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Dear Parents/Guardians,


We welcome all of our returning and new campers to our 2017 Summer Camp Programs. We are excited to embark on another summer of fun and learning with you and your children. From sports and swimming to arts and culture, YMCA camps span a broad range of interests, while focusing on developing young minds and bodies.


The Cross Island Location Our Program

05 Summer Camps

Hours of Operation

06 What to Know about Day Camp 07 Registration Made Easy

In 2016 the YMCA served over 12,000 campers in communities throughout New York City. We are proud that in Queens, the Cross Island YMCA will be able to engage your child in a summer of new friendships, skills and exploration. Thank you for choosing our Y summer camp. We look forward to getting to know your camper! Sincerely, Cross Island YMCA

Discounts Orientation

Marie Turenne 718-551-9336 or

09 Summer Day Camp

Sheama Sandiford 718-551-9316 or

Early Childhood Camp

10 Cross Island Specialty Camps 12 A Week at Camp 13 Sleepaway Camp 14 Overnight Options

Gynamstics Camp Volleyball Camp

15 Adult Camp Options

Why Three Prices?

Welcome to YMCA Summer Camps In 1885, the YMCA helped to invent summer camp to provide children with positive and fun experiences that build confidence and new friendships. YMCA camp staff have served as positive role models for generations of campers and helped build future leaders. The centerpiece of YMCA camps are activities that excite and engage your child, giving them a summer filled with fun and adventure. Whether learning a new sport, discovering arts and culture or exploring the best of New York City, YMCA Summer Camps offer an opportunity to build wonderful lifelong memories and a feeling of community that will last beyond the summer. Each of our camps is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and our staff go through rigorous training to ensure the safety and positive experience of each child.



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The Cross Island YMCA Summer Day Camp operates out of our main camp location at: Public School 33 91-37 222nd Street Queens Village, NY 11428 ages 5.9 - 15 Cross Island YMCA 238-10 Hillside Ave Bellerose, NY 11426 ages 2- 5.8 Our Summer Sleepaway Camp is for youth ages 6-16 from all over the world and is located outside NYC in Huguenot, NY. There is a Counselor In Training (CIT) program for 16 year olds, as well as two villages, McAlister (ages 6-12) and Talcott (ages 12-15), that are located on 1,150 acres of forests and lakes.

“I love the fact that my daughter wakes up at 6 am and says ‘I’m ready!’ as she looks forward to another day at camp.” — YMCA SUMMER CAMP PARENT


PROGRAMS Our YMCA camps have something unique to offer every age group, from our Early Childhood Camp to Teen Camp.

Alongside sports, swimming and arts programs, the YMCA offers academic enrichment that is infused throughout the camp day. These programs include summer reading, journal writing and science activities.

Our goal is to meet your child’s developmental needs and provide a foundation for continued learning during the summer months.

Each session you will be given a schedule of activities so you can follow your child’s course of learning and adventure over the summer.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE REGISTRATION MADE EASY Scholarships The New York City's YMCA awards scholarships to campers based on the family’s annual income. Pick up a scholarship application at the branch or download an application online at 1

DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION Cross Island YMCA Summer Day Camp is an eight-week program that runs from July 3rd - August 25th. (no camp July 4th)


Visit the Cross Island YMCA’s member services desk.

Government & Union Vouchers*

Complete a camp application

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

and indicate the camp option of your choice.


Submit a $100 deposit for each session you would like your

Camp hours are from: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

child to attend. This will

Extended Day hours are from: 7:00 am – 9:00 am  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Deposits are non-refundable

hold your child’s spot for the designated sessions of camp. and non-transferable.


Take advantage of the 10% Early Bird Discount by paying

DAY CAMP OPEN HOUSES, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

off your entire balance by May 20, 2017.

Saturday, February 25 Saturday, April 29


Submit your child’s medical form

Saturday, May 20

completed with parent/guardian

Saturday, June 10

information and signature, as well as the doctor’s information, signature and stamp. Keep extra copies of the medical forms.


Submit two passport size

Refunds & 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. Requests submitted after the enrolled session will be invalid. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Credits can be used for camp or other programs throughout the year. Any credit requests will be submitted to the Camp Director and will be granted under the discretion of the Youth and Family Director. All requests should be made prior to the start of the session.

Day Camp Discounts 10% Early Bird Discount

10% Sibling Discount

For those who register before

Available for all siblings of the

May   20 & have paid in full.

first child registered at full price.

Discounts cannot be combined and are available only on the cost of camps per session, not on extended day or transportation fees.

