Usdan is the nation’s preeminent not-for-profit day camp for the arts.
Usdan is the nation’s preeminent not-for-profit day camp for the arts.

Suffolk County Summer Day Camps for Long Island Kids

When school doors close for the summer, camp doors open wide, and kids across Long Island gear up for new adventures and experiences. Camp should be fun, and families have so many great choices in Suffolk County. Whether you have a first-timer or a seasoned camper, parents want to make the right choice for their kids. We're here to help with our list of the best camps for canoeing, sports, art, learning, and most of all, having a blast. 

These Suffolk camps offer activities and events to keep kids happy all summer. Different camps offer different amenities and programs, including half- and full-day options, door-to-door transportation, and travel programs for older campers. Many camps hold open-house events and tours, so bring your kids and pick the one that suits your needs.

We've also got our picks for great Nassau County summer camps. For more summer camp ideas, check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide and our directory of LI camps

Note that summer camp information for the 2020 season is changing daily. Please click the links to the individual camps below to see which ones are offering programs this year.

Camp Edey — Bayport

Run by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Camp Edey offers tuition discounts based on the number of weeks of enrollment. Bus service is available for those who choose the day camp option, or campers can elect to stay overnight. Activities include horseback riding, swimming lessons, and archery. Financial aid is available. 

Camp Harbor — St. James

Campers are encouraged to have fun, explore their interests, and learn new ones at Camp Harbor. This seven-week program for kids in preschool through eighth grade includes academic enrichment, sports, arts and crafts, instructional swim, nature, group challenges, and science and technology workshops. Manners, good sportsmanship, and courtesy are all part of the character education at Camp Harbor. Flexible schedules are available and a discount is applied for early registration. Kids can be signed up for one week at a time and for half days or full days. 

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Waterside activities are featured at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island.

Camp Quinipet Day Camp — Shelter Island 

Camp Quinipet sits on a large, partially wooded peninsula with wonderful water views from almost everywhere. There is no swimming pool, but there is a sandy beach and a dock with all sorts of watercraft. The camp offers a sleepaway program, day camp, and a sailing school. Quinipet is more rustic than fancy, but it does have comfortable lodgings that include bunk beds, electricity, bathrooms, and air conditioning. The staff is friendly and professional. Activities include fishing, yoga, sailing, rock band, and arts and crafts. Day camp is from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and is structured to have the feeling of an overnight experience without a sleepover. The camp is owned and operated by the United Methodist Church and includes some progressive Christian programming, but children of all faiths are welcome. Campers register by the week.

Camp W Day Camp — Melville

With a range of programs to fit the needs of campers in pre-K to ninth grade, Camp W is here for kids to have fun and make friendships. Kids can make this camp experience their own by choosing areas of interest each day during three choice periods. Choose from GaGa ball, rocketry, the camp newspaper or show, magic, hip-hop dance, and more. Campers can register by the week for sessions that last from 8:45am to 3:30pm. Early care is available from 7:30am to 8:30am, and late care is from 3:30pm to 6pm. Fees include lunch, day trips, electives, and pictures.

Camps 'R' Us — Saint James, West Islip

Activities include sculpture, mosaics, go-karts, swimming, and bowling. This Islandwide favorite offers discounts for children of employees/volunteers at some local companies, including hospitals, fire departments, and banks. Campers can register for full days (9am to 5pm) mini days (9am to 2pm,) or half days (9am to 12pm.) They can attend from two to five days a week for up to eight weeks. Early and after-care hours are available.

Crestwood Country Day Camp — Melville

Established in 1956, Crestwood offers a range of sports and activities, including swimming, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, arts and crafts, dance, a mini zoo, zip line, paddle boats, super slides, and carnivals. Bus service from most nearby neighborhoods is included in the cost of tuition, and early and aftercare programs are available.

Outdoor activities at Hampton Country Day Camp include soccer, zip lines, rock climbing and of course swimming. 

Hampton Country Day Camp - East Hampton

Facilities at this camp are top notch. Outdoor activities include zip lines, rock climbing and of course swimming. Athletic campers will love the wide array of options, from baseball and basketball to street hockey and gymnastics. There is also plenty for young artists to get excited about; painting, sculpting, ceramics and woodworking are just a few of the creative activities campers can take part in. Full-day programs are offered for kids ages 5 to 11. There is a mini-day camp for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 - 4. They also offer mommy-and-me for babies. 

