Who are we?
The mission of the Bank Street Summer Camp and KiDS College is to foster emotional, physical and ethical growth within campers and kids, 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 as well, and the larger society, in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see, in both Camp and our weekend programs, the opportunity to educate and build a better society.
We have gone beyond the standards of a traditional camp venue by offering focussed groups like Shakespeare, Spanish Immersion, Travel, Film, Science and Art. We have also entered into numerous collaborations with major NY museums, inlcuding the Liberty Science Center and The Rubin Museum. Our collaboration with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children focuses on increasing literacy through Shakespeare.
Swimming is not a separate program. All campers and staff swim during their designated swim time at the outdoor Skyview pool in Riverdale. Swim time at Camp is divided into both instructional swim and free swim. During instructional swim, counselors and lifeguards work along with the campers to further develop both their comfort and skill in the water. While campers are never made to do anything they do not want to, all campers are required to be in the water. The Lower Camp also goes to Lake Welch located at Harrimon State Park once a week.
Session 1: June 16th-27th For Lower Camp we offer childcare for the 16th and 17th.
Session 2: June 30th-July 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
The KiDS College programs on Saturdays are unlike anything else offered in New York, as they combine the pedagogy of Bank Street, the emotional, intellectual and social engagement of Summer Camp and the freedom of the weekend, making an engaging College of classes just for kids.
See below for which program is right for you.
The Lower Camp consists of 11 groups for children 4-8 years old. Our two and five week programs take place within our air-conditioned classrooms, each equipped with both challenging and enriching materials for developing minds. Our programs are also designed to offer children an opportunity to explore the city and its vast resources, in a safe and relaxed setting. Each group swims three times a week, twice in the Barnard College pool and once at the scenic Lake Welch, where our waterfront staff instructs campers individually and in small groups. Each group is organized by appropriate swim levels and each counselor instructs with an emphasis on safety first. Lake Welch is located in Harriman State Park, 40 minutes north of Manhattan.
Lower Camp Programs are General Camp, Science and Spanish Immersion.
The Upper Camp is uniquely designed to meet the needs of middle school children, ages 8-16. Campers choose from a variety of focused programs while also participating in some larger unit activities, like swimming twice a week and community focused field trips. During their semiweekly swim, time is divided between instruction and organized free swim where counselors work with the same campers each time. The Upper Camp groups are Art, Science, Sports, Spanish, Musical Theater, Shakespeare, Foodies, Film and Travel.