How can I learn more about YMCA Summer Day Camps? Do campers go on field trips? Are there discounts available? How do we accomodate children with food allergies? Learn the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about our Summer Day Camps.

Dates & Locations

Are there Open Houses I can attend to learn more about YMCA Camps?

The YMCA hosts multiple open houses throughout the winter and spring. Join us at any YMCA of Greater New York location to learn more about summer camp options for your child. Take a tour, meet our team, and try out camp activities with your kids!

  • Saturday, January 25 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, March 21 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, April 18 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, May 16 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, June 6 10 AM - 3 PM

 

What are the dates for summer camp?

Summer camp starts on June 19 and runs in two week sessions through August 21. We are closed on Friday, July 3.

June 19-August 21, 2020
Closed July 3

  • Session 1: June 29-July 10, 2020
  • Session 2: July 13-24, 2020
  • Session 3: July 27-August 7, 2020
  • Session 4: August 10-21, 2020

 

Where are YMCA camps located?

With over 70 camp sites in the five boroughs and a beautiful overnight camp in Huguenot, NY, there's bound to be a camp near you! See a map of all our locations here.

Our camps are hosted in YMCA branches or local schools that are licensed by the New York City Department of Health and accredited by the American Camping Association to meet health and safety standards.

Costs, Discounts, & Signing Up

How much does YMCA summer camp cost?

Fees for YMCA day camps vary depending on branch and type of camp. Find the right camp for your child and see price information based on the camp's location.

We offer discounts and financial assistance for all of our camps.

Do you offer financial assistance or scholarships?

At the Y, no family is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. The YMCA of Greater New York awards financial assistance to campers based on the family’s annual income. Download an application and bring it to your branch to explore scholarship options.

What discounts are available?

Member Pricing
YMCA of Greater New York members receive discounted member pricing and priority registration for camps. Join the Y today and save all summer long.

10% Early Bird Discount*
Receive 10% off by paying your camp balance by April 18, 2020.

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. Sibling discount does not apply to Sleepaway Camp.

How do I sign my child up for camp?
  1. Consider joining the Y and becoming a member. Members get access to our fitness equipment, free fitness classes, pool, and family programming, as well as discounted rates for Summer Camp.
     
  2. If you wish to sign up for camp in person, come to one of our YMCA branches and we will be happy to assist you.

  3. Sign up online and reserve your child’s spot
    • Complete online forms
    • Submit a $150 non-refundable deposit for each session you would like your child to attend

  4. Take advantage of our discounts
    • Member rates if you are a YMCA member
    • 10% Early Bird discount if you pay off your entire balance by April 18, 2020
    • 10% Sibling Discount for all siblings of the first child registered at full price
    • Note: Early Bird and Sibling Discounts cannot be combined
       
  5. Note on payments:
    • The YMCA accepts all major credit cards, and you will need to sign up for automatic billing to ensure payments are made on time with no late fees incurred
    • Online payment is currently not able to process 3rd party payments, sibling discounts, and financial assistance
       
  6. Once you’ve submitted your information and payment online, you’ll receive an email with additional registration and medical forms that you’ll need to complete and bring to your branch.
     
  7. Your child’s full application packet, including medical forms and two passport size photos, are due before the camp registration can be finalized. The medical form must be completed by a physician and include signature, date of exam, and stamp.

*Please note that session dates, registration, and fees are different for the Vanderbilt Y camps and Sleepaway Camp.

What is your cancellation/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 of your camp. Requests submitted after Sunday, June 14 will be invalid. Please note that deposits are 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 YMCA location's Youth & Family Director.

What paperwork do I need to provide?

According to the NYC Department of Health, all participants must have a completed medical form on file prior to the start of summer camp. Please submit your child’s complete medical information form. It’s also a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. If your child does not have complete medical forms along with immunization records, he or she may not attend camp.

During the registration process, it is extremely important that families notify the camp if the child has any medical conditions such as, but not limited to, allergies, asthma, diabetes or other conditions (see First Aid section for information on medication administration).

Additionally, campers must submit all necessary consent forms, including but not limited to:

  • Swim
  • Trip
  • Authorized Pick Up
  • Daily Transportation
  • Consent to Treat

Camp Activities, Schedules, & Gear

What kind of activities will my child participate in?

Y campers stretch themselves physically and creatively. They play games, read, create books, and write poetry. They participate in science experiments, solve puzzles, craft art, and perform music and shows. Parents say their children come home tired, smiling, and frequently humming a new camp cheer.

Weekly schedules for each age group are provided to families at the beginning of each session. They can be obtained from the camp office. Families are encouraged to review the weekly schedule with their child. Weekly activities that are planned and scheduled are age-appropriate, recreational, challenging, and fun. If there are any questions about the activities or events, please speak to the Camp Director.

