Summer day camps at the Long Island City YMCA, located in Queens, offer a fun, safe, and enriching experience for kids ages 3 to 14.

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Please fill out the following forms and bring them into the branch.

LIC Camp Registration Form  Camp Medical Form

To register online, visit this page again in mid-February, 2019. For more information about our camps, join us at our next Summer Camp Open House.


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


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: 8:45 AM-5 PM
Extended Day Hours: 7:30-8:45 AM, 5-6 PM

Camp Family Orientation

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

  • Wednesday, June 5 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, June 15 at 2 PM
  • Friday, June 21 at 6 PM


Camp Leadership

Mihaela Schwartz, Early Childhood Director


Julia DeFeo, Youth and Family Director


Find a Camp

Early Childhood Camp

Age 3

Early Childhood Camp provides our youngest campers with hands-on experiential fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical and cognitive skills development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music and movement, interactive science experiments, language, and literacy skills. 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.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $600
Community: $640

Making and Tinkering Kinder Camp

Ages 4-5

Making and Tinkering Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2019. The campers will be involved in tinkering and making activities, in which a problem and the challenge of finding a solution are presented to campers. The young campers are guided to solve those problems, discuss with their peers, test experiments, play and tinker. Campers will be encouraged to familiarize themselves with embracing curiosity. Campers will also participate in Day Camp activities like instructional swimming twice a week, and indoor and outdoor physical activities.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $600
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: $530
Community: $570

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. Teen camp focuses on expanding the teens social skills as well as encouraging their independence and positive decision making. 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: $530
Community: $570

Swim Camp

Ages 7-12

Our Swim Camp helps children develop important swimming life 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: $640
Community: $680

Sports Camp

Ages 9-14

Our Sports 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 different sports, 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: $640
Community: $680

Japanese Summer Program–Language Immersion

Ages 3-7

Explore the Japanese language in an informal setting. We welcome campers of any Japanese/ English language ability, from beginner to advanced level. Our teachers work year-round with young students and are highly experienced with bilingual education (Japanese-English). In our classrooms, we encourage cultural awareness, the importance of accepting diversity and compassion for others from different backgrounds. We promote a caring and supportive multicultural community. 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. Campers will enjoy learning Hiragana through activities such as singing songs and playing games. Campers will also participate in some Day Camp activities like, instructional swimming, twice a week, and indoor and outdoor physical activities.

Cost per 2 week session (available sessions 2 & 3):
Y Member: $6500
Community: $680

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 8:45 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
8:45 AM-5 PM

Extended Hours
7:30-8:45 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. 

AM or PM Extended Hours
Y Member: $100/session
Community: $120/session

AM and PM Extended Hours
Y Member: $190/session
Community: $220/session

  1. Consider joining the Long Island City 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 Long Island City 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
Early Childhood Camp $600 $640
Making and Tinkering Kinder Camp $600 $640
Day Camp $530 $570
Teen Camp $530 $570
Swim Camp $640 $680
Sports Camp $640 $680
Japanese Summer Program $650 $680


Extended Hours
7:30-8:45 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. 

AM or PM Extended Hours
Y Member: $100/session
Community: $120/session

AM and PM Extended Hours
Y Member: $190/session
Community: $220/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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