Each of these traditional camps offers a variety of activities. Over the summer kids can play sports, go swimming, paint and do lots of crafts and even take field trips while still maintaining a predictable and safe day. And, when your child outgrows camp but still needs supervision — and wants to stay with their friends — these camps also offer counselor in training programs.
Traditional camps with private facilities
These camps have their own facilities, including heated swimming pools!
What: Aviator Sports almost always has slots available, including the ability to accommodate walk-ins. Campers can register 1-week to 1-month of Sports Specific Summer camps (depending on the sport). Aviator Sports Summer Day Camp accepts weekly, session and full session enrollment. Aviator has sports specific camps where young athletes receive specialized instruction in order to improve their skills and techniques in soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, hockey, gymnastics or ice skating. For children who want to try it all, there is Aviator Sports Summer Day Camp where campers can choose a variety of sports—fencing, rock climbing, swimming and more.
How much: 200+ for Sports Specific Summer Camps | $500+ for Aviator Summer Day Camp, Mention “BKLYNER” and get $200 off. Expires 3/15/18
Marks JCH Summer Camp
Where: 7802 Bay Parkway, 718-943-6343
What: JCH is the place to cement lifelong friendships while learning to swim, exploring jewelry making, discovering the magic of science, and taking the occasional field trip to world-renowned museums. JCH also offers a camp for kids with special needs.
Manhattan Beach Summer Camp
Where: 60 West End Ave, 347-788-8669, [email protected]
What: Manhattan Beach Summer Camp is a fun and educational place set apart by its core values: honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility. Children will enjoy a safe and memorable summer while growing emotionally, socially, morally, and physically.
Traditional camps that use Brooklyn resources
These camps use our marvelous borough as their playground, taking advantage of Brooklyn’s unique and stimulating resources.
Park Slope Day Camp
Where: 5 locations: Park Slope 339 8th Street and 752 President Street; Windsor Terrace 241 Prospect Park West; Bay Ridge 8515 Ridge Boulevard; Carroll Gardens 342 Smith Street
What: Is your child interested in the circus or sports? In either case, Park Slope Day Camp leads campers to new levels of experience and independence while instilling respect for friendship, cooperation, and the environment.
How much: $700+, 5 percent discount for 7 or more weeks
Where: 394 Rogers Ave, 212-529-5113, [email protected], Sleepaway camp: 210 Deckertown Turnpike, Montague, NJ 07827, 973-875-4116, [email protected]
What: Trail Blazers creates a place for city kids to explore and learn to love nature. Through their mission to teach kids to respect the environment, they teach campers to love and respect themselves. As Trail Blazers grow, they offer the most extensive training program for young counselors that includes a great deal of introspection.
Oasis in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Where: Summer office, St. Francis College 180 Remsen St, 646-519-5069, [email protected]
What: Imagine spending the summer playing soccer with the Manhattan skyline in the background. That’s what your camper will get at Oasis. Your camper will also strengthen their emotional IQ through participating in sports and other group activities.
YMCA Camps Around Brooklyn
YMCA camps all offer instruction in sports, including swimming. The following camps are unique in their own ways, and they extend beyond their neighborhood locations. YMCA offers camp in 2-week sessions.
Kings Bay Y
Where: 3495 Nostrand Avenue, 718-648-7703, [email protected]
What: One of Kings Bay Y’s incredible programs is their inclusion summer camp. Kids will swim 4 days a week and have access to the country club-esque Bay Ridge facility.
How much: Dependent on your camp. Discount for booking before May 1.
Where: 225 Atlantic Ave., 718-625-3136, [email protected]
What: In addition to swimming and sports, Dodge YMCA mitigates summer learning loss with the Book of the Week program, journaling, and cool science experiments.
10% Early Bird discount ends April 21.
Park Slope Armory YMCA
Where: 361 15th St., 917-675-0644 , [email protected]
What: Whether you join the swim, sport, or adventure camp, campers will be able to swim, play sports, and enjoy adventures. Most of all, they’ll create lasting friendships and memories. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Where: 1121 Bedford Ave., 212-912-2284, [email protected]
What: BedStuy’s Explorer Camp prepares kids for kindergarten by providing a structured day. Kids will swim and get plenty of exercise — indoors and outdoors — plus they’ll explore science and literacy. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
14th Street New Country Day Camp
Where: Staten Island’s 75-acre Henry Kaufmann Campground
What: While New Country Day Camp is not in Brooklyn it is a short ride away to an impressive campus on Staten Island. Rising kindergartners through 8th graders can enjoy the open meadows, hiking trails, swimming pools and other facilities. Campers choose their own weekly camp specialties and grow their skills in swimming, sports, and the arts. Transportation is provided with pick-up stop throughout Brooklyn.
Mark your calendar – on Saturday, March 24 BKLYNER will host a Camp Fair at PS 130 – The Parkside School. The Fair is free and open to the public. More information HERE