Calling all Queens Parents!
Join The Fresh Air Fund for its 141st summer of serving New York City children from low-income communities, and give your child an experience of a lifetime, free of charge. Boys and girls learn about new places, participate in cultural exchanges, explore nature and go on a journey of self-discovery.
Calling all Queens parents! Now is the time for New York City families throughout the five boroughs to register their children for an unforgettable summer of visiting volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada or attending sleep-away camps in upstate New York.
Fresh Air child Jeffrey, age 13 from Queens, has been visiting his volunteer host family since he was seven years old. He says, “In the country, you enjoy activities that you can’t really do in the city. There’s more trees, and we go to the lake every day for swimming lessons. My favorite things to do are mountain climbing, hiking and running in the 4th of July race. I have a host brother, and we do everything together. My Fresh Air experience with my host family created the best moments of my life.”
Registration is now open for the summer of 2017. Through the Friendly Towns Program, children on first-time visits, seven through 12 years old, enjoy a one-week experience with volunteer host families. Children re-invited to the same host families may visit through age 18. At sleep-away camps in Fishkill, New York, girls, ages eight through 12, and boys, ages 8 through 15, explore outdoor adventures.
Application Guides for parents are available in Chinese, English, Korean and Spanish, and multi-lingual staff members are available for assistance. For more information about registering your child, please visit www.freshair.org or call (800) 367-0003.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each summer, nearly 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural and suburban communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada. 3,000 children attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on an over 2,000-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Young people also participate in year-round educational enrichment programs at camp and in New York City.