Do campers go on field trips?

Our campers love our trips! From local walks around the community to learning about different animals in the zoo, to fun museum trips, we keep our campers engaged all summer! We coordinate our trips with weekly themes so campers experience what they’re learning simultaneously.

What's the daily and weekly schedule for campers?

A Typical Day at Camp

MORNING
Morning assembly including camp songs and traditional camp group activities

LATE MORNING
Hands-on learning theme activities including STEM/Literacy

LUNCH
Food and Friendship

EARLY AFTERNOON
Creativity time

LATE AFTERNOON
STEM/Literacy

END OF DAY
Journal writing & reflection

 

A Typical Day At Specialty Camp

MORNING
Morning assembly including camp songs and traditional camp group activities

LATE MORNING
Daily specialty skill development

MID-DAY
Physical recreation including group games, sports, and swimming

LUNCH
Food and friendship

EARLY AFTERNOON
Daily specialty skill development

LATE AFTERNOON
Hands-on learning theme activities including STEM/literacy

END OF DAY
Journal writing & reflection

 

A Typical Week At Camp

MONDAY
Challenge of the week

TUESDAY
Park day

WEDNESDAY
Wacky Wednesday theme day

THURSDAY
Trip day

FRIDAY
End of week acknowledgements, end of session showcase or family event

What clothes/gear does my child need?

Each camper will receive two shirts and a camp bag. Swim caps will be provided on the camper’s first day of swimming. Camp t-shirts must be worn every day, and additional t-shirts can be purchased from your branch. Swimmers must have a towel, swimsuit, change of clothes, water shoes, and a plastic bag for wet swim gear. Campers also receive a memory book so that they can cherish the memories they make with their friends!

What's the Y's program philosophy?

The Y promises to prepare kids for success in life. Summer Day Camp builds self-esteem, fosters self-reliance, and teaches healthy behaviors and positive values. Because it’s different from school, campers also explore different sides of themselves. Supported by our highly skilled counselors, campers build competence and confidence while learning and growing all summer long.

What more can you tell me about YMCA Camps?

All Y Camps feature:

  • Well-trained staff who serve as positive role models

  • Activities that promote cultural diversity

  • Lessons in conservation and protecting the environment

  • Exposure to new age-appropriate, challenging, and fun experiences

  • An atmosphere that fosters fairness, teamwork, and cooperation

  • Visits to the city’s top attractions, including zoos, aquariums, parks, and museums

  • Health, exercise, and nutrition education

Staff, Safety, & Compliance

What's the Y's criteria for hiring camp staff and what kind of training do they receive?

The Y recruits mature and capable staff to work in our programs. We count on each of them to be a role model to our campers and to teach campers the Y’s core values—respect, responsibility, honesty and caring.

All camp staff members are carefully screened and selected based on:

  • Experience, skills and abilities
  • Certifications and education
  • Character
  • Enthusiasm
  • Love of working with children

All Day Camp staff members attend a mandatory and comprehensive pre-camp training program that covers all NYC Health Dept., American Camp Association and YMCA requirements. Examples of the trainings our staff participate in are: CPR/First Aid, Responding-to-Emergencies (RTE), Risk Management, Dept. of Health Mandates, YMCA Camp Standards, and ACA camp Standards.

Most of our Day Camp staff work for the Y year around in programs such as the Y Afterschool, Early Childhood Programs, and Teen Programs.

Camp staff are there to serve the children and their families. Families are encouraged to share as much information as possible about the child to make the child’s time in the Day Camp as pleasant as possible.

All of our staff members are looking forward to seeing you at camp this summer!

I'm interested in a camp job. How do I apply?

We're so glad to hear that. You can make a difference in a child's life, make new friends, and create lifelong memories while working at YMCA camp! 

Learn more about available positions and the application process >

How safe are YMCA camps?

All YMCA of Greater New York Day Camps are licensed by the New York City Department of Health and accredited by the American Camp Association. This means that we have passed a very strict set of standards that are geared toward assuring a healthy physical environment, positive staff/camper interactions, and strong programming. We always maintain the proper counselor-to-child ratio, and attentive, professional staff members are ready and alert to attend to campers’ needs. All our staff complete rigorous screenings to ensure we have the best team possible to support your family.

How do you accommodate children with food allergies?

The YMCA is a peanut and nut free environment.

During the registration process, it is extremely important that families notify the camp if the child has any medical conditions such as, but not limited to, allergies, asthma, diabetes or other conditions.

What if my child gets injured?

If a child is injured, the staff certified in CPR, First Aid, and Responding to Emergencies, and all other camp staff will take whatever steps necessary to administer care and/or obtain emergency medical care.