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

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 Group One costs $265 per child. Register for more than one week to take advantage of special multi-week discount pricing!

2021 Group One Fees
Please note: 2021 Prices reflect increased operational costs for COVID-19 safety compliance.
Season $1,259
8 Weeks
7 Weeks
6 Weeks
5 Weeks
4 Weeks $739
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 Group One 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

Week One: June 28–July 2

Week Two: July 5–9

Week Three: July 12–16

Week Four: July 19–23

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

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. There are two Group One classrooms, each classroom is limited to 15 participants.

The Group One 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.