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.
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NEW COUNTRY PRIDE CAMP
At Staten Island’s 75-acre Henry Kaufmann Campground, swimming pools, hiking trails, and open meadows set the scene for New Country Day Camp—a joyful and inclusive community for children grades K-8.
We often say to our community, “You belong here.” A natural outgrowth of that belief grew into New Country Pride Camp (NCPC), a specialty program of New Country Day Camp. NCPC is a welcoming, open-tent community of LGBTQ+ young people ages 5–13 and staff that celebrates and sustains joyful outdoor experiences where all can thrive.
NCDC and NCPC are guided by Jewish values. Campers, families, and staff build meaningful connections with each other and the natural world, and experience personal growth through high-quality programs rooted in the outdoors. These include art, swimming, theater, sports, and much more.
We take care of transportation by busing to camp from pick-up points in Manhattan and Brooklyn, feeding them nutritious meals and snacks, and creating a safe environment where children of all abilities can get outside, engage in creative play, and most importantly, make friends.
Questions? Call 646-395-4357 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, or email email@example.com.
92Y’S CAMP PRIDE
This one-week (August 1 – 5) day-camp program for LGBTQ+ children and allies entering grades 6–12provides all the joy and fun of summer camp— the swimming, arts, sports, day trips and more—in an environment that offers safety, freedom, inclusion, and support to LGBTQ+ campers.
Camp Pride brings the best of 92Y’s renowned programs and faculty to the great outdoors, at our 50-acre campgrounds in Rockland County. Camp Pride offers the traditional components of summer camp, coupled with exclusive activities with guest LGBTQ+ artists, musicians, and activists to encourage campers to express themselves and feel affirmed.
Camp Pride has been developed in collaboration with organizations with expertise in LGBTQ+ youth, including Camp Ga’avah and Camp Highlight, and is a rare and welcome opportunity for families in the tri-state area. Round-trip transportation from multiple pick-up locations is provided on air-conditioned coach buses.
Give your child the summer experience they’ve been waiting for!
For more information, visit 92y.org/camps. Or call 212.415.5573.
ARTISTREE PERFORMING ARTS
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.
Build your child’s self-confidence with Benchmark Camp summer programs! Benchmark Camp, for children in grades 1-6:
• Enhances academic skills and strategies
• Builds confidence and self-esteem
• Provides the best-loved recreation program in the Philadelphia area
This five-week day camp program from June 27-July 29 in Media, PA includes Benchmark's internationally recognized language arts program, executive function skills instruction, and design thinking activities, as well as swimming, art, science, and sports on our 23-acre wooded campus. In addition, Benchmark campers are challenged and supported as they take on our 35-event Confidence Course, which includes a 40-foot high, 250-foot long zipline. Benchmark Camp is especially well-suited for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences. A summer at Benchmark Camp is a summer filled with learning, creating, and fun!
BOULDER RIDGE DAY CAMP
Boulder Ridge Day Camp, situated on 68 beautiful acres, offers campers ages 4 to 14 a variety of activities and special events to make their summer unforgettable! We also strive to make camp a great experience for parents, with flexible registration options and tuition that includes lunch, snacks, bus transportation, towel service, sunscreen, and bug spray, along with a camp t-shirt, backpack, and water bottle!
BRIGHTEST STAR SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL
126 St. Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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 Financial Aid available.
At BMS you can explore: After School Programs for grades K-5 (Arts Reaching Youth), Private Lessons for all instruments and ages, Group Classes, Summer Camps, Early Childhood Music (ages 0-5), Musical Theater, Dance, Music & Dance Ensembles, and Music Therapy.
As a community space, we also offer Rehearsal Room Rentals, Theater Space Rentals (240 seats), and Performance Opportunities.
Learn more today about filling your child’s life with the joy of music by visiting www.brooklynmusicschool.org!
