Fresh Air Fund Summer Camp Applications Now Open! Don’t Miss Out On The Fun!

January 30, 2024

The Fresh Air Fund is now registering New York City children for free summer programs at The Fund’s sleepaway camps in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley or visiting volunteer host families along the East Coast.

Fresh Air campers, ages 8 to 15, explore the outdoors while having fun and learning new skills. Five of The Fund’s sleepaway camps are located in Fishkill, New York on more than 2,000 acres of wilderness property.

The Fund’s Camp Junior, named in memory of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, is in Harriman State Park. Campers enjoy swimming, playing sports, music classes arts and crafts, and more.

Noah, age 8 shares, “I really like camp because we do a lot of different things – my favorite activities are swimming and doing art! I really like my counselors!”

The Fund is hiring summer camp staff including camp counselors, program specialists, lifeguards, nurses, and more. Positions are paid and include room and board. Applicants must be 18 and above, and COVID-19 vaccination is required.

Camp staff make lifelong friendships and have a summer they will always remember while making a difference in the lives of campers.

Eyanna, age 20 and a Counselor and Fresh Air alum shares, “I remember after I finished my first summer as a camper, I became a lot more confident. I’m from New York City, so my goal as a counselor is to inspire the kids and motivate them in the ways my counselors did for me. The community makes you feel at home.”

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Through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns program, New York City children, ages 8 to 14, visit volunteer host families for one week. Many children return to the same family each summer, forming special friendships and gaining new perspectives.

Shemar, age 13, shares “My experience at Friendly Towns was the most amazing thing ever, and I totally want to do it again! My favorite memories were swimming because they lived near an awesome lake, just spending time together and having a blast!”

A Fresh Air visit to a volunteer host family is full of fun experiences like playing in the backyard, riding bicycles, swimming, catching fireflies, and gazing at the stars. Volunteer host families live in small towns and suburban and rural communities along the East Coast. 

Many families live in the tri-state area. Every host family goes through a rigorous screening process including a home visit, background check, interview, and reference check.  

“… Youth develop confidence, learn new skills, and make memories …”

A Fresh Air experience is full of new adventures, discovering new talents, and making new friends. Youth develop confidence, learn new skills, and make memories that last a lifetime. 

For more information about The Fresh Air Fund’s 2024 summer programs, please visit    

The Fresh Air Fund                            

Since its founding in 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit youth development organization, has provided free life-changing summer experiences in the outdoors to more than 1.8 million children from New York City’s underserved communities.

Young people also participate in year-round leadership, career exploration and educational programs.   

Photo credit: 1) By Katie Borrazzo. 2) Allison Engkvist. Fresh Air Fund.

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