Bank Street Spring and Summer Camp programs are for children going into pre-K to 8th grade the following year. Campers going into Pre-K must be 4 years old and fully potty trained by their first day of camp. See below for more information on the specifics of our programs.
What age groups do Bank Street camps serve?
Why should your child come to Bank Street Summer Camp?
The American Camp Association conducted national research with more than 5,000 families, specifically about the immeasurable skills that campers receive and practice during the summer camp experience. Parents, campers, and camp staff reported significant growth in the following non-academic concentrations; environmental awareness, decision making, adventure and exploration, independence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, peer relationships, and leadership.
Through love of play, creativity, and collaboration, Bank Street Summer Camp provides time, space, and structure for campers to develop outside of an academic environment. Celebrating the child’s non-academic self and providing an emotionally supportive environment for campers to connect with themselves and each other nurtures a zest for learning and contributes to a positive camp culture. This healthy, supportive environment helps children celebrate each other’s differences and ways of life.
How can you meet us?
December 7, 2019 Upper East Side St. Jean Baptiste 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family December 8, 2019 Upper West Side Basis Independent Manhattan 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family January 25, 2020 Upper East Side Spence School 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family January 26, 2020 Upper West Side Congregation Rodeph Sholom 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family February 29, 2020 Upper East Side St. Jean Baptiste 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family March 1, 2020 Upper West Side Congregation Rodeph Sholom 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family March 15, 2020 Upper West Side Bank Street School for Children 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with Let’s Talk Schools March 28, 2020 TribecaBorough of Manhattan Community College 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with New York Family April 26, 2020 Harlem Ephesus Church 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM with Let’s Talk Schools
How does the camp follow Bank Street School’s progressive philosophy?
Bank Street Summer Camp encourages campers to engage with and investigate the world around them. For young campers, this can mean exploring their classroom and neighborhood, interacting with their peers, and engaging in dramatic play. For example, before a younger group embarks on a dramatic play scenario or ventures out to a playground, counselors will often sit the group down to make a plan for the day that helps both the bold, adventurous children and the shy, timid children find a way to feel comfortable during the anticipated activity.
With older campers, investigating and engaging with the world around them can often mean experimenting in ways they may not be comfortable with trying at school. Starting in second grade, Middle Camp and Upper Camp campers can chose more focused programs such as science, theater, sports, and the Spanish language. In these programs, children are encouraged to voice their interests so counselors can help steer the direction of the group to support both comfort and skill.
What is our staff like?
Passionate about their work and dedicated to their campers, our staff brings out the best in children. These remarkable staff members are made up of teachers, graduate students or alumni from the Graduate School, outside specialists, and other experts in the field. Our staff body is very diverse with respect to family structure, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and learning styles, giving all of our campers the opportunity to see themselves in our staff members.
The Supervisory Staff consists of educators who teach during the year as well as educators who have committed themselves to recreational education during the summer. Many of them were students in the Bank Street School for Children and Graduate School and/or campers and counselors in the Summer Camp.
What is summer camp at Bank Street like?
At Bank Street Summer Camp, every day is active. Every day includes developmentally appropriate activities and trips as well as swimming two to three times a week. Tentative schedules are available online for the Lower Camp, Middle Camp and Upper Camp programs as well as more information about our Swim Program.
What is swim like at Summer Camp?
What is the August Alliance?
The Bank Street Summer Camp recognizes that camp is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for working parents. Finding a camp in August is particularly challenging as many facilities are preparing for their fall openings.
In cooperation with Columbia University, the Bank Street Summer Camp provides weekly programs for children from pre-K and grade 8 until August 31 through the August Alliance. August Alliance programming includes swimming every morning and a variety of developmentally appropriate trips and activities in the afternoon.
- Lower Camp August Alliance (Pre-K to 1st Grade)
- Middle Camp August Alliance (2nd to 3rd Grade)
- Upper Camp August Alliance (4th to 8th Grade)
Program options are available on a weekly basis. Any children of faculty, staff, or students at Columbia University or the Cathedral School will receive a discount of 10 percent.
Does the camp provide lunch?
Bank Street Summer Camp provides healthy and delicious snacks and lunches for campers. A lunch menu for each week will be available on the previous Friday. For the Middle and Upper Camps, lunch will often be similar to the Lunch Menu for the School for Children. Fresh fruit and crackers are provided in the morning as a snack and, in very hot weather, juice will be provided as well. Snack is offered in the Extended Day Program after 3:oo PM.
Campers are welcome to bring lunch from home but we ask that any lunch brought from home does not have to be heated up.
