The Parents

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The amount of hours the average person works per week:



The amount of hours that same person spends traveling to work per week:


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Total number of hours that child care is needed:


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The average cost of a babysitter per hour for 1 child:


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Total number of hours childcare is needed:


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Cost for childcare per week for 1 child:


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Total cost WITHOUT trips, friends, food and FUN for 8 weeks,
5 days per week


The cost of Mill Basin Day Camp, including all of the above to give a child a summer they will remember:

As little as $2,100

For the Kids

Now more than ever, kids need camp. Mill Basin Day Camp is here for you. We have grown to become the largest and most popular summer day camp program in all of NY.

Change is a part of life. It is often directly related to survival and can enrich one’s life in ways unexpected. Childhood is a time of profound change and development. It is exciting and disquieting at the same time. When it comes to our children, we need to be sure that change is made for the better. We’ve been so concentrated on the brain, we forget about the rest of our bodies. This change in focus has lead to an obesity rate that is unacceptable. Our kids are not as healthy as the generation before.

Families used to live in a community. We’ve lost that, keeping kids inside and losing a sense of community. Add to that the fact that our kids stand to inherit all the economic, social, and environmental challenges we’ve created, and the legacy we have left our children and youth begins to look bleak.

So, how do we prepare our children with the skills and more importantly, the competencies they will need to tackle changes in our world? We could start with a positive camp experience. A quality camp experience provides our children with the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living — a meaningful, engaged, and participatory environment.

Why Camp?

Why Go To Summer Day Camp at Mill Basin Day Camp?

The familiar proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” expresses the complexities of child development in a simple way. Today, with children spending far less time with parents than in the past, their development is influenced by possibly hundreds of people, including teachers, counselors, professors and coaches.

Like so many other valuable learning experiences, day camps help equip children with skills they need to become happy, successful, contributing adults. Camps strive to develop positive self-esteem and nurture a child’s sense of community. By emphasizing doing and learning, not final evolution, camping experiences show that the act of trying, in and of itself, can be experienced as a success or accomplishment.

Day camps also provide ways for children to express themselves in a non-threatening, nurturing environment through a variety of sports, games, theater, crafts, nature projects, swimming. As anyone who has ever been to a great camp knows, the possibilities are endless. Of course, development is more than physical growth. It is the process through which children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally.


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Camps focus on academics, sports, swimming, music, drama, arts and crafts, technology, trips and much more. Summer camp is where children often discover their passions and their talents. Mill Basin Day Camp offers kids so many activities and varieties of programs that there is something for everyone.

WHYCamp Economics


These days, the average cost for child care or baby sitting is about $10.00 per hour. For a working parent or family working full time the cost can be anywhere from $450 – 550 per week. Multiply that over an 8 to 10 week summer vacation and the cost can be as high as $4,500.00! Summer camp provides quality supervision, a large variety of activities meals and fun trips, all for a lower cost than traditional childcare.  Plus they get to have fun with FRIENDS!

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At the end of the summer, campers are ready for school because they have mastered new skills, learned to be part of a team. They are buoyed by these successes, which carry them forward into the next school year. The staff at Mill Basin Day Camp encourages our campers to try no matter what the skill level.

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Kids learn teamwork at camp. They work together for the benefit of something bigger than “Me.”  When you work with others to complete an activity, you build bonds.  Kids will learn to have their own voice within the group to be persuasive.

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Children are under the same roof and with the same adults and peers for an entire day. Many camps create a close-knit community among staff, parents and children — something that typically does not happen in the school year. We are most proud of our camp “families” and many spend years being part of the MBDC Family.

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Physical activity has proven to significantly aid children in memory retention. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in learning activities during the summer. Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation.

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For many children, camp provides the first and only chance to visit museums and travel outside their everyday environments. Mill Basin Day Camp takes campers on trips throughout the summer that are fun, enticing and interesting.  The older the camper the more frequent the trips are in amount and duration.

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One week of at Mill Basin summer day camp in Brooklyn is equivalent to one month of after-school! This single fact tells its own story: the possibilities for enriching a child’s life are greater in the summer because so much more time is available.

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Ask children about their summer camp experiences at Mill Basin Day Camp and you will hear “I live for summer camp,” “I can not wait for the summer to come,” and “Summer camp is where I found my best friends.”


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