Day Camp at the Flushing 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

Flushing Y  |  138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354

DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION

July 2 – August 24

Camp hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Extended Day hours: 7:30 am – 9:00 am  |  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


REGISTER

It’s not too late to register! Complete the application below and submit a deposit for each camp session. Your child’s medical form, two passport photos, and deposit must be submitted before they can begin camp. It’s a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records. All consent forms and final payment are due by your child’s first day of camp. Don’t delay – camps are filling up fast!

Day Camp Registration Form  Early Childhood Registration Form


CAMPS

Early Childhood Camp AGES 3-5.8

Early Childhood Camp is for children from age 3 up to 5-year-olds entering kindergarten in September 2018. It provides our youngest campers with hands-on, experiential, fun activities planned to support each child’s social, physical, and cognitive skill development. Activities include instructional swimming, indoor and outdoor physical fitness, and an introduction to sports such as mini soccer, basketball, and T-ball. Campers also enjoy music and movement, cooking, arts and crafts, and interactive science, language, and literacy activities.

Each week, campers will be engaged in activities focused on different and exciting themes, culminating in a special event at the end of each week. Possible themes include: the Circus, Olympics, Safari Jungle, Hawaiian Fun, Space, and Patriotism. Campers will enjoy visits from child-friendly organizations bringing farm animals, musicians, storytellers, and magic, and will also go on community excursions within walking distance of camp. Campers entering kindergarten in September 2018 will develop skill sets that will help them feel comfortable in a group setting. They will become more independent and more self-reliant, helping to prepare them for their transition to kindergarten. 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 receive one t-shirt to wear on special event days. Children need to be potty/toilet trained.

Day Camp AGES 5.9-11

Day Camp is for children entering first through sixth grade. 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 activities based on our camp theme. 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. Day camp is available for children born between 2007-2012.

Teen Camp AGES 12-15

Teen Camp is open to 12- to 15-year-olds currently enrolled in middle or 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!

Swim Camp AGES 7-11

Our Swim Camp helps children develop important swimming skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling values around water safety and responsibility.

The key components of Swim Camp are:

  • Swimmers are given an opportunity to build swimming skills.
  • Stroke development and training are tailored by age and skill level.
  • Swim campers participate in core traditional camp activities.
  • Activities and interactions emphasize building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Sports Camp AGES 6-11

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.

Science Camp AGES 7-11

In our Science Camp, campers will explore the wonders of science through hands-on projects, games, and experiments. Campers will explore science from the classroom to the park, be inspired, be surprised, and sometimes get dirty, all while having fun. When campers leave the “lab,” they will participate in traditional camp activities such as instructional swimming, trips, games, and creative arts. Activities for 2018 will have an Inventor’s Workshop theme.

Arts Camp AGES 7-11

Our Arts Camp will explore different types of art from the creative—such as painting and sketching—to the performing arts—such as skits, dancing, and improvisation. The program will allow campers to use their imagination to create, play, and have fun. When campers are not busy creating or performing, they will participate in field trips, swimming, and games and sports.


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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

Sabrina Snyder  |  Sr. Youth and Family Director  | ssnyder@ymcanyc.org  |  718-551-9375 
Lois Rothstein  |  Early Childhood Director  |  lrothstein@ymcanyc.org   | 718-551-9356 


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.