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Department: Recreation & Conservation

  • Recreation - Camp
    • When does registration for the Summer Camp Programs begin?

      The Summer Brochure is available online around the second week of April.  Registration for the Day Camp Programs are on a first-come first-serve basis.  There is a limited enrollment for all three camps.  The application is in back of the summer brochure and can also be completed online through Community Pass Registration Software ( and must be COMPLETED ENTIRELY for the Recreation Department to accept it. 

      On the application is the medical portion, the dates of all of your child's inoculations MUST BE WRITTEN IN AS WELL AS the paperwork from your childs physician.

      The Day Camp program is for boys and girls in grades K through 4 and runs from 9:00 AM- 3:45 PM.

      Please contact the Recreation Supervisor at 914-734-1055 for more information.

      The 5th and 6th Grade Camp and the 7th and 8th Grade Camp go on several trips throughout the camp season.  Please contact the Recreation Supervisor for more information at 914-734-1058.

    • How many Campers are in the Town Camps?

      In the Day Camp Grades K-4 we have a total of 240 campers each two week session.  The 5th and 6th grade has a total number of 125 campers and 7th and 8th is limited to 100 campers also every two week session.

    • What is the ratio of campers to counselors?

      Passive activities are 1:12.  Swimming activities are 1:10; for children under eight years of age it is 1:8; for children under six years of age it is 1:6 as per New York State Sanitary Code.

    • How do you determine if a camper is a swimmer or a non-swimmer?

      The first day of each session a Water Safety Instructor gives all the campers a swimming test. (Swim Test: Camper jumps into the deep end of the pool; swims the width of the pool; stops floats on their back for 30 seconds; stops treads water for 1 minute; emerge from pool)  Depending on the results they will be given a color bracelet that refers to their swimming ability.  If a camper is designated a non swimmer, the camper can only swim in water no deeper than chest level.  There are designated lifeguards for the camp swimmers, along with stationed camp counselors, throughout the swimming area.

      There is a Buddy System that is implemented for all swimmers.  Each camper is assigned a Buddy of the same swimming ability.  Every fifteen minutes a horn blows, and all the campers (with their buddy) get out of the water and go to a predetermined location.  At that time attendance is checked to insure all campers are present.  After all are accounted for the horn blows and campers return to the water.  This procedure occurs every fifteen minutes during swim time.



    • Are swimming lessons offered in the summer camps?

      Swimming lessons are offered only in the Day Camp.  The swimming groups are broken down by grade and then swimming ability.  Lessons are scheduled everyday for a forty-minute period.

    • Do the summer camps close on rainy days?

      No, the camps are a rain or shine program.

    • Does the 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th Grade Camps go on a trip everyday?

      Our camps are not strictly "travel camps".  Generally we go on approximately 4 to 5 trips per session.  The camp consists of three, two-week sessions.

    • How are the children supervised on your camp trips?

      Each child is in a group of 8-10 campers and assigned to 1 or 2 counselors depending on that particular trip.  No campers are allowed to go on their own.  They are always with a buddy and in sight of a counselor.

    • What qualifications does a Camp Director need to have?

      A bachelor's degree, or at least 21 years of age and at least 6 months of previous experience is required.  A notification from the Department of Social Services State Central Register of Abuse and Maltreatment that the director has not been subject of an investigation report; and the submission of a form entitled Prospective Children's Camp Director Certified Statement Relative to the Conviction of a Crime or the Existence of a Pending Criminal Action, as developed by the Commissioner that the camp director has no criminal conviction record.

    • What is the minimum age for a camp counselor?

      A C.I.T. (Counselor- In- Training) needs to be fourteen years of age by the start of summer camp.

    • Who interviews potential Camp Counselors?

      The Recreation Supervisor of the respective camps.

    • What is the rate of pay for camp counselors?

      A C.I.T. (Counselor-In-Training) earns $1.00 per hour.  Junior counselor earns $3.00 per hour.  Intermediate Counselor first year earns $5.50 per hour for the camp $5.00 for playgrounds and second year is $6.00 and $5.50 per hour.  Senior Counselor wages start at $7.50 per hour and increases .25 cents each additional year.

