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.


2016 Camp Sessions

Session 1 June 27 – July 15
Session 2 July 18 – August 5
Session 3 August 8 – August 26
Bonus Week Check back in 2016


Need 1 week here? 2 Weeks There?

At the Y, we offer 3-week session blocks because we find that consistency helps kids form friendships, advance their swim skills, and experience everything our Summer Day Camps have to offer. That said, we know how busy families can be during the summer and if you need more flexibility, we’re here to help. If you’d like to purchase summer camp weeks “a la carte,” just come in and let us know which weeks work for your family.

Please be aware that to take advantage of flexible scheduling, you must register in person. Space may be limited. Flexible scheduling is offered based on camp capacity: children who are part of our 3-week sessions have priority on all off-campus trips.

The following limitations apply:

  • Discounts not applicable
  • Flex-fare available for 5 days a week programs only
  • Trips may be missed
  • Flex-fare rates will not be adjusted for new/additional registrations.

REGISTER NOW! online or in-person.

Registration begins on Saturday, January 9th. Registration is taken on a first come-first serve basis. There is limited enrollment per camping session so we urge that registration be made early and for the exact number of camping periods desired.

  • In-Person Registration starting January 9th at your local branch
  • Register at an Open House Event and meet the Directors and Camp Staff

Good to Know


Please dress your child for comfort and safety. Play clothes are the best. Sneakers or other closed toe shoes are a must. Flip-flops, Crocs, or sandals are not allowed. Each child must have a bathing suit and towel (with their name clearly displayed) everyday. Please label every item and check the lost and found frequently. Camp T-shirts are not required every day but are required on trip days.


A Camper Health History Form must be filled out at the time of registration. NYS Department of Health requires that we have a copy of your child’s updated immunizations on file. In the event you cannot drop off or mail the immunizations, feel free to have your doctor fax it to us at 631.665.4261 attention CAMP. No child will be permitted to attend camp and no refunds will be given if we are not in possession of this information by June 1st. No exceptions will be made. Physical exams are not required. Children requiring medication will need a doctor’s note specifying proper dosage, time and procedure. Children are required to self-administer medication in the presence of the Camp EMT. The Camp EMT is available during regular camp hours.

General Information

The Great South Bay YMCA is a fully accredited member of the American Camping Association and licensed by the N.Y.S. Department of Health.

For information contact Co-Camp Directors:
Cathy McKenna and John Borromeo at 631.665.4255 ext.181 or visit us at


Discover all that YMCA Summer Day camp has to offer at one of our open houses. Dates with * are held at the ACLD’s Spiegel Children’s Center located just minutes from the Great South Bay YMCA at 67 Greenwood Rd, Bay Shore, NY 11706

January 9th Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm
March 12th Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm
March 12th* Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm
March 31st Thursday 7:00pm-8:30pm
March 31st* Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm
April 12th Tuesday 7:00pm-8:30pm
April 12th* Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm
May 14th Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm
May 14th* Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm
June 2nd Thursday 7:00pm-8:00pm
June 2nd* Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm

Parent Information Night

Come join the Camp Directors to ask any questions you may have about your upcoming camp experience. Parents only need to attend the first Parent Information Night if their child is enrolled in multiple sessions. All information nights will follow the following format:

Session I (June 27th – July 15th): Wednesday, June 22nd

  • Kiddie (6:00pm-6:45pm)
  • Youth Camp–Teen (7:00pm-7:45pm)
  • Performing Arts & Performing Arts Jr (6:00pm-7:00pm)
  • Jr Travel, Teen and Sports Camp (6:00pm-7:00pm*)

Parent Information Night is held at the Great South Bay YMCA facility at 200 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY. with the exception of Jr Travel, Teen & Sports Camp held at the ALCD offsite location.

Please refer to the Online Parent Handbook for:

  • Lunch, snacks, pick-up, arrival, dismissal, transportation, payments/fees/refund policy, code of conduct medical/health, website and DOH Guidelines.


(Ages K and up)

We provide door-to-door transportation for our Y day campers! Air conditioned mini-buses will pick up campers at their homes and drop off to the Y only during regular camp hours (9:00am Drop-Off or 4:00pm Pickup). This service is not available for half-day campers, Kiddie Camp or extended programs.

