DAY CAMPS, OVERNIGHT CAMPS
AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

Read Gay Parent magazine's list of quick descriptions of day camps, overnight camps and summer programs for your child.

ARTISTREE PERFORMING ARTS

https://artistreearts.com

For a summer filled with singing, dancing, acting and fun, join us for Camp Artistree at Artistree Performing Arts!  Camp Artistree begins and ends the summer with one-week camps for preschool-9th grade.

In July and August we offer three week camp intensives that culminate in full length performances for Kindergarten-9th grade in the beautiful Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck.

The Summer 2021 Season includes: Frozen, Kids and 101 Dalmations for K-4th grade and High School Musical 2 and Bye Bye Birdie for 4th-9th grade. Camp Artistree also offers camp during the President’s Week Break and Spring Break.

Artistree Performing Arts is a performing arts studio offering classes in acting, singing, dance, music and film for students ages 3 to 18 years old. Located in Mamaroneck, New York, the focus of Artistree’s instruction is to enhance the techniques required in all disciplines of theater and the arts. We strive to foster a community where students can build their confidence and establish friendships in a supportive, fun, and nurturing environment. Aside from camp, our offerings include classes, performance workshops, college advisory and more.


BRIGHTEST STAR SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

973-829-1973
Brighteststarschool@hotmail.com
https://brighteststarschoolofperformingarts.com/


BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL

(718) 638-5660
126 St. Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
www.brooklynmusicschool.org

The Brooklyn Music School is a community arts organization that has been changing lives through music for more than a century. We are proud to offer an expansive range of programming for all ages and disciplines, both online and in person. We believe in providing our students with opportunities to learn, connect and perform. Our programming reflects our commitment to our mission of increasing the accessibility of high quality Music Education. We cater classes and lessons to all skill levels and everything we offer is available at an affordable cost with some Financial Aid available.

At BMS, you can explore: Private Lessons for all instruments, Group Classes, Outreach, Summer, Program, Early Childhood Music, Musical Theatre, Music Ensembles, Music Therapy, Mentor Program, Opera, Artist Certificate, Rehearsal Room Rentals, Theatre Practice Rentals, Performance Opportunities, Arts Reaching Youth, After School ProgramDance, and the Home-school Program.

Learn more today about filling yours or your child’s life with the joy of music by visiting www.brooklynmusicschool.org!


Camp Clio
CAMP CLIO

http://campclio.org/

A Seriously Fun Place for Adopted Kids... And Now Teens Too.


CAMP COMMON GROUND

www.cgcvt.org

Come to Common Ground Center this summer for a week-long family camp vacation in beautiful Vermont.

Our signature program is Camp Common Ground, an all-inclusive, week-long family camp founded in 1994.

Fun structured morning programming for kids ages 3-12 gives parents a break and an opportunity to pursue their own interests. Our adult program teachers are professionals with years of teaching experience. Each week teens and adults choose from classes in arts, music, movement, and reflection.

Afternoons and evenings offer a variety of multi-age activities for the entire family. Our professional kitchen staff prepares inspired vegetarian meals and freshly baked delicacies using local and organic ingredients that meet a wide variety of dietary needs. The meat-eaters and picky eaters will love the food too!

In addition to our traditional family camps we are proud to partner with different organizations and community groups to offer a variety of programs for young people and families including Camp Outright, a camp for LGBTQA teens; Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for families with children on the autism spectrum; and multiple day camps for local youth.

Anya, a previous board member, states, "Plenty of spaces simply claim to be open to gay and lesbian families, but Camp Common Ground truly achieves the integrated, open and affirming community so many of us hope to create."

Common Ground Center welcomes people of all ages, lifestyles, ethnicities, abilities and economic backgrounds. Site rental is available for your own programs, weddings, reunions, meetings or other events.

Check out our website today at www.cgcvt.org. We look forward to seeing you this summer!


CAMP GA’AVAH (PRIDE)

www.friedbergjcc.org/gaavah

Camp Ga’avah (Pride) is an LGBTQ day camp and year round program for ages 6-16 across the gender and sexuality spectrum. Our programming includes typical day camp activities such as swimming, arts, music, theater, nature and hiking, athletics and more! For ages 14-16 we have an LIT program that includes counselor training, leadership and advocacy activities, working with younger campers and specialized programming. In addition to camp programming, there are many opportunities to meet LGBTQ adults who visit as guest speakers and specialists. Camp Ga’avah is open to allies as well.

