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.

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

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.


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 Hour:  8-9 AM, 3-6 PM

Camp Family Orientation

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

  • Wednesday, June 5 at 6 PM
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 6 PM


Camp Leadership

Dominique Atkinson


Find a Camp

Kinder Camp

Ages 3-6

Kinder Camp introduces young children to summer day camp. They have the same fun as the big kids, but they stay closer to home and keep shorter hours. Kinder Camp activities support the transition into preschool and kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment. We focus on classroom structure, transitional activities and group play. Classroom activities are organized in one to two- week themes designed by the head counselors. Kinder campers participate in instructional swimming, indoor and outdoor physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme- based arts and crafts, and local outings.

Children must be three years old by June 1, 2018. Children must be fully potty-trained to participate.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $1,000
Community: $1,160

Day Camp

Ages 5-12

Campers engage in activities that enhance their social and emotional skills, keep them physically active, challenge them academically, and inspire them to learn new things every day with lifelong friends. They participate in various sports, arts and crafts, project-based learning, and weekly theme days. Every two weeks, campers will showcase something they have learned or created in our Family Share. Campers will be divided into age groups with children within one to two years of their age.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $810
Community: $950

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. 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: $810
Community: $950

Arts Camp

Ages 5-12

Immerse your camper in the world of arts. Campers are grouped by age and receive specialist-led arts 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. They swim twice a week, go on arts-related eld trips around New York City, and enjoy Central Park for lunch, yoga, and creative team-building activities. Each two- week session culminates in an informal showcase for family and friends in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. Campers will be divided into age groups with children within one to two years of their age.

For more information, contact Meghan Murphy at or 212-912-2634.

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $810
Community: $950

Sports Camp

Ages 5-12

Through the coaching and support of fitness professionals, campers learn the history, rules and key skills of basketball, soccer and swimming. Campers focus on fundamentals and practice technique through age-appropriate group activities, exploring the values of teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Workshops and sports- related eld trips keep campers engaged while enhancing their sports experience. 

Cost per 2 week session:
Y Member: $890
Community: $1,040

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

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

  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. 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 West Side 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
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% 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 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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