It turns out that I am not the only one thinking about summer. In fact, some camps are filling up fast as a result of possible capacity reductions due to COVID... and an eagerness to have a plan in place for, what looks to be, a real shot of a much safer, social, active and fun summer.
While the pandemic is still with us it is reassuring to know that many day camps in Westchester County did run safely last summer. Their success will help define how camp can run smoothly this summer— so children can have some much needed independence, socialization, confidence and teamwork as well as many other critical values they experience at camp. Camp gives children a unique opportunity to try new things, make new friends, get fresh air, learn new skills, foster interests and be active!
It's not too early to start your day camp search for summer 2021. In fact, registration is open at most camps. To kick off your camp search we are providing a list of 32 amazing day camps that serve Westchester County families. Many of these were recommended by moms in our community.
If you are feeling overwhelmed about which camp to choose, think about what criteria is most important to you and make that your priority. Things to consider include:
- Fellow friends attending
- COVID health and safety measures
- Swimming program
- Vibe, mission, values
- Staff to camper ratio or group size
- Extended hours
- Feedback from friends, reviews or referrals
Westchester County Day Camps
119 Rockland Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538
For more than 80 years Badger offers a wide variety of quality programs for children, in a fun and safe environment. They have a heated olympic sized swimming pool and are the only day camp in Westchester to partner with SwimAmerica, the nations leading learn to swim program. Children can enjoy ten acres of land with carved out areas for arts & crafts, yoga, baseball, basketball, tennis, nature, theme days and more. Transportation is optional. They offer mini days, full days, a CIT program and a leadership program. Badger Day Camp provides daily hot lunch, towel service and an exceptional counselor to camper ratio.
1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Ages 9-12 Art and Theater Camp
For over 30 years, Beth El Day Camp has been providing a fun-filled and exciting summer for young children ages 2-9. Camp will run from Monday, June 28th- Friday, August 20th.
The summer days, with convenient extended hours, are spent swimming, playing tennis, singing songs, creating art, STEM, tennis, discovering nature and sometimes sitting on the grass eating popsicles with friends. The flexible schedule provides all of your favorite camp activities plus special events like Carnival, Stomp Rocket Day, and Ice Cream Truck Day. The outdoor pool is supervised by American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards, providing morning instructional swim followed by afternoon recreational swim daily. Scrumptious, kosher lunch, snacks and towel service are all included. Transportation is not provided. Beth El Day Camp follows all guidelines set forth by the CDC, ACA, and New York State Department of Health to keep our campers safe and healthy.
New this summer...calling all 9-12 year old budding artists, for a creative Arts and Theater program, offering calligraphy, painting, jewelry-making, Radio Control. improv, free swim and more. 4 or 8 week options.
62 Cox Ave. , Armonk, NY 10504
Breezemont, founded in 1936, is located located on an expansive 18-acre property with large green fields, towering trees, and a beautiful lake (for canoeing, fishing, row-boating, kayaking, paddle boarding), which is a unique feature for a day camp.
Each camper participates in instructional swim (taught by Red Cross Lifeguard Certified pool staff members and trained group counselors), recreational swim, at least two land sports, and two specialties like fine art, such as ceramics, arts and crafts, jewelry making, or an outdoor activity, such as fishing, wilderness, or a nature activity. Breezemont has 6 total swimming pools, with 4 brand new heated pools. Throughout the summer, every other Thursday night is a Campfire Nights. All Campers are provided with a delicious healthy lunch in the middle of the day, and a morning and afternoon snack before they go home. Transportation is provided
684 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, NY
The Camp Combe YMCA is a traditional summer day camp located on 80 acres of pristine wilderness in Putnam Valley. Serving campers ages 4 to 16 it is a perfect mix of fun, challenge, and support. Low ratios, pick-your-own price structure and an emphasis on the YMCA’s core values; Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility & Inclusion, make Camp Combe a unique summer camp. Your camper will come home the same way every day… tired, dirty, and happy!
