Our First Summer with New York YMCA Camp

It's almost time for public schools to let out for summer vacation. Usually during the summer my son either goes to summer school or just hangs out with me in the city. But as he's gotten older, I felt he should have more summer fun with kids his own age. So last year I signed my son up for YMCA summer camp!

Our First Summer with New York YMCA Camp

Note: Last year I paid for my son's camp session and had no working relationship with the New York YMCA. While the New York YMCA asked me to share their 2015 camp information, I received no compensation. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Why the YMCA summer camp? Since this was our first time going to camp, I wanted a camp within the city and with an organization I was familiar with. Also the YMCA camps happens in sessions. So if I missed the early sign up, I could still get into a later camp session if they had room. With some camps if you didn't signup in the beginning then your child was out for the rest of the summer.


Our First Summer with New York YMCA Camp

During my son's time at the Chinatown YMCA, he enjoyed different activities including swimming (pool), arts and crafts, outdoor trips (parks, museums, etc) and lots more including performing arts!

At the end of his summer session, he joined his group on stage to sing a song and do a dance. He had the moves like Jagger!

Both my son and I had a great time at YMCA summer camp last year. While he enjoyed all the activities with his friends, I liked that the camp staff were pleasant to deal with. They answered all my new camp mom questions. Daily.

After having such a good experience, I plan once again to sign my son up for YMCA summer camp. Think your child would also enjoy going to a YMCA camp? The read on to learn more

New York City’s YMCA Summer Camp options


Whether you’d like to send the kids for just a day or to sleepaway camp, the Y has options, including family weekend adventures that are only an hour outside the city.

Registration is open NOW and additional information is below.

Our First Summer with New York YMCA Camp

YMCA Summer Camp Offerings

Day Camp

For children in Kindergarten through 8th grade - Using a fun, hands-on approach, New York YMCA Day Camp provides campers with the opportunity to discover all the wonders of the natural world around them on our 1,150 acres. As they participate in safe, organized, age appropriate activities, campers gain a basic knowledge of ecology and science while developing an appreciation for the environment. Campers also participate in outdoor skills, sports and art & crafts. These structured activities encompass the morning and early afternoon while swimming in our lake is a refreshing end to the day.

All camp activities are progressive and designed to allow each child to see the growth of skills they learn in a fun and safe environment. Younger campers are led through adventurous and fun activities, while older campers have a choice in their activities throughout the day. Each week of day camp will have a special theme, past themes have included: "Time Travelers", "Backpacking Around the World", "Stemology" and "Exploring the Islands."

Sleepaway camp

Have an unforgettable summer at New York YMCA Camp! Our camp is for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 from all over the world. There are two villages, McAlister (ages 6 to 12) and Talcott (ages 12 to 15), which are located on our 1,150 acre property. Just a sample of activities that we offer are swimming lessons, a wide variety of sports, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, media program, canoeing, Wibit, and our ropes courses. We also offer specialty programs that include water skiing, horseback riding, and rafting trips for a small additional fee.

Summer Family Camp - September 4 - 7, 2015

Is your family looking for a great way to spend the last weekend of summer? Join us for a fun-filled weekend of crafts, games, activities and programs for all ages at our annual Summer Family Camp.

Visit the website to learn more about New York YMCA Camps


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