Popular Summer Day Camps for Westchester Kids
From swimming on hot summer days in Westchester to making new and lasting friendships, there is nothing quite like the summer camp experience for kids. We’ve rounded up several camps in and near Westchester that offer an all-inclusive range of activities—from sports, swimming, and games to cooking, crafts, visual arts, and more.
Looking for a lower-priced option this year? Check out our guide to affordable summer camps. For even more options, check out our camp directory, which is full of information on camps of all kinds in and around Westchester. Plus, our summer camp guide offers plenty of great choices for kids of various ages and interests.
Summer Camps for Kids Near Westchester
Kids will thrill to the water slides at Badger Day Camp.
Oasis Day Camp — Dobbs Ferry
Housed at The Masters School (younger kids) and Mercy College (older kids) in Dobbs Ferry, Oasis offers campers everything from performing and visual arts to field trips, depending on their age. There’s also access to nature trails, numerous basketball and tennis courts, a theater, pool, and more—plus there’s transportation and even tutoring to get them ready for the next school year.
Deerkill Day Camp — Suffern
Situated on a 15-acre wooded property in Rockland County with heated pools, tennis and basketball courts, and even its own zip line, this camp offers numerous indoor and outdoor programs from sports to theater, farm-to-table cooking, and yoga. Special offerings include trips, family pool weekends, and door-to-door transportation for certain locations.
Challenge Camp — New Rochelle
Challenge Camp is an ACA accredited day camp that focuses on STEM and arts enrichment for creative children, held on the campus of Iona College. Parents and campers customize a program based on the child’s interests, and students follow their courses for an entire session, choosing from more than 100 project-based electives that range from Drones or Dungeons & Dragons to Magic and Podcasting.
Beth El Day Camp — New Rochelle
Beth El Day Camp's varied activities include cooking, gardening, art, science, sports, swimming, and special events, all in a Jewish environment.
Badger Day Camp — Larchmont
This well-established day camp offers flexible scheduling options—in terms of the number of days, length of day, and number of weeks—in addition to traditional summer camp activities, from swimming twice a day to nature walks, crafts, STEAM activities, and cooking classes. Badger also provides a hot lunch and laundered bathing suit service.
Breezemont Day Camp — Armonk
Kids can tick all the traditional summer camp boxes at this Armonk camp, which is situated on 18 acres and features swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and a lake for canoeing—plus a whole lot more, from an “aerial playground” (think ropes courses) to an archery range. Lunch is made on-site every day, and kids can attend anywhere from four to all eight weeks.
Camp Hillard — Scarsdale
Famous for being Westchester’s first day camp (it has been around since 1929), Camp Hillard is set on 20 acres and offers a comprehensive camping program with everything from swim instruction—there are seven pools—to performing arts and a variety of special events, like roasting s’mores and hosting talent shows.
Deer Mountain Day Camp offers outdoor and indoor activities for campers in a mountainside setting.
Deer Mountain Day Camp — Pomona
Campers enjoy a sleep-away camp’s range of activities, facilities, and staff in a day-camp setting. Taught by experts, activities include swimming (instructional/recreational), sports, fine and performing arts, outdoor adventure, nature exploration, STEM programming, lake activities, and special events.
Elmwood Day Camp — White Plains
Elmwood boasts three heated pools, basketball courts, sports fields, multiple playgrounds, and facilities where kids can do art, drama, and more. Along with traditional camp activities, kids from kindergarten and up can take various electives ranging from photography to cooking.
JCC of Mid-Westchester — Scarsdale
The JCC offers a variety of specialized camps, including swim, cheer, gymnastics, art, and dance. The traditional camp, Camp Gadol, is open to kids from age 3 through those starting the fourth grade. Kids have the chance to do activities like swimming (youngest kids don’t swim, but get to take part in water activities), sports, and music. Included are a kosher lunch and towel service, and before- and after-care is available.
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Mohawk Day Camp is an electronics-free zone, where campers can have all kinds of fun while unplugged.
Mohawk Day Camp — White Plains
This sprawling 40-acre camp offers room to run around, in addition to eight heated pools and other great amenities, including two nature centers, a performing arts center, hockey rinks, and lots more. Young children are exposed to various activities, from swimming to sports, and older campers can customize their experience by choosing from electives and specialties. Mohawk even offers a sleepaway program for kids who want to try being away from home for one week.
Mount Tom Day Camp — New Rochelle
Situated on the grounds of a 19-room estate, Mount Tom boasts amazing scenery and tons of activities, including three swimming pools, an archery range, and an outdoor theater. There's also a challenge course equipped with a zip line, bouldering wall, and rock-climbing wall.
Kids can explore 200 acres of the natural world at The Nature Place Day Camp.
The Nature Place Day Camp — Chestnut Ridge
Camp at The Nature Place is about being in and connecting with the natural world: nature explorations, cooperative games, hiking, Earth art, swimming lessons, mucking in the stream, camping, canoeing, climbing, farming and gardening, meeting animals, storytelling, music, archery, drama, and more.
Purchase Day Camp — Purchase
Held at SUNY Purchase, this day camp offers four heated pools, a driving range, zip line, sports fields, a music and theater bandshell, and plenty more for kids from 3 years old through 10th grade. Plus, lunch is included. There are extended day options, and transportation is offered to select Westchester towns.
Westchester Summer Day Camp — Mamaroneck
Westchester Summer Day—located on the 26-acre grounds of Westchester Day School—is focused on Jewish values in a traditional summer camp experience. Amenities include tennis courts, sports fields, and three in-ground, heated pools. It's right on Long Island Sound, so kids can try their hand at things like boating, wake boarding, and related activities, as well as traditional science and arts and crafts activities.
A version of this post was originally published in 2014. It was updated in February 2022.
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