• Best Day Camps Outside The City

    Our big guide to the best day camps for kids outside the city for summer 2015

    By New York Family

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    • Badger Day Camp
      Badger Day Camp

      Badger Day Camp is an ACA-accredited, service driven camp providing door to door supervised transportation, daily hot lunch, towel and swimsuit laundering service, superior counselor to camper ratio, flexible scheduling and a wide variety of summer activities including swimming, nature programs, arts & crafts, music, sports, drama programs and lots more! It is located in Larchmont, NY, and strives to encourage campers, ages 3-12, to accept new challenges and have positive attitudes. badgersportsclub.com

    • Breezemont Day Camp
      Breezemont Day Camp

      Summer 2015 brings exciting changes to Breezemont Day Camp- upgraded and improved facilities, new programs, and extensive renovations. A new zip line and a new aerial adventure course, redesigned swim program, towel service, morning snack, amphitheater, gymnastics pavilion, baseball complex including batting cage, introducing lacrosse, ceramics, digital arts & jewelry. Breezemont is the only day camp in Westchester that has a lake, as well as six swimming pools. The owners have developed a well-rounded waterfront program that will include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and paddle boats, as well as swim instruction for all levels. breezemontdaycamp.com

    • Buckley Country Day Camp
      Buckley Country Day Camp

      Buckley Day Camp offers families a connection-focused program where each camper ends his/her time at camp feeling more connected to one another, their staff and the overall camp community. Their program is one aspect that makes Buckley unique. Their elective-based program allows campers to choose what they experience at camp. From sports to arts to sciences, we offer options that fulfill the interests of all campers. Located in Roslyn, NY in Nassau County (just 19 miles from New York City!), Buckley is committed to enriching the lives of children through their three guiding principles of Knowledge, Friendship and Fun. buckleycamp.com/

    • Camp Ramaquois
      Camp Ramaquois

      Everything at Camp Ramaquois revolves around one word: Fun! Located in Pomona, NY, Ramaquois strives for a safe, unique environment that forges friendships and leadership opportunities. With seven activity periods each day ranging from graphic design to hockey, campers get a chance to learn new skills as well as brush up on old ones. The water activities program boasts a 5-acre lake equipped with a water trampoline, as well as eight pools, and over 60 Red Cross-certified lifeguards. ramaquois.com

    • Centercourt Athletic Club
      Centercourt Athletic Club

      Located in New Jersey, Centercourt Athletics Club offers campers, ages 3-11, the opportunity to spend action-packed summer days on the grounds of the Northeast’s premier tennis and sports facility. It is the ideal setting for children to grow and learn, while enjoying days filled with tennis, swimming, and other fun activities at this tennis camp. centercourtclub.com

    • Challenge Camps
      Challenge Camps

      Let you child’s imagination soar at Challenge Camp’s picturesque 18-acre campus in Rye, NY. Activities are drawn from the worlds of technology, sports, math and science, history, gaming, arts and crafts, photography, and performing arts — from computers, robots and architecture to fashion design, music, cooking and more.

    • Coleman Country Day Camp
      Coleman Country Day Camp

      Coleman Country Day Camp, serving campers ages 3-13, makes it their mission to develop campers’ courage, self-reliance, commitment, compassion, sportsmanship, perseverance, resilience, and determination. Through athletics, aquatics, adventure, arts, and circus activities, the Coleman family encourages children to dream big every day, while taking advantage of their unparalleled facilities. colemancountry.com

    • Corbins Crusaders
      Corbins Crusaders

      For active adventures including go-karts, zip-lines, waterslides, rock climbing, ropes courses, and gaga, kids ages 4-14 can sign up for Corbin’s Crusaders. In addition to their unique offerings, the summer camp hosts more traditional sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, golf, and swimming. Located on a 10-acre property in New City, New York—about 25 minutes from Manhattan—Corbin’s includes door-to-door counselor-monitored bus service and a mostly year-round staff of seasoned professionals. corbinscrusaders.com

    • Crestwood Country Day Camp
      Crestwood Country Day Camp

      Offering more than just an experience that's fun and safe, Crestwood County Day Camp offers children ages 2 to 11 a traditional outdoor summer camp experience. Activities include aquatics, athletics, arts, and adventure. crestwoodcountryday.com

