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.

For the 2021 season, Boys’ and Girls’ Club will operate from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2–4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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

At this time, we will not be offering Club Plus for the 2021 season.

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. 

How to Register

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

Registration is now open online at or by calling the ticket office at 716-357-6250, then dialing 5 for an agent. The phones are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Monday–Friday. 

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Registration must be completed at least two weeks prior to your session start date.

Registration for one week of Club costs $285 per child. Register for more than one week to take advantage of special multi-week discount pricing!

2021 Club Fees
Please note: 2021 Prices reflect increased operational costs for COVID-19 safety compliance.
Season $1,459
8 Weeks
7 Weeks
6 Weeks
5 Weeks
4 Weeks $805
3 Weeks
2 Weeks
1 Week

Youth and Family programs will operate in accordance with regulations set by New York State regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC recommendations and Chautauqua Institution’s safety plans. Information regarding these procedures is available at the below link.

2021 Youth and Family Programs Covid Protocols


2. 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.

2021 Session Dates and Special Events

Week One: June 28–July 2

Week Two: July 5–9

Week Three: July 12–16

Week Four: July 19–23

  • Airband tentatively scheduled for July 29 and will only be held if it can be conducted safely and is permitted by DOH guidelines.

Week Five: July 26–30

Week Six: August 2–6

Week Seven: August 9–13

Week Eight: August 16–20

Week Nine: August 23–27



Program hours are:

Monday–Friday     9 a.m.–12 p.m. & 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) and gender. 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 15 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. 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.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club team is working to plan for a 2021 season that closely resembles previous years. Some program elements, activities, and special events may be amended due to restrictions related to Covid-19.