Amenities include a large capacity swimming pool, sports fields, archery range, playground, alpinetower and zipline, giant hillside slide, giant swing, a 30 foot water slide, a brook for nature study and is conveniently located one mile off the Taconic Parkway. Learn more about their Academy Care, Early Learning Center or School Age Childcare programs at ymca-cnw.org.
On the Campus of Salesian High School , 148 Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Camp Echo Bay is located on 19 acres of beautiful and private waterfront property. Older campers will participate in organized sports and team competitions, including soccer, cheerleading, swimming, basketball and softball to keep them active and fuel a healthy competitive spirit. Younger children will enjoy a different art or craft every day, as well as story time, short hikes, playground activities and much more.
As a Catholic Day Camp, through their daily chapel values program, weekly Mass and Christian environment of our daily camp life, they encourage the campers' inner spirit and help them build strong character. Camp Echo Bay is open to all regardless of race, gender, creed or ethnic origin. Extended day options are available. Lunch and snack is included. Transportation is available.
26 Elizabeth Street, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Family owned and operated, Camp Hillard is Westchester's first day camp, founded in 1929. The beautiful 20 acre camp, located in Scarsdale in southern Westchester, uniquely combines spirit, tradition, and fun with first-class modern facilities. Some highlights include 18 modern buildings including a large recreation hall, 30 ft climbing wall, 7 heated swimming pools including 2 Olympic-size heated swimming pools, 2 diving boards, 2 water slides, and a 135 foot water park slide, 3,000 square foot gymnastics pavilion, zip-line, miniature golf course, air conditioned creative arts center and extensive athletic facilities.
They also offer a number of special events like carnival, lollipop hunt, crazy dives, talent shows, marshmallow and s'mores roasts. They serve nutritious lunches and afternoon refreshments, including weekly cookouts. Transportation is provided.
1 Nabby Hill, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Established in 1940, Camp Nabby is a family owned and operated traditional summer day camp designed by professional educators. Nabby’s program is designed to promote the social and physical development of each and every camper.
Nabby offers outstanding facilities and a traditional, balanced program of sports and instructional special activities. Join us for fun across 17 acres featuring 3 swimming pools, 3 tennis courts, 5 ball fields, 3 soccer fields, 3 basketball courts, 2 dodgeball courts, gaga ball, gymnastics, floor hockey, mini golf, hiking trail, nature center, rock climbing and aerial adventure, art and music. Daily snack and lunch is provided as well as transportation.
1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Camp Pinebrook provides an intimate community in which young children make new friends, develop life skills, and have fun in a nurturing environment infused with Jewish values. Camp Pinebrook provides a full activity day, which includes a diverse array of outdoor and indoor activities including daily semi-private swim lessons, free swim, athletics, science, nature, yoga, martial arts, and art & crafts. Hot kosher meals are provided. Extended care is available daily from 7:00am to 6:30pm. Transportation will not be provided in 2021.
555 West Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, NY 10530
The Challenge Camp offers summer enrichment learning opportunities for bright and curious children. They are dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children to realize their intellectual and personal potential.
They offer over 100 courses ranging from 3D printing to architecture to chess to cooking to magic to model rocketry to video production and many options in between. There are also sports options as part of the Afternoon Challenge as we encourage students to challenge both their mind and body. They also offer bus transportation and early drop-off /extended day options for families that require flexibility.
180 Bradhurst Avenue, Hawthorne, New York 10532
Discover Camp is an enrichment day camp for children. The program was created to give children the opportunity to explore their own interests in science, technologies, arts and sports through hands-on learning.
There are over 100 classes to choose from! Choose from things like 3D printing, Coding, virtual reality design, chess, RC car and truck racing, skateboarding, arts and crafts, K -1 program, pokemon, ninja warriors, rocketry, MINI-Z racing and more. All of their instructors are educated professionals or NYS certified teachers. Lunch is provided and a kosher option is available. Extended day options are also available.
