Aspenfire Division

Program Overview

Aspenfire is our rising 7th and 8th-grade division at NCDC. Campers entering 7th & 8th grade get the best of what camp has to offer while also working together to learn social-emotional and community-building skills, create and lead some special activities for their fellow campers and TumbleRoot (our youngest campers), and prepare themselves for the opportunity to work as counselors at NCDC in future summers. They’ll also swim daily and participate in our many unit activities.

Main Program Elements

Social + Emotional

In 2021, Aspenfire will depart from the ‘leadership’ focus of previous years, and instead engage in a reflection-based development of individual identity, interpersonal relationship skills and community-building. Each Monday and Friday morning, Aspenfire campers will participate in a conversation/activity session dedicated to Social/Emotional Learning.


“The Citizenship Game” is another new program developed exclusively for Aspenfire at NCDC. The game is an opportunity for campers to explore ways of participating and contributing to their neighborhoods, cities, schools, affinity groups, etc underlining camp’s commitment to community. In teams, campers play the part of a non-profit, a business, a government agency, or another organization, and create proposals to address an issue raised in recent news. Campers will rely on their creativity and collaborative skills, while learning about the roles each of these groups play in communities and the importance of civic engagement.

TumbleRoot Field Day 

Each week, Aspenfire campers will conceive and organize a field-day activity for NCDC’s youngest campers. They will work closely with Aspenfire leaders, the Tumbleroot division staff, and our Program Specialists to create fun, age-appropriate experiences and develop the skills for communication, empathy, flexibility, and other-centeredness required for creating programming and working with young campers.


A Typical Aspenfire Schedule

  • Morning Community-Building
  • Leadership activity
  • Instructional Swim
  • Reflection and Leadership Discussion
  • Citizenship Game
  • Lunch
  • Free Swim
  • Unit Activity
  • Bus Lines and Dismissal


Questions? Email our Program Director, Justin Perkins, at

All tuition fees include:

  • Lunch and afternoon snack provided 5 days a week
  • Towel Service – a contracted company will provide and wash towels for all campers daily.
  • Round-trip transportation to camp from multiple stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn on air-conditioned buses
  • Camper Shirt
  • Family Picnic at camp to meet counselors and tour the grounds
  • Please note that fees for Aspenfire overnights at camp are included in registration cost, but any additional trips will be charged seperately. 

Available Discounts

Member Discount

5% off for 14th Street Y & MCC members, as well as 14Y After School families.

Sibling Discount

10% off for the 2nd NCDC registered sibling, and 15% off for 3rd and subsequent NCDC registered sibling(s).

Referral Discount

$50 off per new NCDC family that names you on their registration for how they heard about camp.

Parlor Meeting Discounts

$150 off for hosting and $50 off per family in attendance to a parlor meeting with your friends and neighbors in a location of your choosing.  Email Mallory at for details.


A non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee/deposit of $350 per camper is due at time of registration. Incomplete registration forms and those not accompanied by payment or signed terms & conditions will not be processed.

Member Discounts

Member discounts are only available if your 14th Street Y, or MCC family membership is active at the time of registration and through the duration of your child’s enrollment in camp. All camp fees must be paid in full no later than June 1st. If you register after June 1st, 2020, full payment must be made before your camper begins camp.

Sibling Discounts

Discounts for the second camper sibling registering for NCDC will be 10%, and additional camper siblings will receive 15% off. Discounts will be applied to the camper with the lowest tuition payment. Sibling discounts across Y camps (for siblings attending New Town Day Camp, On Our Way and Mini Camp) are applied as a 5% discount for each sibling as a way to evenly distribute the discount across the camps.

Payment Plans

Payment Plans are available, options will be available upon checkout on CampSite.

Financial Assistance

Some financial assistance is available. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, please finish your enrollment, and find the Optional Application for Financial Assistance on the Parent Dashboard in the “Forms” tab. Financial assistance applications and all supporting data must be submitted in CampSite.

Financial assistance available. Applications can be found after enrollment.

Please email Mallory at if you have questions.