  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required for each session.
  • Please inquire about towns available for our Transportation Service
  • Please note transportation will not be available July 3rd due to the Holiday

Options Available:
Monday-Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Camp Hours:

Kiddie Camp
Youth (K-3) /Performing Arts/Performing Arts Jr.
Jr. Travel/Teen/Sports

*Performing Arts Jr. will be offered for Session I & II only.

*The Y will be open July 3rd (There will be no transportation offered for camp on this day)

Extended Day

Jr. Travel/Teen/Sports
Monday-Friday (Extended AM) 7:00am – camp start time
Monday-Friday (Extended PM) 4:00pm – 6:00pm
M/W/F (Extended AM) 7:00am – camp start time
M/W/F (Extended PM) 4:00pm – 6:00pm

*Junior Travel/Sports/Teen/PA/PA JR Camps extended day will be held at the ACLD SPIEGEL CHILDREN’S located at 67 Greenwood Rd, Bay Shore, NY 11706

*PA Extended located at GSB Session 3


Registration Fees & Discounts

3 weeks session 2 week session 1 week
Kiddie Camp (M-F) $950 $671 $380
Kiddie Camp (M/W/F) $605 $428 N/A
Youth Camp (M-F) $950 $671 $380
Youth Camp (M/W/F) $605 $428 N/A
Performing Arts Camp $950 N/A N/A
Performing Arts Jr (M/W/F) $650 N/A N/A
Performing Arts Jr (M/W/F) Youth (T/TH) $975 N/A N/A
Junior Travel (M-F) $965 $682 $386
Junior Travel (M/W/F) $635 $449 N/A
Sports Camp (M-F) $950 $671 $380
Sports Camp (M/W/F) $605 $428 N/A
Teen Travel Camp (M-F) $995 $703 N/A
Teen Travel Camp (M/W/F) $650 $459 N/A
CIT (Monday-Friday) $500 N/A N/A
Transportation M-F (round trip) $400 N/A N/A
Transportation M/W/F (round trip) $335 N/A N/A
Extended Day AM (5 days, 7 am -start) $110*
Extended Day PM (5 days, 4 pm- 6 pm) $110*
M/W/F (Extended AM) 7:00am – camp start time $75*
M/W/F (Extended PM) 4:00pm – 6:00pm $75*

*Per 3 week session


  • Pay-in-full upon registration by March 31st and receive 10% off on all Full Day programs.
  • 2nd-child discount will be $50 applied to second child from the same family during the same camp session on all 5 day full day options. $25 will be applied for all 3 day full day options.All discounts apply to Full Day Programs Only. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Transportation excluded.

Membership Fee

All campers are required to be Y members at the time of registration. Membership info is available upon request at the front desk. A youth program membership is $75.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available for qualified individuals. Campership applications must be completed in full and received no later than May 15, 2016, for consideration by the financial assistance committee. Applications are evaluated on a first come first serve basis and are available at the Member Services Desk starting January 9th, 2016. Click here to download our application for financial Assistance.

Payment/Fees/Refund Policy

A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $100 is required for each session for each child. The remaining balance must be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the start of the camp session or your child will not be permitted to begin camp. There will be a $10 fee for late payment.

Types of Camp


(Ages 3-5)

Must be 3 and toilet trained by June 1st, 2016
Cindy Becker – Director (ext.137)
Location: YMCA 200 W. Main Street, Bay Shore

This unique experience provides both physical growth and socialization through fun-filled early childhood activities. Campers use the air-conditioned indoor facilities of the Y pre-school, the enclosed outdoor playground area and have supervised access to the many activity areas of the Y. Activities include swimming lessons, special events, arts and crafts, music, movement and more. Staff/camper ratio is 1 to 5. Children eligible for Kiddie Camp must be toilet trained. Depending on scheduling restrictions some activities may not be available for part-time campers (i.e. Inflatables, Water Play, etc.).

