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Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

If your child's ready to spend her summer nights away from home, check out these stellar sleepaway summer camps near New York City.

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Brant Lake Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Brant Lake Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Brant Lake Dance Academy

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Brant Lake Sports Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Brant Lake Sports Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Dewolfe

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Dewolfe

  • Photograph: Kelly Warwick

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Hilltop

  • Photograph: Kelly Warwick

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Hilltop

  • Photograph: Kelly Warwick

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Hilltop

  • Photograph: Melissa Young Crozet

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Hilltop

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Lokanda

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Lokanda

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Coyote Tracks Summer Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Coyote Tracks Summer Camp

  • Photograph: Stephen Yang

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Coyote Tracks Summer Camp

  • Photograph: Courtesy Camp Echo

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Echo

  • Photograph: Courtesy Camp Echo

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Echo

  • Photograph: Courtesy Camp Echo

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Echo

  • Photograph: Courtesy Camp Echo

    Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Echo

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Eden Village Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Eden Village Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Eden Village Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Kinder Ring

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Camp Kinder Ring

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    School of Rock Metal Camp

  • Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

    Timber Lake West Camp

Sleepaway camps: The best summer camps for kids near New York City

Brant Lake Camp


It's time to start thinking about summer camp and we've put together a roundup of sleepaway camps for kids ready to leave the nest during the warm-weather months. Click through our sleepaway camps guide to find great overnight camp options in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. You'll also want to consult our summer camp packing list to make sure your child has everything they need for their summer away from home. Finally, don't forget to read our camp Q&A section—we've asked experts for their advice on the most frequently asked questions about summer camp for kids.

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Sleepaway camps in NY

Brant Lake Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

With a strong emphasis on appropriate competitive athletics, this all-boys camp is organized into mini-camps where kids are grouped by age. Brant Lake even hosts a passionate Color War to keep competitive spirits high. Camp runs June 28–Aug 15, seven-week session $11,300. Ages 7 to 15.

  1. 7586 State Rte 8, 12815
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Brant Lake Dance Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Campers receive professional instruction in several dance styles—including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop—as well as in sports and fine arts at this girls camp that is connected to Brant Lake Camp for boys. Camp runs June 28–July 29; four-week session $7,000. Ages 11–16.

  1. 7586 State Rte 8, 12815
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Brant Lake Sports Academy

  • Price band: 3/4

Specializing in soccer, basketball, volleyball and lacrosse, plus fitness and full waterfront, program for girls, which is connected to Brant Lake Camp for boys, offers top-notch sports instruction in facilities that include a major league–style baseball field with stadium seating and dugouts, 15 tennis courts, two soccer pitches and seven basketball courts. Camp runs July 31–Aug 15; two-week session $2,900. Ages 11 to 16.

  1. 7586 State Rte 8, 12815
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Camp Echo

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids looking to concentrate on a specific subject (such as tennis, ceramics, or horseback riding) will have the chance to work with artists and athletes-in-residence, who will be on hand all summer long to lend their talent and expertise. Every Friday—also known as "change-it-up day"—campers eat breakfast on the beach and participate in special activities like a luau, a dinosaur-egg hunt or an intercamp games tournament. Other notable activities include woodworking, cooking and videography. Camp runs June 29–Aug 16; $4,750–9,450 depending on age and number of weeks. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 210 Echo Rd, 12722
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Camp DeWolfe

  • Price band: 1/4

Sailing, swimming, kayaking and climbing are just some of the popular activities at this Christian Episcopal–affiliated camp. Camp runs July 6–Aug 8. Two-week session $995, six-day session $495 (both early bird rates). Ages 7 to 17.

  1. P.O. Box 487, 11792
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Camp Eagle Hill

  • Price band: 2/4

One hundred acres of surrounding woodland provide campers with an ideal environment for overnight adventures and exploration. Parents of children who have celiac disease can rest easy, as Eagle Hill recently added a gluten-free kitchen. Camp runs June 28–Aug 12; Full season session $8,350, four-week July session (June 28-July 26) $5,150, short session $3,400. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. White Oak Road, 12523
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Camp Greylock

  • Price band: 4/4

With a staff of 250, Camp Greylock touts one of the smallest camper-to-counselor ratios in the Northeast. Set on 300 acres of land in the Berkshires, campers at this boys-only program focus on improving their skills in sports and nonathletic areas. The first "color war" in American camping was also held here in 1917. Camp runs June 27–Aug 15, seven-week session $11,300. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 1525 Main St, 01223
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Camp Hilltop