Camp Awosting is a camp that emphasizes individual attention to campers by our experienced, caring staff and camp administration. Life at Awosting is informal and friendly. This close-knit atmosphere allows us to focus on developing Awosting’s core values in our campers – brotherhood, independence, confidence, and experience. Our primary focus is maintaining a safe and respectful environment that encourages both personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience.
Camp Chinqueka is a camp that emphasizes individual attention to campers by our experienced, caring staff and camp administration. Life at Chinqueka is informal and friendly. Our close-knit community allows us to focus on developing Chinqueka’s core values in our campers – sisterhood, empowerment, kindness & growth. Our primary focus is maintaining a safe and respectful environment that encourages both personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience.
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CAMP COMMON GROUND
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 Dunnabeck is an academic summer camp for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. Founded in 1955, Kildonan’s Camp Dunnabeck is the oldest residential program of its kind providing 1-to-1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring. We are now accepting applications for the summer of 2022. Our six-week in-person summer camp is for students ages 8 to 16. Boarding, full-day, and half-day options from July 2 thru August 13.
Bring your music to Sweden, Maine! We embrace classical, jazz, rock, pop, Broadway and contemporary musical styles, all under the guidance of our professional staff, in the beautiful, inspirational surroundings of our 67-acre wooded campus on the picturesque shores of Stearns Pond in Sweden, Maine. Band, orchestra, jazz band, chorus, rock band, jazz choir, chamber music, private lessons, swimming, arts & crafts, sailing, soccer, cookouts, tennis, musical theater, campfires…it all goes together at Encore/Coda to make a great summer of exceptional musical exposure and lasting memories of fun and friendship. For more information, please visit our website at www.encorecoda.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMP GA’AVAH (PRIDE)
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 Harlam, nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, and Harlam Day Camp, the first Reform community day camp in North America located in suburban Philadelphia, provide the finest in Jewish Camping. Our camps have developed a strong tradition of success and excellence based on a highly skilled staff dedicated to the spiritual, physical, social and emotional well-being of each child, while building lifelong relationships between friends.
In keeping with our long-established tenets to be a true and holy Reform Jewish community, Camp Harlam and Harlam Day Camp’s leaders have recommitted themselves to making sure that our camps are a true reflection of today’s families: we are all individuals of different sizes, different shapes, with different feelings and of different beliefs. But for all that are part of these special places, we are dedicated to making an environment for them that will be open, understanding, accepting and where bias and prejudice will not be tolerated.
Camp Harlam and Harlam Day Camp will be places where each child, staff member and any person who walks onto our idyllic campuses will be safe and will have the opportunity to enjoy all that our programs have to offer.
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 PEMBROKE, THE COHEN CAMP FOR GIRLS
Explore Camp Pembroke, a Cohen Camp: New England’s only inclusively-Jewish camp JUST FOR GIRLS.
Established in 1935, this unique sisterhood welcomes all girls ages 7-16 to gain confidence, try new things, make lifelong friends, and grow into the person they want to be. In the studio and the pool, on the stage and the field, in lakeside Shabbat services and late-night bunk talks, girls laugh, cheer, listen, hug, share, and flourish. Parents say their daughters “feel strong,” like they “belong to something,” and are discovering “respect for ‘self’ as a woman, a Jew, an individual.”
Pembroke offers fun, sun, sports, arts, and performance, with dozens of electives in an idyllic location south of Boston, near Cape Cod. Campers come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences. Camp is Kosher, nut-conscious, and ACA Accredited. We offer a two-week option for younger first-timers. Scholarships, first-timer, and sibling grants available. Tours all year.
Our Cohen Camps siblings are the co-ed Camps Tevya and Tel Noar.
