Are you looking for a camp for your child or teen – but aren’t sure where to start?
Whether they are 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 2023.
Make sure to also check out these tips for choosing the right fit!
Auburn Public Theatre, Summer Classes – The Auburn Public Theatre will offer five options in 2023: Musical Theater Camp: Into the Woods (July 10-14); Exchange Street Records Rock Band Camp (July 17-21); Music Video Camp (July 17-21); DJ Camp (July 24-28); Narrative Film Camp (July 31-Aug. 4); and Musical Theater Camp: Beautiful(Aug. 7-11). A wrap around care program is also available.
Ages: Grades 3 and up.
Where: 8 Exchange St., Auburn.
More information: (315) 253-6669. auburnpublictheater.org/education.
BASCOL, Full STEAM Ahead Summer Program – This summer will feature recreational activities centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – with themed weeks, guest speakers and field trips. Pick and choose the weeks and days you would like to sign up for. Snacks are provided. DSS subsidies are accepted.
Ages: Grades K-6
Where: Central Square, Liverpool and Syracuse.
More information: (315) 622-4815. bascol.org.
Baltimore Woods, Summer Nature Day Camp – Parents can choose from a classic day camp or a voyager camp (2023’s themes include arthropods, birds and wilderness survival skills). Baltimore Woods will also offer Nature’s Little Explorers, a half-day camp for children ages 4-5.
Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus.
More information: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org/summer-camp-at-baltimore-woods.
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.
Canterbury Stables, Pony Camp – Is your child interested in horseback riding? They can receive instruction from professional trainers, and explore a different horsemanship topic each week, during this camp hosted by Canterbury Stables. Existing and new riders are welcome.
Ages: 6 and up.
Where: 4786 Roberts Road, Cazenovia.
More information: (315) 440-2244. canterburystablesny.com.
Central Rock Gym, Summer Vacation Program – Children will learn basic rock climbing skills through bouldering, top rope climbing, games, obstacle courses and more. All levels are welcome.
Ages: 8-12 and 13-16.
Where: 600 N. Franklin St., Syracuse.
More information: (315) 671-4450. centralrockgym.com/syracuse/kids/youth-summer-programs.
Christian Brothers Academy, Summer Sizzle – Christian Brothers Academy’s Summer Sizzle camps take place every June through August. This year, options include: ceramics, a personal statement workshop and basketball, soccer, football, baseball and softball camps.
Ages: All ages.
Where: 6245 Randall Road, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 446-5960. cbasyracuse.org.
Everson Museum of Art, Summer Art Camp – Calling all creative youths for the 2023 Everson Summer Art Camp! Campers will dive into many artistic mediums and disciplines, make friends and have fun. They can explore the Everson’s exhibitions and incredible collection of artworks, inspiring them to make art of their own, and learn and enjoy ceramics, videography, fabrics, improv, storytelling and much more.
Where: 401 Harrison St., Syracuse.
More information: (315) 474-6064. everson.org/summercamp.
JCC of Syracuse, Summer Day Camps– Parents of school-aged children can choose from a traditional day camp or specialty camps, which explore activities such as cheerleading, gaming and rocketry. Looking for options for teens? The SyraCruisin’ Teen Travel Camp and the Camp Aide and CIT Programs both return this summer.
Ages: The ages vary by program.
Where: 5655 Thompson Road, Dewitt.
More information: (315) 445-2360. jccsyr.org/summer-camp.
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.
Ages: 2½ and up.
Where: 7948 Morgan Road, Liverpool.
More information: (315) 652-1875. facebook.com/people/Liverpool-School-of-Dance-Inc/100057311265942.
Le Moyne College, Summer Arts Institute – Dive into the arts this summer at the Le Moyne College Summer Arts Institute! Join us on Le Moyne’s campus for one or more of these exciting arts programs: theatre, film, strings, musical theatre and creative writing.
Ages: Youth entering grades 4-12 (varies by camp).
Where: Performing Arts Center at Le Moyne College, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 445-4230. lemoyne.edu/summerinstitute.
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, rec sports, archery and hiking – or check out the camp’s ropes and challenge course for an extra fee.
Ages: 7-11 (day camp); 7-14 (overnight camp).
