We are very excited to open our doors once again for Summer Camp 2021 at the Long Island City YMCA in Queens! You can trust us to give your kids a safe, enriching, and high-quality camp experience this summer — out of the house and off screens. Campers are sure to have a summer of fun, friendships, and adventure!

At the Y, no family is turned away because of inability to pay. Financial assistance is available. 


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Early Bird Deadline and Camp Open House
The early bird deadline for a discounted rate has been extended to Sunday, May 16!

Learn more about summer camp by joining us for an open house on Saturday, May 15 from 10AM-12PM at your local branch. Can't join in person? Join us virtually by registering here. 


Location

32-23 Queens Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Dates & Hours

Hours: 9 AM-4 PM
Extended Day Hours: 8-9 AM, 4-6 PM 

Dates: July 5-August 27 (closed July 5 for Independence Day, camp starts July 6)

  • Session 1: July 5–July 16, 2021
  • Session 2: July 19–30, 2021
  • Session 3: August 2–August 13, 2021
  • Session 4: August 16–27, 2021

Camp Leadership

Julia DeFeo, Youth and Family Director
212-912-2577
LICYcamp@ymcanyc.org

Find a Camp

Traditional Summer Camp, Ages 5-11

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 moving in physical activities, get creative in arts and crafts, experiment in fun science activities, and get silly in theme day activities. Summer Day Camp offers a unique camp day 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.  All camp activities focus on the YMCA’s four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility. Campers will receive their very own set of materials and equipment.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $825

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Financial Assistance is available 

Japanese Summer Camp, Ages 3-4

Looking to enjoy the world of cherry blossoms, jade and Mount Fuji and learn the Japanese language? Explore the Japanese language and culture in an informal setting. We welcome campers of any Japanese/English ability, from beginning to advance level. Our teachers work-year round with young students and are highly experienced with bilingual education (Japanese-English). Campers are placed into groups based on their age and language exposure, so there's room for all levels of experience. The "Play with Hiragana" model that we offer is perfect for those children who are just starting to show an interest in letters or who have already started reading some letters on their own. Whether they are learning a new language or already fluent, campers will love our summer traditions, cultural music, movement activities, ice cream parties, and more! All camp activities focus on the YMCA's four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility. 

Cost per two week session: 
Y Member: $750
Community: $825

Register Now

Financial Assistance is available 

Spanish Summer Camp, Ages 3-4

Welcome to Mexico City, Peru City, Colombia City! Campers will be learning  about and celebrating the language "country" through stories, photos, food, language, dance, and much more. Our Spanish Language immersion experience will be theme-based nurturing communication through a range of activities. Children will learn about animals, food, music, and the arts by exploring different iconic countries with an emphasis on Spanish speaking ones. They will practice the functional language by conducting everyday activities in Spanish alongside their peers. Our Spanish Immersion Summer program is built with highly qualified teachers, and are highly experienced with Bilingual education (Spanish-English). Campers will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of cultural activities, and also play games in the languages. All camp activities focus on the YMCA's four core values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $825

Register Now

Financial Assistance is available 

Early Childhood Camp, Ages 3-4

Summer is the time to play, grow, and celebrate all the joys only summer can bring! Early Childhood Camp is offered by Long Island City’s Early Childhood Department. This camp provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development. It is specifically designed to prepare them for upcoming PreK for All (or other full days) programming. Activities include music and movement, interactive science, language, and literacy activities. Each week has its own theme! 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. Campers also enjoy our cool, air-conditioned classrooms and peanut/tree nut-sensitive facility. Children must be toilet trained prior to their start of camp. Each session has a special theme and an end-of-session showcase. All camp activities focus on the YMCA's four core values of respect, caring honesty, and responsibility.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $825

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 next Open House.

Our next open house will be on Saturday, May 15. 

Can't join in person? Join us virtually by registering here. 

Register Now

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 May 16, 2021
    • 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, discounts, and financial assistance, you must register in person or over the phone
    • 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, Discounts, Financial Assistance, and Credit Policy

Camp Fees

Fees per two week session:
Y Member: $750
Community: $825

 

Extended Hours Fees
8-9 AM & 4-6 PM

Extended AM

  • Y Member: $100/session
  • Community: $120/session

Extended PM

  • Y Member: $180/session
  • Community: $240/session

Discounts

Take advantage of our discounts

  • 10% Early Bird Discount if you pay off your entire balance by May 16, 2021
  • 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

Registration Form

Medical Form

Mandatory Virtual Family Orientation

Prior to your child attending camp, we require all families to attend our virtual 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 through email and the Remind App. 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.

Summer Day Camp Mock Schedule > 

Themes & Spirit Days > 

 

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

  • 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.
  • Experienced Staff: We’re seasoned youth development professionals who have a passion for education. 
  • Small Groups: We’ll keep camp groups in small pods that have strict camper-counselor ratios to ensure campers are always engaged and having fun.