camp FAQ.

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Become a Member

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Get a discount on camp and achieve your fitness goals at the Y.

Upcoming Events

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Enjoy more family time at the YMCA!

Youth Sports

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Kids can learn to play a sport, develop their skills, and make new friends.