Bank Street Summer Camp is the premier progressive day camp in Manhattan for children 4-14. As a co-ed, child-centered, nurturing community, we pay special attention to each child, by making the camp an emotionally and physically safe environment for hands-on learning, discovery and fun.
Camp celebrates the individual child, creating a positive camp culture and zest for living that encourages exploration and problem solving. This positive environment is also reflected through the vast diversity of camp, including ethnicity, family structure, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and learning styles. This environment recognizes and celebrates the differences between campers, staff and families, while teaching children to respect one anothers people/cultures/life choices/way of life. Program costs vary.
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My daughters had never done a full day camp until they came to Bank Street two years ago. My then 15 year old joined the Leadership Development Program and my then 10 year old joined the Musical Theater Camp. It was amazing to see both girls grow and develop over their six weeks here. My older daughter learned to take responsibility for her own actions, which is truly a life lesson; to express herself better; how to compromise; and how to lead My younger daughter is often the observer, who takes a while to warm up to join a crowd. But in theater camp, under the careful eye of her counselors, she gained the confidence to take chances she might not have otherwise taken. By the end of her summer, she even had a small solo in the camp performance! This past summer, both girls returned to summer camp. My older daughter, now a junior counselor helped to take charge of her assigned campers/room; honed her skills in handling the bundles of energy that 8 and 9 year children bring with them; brought to life a musical from scratch; was able to combine her love of children with her creative skills; and really wanted to do her best job for her counselors and the staff at camp to make them proud And my shy little 10 year old returned as this confident 11 year old, who belted out songs and ended up with one of the leads in the musical. She discovered that when she put her mind to it, she could sing really well, and make people laugh, every day. That self-confidence has stuck with her ever since – she feels invincible. Truly amazing to see. I’m just sorry we didn’t find you earlier!
While it's true the camp is best known for it's amazing early childhood program, my daugheter (11) loved the day-trip upper camp option. She has big plans with her camp friends for the weekly travel program next summer. I'm looking forward to my to-be 14 year old's participation in the leadership training program this summer. I think it's just what he needs to prepare him for high school and work.
My daughter absolutely loves and looks forward to attending Bank Street summer camp each year. It provides a fun, engaging learning experience for all campers. The staff and camp counselors are super friendly, organized and caring. I definitely recommend this camp.
Bank Street's summer camp programs are great for younger kids. The camp has struggled to serve the needs of older kids, ages 13 and 14, especially on overnight trips. After a terrible experience, I would caution parents to think twice before enrolling teens in the Camp's travel programs.