At YMCA summer day camps, children learn leadership skills and develop self confidence in a safe, accepting, and stimulating environment. They also build robots, go on field trips, shoot hoops, learn to swim, make new friends, and laugh all summer long!
Last year, the Y proudly served more than 13,000 campers in New York City, where we’ve been helping parents and their children have the best summer ever since 1885. With over 20 camp locations in the 5 boroughs, there’s bound to be a Y camp near you.
Why the Y Day Camp
Our Day Camp offers a wide range of engaging summer day options that accommodate all families. You’ll find programs convenient to home and work, and programs that meet your child’s interests and abilities. Children can enroll in just a few weeks at camp, or spend the entire summer with us.
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
Day Camp Offerings
Camp offerings, age ranges, costs, and availability vary according to branch location.
- Early Childhood Camp
- Kinder Camp
- Day Camp
- Teen Camp
- Inclusion Camp
- Swim Camp
- Multi-sports Camp
- Specialized Sports Camp
- Arts Camp
- Science Camp
- Adventure Camp
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, kids also explore different sides of themselves. Supported by our highly skilled counselors, campers build competence and confidence while learning and growing all summer long.
Y campers stretch themselves physically and creatively. Kids 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 kids come home tired, dirty, and smiling, frequently humming a new camp cheer.
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.
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.
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, swim suit, 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!
The YMCA of Greater New York awards financial aid to campers based on the family’s annual income. Pick up a financial aid application at the branch or download an application.