Camp Ga’avah has been in existence since 2018. Our camp is operated at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights. Transportation is available from most parts of Nassau and Suffolk county and Queens. There are year round programs that include field trips, community service projects, discussions with LGBTQ speakers, holiday celebrations and more. www.friedbergjcc.org/gaavah.


CAMP HAWKEYE

781-315-1297
www.CampHawkeye.com

Camp Hawkeye is the un-traditional camp!

Camp Hawkeye is for ALL HUMANS! A sleepaway camp for 8 to 17 year olds that maintains an organizational commitment to creating a diverse community.

With 60 campers and 25 staff Hawkeye is perfect for first time campers of any age. Hawkeye includes campers and staff from a variety of social, ethnic, economic, religious, and geographic backgrounds as well as across the gender spectrum.

Camp Hawkeye strives to be the most diverse and inclusive camp community possible.

Hawkeye is different; with the feel of family and the healthy experience of the outdoors, Camp Hawkeye uses the joy and fun of camp to break down social and cultural prejudices, misconceptions and barriers. The Hawkeye leadership is deeply committed to each member of the community and look forward to joining you in the healthy development of your child.

Visit our web site www.CampHawkeye.com or call 781-315-1297.


CAMP JEWELL YMCA

6 Prock Hill Road
Colebrook, CT 06021
888-412-CAMP
www.campjewell.org

CAMP JEWELL YMCA – Inspiring Growth – Fostering Independence – Discovering Yourself

Our two-week programs for campers ages 7-16 emphasize growth and strengthen character values in our campers.

Throughout the program, campers learn more about themselves and how to work together as a cabin group. Whether it is playing an all-camp game, learning new skills in one of the many activities offered, or eating dinner family style in our dining hall—campers form meaningful relationships, and try new things, while having fun. Our traditional overnight camps are full of outdoor activities like campfires, hikes, skits and songs, and the chance to sleep under the stars after cooking their own dinner over an open fire. With a wide variety of activity choices that meet the interests of any camper you can be assured your child will learn something new while at camp.

Over the two weeks, campers disconnect from the technology and distractions of outside life. At camp, our number one priority is providing a safe, positive camper experience. We believe that campers are most successful when given the opportunity to push themselves out of their comfort zones and discover in themselves resiliency, responsibility, and confidence.


CAMP QUEST

540-324-9088
camp@campquest.org
www.campquest.org

Camp Quest seeks to provide an inclusive camp experience, which is shaped by celebrating diversity and allowing campers to discover the natural world around them as they forge lasting friendships in a supportive, like-minded community. Our vision is that all Camp Quest campers come as unique individuals, learn and share in educational and inquisitive adventures, and leave as enriched individuals, confident in making an impact and passing on their humanist values in their own home communities.

Weeklong resident programs serve campers aged 8-17 in 12 states, including Arizona, California*, Kansas*, Virginia*, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Washington*, Ohio*, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas*. Day camp is available for children in grades 1-6 in Greenfield, MA. *Gender Inclusive Cabins Available.

Camperships and counselor-in-training programs are available at most locations. Volunteer leadership opportunities are available for adults 18 and older. Please contact us at camp@campquest.org for more information.


CAMP WHITMAN

150 Whitman Road,
Penn Yan, NY 14527,
(315) 201-0193
camp@campwhitman.org
https://www.campwhitman.org

Camp Whitman is set on 117 acres on the shores of Seneca Lake, with fields, forests, and valleys to explore and is the perfect place to rejuvenate and reconnect this spring, summer and fall.

Our sleep-away camp program offers one-week sessions for children 8-16, as well as a two-day program for children 6-8. Programs are also available for youth and adults with developmental disabilities during our summer camp season. Popular activities at camp include canoeing, kayaking, banana boating, archery, ropes course, astronomy, organic gardening, gaga, arts & crafts and swimming.

Our mission: Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake lives for those who are longing for belonging, seeking connection with community and creation, respite from chaos and competition, and an opportunity to encounter both the Holy and themselves.

Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake is owned and operated by the Presbytery of Geneva, and operates in partnership with the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a progressive and inclusive denomination. Expressions of our faith at camp include prayer, reflection, singing and modeling hospitality, love and care for those in our camp community and the world. Campers are not required to be Presbyterian – and many are not. 

