Summer Camp

Our Program

Our programs are designed to offer children an opportunity to explore current and new interests in a safe, exciting, and educational setting in Bank Street classrooms. Within our air-conditioned spaces, each group is equipped with both challenging and enriching materials that will inspire creative, fun learning. 

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  • Lower Camp (Rising Pre-K – Grade 1)

    Lower Camp is designed for campers entering pre-K to first grade. All campers must be 4 years old by their first day of camp and fully potty trained.

    Guided by Bank Street’s progressive philosophy, campers build community in a safe environment while nurturing their social-emotional skills. A day in Lower Camp includes ample outdoor play in Riverside Park or on Bank Street’s outdoor playdeck. Specialists and educational professionals in Spanish, STEAM, and sports engage with campers daily. Additionally, campers swim twice a week and go on weekly field trips. 

    Campers are divided by age into groups of approximately 15 children and we maintain a staff-to-child ratio of 1:5. Camp groups are led by head counselors and are supported by assistant and junior counselors. Our head counselors are educational professionals, often teachers or pursuing a master’s degree in education. 

    Lower Camp groups include:

    • Ducks (Rising Pre-K)
    • Bunnies (Rising Kindergarten)
    • Bears (Rising First Grade)

    The above animals that name our Lower Camp groups are featured in books written by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved author of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon and an early member of the Bank Street Writers Lab.

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    Spanish
    Campers learn and practice the Spanish language through engaging learning experiences and projects. Our Spanish instructor, Shuber Naranjo, emphasizes an appreciation and love for the Spanish language through dynamic learning activities, as well as by joining campers during daily activities, such as trips to the park. 

    STEAM
    Campers explore the wonders of science and discovery through hands-on projects and experiences. Our STEAM curriculum is child-led and guided by what individual groups are interested in learning. 

    Sports
    Campers develop foundational sport and fitness skills in a non-competitive environment. Games are designed to encourage teamwork and cooperation as well as body and spatial awareness. 

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  • Middle Camp (Rising Grade 2 – 4)

    Middle Camp is geared towards students entering second through fourth grade. Each session, campers choose a specialty track and spend a portion of their day with their specialty cohort. Specialty programs include Creative Arts, Science + Coding, and Sports + Fitness. The structure of Middle Camp enables campers to build a core community with their “homeroom” and provides an opportunity to mix with other campers during their specialty period.  

    Campers swim twice a week and go on weekly field trips. 

    At camp, campers are divided by age into groups of approximately 15 children. We maintain a staff-to-child ratio of 1:7. Camp groups are led by head counselors and are supported by assistant or junior counselors. Our head counselors are educational professionals, often teachers or pursuing a master’s degree in education. 

    Middle Camp groups include:

    • Otters (Rising Second Grade)
    • Sea turtles (Rising Third Grade)
    • Seals (Rising Fourth Grade)

    The above animals that name our Middle/Upper Camp groups are native to Mannahatta, known today as Manhattan. The study of Mannahatta, its wildlife, and the Lenape people are explored in the School for Children’s 7/8s study of the Hudson River

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    Learn more about our specialty tracks:

    Creative Arts
    Campers participate in a variety of theater activities, including singing, dancing, writing, and improv. This track engages the full imagination as campers construct a piece of theater from scratch. Campers will develop a script, design and create production elements, and participate in a final culminating performance. During each step of the artistic process, campers will be asked to share, discuss, compromise, and play, fostering a collaborative environment that awakens and celebrates children’s intrinsic originality.

    Science + Coding
    Campers explore the wonders of science and discovery through hands-on projects and experiences. Campers are exposed to foundations in coding, which challenge their critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. Campers build on their coding skills throughout the session, which culminates in designing their own computer game. 

    Sports + Fitness
    The Sports + Fitness track is co-ed and designed for all skill levels. Campers develop athletic skills, build endurance and coordination, and focus on teamwork.

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  • Upper Camp (Rising Grade 5 - 8)

    Upper Camp is designed for students entering fifth through eighth grade. Campers choose a specialty track and spend the majority of their day with their specialty cohort. Specialty programs include Performing Arts + Film, Engineering + Coding, and Sports + Fitness. 

    Campers swim twice a week and go on weekly field trips. 

    Campers are divided by age into groups of approximately 15 children. We maintain a staff-to-child ratio of 1:7. Camp groups are led by head counselors and are supported by assistant or junior counselors. Our head counselors are educational professionals, often teachers or pursuing a master’s degree in education.

    Upper Camp groups include:

    • Kingfishers (Rising Fifth and Sixth Grades)
    • Nighthawks (Rising Seventh and Eighth Grades)

    The above animals that name our Middle/Upper Camp groups are native to Mannahatta, known today as Manhattan. The study of Mannahatta, its wildlife, and the Lenape people are explored in the School for Children’s 7/8s study of the Hudson River

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    Learn more about our specialty tracks:

    Performing Arts + Film
    This unique dual program offers campers the opportunity to develop their performing arts skills and create their own short film. Campers build skills in a variety of theater activities, including singing, dancing, writing, and improv. In addition, campers will write, film, and edit their own short film as a group. 

    Engineering + Coding
    This track engages critical thinking and problem-solving through applied science, coding, and technology. Campers learn the basics of coding and design their own computer game. Throughout the session, campers explore engineering principles through hands-on projects such as designing and building bridges. 

    Sports + Fitness
    The Sports + Fitness track is co-ed and designed for all skill levels. Campers develop athletic skills, build endurance and coordination, and focus on teamwork.

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  • Leadership Development Program (Rising Grade 9 - 11)

    The Leadership Development Program is designed for aspiring counselors entering their freshmen, sophomore, or junior year in high school. The program lays a strong foundation for students to become effective counselors and leaders through workshops, classroom observations, and hands-on experience with younger campers. Participants will develop a resumé and practice how to interview, both of which are essential skills for applying to future jobs or college. Participants will have the chance to work as Counselors-in-Training (CITs) during the second half of the summer. The program includes weekly field trips as well as daily trips to the park and other local attractions.

    Participants must enroll for the entire summer.

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