    • Day Camp In The Park
      Day Camp In The Park

      This summer day camp, located on a 500+ acre nature preserve on the in Harriman State Park in Rockland County, offers sports, arts, nature activities, games, water activities, and special events to campers ages 4-15. Located just 30 minutes away from New York City, this is a “camper’s paradise.” daycampinthepark.com

    • Deer Mountain Day Camp
      Deer Mountain Day Camp

      Deer Mountain offers a transformative setting that is as beautiful as it is well appointed. Smart, authentic leadership and experienced staff create an environment where kids ages 3 to 15 feel comfortable to be who they are. Expert instructors create engaging, high quality programs so kids develop real skills. Parents choose Deer Mountain because of their experience; kids love us because of theirs. deermountaindaycamp.com

    • Deerkill Day Camp
      Deerkill Day Camp

      Deerkill Day Camp is a third generation family-owned day camps serving children ages 3 to 15 in Rockland Country, New York. Deerkill is well known for having outstanding professional swim instruction, a very mature and nurturing staff, a unique complimentary weekend pool club, and decades of tradition. deerkilldaycamp.com

    • Dwight Englewood
      Dwight Englewood

      The mission of Dwight Englewood Summer Connections program is to engage children grades Pre-K to Grade 12 offering enrichment in academics, explorations in the arts, adventures in sports, information about healthy living, instruction in leadership development, and connections to the global world in an academics based summer experience. d-e.org

    • Elmwood Day Camp
      Elmwood Day Camp

      Elmwood believes that theirs is the ideal program for children entering 5th and 6th grades because it is a balance between a specialty and traditional camp experience. Campers develop a passion, hone their skills, and discover new interests. The balance of Morning Majors (which last for two weeks) and Minors (which change daily) help campers to focus in a particular area while still giving them ample time to try new activities. Every afternoon concludes with traditional camp activities and free swim. Their program is designed for participation, skill development and fun. Transportation provided from Manhattan. elmwoodspecialties.com

    • ESF Camps
      ESF Camps

      ESF Camps (Education, Sports and Fun) is an award-winning, family-owned and operated camp since 1982. ESF features exciting programs offering over 60 activities, a wide variety of sports and new adventures for boys and girls ages 4-15. Day Camp (ages 4-8), Sports Camp (ages 6-14), Senior Camp (ages 9-15) and Tennis Camp (ages 6-15). 2-8 week options. Extended day available. Bus transportation from New York City and Westchester County. esfcamps.com/Riverdale

    • Friends Academy
      Friends Academy

      Friends Academy summer camps, Artist's Institute and Summer athletic clinics bring hundreds of children to the Locust Valley, NY campus every summer. Campers, ages 2-16, can participate in over 30 different programs on the 65 acre campus. fa.org

    • Future Stars
      Future Stars

      Calling all future athletes! Future Stars has locations in Westchester and Long Island to challenge the aspiring Michael Jordans, Derek Jeters, and Williams sisters. Campers are put into age- and level-appropriate groups that allow them to enhance skills and create new friends in the process. fscamps.com

    • Gate Hill
      Gate Hill

      Discover the ultimate day camp experience for camper’s ages 3-15! Family owned and operated for two generations by Josh, Bob, and Jennifer Male, Gate Hill's unique, state of the art facility offers 33 acres of outdoor adventure, authentic athletic fields and courts, an array of creative & performing art activities, wet & wacky fun at the Splash Park, and a heated, four pool complex that is home to our proven learn-to-swim program. gatehilldaycamp.com

    • Hampton Country Day Camp
      Hampton Country Day Camp

      Serving kids 3-15 years old, Hampton Country Day Camp operates in East Hampton and offers campers just about any activity you can think of: Swimming, performing and creative arts, sports, dance, and much more. The staff brings their energy as well as their activity expertise, making it an environment where kids can thrive doing what they love. hamptoncountrydaycamp.com

    • Hamptons Music Sessions
      Hamptons Music Sessions

      Hamptons Music Sessions is a premiere summer day camp in East Hampton for kids in grades K-12 offering classes in piano, strings, winds, guitar, voice, and composition and songwriting. Students will have the creative freedom to create their own original pieces. hamptonsmusic.org

    • Hillard Day Camp
      Hillard Day Camp

      Camp Hillard, Westchester’s first day camp, offers a complete program that uniquely combines spirit, tradition, and fun with first-class modern facilities. On a 20 acre campus in Scarsdale, NY, campers, ages 3 to 13, enjoy swimming and sports, balanced with high-quality creative and performing arts, specialty activities, as well as exciting special events. camphillard.com

