Applying for Summer Camp

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The NYC Parks Experience 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 May 21 – May 30. 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 June 3, 2021 and will have one week to make your decision.

*This year, NYC Parks' Learning Lab participants will receive priority. These participants will be offered a slot at their home center prior to lottery registration opening.

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 Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  • We only allow one registration at one site. If you register at more than one, your child may be disqualified.
  • 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.

Register For The Lottery

Enrolling in Summer Camp

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

Full payment is due once you are selected. The registration cost is $25 per child. You can pay by credit card, debit card with a credit card logo, postal money order, or a certified bank check. Personal checks are not accepted. Payments are not refundable.

You can pay online (a secure link will be emailed to you once you are accepted), or 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 the June 12 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: birth certificate, medical form (signed by a physician), and a camp application form. Deadlines will be set for the submission of this paperwork.

Payment and Paperwork Deadlines

Normal camp fees will be waived this year. NYC Parks will be requiring a $25 per-child registration fee.

Saturday, June 12, 2021
Paperwork: Birth certificate and Registration Form, Participant Agreement and Completed Medical Form
Payment: $25 registration fee

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. 

About Our Summer Camp

The NYC Parks Experience 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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