    • What first aid qualifications are required for a summer camp?

      A Camp Health Director shall possess: 

      (1)   A current certificate in Responding to Emergencies First Aid issued by the American
             Red Cross.
      (2)   A current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate, not exceeding one year in duration, in CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

      For every 200 campers there must be one certified CPR person.  For every 125 campers there must be one certified RTE person.  At the First Aid station located at the pool there is an EMT where all campers in our Day Camp will be taken if first aid is applied or needed, a call will be made to tell the parent/guardian.

    • Do you have an EMT or nurse on the premises?

      The 5th and 6th Grade Camp, 7th and 8th Grade Camp, and Day Play Camp DO NOT have an EMT or a Nurse at their perspective locations.  The Camp Director in each camp is certified in CPR and Responding to Emergencies which is an intense first aid course through the Red Cross.  While the Camps are at Charles Cook Park there is a nurse/EMT on staff at the pool.

  • Recreation - Community Pass Online Registration
  • Recreation - Skate Park
  • Recreation - Sports
    • What Sport Leagues do we have in the Town?

      The Town has many leagues for Youth as well as Adults.

      Youth Leagues

      Basketball League for Boys Grade 3rd - 10th and Girls Grades 3rd - 7th - Fall & Winter 
      Football League Ages 9-11- Fall
      Lacrosse League 3rd & 4th Grade - Boys - Spring
      Lacrosse League 3rd & 4th Grade - Girls - Spring
      Lacrosse League 5th & 6th Grade - Boys - Spring
      Lacrosse League 5th & 6th Grade - Girls - Spring
      Soccer League for Boys Grades 1th - 6th
      Soccer League for Girls Grades - 1st - 7th
      Travel Soccer ages 10 - 15

      Adult Leagues 

      Softball League for Men - Spring, Summer, and Fall
      Softball League for Women - Spring & Summer

    • Can out-of-town residents play on the Towns' youth sports teams?

      If there are roster openings, they can play with an additional out-of-town fee of 20% on the higher fee.

    • Do you have playing time requirements for your Travel Teams?

      Other than Travel Soccer (non D1 teams), we DO NOT have playing time requirements for our Travel Teams.  Our  Travel Teams provide the higher skill level children to participate against other teams in other towns and lets them play in a more competitive atmosphere.  You may decide that this may not be best for your child and let them participate in our in-house leagues.  Our Travel Coaches do the best they can to get all players into the 

      *Travel Soccer has a playing time requirement for Division 2 - is is a minium of 1/2 a game or over.

    • How far away do your Travel Teams travel?

      For the most part, the travel teams play local towns.  For instance the team will play Yorktown, White Plains, Lewisboro, etc.

    • Where do you get your coaches?

      Most are parents, but we also have several high school students as well as some adults with "NO" kids in the program.

    • Who chooses the Travel Coaches?

      The coaches are chosen by the Recreation Supervisor who oversees the respective League.

  • Recreation - Sports - Basketball League
  • Recreation - Sports - Lacrosse League
  • Recreation - Sports - Soccer League
  • Recreation - Sports - Softball League
  • Recreation - Sports - Travel Football
  • Recreation - Youth Center
    • What is the Youth Center and who is eligible to attend?

      The Town of Cortlandt Youth Center is a licensed New York State Drug Prevention Facility supervised by town employees who work within the recreation department.  Town of Cortlandt youth in grades six through twelve, who are between the ages of eleven and eighteen are eligible to attend.

    • Where is the Youth Center located?

      The Cortlandt Youth and Recreation Center is located at the Cortlandt Train Station on 3 Memiorial Drive, Croton.  (914) 736-0498.

      Directions to the Cortlandt Youth Center

    • What are the hours of operation?

      The Youth Center is opened Monday through Thursday,
             3:00 PM-   8:30 PM
             3:00 PM-   11: 00 PM 
             1:00 PM- 11:00 PM
             1:00 PM-  5:00 PM for Ages 7 to 10 (Parents must stay)

    • What activities are available to my child at the Youth Center?

