EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMP
AGE 3

Staff sitting with camper at table

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-day) programming. Activities include swimming lessons twice a week, outdoor play, music and movement, and interactive science, language, and literacy activities. Each week even 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, as per our DOH licensing.

Each session has a special theme and an end of session showcase. The whole family is invited to enjoy the event, with children sharing their experiences!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $610
Community: $650

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SPANISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION
AGES 3-4

A young boy runs in front of a group of kids at the Bronx YMCA Summer Inclusion Camp.

Explore the Spanish language and culture in an informal setting. We welcome campers of any Spanish/English language ability, from beginner to advanced level.

In our classroom, we encourage cultural awareness, recognizing the importance of accepting diversity, and compassion for others from different backgrounds. We promote a caring and supportive multicultural community

"Campamento de Espanol" combines all the benefits of our regular programs with all the fun and excitement of summer camp. Children will learn about animals, food, music, art, and dancing of different countries, with an emphasis on Spanish-speaking countries. Our immersion camp will offer students the ability to become familiar with the Spanish language at a young age, and is designed to provide an environment where English-speaking children learn Spanish, and Spanish-speaking children further develop their language with highly qualified bilingual instructors.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $660
Community: $700

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JAPANESE LANGUAGE IMMERSION
AGES 3-5

Three kids hold up paint-stained hands at the McBurney YMCA summer day camp.

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 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 enjoy learning Hiragana through activities such as singing songs and playing games.

Campers also participate in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, sports, team-building activities, and instructional swimming twice per week.

Each session has an end of session showcase. The whole family is invited to enjoy the event, with children sharing their experiences!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $660
Community: $700

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MAKING AND TINKERING KINDER CAMP
AGES 4-5

Preschool summer camper at the Ridgewood YMCA summer camp in Queens

Inquisitive minds want to know! Making and Tinkering Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2020. The campers become 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, experiment, play, and tinker! Campers are encouraged to embrace curiosity, gaining self-confidence as they find solutions to common questions and problems. When campers are not tinkering, they engage in other camp activities that support building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment, including a focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, group play, and instructional swimming twice per week. 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.

Each session has a special theme and an end of session showcase. The whole family is invited to enjoy the event, with children sharing their experiences!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $610
Community: $650

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DAY CAMP
AGES 6-12

Campers are divided into age groups with children within one to two years of their age.

A group of smiling kids at the LIC YMCA summer day camp.

There is an energy and magic to summer camp that cannot be replicated! Friends, experiences, and memories to last a lifetime!

Our Summer Day Camp is open to current kindergarteners through 6th grade students who are ready to participate in a summer filled with awesome games and activities. Our campers establish new friendships, participate in sports and creative arts, explore science and nature, swim, and of course, have fun! Campers learn how to express themselves in a safe and bully-free environment while developing our four core YMCA values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.

Our Day Camp includes a wide range of sports, instructional swimming, arts and crafts, and themed days such as “Superhero Day.” Each session features a different theme, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Pokémon, where all the activities the campers participate in are geared towards the specified theme. Campers have instructional swim lessons twice a week at our on-premise pool. Campers also go on weekly field trips to explore the city as well.

Each session has an end of session showcase. The whole family is invited to enjoy the event, with children sharing their experiences!

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. Activities such as journaling and age-appropriate science experiments expand their literacy, math and science skills, and promote their ability to think critically.

All of the activities are geared to be fun and build lifetime memories!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $530
Community: $580

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SWIM CAMP
AGES 6-12

Age 6-8, age 9-10, and age 11-12 groups; instruction tailored according to individual skill set.

Boy with backpack and kickboard learns to swim at Vanderbilt YMCA summer camp

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. Campers swim 2 times a day, with stroke development and training tailored by age and skill level. Campers have the opportunity to progress throughout the different skill levels.

  • Red (non-swimmer) is our beginner stage where the children learn basic swimming skills.
  • Yellow (intermediate) will need to swim 10 feet (3 yards) on their front and back, tread water for 20 seconds, submerge under surface water (face in), and swim-float- swim.
  • Green (swimmer) will need to swim 45 feet (15 yards) on their front and back, tread water for at least 60 seconds, submerge & retrieve object, swim-float-swim for 75 feet (25 yards).

When not swimming, campers participate in core traditional camp activities, including sports, field trips and literacy activities. Our activities and interactions emphasize building self esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $660
Community: $700

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SPORTS CAMP
AGES 7-14

Age 7-8, age 9-11, and age 12-14 groups; instruction tailored to individual skill set.

A group of kids pose with a soccer ball at a YMCA camp.

Summer is amazing when you are active and have friends and coaches cheering you on!

Our Sports Camp is designed to enhance the sports skills and fundamentals in age-appropriate groups. Campers learn the history, rules, and key skills of basketball and soccer, all while having fun and practicing their techniques in scrimmages and games. They explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed, while strengthening their appreciation for a strong work ethic. Sports Camp staff have a background and/or education in coaching sports.

When campers are not playing a sport, they participate in Day Camp activities including creative arts, exploring science and nature, weekly field trips, art, literacy activities and instructional swimming. Campers learn how to express themselves in a safe and bully-free environment while developing our four core YMCA values of respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility.

Each session has an end of session showcase. The whole family is invited to enjoy the event, with campers sharing what they have been working on all session!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $640
Community: $680

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TEEN CAMP
AGES 12-14

Two kids and a camp counselor at the LIC YMCA summer day camp.

Teens are at that magical time in life when they are developing unique personalities, opinions, and peer relationships. Summer is the time they explore, have fun, and continue to grow and mature!

Teen Camp is for young people who are currently enrolled in middle school and/or high school, and is designed to immerse campers in a variety of fun activities tailored specifically to their age and interests that keep them active, learning, and engaged all summer long. Teen camp focuses on expanding teens’ social skills as well as encouraging their independence and giving them the tools for positive decision making.

Campers explore science, the arts, sports, and swimming, all with a focus on building skills, confidence, and strong peer relationships. Each session, campers participate in project based learning and citywide trips 2-3 times per week designed to engage teens in developing their leadership skills, real-world experiences, career aspirations, and educational goals—all while making friends and having fun. Included are workshops that explore resume building and interview dynamics, helping teens prepare for the years ahead of them. Teen Camp creates memories, friendships, and experiences that they’ll carry with them for a lifetime!

Cost per two week session:
Y Member: $530
Community: $580

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