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HARLEM YMCA Summer Camp 2013

Is your child ready for a summer of growth and adventure? The Harlem YMCA is about to embark on yet another fun and exciting summer of camp. Welcome to all of our returning and new campers to our 2013 Day Camp Program. Y Summer Camp uses hands-on learning through indoor and outdoor educational activities. Thank you for choosing our summer day camp for your child. We look forward to getting to know your son or daughter! Sincerely, Caroline Sanchez Camp Director



Through programs like YMCA Day and Sleepaway Camp, we nurture your child’s sense of selfconfidence and introduce them to positive, fun experiences that build leadership and social skills. Well trained, qualified staff serve as positive role models for campers. Y Day Camp enhances camper’s self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills through structured (and fun!) activities. Campers develop a true understanding of diversity in an atmosphere of acceptance and approval of the uniqueness of others. Campers are encouraged to be creative, expressive and learn new skills. Summer learning activities offer fun ways for campers to read and learn over the summer months. All YMCA Day Camps are licensed by the NYC Department of Health and Accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). YMCA Summer Camp helps campers ages 3-12 years old and teens ages 13-16 years old grow mentally and physically by participating in challenging activities in both small and large group settings under the supervision of a caring and well trained staff.

SUMMER LEARNING To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months when children lose much of what they learn during the school year. YMCA of Greater New York Day Camps provide high-quality summer learning initiatives that give children a variety of ways to improve reading and math skills and explore music, drama, art and sports. Through fun, themed curriculum that incorporates key academic components, children will practice and further their academic skills, learn to plan and create projects, learn teamwork and develop new skills. To inspire reading, our program will provide books recommended by the Department of Education for summer reading.

OUR CAMP LOCATIONS The Harlem YMCA Summer Day Camp operates out of the Jackie Robinson Youth Center located at 181 West 135th Street, New York NY, 10030. We also use offsite facilities such as local parks and schools to conduct Day Camp. Our Summer Sleepaway Camp is for boys and girls ages 6-16 from all over the world and is located 86 miles from NYC in Huguenot, NY. There are two villages, McAlister (Ages 6-12) and Talcott (12-15), that are located on our 1,150 acre property.


DAY CAMP Each week of camp provides your child hands-on activities including educational field trips and theme days.

ADVENTURE camp Ages 5-12 (Sessions 1-4) The Harlem YMCA’s Adventure Camp Programs focus on a variety of recreational and motiva-tional activities to inspire and activate our youth from ages 5-12. Campers will be delighted to participate in instructional swimming, arts & crafts, academic enrichment, trips, character development, sports and health & wellness. Every summer, the Adventure Camp Programs are themed per session. Our themed sessions allow our participants to be well rounded in sports and also encourages our youth to obtain an appreciation for the arts, such as dance & music. Campers will be gaining positive experiences and creating many new friends during our summer camp. Let the fun begin!

SOCCER & MUSIC (Session 1: July 1-12) Our goal at the Harlem YMCA Summer Camp’s two week long soccer session is to offer every camper the opportunity to develop their soccer skills, practice teamwork, and learn strategies for game play. Our coaches will review juggling, proper warm up techniques, passing, shooting, heading, defense, offense, and goal keeping. Our small group games will provide a rewarding experience for your child, developing their self confidence both on and off the field. Has your child ever dreamed of becoming the next big pop star or starting their own band? If so, the Harlem YMCA Summer Camp’s two week music session is your child’s time to shine! Our instructors will introduce different musical genres while teaching your child the basics of reading music. Every child will fine tune their stage presence and performance skills as they prepare to show off their musical talents at our family night and camp picnic.

BASEBALL, T-BALL, & DANCE (Session 2: July 15-26) Imagine hearing the crack of a bat and the cheer of your teammates while running full speed from base to base until you make a home run. The Harlem YMCA

will provide the ultimate Baseball/ T-ball experience at our two week session. Your child will learn catching, pitching, batting, infield and outfield skills while learning social skills such as team work and team spirit. This session also covers specific game strategies covering base running, field coverage, positions and the basic rules and regulations of the game. Let your child become the Yankees next draft pick here at the Harlem YMCA and learn how to play the game like the pros. Does your child like to jam to all the latest music at home? If so, the Harlem YMCA fuses the most popular musical selections and trendy dance choreography into a two week dance session. Dance classes will include exercises, across the floor skills and routines. Our instructors will teach campers how to move their bodies and express themselves incorporating movements with elements of culture, hip-hop and classics. Campers will in turn learn to identify their unique freestyle skills and develop their own sense of style. Your child will get to show off his/her new moves and confidence to parents, counselors and fellow campers.

