Day Camp at the Cross Island YMCA

YMCA Summer Camps

From swimming and sports to arts and culture, YMCA camps will engage your child in a summer of exploration and enrichment. The city is our campground.


LOCATION

Early Childhood Camp at the Cross Island Y  |  238-10 Hillside Ave, Bellerose, NY  |  Ages 2 - 5.8 
Youth Camps at Public School 33  |  91-37 222nd Street, Queens Village, NY 11428  |  Ages 5.9 - 15 

DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION

July 2 – August 24

Camp hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Day hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 am  |  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


REGISTER

Complete the application, and submit a $100 deposit for each camp session. Submit your child’s medical form and two passport photos by June 1. It’s a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. All necessary consent forms and final payment for Session 1 are due by June 18. 


DAY CAMP OPEN HOUSES

Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, March 24 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 9 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


CAMPS

Early Childhood Camp AGES 2-5.8

Early Childhood Camp provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music and movement, and interactive science, language, and literacy activities. Staff members experienced in engaging with preschoolers understand the importance of rich adult-child interactions and focus on building supportive, nurturing relationships with every camper. Early Childhood campers will enjoy campsite-based collaborations with child-friendly organizations and go on excursions within walking distance in their own communities. Camp Contact: Sunita Batra at 718-551-9313, sbatra@ymcanyc.org

Day Camp AGES 5.9-12

Campers will engage in activities that will enhance their social and emotional skills, help keep their academics on track, keep them physically active, and challenge them to learn new things every day. They will have the opportunity to make new friends and take exciting trips throughout New York City. Campers will participate in a wide range of sports, instructional swimming, arts and crafts, and weekly themed days such as Crazy Hat Day. In addition, campers will engage in a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math activities during each session. Campers will be divided into age groups with children within one to two years of their age.

Day camp activities are designed to help children retain and build upon the academic skills they have developed during the school year. Research has shown that children can lose a half grade of learning over the summer months. To help mitigate summer learning loss, the YMCA offers interactive programs such as Book of the Week, which gives campers the opportunity to read books and participate in facilitated discussions. In addition, activities such as journaling and age-appropriate science experiments will expand their literacy, math and science skills, and promote their ability to think critically. Field trips to museums and science centers will link to the camp-based activities and maximize educational enrichment.

Teen Camp AGES 13-15

Teen Camp is for 13- to 15-year-olds currently enrolled in high school. Teen Camp motivates teens through hands-on programming that fosters development of educational and career goals. Along with sports, arts, and cultural programs, teens will have the opportunity to participate in college and career readiness programs. Field trips will allow teens to explore some of New York City’s key landmarks and cultural institutions.

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp For Children With Special Needs AGES 6-14

FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, this camp is made possible through the generous support of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation. Its donation has offset the expenses of the equipment, transportation, and staffing required to serve children with special needs. All children will receive wheelchair accessible transportation, one-on-one swimming instruction, adaptive physical activities, and equipment. A nurse is also present both onsite and on field trips outside the Y for children who require special care like catheterization and/or medication administration. Camp Contact: Dianne DiPeri, 7185519319, ddiperi@ymcanyc.org

Inclusion Camp AGES 5.9-15

A special summer experience awaits those enrolled in the inclusion explorer camp. This camp brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities. This unique camp gives children with special needs the same experience as other campers. Children with disabilities and their peers who are typically developing come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, educational activities, reading, physical fitness, and more. The camp will feature one counselor for every two campers.

Performance Arts Camp AGES 5.9-12

Performance Arts Camp participants experience a wonderful summer of dance, drama, music, and art. Campers will learn the basics of choreography, from lyrical to hip-hop. In addition, campers will learn the fundamentals of acting, character study, improvisation exercises, and even try scriptwriting. Create, play, have fun! Both camp groups showcase new skills and perform for their families at the end of each session.

Soccer Camp AGES 5.9-12

Soccer Camp participants will develop soccer skills, improve stamina, strength, and endurance in a fun environment with trained coaches. Each camper will be taught the fundamentals such as ball control, passing, dribbling, tapping, shooting, and goalkeeping skills. All ability levels are welcome!

STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) AGES 5.9-12

The STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an interactive, project-based and creative learning experience that includes arts and technology combined with traditional camp activities that children associate with summer fun. STEAM Camp’s curriculum emphasizes creativity and hands-on learning in a fun environment. Campers will experience art, math, and science activities.

Teen Sports Camp AGES 13-15

Our progressive curriculum enhances various sports skills and fundamentals. Campers will learn the different rules of each game while practicing their techniques in mini games. In addition, they will learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed. The camp will also focus on teaching fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Team Sports Camp AGES 5.9-12

Our Team Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in groups, according to age. Campers will learn fundamentals and rules for baseball, basketball, soccer, and flag football. Each day of the week, staff will focus on one of these four sports. Our goal is to expose children to a variety of sports. In addition, they will learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed. Camp staff have background in coaching sports.

Basketball Camp AGES 5.9-12

Players will perfect their dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and offense skills, according to their level of expertise. Academics, teamwork, and life skills will be incorporated throughout the sessions. Classes are based on appropriate age and level of play. All ability levels are welcome. Offensive and defensive skills and team concepts develop the most complete basketball player possible.

Gymnastics Camp AGES 5.9-12

Our Gymnastics Camp emphasizes individual skill development in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. Dance, conditioning, stretching, and performance tips will focus on fun for gymnasts of every level. Gymnasts will have an opportunity to showcase their new skills in an exhibition at the end of each session.

Tennis Camp AGES 5.9-12

Our Tennis Camp offers drills and activities designed for different developmental levels, so each camper will have a successful learning experience. The camp will focus on positioning, court layout, and rules and regulations. The campers will also learn about the basic forehand and backhand strokes and compete in both singles and doubles activities. Campers must bring a tennis racket.

Transportation

Transportation to and from the Cross Island YMCA at PS 33 is available only to campers in Youth & Teen or Specialty Camps (not Early Childhood Camp) who attend regular hours (9:00 am – 4:00 pm). We do not offer transportation for our extended hours campers. The registration deadline for transportation service is Saturday, May 20.

Transportation is available within the following communities: Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Douglaston, Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Laurelton, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Ozone Park, Queens Village, Richmond Hill, Rochdale, Rosedale, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, Valley Stream.


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FINANCIAL AID

Thanks to our generous donors to our Annual Campaign we are able to make the Y accessible through our Financial Assistance Program. These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need Y programs, but cannot afford them. 

To apply, complete our Financial Aid application and submit it along with the required documents.


CONTACT OUR CAMP DIRECTORS

Marie Turenne  |  Youth Camp Director  |  mturenne@ymcanyc.org  |  718-551-9336 

Sunita Batra  Early Childhood Camp Director  |  sbatra@ymcanyc.org  |  718-551-9313 

Dianne DiPeri  Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp Director  |  ddiperi@ymcanyc.org  |  718-551-9319 


Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and our staff go through rigorous training to ensure the safety and positive experience of each child.