Ivy League Day Camp - Smithtown

Ivy League Day Camp offers a little something other camps might not have, and that's private tutoring for academics. During the year the camp is a private school, giving campers access to tutoring in most academic subjects during the summer, which is included with tuition. Camp activities include a rope adventure course, sports, aquatics, arts and theater. There are programs for kids ages 2 to 17, including overnight travel camp for high schoolers. 

Kenwal Day Camp — Melville

This camp's property measures 20 acres. The camp has eight zip lines, sports fields, courts, a lake for boating, four pools (one with a giant slide), and playgrounds. Kenwal offers a range of sports, swimming instruction, drama, music, arts and crafts, and a nature program. Children spend part of each day in general activities, and then have the choice of focusing on a particular interest or skill. Younger campers have the option of registering for only 2, 3, or 4 days a week, and there are overnight trips for teens. Sibling discounts are available, and there is also a reduced rate if you do not need transportation both ways.

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Knox School's harborfront campus offers ideal access to water sports.

Knox School Summer Adventures — St. James

Knox is a full-feature day camp with a waterfront campus at Stony Brook Harbor. It offers swimming, kayaking, field sports, tennis, horseback riding, science, drama, music, dance, and more. It also offers a travel program for children entering seventh through ninth grades that takes kids to museums, zoos, and water parks. Knox offers a flexible schedule, so you can choose the days and weeks that work for your family. Early-bird rates get you a discount if you apply before March 15. Before and after-care is available. 

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Introduce your child to theater at a Laurel Hill School camp.

Laurel Hill School Summer Camps — East Setauket

The Laurel Hill School is a private school on a large, well-kept campus. With a new outdoor classroom, rock climbing wall with a swing shot, and daily swimming lessons through a Red Cross program, this camp gives parents peace of mind and offers kids lots of great experiences. Facilities include in-ground heated pools, flume slides, and sunning decks. Specialty activities such as sports, drama, science, and academic enrichment are offered.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts — Wheatley Heights

For more than 50 years, Usdan has been bringing world-class artists and musicians to campers. With award-winning programs, many campers return year after year to practice their art, whether it's music, painting, photography, dance, theater, or video game design. The Usdan campus houses more than 70 studios and theaters, including a 1,000-seat amphitheater, all in beautiful, natural surroundings, where campers can hike, explore, play sports, swim, and more. Tuition includes transportation, and scholarships are available.

YMCA of Long Island Summer Day Camps — Bay Shore,  East Hampton, Holtsville, Huntington and Patchogue

Suffolk County YMCAs offer both traditional day camps and a variety of specialty camps. Summer programs and classes for children include crafting, theater, and coding. Membership in the YMCA is required for all camps. Sibling discounts are available. Extended days, transportation, and lunch service all can be added to the experience for an additional fee.

Young People’s Day Camps of Suffolk County — Kings Park

This American Camp Association-accredited day camp two minutes from Sunken Meadow State Park offers sports, hiking, swimming instruction, arts and crafts, music, drama, martial arts, and dance. Also enjoy field trips to museums, bowling, and amusement parks. Registration for more than two weeks includes a discounted price. Fees include door-to-door transportation from nearby communities, and financing options are available. 

This post is updated annually. Photos are courtesy of the camps.

Young People's Day Camps - New York Institute of Technology
300 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722

Kenwal Day Camp
100 Drexel Avenue
Melville, NY 11747

Crestwood Country Day Camp
313 Round Swamp Road
Melville, NY 11747

The Knox School
541 Long Beach Road
St. James, NY 11780

Laurel Hill School
201 Old Town Road
East Setauket , NY 11733

Camp Quinepet Day Camp
99 Shore Road
Shelter Island , NY 11965

Brookhaven Roe YMCA
155 Buckley Road
Holtsville, NY 11742

YMCA East Hampton RECenter
2 Gingerbread Ln Ext.
East Hampton, NY 11937

Patchogue Family YMCA
255 West Main Street
Patchogue, NY 11772

Huntington YMCA
60 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Great South Bay YMCA
200 West Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
185 Colonial Springs Road
Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

Camp Harbor
17 Three Sisters Road
St. James, NY 11780

Camp W Day Camp
121 Wolf Hill Road
Melville, NY 11747

Camps 'R' Us West Islip
44 Toomey Road
West Islip, NY 11795

Camp Edey
600 Lakeview Ave
Bayport, NY

Hampton Country Day Camp
191 Buckskill Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

Ivy League Camp and Day School
211 Brooksite Drive
Smithtown, NY 11787
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