Where: 1150 10 Mile Point Road, Skaneateles.
More information: (315) 673-2888. lourdescamp.com.
Manlius Pebble Hill, Summer Programs – MPH summer programs begin June 26, and offers day camp, athletic, academic and enrichment camps, driver education, SAT preparation, and college application essay.
Ages: Youth entering grades Pre-K-12.
Where: 5300 Jamesville Road, DeWitt.
More information: (315) 446-2452. mphschool.org.
Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Summer Camps – The MOST will once again offer three age brackets this summer: Junior Scientist (ages 4-7); Be the Scientist (ages 8-11); and ESF Summer Science Week (graduating eighth graders). Attendees can enjoy stories and sensory play; explore the careers of scientists; and learn about sustainability and environmental engineering.
Where: 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 425-9068. most.org/learn/camps.
Mystical Acres – This summer, Mystical Acres will host three social skills groups: Friendship Skills: Building friendship skills (July 12-14); Get it Done: Developing executive functioning skills (July 26-28); and I Can: Confidence, resilience and coping skills (Aug. 9-11). Make sure to also check out its open house on June 10.
Where: 2709 Brennan Road, Pompey.
More information: (315) 559-1319. [email protected].
Play2Learn, Summer Camps – During each 70-minute session, children can rotate through various stations, such as stories and songs and gross motor play (summer camp), or play basketball, soccer and more (sports camp). Play2Learn also offers a variety of early childhood classes year-round.
Ages: 6 and under.
Where: Drakes Landing Park, 8657-8679 Drakes Landing Road, Baldwinsville (summer camp). Lysander Park, Smokey Hollow Road, Baldwinsville (sports camp).
More information: (315) 382-3725. play2learntot.com.
Redhouse Arts Center, Summer Camps – As part of Redhouse all-day camps, teens will prepare a production of Suessical, the Musical or create their own performance piece alongside professional choreographers and directors. Redhouse Rock Camp: ON TOUR also returns this summer!
Where: 400 S. Salina St.
More Information: (315) 362-2785. theredhouse.org/education/camps.
Rice Creek Field Station, Exploring Nature – Exploring Nature is back at the Rice Creek Field Station. Each five-day session will include educational games, nature walks and habitat explorations.
Where: 193 Thompson Road, Oswego.
More information: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/rice-creek/programs-and-events/exploring-nature.
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Adventure Camp– Located in Sherburne, the Rogers Environmental Education Center is home to a variety of habitats. Day campers can learn about survival skills, fantastical creatures and more.
Where: 2721 NY-80, Sherburne.
More information: (607) 674-4733. org/program/summer-adventure-camps.
Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Summer Camps – Animal care. Movement. Myths and legends. Children and teens can learn about these animal-themed topics and more at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s summer camps. This year, 12 options are available, and all have a STEAM focus.
Where: One Conservation Place, Syracuse.
More information: (315) 435-8511. rosamondgiffordzoo.org/learn/zoo-camps.
Sciencenter Summer Camp – Campers in grades 2-6 can conduct experiments and learn about new physical science concepts during Build, Investigate, and Explore. The Sciencenter will also hold a Future Science Leaders Summer Intensive, where campers in grades 7-9 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 SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition; Disney’s The Lion King JR.; The Big One-Oh! JR.; Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS; The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White; and WE WILL ROCK YOU Young@Part®.
Ages: Children entering grades 1-12.
Where: 700 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse.
More information: (315) 432-5437. sctkids.com.
Syracuse University Summer College – High school students will get a taste of college life during Syracuse University’s Summer College. Students can choose from more than 100 credit and noncredit courses, and participate in virtual and in-person campus activities.
Ages: High school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Where: This summer, there are three options: on campus, online and hybrid.
More information: (315) 443-5000. syr.edu/programs-courses.
The Warrior Factory, Ninja Warrier Camps – Is your child or tween a fan of American Ninja Warrior? Families can try obstacles from the popular TV show, including a spider climb, rings and warped walls, or sign up for one of the gym’s summer camp sessions. Two types are available this year: an all levels ninja warrior camp and a pro ninja warrior camp.
Where:170 Township Blvd, Suite 20, Camillus.
More information: (315) 468-7961. syracuse.thewarriorfactory.com.
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 feature 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.