Summer Camp

BCNY offers six weeks of all-day summer camp at each of our clubhouses. At summer camp members enjoy swimming, fitness and athletics, music, art, field trips and week-long excursions to our sleepaway camp in upstate New York.

To be eligible for summer camp a boy must be a current member and meet attendance requirements during the program year.
Please note, all members must complete a registration form to attend BCNY. Parents/guardians must submit completed registration forms to Clubhouse Registrars in person.

Summer Camp Registration

Registration begins on March 11 for all current members who have met attendance requirements during the 2018-2019 program year and registered by February 1, 2019.

Please note that registration availability, dates, and times vary by clubhouse.

Registration forms are available in the lobby of your clubhouse and be downloaded by clicking the links below.
Download your registration form today:

Abbe Clubhouse Summer Camp Registration Form
(Location: Flushing, Queens)

Gerry Clubhouse Summer Camp Registration Form
(Location: East Harlem)

Harriman Clubhouse Summer Camp Registration Form
(Location: Lower East Side)

Registration Dates & Times

Abbe Clubhouse

Registration begins March 11 by appointment only for all current members who have met attendance requirements during the 2018-2019 program year and registered by February 1, 2019.
On March 26 and March 27 registration for current members will be available from 10:00am – 5:00pm, no appointment necessary. (Note: office will be closed from 1:00-2:00pm for lunch)

Registration by appointment only:
March 11 – March 22
Explorer Members (Grades 2-4):
March 26 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Note: office will be closed from 1:00-2:00pm)
Junior Members (Grades 5-7) and Teen Members (Grade 8 & Up):
March 27 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Note: office will be closed from 1:00-2:00pm)

To make an appoint to register, please email Registrar Amy Li: amy.li@bcny.org.

Gerry Clubhouse

Registration begins on March 11 for all current members who have met attendance requirements during the 2018-2019 program year and registered by February 1, 2019

Registrar Hours:

Monday: 11:00am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 11:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Note: Registrar’s Office is closed daily from 1:30-3:30pm

Harriman Clubhouse

Registration begins on March 11 for all current members who have met attendance requirements during the 2018-2019 program year and registered by February 1, 2019 .

Registrar Hours:

Monday: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 2:30pm – 6:45pm
Wednesday: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 2:30pm – 6:45pm
Friday: 10:30am – 6:00pm

Note: Registrar’s Office is closed daily from 12:00-2:30pm

 

 

Sleepaway Camp at Harriman State Park

BCNY’s Wilderness Camp Facility at Harriman State Park

Additional details about Sleepaway Camp at Harriman State Park will be announced soon. Check here for more information in the coming weeks.

BCNY’s wilderness camp facility is located at Harriman State Park. Our camp at Harriman State Park provides an opportunity for junior and teen members to explore the great outdoors and have an overnight camp experience rich with adventure! Our summer camp programming is designed with our members in mind and focuses on community building, creating shared experiences, wilderness exploration and self-discovery.

The entrance to BCNY’s Sleepaway Camp at Harriman State Park is located on Arden Valley Road at the turn for Sunrise Road. Click here to view the entrance location in Google Maps.

  • BCNY’s Sleepaway Camp at Harriman State Park FAQs

    Why is BCNY’s wilderness camp facility in Harriman State Park?
    Our location in New York’s Harriman State Park provides us with many advantages. In a beautiful natural setting, with only other camps for neighbors, our site between two lakes is isolated from commercial and private land use. We have easy access to all Harriman State Park amenities such as hiking on the network of trails maintained by the park, canoeing through adjacent lakes, and camping out at park sites. As part of the park system, we also have the added security of the very diligent Park Police Force.

    How will members get to Sleepaway Camp?
    Travel to Sleepaway Camp will be by van or bus. Pick-up and drop-off will be at BCNY Clubhouses.

    What if my BCNY member is in summer school?
    Schedule accommodations will be made for members in summer school. Please see your age-group director.

    What will members do at sleepaway camp?
    Members will enjoy camp activities like making s’mores by the fire, swimming, fishing, hiking and teamwork challenges. They will learn the basics of camping outdoors like setting up a tent, building a fire, plant identification, stalking and tracking and navigating with a map and compass.

    What makes BCNY’s sleepaway camp different than any other camp offered in New York?
    A special part of the BCNY Summer Camp experience will be nightly circle discussions about masculinity and identity.

  • Camp Emergency Contact Info

    Camp phone number: 845-915-3638

    If a medical emergency happens while your BCNY member is at camp, you will be notified immediately. There is an EMT on staff who is able to provide emergency care. The closest hospitals to camp are Good Samaritan Hospital and VA Hudson Valley Health Care System.

  • Camp Homesickness Policy

    Many campers experience homesickness in some way. It is healthy to feel a certain degree of homesickness, but we also want our members to have fun and enjoy the full sleepaway camp experience.

    Tips for parents/guardians to help prepare BCNY members for sleepaway camp:

    • Involve your member in the decision about going to sleepaway camp. While a camp experience is wonderful for most kids, it is not for everyone.
    • If, after your best efforts, your BCNY member says, “I don’t want to go to camp,” you might want to look at an alternative for that week your child is expected to be away.
    • Have your member experience success in another type of overnight stay away from you – like a sleepover – prior to going to camp.
    • Never tell your member he can leave early if he doesn’t like camp as it sets him up for failure and he will focus on the “deal” instead of the experience.
    • Help your BCNY member understand the policy concerning phone calls (members may not call home and parents may not call members) prior to camp so he will not be expecting to hear from you.

    Homesickness Policy

    The first person to handle homesickness is the BCNY Staff Member that a homesick member is most comfortable with. They will spend one-on-one time with the homesick member and set short-term goals for him to reach. Every effort will be made to have the homesick member make it through the first night, as this is that is the most difficult time.

    BCNY members will not be allowed to call home. If staff are unable to resolve a homesick member’s distress after 30 to 60 minutes the member will be brought to the Camp Director.

    If the BCNY member still wants to go home, arrangements will be made to contact the member’s parent/guardian, to advise camp staff on how to proceed.

    If a parent/guardian is contacted, the following parameters will be followed:

    • Camp staff will call the parent/guardian while the child is not present
    • Parents/guardians are to be fully briefed of the situation
    • Inquiries can be made about any home or medical situations that may be causing the homesickness.
    • Parents/guardians are invited to leave their BCNY member a message or send emails to alleviate homesickness

    Once parents/guardians are contacted they must decide if they want him to stay at camp or if they want to take the member home.

    • If the member stays, BCNY staff will inform the parents/guardians how the member is doing once or twice throughout the rest of their week-long stay.
    • If the member stays and continues to be inconsolable, then, in the interest of the homesick member, the other members, and the wellbeing of the camp, parents/guardians will be encouraged to pick up their BCNY member as soon as possible.
    • If the parents/guardians decide to pick up their member they should contact the Camp Director to make arrangements. Once a member is picked up from camp, they will not be able to return during the duration of their scheduled trip.