Camp Whitman is unwaveringly open and affirming, and seeking to include all people with diverse interests, backgrounds, and abilities in all of our programs. Individuals of all faiths, races, sexual orientations, creeds, gender expressions or gender identities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We also offer family retreats in lovely, renovated cottages in late May, June, August, September, or early October for the fully family camping experience.


CAMP WOODSTOCK

42 Camp Road
Woodstock Valley CT 06282
860 - 974-1336
www.campwoodstock.org

The Friendship Camp in the Pines of Woodstock CT

Two things set Camp Woodstock apart from other summer camps. First is our culture, which is driven by Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Second is our counselors, who are passionate and committed to your child’s well-being during his or her camp experience. Each counselor is an excellent role model for your child.

We are known as The Friendship Camp for good reason: Summer Campers have been making lifelong friendships in the pines of Woodstock Connecticut since 1922!
Camp Woodstock is hosting its 100th celebration this upcoming June.

Check out our website for our activities and adventures! http://www.campwoodstock.org/.


CIRCUS PLACE

6 Jill Court Building 23, Unit 10
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
908-829-3784
https://www.thecircusplace.com

Circus Place is New Jersey's Premier Circus School for Education and Training. Located in Hillsborough, Circus Place offers a full array of circus classes for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. We specialize in the core disciplines of circus including; Aerials (Trapeze, Silks and Lyra) Balance, Manipulations (juggling, hooping, Chinese yo-yo), and Acrobatics. Circus Place offers a warm and welcoming environment where students and coaches collaborate together. We empower our students through guided skill building and continuous encouragement! There is something here for everyone!

At our one or two week Summer Camps, your child will fly high on the aerial silks, learn to walk the tight wire, swing from the trapeze, juggle like a performer, learn to hula hoop, walk tall on stilts and tumble like an acrobat! Our camp culminates with your children creating a BIG TOP Show that will be performed for family and friends! Prepare to be completely amazed at the skills your children will achieve in our camps and the friendships and memories they will make!


COTTONWOOD GULCH EXPEDITIONS

www.CottonwoodGulch.Org
(505) 248-0563

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore. We’ll take you on word-class backpacking and hiking into pristine wilderness areas. We’ll connect you with hands-on science and nature. We’ll engage you in the art and culture that is the backdrop of The Southwest. Treks with the Gulch are an opportunity to immerse yourself in this majestic land and cultural heritage.

Here at the Gulch, our ability to operate with a flexible approach is part of what makes our program so rewarding and unique. Our Treks travel around the Four Corners region looking for discovery and adventure. Each season we outline the Trek plans and then allow our knowledgeable staff to embrace unique opportunities that couldn’t otherwise be planned. Our staff understands that our adventure may change should we find ourselves presented with something we just can’t pass up. We will often adjust our itineraries when we’re invited to a ceremonial feast day, local flea market, or rug auction. This flexibility is at the core of our uniqueness as a program.


DEDHAM COMMUNITY HOUSE SUMMER DAY CAMP

Dedham, MA
781-329-5740
www.dedhamcommunityhouse.org

Since 1924, the Dedham Community House Summer Camp has helped create lifelong childhood memories. We strive to provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable, fun, enriching, and reliable childcare environment that promotes the physical, social, and intellectual well-being of the school-aged child. Through a variety of activities, your child will have the opportunity to make new friends, try new things, and to just be a kid!

Our main summer camp serves campers entering Kindergarten through 6th grade with traditional camp activities including swim lessons, free swim, archery, drama, arts & crafts, maker space, sports & games, science, rec room, Friday cookouts & skits, and optional field trips.

We also offer a summer program for children ages 15 months – 5 years at our highly-regarded DCH Preschool, as well as a Teen Camp for campers entering grades 7 – 9. The Teen Camp includes two field trips a week, community service, guest instructors, CIT experience, as well as traditional camp activities.

We are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. We seek to honor and value diversity in our community and program, drawing from activities and materials that represent the diversity of our camp, community, and world.


FROST VALLEY YMCA

845-985-2291
info@frostvalley.org
www.frostvalley.org/camp

Frost Valley YMCA offers traditional Overnight Summer Camp, teen and pre-teen Adventure Trips, Equestrian Camps, Farm Camp, Tokyo Camp, and Adventure Survival Camp.