Camp Gear Each camper will receive two t-shirts and a camp bag. Swim caps will be provided on the camper’s first day of swim. Camp t-shirts must be worn every day. Additional shirts can be purchased for $10 each or three for $25. Swimmers must have a towel, swimsuit, change of clothing, water shoes and a plastic bag for wet swim gear.

photos of your child.

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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.


Ages 2-5.8, 11 am - 12 pm   Ages 5.9 - 15, 12 pm - 1 pm Attendance at one Parent/Guardian orientation meeting is mandatory. The meetings will be held on the following dates and times: Saturday, February 25 Saturday, April 29 Saturday, May 20 Saturday, June 10 C R O S S I S L A N D Y M C A / /



OUR CAMP OPTIONS Early Childhood Camp 

AGES 2-5.8

Early Childhood Camp provides our youngest campers with handson, experiential, fun activities intentionally planned to support each child’s social, physical and cognitive skill development. Activities include swimming, outdoor play, music and movement, and interactive science, language and literacy activities. Staff members experienced in engaging with preschoolers understand the importance of rich adult-child interactions and focus on building supportive, nurturing relationships with every camper. Early Childhood campers will enjoy campsite-based collaborations with child-friendly organizations and go on excursions within walking distance in their own communities. Camp Contact: Sunita Batra at 718-551-9313; *Full and Half day and 3 & 5 day options available.

refer to camp offerings ages 2-5.8 for prices

Cross Island Day Camp 

AGES 5.9-15

Traditional Day 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, instructional swimming, arts and crafts, and weekly themed days such as Crazy Hat Day. In addition, campers will engage in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math activities through each session. Traditional day campers will be divided into age groups with children no more than 1-2 years apart in age.

“The YMCA invented camp. We know how to set the bar.” — NATALIE NORTON Chief Operating Officer, New York City’s YMCA

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 critically think. Field trips to museums and science centers will link to the camp-based activities and maximize educational enrichment. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $505  Non-Member: $515

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Cross Island Teen Camp 

AGES 13-15

Performance Arts Camp 

Teen Camp is for 13-15 year olds currently enrolled in high school. Teen Camp motivates teens through hands on programming that fosters development of educational and career goals. Along with sports, arts and cultural programs teens will have the opportunity to participate in college and career readiness programs. Field trips will allow teens to explore some of New York City’s key landmarks and cultural institutions.

Performance Arts Camp participants experience a wonderful summer of dance, drama, music & art. Campers will learn the basics of choreography from lyrical to hip-hop. In addition, campers will learn the fundamentals of acting, character study, improvisation exercises, and even try script writing. Create, Play, have Fun! Each camp showcases their new skills and performs for their families at the end of the session.

COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $505  Non-Member: $515

COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp 

Soccer Camp 

AGES 6-14

FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS This camp is made possible through the generous support of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation. Its donation has offset the expenses of equipment, transportation and staffing required to serve children with special needs. All children will receive wheelchair accessible transportation, oneon-one swimming instruction, adaptive physical activities and equipment. A nurse is also present both onsite and on field trips outside of the Y for children who require special care like catheterization and/or medication administration. Camp Contact: Jean Dattner 718-551-9325, Dianne DiPeri 718-551-9319,

Session A  July 11 - July 29 Session B  August 1 - August 19 COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION $850 FLAT RATE

Inclusion Camp 

AGES 5.9-14

A special summer experience awaits those enrolled in the inclusion explorer camp. This camp brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities. This unique camp gives children with special needs the same experience as other campers. Children with disabilities and their peers who are typically developing come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, educational activities, reading, physical fitness and more. Camp counselors will serve as shadows—one counselor to every 2 campers. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $817  Non-Member: $827



Team Sports Camp 

AGES 5.9-12

TRANSPORTATION Transportation to and from the Cross Island YMCA at PS 33 is available only to campers in Youth & Teen or Specialty Camps (not Early Childhood Camp) who attend regular hours (9am–4pm). We do not offer transportation

AGES 5.9-12

Our Team Sports Camp is designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in groups according to age. Campers will learn basic fundamentals and rules for Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Flag Football. Each day of the week our staff will focus on one of the four sports. Our goal is to expose the children to a variety of sports. In addition, they will learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship and motivating each other to succeed. Camp staff have background in coaching sports. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

for our extended hours campers.

