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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.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Buck's Rock Staff

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

    Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

  • Photograph: Courtesy Buck's Rock Staff

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

    Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

  • Photograph: Courtesy Buck's Rock Staff

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

    Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

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

    Camp Awosting

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

    Camp Chinqueka

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

    SJ Riding Camp

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

    SJ Riding Camp

Photograph: Courtesy Buck's Rock Staff

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

Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

Sleepaway camps in CT

Buck's Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Glassblowing, set design and all manner of visual arts (sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and metalsmithing among them) are available at this relaxed oasis in the foothills of the Berkshires. Campers can also take advantage of state-of-the-art recording facilities, an animal farm and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Camp runs June 25–Aug 16. Eight-week session $10,090 (ages 11 to 16), six-week session (June 25–Aug 2) $8,890 (ages 11 to 16), first half session $7,490 (June 25–July 19) or $7,290 (July 20–Aug 16) (ages 11 to 16), two-week Junior Camper session (Aug 3–16) $3,490 (ages 9 to 10). Ages 9 to 16.

  1. 59 Bucks Rock Rd, 06776
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Camp Awosting

  • Price band: 3/4

Boys have 20 acres of land to explore and countless activities—ranging from canoeing and wakeboarding to rugby, video production and woodshop—to try. Adventurous types will love taking go-karts and minibikes for a ride, scaling the climbing wall and sailing through the air on the bungee trampoline. Choose from two-, four-, six-, or eight-week sessions; new campers can test the waters with a special one-week session for rookies (Aug 10–16). Eight-week session $8,150, six-week session $7,000, four-week session $5,100, two-week session $2,750, one-week session (new camper session) $1,350. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 296 West St, 06763
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Camp Chinqueka

  • Price band: 3/4

This lakeside camp gives young women access to athletic instruction (softball, basketball, martial arts, gymnastics, archery and more) taught by sports specialist counselors, as well as plenty of art and science activities (music, drama, journalism, photography). Other events include coed social gatherings, a special four-day overnight trip to Cape Cod for seniors and a watersports day where they go head-to-head with their brother camp, Camp Awosting, in water races. Camp runs June 29–Aug 23. Eight-week session $8,150, six-week session $7,000, four-week session $5,100/$5,300 depending on dates, two-week session $2,750/$2,900, one-week session (new camper session) $1,350. Ages 6 to 16.

  1. 1519 Bantam Rd, 06750
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SJ Riding Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Girls learn about horses and take on the responsibilities of caring for them at this riding camp. They also get quality instruction in English riding—practice takes place in one of three rings, a cross-country course and nearby wooded trails. Riding highlights include a supper ride, swimming with the horses and an end-of-session horseshow. Campers fill the rest of their time with activities like arts and crafts, archery, tennis and swimming. Camp runs June 22–Aug 23; three-week session $3,200, two-week session $2,320, one-week session $1,185. Ages 8 to 16.

  1. 130 Sandy Beach Rd, 06029
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