Applying for Summer Camp

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The NYC Parks Summer Day Camp program is an exciting chance for children ages 6 to 13 to have a fun-filled summer! Your child will engage in sports, fitness, and outdoor adventure with the NYC Parks’ Team.

About the Lottery

Our summer camp program is extremely popular, and in order to make sure that we can accommodate children as fairly as possible, registration is conducted through a random lottery.

You can enter the lottery any time from March 7 – March 21, 2022. Entering earlier will not increase your chances of getting in.

After the lottery is run, you’ll get an email stating whether you have been chosen or waitlisted. You will receive this email by March 23, 2022 and will have one week to make your decision.

Tips for registering 

  • Your child must be between the ages of 6 and 13 by the first day of camp. The first day of camp is Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
  • We only allow one registration at one site. Registering more than once will not increase your chances to win; it may disqualify your child from the lottery as a duplicate.
  • If you have more than one eligible child, you should register them together on a single application. This will allow your children to be selected for the same summer camp, together.

Enrolling in Summer Camp

The 2022 Summer Camp lottery period has ended. Occasionally, we may re-open the waitlist at select Summer Camp locations later in the season. Please check back our Summer Camp page, or sign up for our newsletter for updates.

If you've been chosen by the lottery, you will receive these instructions by email.

Full camp fee, (Regular Day $500, Extended Day $575), can be paid online by accessing your account via the link provided in the selection email. You can pay by credit card, debit card with a credit card logo, postal money order, or a certified bank check (payable to City of New York Parks and Recreation). Personal checks are not accepted.

Payments are not refundable.

You may pay in person at limited NYC Parks locations. Please keep in mind that we are strict about payment dates. People who do not make the required payment by March 30, 2022 will be removed from the process in order to give others a chance to enroll.

During the process, you will have to submit the following required paperwork in person: copy of birth certificate, Medical Form (signed by a physician), Camp Application, and Virtual Programming Waiver.

Payment and Paperwork Deadlines

Document Submission and Payment Options:

Payment in Full

Due Wednesday, March 30, 2022:

  • Full payment ($500 Regular Day, $575 Extended Day)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Registration/Participation Agreement             
  • Virtual Programming Waiver
  • Completed Medical Form

Payment Plan

Due Wednesday, March 30, 2022:                      

  • $100 - 1st Payment
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Registration/Participation Agreement              
  • Virtual Programming Waiver

Due Wednesday, April 13, 2022:                        

  • $200 Regular Day, $237.50 Extended Day - 2nd payment
  • Completed Medical Form

Due Monday, May 2, 2022:                                 

  • $200 Regular Day, $237.50 Extended Day - final payment                   

All documents must be received by June 4, 2022

Commitment to Camp and Refunds

If you get chosen by the lottery, it is important to decide whether your child will be attending. The payment you submit is nonrefundable. Additionally, it would help us and your fellow New Yorkers greatly if you let us know if you decide not to attend after being selected. You will get an email link on which you can click to easily communicate that your child is not attending camp. 


For more information on making payments in person and submitting paperwork or any other Camp questions, please contact your borough’s Summer Camp Coordinator.

Bronx: Deborah Edwards, (718) 430-1847 or

Brooklyn: Benjamin Campbell, (332) 999-8526 or

Manhattan: Christina Luna, (212) 408-0243 or

Queens: Stephanie Joseph, (718) 393-7370 or

Staten Island: Dana Vitolo, (718) 816-8103 or

About Our Summer Camp

The NYC Parks Summer Day Camp program is an exciting chance for children ages 6 to 13 to have a fun-filled summer! Your child will engage in sports, fitness, and outdoor adventure and take part in many of New York City’s rich cultural and educational opportunities.

Learn more about our summer camp

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