Please also keep in mind that we are a nut-aware camp, which means we do not allow nut products of any kind. While we are sensitive to the needs of children with nut allergies, Bank Street College cannot guarantee a 100 percent nut-aware environment but will try to accommodate children with these allergies. The School for Children has marked nut-aware classrooms and lunch tables with appropriate signage. Parents of children with such allergies are required to provide the Health Office with written Medical Forms, an Action Plan/instructions, and medications as directed by a physician to the Health Office.
Please notify us in writing of any dietary or allergic restrictions before camp starts. This information should already be on your Campium account. If it is not, please log in and add it to your account.
Does the camp have bus service?
For an additional fee, the Bank Street Summer Camp offers morning and afternoon bus service from the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Inwood, Washington Heights, and Riverdale. See our Transportation and Bus Service Page for a tentative schedule and Transportation Protocol.
How do we manage camper health, safety, and security?
An on-site nurse is available all day from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Each classroom has a first aid kit as well as a mobile kit for trips. Counselors carry a cell phone and all emergency contact lists with them.
While 40 Head Counselors and Supervisory staff are certified in RTE (Responding to Emergencies) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), we still employ at least 16 lifeguards trained in First Aid and CPR. Each Head Counselor is also taught how to administer EpiPens.
Reporting Illnesses & Incidents
We take the safety of our campers seriously. When camp counselors identify a camper who is not feeling well, the camper is sent to the nurse for evaluation and care. If the concern is deemed important or serious, the nurse contacts the head counselor, the camp director, and the child’s guardians. If necessary, parents/guardians will be asked to pick up their children. The same criteria will apply to accidents (slips, falls, etc.).
In an effort to keep all children healthy, campers often wash their hands with soap (not antibacterial) and water. Campers are not permitted to share food or drinks.
The Summer Camp adheres to the following rules to ensure safety. We ask that all guardians observe the same rules when in the building.
- No running or roughhousing anywhere in the building
- No outdoor-type games inside, especially the lobby or in front of the building
- No shouting
- No profanity
- No headphones, iPods, DS, or portable music devices in the building
- No Game Boys, PSPs, or portable video games of any kind
- No baseballs
- No skateboards or scooters
- No water guns of any kind
- No whistles
- Personal cell phone must be turned off during camp hours except for emergencies
Identification, Keychains, and Building Access
At the Kraft Center, each guardian must produce a valid form of identification in order to receive a camp keychain. This keychain allows them to enter the building to drop off and pick up their campers. No adult may enter the camp without a keychain.
Bank Street College of Education is a public space. Adherence to the following regulations concerning the use of ID cards and security is necessary in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all. The parents/guardians of each camper will receive two Bank Street ID cards for entry into Bank Street’s main building. Counselors may ask to see your ID cards when you pick up your camper(s) until they recognize you. All cards have been numerically assigned to each family, so please return all cards at the end of camp.
Emergency Procedures for Thunderstorms
In the event of thunderstorms, all groups must seek shelter immediately. Upon arriving at any facility, head counselors should identify safe shelter. Groups will stay in shelter until 15 minutes after hearing the last strike of thunder.
Fire Drills and Evacuation
Fire drills are conducted regularly at Bank Street. Campers and staff will be instructed beforehand regarding proper conduct and where to assemble after exiting the building.
When should campers stay home?
Campers should look and behave like themselves for 24 hours before returning to camp. A sick child who returns to camp too soon is at risk for picking up other infections due to a lowered immunity and is likely to infect other students and staff. All immunizations need to be up to date before campers come to camp.
Campers may not be in camp if they:
- Have a temperature over 100 degrees. Children who attend camp should be fever free for at least 24 hours (without anti-fever medication) before returning to camp.
- Are vomiting or have diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- Have a positive throat culture for strep throat. If this is the case, the child should be on an antibiotic therapy for 24 hours before returning to camp.
- Have a red eye with white or yellow eye drainage with matted or crusted eyelids after sleep.
- Have a runny nose accompanied by a headache or nausea (or the child is too tired to concentrate).
- Have any type of rash, unless it is determined to be non-communicable by a physician.
- Have lice and/or nits. A camper may return to camp after their first treatment and after having a follow up clean lice check by the camp nurse.
- Have chickenpox (Varicella). A camper may return once all lesions have dried and crusted, which is usually six days after the onset of the rash.
- Have contracted pertussis (whooping cough). A camper may return after five days of antibiotic therapy (which is to be given for a total of 14 days).
- Have been infected with impetigo (a bacterial skin infection). A camper may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
What is our refund policy?
There is a deposit of $100 per week and a non-refundable processing fee of $50 due upon registration. The balance is due on or before May 1, 2019, at which point all fees are non-refundable.