Summer Programs

 NYC DOE Summer Programs

Summer Rising

For grades K-8, Summer Rising programming will spark curiosity, joy, and a love of learning. Students will engage with peers and caring adults to experience all that our city has to offer. We will continue to combine academic support and school-based enrichment programming led by Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and students will have daily opportunities to play, create, explore, and develop new interests.

Summer Rising 2022 is a partnership between New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)


**For Summer 2022, participation is limited to youth, ages 8 – 15, who have previously participated in any Fresh Air Fund program. (Siblings of former campers are also eligible to apply.) 

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the 
country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. 

Camp Anita Bliss Coler (ABC) – Girls only, ages 9-12
Camp Hayden-Marks – Boys only, ages 9-12
Camp Tommy – Boys only, ages 12 ½-15
Camp Hidden Valley – Girls and boys, ages 8-12, serving children with and without special needs
Camp Mariah – Girls and boys, admission is restricted to children who are currently in the 6th grade

Summer Spaces provides fun, free and safe play spaces for NYC children ages 5-12. Supervised activities include arts and crafts, sports, STEM activities, obstacle courses and more!

At The Fresh Air Fund’s camps in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, families enjoy overnight trips and explore nature, spend time together and participate in camp activities like swimming, hiking, fishing, arts & crafts and boating. Limited availability.

Specialized programs for teens, ages 13-17, offer opportunities for earning credentials, internships and job readinessWorkshops include developing leadership skills, professional development, college readiness and more!


NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy

​New York City residents, attending school, between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts. The Youth Police Academy is a six (6) week program that will hold sessions five (5) days a week. The Academy will open at 8:30 am in the morning and dismissal will be 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips to a Police Department facility or a City park are also part of the curriculum. Transportation to and from the field trips will be provided. Each site is accessible by public transportation.  This year for the first time we have the youth camp in two precincts, the 115 pct. (I.S 145) and the 114 pct. (I.S 204). 


Ladies 13+! Free Coding Program

Keen on learning how to code? Have a knack to hack? Kode With Klossy wants you!
Our free (yep, free!) two-week summer program for young women 13 – 18 years old will teach you to build real-life apps whether you’ve never written a line of code or you’re a full-fledged hacker. The scholarship is for anyone who's passionate and interested in learning a new superpower. Don’t be shy, APPLY!

2023 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp

Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grade 8 in September 2022.This intensive program will return to "in person" camp this summer.  The NYCDOE Office of Arts & Special Projects administers this program in collaboration with a group leading cultural organizations:  Lincoln Center, Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall, Harlem School of the Arts, NY Philharmonic, Studio in a School and Julliard. 

Our goal is to provide equity and access in preparation to screened NYCDOE arts-based high schools and arts programs for up to 300 currently underserved middle school students interested in auditioning for a screened arts high school program.  

Schedule: Middle School Arts Audition Boot camp meets daily, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Admitted students must commit to full participation for the entire program. Attendance is mandatory, and
unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the program. Students will not be excused for vacations,  participation in other art programs, or to participate in any other school-based activity. Please note, students
may be asked to participate in or attend an in-person or online, virtual event/performance that may extend beyond camp hours. Parents/Guardians will be notified of these events in advance.

Location: Lincoln Center, Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, NY, NY 10023 (performing arts studios) LaGuardia High School, 100 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10023 (visual arts studio only)

 Final MSBC 2023 Application.pdf  Final MSBC Online 2023 Instructions.pdf 




The Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive, four-week arts program for New York City public school students entering 8th-12th grade, held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Queens. Students major in dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, film or photography. Admission is by application and audition.



