Vanderbilt Summer Camp

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.


Teil Samuels  |  Youth & Sports Director  |  |  212-912-2520 
Ana Medina  |  Teen Director  |  |  212-912-2557 


Vanderbilt Y  |  224 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
JREC  |  317 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065
(Commuter campers will travel between the two locations utilizing public transportation.)


July 2 – August 24

Early Childhood Camp hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Early Childhood Extended Day hours: 7:30 am – 8:30 am (Depending on availability)

Day Camp hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Day Camp Extended Day hours: 8:00 am – 9:00 am | 5:00 - 6:00 pm


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!


Early Childhood Day Camp AGES 6 MONTHS - 4 YEARS

Early Childhood Day Camp is offered by Vanderbilt’s Early Childhood Department. Our Early Childhood classrooms provide our youngest campers with hands-on, play-based activities and experiences designed to support their social, physical, and cognitive development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music, gross motor time, and large and small group classroom activities. Staff include New York State Certified Teachers.

Hours for Early Childhood Day Camp are 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Early care is available from 7:30 – 8:30 am depending on availability. See below for age requirements.

*Register in person at our front desk. Complete the application, and submit a $250 deposit for each camp session. 

  • Infant Room: 2016-2017 birthdays
  • Rising Two Year Old’s: 2016 birthdays
  • Rising Three Year Old’s: 2015 birthdays
  • Rising Four Year Old’s: 2014 birthdays


Kinder Camp AGES 4-5

Kinder Camp is designed for children entering into kindergarten in September 2018 with 2013 birthdays. Structured day camp activities support the transition to kindergarten by building social and emotional skills in a fun and nurturing environment, including a focus on classroom structure, transitional activities, and group play. Campers will participate in instructional swimming (only Vanderbilt branch campers swim), indoor and outdoor physical fitness, interactive science, literacy activities, theme-based arts and crafts, and local outings. The program will prepare our young campers for their transition into kindergarten and develop their skill sets.

Day Camp AGES 5-11

(Participants must have completed kindergarten.) 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, arts and crafts, and weekly themed days such as Super Hero 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 will link to the camp-based activities and maximize enrichment.

Teen Camp AGES 12-14

Teen Camp 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 also participate in dancing, singing, sports, and more!

Leadership Camp AGES 15-17

This is not a traditional day camp. Our Leadership Camp is built on grooming tomorrow’s leaders. Teens gain job readiness skills by working alongside experienced staff. Leaders receive training in program safety and working with youth. This camp is great for teens looking for work experience and/or community service.

Basketball Camp AGES 7-11

The game of basketball was created in 1891 at a YMCA by Dr. James Naismith. Spend the summer immersed in the sport the Y helped create. Learn all aspects of basketball through skill-building activities, full court games, and activities focused on teamwork and sportsmanship. Campers will also participate in traditional camp activities.

Dance Camp AGES 6-8

Dance camp is designed to give young people a chance to develop and build their strength, agility, and knowledge of dance fundamentals. Camp will include instructional ballet, tap, and jazz. Campers will celebrate the end of every session with a performance. Campers will also participate in traditional camp activities.

Swim Camp AGES 5-11

(Camps swim four times a week. Participants must have completed kindergarten.) Our Swim Camp helps children develop important swimming skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling values around water safety and responsibility. Swim Camp is divided into three age groups: 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11.

The key components of Swim Camp are:

  • Swimmers are given an opportunity to build swimming skills.
  • Stroke development and training is 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 5-8

(Participants must have completed kindergarten.) 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 a background 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.





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 to


Teil Samuels  |  Youth & Sports Director  |  |  212-912-2520 
Ana Medina  |  Teen Director  |  |  212-912-2557 

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.