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Find the Perfect Summer Day Camp for Your Child in the Albany Area

If you’re looking for the perfect day camp for your kiddo to attend this summer in the Capital Region, we’ve got you covered! Check out this list of camps in the Albany area and find the best place for your child to make friends, learn new things, and, of course, have a ton of fun.

TSL Kids Crew Summer Camp - Across the Capital Region

With programs for children aged 4-12 and locations in Clifton Park, Cohoes, Delmar, East Greenbush, North Colonie/Latham, Troy, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Waterford, Rotterdam, Syracuse, and Scotia, TSL Kids Crew is a fantastic choice for parents looking for a flexible recreation camp for their child or children. The camp has great deals for multiple children, multiple-week registration, and daily rate pricing, so you can truly customize this experience to best suit your family.

Themes vary per week, but past topics have focused on community, food, culture, the elements, and even messy fun. The focus of each week is the same, however: endless fun!

JMU 4 Kids - Albany & Loudonville

One of the best aspects of JMU 4 Kids is the price. This day camp is very reasonably priced—under $200 per week—and offers well-rounded programs for children aged 4-16.

The camp has four locations, three in Albany and one in Loudonville, which increases the convenience of sending your kids to this spot. Camps offered include Day Camp, Sports & Fitness Camp, Science Camp, Laser Quest, and more. There is also a week-long Leadership Program where older kids can help mentor and lead younger campers under the supervision of adult head counselors.

Camps are packed with fun activities that vary based on the camp week and theme, but there’s always a focus on creativity, team-building, and project-solving skills.

Dwayne Killings Basketball - Albany

At Dwayne Killings Basketball Camps, kids learn valuable skills while having a ton of fun. The camp is hosted by the head coach of the Albany Great Danes men’s basketball team, Dwayne Killings, and encourages kids K-8 to hone their skills and develop sportsmanship on and off the court. 

Camp is held at the Guilderland YMCA. No matter the skill level, if your child has a love of basketball, this is the perfect camp for them. They’ll even have the opportunity to work with Division 1 players and coaches and participate in a championship game at the end of the week.

Albany's Indoor Rockgym Climbing Clinics - Albany

Let your child channel their inner adventure-seeker at Albany's Indoor Rockgym's (A.I.R.) Summer Climbing Clinics! This gym offers summer clinics to help climbers of all ages and levels enhance their skills. Kids ages 10 and up can enjoy fun-filled days learning basic techniques, safety information, knot tying, rappelling, and more. A.I.R. also allows campers to explore a unique caving system featuring half-mile tunnels and a 60-foot indoor zipline.

Participants will also learn valuable team-building skills as they work together to solve problems through climbing, caving, and other activities. Each clinic runs five days and includes at least one all-day outdoor excursion for campers to put the skills they learned to the test.

Planet Parker - Wynantskill

Instill within your child a love of adventure at Planet Parker. This camp boasts 77 acres of fields, ponds, woods, and creeks—as well as an art studio, gym, science lab, and playground. Each week at Planet Parker is themed, with the goal of encouraging a year-round love of learning in children. Past themes include Planeteers, The Great Outdoors, Photography, Troll Huts and Fairy Houses, Guitar, and more. You’ll definitely find a theme to pique your child’s interest during their summer-long camp schedule.

The camp is led by teachers and staff of the Robert C. Parker School, which means they have expertise in childcare and educational development.

Bonus Overnight Camp: Eagle Island - Saranac Lake

girls smiling in a sailboat with a counselor
Photo Credit: Nancie Battaglia

Eagle Island Camp is unique in that it offers all-gender day camp as well as overnight camp for girls. If your child is interested in exploring the great outdoors in a fun, traditional camp setting—think the Parent Trap—this is the spot.

With activities such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming, games, outdoor educational programs, camper-choice activities, arts and crafts, and free play, it’s the ideal location for kids to disconnect from the digital world and build lifelong relationships and a deep appreciation for nature.

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