Yes, the snow is still occasionally falling, but it’s time to start thinking about (and booking, if you want a discount!) camp for summer 2016. As you probably know, the number of choices and types is dizzying, so we won’t even try to tell you about all of them. Instead, we surveyed the 2016 summer camp landscape for what’s new this year — and it’s a lot! Camps are adding locations, age groups, activities, inclusion programs, and in one case — the chance to help train a puppy from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Read on to see the new possibilities for the kids (and you) this summer!


photo: Steve & Kate’s Camp

Steve & Kate’s Camp: New Locations
We wrote about this West coast camp when it debuted in NYC last year, and apparently, the inaugural season was a success. The camp where kids decide what they’re going to do each day is expanding beyond its original East Village location to Kips Bay (United Nations International School), the Upper East Side (Trevor Day School) and Williamsburg (Williamsburg Northside).



photo: Greenwood Trails

Greenwood Trails: Train Neutron the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Dog
Overnight camp in the Berkshire Mountains (Winsted, Ct) Greenwood Trails offers an extensive roster of activities kids can take part in during their camping experience (they talk of “Majors” and “Minors”, but in a fun way.) Options include everything from the traditional (swimming, canoeing, hiking) to less-so (water trampoline, ultimate frisbee and mini-farm), and joining the list this year will be the opportunity to help train and socialize Neutron, Guiding Eyes for the Blind dog-in-training.



photo: 92nd St. Y

92nd Street Y: Camp Ilanot Hebrew Immersion Camp
From the folks who bring you camp Yomi comes the new Camp Ilanot, a Hebrew Immersion Day Camp at the Henry Kaufmann campgrounds in Rockland County. Billed as the closest thing you’ll get to a summer in Israel without a plane ride, the camp will offer all the traditional trappings (rock climbing, boating, swimming, ceramics, etc.) along with native Hebrew-speaking counselors and Israeli cultural programming.



photo: 92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y: Summer Clubhouse
Another new program from the 92nd St. Y is this camp just for kids ages three to six at the 92nd Street location. Over six weeks campers explore a new theme such as “A Bug’s Life”, “Under the Sea” or “Zoo Adventure” and enjoy art, dance, gym time and swimming. Sign up for individual weeks or the whole summer.

1395 Lexington Ave.
Upper East side


photo: via KidVentures NYC Facebook page

KidVentures NYC: Story Book Fridays & Story Book Week
The summer day camp for kids ages pre-K to 2nd grade that visits fun destinations throughout the five boroughs is adding a kid-lit element this year. Story Book Fridays will pair a popular children’s book with a related excursion, such as What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street with the Tenement Museum, Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge with the Little Red Light House, etc. Love the concept? The whole week of August 24 is nothing but Story Book-inspired adventures !


New Country Day Camp/14th Street Y: Imagination Unit & Expanded Garden Program
A brand new unit called “Imagination” will include building and blueprinting, fantasy, LARPing (Live Action Role Playing), archery, storytelling, and more. Plus the garden is adding new plants, a composting program and outdoor cooking. Camp is located on the  Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Staten Island.


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photo: The Nature Place

The Nature Place: Now Picking Up in Brooklyn Heights
This nature-oriented, non-competitive summer day camp for children ages 4-16, located on 200 acres in Rockland County has been picking up from Brooklyn neighborhoods like Park Slope and Carroll Gardens for a while, and now the Nature Place bus is making stops in Brooklyn Heights.


For a STEM-tacular Bash: Brooklyn Robot Foundry

photo: Robot Foundry

Robot Foundry: All New Robots & One-Time Classes
The Robot Foundry will run two sessions this summer, Robot World and Robot Adventure, both of which feature all new robots for kids in grades 1 to 7 to make. The Foundry will also offer one-time, weekday sessions from 4 – 5: 30 p.m. for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade.

72 Warren St.

303 Third Ave.



photo: via Asphalt Green on Yelp

Asphalt Green: New Facilities and Summer Membership Included
Asphalt Green’s Upper East Side facility has undergone a renovation, improving four of the location’s five floors. New features include an indoor turf field, an urban gardening program, a “Mad Science” program, and a dance space. Also new this year, parents of campers will receive a summer membership (access to the pool and fitness center) at either location.

555 E. 90th St.
Upper East Side

212 North End Ave.
Battery Park City



photo: via Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace Facebook page

Kings Bay Y: Pre-school Camp, Day Camp, Basketball & Soccer Specialty Camp & Inclusion Camp
New and exciting things are happening at Kings Bay Y Summer Camp’s various locations throughout Brooklyn. A new pre-school camp for kids ages two to four years old will be offered for the first time in Windsor Terrace and a brand new day camp for four to 11 year-olds will be headquartered in their new site in Park Slope on 8th Avenue. Additionally, new Soccer and Basketball Division Specialty Camp for kids ages four and up are debuting at the Park Slope location. Finally, a new Summer Inclusion Camp for children with special needs, grades pre-K to 7, will be offered at the Nostrand Avenue/Sheepshead Bay location this summer.

Park Slope
1320 8th Ave.

3495 Nostrand Ave.
Sheepshead Bay
718-648-7703 x 223

1224 Prospect Ave.
Windsor Terrace

JCC Day Camps Camp Settoga: Bigger and Better Location 
After 10 years at a five-acre site in Pearl River, NY, Camp Settoga is on the move! A 21-acre property in Pomona, NY with an Olympic size pool and athletic complex is the new home of the camp, with lots more room for campers ages five to 12.


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photo: Camp Pixel 

Pixel Academy’s Camp Pixel: Digital and Physical Projects
If you’re all for your child coding and designing online but think a kid should come back from camp with a dreamcatcher or something, Camp Pixel hears you (while still remaining in the 21st century). This year, all campers (ages 7 – 14) will build something in the virtual world and the “real world” — i.e. they’ll work on a digital project and a physical project. Examples include a session developing a racing video game and designing and 3D-printing a toy car, or creating a stop-motion video and designing and producing vinyl stickers. Camp Pixel takes place at the Pine Street School in the Financial District, with bus pickup available. 



photo: Lavner Camps

Lavner Camps: Hand Sewing Stuffed Animal Creations
Want to feel really old? The description of this new class refers to the “traditional art of hand sewing…you can do virtually anywhere at any time!” Regardless, this new offering for kids ages eight to 12 years old finds camper making one to two stuffed animals (tiger, pig, cat, turtle, bunny, etc.) as well as a coordinating accessory like a carrot for the bunny, a bone for a dog, etc. Of course, all the newly-created pals head home when camp is over. Classes take place at NYU’s Kimmel Center and the New York Institute of Technology.



Is there a new camp your child is excited to attend this summer? Share with the group in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor