While it might be hard to imagine with the winter we have been experiencing, summer is on its way and now is the time many parents are considering summer camp options for their little ones. With so many choices, it may be daunting to find one that works for your family. Luckily, we can help. Our new Camp Directory is full of information for camps of all kinds in and around Westchester. Plus we will be updating our Summer Camp Guide over the next few weeks to keep you up-to-date on the latest camp offerings.
If you're looking to send the the kiddos off for a fun-filled, safe and educational summer experience at one of lower Westchester’s traditional day camps, we've rounded up several camp experiences across the lower part of the county that offer an all-inclusive range of activities from sports, swimming and games to cooking, crafts, visual arts and more, all promising an amazing summer full of fun, friends and memories to last a lifetime. With so many great camps, we're highlighting a baker's dozen of lower Westchester day camps offering traditional camp fun for kids big and small. Also, look for upcoming summer camp open houses for an up close and personal tour of all the facilities and meet and greet with staff.
Challenge Camp - Rye
Challenge Camp celebrates its 34th year of offering a fantastic summer experience that kids will remember for years to come. Located on 18 sprawling acres, Challenge offers campers over 100 courses including architecture, chess, video production, sports and more. Challenge also offers bus transportation, early drop-off /extended day and Kosher lunch options.
Mount Tom Day Camp - New Rochelle
Situated on a stunning 19-room estate, Mount Tom not only boasts amazing scenery, but also grounds full of activities including three swimming pools, an archery range, and an outdoor theater. They even have a challenge course equipped with a zip-line, bouldering wall and rock climbing wall sure to please even the most adventurous camper.
Mohawk Day Camp - White Plains
Located in convenient White Plains, this sprawling 40 acre camp certainly offers room to run around in addition to eight heated pools and many great amenities. Young children are exposed to a wide array of programming, and older campers have the opportunity to customize their experience by choosing many electives and specialties. Mohawk even offers a 'Sleepaway Week' for those kids looking to try out being away from home for one week.
Oasis Day Camp - Dobbs Ferry
Housed on the campus of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, Oasis campers have access to nature trails, numerous basketball and tennis courts, a dance studio and pool. In addition to sports and recreational activities, campers are also engaged in the performing and visual arts and partake in field trips.
Rush Day Camp - Bronxville
Rush Day Camp at Sarah Lawrence College has over 40 years of experience providing exciting programming on the beautiful, modern campus of Sarah Lawrence. This camp is proud to offer a 5 to 1 camper to staff ratio, in addition to three day a week options--a rarity amongst most day camps.
Camp Echo Bay - New Rochelle
This Catholic day camp provides exceptional summer experiences while also helping to nurture children’s strengths and internal growth. Located on the campus of Salesian High School, campers enjoy 19 acres of beautiful and private waterfront property. Younger campers participate in activities such as story-time, crafts, hikes and more. Older campers enjoy organized sports and team competitions. Through their daily values program and weekly Mass, this camp aims to build inner character and foster every child’s inner spirit.
Camp Hillard - Scarsdale
Famous for being Westchester’s first day camp, Camp Hillard has been providing an exceptional summer experience for children since 1929. Set against a beautiful backdrop in Scarsdale, their first-class modern facilities and comprehensive camping program includes everything from swim instruction to the performing arts and a great deal in between.
Badger Day Camp - Larchmont
There are many reasons why this well established day camp has the reputation for being amongst Westchester’s best and their flexible scheduling options, superior programming and extremely low camper to counselor ratio are only a few. Badger also provides a hot lunch and laundered towel and bathing suit service every day, making it a real full-service camp experience.
Westchester Summer Day Camp - Mamaroneck
Westchester Summer Day promotes Jewish values while children learn, grow and engage in a varied program full of educational and fun activities. Situated on the picturesque Long Island Sound, this 26 acre campus offers tennis courts, well-equipped sports fields, three in-ground heated pools, new climbing wall, zip-line, balance beam and trapeze, computer rooms, a full size gym and more.
Concordia Summer Camp - Bronxville
Concordia Summer Camp offers a wide range of programs for children, both younger and older, on the historic and beautiful campus of Concordia College. Classes are all taught by professional instructors and include musical theater, art, basketball, sports and more. Discounts are available for siblings and for early registration. Register by March 15 to take advantage of the discounted rates.
Elmwood Day Camp - White Plains
Elmwood is known for being child-centered, and truly committed to the development of each and every camper throughout the summer. Located in a wooded, residential area of White Plains, Elmwood has been providing an exciting, safe summer for campers not only in Westchester, but also Manhattan and Riverdale providing door-to-door transportation in each location.
JCC of Mid-Westchester - Scarsdale
This traditional day camp introduces campers to a variety of professionally led activities and weekly special events including both instructional and recreational swim in their heated indoor pool (sprinkler activities for ages 2-3), gymnastics, a variety of different sports activities, arts & crafts, nature, elective afternoons (grades 2-4) and much more. In case traditional start and end times are an issue, they also offer an early drop off and a late pickup option. Campers in grades 5-8 also benefit from additional age appropriate activities, specialized electives and trips. JCC also offers an art-centered camp for kids grades 3-10, and a dance intensive camp for campers grade 7 and up.
Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Day Camp - Mamaroneck
This camp’s nurturing approach lets the little ones shine. They offer a “big camp” experience specially designed for the younger campers. With very small group sizes, staffers offer personalized attention and foster each and every relationship with their campers. This warm atmosphere coupled with the camp’s location on a gorgeous expansive estate with a private beach, makes "MBYC" Day Camp a great choice for the younger crowd.