900 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains, NY 10607
Elmwood’s mission is for each child to discover, celebrate and be who they are supposed to be. Consistent, caring relationships, small group sizes and a comprehensive activity program are essential to achieve their mission.
Children will take part in swim (3 heated pools learn to swim program and Certified American Red Cross Lifeguards), athletics (soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, gymnastics, archery, yoga and golf), hiking, creative arts (painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, mixed media, woodworking, photography and jewelry making) and performing arts (drama, dance, music, puppetry and storytelling in the Performing Arts Center).
There is also natural play, an Adventure Park & Sky Park (low ropes course, 2 zip-lines, a climbing wall and a jump platform) and team building. Science & engineering include robotics, environmental science, life sciences, and physics. Other great activities include gardening, cooking, gaga and street games. As children get older they get to choose a significant portion of their daily activity program. Transportation is available. Nutritious snacks and lunch are provided.
260 Jay Street, Katonah, NY
Ages 6 - 14
At the Harvey Summer Camp children in grades 2-9 will choose from one of five concentrations in either Art, Sports, Dance, Performance, or General Studies (a schedule that offers a little of everything). These concentrations will allow campers to explore the depths and dimensions of each discipline, with 14 different classes a week. To further personalize their schedules, students will choose nine electives outside of their concentration, giving them the opportunities to explore new interests.
They also offer a program for first graders and week-long specialty camps in Robotics, Circus Arts, and Basketball.
Join them for up to eight weeks of summer fun and activity or simply just come for one week. Their summer program is flexible and designed to accommodate family vacation time and other summer commitments. Located in Westchester County in Katonah, New York, Harvey Summer Camp is located 50 minutes north of New York City and 20 minutes from the Eastern border of Connecticut.
999 Wilmot Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Camp Gadol offers a traditional summer camp experience at the JCC. Children will enjoy a combination of indoor and outdoor activities including swimming (indoors), soccer, baseball, gymnastics, martial arts, music, nature, themed days and more. Daily kosher lunch is provided as well as extended day care.
825 Union Valley Road, Carmel, NY 10512
Kiwi Country Day Camp has provided campers with an authentic traditional camp experience since 1952. Their program offers campers a variety of sports, adventure, performing & creative arts and daily instructional swim led by professional educators. Activities include everything you can imagine— zip-line, ropes, archery, fishing, boating, waterslides, swimming, athletics, golf, ninja warrior course, arts, theater, cooking, woodworking, mining, gaga and more. Transportation and daily hot lunch is provided. Extended day programs are available.
200 Old Tarrytown Road, White Plains, NY 10603
Celebrating more than 90 years of memorable summers for campers, Mohawk Day Camp offers everything you can imagine at a summer camp. From high ropes to farm animals, mountain biking and t-ball, express train and wood shop, water luge and mining, Mohawk is filled with adventure! They offer an authentic camp experience, complete with traditional camp activities, innovative programs, and unparalleled facilities. Children will enjoy daily swim instruction in one of 8 heated pools, a mix of creative and performing arts, sports, adventure, water fun and swimming, and interactive play. Daily hot and healthy lunch, transportation and towel service are all included.
48 Mount Tom Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Since 1955, Mount Tom has provided a traditional day camp experience for children. Their mission is to ensure all campers build positive relationships, take healthy risks, try new activities and increase self-esteem.
The camp includes a magnificent 19-room mansion, custom-built playground, outdoor theater, three swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, six ball fields, an expanded challenge course/cooperative games area, archery range and sports courts for hockey, beach volleyball, gaga and pickleball. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, athletics, ninja warrior, circus arts, STEM, nature and the arts. Transportation and lunch are provided
Iona Prep, 173 Stratton Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10804 (boys)
The Ursuline School, 1354 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY (girls)
Next Day Level Camps For Girls (at The Ursuline School) and for Boys (Iona Prep) offer a perfect mix of skill-based individual and team sports, STEM academic enrichment, exciting events, and special electives such as DJ, Magic, Martial Arts, Yoga, Visual Arts, Drama, and Dance plus a lot more. Next Level is an elective based program where campers choose their schedule on a daily basis.
