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 is in operation from 9 a.m.–4 p.m with an opt-in lunch program from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Information about how to sign up for the optional lunch program will be updated with the 2021 registration information

Youth registered for Boys’ and Girls’ Club will be divided into groups based on gender and the grade they will enter in the fall.

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. 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

Registration information for the 2021 season is forthcoming. Continue to check this page for updates regarding Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Complete the Club information forms

All youth information forms are collected electronically. Following your registration, you will receive an email with the necessary information to complete your child’s forms. Please make sure that your email is accurate at the time of registration to ensure that you receive this email.

Please note that Chautauqua Institution follows New York State laws regarding immunization requirements for youth programs. We will keep all registrants informed of these requirements, as they may change prior to the start of the 2021 summer season. If you are not willing or able to comply with the immunization requirements, your youth programs registration will be canceled and you will be issued a refund.

 

Program

Program

Program hours are:

Monday–Friday     9 a.m.–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 staffing ratios aligned to New York State regulations for Licensed Children’s Camps.

Programming consists of a rotation of various activities which is different every day. Activities may include Arts & Crafts, Sailing, Nature, swimming, juggling, playground time, field games, music, and many more options.

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.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club is in operation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m with an opt-in lunch program from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Information about how to sign up for the optional lunch program will be updated with the 2021 registration information