The Youth Activities Center (known as the YAC) is a drop-in center for middle- and high-school students (ages 12-17). Located on the south lakefront at Heinz Beach, and adjacent to the Boys' and Girls' Club campus, the YAC features a bustling snack bar (with daily lunch specials at "kid" prices), a friendly staff, televisions, games, table tennis and pool tables.

Weekly "YACtivities" include dances with a DJ, wing night, "Sundae Monday" and Tuesday breakfast sandwiches.

The YAC is open Monday through Friday during the season.


YAC Late Nites

New this summer, Chautauqua’s Youth Activities Center stays open late for those 17 and older, with food specials and other activities. YAC Late Nites run 10 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Weeks One through Six.

Youth programs will be offered online for the 2020 season for kids as young as 3 years old through 12th grade. Our counselors have prepared nine weeks of crafts, STEM activities, athletic sessions, and more for our campers.

To join the fun, register at learn.chq.org.

Chautauqua’s online youth program is sponsored by the Elise M. Besthoff Charitable Foundation, Inc.

 

Considered the longest running summer day camp in the United States, Chautauqua Boys' and Girls' Club embraces both tradition and the latest trends in youth education and engagement. Field activities, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, nature, crafts, individual and team sports, music and experiences in the arts help youth develop confidence and capabilities, while building lifelong friendships.

Boys' and Girls' Club Plus

Club Plus joins the traditional day camp experience with an interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences to inspire and bolster the talents of youth with academic curiosity. After spending the morning at Club or Group One, campers will participate in afternoon classes and activities that combine STEM education, literary arts, visual arts and more. 

Club Plus Program Information

 

Philosophy

Philosophy

The purpose of the Boys' and Girls' Club is to provide an opportunity for young people ages 7-15 to actively participate in a safe and supportive recreational day camp on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. The programs and facilities allow for a diverse set of activities that take full advantage of CHQ's natural and cultural resources. The Boys' and Girls' Club encourages personal growth for participants and professional growth for staff. The enjoyment and appreciation of lifelong skills are emphasized, and the importance of Club as a source of lasting CHQ relationships is recognized and nurtured.

 

 

Youth programs will be offered online for the 2020 season for kids as young as 3 years old through 12th grade. Our counselors have prepared nine weeks of crafts, STEM activities, athletic sessions, and more for our campers.

To join the fun, register at learn.chq.org.

Chautauqua’s online youth program is sponsored by the Elise M. Besthoff Charitable Foundation, Inc.

 

In 1921, Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Today, we continue to nurture the social, recreational and educational development of children. Each week offers a different theme in the Children's School curriculum. Guests or speakers often are included to share their special talents with the children.

 

About the program

About the Program

Children's School is a developmental preschool for youth ages 3 to 5. The program includes a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities. Weekly themes often incorporate other Chautauqua programs in the areas of music, drama and art. A relationship with the Chautauqua community and its unique opportunities continue.

The program hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- noon. The school has 6 classrooms with a maximum of 25-30 students in each. A typical day at Children's School includes:

  • Developmental play
  • Circle time (reading, singing)
  • Activity centers (focusing on weekly theme)
  • Music
  • Special guest programs
  • Snack time
  • Outdoor play
  • Each week offers a different theme in the Children's School curriculum. Guests or speakers often are included to share their special talents with the children.

Built in 1921, the Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Additions to the building made in 1926, 1947 and 1969 were followed by a full renovation and expansion in 1994 to its present size and capacity.

 

 

 

Youth programs will be offered online for the 2020 season for kids as young as 3 years old through 12th grade. Our counselors have prepared nine weeks of crafts, STEM activities, athletic sessions, and more for our campers.

To join the fun, register at learn.chq.org.

Chautauqua’s online youth program is sponsored by the Elise M. Besthoff Charitable Foundation, Inc.

 

Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children's School and Boys' and Girls' Club. The morning program runs similar to Children's School, and the afternoon program (2–4 p.m.) takes place at Boys' and Girls' Club.

 

About the program

About the Program

Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children's School and the Boys' and Girls' Club.

This special full-day program (9 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m.) is held Monday–Friday and uses the Sheldon Hall of Education facilities in the morning and the Boys' and Girls' Club facilities in the afternoon.

The program includes active play, arts activities, swimming instruction and waterfront activities, nature programs, and special events. Children remain with the same teachers/counselors throughout the day. Each of two classes is limited to 36 participants.