Summer Camps, the 2011 List

Update: If you’re checking this list after 2011, you should check out the Summer Camp list. You can do a search by topic or by week to find a summer camp!

Time to get ready for camps again, and there are tons of them.  This year, I’m not searching like a crazy person. I’m just updating the links (in fact, I’m not even double checking my description, so click the links to double check details like dates and age requirements if you’re truly interested.  I’m also only adding additional camps that I’ve stumbled over in the last few weeks.  Before I head to the main list of camps, I thought that I’d tell you about a couple of other camp sources that I didn’t include, just because it started to get too overwhelming for me last year. These are:

  • Town camps.  Last year, I skipped these entirely. Then a bit later, I felt compelled to tell people about some of the town camps because they were just so fabulous, so now I have a town section at the bottom of the list. My girls have gone to Niskayuna town camp and enjoyed it.  In my town, it’s cheap.  You might check with your own town first.  Residency is often, but not always, a requirement.
  • Anyplace where you can pay for a lesson, it is also likely that there’s a camp.  Some of these made it to my list, either because they’d already emailed me, or they’re popular, or whatever.  But if there’s someplace you’re interested in, check out their website or give them a call. This also goes for daycare centers. People’s work schedules change for the summer, so some daycare centers offer summer camp-style programs.
  • Super-specialized sports camps.  If you’ve got a kid doing sports in high school and they want to train in their sport, it’s better to just ask their coach.  I started to track these a bit, but there are just so many, and I have no expertise whatsoever.  Generally I include sports camps that are 1) potentially for little kids and/or beginner/dabblers, or 2) offered with a variety of different sports and/or non-athletic programs, or 3) fun  in several different locations, since that makes life convenient for parents.
  • I also generally skipped camps that don’t have updated information on an easy-to-link-to website.  I mean, come on, people!  Show a little motivation here if you want people to shell out cash. The exceptions might be if someone handed me old-fashioned photocopies, or, say, the coach happens to be M’s teacher.

YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea, where M plans to spend a week this summer (sleepaway! I KNOW!)

If anyone’s had experience with one of these camps, please do share your experiences with us–I’m serious.  That would be helpful.  Like, your good deed for the day.  Or if you know of another great camp, let me know. I made this request last year, and so a few of the camps listed have comments that people shared last year. Thanks to everyone who commented with information.