Learn s’more: www.camppembroke.org or 781.489.2070.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Camp Shomria is a co-ed kibbutz-style, summer camp located in the Catskills, operated by the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. We believe that learning should be hands-on, youth-centered and cooperative; and we strive to provide that kind of experience. Campers participate in swimming, sports, hiking, arts & crafts, and more, in addition to progressive Jewish programming and community involvement. Campers also actively participate in growing and harvesting organic vegetables in our garden and feeding the chickens on site. What makes us unique is our culture, which allows campers to create their own world, get a sense of ownership, and become empowered over their lives and education. Whether the activity is educational, fun, or a creative mix of both, the counselors at Camp Shomria plan and execute amazing activities guaranteed to promise your child(ren) a great summer! Through year-round programming and summer activities at Camp Shomria, each age group learns and grows together in an environment that promotes and models youth leadership, personal maturation, cooperation, and a passion for social justice.
This summer we have 2 three-week sessions (9-17 yro), plus a 5-day "taste of camp" experience available (7-8 yro). Scholarships available! For more information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or browse our website www.campshomria.org.
CAMP SLOANE YMCA
Camp Sloane YMCA is the place kids come to disconnect from their screens and re-connect with friends and the great outdoors. Located only 2 hours north of NYC, we are the perfect place for first-time and returning campers to have the BEST summer of their lives.
We have all the fun activities, like climbing towers, athletics, horse riding lessons and boating. What sets us apart from so many camps is our community feel - Camp Sloane truly is family. With a unique set-up that sees our campers and staff living in raised platform tents, Camp Sloane has mastered the art of building friendships and the feeling of belonging.
Since 1928, Camp Sloane YMCA has welcomed campers from all over the northeast and around the globe. We are so proud to serve EVERY family and provide a wonderful camp experience. We are inclusive for everyone, including families that may need some financial assistance. And our families are happy to share their experiences with you. Looking for a camp reference from an LGTBQ+ family? Just let us know!
CAMP TEL NOAR, A WELCOMING CO-ED COHEN CAMP
Discover Camp Tel Noar, a Cohen Camp: a special place that brings out the best in everyone.
Established in 1945, Camp Tel Noar’s smaller size, unique cabins, and appreciation for individuality create relaxed, warm camaraderie. Our nut/allergy-conscious facility provides peace of mind. And we’re great at welcoming first-time campers! We love waterskiing, swimming (lake AND pool), photography, basketball, art, performance, Israeli dance and tennis, shows, Color War, and so much more. You’ll live the Jewish values that bring our community together, especially on Shabbat. You’ll share the songs, enthusiasm and camp traditions. And, most of all, you’ll grow close with friends and counselors: our summer family.
Tel Noar is located an hour north of Boston in southern NH. Campers come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences. Camp is Kosher, nut-conscious, and ACA Accredited. We offer five-night mini-session options for younger first-timers. Scholarships, first-timer, and sibling grants available. Tours all year.
Our Cohen Camps siblings are Camp Tevya (co-ed) and Camp Pembroke (for girls).
Learn s’more: www.camptelnoar.org or 781.489.2070.
CAMP TEVYA, A SPIRITED CO-ED COHEN CAMP
Welcome to Camp Tevya, a Cohen Camp, where we celebrate fun, self-confidence and friendships. Our committed staff helps our campers develop strong character and gain life skills as they encourage one another to be their best selves. Your child(ren) will enjoy favorite activities and try new ones, including land and water sports, arts, and performance, with dozens of electives.
Jewish values and our Israeli heritage inspire our community all week, especially on Shabbat. Tevya is trans-denominational, welcoming young people of all Jewish backgrounds and experiences.
Our campers return year after year – and alumni stay deeply connected – for favorite memories and lifelong friends in this special summer family.
Tevya is located on a beautiful lake an hour north of Boston in southern NH. Camp is Kosher, nut-conscious, and ACA Accredited. Scholarships, first-timer, and sibling grants available. Tours all year.
Our Cohen Camps siblings are Camp Tel Noar (co-ed) and Camp Pembroke (for girls).
Learn s’more: www.camptevya.org or 781.489.2070.
