General Lab Information

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Summer Recreation Program

The next Summer Recreation Program will begin July 2024.


Standard Fee

The Program fee is $250 per week, per child (except for week  1, which will be $200 due to the Monday, July 4 holiday).


Hybrid Fee

In consideration of those with a hybrid telework schedule, a 3-day enrollment schedule will be available at $180 per week.


Counselor Fee

Campers who are 13 or 14 years old may participate in a “Counselor-in-Training” program by assisting Counselors with organized activities at a reduced rate of $125 per week.*

*If the camper would like to participate as a Counselor-in-Training, please notify our office.

  • You may sign up for as many or as few weeks as you’d like.
  • A Non-refundable deposit of $100 per week per child is due with your application by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Final payment is due on or before June 17.
  • Payment may be made by cash or check. Please make checks payable to BERA, and mail to Recreation Office, Bldg. 400 (See on map) or stop in with your cash payment.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) can be used. Direct questions regarding FSAs to Human Resources, Ext. 2877. Letters for income tax or flexible spending reimbursements will be mailed in September.
  • Refunds will not be given for cancellations.

Program Hours

Daily program hours are 7:45 a.m—5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Campers should be brought to the Recreation Hall, Bldg. 317 (See on map), each morning, no earlier than 7:45 a.m. and picked up at the pool entrance, Bldg. 478 (See on map), at the end of the day, no later than 5:30 p.m. Prompt pick-up is expected at the end of each day.

Parents must notify staff, before the start of each day, of their intentions to take their child for lunch, or early pick up.


Children must be between 5 and 13 years of age by June 1, 2022 and must be the dependent child of a Brookhaven National Laboratory employee or Lab-appointed Guest currently working on-site. Contractors, Job Shoppers, and American Physical Society employees are not eligible. All applications will be verified.

Appropriate behavior, language, and dress code are expected of all campers at all times. Failure to adhere to the rules set forth will result in dismissal from camp without refund.

What to Bring (and What to Leave Home)

Children should bring a bag lunch (cold lunch preferred, microwave is not available). Refrigerators are available for the children’s lunch bags. Please label, everything. You may sign your child out for lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided twice daily, with water available at any time during the day.

Please supply your child with sun block, a hat or visor, pool towel, bathing suit, and a sweatshirt, and please make sure everything is labeled.

It is strongly recommended that each child wear sunscreen and insect repellant with DEET to prohibit insect and tick bites.

No electronic devices, iPods, Pokémon, cell phones, or collectibles of any kind are permitted.

If your child requires medication

If your child requires medication during the day, please arrange an appropriate time with the staff for you to administer the medication at the Rec Hall. Counselors and staff will not administer medications. If your child is sick or becomes injured, the counselor will call you to ask you to pick up your child. If an Epi-pen is required, two sets must be provided, one to be kept at each location, Bldg. 317 and Bldg. 478. Be sure that your current office phone number and alternate phone number are accurate on the application. A copy of your child’s application with this information will be kept on file at the Rec Hall, pool, and gym.

Swim Lessons and Use of the Pool

  • Campers will be transported from the Rec Hall to the pool by school bus every afternoon. Pick your child up at the pool entrance adjacent to the parking lot off Bell Avenue. It is required that you sign out your child. Park in a designated parking space in building 400 parking lot. Do not idle or double park!
  • Pool time and swimming lessons are not optional; all must attend afternoon swim followed by gym time.
  • Red Cross Certified swimming instructors will offer group swim lessons once a week. Swim lessons are included in the Summer Recreation Program fee. Each child will receive a group swim lesson once a week on a designated day for 7 weeks between 2:15-3:15pm. There will be no make-up classes for missed swim lessons. Lessons consist of groups of 7-12 children with similar swimming abilities. Daily open swim and gym time will be scheduled between 3:15-5:30pm for all campers. Unless a note is submitted for someone to be excused, all must participate in pool activities. If your child is only enrolled in a few weeks and you would like to bring them for swim lessons on the weeks they will not be attending camp, please be sure to check off the box on page 5 and they will be included.
  • Children enrolled in Summer Recreation Program may take 7 weeks of Swim Lessons, even if only enrolled in a few weeks of the Program. You must notify our office if you would like your child to participate in all 7 weeks of swim lessons and check the box on page 5 of the enrollment form. You will be required to bring your child to the pool if they are not attending camp on that particular day.
  • We request that the children dress modestly, in good taste and prepared for physical activities. Sneakers or sandals should be worn. Flip-flops may prevent children from playing specific games or sports. Please supply your child with sun block, a hat or visor, pool towel, bathing suit, and a sweatshirt, and please make sure everything is labeled.
  • Locker rooms are for changing only – showers will be closed.
  • All pool rules must be adhered to during swim time.

If you have any questions, please contact Quality of Life Office Supervisor Adam Merone.