Each day camp allows boys and girls to feel free to develop their talents and pursue their passions. Supported by a mature staff of highly trained teachers, counselors, coaches, parents, and collegiate athletes, campers in grades one through nine will become part of a community that values respect, responsibility, teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and friendship.
Next Level’s commitment to character-focused camp programs and flexible scheduling has rapidly made them Westchester’s favorite day camps for girls and boys. Camp sessions allow for full or half-day enrollment, for one or more consecutive or non-consecutive weeks and even offers daily passes.
Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 (K-1)
Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 (grades 2 and up)
Oasis Day Camp provides all a broad range of activities including soccer, flag football, softball, and lacrosse in addition to court sports such as tennis and basketball. Children can also enjoy swimming and swimming lessons, dance, arts & crafts, music, theater, games, outdoor adventure, and academic enrichment.
Campers are split into Lower Camp, Upper Camp, and two specialty programs for the youngest (Early Start) and oldest campers (Teen Travel). The scenic campuses have beautiful newly renovated athletic facilities including Astroturf playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools, nature trails, large indoor gym, theatre and other spacious indoor air-conditioned facilities. Transportation and an extended day option are available. Lunch is provided.
3095 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 10577
Purchase Day Camp is located on 8 scenic acres in suburban Purchase, NY. The 22,000 square foot William A. Read Memorial house stands at the center of their two campuses. They provide a broad based program with sensitive, enthusiastic and encouraging staff.
The American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program is provided in one of their 4 heated pools. Activities include a range of sports, cooking, arts & crafts, music, science, nature, theatre and special events. Some highlights include a 100' zip-line, woodworking shop, nature trails and a 18 hole mini golf course. Transportation, towels and lunch are all included. Extended days, mini days and full days are all options.
12 Wilgarth Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
Rush Day Camp has been around since 1971 and is located at Sarah Lawrence College. They offer air-conditioned facilities, indoor swimming pool, playing fields, classrooms, and state of the art technology. Their traditional day camp experience includes swimming, performing arts, artistic expression, games, STEAM, music and computers. They also offer an all sports camp and a one-week Specialty Camp programs. Extended hours are available.
Kinder Camp, Gymnastics Camp and Teen Fitness Camps - Rye YMCA, 21 Locust Avenue, Rye, NY
Discovery, Sports and STEAM camps - Resurrection School, 946 Boston Post Road, Rye
Rye Y Camps are led by a team of full time, qualified professional directors and are accredited by the American Camping Association. As an ACA accredited camp, strict ratio policies based on campers age are followed.
Safety is the #1 priority for Rye Y Camps and this summer protocols will be followed from the CDC, ACA anad NY State Health Department to keep campers and staff safe.
Kinder Camp campers enjoy the air conditioned Rye Y facility and an outdoor playground area. Activities are programmed around weekly themes.
Discovery Camp is an off-site camp program is located at the Resurrection School in Rye to allow for the full use of our outdoor programs and curriculum. Campers will participate in arts & crafts, music, sports and much, much more!
The Sports Camps, located at the Resurrection School in Rye, are for sports enthusiasts who want to develop both their individual and team skills.
STEAM Camp (located at the Resurrection School) challenges campers to question, explore, plan, discover, analyze, and understand the world through the lenses of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Gymnastics campers (located at the Rye Y) will participate in the Olympic events and tumble trak, mini trampoline, rope climb and much more. There are also several teen camp options. Extended day options are available.
The Rye Y also offers Teen Fitness camp and Leaders in Training and Counselors in training.