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 WISE – The Home of Happiness
Camp Wise provides a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere that fosters individual growth at each camper’s own pace. Campers are encouraged to learn new skills and master old ones, to make decisions, to take responsibility, to be expressive, to live with others, and to have fun. Complemented by our Jewish environment, campers develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Jewish heritage and traditions while also developing a true sense of community. Camp Wise is committed to making sure that every camper leaves with a greater sense of self-esteem and self-confidence; and with memories that will last a lifetime.
At Camp Wise, we strongly believe that when every member of our community feels a sense of belonging, they are able to explore who they are and who they want to be, try new things, and venture outside their comfort zone. campers can experience the adventure of a 40-foot high zip line, the thrill of jet skiing on a private lake, the excitement of learning to ride a horse, the joy of playing sports and creating art alongside friends and so much more all while developing self-confidence, independence, and friendships to last a lifetime.
COTTONWOOD GULCH EXPEDITIONS
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.
CURIOSITY CAMP AT BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON'S ROCK
Curiosity Camp at Simon’s Rock is open to inquisitive and motivated students interested in exploring their academic and creative interests in a college environment while they are currently completing grades 9, 10, or 11. Students will participate daily in Simon’s Rock’s signature Writing and Thinking Workshop along with a Seminar, and arts and science courses to experience diverse and exciting academic offerings. The program’s cohort of 30 students allows for small class sizes where students and professors can collaborate and engage in dynamic discourse in this academic summer camp.
Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of this summer camp in the Berkshires on Simon’s Rock’s 275-acre wooded campus of natural beauty and trails, state of the art Kilpatrick Athletic Center, nearby downtown Great Barrington (rated the “No. 1 Small Town in America” by Smithsonian Magazine), and planned excursions to nearby cultural attractions in the Berkshires.
DEDHAM COMMUNITY HOUSE SUMMER DAY CAMP
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.
EAGLE ROCK DAY CAMP
At Eagle Rock Day Camp, we pride ourselves on being the best day camp in Washington and one of the best day camps in Connecticut. Situated on 50 beautiful acres in northwestern Connecticut, we offer campers ages 4 to 13 a variety of activities and special events to make your children's summer one they'll never forget! We also strive to make camp a great experience for parents, with flexible registration options and tuition that includes lunch, snacks, bus transportation, towel service, all activities, along with a camp t-shirt, backpack, and water bottle!
EKONE SUMMER CAMPS
Ekone Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind camp program on over 1,000 acres of canyonlands, forests and meadows near the Columbia Gorge. Our residential camp program features small groups and a high staff to camper ratio. All of our sessions emphasize creating a supportive camp community, healthy peer relationships, and a positive work ethic.
Campers have an unforgettable immersion experience in healthy lifestyles, good eating, and great friends. They learn that good work can be great fun, and they come back year after year for more! Each camp is unique and tailored to the specific group of campers each week. Our garden-fresh, from-scratch food is a highlight of the camp experience (many a camper has learned to love their vegetables in the Yummy Tummy Cafe). Campers sleep in our new bunkhouse (built in 2019), under the stars, or on very special occasions in the barn near the horses!
ESF CAMPS & EXPERIENCES
Our campers, our families, and our team members continue to be our inspiration and motivation. The Summer 2022 camp season promises many exciting opportunities for children to learn new skills, form and nurture friendships, and create lifelong memories.
Our goal for our 41st camp season, through best-in-class curriculum, is for boys and girls, ages 3 – 15, to grow up ESF – whether it’s sports, science, technology, the arts, or all of the above. Our experiences, all-adult staff knows that the most important role we play in our campers’ lives is to provide a safe space where they can develop the tools to become independent, confident, lifelong learners.
At ESF, our campers don’t see the world through the printed headlines, but instead through the laughter and joy that surrounds them. As a result, they choose to write their own headlines and be the agents of change that our world needs them to be. Our 2022 program line-up includes 60+ award winning activities, uniquely designed to encourage exploration and personal growth.
