Summer day camps at the Vanderbilt YMCA, located in Midtown East near Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, and the UN, offer a fun, safe, and enriching experience for kids ages 6 months to 14 years.

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Online registration for summer camp begins in mid-February, 2019. Please join us at our next Summer Camp Open House to learn more about camp!

Location

224 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

 

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: 9 AM-5 PM

Extended Day Hours: 8-9 AM, 5-6 PM
Drop off is from 8:45-9 AM and pick up is from 4:30-5 PM. Campers must be enrolled in extended hours if parents/ guardians plan to drop off early (before 8:45AM) or pick up late (after 5PM).

Camp Family Orientation

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

  • Friday, June 14 from 6-8 PM
  • Wednesday, June 19 from 6-8 PM

 

Camp Leadership

Teil Samuels, Youth and Sports Director
212-912-2520
tsamuels@ymcanyc.org

 

Joan Kuo, Early Childhood Director
212-912-2517
jkuo@ymcanyc.org

 

Robin Nathaniel, Youth and Family Director
212-912-2557
rnathaniel@ymcanyc.org

 

Find a Camp

Early Childhood Camp

Ages 6 months-4 years

Early Childhood Day Camp is offered by Vanderbilt’s Early Childhood Department. Our Early Childhood classrooms provide our youngest campers with hands-on, play-based activities and experiences designed to support their social, physical, and cognitive development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music, gross motor time, and large and small group classroom activities. Staff include New York State Certified Teachers.

  • Hours for Early Childhood Day Camp are 8:30 AM-6 PM.
  • Early care is available from 7:30-8:30 AM depending on availability.

Ages Requirements:

  • Infant Room: 2017-2018 birthdays
  • Rising Two Year Old’s: 2017 birthdays
  • Rising Three Year Old’s: 2016 birthdays
  • Rising Four Year Old’s: 2015 birthdays

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,030
Community: $1,060
(3- and 4-year-olds participate in swim)

 

 

 

 

 

Kinder Camp: Caterpillars

Ages 4-5

Caterpillar Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2019 with 2014 birthdays. Structured day camp activities support the transition into kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment, including an emphasis on classroom structure, transitional activities, and cultural enrichment. Our focus is to ensure your child has a chance to further develop their creativity and curiosity.

The key components of Caterpillar Camp are:

  • Campers will participate in instructional swimming, physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and so much more.

  • Campers will experience weekly indoor and outdoor trips, such as carnival, in-door planetarium, petting zoo, and much more.

  • Campers will develop camp spirit through camp songs, games and weekly themed events, such as Super Hero Day and Halloween in July.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $852
Community: $944
(Caterpillar campers swim once a week.)

Day Camp: Butterflies, Fireflies, Dragonflies

Ages 5-11

(Participants must have completed kindergarten)

Camp activities are designed to help children retain and build upon the academic skills they have developed during the school year. 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.

The key components of Day Camp are:

  • Campers will participate in a wide range of sports, theme-based arts and crafts, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities to promote their ability to think critically.

  • Campers will develop camp spirit through camp songs, games and weekly themed events, such as Super Hero Day and Halloween in July.

  • Campers will increase their literacy skills by providing campers with the opportunity to read books and participate in facilitated discussions.

Cost per 2 week session:

Butterfly Camp | Ages 5-6
Y Member: $750; Community: $850

Firefly Camp | Ages 7-8
Y Member: $726; Community: $823

Dragonfly Camp | Ages 9-11
Y Member: $726; Community: $823

 

Teen Camp: Teen Action

Ages 12-14

Teen Camp is for young people who are currently enrolled in middle school and high 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.

The key components of Teen Camp are:

  • Teen campers explore science, the arts, and sports, all with a focus on building skills, confidence and strong peer relationships.

  • Teen campers will develop camp spirit through camp songs, games and weekly themed events such as Super Hero Day and Halloween in July.

  • 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: $719
Community: $823

Swim Camp: Go H-2-Oh!

Ages 5-11

(Participants must have completed kindergarten)
Let’s get ready to make a big splash this summer. YMCA Swim Camp combines the traditional fun of day camp with a specialized focus on skills and learning related to aquatic activities. Campers will be taught level-appropriate swimming skills by experienced and certified swim instructors.

The key components of Swim Camp are:

  • Swimmers are given an opportunity to build basic swimming skills and learn personal water safety.

  • Swimmers will focus on stroke development, fitness, and endurance training tailored by age and skill level.

  • 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).

