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Summer programs and events at BCYF

Boston Centers for Youth & Families offers many summer classes and programs for youth. These aren’t only a lot of fun — they also keep children active over the summer months so they are prepared for the return to school in the fall.


Summer 2021 Program and Class Registration coming soon.

Summer 2021 Guidelines and Information

  • Participants must be registered to participate in the BCYF program or class through our registration system. We are not accepting drop-ins this summer.
  • Participants in BCYF classes and programs must follow the guidance of public health officials and BCYF-specific policies related to COVID-19. These include wearing a face covering (covering both the nose and mouth), maintaining six feet of distance from others, and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Participants must have their own face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance from others. A face covering can be any well-secured paper or cloth, like a bandana or scarf, that covers the mouth and nose.
  • Participants must stay home if sick. If a child is experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congested or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), they will be placed in a separate room. The parent or guardian will be called and expected to pick up their child as soon as possible. If a child is sick with fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other COVID-19 symptoms, the parent should seek medical care right away.
  • Participants must bring their own water bottles and water. Due to public health regulations, BCYF is unable to provide access to water.
  • All participants who arrive early will be instructed to wait outside or in the vehicle they arrived in until 10 minutes before the program begins.
  • Participants must bring their own sports equipment or other supplies, where applicable. Review the program or class description for details.
  • Participants cannot bring any belongings other than one small bag or backpack.
  • All participants must leave the center immediately after their scheduled activity.
  • Children under the age of 10 must be dropped off and picked up by an authorized caregiver immediately after their scheduled activity. If an authorized caregiver is not waiting for the child, parents will be contacted. If parents cannot be reached, emergency contacts will be contacted. If after 10 minutes we are unable to reach a parent, guardian, or emergency contact, we will contact Boston Police or the Department of Children and Families. Repeated failure to pick up children in a timely manner will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Due to capacity limits to enhance visitor safety, visitors must register for a swim time slot through our registration system. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Registration will go live 24 hours before the following day’s sessions and will remain open until all spots are taken or until the session is half over, whichever comes first.
  • Sessions will be time-limited. Visitors are asked to register for and attend one session per day. If visitors register for more than one session per day, we reserve the right to cancel their registration if there is a waitlist of individuals looking to attend.
  • Visitors are asked to arrive not more than 10 minutes before the start of their session. They will be asked to maintain six feet of distance from others while waiting outside of the facility for the session to begin.
  • Capacity guidelines limit visitors to 75 per session.
  • Preference will be given to Boston residents.
  • Visitors must come dressed to swim as locker rooms and changing areas will be closed. 
  • Restrooms (if access is required) can be accessed through a locker room. But, visitors cannot use the lockers or changing area.
  • Face coverings (covering both the nose and mouth) must be worn at all times when not in the water.
  • Swimming lessons, which would require close physical contact, will not be offered.
  • Distancing at least six feet from others is required for all individuals outside of a household group. This applies to deck areas, bathrooms, wading areas, the water, and the pool deck.
  • When registering for a session, visitors will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. The screening questions will be asked again when checking to the pool for the registered session.
  • Three children under 12 are allowed per adult. Children under 8 need an adult in the water with them. 

Summer 2021 programs and classes

We are excited to be offering a menu of programs and classes for Boston youth this summer.

These programs will be held both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across the City. A wide variety of options will be available, including arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops, and much more.

Sign up for programs:

Program and class registration coming soon!

Find a place to cool off

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BCYF Clougherty and Mirabella Outdoor Pools will open in June. Several indoor pools are open. We have new procedures this year that you can read more about above.

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Water Safety at Home

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BCYF Aquatic Managers Jeff and Tony want everyone to be safe in and around all bodies of water, including backyard kiddie pools. Learn about water safety for kids and parents with these activities from our friends at the American Red Cross:

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BCYF Summer Positions

BCYF Summer Positions
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Be a BCYF Summer Lifeguard!

We are hiring lifeguards, pool supervisors, and head lifeguards to work at BCYF this summer. Learn more at

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Work at Camp Joy!

BCYF Camp Joy is hiring for Summer 2021:

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