Friends Happen at ESF! We guarantee that your camper will enjoy a summer with no limits, where they can be themselves and try new things while their friends cheer them on. The memories they will make and the feeling of having a summer home to call their own are all a part of the ESF experience.
Spots are limited! Enroll today at esfcamps.com.
Learn more about how we can customize your child’s ESF Experience at 800.529.CAMP(2267) or via email at email@example.com.
FROST VALLEY YMCA
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.
THE GOW SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM (GSSP)
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.
THE PARK SLOPE DAY CAMP
A traditional day camp, a Sports Academy featuring soccer, a travel program for teens, and a Leadership Experience for young adults heading to high school. No matter the program, you can expect a welcoming, inclusive community with activities that are designed to broaden horizons and build relationships.
Locations in Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and Windsor Terrace. PSDC, now in its 31st year, boasts a seasoned leadership team, excellent COVID and overall safety practices, dynamic programing – much of which is outdoors - and enthusiastic, caring, and very well-trained staff. Extended day. Transportation by air-conditioned buses from most Brooklyn locations. And very flexible registration.
RIVERSIDE PARK CONSERVANCY
Riverside Park Conservancy hosts a multi-sport summer camp in Riverside Park – a weekly low-cost, high- quality sports camp experience for children ages 4 to 14. Camp runs for 12 weeks from June to August.
The camp uses the sports fields and courts in Riverside Park between 96th and 110th Streets and employs on-site medical trainers. Well-respected local sports instructors kids love and on-site medical trainers! All programs provide uniforms or t-shirts, healthy snacks, lunch option as well as early drop off and late pick up. Riverside Park Conservancy and the sports instructors dedicate 20% of the camp’s revenues to scholarships.
Basketball (ages 6-14)
Baseball (ages 4-14)
Flag Football (Ages 8 and up)
Girls’ Basketball (ages 8-14)
Soccer (ages 4-14)
Futsal (ages 10-16)
Tennis (ages 4-14)
Volleyball (ages 6-15)
Multi-sport options too!
18 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, NY 11937
Ross Summer, built on the innovative, educational foundation of Ross School, is an exciting and enriching experience for kids and teens! Ross Summer offers fun programs in the arts, media, sciences, and more, plus for-credit academic courses with top faculty, and high-level athletic training! Ross is a leader in COVID preparedness and offers premium services to enhance the Ross Summer experience and provide an opportunity for families to create their ideal summer.
Celebrating its fifteenth year, Ross Summer is a place where children can learn and grow in a supportive environment under the tutelage of professional instructors. Along with all the fun of a traditional summer camp, our immersion programs offer campers a wide range of exciting week-long programs focused on specific topics including visual arts, performance, nature explorations, film-making and stop-motion animation, coding and robotics, cooking, fashion design, and surfing! Early childhood programs offer music and creative exploration programs for campers 6 and under.
Our summer sports programs provide young athletes with an opportunity to spend their summer training under expert coaches and sports professionals, including renowned tennis coach Larri Passos. From specialized U10 programs to our high-performance training with live ball drills and match play series, our all-encompassing summer program is our most intense and complete junior tennis education offered. Ross also brings the same dedication and experience of the Ross School Tennis Academy to our soccer and multisport programs, designed to help young athletes of all levels build their skills. Partnering with the NY Knicks, our summer basketball program provides campers with expert, small group training sessions with Knicks alumni and coaches.
• High-performance tennis training for players 6–16
• Strengthen individual and team basketball skills
• Individualized soccer instruction for all levels
• Multi-sport program for ages 3+
• Limited capacity, enrolling now
An academic Summer Term allows students age 14–18 to earn high school credits and participate in enrichment programs, working with Ross School’s world-class faculty. Rigorous academic courses are balanced with relaxation and time at the beach in idyllic East Hampton.
