Summer Camps in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with Transportation
For many Westchester and Hudson Valley families, transportation to and from summer camp is a crucial component in the decision-making process. Having pick-up and drop-off services can make the overall experience more enjoyable for campers and parents alike.
To help you find a camp to match your transportation needs, we’ve rounded camps that provide busing to and from their facilities, either door-to-door or at a central location. Whether your kid is into sports or STEM, rowing or rocketry, these camps offer lots of great activities.
Badger Day Camp – Larchmont
Kids ages 3 to 12 can attend this day camp offering summer sports, swimming, and arts and crafts activities, as well as the cooking, dance, STEAM, and a variety of other choices. Door-to-door transportation via bus or van is included in the fee.
Camp Elmwood – White Plains
Elmwood focuses its activities on four main cornerstones: swimming, athletics, creative arts, and performing arts. Campers in many Westchester towns can enjoy door-to-door transportation, as can those living in Manhattan and Riverdale—plus there are drop-off and pick-up locations for certain Brooklyn neighborhoods. Check their website for a complete list of pick-up locations.
Camp Hillard – Scarsdale
Family-owned and operated since 1929, Camp Hillard has programs for children ages 3 to 13. Door-to-door mini-bus transportation is available for many Westchester towns and villages, as well as Manhattan, Riverdale and Greenwich, CT. Check their website for a complete list of pick-up locations.
Camp Mohawk – White Plains
With eight swimming pools, seven craft centers, two music centers, two nature centers, an apple orchard, and a dizzying array of sports facilities, Camp Mohawk aims to appeal to nearly every child. Door-to-door transportation is provided to children in Westchester, with pick-up and drop-off locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. For young kids, car seats are also provided. On Fridays, the camp provides its own Hamptons Jitney service, driving children to the East End.
Challenge Camp – Hartsdale
Enrichment is the name of the game for campers at Challenge Camp. Children take morning and afternoon “workshops,” where they are able to choose from such activities as photography, fashion, cooking, chess, Legos, animation, yoga, fencing, and performing arts. Door-to-door transportation, provided by Mar-Can Transportation Co., is available for those living in Westchester, Manhattan, and the Bronx.
Future Stars – Purchase
Geared toward sports-crazed children ages 5–17 (depending on the activity), campers can choose from a variety of programs, including tennis, soccer, baseball, swimming, cheerleading, and horseback riding. There are also multi-sport programs, circus arts and STEM classes. Door-to-door transportation is available for an additional fee for those living throughout Westchester. The program is held at SUNY Purchase College.
Mount Tom Day Camp – New Rochelle
Anchored by a 19-room, three-story mansion, this camp boasts three swimming pools, six ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and an archery range. And, like many other summer camps, Mount Tom also has its own dedicated Gaga area. Door-to-door transportation via bus is offered for several Westchester towns, as well as in the Bronx, and parts of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.
Purchase Day Camp – Purchase
Children get to swim twice a day in one of the camp’s four pools at Camp Purchase, as well as spend time on the sports fields, in the science area, or on the 18-hole mini-golf course. There’s also an indoor activity area with a rocketry lab, dance auditorium, and woodworking shop, to name just a few of the facilities. Door-to-door transportation is available for Purchase, West Harrison, Rye Brook, Harrison, Port Chester, Rye, and White Plains.
Sprout Westchester – Croton-on-Hudson
Formerly known as Camp Discovery, this camp has reopened under new management and is associated with Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake. Central transportation is available for free, and the camp features a host of activities—from sports to gardening and yoga.
Squire Camps – Hartsdale
Held at the Maria Regina School, kids can pick different camps at Squire: Sports, which focuses on athletics, and Advantage, which offers a variety of activities, plus Tennis Academy. Door-to-door transportation from some Westchester areas and Riverdale is available for an additional fee. There are central pick-up and drop-off locations in Dobbs Ferry/Hastings and Irvington that provide transportation for free.
Summer Trails – Granite Springs
Flexibility is highlighted at Summer Trails, with campers permitted to attend not only partial months but partial days and weeks as well. A shuttle from a central location is free for pick-up, while door-to-door transportation is available for an extra fee.
Young People’s Day Camp – Yonkers
Kids ages 4 to 14 can attend this camp, which boasts swimming, sports, a playground, and arts and crafts. Door-to-door transportation is included in the fee. This is one of the most affordable day camps with transportation in the area.
Blue Rill Day Camp – Airmont
Campers can swim in the three pools at Blue Rill and choose from a variety of activities. Mini-bus transportation is provided for Rockland and Bergen counties, as well as the Upper East and Upper West Sides of Manhattan.
