New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that area summer camps can tentatively re-open in June. Whether your child is interested in art, sports or academics, or you’re just looking for a traditional day camp, you’ll find plenty of options in our Central New York camp directory.
Please note: This information was up-to-date at the time of publication. Please visit each website to confirm details.
We will update this list as more camps announce their plans for 2021.
BASCOL Sunshine and Good Times Summer Program – This program features themed weeks, guest speakers and flexible schedules – you can pick and choose the weeks and the days you want to sign up for. Snacks are provided. DSS subsidies are accepted. New for 2021 are Challenge Island On Site “field trips.”
Ages: Children in grades K-6.
Where: Central Square, Liverpool and Syracuse
More information: (315) 622-4815. bascol.org
Camp Rothschild – Your child can try a little bit of everything at Camp Rothschild: art, swimming, cooking, archery, music, science – with a different theme each week. The camp’s grounds also include two playgrounds, a swimming pool and a climbing wall.
Ages: Children entering grades 1-7.
Where: 450 Kimber Road, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 445-0049. camprothschild.org.
Camp Talooli – Camp Talooli is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Day campers can take part in swimming, archery, boating, arts and crafts and more. Camp Talooli also offers a pre-school day camp.
Ages: To attend day camp, children must have completed kindergarten and be 12 years or younger.
Where: 520 County Route 54, Pennellville.
More information: (315) 934-4051. camptalooli.org.
Central Rock Gym, Summer Vacation Program – Children can learn basic rock climbing skills through bouldering, top rope climbing, games, obstacle courses and more. All levels are welcome.
Where: 600 N. Franklin St., Syracuse.
More information: (315) 671-4450. centralrockgym.com/syracuse/kids/youth-summer-programs.
Everson Museum, Summer Art Camp – Do you have an artist in the family? The Everson Museum of Art will offer both virtual and in-person camps this summer, where attendees will create their own artwork. Families can choose from two sessions: July 26-30 and August 2-6.
Where: 401 Harrison St., Syracuse.
More information: (315) 474-6064. everson.org.
JCC of Syracuse, Summer Camp – Parents of school-aged children can choose from a traditional day camp or specialty camps, which explore activities such as cheerleading, gaming and rocketry. The JCC of Syracuse will also offer several early childhood camps. Due to COVID-19, the SyraCruisin’, Camp Aide and Counselor in Training programs for teens are cancelled this year.
Ages: The ages vary by program.
Where: 5655 Thompson Road, Dewitt.
More information: (315) 445-2360. jccsyr.org/camp-school-age.html.
Joan Condlin’s Liverpool School of Dance, Summer Camp – Dancers can learn ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and lyrical during the Liverpool School of Dance’s summer camp. All levels are welcome. Sessions will be held in July and August.
Ages: 2½ and up.
Where: 7948 Morgan Road, Liverpool.
More information: (315) 652-1875. liverpoolschoolofdance.com.
Lourdes Camp – Located on the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake, Lourdes Camp offers both day and overnight options. Day campers can choose from activities such as sailing, drama, rec sports, archery, and hiking, or check out the camp’s ropes and challenge course for an extra fee.
Where: 1150 10 Mile Point Road, Skaneateles.
More information: (315) 673-2888. lourdescamp.com.
Manlius Pebble Hill Summer Programs – Manlius Pebble Hill’s full-day camps feature water activities, nature time, arts and crafts and more. Families can also sign up for one of the school’s athletic camps – this summer, it will offer basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Ages: Children entering grades Pre-K-8.
Where: 5300 Jamesville Road, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 446-2452. mphschool.org/community/community-programs/summer-programs.
Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) Summer Camps – The MOST will offer three age brackets this summer: Junior Scientist (ages 4-7); Be the Scientist (ages 8-11); and Engineer Academy (ages 12-15). Attendees can enjoy stories and sensory play; explore the careers of scientists; and learn about the different types of engineering.
Where: 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 425-9068. most.org/learn/camps.
Sciencenter Summer Camp – Does your child like science? Campers in grades 2-6 can explore engineering during Engineergirls Explore or conduct experiments and learn about new physical science concepts during Build, Investigate, and Explore. This summer, the Sciencenter will also hold a middle school session, where campers can design exhibits, create videos and more.
Ages: Children entering grades 2-9.
Where: 601 1st St., Ithaca.
More information: (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org/summer-camp.html.
Syracuse Children’s Theatre Summer Camp – Each session will teach attendees fundamental theater skills (including movement, music and scene work). This summer, campers will present The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast, The Rainbow Fish Musical, Night at the Wax Museum, Blue Suede Paws, Cinderella’s Glass Slipper and Matilda, Jr.
Ages: Children entering grades 1-12.
Where: 700 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse.
More information: (315) 432-5437. sctkids.com.
Syracuse Stage, TikTok Musical Summer Program – Has your child always wanted to create their own musical? Campers will do exactly that during Syracuse Stage’s TikTok Musical Summer Program – with a focus on areas such as acting, choreography, and scenic and costume design. Families can choose from virtual and in-person sessions.
Ages: All ages.
Where: In-person sessions will be held at the Thornden Park Amphitheatre.
More information: (315) 443-4008. syracusestage.org/summerprograms.php.
Syracuse University Summer College – High school students will get a taste of college life during Syracuse University’s Summer College – held virtually this year. Students can choose from more than 70 credit and noncredit courses. Scholarships are available.
Ages: High school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Where: This year’s Summer College will take place virtually.
More information: (315) 443-5000. precollege.syr.edu/programs-courses/summer-college-online.
Utica Zoo – Is your child interested in learning more about animals and their habitats? Each summer camp session will include STEAM activities, animal meet and greets, crafts and more. Families can choose from single day, half day/half week, half day/full week and full day/full week sessions (depending on the program).
Where: 1 Utica Zoo Way, Utica.
More information: (315) 738-0472. uticazoo.org/education/zoocamp.
YMCA of Central New York – The YMCA’s camps offer a plethora of activities for children and teens: horseback riding, boating, sports, swimming, and archery, to name a few. Families can also check out one of its eight art camps or College for Kids, a three-week program held in partnership with Onondaga Community College. Financial assistance is available for all camps.
Ages: The ages vary by program.
Where: There are locations around Central New York.
More information: ymcacny.org/programs/children-teens/camps.