Maria Regina High School, 500 W Hartsdale Ave Hartsdale, NY 10530
Squire Camps is a family owned enrichment and sports day camp located in the Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, NY. They value family, fun, and learning! Activites are held in air-conditioned classrooms, art studio, and dining hall. Swimming is held at the indoor collegiate-size climate controlled pool at EF academy in Tarrytown.
They offer four different camps: Advantage Primary Camp, Advantage Choice Camp, All Sports Academy and Squire Tennis Academy. Lunch is provided. Transportation and extended day options are available.
93 Mahopac Ave Granite Springs, NY 10527
Two Programs at one Top notch facility. Summer Trails Day Camp is located on a private 20 acre facility with a wildlife-filled lake, two heated swimming pools, nature trails, spacious ball fields, as well as athletic and creative arts facilities. Since 1974 Summer Trails Day Camp & Baseball Camp has offered quality programming facilitated by committed staff that teach, inspire, entertain, and create lifelong memories and friendships within a flexible program designed to meet each individual family's needs.
Swimming lessons are provided via our American Red Cross certified swim program. The Summer Trails Baseball Camp is Westchester’s only baseball specific day camp program, and is an ideal choice for the true baseball enthusiast. Call today to set up a private family tour.
856 Orienta Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10544
Westchester Summer Day, located on a 26-acre campus beachfront on Long Island Sound, provides a unique experience infused with Jewish culture and Tefilla as part of the daily activities. WSD ruach (spirit) is a part of every program.
Their athletic program features soccer, tennis, hockey, baseball, softball, kickball, gaga, basketball, volleyball, yoga, zumba, and more. Their aquatics program features daily American Red Cross swim instruction in three heated pools. There is also boating, knee boarding, wake boarding, water skiing, water slides, and a water trampoline. Creative arts such as arts and crafts, ceramics, jewelry making,
drama, dance and music allow children of all ages to express themselves and develop important life skills and unique personalities. The WSD Challenge Course features a climbing wall and full ropes course. Kosher lunch and snacks are provided as well as transportation.
6 Sprout Lake Camp, Route 82, Verbank, NY 12585
In 2016, Young Judaea Sprout Westchester Day Camp was founded. They began not just as a summer day camp, but as an inclusive Jewish community in Northern Westchester. A place where a Jewish child could thrive and be at their very best.
Activities include an American Red Cross based swim lesson daily, creative arts (ceramics, painting or general arts) and performing arts (drama, dance, and singing), adventure (ropes, archery), nature (hiking, fishing), Making a Difference Club (Campers make packages to send to those in need) and an assembly. Camp provides lunch on Fridays as well as snacks daily.
515 North Street, White Plains, NY 10605
Swimming, sports, art, musical theater, and so much more... the YWCA camp offers an individualized, nurturing, and safe environment for the next generation of campers to enjoy a true Funkist experience. Co-ed. Ages turning 4 through teens. Early drop off & late pick up until 6 pm available.
Day Camps Outside Westchester County
30 Mountain Rd Pomona, NY 10970
Camp Ramaquois is not like every other camp. Their day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 in Pomona, NY (only 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and 15 minutes from the Mario Cuomo Bridge) provides a truly authentic camp experience.
Their magnificent 44 acres, 5-acre lake, 9 heated swimming pools, and exceptional facilities and programs allow them to provide children with a dynamic and memorable summer filled with love, warmth, and being part of a special community. Their campers are encouraged to take healthy risks, learn new skills, develop relationships with their peers and counselors, develop independence and assume responsibility.
63 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY 10970
Since 1956, Deer Mountain offers children a sleep away camp’s range of activities, facilities, and expert staff in a mountainside setting—with 25 acres and a spring-fed lake. This day camp offers practically everything and includes swimming, sports, fine & performing arts, outdoor adventure, nature (petting zoo, gardening and more), waterfront (boating, fishing and more), STEM & special events. Transportation is provided. Lunch, snacks and towel service are also included.
