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Thrive & Succeed

The Bowery Mission's Children's Programs empower children to Thrive & Succeed through opportunities for leadership, skill building and personal growth. Year-round opportunities through Mont Lawn City Camp traditionally culminate in an unforgettable weeklong experience at our 200-acre summer camp in the Poconos Region of Pennsylvania.


Due to the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Bowery Mission had to quickly come to extremely difficult decisions regarding Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp. After nationwide school closings, and health and travel restrictions expected to stretch into the summer, continuing the operation of in-person children’s programming is no longer feasible at this time. Year-round programming through City Camp and summer sessions traditionally available through Mont Lawn Camp are suspended. The Bowery Mission plans to reinstate these programs after this summer, as they have been core to the Mission’s work since 1894.

Alternatively, we are offering virtual support to the families we are connected with in East Harlem and the South Bronx in the following ways:

  • Ongoing virtual mentoring to youth and families enrolled in our Leadership Academy through video lessons.
  • Remaining in supportive contact with families facing the daunting economic challenges of this pandemic and referring them to available resources.

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Mont Lawn City Camp

With front doors at our East Harlem and South Bronx campuses, The Bowery Mission's Mont Lawn City Camp was started as a direct response to community needs for more enrichment activities and one-on-one mentoring for children ages 6-16. Caring adult staff and mentors provide year-round guidance and support, broadening children's horizons and changing their life direction through activities, classes and practical help for their families. Children step forward on the path towards social and emotional success.

Programs include:

Mont Lawn City Camp Athletic Programs


A variety of athletic activities and teams, including soccer, basketball and track

Mont Lawn City Camp Reading and Writing Programs

Reading & Writing

Book reading and discussion, reading comprehension, creative writing and more

Mont Lawn City Camp Mentorship Program


Our leadership development program, Leadership Academy, matches volunteer mentors with students

Mont Lawn City Camp Health and Wellness Program Programs


Classes on healthy eating, grocery shopping, recipes and making meals

Mont Lawn City Camp Art Program


Classes including painting, collage, drawing and theater

Mont Lawn City Camp Summer Program

Summer Camp

City Camp activities culminate in a summer experience for over 700 youth at our 126-year-old camp in Pennsylvania's Poconos Region.

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Mont Lawn Summer Camp

Mont Lawn Summer Camp's history stretches back to 1894, when The Bowery Mission first invited 3,000 children from the Lower East Side for a week of outdoor adventure away from the busy city. Now, our year-round campers join hundreds more for a week in the beautiful Poconos Region of Pennsylvania. At camp, children and youth experience a week of refreshment and growth — an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

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Each Year, We Serve:



children & youth in year-round enrichment programs



children & youth at our summer camp in the Poconos Region of Pennsylvania



youth active in formal leadership training



youth paired with adult mentors



summer camp staff who are former campers

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