AGES 5.9-12

Soccer Camp participants will develop soccer skills, improve stamina, strength and endurance in a fun environment with trained coaches. Each camper will be taught the fundamentals such as ball control, passing, dribbling, tapping, shooting and goalkeeping skills. All ability levels are welcome! COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

S.T.E.A.M. Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)  AGES 5.9-12 The S.T.E.A.M. Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an interactive and creative learning experience that includes Arts and Technology combined with traditional camp activities that children associate with summer fun. S.T.E.A.M. camp’s curriculum emphasizes creativity and learning in a fun environment. Campers will experience art, math and science activities. This project based camp will give campers hands-on experience with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

Teen Sports Camp 

The registration deadline for

Basketball Camp 

transportation service is Saturday,

Players will perfect their dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and offense skills according to their level of expertise. Academics, team work, and life skills will be incorporated throughout the sessions in order to enhance each camper as a whole. Classes are based on appropriate age and level of play. All ability levels are welcomed. Offensive and defensive skills and team concepts develop the most complete basketball player possible.

May 20th. Transportation is available within the following communities:

»» Bayside »» Bellerose »» Cambria Heights »» Douglaston »» Elmont »» Floral Park »» Franklin Square »» Fresh Meadows »» Glen Oaks »» Hollis »» Jamaica »» Jamaica Estates »» Laurelton »» Little Neck »» New Hyde Park »» Ozone Park

AGES 13-15

Our progressive curriculum enhances various sports skills and fundamentals. Campers will learn the different rules of each game while practicing their techniques in mini games. In addition, they will learn about team work, sportsmanship, and motivating each other to succeed. The camp will also focus on teaching fitness and healthy lifestyles. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $505  Non-Member: $515

»» Queens Village »» Richmond Hill »» Rochdale »» Rosedale

AGES 5.9-12

COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

Gymnastics Camp 

AGES 5.9-12

Our Gymnastics Camp emphasize individual skill development in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Dance, conditioning, stretching and performance tips will focus on fun for gymnasts of every level. Gymnasts will have an opportunity to showcase their new skills in an exhibition at the end of each session. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

Tennis Camp 

AGES 5.9-12

The Tennis Camp offers drills and activities carefully designed for different developmental levels so each camper will have a successful learning experience. The camp will focus on positioning, court layout and rules and regulations. The campers will also learn about the basic forehand and back hand strokes and compete in both singles and doubles activities. Campers must bring a tennis racket. COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Member: $536  Non-Member: $546

»» St. Albans »» Springfield Gardens »» South Ozone Park »» Valley Stream

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What Your Time at Cross Island Y Day Camp Looks Like A DAY AT CAMP




Opening Assembly

In House Activities

Late Morning 


Art Activities

Theme Day



Lunch & Games Outside

In House Activities

Early Afternoon  Swimming


Thursday  Trip Day

THE CAMP YOU LOVE, TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN Our New York YMCA Camps in Huguenot, NY feature over 1000 beautifully wooded acres including three lakes, miles of hiking trails, high and low ropes courses and a seasonal horse ranch. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled family weekend in the great outdoors, an educational field trip destination for your child’s school, a beautiful meeting place for your retreat group, or a traditional sleepaway camp experience for your child, our New York YMCA Camps are the place to be!

SLEEPAWAY CAMP OPEN HOUSES April 17 & May 22 Join us for a tour! Buses are


Late Afternoon 


Science Activities

Afternoon Showcases


available from Manhattan to camp for our open house days. Sign up at Dates don’t work for you? Call (845) 858-2200 to arrange a personal tour that fits your schedule!

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CAMP OPTIONS Traditional Sleepaway Camp

National Gymnastics Training Camp 

Join us for an unforgettable summer! Our traditional Summer Sleepaway Camp offers three exciting opportunities for campers ages 7–16. Camp McAlister (ages 7–10) is a fun, safe and nurturing introduction to the wonderful world of sleepaway camp. Camp Talcott (ages 11–14) features a wide range of exciting and challenging activities for slightly older campers. Our Counselor in Training (CIT) program (age 16) gives motivated teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills while having fun in the great outdoors. Across programs, campers from our branch and all over the world, enjoy a wide range of traditional camp activities including swimming, canoeing, sports,archery, arts & crafts, nature and outdoor skills,and fun on our floating, inflatable obstacle course! Optional additional activities include horseback riding, water skiing, and white water rafting.

We offer world class training for dedicated and determined gymnasts from around the world. Our focus is to support each gymnast to develop new skills and improve existing ones. Every gymnast has the opportunity to train closely with our world class coaches.

Combine any two consecutive sessions for a three week option by adding a “stayover” weekend camp.