Riverdale Country School, 5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 10471
Greenwich Catholic School, 471 North Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
ESF Camps deliver a unique assortment of camps for children of all ages and interests, while providing a safe and fun environment. With over 60 expertly-designed activities, they ensure that your child is continually exposed to a variety of new experiences. Their award-winning camps are filled with the perfect blend of education, sports and fun. They offer mini camp, tennis camp, tech camps, daily swimming instruction, sports, arts & crafts, science, ecology & nature, team building, imagination playground, an Apprentice Program and Young Leaders Program, special events and more. An optional lunch program is available and everyone enjoys new, worry-free enrollment.
Greenwich: A beautiful 38-acre campus with inspiring learning spaces and state-of-the-art facilities. The extensive indoor and outdoor amenities allow the camp to offer a unique blend of activities, sports and special events throughout the summer, rain or shine. There are indoor and outdoor pools.
Bronx: The 27 acre campus of Riverdale Country School campus features state-of-the-art facilities that provide the perfect setting for our camps. The extensive indoor and outdoor facilities allows the camp to offer a unique blend of activities, sports and special events throughout the summer, rain or shine. Includes a brand new Aquatic Center. Transportation is available.
750 Gate Hill Rd Stony Point, NY 10980
A family of talented specialists run a ton of engaging programs— everything from archery to gaga. Every division has its own balanced mix of regular favorites and selected pursuits in sports, arts, swim and adventure.
Soar through the air on a 300 ft. zip-line, race at go-carts, explore their serene mountain setting and climb the 45 foot tower. Campers can enjoy theater, music, and cooking, as well as sculpting, glazing and baking original ceramic masterpieces. Every major sport is played at Gate Hill. Swimming is taught and monitored by American Red Cross certified swim instructors and lifeguards. Their impressive Aquatics facility includes four heated pools, a splash park, water slides, diving board and water basketball. Plus a private lake for boating and fishing.
Campers are encouraged to develop their passions and discover fun in new experiences. Hot lunch is served daily. Transportation is available.
Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY 10960
Ages 4-14 (Entering PreK-9th grade)
Explore a magical Jewish summer at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. At Ramah, they provide children who are entering Pre-K through 9th grade with the very best camping experience… in a setting of love, friendship, wonder and discovery, a setting where Judaism is integral to daily activities.
Your child’s well-being is their most important consideration. They make sure that each camper is safe, happy and secure and that summer will be a time of growth, excitement, learning and lots and lots of fun!
Their Rockland County, New York campus, located just minutes from the Cuomo (formerly Tappan Zee) Bridge, offers the best in rural tranquility combined with suburban convenience, close to major highways and easily accessible to the areas they serve — Westchester, Riverdale, Manhattan, Rockland, Bergen and Essex counties. Air-conditioned bus service is available. Whenever possible, they provide door-to-door transportation.
420 Phillips Hill Road, New City, NY 10956
Last but certainly not least is Woodmont Day Camp, a camp where each child will feel the warmth and comfort of home. Children will experience a dynamic program in an environment fostering growth and independence.
Their breath-taking waterfall welcomes you to 50 acres of beautiful woodlands, streams, trails and open space. Activities include archery, swimming, farm, athletics, film, cooking, ceramics, nature, fishing, boating, theater, zip-line and so much more. Swim Directors and pool staff are certified American Red Cross Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Transportation and lunch are included.
Other Ideas for Camp
Another idea is to check with your preschool, school, church, synagogue or community center. They typically have programs as well. Also, many pool clubs, athletic clubs, recreation centers and country clubs offer camps.
Entertainment venues, art schools, museums, adventure centers, sports venues, nature centers and just about anywhere your child can take a class or activity, offer camps. Just keep in mind they may not have a robust outdoor full day, full summer program like the ones on this list. If you are looking for a specialty camp, like a tech camp, sports camp or art camp, do not worry. We'll be putting together a list of those as well.