VOLLEYBALL & KARATE (Session 3: July 29– August 9) During the volleyball two week session, our campers will learn strategic rules of the game while developing their upper body strength and tactical skills. Techniques such as passing, setting, blocking, hitting, and serving are among the many they will learn this summer. Karate is one of the most effective forms of selfdefense. At the Harlem YMCA Summer Camp two week karate session, campers will develop fitness, discipline and effective defense techniques. Karate will teach campers the importance of patience, respect and self-control, while building up their confidence and strength. HIYA!

BASKETBALL & DRAMA (Session 4: August 12-23) This session is structured to teach the fundamentals of the game of basketball. Players will learn the individual fundamentals through dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. They will also learn how to use those fundamentals and apply them to game situations. Academics, team work and life skills will also be stressed throughout this session. Most kids can watch their favorite movies with admirable actors or characters over and over - some parents can, too! The Harlem YMCA’s two week drama program is the newest component to our summer camp phenomenon. The camper that loves Wolverine from X-Men or Sandy from Grease will engage in a variety of warm-up games, improvisations, and group activities. We’ll tap into your child’s imagination using gestures, senses, concentration, and self expression. Each activity has a goal of learning a new acting technique. This session will allow your child to explore the excitement of character development and become their favorite hero while developing their communication skills.

SWIM CAMP Ages 8-12 (Sessions 1-4) The Harlem YMCA’s Swim Camp is a holistic approach for a great summer of fun and personal growth. Our professional, caring, and nurturing aquatics team focuses on campers’ individual development as swimmers. Instruction is formatted in a dynamic way to help swimmers of diverse levels and ages achieve their swimming potential by teaching them mental, physical, and technical skills as well as water safety. Our seasoned water safety instructors and lifeguards provide a safe and fun learning environment that is structured to meet swimmers’ individual needs by facilitating small group instruction as well as water activities that boost campers’ confidence and self-esteem in and out of the pool.

BASKETBALL CAMP Ages 8-12 (Sessions 1-4) The Harlem YMCA is a place where hoop dreams begin. In 1981, Dr. James Naismith founded the game of basketball at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. At the Harlem YMCA, our basketball program is live and direct, providing fundamental and detailed instruction from our athletic sports specialist. Your child will gain techniques in dribbling, footwork, rebounding, passing, catching and ball handling. This camp will improve your child’s defensive and offensive skills and strategically teach them to shoot to score the most points. Whether a beginner or advanced, short or tall, male or female, each camper will progress at their own speed. Let’s build hoop dreams.

KINDER CAMP Ages 3-4 (Sessions 1-4) Kinder Camp is a specialty camp where children play to learn! Kinder Camp’s environment gives preschoolers the chance to explore, socialize, learn and enjoy the activities and events the Harlem YMCA camp has to offer. This is the perfect introduction to the YMCA camp experience because it allows preschoolers the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and also builds an eagerness to participate in summer camp for years to come. Our trained and caring staff will introduce campers to singing, arts/music, sports, academic learning (phonetics, mathematics, etc), storytelling, games, and swimming. Kinder Camp’s curriculum focuses on the dynamics of character values that are relevant to preschoolers such as problem solving, moral judgment, healthy eating, physical fitness, and personal expression. Kinder Camp will also develop camper’s independency and encourage taking on new things, as well as self-confidence. Campers will gain and understand responsibility and the fundamentals of leadership. The overall goal for Kinder Camp is to have campers develop personal growth in all dynamics and transition it outside of camp.

EXTENDED DAY CAMP Ages 3-16 (Sessions 1-4) Parents… Ever feel like all you need is a little more time because of your work schedule? The YMCA has formulated the perfect solution - “Extended Day.” This program was created to add extra assistance for working parents who need additional child care from 4pm to 6pm and it has become so much more fun for our campers. We help meet the needs of working families while providing a different experience during our regular hours by enhancing the activities of choice in combination with structured recreational activities for healthy living. We consider your child’s input and interests in order to offer more Extended Day activity options during summer camp.

