Located in the Pier Building near the Miller Bell Tower, the Pier Club is a non-alcoholic gathering spot for young adults age 16 and up. The Pier Club offers recreation, education and entertainment opportunities for CHQ's college-age youth.

Attendance, special events, and use of equipment are free and require only a gate pass and photo I.D.

Programming includes speakers, open mic/coffee houses, concerts, D.J. nights and other special events. Attendees have access to two lounges, pool tables, ping-pong tables, Foosball, computers with Internet access, a large screen TV and a snack/juice bar.

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.

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.

How to Register

1. Register: A child is not enrolled until payment is received

Check back for updated 2020 registration information.

 

In addition to online registration, beginning June 22 registration will also be available:
Sundays: 12 p.m.–3 p.m. at Hultquist Center, Room 101
Monday: 8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. at Children’s School

More information is available at 716.357.6278, 8:30 a.m. – Noon

2019 Group One Fees   2019 Dates (Monday–Friday)
Season $915 Week 1 June 24–28
8 Weeks $845 Week 2 July 1–5
7 Weeks $779 Week 3 July 8–12
6 Weeks $715 Week 4 July 15–19
5 Weeks $649 Week 5 July 22–26
4 Weeks $549 Week 6 July 29–Aug. 2
3 Weeks $459 Week 7 Aug. 5–9
2 Weeks $335 Week 8 Aug. 12–16
1 Week $195 Week 9 Aug. 19–23


2. Download the Group One Information and Information form file.

The Group One form contains:

  • General information about the program
  • Registration information and instructions
  • Required information form to complete and bring with you to Chautauqua

 

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.

 

 

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, campers will participate in afternoon classes and activities that combine STEM education, literary arts, visual arts and more. Afternoon classes will be led by certified teachers and industry experts. Club Plus is limited to 60 campers per week, so early registration is strongly recommended. Available Weeks One through Seven.

Club Plus Program Information

How to Register

1. Register: A child is not enrolled until payment is received

Check back for updated 2020 registration information.

In addition to online registration, beginning June 22 registration will also be available:
Sundays: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Hultquist Center, Room 101
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at Boys’ and Girls’ Club

More information is available at 716.357.6295, 8:30 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

2019 Boys' and Girls' Club Fees Club Plus Fees
Season $915 Season N/A
8 Weeks $845 8 Weeks N/A
7 Weeks $779 7 Weeks $1,059
6 Weeks $715 6 Weeks $955
5 Weeks $649 5 Weeks $849
4 Weeks $549 4 Weeks $709
3 Weeks $459 3 Weeks $579
2 Weeks $335 2 Weeks $415
1 Week $195 1 Week $235

 

2019 Dates (Monday - Friday)
Week 1 June 24 - 28
Week 2 July 1 - 5
Week 3 July 8 - 12
Week 4 July 15 - 19
Week 5 July 22 - 26
Week 6 July 29 - Aug. 2
Week 7 Aug. 5 - 9
Week 8 Aug. 12 - 16
Week 9 Aug. 19 - 23

 

2. Download the Boys' and Girls' Information and Information form file.

The Boys' and Girls' club form contains:

  • General information about the program
  • Registration information and instructions
  • Required information form to complete and bring with you to Chautauqua


3. Download and complete the Medication Dispensation Form 
only if a child attending Boys' and Girls' Club will be bringing any medication to camp (including Epi-pens and inhalers)

 

 

Program

Program

Program hours are:

Monday–Friday     9 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m.

 

Participants in the Boys' and Girls' Club program are grouped according to the grade they will be entering in the fall (e.g. Group 4 for children entering 4th grade). The oldest group at Club is called SAC (Senior Athletic Club, a traditional name dating to the earliest days of the program) and serves those youth entering the 9th and 10th grades. Maximum group size is 36 campers with three counselors.

Typical group size is 25-30 in a given week. Each day at Boys' and Girls' Club includes four morning activity periods of 45 minutes each (9 a.m.-noon) and two afternoon sessions of one hour each (2-4 p.m.). The rotation of various activities within this schedule is different each day. An example of a typical day might be: canoes/kayaks, first period; field games, second period; instructional swim, third period; Seaver gym, fourth period; music, fifth period; and arts and crafts, sixth period. Other days could include free swim, nature, sailing, volleyball, tennis or special events as well.

Some activities (e.g. sailing, swimming) are guided by age and/or skill levels. Older groups (8 and SAC) may choose "electives" in the afternoon. In general, Boys' and Girls' Club offers a diverse, recreational, largely outdoor day camp program combining active play, the arts, waterfront sports and special enrichment events. The program stresses the safety and well-being of children and recognizes the value of building friendships.

 

 

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.

How to Register

1. Register: A child is not enrolled until payment is received

Check back for updated 2020 registration information.

 

In addition to online registration, beginning June 22 registration will also be available:
Sundays: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Hultquist Center, Room 101
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at Children’s School

More information is available at 716.357.6278, 8:30 a.m. – Noon

2019 Children's School Fees   2019 Dates (Monday–Friday)
Season $835 Week 1 June 24–28
8 Weeks $779 Week 2 July 1–5
7 Weeks $729 Week 3 July 8–12
6 Weeks $669 Week 4 July 15–19
5 Weeks $579 Week 5 July 22–26
4 Weeks $499 Week 6 July 29–Aug. 2
3 Weeks $415 Week 7 Aug. 5–9
2 Weeks $299 Week 8 Aug. 12–16
1 Week $175 Week 9 Aug. 19–23


2. Download the Children's School Information and Student Information form.

The Children's School Form contains:

  • General information about the program
  • Registration information and instructions
  • Required information form to complete and bring with you to CHQ
  • If you have a request for your child to be in the same classroom as another child, please email childrensschool@chq.org no later than 1 week prior to the child's start date

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.