Winter Parking Restrictions Will Take Effect December 15th.

Ages: 4-13 (incoming Pre-K through 8th grade) - Campers will be divided up into three camps based on their age (see below for camp 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, June 28-August 27, 2021
Hours: We are open 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (your child does not have to come for the entire day)

Full-Time Enrollment:
$195 per week for Town of Tonawanda & Village of Kenmore residents
$247 per week for non-residents
$185 per week for resident siblings with Access Cards (must reside in same household)

Part-Time Enrollment:
Tuesday/Thursday: $80/week/child for residents or $100/week/child for non-residents
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: $120/week/child for residents of $150/week/child for non-residents

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. Field trips and swimming may be available for additional cost, dependent on COVID-19 status and restrictions. Stay tuned for information as summer approaches.

Registration open March 8 for residents and March 29 for non-residents. Register online at or in-person at/by mail to the Youth, Parks & Recreation office (299 Decatur Road, Buffalo, NY 14223; Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm). Must have an account to register online. 

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 23. 50% of your remaining balance is due by April 23, and the rest is due no later than June 1. Failure to pay remaining balance by June 1 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 23, at least 2/3 of your total balance will be due at time of registration. If you register on or after June 1, 100% of your balance will be due at time of registration.

What You Need to Do
-Submit online pre-registration 
-Submit immunization and physical records
-Register & make payment
-Review materials (below)
-Monitor your child's health for 14 days prior to start of camp

Parent & Camper Orientations
Summer Camp Preview Day: Tuesday, April 6 - pre-registration required - Flyer

New Parent Orientation: 6-7 PM on Thursday, May 6 & Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - you choose the date that works best for you! Optional tours, medication drop-off, and Q&A time 5:30-6:00 and 7:00-7:30pm. To help us plan, please RSVP.

Forms & Resources
 Flyer & Frequently Asked Questions 
Online Camper Information Form - must be submitted before registration
 Registration Form (for registrations made in person and by mail only)
  pdf Parent Handbook - last updated 4/29/21, subject to change with updated NYS COVID-19 guidelines
pdf Scholarship Application  
 Payment Plan
  pdf Swimming Flyer & Registration Form
 Camp Calendar
pdf Field Trip Schedule & Registration Form pdf
  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 26, you must notify us by 8:00am on Monday, July 12 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 1 will incur a $25 administrative fee.

We are pleased to announce the Jefferson Youth Center Scholarship Program. Please review the strict qualification guidelines below (these guidelines are federally set, sorry we have no "wiggle room"). Applications are due in their entirety (including necessary financial documentation) well in advance of your child's desired start date. We will review applications on a rolling basis and notify you if we are able to provide you with financial assistance, and the level of funding we are able to provide. If any payment is required by you, you would need to submit payment within five days of notification.

Please note there are limited funds available so we encourage submitting an application ASAP. While funds last. Submit your application, along with financial documentation and registration form, before registering/paying for camp. 

Qualifying Household Income Limits:
1 person - $43,500
2 persons - $49,700
3 persons - $55,900
4 persons - $62,100
5 persons - $67,100
6 persons - $72,050
7 persons - $77,050
8 persons - $82,000