Session 1  July 2–14 Session 2  July 16–21 Session 3  July 23–August 4 Session 4  August 6–11 Session 5  August 13–25 COST PER 2 WEEK SESSION Tier 1: 1 week: $910  2 weeks: $1680 Tier 2: 1 week: $810  2 weeks: $1480 Tier 3: 1 week: $710  2 weeks: $1280


Our camp includes 16,000 sq feet of training space with first class vault stations and beam stations, competition bars, and two full exercise floors. Certified athletic trainers are on site and medical attention is available 24/7. For a nominal fee, register to stay over the weekend, take a rest, and join in for two weeks of training. Session 1  July 2–7

Session 2  July 9–14

COST PER SESSION Tier 1: $999  Tier 2: $899  Tier 3: $799

World Volleyball Training Center 


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 camp at Greenkill includes six indoor courts with sport court floor, outdoor grass courts, and a training room. Certified athletic trainers are on site and medical attention is available 24/7. Teams attending together are offered teambuilding activities. Session 1  July 23–28 Session 2  July 30– Aug 4 COST PER SESSION Tier 1: $949  Tier 2: $899  Tier 3: $849

International Judo Camp 


Celebrating our 45th year, the International Judo Camp has offered world class training for athletes from around the world. During daily practice and evening Randori, our coaches evaluate skills to develop an individualized, training program for every camper. Our focus is to support each child and adult to learn new skills and to perfect their existing ones. Our camp includes six competition areas of two



inch Dollamar Flexi-roll mats—ideal for safe training and competition. Weightlifting and cardiovascular training equipment is available, and trainers and medical staff are on site 24/7. Session 1  August 6–12 COST PER SESSION ADULTS: Tier 1: $699  Tier 2: $599

KIDS: Tier 1: $599 Tier 2: $499

Boys/Girls Outdoor Leadership Development 

AGES 12 - 16

We offer one or two-week adventure trips where campers experience safe, outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, camping, canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing, tubing, high-team adventure and so much more. Visit our website for more details at

ADULT CAMP Greenkill Retreat Center 

Greenkill Outdoor Education Center Our Greenkill Outdoor Education Center in Huguenot, New York provides educational programs for students of all ages tailored to each school’s specific needs. Whatever your goals, educational programs target social development, experiential and challenge education, learning for sustainability, and help you achieve your school’s STEM objectives. Our professional staff focuses on the needs of students and encourages learning in the natural environment. Details on programs can be found at For more information, give us a call at (845) 858-2200. September to June

Women’s Wellness Weekends Immerse yourself in your “peace” of nature at our Women’s Wellness weekends. Build your personal development and skills, participate in arts and crafts projects, take guided hikes throughout our picturesque property, enjoy health and wellness sessions, yoga and more. Lifetime friendships are made each year during this re-energizing weekend. Spring ‘17 Session  May 19–21 Fall ‘17 Session  November 10–12


The Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York is beautifully situated and environmentally inviting. The center is open year-round with options for day trips, overnights, or multiple-night stays. From activity choices and breakout sessions to lodging, recreation, team building, and meals, we work closely with each group to design the perfect retreat for your specific needs and goals. Consider our retreat center for college groups, high school events, family reunions, or leadership training and team building.

Family Camp Strengthen family bonds and have fun at our all-inclusive Winter or Summer Family Camps. Enjoy a weekend with sports, crafts, and special themed activities. When winter gives us snow, XC-skiing, snow-shoeing, and snow-tubing are always family favorites. In the summer, have fun in the sun on our beautiful beaches where families can swim, tube, and water-ski.

WHY THREE PRICES? New York YMCA Camp realizes that families have differing abilities to pay, so we offer a 3-tier pricing program. This is strictly an honor system; select the fee you feel is appropriate to what you can pay. The program is voluntary, and in no way influences the experience children receive. TIER 1 Is the actual cost of camp for a child to participate TIER 2 Is our partially subsidized fee for temporary or minor financial need TIER 3 Is our heavily subsidized fee for those in need of more financial assistance We also offer need-based financial assistance.

Winter ‘17 Session  February 17–20 Summer ‘17 Session  September 1–4

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Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Jamaica, NY Permit No. 671

Cross Island YMCA

238-10 Hillside Ave Bellerose, NY 11426 P 718-551-9300 F 718-468-9568 E W F

JOIN US SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD FOR OUR 4TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT Touch-A-Truck gives kids a chance to encounter working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life up close and personal. Plus, the Fall Festival offers families a day of fun, food and entertainment with activities such as arts and crafts, bounce houses, pumpkin picking, games, face painting, music, raffles and family friendly vendors & our Y open house. For more information visit


Sibling Discounts*

10% Discount for participants who are registered by May 20, 2017 and have paid in full.

10% Off each additional sibling. Discounts cannot be combined.

Financial Assistance Available* Pick up a scholarship application at the branch or download an application online.

* Does Not Apply To Sleepaway Camp Programs


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