About Our Camp
BCAP makes learning an adventure!
BCAP Summer Camp is an award-winning day camp for kids ages 7-12 based on a unique partnership among six treasured cultural institutions in the heart of Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Audubon Center & Lefferts Historic House, and Prospect Park Zoo. BCAP takes advantage of these incredible resources by offering thematically linked, hands-on experiences at each of our partner institutions.
During our two-week summer program, Adventurers visit two institutions on our "Cultural Campus" each day. There, they engage in creative projects, exploration, experimentation, games, challenges, and educator led tours that weave connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature, technology, and science.
Our team of experienced educators and counselors are committed to helping our Adventurers grow-- intellectually, socially, personally, and creatively-- in our safe, welcoming, and FUN camp community.
Age Range: (7-12)
Children who apply for BCAP must be at least 7 years of age before the session that they attend and be no older than 12 years of age.
We also offer BCAPteen for ages 13-17! Check it out here.
Adventures are grouped with 20-23 children in their age range, with a team of four counselors:
- Group A: 7–8-year-olds
- Group B: 8–9-year-olds
- Group C: 10–12-year-olds
BCAP Adventures come from backgrounds as diverse as Brooklyn itself! We welcome children from all cultures, economic backgrounds, and family structures. We believe that one of the best ways to learn about diversity is by building friendships with diverse groups of people. We build a sense of community centered on common interests, respect for differences, learning, and having fun!
To help ensure that children from all economic backgrounds have equal access to BCAP Summer Camp’s award winning programming, we offer full and partial financial aid to families who qualify, based on their economic needs. Check out the Register page for more details.
No Residency Requirement
You don’t need to be a Brooklyn resident to be a BCAP Adventurer! Each year we welcome children, not only from across the city, but also the country, even a few from across the world!
Wild in the City
Step inside Brooklyn for untamed adventures in nature, art, and city life!
In past years, BCAP Summer Camp Adventurers have...
- Met the giant Garbagina & explored “the life of a cheeseburger” at BCM
- Pet a chinchilla and performed a play about animal adaptations at PPZ
- Created their own avatars, and boogied down with Just Dance at BPL
- Traveled through time and took home their own ancient plants at BBG
- Created a mixed media painting and winding metal sculpure at BMA
- Collected beautiful live insects with amazing life cycles at AUD
- Played field games from the early days of Brooklyn at LHH
- Cooled off and got SOAKED on Water Day
- Shared memories & laughs at the Closing Ceremonies and Fall Reunion
BCAP Summer Camp 2014 Dates
BCAP Summer Camp operates in 2-week sessions, which run Monday through Friday, 9am-3:30pm.
Session 1: June 39 - July 10
Session 2: July 13 - July 24
Session 3: July 27 - August 7
Sample Weekly Schedule
The following is an example of the kind of schedule each BCAP group follows during their 2-week session. The schedule will vary slightly from group to group and from year to year.
BCAP Sample Schedule (767 KB) 18-Oct-2010
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times
Morning Sign-In & Afternoon Sign-Out
Stay&Play: 5:30-6:00pm (advance registration required)
- A designated parent/guardian must sign each camper in and out every day at the Brooklyn Museum, unless an "Authorized Self Sign-Out" form has been submitted.
Authorization for Self Sign-In & Sign-Out
Campers ages 10 and over may be granted permission to sign themselves in and out without a parent/guardian.
- To give permission, the parent/guardian must complete the "Authorized Self Sign-Out" form during the online registration, and sign it in person on the first day of camp. Older siblings may also sign out younger family members.
On the last day of each camp session, BCAP invites families to come in early for our Closing Ceremonies and Art Show, where we relive our favorite memories from camp in our slideshow, and display our artwork in the Beaux Arts Court alongside famous artists in the Brooklyn Museum!
In the fall, BCAP hosts a Reunion at one of our partner institutions. See your old friends and counselors from camp, make art, explore, and play your favorite games from summer.
All year round, BCAP posts cool events happening on our Cultural Campus on our Facebook page and blog. Go with your family, and stay posted for special events where you can meet up with your BCAP friends!
BCAP Summer Camp Benefits
Campers need to feel that counselors will look out for them and genuinely value their contributions. BCAP Summer Camp provides an environment that tends to the physical, emotional, and creative well being of each and every camper. Adults and children can trust that counselors are prepared, approachable, and responsible.
BCAP Summer Camp is licensed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, including an extensive risk prevention and safety plan, and is inspected twice yearly. All counselors have been First Aid/CPR certified, and completed a week-long training, specifically tailored for BCAP. Camp groups have access to emergency and security personnel at all Heart of Brooklyn institutions. Finally, the Camp Directors are available before, during, or after camp to talk with you about questions or concerns.
BCAP Summer Camp offers a premium, one-of-a-kind experience developed by experts in their fields utilizing the resources of some of Brooklyn's greatest cultural institutions for a low cost.
BCAP Summer Camp supports its commitment to providing access to all families despite their economic background by offering generous tuition assistance for qualifying campers.
BCAP Summer Camp prides itself on creating a summer program that both allows kids to have a good time and stimulates young minds in a meaningful way.
Kids don't need textbooks, tests, or classrooms to learn at BCAP Summer Camp. Instead, they interact with living plants and animals, create original works of art, and visit historic sites.
All BCAP Summer Camp activities are developed by professional educators, support New York State Learning Standards, and promote the exploration of new ideas through hands-on projects.
BCAP Summer Camp is the only camp in the world on a campus composed of an art museum, botanic garden, children's museum, historic house, nature center, landmarked park, state-of-the-art public library, and zoo! Campers enjoy carefully crafted curriculum led by instructors at each site, often combined with behind-the-scenes access.
85% of our campers have visited at least two of our sites before attending camp. BCAP Summer Camp allows them to do what they love on a regular basis, whether it's gardening, creating art, learning about science, or just making friends.
What makes the BCAP experience special is the opportunity to go behind the scenes and engage in each institutions programming up close and personal. BCAP forges a unique relationship between our Adventurers and our partner institutions that continues to provide benefits throughout their lifetime.
Friendship and Diversity
Having fun while learning together kindles the best kinds of friendships. Each summer BCAP builds a sense of community among the incredibly diverse groups of children we serve, based on common interests. This provides our Adventurers with opportunities to establish long lasting and meaningful connections with new friends from diverse backgrounds. Our BCAP Summer Camp Reunions help our Adventurers keep up their summer friendships long after camp is through!
BCAP prides itself on its amazing staff of counselors, who are the glue that holds the fabric of our Adventurers' camp days together. Our experienced and talented team consists of college students, grad students, graduates, and professionals in education, arts, sciences, history, and related fields, with an excellent record of working with children. Our applicats undergo a competitive application process, and have demonstrated their enthusiasm, responsibility, dedication, and passion for our work. Many of our best counselors return to work for BCAP for numerous years, and some were even BCAP campers as kids!