Day Camp at the Dodge 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

Dodge Y  |  225 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11201

Camp Location  |  314 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION

July 2 – August 24

Camp hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Extended Day hours: 5:00 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


CAMPS

Kinder Camp AGES 3-5

Kinder Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten in September 2018. Structured day camp activities support the transition to kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment. We focus on classroom structure, transitional activities and group play. Kinder Campers will participate in instructional swimming, indoor and outdoor physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and local outings.

Day Camp AGES 5-16

Day 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.

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.

Sports Camp AGES 7-12

Our Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in age-appropriate groups. Through the coaching and support of camp staff with backgrounds or education in sports, campers will learn the history, rules and key skills of different sports, all while practicing their techniques in mini-games. In addition, campers will explore the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship and a strong work ethic. Sports include: basketball, soccer, flag football, and baseball. Campers will end each session with a mini-Olympics. Every second Thursday of the session, campers will be taken to a private indoor sports arena to practice and play!

Swim Camp AGES 7-12

Our Swim Camp helps youth develop valuable skills, including safety and responsibility while swimming, and a lifetime love of the water. Campers will receive instructional swim at the Dodge YMCA four times a week, and receive additional pool time compared to traditional day camp.

The key components of Swim Camp are:

  • Young swimmers are given the chance to build skills.
  • Stroke development and training is tailored to age and skill level.
  • Swim campers participate in core-camp activities.
  • With personal growth and learning new skills, students build self-esteem.

Science Camp AGES 7-10

Campers will engage in scientific explorations that are so much fun they will forget they’re learning! Campers will team up with fellow engineers to build a bridge, participate in an unforgettable dinosaur dig, build and launch a model rocket and explore the science behind the projects!

Dance Camp AGES 8-10

Dance Camp is for all youth who have a passion for the art of dance. Our Educational Dance Camp will involve warmups necessary to get the body ready for the technical skills being taught. Our skilled instructors will work with all different levels of dancers, from beginner to advanced. Your child will also learn the different aspects of a dance program such as class etiquette and performance readiness, including makeup and costuming. Each class will include across-the-floor drills, technique and a routine. Every session will end with a mini showcase of skills learned. Dance includes: Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Tap. Proper attire will be enforced to make sure each dancer is equipped and ready to learn to the best of their ability.

Teen Camp AGES 13-16

Teen Camp is open to 13-16 year olds currently enrolled in high school. A Teen Camp experience instills the values of accountability and teamwork in addition to the YMCA’s core values of honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility. Teen campers participate in hands-on programming geared towards building self-confidence as well as activities designed to engage teens in developing educational and career goals. Field trips are purposeful in connecting teen campers to real-world experiences with technology, art, and character development through team building. Campers will also participate in swimming, dancing, singing, sports, and more!


CAMP GUIDE

 

 


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

Kiamer Dorvil | Kdorvil@ymcanyc.org | 212-912-2415 

Frankie Carlucci | Fcarlucci@ymcanyc.org | 212-912-2414 


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.