Who are we?
The mission of the Bank Street Summer Camp and KiDS College is to foster emotional, physical and ethical growth within campers and kids, by using educational professionals to help them develop their own personalities and individual voices through love of play, creativity and collaboration. Through experiential education, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, and the larger society, in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see, in both Camp and our weekend programs, the opportunity to educate and build a better society.
Amazing Staff. Remarkable Campers.
Camp celebrates the individual child, creating a positive camp culture and zest for living that encourages exploration and problem solving. This positive environment is also reflected through the vast diversity of camp, including ethnicity, family structure, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and learning styles. This environment recognizes and celebrates the differences between campers, staff and families, while teaching children to respect one another’s people/cultures/life choices/way of life.
Camp staff is made up of graduate students from the Graduate School, alumni from the Graduate School and the School for Children as well as various outside specialists, teachers and professionals in their fields. Many campers return to camp as counselors because of their positive experience as campers. One third of campers go to the Bank Street School during the year, making a large portion of the camp body from other schools in the New York City area.
We have gone beyond the standards of a traditional camp venue by offering focused groups like Spanish Immersion, Travel, Film and Science. We have also entered into numerous collaborations with major NY museums, including the Liberty Science Center and The Rubin Museum. Our collaboration with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children helps us build young leaders through their participation in our Leadership Development Program.
Swimming is not a separate program. All campers and staff swim during their designated swim time at the outdoor Skyview pool in Riverdale. Swim time at Camp is divided into both instructional swim and free swim. During instructional swim, counselors and lifeguards work along with the campers to further develop both their comfort and skill in the water. While campers are never made to do anything they do not want to, all campers are required to be in the water. The Lower Camp also goes to Lake Welch located at Harriman State Park once a week.
The KiDS College programs on Saturdays are unlike anything else offered in New York, as they combine the pedagogy of Bank Street, the emotional, intellectual and social engagement of Summer Camp and the freedom of the weekend, making an engaging College of classes just for kids.