Meals at Day Camp

We support a healthy lifestyle in the foods we serve. Day campers get a hot lunch with multiple options, along with two snacks during the day. Our food service staff prepare and serve all meals with care and integrity. Meals are served buffet-style, and include the following:

  • Vegetarian entree options
  • Fresh salad bar and fruit selection
  • Whole wheat pastas
  • Lean meats
  • Zero trans fat oils
  • Homemade breads and muffins
  • Healthy snacks
  • Juice machines (there is no soda anywhere on site)
  • Milk choices (skim, regular, chocolate)

We are happy accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs including vegetarians, gluten-free campers and many religion-based food restrictions. Furthermore, we take food allergies very seriously. All three of our dining halls are nut-free, and care is taken to communicate about and manage other potential allergens. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s dietary needs, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Sumnick, our Food Service Director, at ssumnick@ymcanyc.org.

Health & Wellness

Each of our camp programs has their own health center, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a certified nurse or EMT. Our Health Director, a registered nurse with many years of camp experience, provides on-site supervision to our health staff between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, and on an as needed basis at night. Numerous members of the staff at each of our three camps are certified in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Advanced First Aid.

Our health centers are designed to provide a warm, nurturing environment for campers, whether they are paying a quick visit to get a band-aid or need a quiet place to rest while awaiting a ride home. Our health staff manages camper medical records with care and expertise, administer over the counter and prescription medication according to physician- and parent-approved plans, and offer on-site care for all minor injuries and illnesses.

In the rare situation when an injury or illness exceeds the scope of care possible on-site, campers are transported to either our local urgent care facility or the emergency room. Parents are notified as soon as possible about any significant medical issues involving their children and are encouraged to contact our nurses directly with any questions or concerns regarding their child’s care while at camp.