Youth Programs at Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua. Consistent with our values and applicable laws, we will engage with children and their parents/guardians to place them in the Club group that most closely reflects their gender identity & expression. If you wish to talk about group placement for your child, please email

Select the Youth Program below, then select age or group from the drop-down. 

Children's School

For youth ages 2 years and 8 months - 5 years old.
Built in 1921, the Chautauqua Children’s School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Additions made in 1926, 1947 and 1969 were followed by a full renovation and expansion in 1994 to its present size and capacity.

Group One

For youth entering first grade in the fall.
Begun in 1997, Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children’s School and Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Boys' and Girls' Club (Grades 2-10)

For youth entering grades 2–10 in the fall.
Boys’ and Girls’ Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.