  • 4M’s Farm offers a full-day horse camp for kids 7+ years old.  5 one-week sessions. Sarah just commented that it’s “absolutely wonderful. After one week my daughter participated in a horseshow where she even did a small jump, and they stayed busy all day doing “horse stuff”, like cleaning stalls, cleaning the horses hooves. . . the owner is super patient.”
  • Afrim’s has its Multi-Sport Action Camp for 3- to 11-year-olds, or Go2Goal [soccer] Academy for 6- to 14-year-olds.
  • The Albany Academies have classic camp, sports, basketball, academics, SAT prep, & Driver’s Ed.
  • Albany Art Room has camps from 9 am to 2 pm for kids ages 5 and up.
  • Albany Indoor Rockgym has Climbing Clinics for ages 9 and up.
  • The Albany Jewish Community Center runs a variety of camp programs all summer for 3-year-olds up to teenagers.
  • Albany Rowing Center has a morning rowing camp for students in grades 6 and above.
  • The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy has a variety of camps.
  • Bethlehem Children’s School has camp all summer, full day, for k-8th graders.  You can sign up by the week–each has a different theme.
  • The Brown School has programs for kids in nursery school up to 6th grade.
  • The Campus Children’s Center funs a daycamp for school-age children.  Associated with SUNY Albany, university-affiliated families get priority registration.
  • Candyland Activity & Enrichment Center in Schenectady has camp for (potty-trained) kids ages 3-7. It runs Monday to Friday, with session from 9 am to noon or 1-4 pm. $95/week.
  • Capital Area Productions (theater) has 1 one-week full-day camp in Albany.The Children’s Museum of Science & Technology in Troy has full day camp from the end of June to the beginning of September for ages 5 to 14.  You can register for a week at a time, based on schedule/theme, including some girls-only sessions.
  • The Cicotti Center has full-day camp all summer for school-age kids.
  • Cohoes Music Hall has an August Broadway camp.
  • College of St. Rose Summer Academy has a variety of programs kids  for grades 6 to 12.
  • Congregation Ohav Shalom Nursery School has camp starting June 13 for kids 5 and under. Camp hours are 9:30-1:00 with wrap around child care from 8:00-4:00. For more information, people can contact Amie Bloom at 489-4894–Thanks, Amie!
  • Emma Willard School has a summer camp for girls 6- to 13-years-old.
  • Frozen Ropes is running baseball and softball summer camps in many locations.
  • The Girl Scouts run a variety of day and sleepaway camps nearby.  You can also spend a weekend of “family camp” or a mother-daughter overnight.  Girls don’t have to be scouts to attend.
  • Greenbush Child Caring is running a camp for grades k-8.
  • Hayner Brothers Sports Barn in Halfmoon has baseball, softball, & sports camps.
  • Heldeberg Workshops has a variety of camps for school-age kids. Last year two different readers commented about Heldeberg. Juliet said, “My 5 yr old  loved it. It was a great introduction to real camp. The leader was great with the kids.” Jennifer said, “Heldeberg really is about the best in wholesome, educational fun. Yes, it is short (only a few hours) and the kids spend almost as much time on the bus as at camp. This was at least our 6th year attending. My little guy thinks of the bus as half the fun. Blacksmithing, archery, world of music, world of science, woodland indians–all really great programs with adult leaders.”
  • HVCC has camps for ages 4 to 16 athletics, academics, theater, technology, & circus theatricks.
  • Indian Ladder Farm has a Barn School with different theme weeks, most appropriate for ages 7 to 14. Thanks, Jodi!
  • JMU4Kids offers a variety of summer camps for school-age kids in Rensselaer, Albany, & Loudonville, including Extreme Camp and Harry Potter Camp. Rebecca, a reader, commented, “We love the jmu4kids camp. . . phenomenal staff . . . so many camps to choose from – performing arts, circus, sports, adventure, extreme and day camp. There is something for everyone and your kids can try out all of them if they like. Plus they get to swim every afternoon – with lessons available if needed. The price is great and the peace of mind to have my daughter at such a great place while I go to work (after 8 years as a stay at home mom) is great!!”
  • Kidzart and Drama Kids are teaming together to do a one-week, full-day camp in Colonie or  Clifton Park in August.
  • Kidzart has two different week-long, half-day camps at a variety of locations.
  • Kindercare has a variety of themed Summer Camps, including options for preschoolers.
  • The Language Learning Institute has summer camps in Latham for kids to learn French, Spanish, Italian, or Russian. They’re generally 3 hours a day Monday to Friday for $175/week. They have other programs for kids and adults.
  • Malta Montessori has a half- or full-day camp for kids ages 3 to 9.
  • Mildred Elly is running a Babysitters Camp for girls entering 7th or 8th grade. Um, what about boys?
  • New York State Museum Time Tunnel Summer Camp has 3 consecutive sessions of 2 weeks each that have different science-oriented themes.  It’s full day.
  • Niskayuna Wrestling Summer Camp is for elementary to early middle school kids. from 9 am-noon at Niskayuna High School. $40, $25 for additional siblings. Contact Shawn Neely at
  • The Performance School of Music and the Arts has a variety of programs, including a Sleeping Beauty Pre-Ballet Camp for 3- to 6-year-olds and a Rock and Roll Camp for teenagers.
  • Proctors has summer camps in theater, art, music filmmaking and chess. Reader Jennifer says the Jazz Institute is “amazing. . . the kids learn serious jazz–think Charles Mingus–all by ear and give an amazing end of program concert.”
  • RPI Summer Camps has a variety of interesting stuff, including Young Actors Guild for kids as young as 6, Creative Writing, Legos sessions for ages 8 to 14, a crime scene investigation program for 7th & 8th graders, and lots of challenging high school programs.  There’s also a football camp.
  • Sage offers a girls volleyball camp, a high school art program, and college and law programs for middle schoolers, as well as theatre programs. There are also pre-college programs for older high school students.
  • The Saratoga Arts’ Council runs arts camps for kids ages 5- to 14-years-old.
  • Saratoga Children’s Theatre has summer camps for ages 6-18.
  • Schauber Stables has riding camp for ages 6 to 14.
  • Schenectady Christian School has a variety of summer camps for grades 3 to 12.
  • The Schenectady JCC has a daycamp and learn-to-swim program for 3-year-olds up to 9th graders.
  • Schenectady Museum usually has a summer camp, but I don’t see any information on the camps yet.
  • St. Helen’s in Niskayuna has summer programs for K-5th grade, but it’s not obvious on their website.
  • St. Pius X has a summer camp for K-4th grade.
  • The Sand Lake Center for the Arts has a variety of programs including theater, art, film-making, & movement, for a range of ages, 4 to 18.
  • Saratoga Independent School has camps for ages 3-8. Thanks, Michelle!
  • The Schenectady County Community College has a variety of summer courses for kids & teens including SAT Prep, Babysitting, Baking, Musical Theater, Aikido, Golf, & Environmental Science.
  • The Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center has a wide variety, including “old school” camp and specialty camps.
  • Siena College has a variety of athletic and dance camps.
  • Skidmore College has a variety of summer camps including sports, arts, music, dance, writing, academics, and traditional recreation camps.
  • SKYHIGH Adventures in Averill Park offers camps that improve skills for triathlons–swimming, biking, running– for 7- 15+ kids.
  • Soccer Tech has summer camps from 9 am to 3 pm for ages 6 to high school.
  • Ten Broeck Mansion has an archeology camp.
  • Tiny Tots Tea Room has a princess camp and others.
  • TSL Adventures has camp for ages 5 to 12, with a different theme each week. My friend’s son went last year and had a wonderful time.
  • Tumbling Tykes offers camps for kids ages 3 to 7.
  • There are a variety of Summer Sports Academies at Union College.
  • Wa Wa Segowea is a smaller, private YMCA sleep-away camp.
  • Woodland Hills Montessori has a variety of camps.
  • The YMCA offers a variety of day camps as well as not-too-far sleepaway camps.
  • There’s a Young Engineers Academy summer camp for ages 10 to 14 at AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady.

Some town programs:

  • Ballston-Tennis, track and field, summer enrichment
  • Bethlehem–Swimming from 2 up, camp from 4 up, open to non-residents for an extra $10. (Thanks Mari for this one.)
  • Clifton Park–Programs for kids 2 and up, designed for residents.
  • Colonie–Programs for kindergarten and up, non-residents can register after residents have had a chance to sign up.
  • Guilderland–Has great stuff, but it’s for residents only and you residents should have received the info. in the mail.
  • Malta–Programs for kids as young as 18 months, non-residents pay a bit more (Thanks again to Malta Mama for linking to this one).
  • Niskayuna–Programs for kids as young as 3 years (potty trained), resident policy was unclear but I think non-residents can register with some restrictions.

Other sources of information: Kids Out and About has a list of summer camps organized by week. The Albany Times Union has an online Summer Camp List as well.  You can also request a free catalog from the Capital District Child Care Council.



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