BEAM's program is designed to meet students where they are, inspire their further love of mathematics, and create a realistic pathway toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 



(8th grade program)
The Summer Law Institute (SLI) is a five-week program for rising ninth graders that seeks to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and to pursue careers in the law.During SLI, students will learn about criminal justice, the criminal trial process, and participate in a mock trial competition in front of actual judges! Students will also meet a variety of attorneys and judges, and attend field trips – all while learning the necessary skills to succeed in high school and beyond.
APPLICATION DUE: Usually the beginning of April

G.O.A.L.S. for Girls Summer Intensive Program on The Intrepid

(8th & 9th grade female program)
The GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive provides fifty girls in eighth or ninth grade the opportunity to expand their STEM thinking and skills. For six weeks, students are engaged in hands-on experiences, interesting field trips and conversations with influential women currently in STEM fields.  The program’s curriculum focuses on aerospace science, Earth science and engineering, providing a range of study that appeals to different student interests.
The program nurtures critical thinking and problem-solving skills, social and emotional development, and parent/guardian involvement and support. Intrepid Museum educators, together with educational institutions and invited guests, give students a new, exciting perspective on STEM and the world around them through off-ship and on-ship workshops and demonstrations.
Deadline: March

The Edge Summer Program

(formerly Champions Club)

This free summer program takes place Monday-Thursday, for 3 or 4 hours per day. Typically, there is an SASF program at I.S. 125 (or alternate site during summer construction).  Registration 
is taken on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to turn in your completed registration form as soon 
as possible. A medical form signed and stamped by a doctor is required for children ages 6-13. 

Kamp Kiwanis

Kamp Kiwanis is a one-week sleep away camp offered to students in I.S. 125.   Sunnyside Kiwanis offers a "Kamporship" to students to subsidize the cost.  Kamp Kiwanis is aimed at providing fun, physical exercise and adventure. It strives to afford opportunities to participate in a creative outdoor group experience in a democratic setting and develop characteristics of leadership and fair play.
The program at Kamp Kiwanis is designed to mainstream all children, including up to 20 each session with special needs. It is non-competitive with emphasis on group and team building. No activity is forced, but all are encouraged.

Variety Boys & Girls Club, Astoria


The Boys Club of New York

Ages 6 & up
If you've got a son, listen up: The nonprofit runs day camps from  Monday, July 6-Friday, August 14 at its clubhouses in Harlem, Flushing and the East Village. Boys engage in a variety of activities, including sports, visual and performing arts, city outings and weekly trips to BCNY’s campus in Martinsville, NJ. The entire session costs $25, or $35 for a family, although there are nominal fees for certain enrichment classes and outings. For current members, registration takes place Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 27. New members can vie for spots beginning on Monday, April 6. For more info, email

CityParks Sports

City Parks Foundation runs free tennis, golf, and track & field programs for kids who reside in NYC. All equipment is provided. CityParks Sports works in many parks in Queens, including Astoria Park. Call 718-760-6999 for additional info about any of the following programs.

NYC Swim Programs

Parks provides a variety of free aquatics programs for all ages and levels, ranging from swim lessons
to recreational swimming to training for swim team competition.
For information on registration, and which programs still have space open, visit our Registration page.

Free Tennis for Kids

Your child can learn to play tennis for free! NYJTL’s Community Tennis Program is for children and youth who are:
 - Between the ages of 5 and 18
- At any level of tennis skill, from “never held a racquet before” to “tomorrow’s champion”
Racquets and balls are available for children to use during program hours. The only thing participants need to bring is their own water bottle and tennis sneakers.

Urban Park Rangers

Despite cutbacks in recent years, the Urban Park Rangers continue to offer lots of free outdoor programs for kids. The organization's online calendar includes hiking, orienteering, canoeing, birding and fishing activities for families. It's also smart to subscribe to the Rangers' quarterly Outdoors in New York newsletter since some cool events don't seem to make it online until the last minute.
The Urban Park Rangers Weekend Adventures include canoeing, birding, hiking, survival skills, astronomy and more. These activities let you experience New York City's thousands of acres of parkland as you never have before. You'll forget you're in the city entirely!
How to register: For many outings, you just show up and enjoy. Others require entering an online lotteryVisit the website for more info.