YMCA Summer Day Camp offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Children experience a sense of achievement through opportunities in the outdoors and are welcomed to a physically and emotionally safe and stimulating environment.
Summer Day campers are able to explore creativity, teamwork and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence lifelong healthy living. They have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor environment where they develop an appreciation of nature. Summer Day camp builds an interest in community with experiences in local and global cultures where campers gain an appreciation for others different from themselves. Today, Summer Day Camp is more vital than ever, with an increased emphasis on child safety, summer learning traditions, personal values and social skills.
As with any Y program, the purpose of Summer Day Camp is to help youth grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. Summer Day Camps give young people an experience that can last a lifetime and inspire them to continue an involvement with the Y for years to come.
YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS:
KIDDIE CAMP (ages 3-5 years*)
YMCA Kiddie Camp is a wonderful introduction to Summer Day Camp, with unique experiences to enhance both physical and emotional growth. The program is designed for ages 3-5 and the children enjoy air-conditioned classrooms, outdoor playgrounds and other areas for all the following activities: Swim Lessons, Arts & Crafts, Special Events, Kid Fitness, Dance, and Water Slides. Please note that all children must be completely toilet trained, pull ups are not permissible.
YOUTH CAMP (Completed grades K-5*)
YMCA Youth Summer Camp is the place for a summer of fun, healthy and safe outdoor activities. Youngsters develop new friendships, experience independence and acquire new skills by participating in traditional camp activities, exciting special events, life skills programming and outside entertainment. Campers are organized by grade in co-ed groups. Activities for Youth Camp include: Swim Lessons, Recreational Swimming, Arts & Crafts, Ga-Ga, Science, Sports, Dance, Zumba, Physical Fitness, Inflatable Water Slides, High & Low Ropes Courses, and a Rock Climbing Wall.
SPORTS CAMP (Completed grades K-5*)
YMCA Sports Camp is the perfect environment for the “athletically enthusiastic” child. We provide a fun atmosphere for children and ensure the focus is not on winning but about having fun through sportsmanship, teamwork and respect. It is the perfect way for children to learn new skills and develop great friendships in a safe environment. Experienced counselors who have a passion for sports will lead the campers in a variety of activities including but not limited to: Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, Kickball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Ga-Ga, Skill Drills, and Sports Tournaments.
PERFORMING ARTS CAMP (Completed grades K-5*)
This program is designed to introduce youngsters to the magic of theatre and the Performing Arts program includes creative play, creating characters, basic acting technique, voice and movement work, following (stage) directions as well as basic set and prop building. Activities of the camp include: Acting, Voice, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Yoga, Ballet (Optional), Set Design, Irish Step, Sign Language, Creative Writing Class, Recreational Swim, Water Slides, and Book Club.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (Completed Grades 7-9*)
The C-I-T program combines the fun of camp with leadership and on-the-job training skills. It is an exceptional opportunity for young adults to develop their leadership skills. The C-I-T’S will assist counselors with camp groups.
SPECIALTY CAMPS ACROSS LONG ISLAND:
• PRESCHOOL DANCE/THEATRE Ages 2-5 years, at the Huntington YMCA
Includes tap, ballet, jazz, acting, singing, story time and art. This program can be combined with morning Kiddie Camp. Takes place at the YMCA HEC Building.
• PRESCHOOL HEALTHY KIDS: Ages 2-5 years, at the Huntington YMCA
Each day is a different healthy lifestyle theme. Classes include: art, physical fitness games, activities and story time. Can be combined with morning Kiddie Camp. Program takes place at the YMCA HEC Building.
• WATERFRONT CAMP at the Huntington YMCA:
The Y is happy to offer both Learn To Sail & Learn To Kayak programs at the Centerport Beach boathouse. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, all students take a swim test the first day of class and everyone is required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket while sailing or kayaking. The YMCA provides instruction for basic kayaking and sailing skills, along with boating and water safety. The sailing courses are designed for children ages 8 - 18 & kayaking for ages 9 - adult. Adult sailing is also available upon request. No prior experience or equipment is required in order to participate. The YMCA provides necessary gear for both programs with the exception of boating shoes.
• SPECIAL NEEDS/INCLUSION PROGRAM, at the Great South Bay YMCA:
(Completed Grades K-6th)This program gives children with special needs the opportunity to have an inclusionary summer camp experience. The Y, in partnership with the LIAM Foundation, provides shadows (at no cost) for the children that need extra support and guidance. One session per child based upon availability. Parents are required to pay the regular camp fee.
(*Please note that each location has different age requirements, activities and programs for Summer Day Camp – to know more, please call the location nearest you!)
The YMCA's summer camps are located at our Huntington, Glen Cove, Great South Bay, Brookhaven Roe (Holtsville), East Hampton and Patchogue centers in Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.