Summer 2020 Child Application

Thank you for your interest in The Fresh Air Fund’s Summer programs.


Please call 1-800-367-0003 with any questions and for help completing the application.


Please click here for information on resources and Fresh Air at Home activities.

Before you begin... 

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Thank you for applying to The Fresh Air Fund's Summer 2020 programs!

Eligibility Criteria
  • Children must live in and go to school in one of NYC’s five boroughs

  • Children must meet indicated age by June 30, 2020:
    • Fresh Air Everywhere: Ages 7 to 13
    • Fresh Air Summer Spaces: Ages 5 to 13
    • Fresh Air Youth Internships, Credentialing & Training: Ages 14 to 17
    • Older teens/young adults: Ages 18 to 24 may apply for employment with The Fresh Air Fund. Visit and complete the application.  New opportunities will be added in the coming weeks, so older teens and young adults are encouraged to check the website frequently.
  • Safe and fun summer experiences are offered at no charge to NYC families because of our generous donors.

  • Application should be completed by July 3, 2020. Opportunities are limited and spots will be filled on a first completed, first placed basis.

  • Please call 1-800-367-0003 if you have questions or need help completing the application.

Summer 2020 Program Summary
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has served more than 1.8 million New York City children. That tradition carries on through our summer and year-round programming. Every child’s Fresh Air experience begins with a summer that can last a lifetime in either our Friendly Towns or Camping programs. 

This summer, The Fresh Air Fund is planning four areas of programming to provide alternatives for children and to keep the magic of summer alive:
FRESH AIR EVERYWHERE (7-13 year olds)
This virtual programming with a focus on exploration and an understanding of all the world has to offer. The camps will provide age-appropriate arts, STEM, and literacy activities based on weekly themes. Sessions will be 1-week each, with 3 hours of live programming each day from 9am-12pm.
This stipend-based workforce development program will engage teens in structured project-based learning, professional credentialing, and workforce training opportunities. Time commitment depends on program, ranging from 3 to 4 hours per day for 3 weeks up to 7 weeks.
FRESH AIR SUMMER SPACES (5-13 year olds) *
This community-based programming providing access to supervised, age-appropriate outdoor fun for children close to where they live. Fresh Air Summer Spaces will offer arts & crafts, education, and recreation activities. As planned, 2-hour sessions (10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm) will be offered 3 times each week.
This family engagement opportunity providing three-day, two-night experiences at one of our camp facilities in Fishkill, NY and in Harriman State Park.
* Program details are still being finalized. Sign up now to be at the top of the waiting list.
Registration Process & Notes
Application Submission
  • Complete the online application at
  • Call 1-800-367-0003 if you have questions or need help completing the application.

Important Notes & Reminders

    1. We ask a lot of questions. Your answers help us better serve your child and family.

    2. Submitting and completing an application does not guarantee placement. Spaces for this summer’s special programs are limited. You will receive verbal and written confirmation of acceptance and placement.

    3. Returning families receive priority consideration. Spots are filled by returning children who have previously submitted a 2020 application through July 3. Placement of new applicants begins on July 6.

    4. Returning families must validate information.  Please review the information in the pre-filled application and hit "submit".  You must submit this special application for our Summer 2020 programs.

    5. Validate your e-signature.  All families - returning and new - must validate the e-signature by clicking the link in the follow-up email received after submitting the application.

    6. Additional or updated information and in-person interviews. A virtual interview and references may be required for our Fresh Air Youth Internships, Credentialing & Training program.

    7. Foster Care. If the child is in foster care, please ensure that the application is signed by the person legally authorized to make decisions.

    8. Call us. Whether for an application status update or if you have a question, please call us at . We receive thousands of applications and do our best to communicate with every family, but we
      suggest that you call us

    9. Court-approved guardianship papers. If you are not the child’s legal guardian, we require legal proof of guardianship.

    10. Two Emergency Contacts are required.  Regardless of the program, we require contact information for two emergency contacts who are 18 years of age or older. Neither can be the parent listed on the application.

                  Before You Start
                  Gather information for two (2) emergency contacts who must be at least 18 years old and cannot be a parent or guardian.

                  Before you start the application, please note:
                  • This is a 2-part application
                    • Part 1: Eligibility Review
                    • Part 2: Child Application
                  • You must complete both parts in order to SUBMIT an application
                  • There may be up to a 30 second delay before Part 2 pops up - please be patient
                  • if you are not able to complete the application in one session, please be sure to hit the SAVE button so that you can return to where you left off at a later time
                  Please call us at 1-800-367-0003
                  if you have questions or need any help completing the application.


                  Primary Parent/Guardian
                  Please list the person who will be the child's Primary Contact. This person will receive verbal and written application updates and communication from us.

                  Secondary Parent/Guardian
                  Please list the person who will be the child's Secondary Parent/Guardian

                  Household Information

                  Household Information

                  Child Information

                  Please list the names of the children for who you will be submitting a program application.  If you are completing a brand new application but the child has attended a Fresh Air Program, please select Returning.  Otherwise, please select New. 
                  Below is the list of children that are currently part of your household.  Please mark each the child as New if you did not complete an application for this child or Returning if the child has attended a Fresh Air Program

                  Form Operation
                  Once you verify your responses on the next page, please click 'Confirm' only once. Double clicking can inadvertently affect the application.