Summer camps provide a healthy, secure and friendly environment for children to learn and play. Use the information on this page to help find a camp for your child.
Find a Camp
Start looking for a camp early. Many camps open registration in January. You can start by getting referrals from teachers, school counselors and other parents. As you search, consider location — do you want a camp close to your work or home? It may also be helpful to check online reviews to find the best options that fit your needs.
Not all summer camps in New York City need to be permitted. The NYC Health Department does not regulate camps that enroll less than 10 campers or provide a single activity.
Use these resources to find lists of permitted summer camps:
Tour the Camp and Interview the Operator
The best way to learn about a camp is to tour it and speak with the camp’s operator and director. During your tour, look for safety hazards, such as peeling paint and broken equipment. Is the camp well maintained?
Some good questions to ask include:
Costs and Process
Activities and Services
Quality of Care
Before you decide, consider the following:
If you discover a safety or sanitary issue at a camp, call 311 to make a complaint.
To report child abuse at a camp, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-342-3720. For abuse taking place outside New York State, call 518-474-8740.