Bank Street Summer Camp

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Everything you want it to be.

Like the School for Children, The Bank Street Summer Camp fosters emotional, physical and ethical growth within campers, by using educational professionals to help them develop their own personalities and individual voices through love of play, creativity and collaboration. Through experiential education, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community, and the larger population, in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in Camp the opportunity to educate and build a better society.

Camp celebrates the individual child, creating a positive camp culture and zest for living that encourages exploration and problem solving. This positive environment is also reflected through the vast diversity of camp, including ethnicity, family structure, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and learning styles. This environment recognizes and celebrates the differences between campers, staff and families, while teaching children to respect one another’s people/cultures/life choices/way of life.

Camp staff is made up of graduate students from the Graduate School, alumni from the Graduate School and the School for Children as well as various outside specialists, teachers and professionals in their fields. Many campers return to camp as counselors because of their positive experience as campers. One third of campers go to the Bank Street School during the year, making a large portion of the camp body from other schools in the New York City area.

Session 1: June 16th-27th For Lower Camp we offer childcare for the 16th and 17th.
Session 2: June 30th-August 1st
Session 3: August 4th-8th

Camp is from Monday to Friday 8:30am-3:00pm
Enrichment Classes: 3:00pm-4:30
After Care: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Why go to Camp?

Summer Camp Programs

Check out ages, dates and programs.

  • PreK - 1st Grade

    Lower Camp

    The Lower Camp consists of 8 groups for children 4-6 years old. Our eight day and five-week programs are designed to offer children an opportunity to explore the city and its vast resources, in a safe and relaxed setting. Within our air-conditioned classrooms each group is equipped with both challenging and enriching materials. Each Lower Camp group has a weekly trip day. Trips include the New York Hall of Science, Central Park Carousel, and museums and zoos that vary from year to year. Lower Camp programs are General Camp and Spanish Immersion. See below for complete descriptions of the Lower Camp programs.

    Each group swims three times a week, twice in the outdoor Skyview pool in Riverdale and once at scenic scenic Lake Welch (only during Session 2). Our waterfront staff instructs the children both individually and in small groups, at appropriate swim levels and with an emphasis on safety. Lake Welch is located in Harriman State Park, 40 minutes north of Manhattan.

    Lower Camp Programs

    Session1 - June 18th to June 27th. (Childcare is available for the 16th and the 17th.)

    Session 2 - June 30th - August 1st

    Session 3 (Extended Week) - August 4th to 8th

  • 2nd - 3rd Grade

    Middle Camp

    The Middle Camp consists of 5 groups for children going into second or thrid grade. Our eight day and five-week programs are designed to offer children an opportunity to explore the city and its vast resources, in a safe and relaxed setting. Within our air-conditioned classrooms each group is equipped with both challenging and enriching materials. Each Middle Camp group has a weekly trip day. See below for a description of each program and a sample schedule. 

    Each group swims three times a week, twice in the outdoor Skyview pool in Riverdale and once at scenic scenic Lake Welch. Our waterfront staff instructs the children both individually and in small groups, at appropriate swim levels and with an emphasis on safety. Lake Welch is located in Harriman State Park, 40 minutes north of Manhattan.

    Middle Camp Programs

    Session1 - June 18th to June 27th. (Childcare is available for the 16th and the 17th.)

    Session 2 - June 30th - August 1st

    Session 3 (Extended Week) - August 4th to 8th

  • 4th - 8th Grade

    Upper Camp

    The Upper Camp is uniquely designed to meet the needs of middle school children, ages 8-14. Campers choose from a variety of focused programs and also participate in larger unit activities, including swimming twice a week and community focused field trips. During their semiweekly swim, campers have instruction swim one day and free swim on the other day. Counselors and swim staff work with the same campers each time.

    A complete list of programs available follows:

    • Artist Studio
    • Film Writing and Directing
    • Masters of Science
    • Musical Theater
    • Special Effects in Film
    • Sports
    • Spanish Travel
    • Travel

    Upper Camp programs

    Session1 - June 18th to June 27th. (Childcare is available for the 16th and the 17th.)

    Session 2 - June 30th - August 1st

    Session 3 (Extended Week) - August 4th to 8th

  • After Camp (3:00 - 6:00)

    After Camp is everything after 3:00pm.

    Enrichment Courses (3:00 to 4:30)

    For an additional fee families can choose which courses they would like there child(ren) to take during that time. Courses range from Crazy Crafts and Young Scientists to Chess Camps and Snack Shack. Courses are twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday or just on Friday. If you would like you could choose three courses and have Enrichment everyday.

    Enrichment Courses

    After Care (4:30 to 6:00)

    Work on fun creative projects each day from 4:30-6:00pm.
    Each week we have a different theme. Children can only participate in After
    Care if they are registered for Enrichment Courses and/or Private Lessons as
    well. 

    Private Lessons

    Lessons are with a teacher per half-hour. We offer lessons for guitar, swim, piano, Spanish from 3:15pm to 5:00pm and Chess from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

    Tutoring

    This summer we are proud to announce the addition of tutoring after camp. More info to follow.

  • Prices

    Prices vary for each session depending upong the program. 

Quotes

“I want to take a moment to thank-you from the bottom of my heart. Jacob has been at Bank Street Camp since he was 6 years old. At 14, he is happier than he's ever been, has come so far and has wonderful memories of Bank Street Camp. It is very emotional for me that this is his last week/last summer there. You do such an amazing job, Cookie. What a special camp you run. I thank-you, and will always be so incredibly grateful to you and the entire staff that has touched my son's life so deeply.”

-Claudia (Parent)

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