Summer day camps at the West Side YMCA, located across the street from Central Park and near Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side, offer a fun, safe, and enriching experience for kids ages 3 to 14.

Camp Registration

Please register in one of two ways after completing the following forms.

Camp Registration Form Camp Medical Form

1. Register at the Branch

Visit the West Side YMCA Member Service Desk with the above forms completed. There, you'll select your sessionsreserve a spot with a non-refundable deposit, sign up for extended hours, and process sibling discounts3rd party payments, and financial assistance


2. Reserve a Spot Online and Complete Registration at the Branch

Reserve a spot and submit your payment online. Then visit the West Side YMCA Member Services Desk with the above forms completed. Please note that online payment cannot process extended hourssibling discounts3rd party payments, and financial assistance.


5 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023

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

Kinder Camp Hours: 9 AM-3 PM
Kinder Camp Extended Hours:  8-9 AM, 3-6 PM

Camp Leadership

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Find a Camp

Early Childhood Camp (Formerly Kinder Camp)

Ages 3-5

Summer is the time to play, grow, and celebrate all the joys only summer can bring! 

Early Childhood Camp is for children from age 3 up to 5 years old (entering Kindergarten in September 2020). Campers have the same fun as the big kids, but they stay closer to home and keep shorter hours. Early Childhood Camp provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development, preparing them for upcoming Pre-K For All (or other full-day) programming. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music and movement, and interactive science, language, and literacy activities, with each week having 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. Early Childhood campers enjoy campsite-based collaborations with child-friendly organizations and go on excursions within walking distance in their own communities. Campers also enjoy our cool, air-conditioned classrooms and peanut/tree nut-sensitive facility. Each child receives a swimming lesson once a week. Children must be toilet trained prior to their start of camp, as per our DOH licensing.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,030
Community: $1,1695

Day Camp

Ages 5.5-11

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

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

Our Summer 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 fun 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 week features a different theme, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Pokémon, where science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities are geared towards the specified theme. Campers have swim lessons and recreational swim once a week at our on-premise pool.  There are also weekly field trips. One field trip per session is done by bus or train where campers get a chance to learn about their communities.  Every two weeks, campers showcase something they have learned or created in our Family Share.

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 2 week session:
Y Member: $835
Community: $975

Teen Camp

Ages 12-16

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 during. 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 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. Teens engage with their local communities through community service projects. Teen Camp creates memories, relationships, and experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime!

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $835
Community: $975

Arts Camp

Ages 5-12

Immerse your camper in the world of arts! Campers are grouped by age and receive specialist-led instruction in dance, drama, music, and visual arts. Campers learn different styles and techniques with a focus on foundational skill building, development of original material, rehearsal, and performance. Each two-week session culminates with a performance showcase for family and friends in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.

When not creating art, our campers engage in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, sports, team-building activities, and swimming (two times per week). 

Our activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.
For more information, contact Meghan Murphy, Arts Camp Director, at or 212-912-2634.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,030
Community: $1,195

Sports Camp

Ages 7-12 (7-9 and 10-12 age groups)

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

Our Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in age-appropriate groups. Campers learn the history, rules, and key skills of baseball, basketball, soccer, and flag football, all while having fun and practicing their techniques in mini-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 engage in Day Camp activities, including weekly field trips, arts and crafts, and swimming (two to three times per week).

Our activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $915
Community: $1,070

Information, Registration & Policies

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

Hours: 9 AM-5PM
Kinder Camp Hours: 9 AM-3 PM

Extended Day Hours: 8-9 AM, 5-6 PM
AM or PM Extended Hours: $60/week
AM and PM Extended Hours: $105/week

Kinder Camp Extended Hour:  8-9 AM, 3-6 PM
AM Extended Hours: $60/Week
PM Extended Hours: $85/Week
AM and PM Extended Hours: $115/Week

Registration & Online Reservation

  1. Consider joining the West Side Y and becoming a member. Members get access to our facility and family programming, as well as discounted rates for Summer Camp.

  2. Signing up more than one child? The 10% Sibling Discount is available for all siblings of the first child registered at full price.

  3. Register in one of two ways:
    • Register in Person
      Please fill out and bring the Camp Registration Form and the Camp Medical Form to the Member Service Desk. There, you'll select your sessions, reserve a spot with a non-refundable deposit, sign up for extended hours, and/or process sibling discounts, 3rd party payments, and financial assistance. 
    • Reserve a Spot Online and Complete Registration in Person
      Reserve a spot and submit your payment online. Then fill out and bring the Camp Registration Form and the Camp Medical Form to the Member Service Desk. Please note that online payment cannot process extended hours, and/or sibling discounts, 3rd party payments, and financial assistance.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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
Kinder Camp $1,000 $1,160
Day Camp $810 $950
Teen Camp $810 $950
Arts Camp $1,000 $1,160
Sports Camp $890 $1,040


Extended Day Fees: 8-9 AM, 5-6 PM
AM or PM Extended Hours: $60/week
AM and PM Extended Hours: $105/week

Kinder Camp Extended Fees:  8-9 AM, 3-6 PM
AM Extended Hours: $60/Week
PM Extended Hours: $85/Week
AM and PM Extended Hours: $115/Week

Financial Assistance 

We are here to help! We offer a wide range of financial assistance to our community, and 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 options.


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 Camp 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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