LEADERS TEEN CAMP Ages 13-16 (Sessions 1-4) No teen ever wants to be a follower, unless they are following in the steps of a good leader or leading themselves! With the purpose of becoming a great leader, teens will have the opportunity to take on new challenges this summer. Becoming a teenager may seem very overwhelming at times for many young individuals. They deal with many everyday issues in regards to being misunderstood; trying to standout in a crowd or even following the wrong crowd. Then there are other teens that may battle

bullying, peer pressure, and making the right decisions in life. The Harlem YMCA Leaders Teen Camp staff understands these struggles and is here to help our teens with these day to day struggles. We like making camp feel like an exclusive club to our teens, where they can build healthy relationships with others and feel comfortable to express themselves as teenagers amongst other teens! We hold daily teen talk discussions placing particular attention on issues that interest and impact many teenagers of today. Topics can range from teen music, television, magazines, and technology. Teens will also have the opportunity to explore issues within their community and society, based on current events and their personal experiences. This gives our teens the opportunity to learn how to articulate their opinions by communicating and expressing themselves as young respectful individuals. In addition, they will learn how to develop their communication, leadership, and public speaking skills by taking part in these discussions. By giving the teens new challenges and guidance on a daily basis, they will learn the necessary skills and character development that is needed to succeed in life. Taking part in sports, goal setting and group discussion activities, along with service learning projects and field trips all based on the fundamentals of education, teens will see the importance of their role in society and how their voice matters. They will learn the importance of community service, healthy relationships and decision making, leading these future leaders to want to live a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, they will realize everyone in their own unique way can be a leader within a team!



The New York YMCA Camp is located 86 miles from NYC on a 1,150 acre property.

Activities offered at New York YMCA Camp are Summer Sleepaway Camp, Specialized Summer Sports Camps (Gymnastics, Volleyball and Judo), Day Camp for Hudson Valley residents, Greenkill Outdoor Education Center, and customizable Retreat Groups or Special Retreat Weekends (Women’s Wellness Weekend, Men’s Adventure Weekend, Family Camp).

Summer Sleepaway Camp (June 30th – August 23rd)

Have an unforgettable summer at New York’s YMCA Camp! Our camp is for boys and girls ages 6-16 from all over the world. There are two villages, McAlister (Ages 6-12) and Talcott (12-15), that are located on our 1,150 acre property for Summer Sleepaway Camp. Just a sample of activities that we offer are swimming lessons, a wide variety of sports, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, our new media program, canoeing, and our ropes courses. We also offer specialty programs that include water skiing, horseback riding, and rafting trips.We are 86 Miles outside of NYC and we are a safe, inclusive, and diverse camp community. We are a place where children can develop friendships, lifelong skills, and cherished memories.

Sports Camps Gymnastics (June 23rd – July 5th) We offer world class training for dedicated and determined gymnasts from around the world. Our focus is to support each gymnast while learning new skills and improving existing ones. Every gymnast has the opportunity to train closely with our world-class coaches. Our facilities include 16,000 sq feet of training space, 6 vault stations, 12 beam stations, 4 sets of competition bars, 2 full floor exercises, and more.

Volleyball (July 14th – August 9th) We offer progressive training techniques for all skill levels, position specific training, and video training with personal feedback. We also offer plyometric and weight training opportunities for qualified campers. Our facilities include 6 indoor courts with all new sport court, 5 outdoor grass courts, a training room, certified athletic trainers, and medical attention available 24/7.

Judo (August 11th – August 17th) We offer world class training for athletes from around the world. During daily practice and evening Randori, our coaches evaluate skills to develop an individualized, appropriate training program for every camper. Our focus is to support each child and adult to learn new skills and to perfect their existing ones.

Day Camp - (Hudson Valley) (July 1st – August 23rd) All camp activities are progressive and designed to allow each child to see the growth of skills they learn in a fun and safe environment. Younger campers are lead through adventurous and fun activities, while older campers have a choice in the activities they participate in throughout the day.

