What is the Countdown to Summer?

Every year, we await the start of summer just as eagerly as Fresh Air kids do. Our planning begins well in advance with our Countdown to Summer — a Fresh Air Fund tradition that helps us raise the funds we need to give kids from New York City’s low-income communities a summer full of learning, friendship and fun.

Since 1877, we have provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children. In the months and days leading up to summer, thousands of kids dream of spending part of the summer at one of our six sleepaway summer camps in Upstate New York or with volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada.

Fresh Air kids literally count down the days until summer.

They can't wait to gaze at the stars in the night sky, climb to new heights on our high ropes course, learn to ride a bike, and so much more … but we need your support to make it happen. In fact, nearly 75% of all Fresh Air funding comes from individual supporters just like you!

It doesn’t take a lot to turn this summer into the adventure of a lifetime:

  • $21 provides a bus ticket to camp
  • $35 sends a child on a two-day hiking trip
  • $50 funds a box of art supplies
  • $91 feeds a camper with healthy meals for a week
  • $100 provides a week of swimming lessons
  • $962 funds a full week at camp

Join our Countdown to Summer and help us make this summer transformative for Fresh Air kids. Please give as generously as you can.