    • Kings Bay Y
      Kings Bay Y

      The Kings Bay Y summer program offers beautiful outdoor facilities on country-like campus in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Daily swim instruction, hot meals, and field trips are available for campers ages 6-15, as well as preschool summer camp, summer day camp, basketball camp, swim camp, Hebrew Dual Language camp, and an inclusion program for special needs. kingsbayy.org

    • Lawrence Woodmere
      Lawrence Woodmere

      At Lawrence Woodmere Academy campers ages 2-15 can enjoy traditional sports like tennis, soccer, baseball, and basketball alongside newer activities such as gaga, yoga, and aeroball (which uses a trampolining basketball system). Also on offer are cheerleading, martial arts, cooking, musical theater, and, new for 2014, “Imagination” Playground” (an overnight for kids in grades 4-5). lawrencewoodmere.org

    • Merrick Woods
      Merrick Woods

      At Merrick Woods summer camp, located in Merrick, NY, campers from preschool to teenage, participle in swimming, athletics, arts and crafts, and club activities. Special events include an Olympic Extravaganza, Family Fun day, Halloween in July, and professional entertainment. merrickwoods.com

    • Mohawk Day Camp
      Mohawk Day Camp

      At Mohawk, children ages 3-13 enjoy swim, sports, crafts, adventure, nature and more. On 40 acres, we feature a renowned swim program in eight heated swimming pools, a year-round farm, 23 sports fields plus basketball and tennis courts, nine arts centers including ceramics, wood shop, LEGOs, and cooking, a huge ropes climbing course and archery pavilion, a technology lab and performing arts centers! Campers choose electives such as circus performance, sports clinics, robotics, fencing, and more. campmohawk.com

    • Mount Tom Day Camp
      Mount Tom Day Camp

      Mount Tom Day Camp is all about sports and the arts for ages 3-14. Activities include basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, kickball, gaga, archery, horseback riding, and more. During choice time, kids can also take part in rugby, cricket, squash, and lacrosse. As far as the arts goes, there’s music, drama, dance, crafts, t-shirt art, and cooking; and, during choice time, kids can engage in magic, cartooning, ballroom dance, yoga, jewelry making, and zumba. mounttomdaycamp.com

    • Nature Place Day Camp
      Nature Place Day Camp

      The Nature Place is an ACA-accredited, nature-oriented and non-competitive day camp for children ages 4-16, located on 200 acres in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Children at The Nature Place play, learn, and grow outdoors, with friends, through hands-on, pressure-free programming supported by a well-trained staff. thenatureplace.com

    • Neil Klatskin Day Camp
      Neil Klatskin Day Camp

      For ages 3-11, from June 29-August 21, NKDC offers a summer of adventure and non-stop fun. Their 21-acre Tenafly, NJ, and 600-acre Alpine, NJ, campuses provide the perfect backdrop for camper to enjoy outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends, and explore personal interests. Programming includes swim, sports, challenge course, art, music, nature, Judaic, theme days and more. Their Tikvah program meets the needs of children ages 5-15 with mild special needs. They offer four, six, seven or eight-week options. jccotp.org/nkdc

    • New Country Day Camp
      New Country Day Camp

      New Country Day Camp offers activities from cooking, martial arts, and arts and crafts to pioneering, sports, or science and technology. Though it’s a traditionally Jewish day camp, any child entering kindergarten through sixth grade from all backgrounds is encouraged to participate. The camp provides bus transportation from North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan to its Staten Island grounds. 14streety.org/newcountry

    • North Shore Day Camp
      North Shore Day Camp

      The mission of North Shore Day Camp, located in Glen Cove, NY, is help children make new friends, and build self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. Activities include swimming, tennis, athletics, arts and crafts, adventures, golf, an optional academic advancement program, and special electives for children ages 2.5-15. northshoredaycamp.com

    • Pierce Day Camp
      Pierce Day Camp

      Located in Roslyn, NY, Pierce Day Camp is a fourth generation family run summer day camp for children ages 3 to 9, where the non-competitive atmosphere offers campers the opportunity to explore musical theater, circus arts, sculpture, and other activities that fuel creative expression. To complement the extensive music, dance, and arts and crafts program, Pierce Day Camp also offers baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and innovative adventure activities. piercecamps.com