Options Available:
Monday-Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday



(Completed Grades K-3)

Cathy McKenna – Director (ext.169)
Location: YMCA 200 W. Main Street, Bay Shore

Our Y Youth Camp encourages campers to have fun while participating in group activities, special events and trips which develop creativity, independence, and a sense of teamwork. Campers will partake in art and crafts, dance instruction, music, theatre, karate, sports, cooking, ga-ga, swimming, inflatable moonbounce, “Spider Climb”, waterslides, trips and a whole lot more! Youth Camp is designed to give campers a wide variety of activities, make friends, and build character. Camp activities will run from 9:30am-3:30pm. Depending on scheduling restrictions some activities may not be available for part-time campers (i.e. Rockwall and Inflatables).

Options Available:
Monday-Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday



(Completed Grades 5-10)

Tiana Christoforidis – Director (ext.148)
Sessions 1 and 2 Location: Bay Shore Middle School
Session 3 Location: YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts (Completed Grades 3-10)

Welcome to our19th year of Performing Arts Summer Camp Program!! We are excited to offer three 3 week sessions to allow the beginner and experienced performer alike the chance to perform in a variety of shows! Campers work with professional directors/choreographers towards productions of current hit shows “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” (Session 1), “High School Musical Jr.” (Session 2), and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” (Session 3)—all taught and performed in a challenging and positive theatre environment. An activity day at will be offered once per session at our ACLD Community Center location.

For Artist in Training at PA Camp (modeled after our CIT program), contact Tiana Christoforidis at 631-665-4255 x148. The CIT Program runs in three 3 week sessions.

Options Available: Monday-Friday

Shows subject to change.



(Completed grades K-4)

Elyse Smolin – Director (ext.115)
Session 2 Location: Bay Shore Middle School

This program meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to introduce young children to the magic of theatre. Program will include creative play, and outside fun. All campers will perform in an exciting end of session show, “Disney’s Lion King Kids” for Session 1 and “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids” for Session 2.

Back by popular demand: 5 days T/TH Option for grades K-3 ONLY. Campers choosing the T/TH option will be integrated into Youth Camp and arrive and dismiss at the Great South Bay Y. Campers meet for PA Jr. at Bay Shore MS on M/W/F and at Youth Camp at Great South Bay Y on T/Th. Please call 631-665-4255 x148 for more information.

Shows subject to change.


(Completed Grades 4-6)

John Borromeo – Director (ext.181)
Location: ACLD’S Spiegel Children’s Center, 67 Greenwood Rd, BayShore.

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 one or two 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. Depending on scheduling restrictions some activities/field trips may not be available for part-time campers.

Options Available:
Monday-Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday


(Completed Grades 1-8)

John Borromeo – Director (ext.182)
Location: ACLD’S Spiegel Children’s Center, 67 Greenwood Rd, BayShore.

Sports Camp is designed to provide children with an exciting learning experience (socially, emotionally and physically) using sports as its medium. The focus is to keep campers active, learning and playing a wide variety of sports and games in a fun and safe environment. Our staff will teach the fundamentals of the sport while promoting self-confidence and self-esteem. Your camper will also enjoy other traditional camp activities and even embark on one field trip per session.

Options Available:
Monday-Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday



(Completed Grades 7–9)

John Borromeo – Director (ext.182)
Location: ACLD’S Spiegel Children’s Center, 67 Greenwood Rd, BayShore.

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.

Options Available:

Monday-Friday and Monday/Wednesday/Friday



(Age 15 before December 31, 2016)

The CIT program is a great opportunity for exceptional young adults to develop their leadership skills. The program will provide hands-on learning allowing teens to slowly work into responsible roles leading children. CIT’s will embark on one fun-filled trip per session. Trips might include beach, bowling, movies, mini golf, etc. CIT candidates must submit an application by May 30th and each individual will be subjected to an interview by our CIT Director. For Performing Arts Camp CIT opportunities, contact Tiana Christoforidis at 631.665.4255 ext.148.


(Completed Grades K-6)

This program gives children with special needs the opportunity to have an inclusionary summer camp experience. The Y, in partnership with the LIAM Foundation and the National Inclusion Project, will provide 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. Financial Assistance is available through our “Campership” program. To be a candidate for the LIAM program, all applications must be submitted by May 30th. For more information/application please contact the Camp Director at 631.665.4255 ext.181.

Special Needs Application