What's our program philosophy? Do campers go on field trips? How do we accomodate children with food allergies? Learn the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about our Summer Day Camps.


All YMCA of Greater New York Day Camps are licensed by the New York City Department of Health and 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.

Youth Program Philosophy

The Y prepares youth for success in life through programs that build self-esteem and teach important life skills. The YMCA believes that building competence and confidence in youth is accomplished by enhancing literacy, emphasizing service learning, and teaching healthy behavior and positive values.

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.

Camp Staff

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!

Day Camp Activities

The Day Camp program consists of a variety of activities including building projects, creative arts, sports, health and fitness activities, swimming, character development (values), group games, recreational reading and journaling, science explorers, literacy, and trips.

In order for a child to participate in trips, their legal guardian must sign the consent form included in the registration packet.

Camp Clothes

Children must wear comfortable clothing to camp (camp T-shirts, shorts). Campers must wear appropriate footwear in camp (sneakers or closed toe shoes with a backing around the heel). All footwear must be kickball/active play ready. Sandals, open toe shoes, and crocs are not permitted in camp outside of the pool deck. An official camp T-shirt must be worn for all elementary aged camps.

Required Paperwork

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, and Consent to Treat.

Weekly Schedules

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.


Every session, children will participate in scheduled trips. A detailed calendar will be provided to families. Trips may include: museums, parks, zoo and aquarium, sports events, and educational/enrichments locations.

Campers may also participate in mini-trips which are short trips to places of interest, usually fairly close to the camp location. These places are usually within walking distance. Examples of these places are local playgrounds, parks, museums, events, and libraries.

Camp Gear

Each camper will receive two t-shirts, a camp bag, and a summer camp memory book. At branches with pools, swim caps will be provided on the camper’s first day of swim. Camp T-shirts must be worn everyday.

CPR/First Aid

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