Children and teens grow confident and resilient in a safe and engaging environment, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on mountain hikes, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, ziplining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky, putting on music concerts for their friends, playing games, making crafts, and much more. Frost Valley YMCA offers 1- and 2-week programs from June to August for grades 2 through 10. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. While camp only takes place for a matter of weeks – Frost Valley is an experience that lasts a lifetime!

But what’s the best part about Frost Valley? Every aspect of a Frost Valley experience integrates our 8 signature core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship. And a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event the camp offers.

To learn more, visit www.frostvalley.org/camp. But hurry - sessions fill fast! Avoid the wait list and call: 845-985-2291 or email info@frostvalley.org today.


THE GOW SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM (GSSP)

https://www.gow.org/summer-programs

The Gow School Summer Program (GSSP) is a five-week program running from the end of June to the beginning of August. Designed for students ages 8–16 who possess the potential to excel but who have struggled in school or who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, central auditory processing disorder, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and ADD.

"Summer school" doesn't begin to cover Gow's exciting and enriching summer program. With options for boarding, full or academic day, families can choose an option that works for them. In the morning campers get to work in the classroom taking four classes that include Robotics, Reconstructive Language, and much more.

GSSP is settled on 125-acres which gives our campers plenty of room to learn and play. On the weekends campers load the busses to go camping, to water parks, to baseball games, or Cedar Point!

The Gow School Summer Program helps improve academic performance by teaching skills as well as material, enhancing confidence, and instilling discipline and sportsmanship.

By combining a structured program and environment with flexibility, individualization, and room for fun, The Gow School Summer Program provides a rich school experience that is precisely what dyslexic students need to learn and to enjoy learning.


SILVER LAKE CONFERENCE CENTER

www.silverlakect.org

Silver Lake Conference Center, an ACA-accredited camp, is a place where young people experience nature, make new friends, and explore their faith. With more than 60 acres of wooded land on lakeside shores in Northwestern Connecticut, Silver Lake offers many opportunities for young people to take risks and try new things with the support of an intentional Christian community.

Time and again we hear from our campers: "Silver Lake is where I can be the real me!" We are committed to providing an experience of welcome and acceptance to youth and adults from diverse family situations and of all gender expressions and sexual identities. We invite you to take the plunge this summer and find your true self, new friends, and a closer connection to God.

We worship, learn, play, serve, and work together, respecting the right of private judgement. We seek to provide a safe environment of acceptance regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, reflecting our unity in Christ and respecting the faith journeys of all of God’s children.

Silver Lake is the year-round Outdoor Ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Visit us online at www.silverlakect.org.


THE STORY SCHOOL

Wizards & Warriors™ and Zombie Summer Camp
www.thestoryshool.org

The Story School believes that every child is a hero who wants to learn about and make a difference in the world. They just need the chance to prove it. Our camps give them a place where they can accomplish all of these goals and escape into a world of fantasy in our story-based, interactive camp adventures where history, mythology, and literature come alive.

We build “character” by encouraging our campers to be courageous, honorable, and compassionate heroes in a story that reacts to their every choice. Education and imagination collide in our “STEAM-powered” adventures and heroes are challenged to complete engineering projects, master math puzzles, and solve chemical formulas to advance the story and level up new abilities.

Acceptance and belonging is part of the story at our camps. Campers are invited to try on and test out aspects of their identity when playing their character, encouraged to accept everyone for who they say they are, and driven as heroes to defend and protect each other. Differences are embraced and celebrated in our fantasy worlds creating an LGBTQ+ and neuro-diverse friendly community.

So, whether they pick up swords and spells at our Wizards & Warriors™ fantasy camp or load up their NERF blaster at our post-apocalyptic Zombie Summer camp, this is a summer your hero will never forget!

Summer Camp and school break sessions are designed for ages 6 - 18. Choose your adventure from our in-person overnight camp in Charlton MA, in-person day camp in Burlington MA, and remote day camp options anywhere via Zoom and Google Classrooms. Give your camper a chance to become a legend!

Wizards & Warriors™ is a registered trademark of Guard Up!, Inc.


SUMMER FRIENDS CAMP

at Media-Providence Friends School
mpfs.org/camp


SUMMIT CAMP

Honesdale, PA
https://summitcamp.com/

Traditional Summer Camp, Teen Travel, Weekender, and Independent Living programs for children, teens, and young adults with mild to moderate social, emotional, and learning challenges.