  • Price band: 2/4

Youngsters choose from more than 80 indoor and outdoor activities, including trapeze, laser tag, waterskiing, knitting and photography. Campers share bunks with kids who are entering the same grade as they are in the fall. Camp runs June 29–Aug 23; eight-week session $7,730, six-week session $6,090 (June 29–Aug 9 or July 13–Aug 23), four-week session $4,510 (June 29–July 26), $4,360 (July 27–Aug 23) or $4,590 (July 13–Aug 9), three-week session $3,510 (July 6–July 26 or July 27–Aug 16), two-week session $2,320 (June 29–July 12, July 13–26 or July 27–Aug 9) or $2,200 (Aug 10–23). Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 7825 County Hwy 67, 13783
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Camp Huntington

  • Price band: 3/4

The camp serves developmentally delayed children, including those who have Asperger's syndrome, autism, MR, ADHD, OCD or PDD/NOS. A psychologist and special-education teacher designed the program, which incorporates art, sports and nature studies. Camp runs June 22–Aug 23; $2,150/week (discounts for longer stay; optional extras available at an additional cost). Ages 6 to 21+.

  1. 56 Bruceville Rd, 12440
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Camp Lakota

  • Price band: 3/4

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Camp Lakota embraces a mix of spirit, adventure and fun. Days spent on 200 acres in the scenic Catskill Mountains are packed with seven periods of sports, arts and outdoor fun-as well as plenty of camp traditions. After breakfast, kids may spend the morning horseback riding, scaling the climbing wall, gliding down the camp’s zipline or waterskiing on Masten Lake. In the afternoon campers get to take a rest, tell stories and write letters back home before gearing up for three more hours of activities. Finally, the evenings bring Lakota's signature events, such as a talent show or a game night. Camp runs June 29-Aug 16, Mon-Fri. Seven-week session $7,100 (grades 1–5), $8,400 (grades 6–10); four-week session $4,299 (grades 1–5), $4,999 (grades 6–10); three-week session $3,399 (grades 1–5), $3,999 (grades 6–10). Discounted rates available for campers entering grades 1–5 and CIT campers entering grade 11. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 56 Park Rd, 12790
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Camp Lokanda

  • Price band: 4/4

At this all-around sleepaway camp, youngsters can design jewelry in the art studio, make clocks in the wood shop, play with animals in the nature center and learn how to water-ski. Other notable facilities include two swimming pools, a lakefront waterpark, a ropes course and rock wall. Camp runs June 26–Aug 16; seven-week session $10,300. Ages 7 to 17.

  1. Haring Rd, 12737
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Coyote Tracks

  • Price band: 2/4

Run by the Children of the Earth Foundation, this camp offers junior environmentalists unique, six-day sessions throughout the summer, each focusing on a different topic and geared to a different age group. From July 6 to 11, for example, campers ages 5 to 18 and families can learn about survival in the woods. Camp runs June 29–Aug 8, six-day session $695 (additional family members 10% off). Ages 4 to 17, depending on program. Campers under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

  1. 136 Paine Rd, 12531
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Eden Village Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Each bunk at this Jewish camp has its own snack garden where campers can pick fresh fruit and vegetables when hunger strikes between meals. While traditional activities like basketball and pottery are offered, unusual specialties like sheep sheering, fire spinning and circus arts truly set this four-year-old camp apart. Camp runs June 27–Aug 12; seven-week session $7,050, four-week session $4,200, three-week session $3,650, one-week session $1,100. Ages 8 to 16.

  1. 392 Dennytown Rd, 10579
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French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts

  • Price band: 3/4

Youngsters enjoy more than 85 activities, most of which focus on music, art, dance and theater, at a camp equipped with all the trappings for a theater lover, including a pavilion stage, a proscenium theater, a theater in the round and a circus pavilion. Camp runs June 7–Aug 31; session one $4,550 (June 7–26), session two $5,750 (June 26–July 15), session three $5,750 (July 15–Aug 4), session four $4,750 (Aug 4–24), session five $750 (Aug 24-31); discounts available for ages 9 and under. Ages 7 to 17.

  1. 350 Bouchoux Brook Rd, 13783
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Iroquois Springs

  • Price band: 3/4

Iroquois Springs' comprehensive program consists of land and water sports, as well as horseback riding, art, theater and extensive outdoor-adventure activities. Warm staff emphasize self-esteem boosting and individual development over competition. Camp runs June 28–Aug 08; six-week session $9,375, three-week session $5,775 (June 28–July 18 or July 19–Aug 08). Ages 7 to 16.

  1. 66 Bowers Rd, 12775
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Timber Lake Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Throughout the summer, kids learn the importance of making and keeping friends; they also spend time playing baseball and softball in the on-site Tiger Stadium. The highlight of the summer, though, is the camp's over-the-top color war. Camp runs June 26–Aug 15, eight-week session $11,800. Ages 7 to 16.

  1. 240 Timber Lake Rd, 12480
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