Camp Venture – Stony Point
A camp for kids with and without special needs, the seven-acre Camp Venture has two swimming pools, horseback riding, a playground and a petting zoo. Limited bus transportation is provided from central locations in parts of Rockland.
Deerkill Day Camp – Suffern
Family-owned and -operated since the 1950s, Deerkill Day Camp includes family membership to the pool club on weekends, towel service, lunches, and field trips. Door-to-door transportation is provided from Rockland and Orange counties, as well as from New York City and parts of New Jersey.
Deer Mountain Camp – Pomona
Also family-owned and -operated since the 1950s, Deer Mountain lets kids swim in one of the six pools and canoe, kayak, fish, or bumper boat in its lake. Transportation is provided from Westchester, Rockland, and Orange County, as well as Manhattan, Brooklyn, Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bergen County.
Gate Hill Day Camp – Stony Point
Kids ages 3 to those entering 10th grade can swim, play sports, practice martial arts, learn music and participate in performing arts at Gate Hill. Door-to-door transportation is provided from most towns in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Bergen counties, and from Inwood to Battery Park in Manhattan. The camp has a helpful interactive map to see if your town is included.
The Nature Place Day Camp – Chestnut Ridge
Held on 200 acres on the Green Meadow Waldorf School, campers are given the opportunity to hike, camp, explore and swim, as well as learn about animals, nature and farming. Children living Westchester, Manhattan, or Brooklyn can take a free bus from central drop-off points, while busing is available for an extra fee for those in Bergen County. Transportation is provided by Chestnut Ridge Transportation.
Pre-School Playhouse Funland – Blauvelt
This camp is for younger children, ages to 2 through 9, and has swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and field trips. Door-to-door transportation via Honda Odyssey is available for an additional fee for campers living in West Nyack, New City, Tappan, Nanuet, and Blauevelt. Contact the camp for information on other surrounding areas.
Camp Ramaquois – Pomona
Held at the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains, Camp Ramaquois features the traditional swimming and athletic activities on its 44 acres, but it also adds in a spray park, zip line, ropes courses, science lab and an indoor gym, to just name a few. Door-to-door bus or van transportation is available for children living in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties, as well as those in NYC. The camp has one or two designated bus counselors who ride on each vehicle.
Woodmont Day Camp – New City
Not only is door-to-door transportation available from Woodmont, but this camp takes it a step further by offering a Bus Activity Calendar with designated theme days just for the ride (think Rock, Paper, Scissors or Silly Mustache Day). Transportation is available for those living in Rockland, Westchester, Bergen, and Manhattan.
Day Camp In The Park – Harriman State Park
This camp, held on Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park, boasts its own waterpark with several water slides, a water seesaw, a water trampoline, and an obstacle course. Door-to-door transportation via mini bus is included in the fee; it’s available for children living anywhere in Orange, Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties, as well those in Manhattan.
Free Spirit Nature Camp – Westtown
Held on a 160-acre farm, this camp lets kids get back to nature with canoeing, wilderness and survival skills, music, arts and crafts, science and exploration. Van transportation is provided for an additional fee, with central pick-up and drop-off locations in Circleville, Scotchtown, Middletown, Goshen, Florida, Warwick, and Pine Island. This camp is one of the area’s most affordable options for those seeking transportation.
Rosmarins Day Camp – Monroe
Family-owned and -operated since the 1940s, Rosmarins is an all-inclusive day camp with swimming pools, a ropes course, athletic fields and courts, a climbing wall, and a farm animal corral. Kids ages 3-15 can be bused from anywhere in Orange County, and the door-to-door transportation is included, as are all snacks, meals, and towel service.
YMCA Camp Discovery – Harriman State Park
This YMCA camp is held at Upper Twin Lakes in Harriman State Park and is available for kids ages 5-15. Swimming and boating are offered as part of a comprehensive summer program. Children can be bused from central pick-up and drop-off locations at the Central Valley Elementary School or the South Orange Family YMCA in Monroe.
Kiwi Country Day Camp – Carmel
Not only does Kiwi provide door-to-door transportation via SUVs (for an additional fee), but children can also ride a dedicated train car with counselors on the Metro-North Harlem line (from North White Plains to Croton Falls). It also offers free bus transportation from central locations in Katonah, Yorktown, Somers, Chappaqua, and Ridgefield, CT.
Hillcroft Day Camp – LaGrangeville
This camp has three swimming pools, as well as a lake for boating, fishing, and frog and turtle catching. Hillcroft Day Camp has nine buses to provide transportation to children living within a 20-mile radius of the camp, including Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, Hopewell Junction, Rhinebeck, Spackenkill, New Paltz, and Millbrook. Whether it is door-to-door or a central pick-up location will depend on where you live and how many other campers are in your area. Transportation fees apply.
Originally posted in 2015.