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2023 Camp Information
Ages: 4-13 (incoming Pre-K* through 8th** grade in Fall 2023) - Campers will be divided up into three camps based on their age/grade (see bottom of page for descriptions)
Location: Former Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 250 Athens Blvd - Please park in the lots on Oakvale or Janes and enter through door 3
Dates: Monday-Friday, July 3-August 18, 2023
Jefferson will be closed June 23-July 2, July 4 & August 19-September 4, 2023
Hours: Vary by camp
*If your child will be starting Pre-K in the fall, they should have participated in a preschool, daycare, or other structured social program before attending camp.
**LIT program tentative for 2023
Please note: The Jefferson Youth Center is an active, sensory-rich environment that may not be suitable for all children.
$220.00 per week for Town of Tonawanda & Village of Kenmore residents
$273.00 per week for non-residents
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thurday: $135.00/week/child for residents of $$166.00/week/child for non-residents
Week of 7/3-7/7 will be pro-rated due to 4th of July holiday
Payment plans may be set up if unable to pay in full at time of registration
Enrollment Fees include up to 10.5 hours of childcare daily, one camp t-shirt per person, full schedule of on-site enrichment activities, and weekly special events and guest performers/educators. Weekly field trips & swimming twice a week will be available a-la-carte.
Registration Start Dates
Registration opens March 6, 2023 for Town of Tonawanda & Village of Kenmore residents
Registration opens March 20, 2023 for non-residents
-Register In-person at the Youth, Parks & Recreation office located at 299 Decatur Road, open 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday-Friday with extended hours until 7:00 PM on Wednesdays
-Register by mail to 299 Decatur Road, Buffalo, NY 14223. Make checks payable to Town of Tonawanda.
We offer flexible scheduling to meet your summer needs - register for as few as one week of camp or as many as 7 weeks!
We are not able to accommodate requests for camper groups or counselors. Because our roster changes from week to week, your child may not remain with the same group/counselor for the duration of summer. Your child will be placed within the camp appropriate for his/her age and grade. We cannot allow friends or siblings who do not fall within the same age and grade category to be placed together, as activities are planned based on age and ability. Sorry, no exceptions.
Any outstanding balance from previous participation in a YPR program must be paid in full before registering for camp. You must pay for at least one-third of your total balance at time of registration, if registering before April 21. 50% of your remaining balance is due by April 21, and the rest is due no later than June 2. Failure to pay remaining balance by June 2 will result in child’s removal from the camp roster for any weeks that are not paid for in full. Re-enrollment will be subject to space availability and full payment prior to enrollment. Sorry, we are unable to make any exceptions. If you register on or after April 21, at least 2/3 of your total balance will be due at time of registration. If you register on or after June 2, 100% of your balance will be due at time of registration.
If you are signed up for a payment plan: Payments must be made manually by the deadlines listed above. We do not automatically withdraw the funds/charge your credit card.
We cannot accept payment over the phone or at any other YPR facility.
What You Need to Do
-Submit online pre-registration - Please note: Filling this form out does NOT hold a spot for your child in our program! Your child's spot is not guaranteed until registration and payment are made. This is step one in the process.
-Submit immunization and physical records
-Register & make payment
-Review materials (below)
-Monitor your child's health for 14 days prior to start of camp
Forms & Resources
Flyer & Frequently Asked Questions - coming soon!
Online Camper Information Form - must be submitted before registration
Registration Form (for registrations made in person and by mail only) - coming soon!
pdf Parent Handbook - last updated 5/5/22, subject to change with updated NYS COVID-19 guidelines
Payment Plan - coming soon!
Camp Calendar - coming soon!
Field Trip Registration Form - coming soon!
pdf Childrens Camps in NYS Brochure
For more information: Review our FAQs!
Cancellation Policy: If you are registered for a week of camp that you need to cancel, you must let us know at least ten full business days in advance. For example: If your child is registered for the week of July 24, you must notify us by 8:00am on Monday, July 10 in order to receive a refund. If you do not give us two weeks’ notice we will NOT be able to offer a refund, as we have to schedule our staff and activities and pay for field trips in advance based on enrollment. All cancellations must be made through the Youth, Parks & Recreation office (831-1001). Any cancellations or enrollment changes made after June 2 will incur a $25 administrative fee. Refunds cannot be issued for field trips, for any reason, after June 2.
Camp Minis: Geared toward children ages 4-5 years old. Campers will engage in age-appropriate games and activities that they can be successful with. They will participate in a daily routine of arts and crafts, non-competitive sports, playground time, teambuilding activities focusing on working together with others and socialization, as well as enrichment and educational activities throughout the day (examples: science lessons and sensory play).
Camp Minis offers a nurturing environment to help our youngest campers feel comfortable trying out new experiences, learning everyday life skills, and building long lasting friendships. They will have the opportunity to partake in weekly field trips, swimming, and access to many other special weekly events and guests that are sure to engage and entertain campers all summer long! We look forward to an exciting summer ahead!
Camp Minors: For children ages 6-9. Our daily schedules are designed to support the developmental needs of the growing child. The age groups have different rotating activities to focus on enrichment, skills, fun, physical activity, and educational learning opportunities. Our daily schedule will give campers a sampling of art, sports, playground time, teambuilding, and free play, as well as swimming twice weekly, special guests, presenters, and performers, and camp-wide events. With many different activities being offered, there is always something to be excited about! We encourage our campers to try all of the activities. Campers will be traveling with a group of 8-10 other campers their age and a counselor. This program will provide lots of hands-on, engaging activities. Each week the campers will depart on a field trip and have a presentation that coincides with the camp theme. Teaching cooperation and teamwork are at the heart of this program as campers make new friends, develop life skills, and make amazing summer memories. We cannot wait to get started!
Camp Majors: Comprised of our oldest campers, in our Camp Majors your child will engage in common camp activities such as sports, art, outdoor free time, teambuilding, and swimming. As we recognize that our oldest campers may have differing interests than our other campers, we also offer age-appropriate experiences for your child as well. Leadership is an engaging program that will be integrated into Majors Camp.
We look forward to what is sure to be a rewarding summer!
LIT Program (Leaders in Training) - NEW/TENTATIVE for 2023: For students who have aged out of our camp, we are hoping to offer a next step for ages 12-13 (grades 7-8). Participants will have the opportunity to take part in their favorite camp activities, while also developing and strengthening their leadership skills through a curriculum focused on building key social, emotional, and leadership skills for today's adolescents. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their skills as an LIT, working closely with a camp counselor, coordinator, or director to help plan, run, and oversee activities for the younger members of our camps.
We hope to offer a Counselor in Training (CIT) program in 2024, as a next step in our campers' progression.