  • Our swimming activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem, self-confidence, and develop relationships with other children in a fun and safe environment.

  • Swim campers will also participate in core traditional Day Camp activities.

Cost per 2 week session:
Swim Camp A | Ages 5-6
Y Member: $859; Community: $967

Swim Camp B Camp | Ages 7-8
Y Member: $835; Community: $941

Swim Camp C | Ages 9-11
Y Member: $835; Community: $941

Sports Camp: Skills, Drills and Thrills

Ages 5-8

(Participants must have completed kindergarten)
This camp is perfect for the young stars who enjoys a variety of sports. Our skilled instructors will work with all different levels of athletes, from beginner to advanced.

The key components of Sports Camp are:

  • Each week, Sports campers will focus on a different sport designed to enhance various skills and fundamentals in age appropriate groups.

  • Sports campers will explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and strong work ethics.

  • Sports campers participate in core traditional day camp activities.

Cost per 2 week session:
Sports Camp A | Ages 5-6
Y Member: $750; Community: $850

Sports Camp B Camp | Ages 7-8
Y Member: $726; Community: $823

 

Dance Camp: Artist in Motion

Ages 7-9

Dance Camp is for all youth who have a passion for the art of dance. Our Dance Camp will involve warmups necessary to get the body ready for the technical skills being taught. Our skilled instructors will work with all different levels of dancers, from beginner to advanced.

The key components of Dance Camp are:

  • Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Tap.

  • Proper attire will be required to make sure each dancer is equipped and ready to learn to the best of their ability.

  • Each class will include across-the-floor drills, technique and a routine. Every session will end with a mini showcase of skills learned.

  • Dance campers will also participate in core traditional day camp activities.

Cost per 2 week session (Sessions 1-3 only):
Y Member: $719
Community: $816

Basketball Camp: Aiming Higher

Ages 7-11

The game of basketball was created in 1891 at
a YMCA by Dr. James Naismith. Our Basketball 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 basketball, all while practicing their techniques in mini-games.

The key components of Basketball Camp are:

  • Basketball campers will focus on enhancing various basketball skills and fundamentals in age appropriate groups.

  • Basketball campers will explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a strong work ethic.

  • Basketball campers will also participate in core traditional day camp activities.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $719
Community: $823

NEW! Science Camp with Mad Science of New York

Ages 7-9

In collaboration Mad Science of New York, Vanderbilt YMCA is happy to introduce Science Camp. At Science Camp, campers will engage in scientific explorations that are so much fun they will forget they’re learning!

The key topics of Science Camp are:

  • Red Hot Robots: Take a journey through circuitry and sensors. Explore several different types of robots.

  • NASA: Journey into Outer Space!: Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of fiight and the challenges of space travel as you construct your own rockets and participate in a launch.

  • Secret Agent Lab: Suspects! Schematics! and Sleuths! Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on investigation of the science of sleuthing.

  • Bugs, Bird, Beasts & Beyond!: Explore the natural world and it’s adaptations. Make casts of animal tracks & build a bird feeder to mix your own seed blend to attract specific bird species.

  • Crazy Chemworks: Come and spark imaginative learning with a week of Mad chemistry. Watch as we combine elements and make them fizz, crackle and change color!

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $967
Community: $996

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 9 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
9 AM-5 PM

Drop off is from 8:45-9 AM and pick up is from 4:30-5 PM. Campers must be enrolled in extended hours if parents/ guardians plan to drop off early (before 8:45AM) or pick up late (after 5PM).


Extended Hours
8-9 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 and Community: $85/session

AM and PM Extended Hours
Y Member and Community: $150/session

Registration
  1. Consider joining the Vanderbilt 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 Early Childhood and Summer Day CampsIf you wish to register online, please click here and fill out our camper application.  
     

  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.

  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 $1,030 1,060
Kinder Camp: Caterpillars $852 $944
Butterfly Camp $750 $850
Firefly Camp $726 $823
Dragonfly Camp $726 $823
Teen Camp $729 $823
Swim Camp A $859 $967
Swim Camp B $835 $941
Swim Camp C $835 $941
Sports Camp A $750 $850
Sports Camp B $726 $823
Dance Camp $719 $816
Basketball Camp $719 $823
Science Camp $967 $996

 

Extended Hours Fees
8-9 AM, 5-6 PM

AM or PM Extended Hours
Y Member and Community: $85/session

AM and PM Extended Hours
Y Member and Community: $150/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.

Discounts

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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