Nassau County is filled with summer fun for kids of all ages. With so many choices for summer camps, how do parents know which one to pick? First decide on the camp type like traditional day camps or specialty camps. Then decide on the length of day: full day, half day, three days a week, etc. Next determine duration of the camp – 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Think about transportation options such as bus service, drop off, and pick up. All of these factors will eventually result in the final decision. No matter what parents are looking for, Nassau County offers a lot of choices.
Traditional Day Camps
The following camps offer traditional day camp programs. These include Red Cross swimming instruction, arts and crafts, tennis, and outdoor activities. They all provide bus service, either included in their fees or for an additional fee. There may be sibling discounts. Important reminder: children will need a current physical and be up to date with all immunizations for entry into camp.
Friends Academy Summer Camp
For campers ages 2-15 years old. This camp offers more variety than most day camps. It’s perfect for the Renaissance child of today. In addition to regular activities, campers can also get academic tutoring before camp starts. The Teen Travel program offers overnight trips to places like Lake George, Boston, and Camelback Mountain.
Where: Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560
Contact Info: 516-393-4207
LuHi Summer Programs
For campers in pre-k through high school, this camp is located on the campus of Lutheran High school in Brookville and is a non-religious camp. This camp runs in four 2 week sessions. With its variety of choices, this camp can also be listed under the Specialty Camps. Programs include general sports, computer school, dance training, forensics, fencing, field hockey, football, fishing, and much more.
Where: 131 Brookville Road, Brookville, NY 11545
Contact Info: 516-626-1100
North Shore Day Camp
For Campers ages 2 1/2 -15 years old (children do not have to be potty trained by the start of camp). There is a separate pre-school campus. Campers from 7th grade and up can participate in a program that offers 2-3 days a week at the camp and then 2-3 days of travel.
Where: 85 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542
Contact Info: 516-676-0904
Old Westbury Summer Camp
For campers ages 3-15 years old (children must be potty trained by the start of camp). Located on the beautiful grounds of The Holy Child Academy, this is non-religious camp experience. Older campers can choose a specific activity for each session such as cooking, theater, or even horseback riding. There is also a Counselor in Training Program (CIT).
Where: 25 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568
Contact Info: 516-626-9268
Pierce Country Day Camp
For campers ages 3-10 years old. There is a mini-day option for 3 and 4 year olds. The camp offers a 4×4 program for 8 year olds where campers spend 4 weeks at the Pierce Campus and 4 weeks at Pierce Camp Birchmont in New Hampshire. A travel option is also offered for teens.
Where: Mineola Avenue, Roslyn, NY 11576
Contact Info: 516-621-2211
Shibley Summer Day Camp
For campers ages 3-13 (but best suited for children 7 and under). For the last 82 years this camp has been a favorite of families whose children are just starting out in camp. This camp is often recommended for first time campers because of the loving, warm and friendly family atmosphere.
Where: 175 Warner Ave, #L4, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
Contact Info: 516-621-8777
iD Tech Camps
For children ages 7-17, this camp is located on the campuses of New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury and Adelphi University in Garden City. The camp is great for children who love computers and video games as they can take that love to the next level. Children can learn programming, filming, web design, and robotics.
Where: NYIT – Northern Boulevard at Valentines Lane, Old Westbury, NY 11568 and Adelphi University – 1 South Avenue Garden City, NY 11530-0701
Contact Info: Old Westbury 516-686-1000 and Garden City 800-233-5744
Port Washington Skating Center
For children ages 5-11, this camp offers 1, 2, and 3 week sessions in June and July. This is a half day camp with a possible option to extend to full day. Children from all skill levels are welcome. Campers have fun while learning a great sport.
Where: 70 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050
Contact Info: 516-484-6800
SPORTIME Tennis and Multi=Sport Camps
SPORTIME has several locations throughout Long Island. Activities include tennis, soccer, softball, basketball, floor hockey, and flag football. Call for ages and activities as there are variations between facilities.
Where & Contact Info: NASSAU – Bethpage 516-933-8500- Massapequa 516-799-3550 – Roslyn 516-484-9222 – Syosset 516-364-2727; SUFFOLK – Amagansett 631-267-3460 – Kings Park 631-269-6300 – Quogue 631-653-6767
For campers in kindergarten to 12th grade, Usdan is the country’s premiere arts camp. Famous alumni include Mariah Carey and Natalie Portman. Located both outdoors and indoors on a 200 acre woodland campus in the township of Huntington (technically in Suffolk County), this camp is included in the Nassau county list of camps because many campers from Nassau choose this program. There are over 40 programs of study including orchestra, chorus, piano, ballet, photography and drama. This camp is a must for children serious about the arts. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Where: 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, New York
Contact Info: 631-643-7900
By Bettina Saad