Summer Programs

The ECFS experience continues well into the summer through a variety of programs that allow students of all ages to learn, play, and practice.

Typical programs include:

  • Hoops, a fun and positive basketball camp for Grades 1–7 (Ethical Culture campus)

  • Volleyball, an intensive week of professional coaching, individual attention, and team play (Fieldston campus)

  • Sports, a week-long focus on fundamentals (Fieldston campus)

  • Juguemos en Español, a language-immersion program for children in grades Pre-K–5 (Ethical Culture campus)

  • Weeks of Discovery, a unique social and learning experience for children in Grades Pre-K–5 (Ethical Culture campus)

  • Percussion, a fully hands-on program designed to strengthen performance skills and master rhythmic concepts (Fieldston campus)

Click here to view the brochures for last summer's programs

Information on summer programs for 2019 will be posted later in the year. For questions in the interim, please contact Cathy Fleischmann at

Fieldston Outdoors

Established in 1981, Fieldston Outdoors is a six-week, coed day camp for children entering Kindergarten through 7th Grade. The program offers a full range of activities, including art, physical education, swimming, drama, yoga, nature study, gardening, and music. Fieldston Outdoors features a special focus on the environment, nature, and the Hudson River, which campers learn about through songs, stories, folklore, and crafts presented by staff specialists and visiting artists.

Our older campers — fifth and sixth graders — develop their own program called SPP (Special Projects Program), a weeklong intensive experience. In the past, SSPs have centered on cooking, a particular sport, orienteering, bird habitat study, writing the camp newspaper, and more.

Trips are an important feature of the camp, where children engage in activities that relate to the Hudson River and its history. Activities include hiking along the Palisades or Hudson Highlands, canoeing across the Piermont marshes, and sailing on the Clearwater sloop. Campers in 1st Grade and above take overnight camping trips geared to their level.

Besides regularly scheduled classes, children engage in activities of their own choosing on specified afternoons. A typical session might offer cooking, tie-dye, friendship bracelets, water experiments, origami, sketching, rock jewelry, insect hunting, basketball, kickball, and soccer.

Download the Fieldston Outdoors brochure for last summer.

Dates, times, and tuition information for Fieldston Outdoors 2019 will be posted later this year. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact us at 718-329-7352 or