    • Ramapo Day Camp
      Ramapo Day Camp

      Children, entering grades nursery to grade 8, have the opportunity to participate in sports, creative play, swimming, performing arts, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities at Rampo Day Camp, located in Airmont, NY. ramapocamp.com

    • Rolling River Day Camp
      Rolling River Day Camp

      At Rolling River Day Camp, socialization, resilience and confidence are priorities. Campers, age 2 to 15, participate in aquatics in the state of the art pool facilities, athletics, boating, creative play, free play, academic enrichment, and special events on this Oceanside, NY campus. rollingriver.com

    • Ross School
      Ross School

      Summer Camp at Ross’s unique program for ages 2-14 on two campuses, Bridgehampton and East Hampton, offers campers all the fun of a traditional summer camp while allowing them to pursue their passions in sports, science, the outdoors, and the arts. ross.org

    • Shibley Day Camp
      Shibley Day Camp

      Located in northern Nassau County, Shibley's property is unique among Long Island day camps, because it is comprised of three separate estates purchased by founder Jeanne Shibley over a period of ten years. Campers ages 3 to 13 have the opportunity to build social skills and be active in a beautiful setting through the healthy outdoor programs. shibleydaycamp.com

    • Southampton Summer Day Camp
      Southampton Summer Day Camp

      For four decades, Southampton Summer Day Camp has provided recreational and cultural activities for campers ages 3-14. The Bucks County, PA, grounds include heating swimming pools, a riding corral, a zip-line, sports areas, and more, including an infirmary and dining facilities. Transportation is provided, or parents can drive their kids during regular camp hours and receive a rebate for each camper. hampyowl.com

    • Spring Lake Day Camp
      Spring Lake Day Camp

      Located just 25 miles north of the George Washington Bridge in Ringwood, NJ, Spring Lake Day Camp has natural beauty close to the city. With a 5-acre spring-fed lake, tall pines, athletic facilities, and a state-of-the-art heated pool complex, Spring Lake offers campers ages 4-15 awesome waterslides, amazing zip-lines, and climbing walls. Other activities include archery, boating, Go-Karts, discovery science, recording studio, fishing, fitness, golf, martial arts, horseback riding, photography, and ropes courses. sldc.com

    • Westchester Summer Day
      Westchester Summer Day

      Westchester Summer Day (WSD) offers a variety of traditional and unique daily activities located on the Long Island Sound. At WSD children are guaranteed an unparalleled experience infused with Jewish culture and WSD spirit. The dedicated staff provide a nurturing environment for play and learning. Their extensive athletic and creative arts programs allow children of all ages to express themselves. Theme days, Oneg Shabbat, boating, exciting trips and our full ropes course really set WSD apart. They welcome children 3 years through grade 6. A hot kosher lunch is provided daily. westchesterday.org/summer

    • Woodmont Day Camp
      Woodmont Day Camp

      Of the many active offerings at Woodmont Day Camp, city kids seem to especially love Go-Karts, archery, and the zip-line! Campers ages 4-15 spend their summer days outdoors enjoying baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football, fishing, boating, hiking, and more. Yoga, dance, science, arts and crafts, ceramics, jewelry, cooking, music, theater, fencing, rocketry, and magic are also on the activities menu. Attendees can even select an elective they really enjoy and participate in it for an hour each day for one week. woodmontdaycamp.com

    • Camp Yomawha
      Camp Yomawha

      Camp Yomawha is situated at the picturesque Henry Kauffman Campgrounds in Washington Heights, and gives children the opportunity to experience the joys of nature without even leaving New York City. Campers will enjoy boating on the lake, playing on the adventure course, multi-purpose sports court and athletic fields, hiking, and performing on stage. Camp Yomawha is for children who have completed kindergarten through grade 10. ywashhts.org

    • Hudson Music Studios
      Hudson Music Studios

      Hudson Music Studios' summer Rock Camp series brings the most talented musician/educators from the area to work with young musicians who are either new to music or wish to master their instrument for a summer of fun, friendship, and an inspiring musical experience. Students will learn a wide range of rock 'n roll styles, learn to improvise, have private or semi-private lessons, read and write music, compose, create film/video game scores, progress in music theory, perform for the public weekly, make new friends, and gain a level of confidence that only comes with performance experience. hudsonmusicstudios.com

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