SILVER LAKE CONFERENCE CENTER
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
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
June 20-August 19
Summer Friends provides children ages 3-10 with an opportunity to participate in weekly thematic units taught by experienced counselors and certified elementary teachers. Children enjoy the freedom of summer in a welcoming and relaxed environment. The campers at Summer Friends are free to explore, play, and express themselves in the safe community found year-round at Media-Providence Friends School. Smaller groups allow for meaningful interaction with teachers as well as other children of similar ages and all activities are tailored for campers’ developmental and physical levels. The children at Summer Friends participate in a wide variety of experiences that help them shape their vision of the people and the world around them. Onsite programs are complemented by special weekly presentations and field trips* to nature centers, zoos, parks, and other local events. Twice weekly, campers participate in instructional and recreational swimming* at Knowlton Swim Club with certified water safety instructors.
Covid-19 Precautions: This summer, counselors, staff, and campers will observe Covid-19 precautions to assure that everyone has a safe and fun summer. Learn more about our Health & Safety Plan. Covid-19 may force us to change or cancel scheduled trips, either because of closed facilities or lack of available bus drivers. Cancellations made by families after May 15 are non-refundable. In the event that Summer Friends cancels camp due to Covid-19 recommendations, tuition will be fully refunded. If you have any questions about Summer Friends, please contact Registrar Claire Wilson at 610-565-1960 x132 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Off-campus activities will be assessed on a case-by-case basis given current Covid-19 recommendations.
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 email@example.com or call 570-253-4381.
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.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
From Winter to Summer, New York Zoos & Aquariums have your school breaks covered with fun, educational camp experiences! We run summer and school break camps at all five of our animal parks: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. At our Zoo and Aquarium camps we provide an unforgettable experience including age-appropriate, hands-on activities, up-close animal experiences, time to explore the park and tons of educational fun that builds on campers' innate love for our wild planet.
• Create a welcoming, fun and safe camp experience for all
• Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking
• Instill an appreciation and connection to local and global wildlife and wild places
• Spend at least half of camp time outside the classroom
• Inspire all to take conservation action
WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
(3 locations): New York, NY; Norwalk, CT; Whippany, NJ
Winston Prep's Summer Enrichment Program provides 4th-12th grade students (WPSNJ- begins in 2nd grade) with the unique opportunity to participate in an individualized program aimed to enhance academic skills. Depending on the campus, parents may choose to enroll their child in the Morning Academic Program and/or Focus Program. Students are grouped in small classes according to skill level and learning style. Additionally, each student receives daily one-on-one instruction targeting areas of greatest need. The program is designed to develop language, encoding/decoding, reading comprehension, writing, test preparation, organization, and time management skills.
For further information, please call or email:
New York, NY: 646-638-2705 x688, Peter Hill, Summer Program
Norwalk, CT: (203) 229-0465, Jordan Yannotti, Summer Program
Whippany, NJ: 973-500-6480, Marc Silver, Summer Program
WOLF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
YMCA CAMP CORY
YMCA CAMP DUNCAN
32405 N US Hwy 12
Ingleside, IL 60041
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 FOSS AND YMCA CAMP MI-TE-NA
Located in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, YMCA Camp Foss and YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na offer both one week and two week session options filled with a diverse mix of exciting and challenging camp activities. Every day is an adventure you can count on to give your kids the fun they want and the growing experience they need. Talented counselors and staff are a dedicated group of individuals joined together by a shared passion, to foster growth and independence of every camper. With endless activities ranging from archery, tomahawk throwing, and sports activities to high and low ropes courses, boating, and swimming, our compassionate staff create a safe and supportive environment where kids can challenge themselves, make new friends, explore, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Inclusion is a priority at our camps and our hope is that every camper feels as though our spaces and programs were created with them in mind.
Flexible payment options and financial assistance are available to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the magic of overnight camp. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or browse our website.
YMCA 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!
YMCA CAMP MASON
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!