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Youth Development
Great South Bay
YMCA of Long Island

Day Camp



Cathy McKenna x 169


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.


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.

Kiddie Camp Calendar

(Completed grades K-3)

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.

Youth Camp Calendar

SPORTS CAMP (Completed grades 1-8)

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.

Sports Camp Calendar

JUNIOR TRAVEL CAMP (Completed grades 4-6)

Junior Travel Camp is modeled after our Teen Camp. This camp program is designed for the camper who wants to participate in camp activities but also travel on various field trips 1-2 times a week including amusement parks, sporting events, beaches and more! Exceptional activities and a commitment to the true spirit of summer camp will stimulate the natural progression of your older campers. Camp activities will run from 9:30am-3:30pm

Junior Travel Camp Calendar

TEEN TRAVEL CAMP (Completed grades 7-9)

The Y looks forward to another year of action-packed trips and activities. Teens will embark on three or four fun-filled trips each week! Previous trips have included action packed theme parks, beach trips, various NYC locations, professional ball games and out-of-state attractions. The remainder of their time will be spent making friends and enjoying Y teen activities including swimming, fitness, sports, crafts, Teen Lounge, and much more.

Teen Travel Camp Calendar

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP (Completed grades 5-10)

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.

Performing Arts Camp Calendar

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP JR. (Completed grades K-4)

This program offers two 3 day a week, three-week sessions to introduce young children to the magic of theater. Program will include creative play, creating characters, basic acting technique, voice and movement work, following (stage) directions as well as basic set and prop building. All campers will perform in an exciting end of session show, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids” for Session I and “Disney Sleeping Beauty Kids” for Session II.

Performing Arts Jr. Camp Calendar 

CIT AT PA CAMP (15 Years Old)

Love theatre AND excited about learning about counselor training? This summer we are happy to offer an opportunity to choose either performing or assisting backstage in our shows! The program also provides hands-on learning allowing teens to slowly work into responsible roles leading children. CIT candidates must submit an application by May 30th and each individual will be subjected to an interview by the Performing Arts Camp Director


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.

(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.