      Come meet us at our new location at the Cortlandt Train Station, 3 Memorial Drive, Crugers.  Where you can enjoy our new rock climbing wall, cooking/baking classes, learning lab, arts & crafts room, video game room and enjoy watching your favorite show/sporting event on our flat screen television.

      Cortlandt Recreation is committed to providing a variety of programs that are social, educational and fun form TEENS only.

      All youth aged 11-18 (11 years only is you graduated from the fifth grade) are invited to stop by and check it out. 

      The Youth Center also has three satellite programs.  First, open gym at the Hendrick Hudson High School.  All participants must be HHHS district students only.  Program runs every Monday evening from 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM  Secondly, there is a canteen program at the Murial H.Morabito Community Center, 29 Westbrook Drive on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM for middle school students, Wednesdays from 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 PM- 10:30 PM for high school students who reside in or attend Town of Cortlandt schools.  Activities include: open gym basketball,  All participants must sign a code of conduct agreement before utilizing this facility. 

      Lastly, the Cortlandt Upper Teen Entertainment Center otherwise known as the C.U.E. is located at the Cortlandt Town Center in the rear of the building near the movie theater.  The program is available to all high school students who attend Croton, Hendrick Hudson, and Lakeland schools, or anyone who is a town resident.  The C.U.E. is open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30 PM- 11:30 PM  Activities include three pool tables, ping-pong, nok hockey, fooseball and many other games.  Refreshments are available for all to enjoy while you watch our 37" satellite television.

    • What is the cost to attend the Youth Center?

      There is no cost to join the Youth Center or any of our satellite programs, some programs may have a nominal fee.

    • Does my child need an identification card?

      Your child will be asked to fill out an identification card with his/her name, address, home phone number and date of birth and will be kept on file at the center.  Your child's information will be kept confidential and will never be given to anyone, under any circumstances.


    • Can my child walk to the center?

      Yes, your child may walk to and from the Cortlandt Youth Center; however, once your child leaves the center on foot he/she may not return for the night.  A child who walks to the center may be picked up and dropped off by a parent/guardian within the same night.

    • Do children have telephone access?

      Yes, your child will have telephone access free of charge, the Youth Center's telephone number is (914) 736-0498.

    • What is your procedure in the event of an emergency, injury or if my child is asked to leave for the night due to untoward behavior?

      The staff on duty will call the participants parents immediately if any of the above incidents occur.  To make sure someone can reach you in a timely manner it is important for all parents and/or guardians to make yourselves available to the staff while your child is at the center.  Program staff must be able to reach you in the event of an emergency or if your child is asked to leave the program for the night.

  • Recreation General
    • When are the Recreation Brochures mailed out?

      The Recreation Brochures are mailed out three times per year to all residents in the Town of Cortlandt.  The brochures will also be available online at .  You can also browse and register for online for all adult, youth, and pre-school programs through our Community Pass Online Registration at

      The Winter/ Spring Brochure will be published around the first week of January.

      The Summer Brochure has information concerning all of the full day Day Camp programs as well as the camps that are held for one week.  All of the Charles J. Cook Pool information and summer swim lesson information will also be available in this brochure.  This brochure will be online around the second week in April.

      The Fall Brochure will be online around the week after Labor Day.

      The Town of Cortlandt Recreation Department, located in Office #11 of Town of Cortlandt Town Hall, will also have extra copies of the brochures.

    • Does the Town provide accident insurance?

      The Town does not provide Accident Insurance

    • Are there any facilities that the Residents can rent in the Town?

      The Town now has a Community Room located at the Cortlandt Town Center which has limited availability for weekdays only. It may be rented only to Cortlandt Residents. . There is no smoking or alcohol allowed.  There is also no kitchen, but food is allowed as long as all garbage is removed.  The rates are $25 for a non-profit organization, $150 for residents or private use and $250 for profit making organizations.  A $300 cash deposit is required by all.  Please contact the Recreation Office for more information at 914-734-1052.

      The Cortlandt Youth and Recreation Center is also available to be rented on Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for more information call 914-736-0498.

      The Muriel H. Morabito Community Center may also be rented by residents but not for personal use parties.  Non-profit organizations may rent the facility.  Please call the Muriel H. Morabito  Community Center for more information at 914-528-1464.