Make friends, have fun - find success. Email info@summitcamp.com or call 570-253-4381.


SURPRISE LAKE CAMP

212-924-3131
www.surpriselake.org



Since 1902, Surprise Lake Camp has provided a haven for Jewish children in the picturesque mountains of Cold Spring, NY. What makes SLC the best is the beauty of the site, the richness of the people and the program, the sense of history and tradition, and the magic we create when the whole thing comes together.

Our program is filled with camp favorites like soccer, volleyball, ropes courses, a zip line, basketball, tennis, gaga, floor hockey and more. We also have more creative opportunities, such as extensive arts & crafts, drama, music, dance, photography, Israeli Culture and more!

Our waterfront program offers Red Cross swim instruction, swim teams, sailing, canoeing, row boating, kayaking, windsurfing, and aqua-jump water trampolines. We have a pristine private lake as well as a heated swimming pool.

We have delicious kosher food service, fun & engaging Jewish activities (Joyful Judaism!), and a unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for those who never had the chance to have one.

For campers who are considering a sleep away experience for a future season but aren’t sure if they are ready, we offer a 5-day Get Your Feet Wetsm program in August for first time campers entering grades 1-4. Surprise Lake Camp has a sliding fee scale based on family income and size, and also offers a first-time camper discount.


WOLF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

http://www.wolfperformingartscenter.org


YMCA CAMP CORY

Penn Yan, NY 14527
campcory@rochesterymca.org
https://campcory.org/


YMCA CAMP DUNCAN

32405 N US Hwy 12
Ingleside, IL 60041
847-546-8086
ymcacampduncan.org

For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Duncan, located in Ingleside, IL, has been an oasis for safe, fun, and transformational experiences.

Few environments are as special as camp. Out in nature and away from daily distractions, youth become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group. At Camp Duncan, we teach self-reliance, a love for the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character—all amidst the fun of campfires, canoeing, blobbing, archery, swimming, and so much more.

There is never a dull moment at YMCA Camp Duncan! Campers participate in activities that promote confidence, cooperation, independence and are fun for all. Camp Duncan is unique because our programs and partnerships allow all campers to meet and learn from others who may have different backgrounds or differing abilities.

YMCA Camp Duncan believes that everyone, regardless of ability, race, gender, income, faith, or sexual orientation, has the right to live life to the fullest and enjoy the Y's programs and facilities. Moreover, the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion inform every aspect of our camp— including staff hiring and training, strategic planning, program offerings, and more.

Registration is now open, and YMCA of Metro Chicago members can save $25 if they sign up by December 31.


YMCA CAMP LOMA MAR

650-879-2100
cmackall@ymcaeastbay.org
www.ymcaeastbay.org/camps/camp-loma-mar

YMCA Camp Loma Mar, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, offers traditional overnight summer camp, pre-teen and teen overnight programs, and teen leadership programs.

But what’s the best part about Camp Loma Mar? Every aspect of a Camp Loma Mar experience integrates 4 signature core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. And a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event the camp offers.

Children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment, spending their first nights away from home, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on forest hikes, swimming in our pool and creek, zip-lining, sleeping beneath the starry Bay Area sky, putting on skits for their friends, singing silly songs, and more. YMCA Camp Loma Mar offers 1-week programs from June to August for grades 2 through 12. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. While camp only takes place for a matter of weeks – Camp Loma Mar is an experience that lasts a lifetime!

To learn more, visit www.ymcaeastbay.org/camps/camp-loma-mar. But hurry - sessions fill fast! Avoid the wait list and call: 650-879-2100 or email cmackall@ymcaeastbay.org today.


YMCA CAMP MASON

908-362-8217
http://campmason.org

At YMCA Camp Mason we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Since 1900, YMCA Camp Mason has inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. Together, our proven programs and trained counselors engage and encourage young people and deliver meaningful and memorable experiences that keep families coming back year after year after year.

For children and young people, summer camp at Camp Mason builds confidence, self-esteem and relationships while developing independence and empathy. It’s also an opportunity to switch off, go tech-free and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Check out this video to see a snapshot of summer in action at YMCA Camp Mason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoSJ_KOie0k. Join our caring, inclusive camp community and find out how your child can belong, grow and thrive at Camp Mason! We look forward to seeing you for the BEST SUMMER EVER!