Outdoor ADVENTURE (June 30th – August 23rd) Safe, sensational travel adventures for ages 10 to 15. Experience outdoor adventure activities during one and two week camping trips in the NE and SE regions.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS Outdoor Education (September – June) The Greenkill Outdoor Education Center provides safe and educational programs for students through a holistic approach that tailors each trip to a school’s specific needs. Our professional staff focuses on the needs of students and encourages learning in the natural environment.

Winter Family Camp and Summer family Camp (Winter: Feb. 15th – 18th | Summer: Aug 30th – Sept 2nd) Enjoy a wonderful themed weekend during the winter, the summer, or both filled with family fun.

Sleepaway camp open houses at NEW YORK YMCA CAMP • • • •

March 24 April 14 May 5 June 2

1:00 - 4:00 pm Transportation is available from NYC For more information on any of these activities please call 877-30-CAMPS or visit our website at


DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION Harlem YMCA Summer Day Camp is an eight-week program that runs from July 1st - August 23rd. Camp hours are from 8:00am-4:00pm. Extended Day hours are from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

DAY CAMP OPEN HOUSES • Saturday, March 2: 10 am - 4 pm • Saturday, April 27: 10 am - 4 pm • Saturday, May 18: 10 am - 4 pm


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Submit payment for your child’s first session with additional deposits of $100 for each added session. This will hold your child’s spot for the designated weeks of camp.

Take advantage of the 10% Early Bird discount by paying off your entire balance by May 20, 2013.

Submit your child’s medical form completed with parent information and signature as well as the doctor’s information, signature and stamp as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to keep extra copies of the medical form for your records.

Have 2 passport size photos of your child for submission

The YMCA accepts all major credit cards or you may sign up for automatic billing to ensure payments are made on time with no late fees incurred.

PARENT ORIENTATION Parent Orientation is mandatory. Parent or guardian must attend this mandatory meeting on Saturday, June 8th at 11:00 am OR Thursday, June 20th, at 6:00 pm.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE The YMCA of Greater New York awards scholarships to campers based on a parent or a family’s annual income. The scholarship applications must be submitted by May 20, 2013.

GOVERNMENT & UNION VOUCHERS We accept ACD, HRA, TWU Local 100, and 1199 SEIU vouchers. You must have your confirmation letter with you at the time of registration.

REFUNDS AND CREDITS If your child cannot attend camp for a period of time paid, you may submit a request for credit along with documentation to the Camp Director. Credits can be used for camp or other programs throughout the year. Any refund requests will be submitted to the Camp Director and will be granted under the discretion of the Youth & Family Director. All requests should be made prior to the start of the session.

CAMP GEAR Each child will receive 3 shirts and a camp bag. Swim caps will be given during the camper’s first day of swimming. Camp t-shirts must be worn every day. Additional shirts may be purchased at $10 each. Swim gear must consist of a towel, swimsuit, swim cap, a change of clothing, water shoes and a plastic bag (or other receptacle for wet swim gear). Camp gear is distributed during the camper’s first day of camp.


2013 Summer Day Camp Sessions and Fees CAMP OFFERINGS (Ages 3-16) CAMP SESSIONS Session Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4

Start Date July 1, 2013 July 15, 2013 July 29, 2013 August 12, 2013

End Date July 12, 2013 July 26, 2013 August 9, 2013 August 23, 2013

Payment Due Date June 14, 2013 June 28, 2013 July 12, 2013 August 2, 2013

CAMP FEES PER SESSION (every two weeks)









M: $370 NM: $420

M: $410 NM: $460

M: $410 NM: $460

M: $410 NM: $460



M: $290 NM: $380

M: $330 NM: $430

M: $330 NM: $430

M: $330 NM: $430



M: $330 NM: $420

M: $370 NM: $470

M: $370 NM: $470

M: $370 NM: $470



M: $330 NM: $420

M: $370 NM: $470

M: $370 NM: $470

M: $370 NM: $470



M: $290 NM: $380

M: $330 NM: $430

M: $330 NM: $430

M: $330 NM: $430

Extended Hours Extended hours are available to parents from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at $80 per session.



each additional sibling. Discounts cannot be combined.


Sibling Discounts

Does not apply to New York YMCA Camp programs

for participants who are registered by May 20 and have paid in full.


Early Bird Discounts

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Harlem Y Camp Guide 2013  

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