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Applying for Summer Camp

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 4 – March 13. 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.

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 5, 2016.
  • We only allow one registration at one site. Please ensure you follow this rule. 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. If you do, your children will be selected for the same summer camp together, rather than apart.
  • Rank your choice of Regular Day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday) and Extended Day (8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday) sessions, and your preference will be noted in the system. Not all sites have both sessions.

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're selected. The cost of Regular Day sessions (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is $500. The cost of Extended Day sessions (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is $575. 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 nonrefundable.

You can pay online (a secure link will be emailed to you once you are accepted), in person, or through a payment plan, shown below. Please keep in mind that we are strict about payment dates. People who are late on payments 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. We set deadlines for these as well.

Payment and Paperwork Deadlines

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Paperwork: Birth certificate and application form
Payment plan: $100 first payment

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Paperwork: Medical form
Payment plan: $250 second payment

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Payment plan: $150 Regular Day or $225 Extended Day third payment

Commitment to Camp and Refunds

If you get chosen by the lottery, it's important to decide whether your child will be attending. Any payment you submit is nonrefundable. Additionally, it would help us greatly if you let us know you won't be attending. You will get an email link on which you can click to say you're not coming.

Although summer camp payments are nonrefundable, special exceptions may be made for medical reasons or summer school attendance. Contact your borough’s Summer Camp Coordinator by Friday, July 1, 2016 if you need an exception.

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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