History &


Since 1947, the Purchase Day Camp has operated out of the historic Purchase Community House. The Purchase Community House was originally conceived by Mr. William A. Read, who purchased a saloon on Purchase Street in 1915. It was his intention to purchase additional land and erect a Community House where Purchase residents could gather for social and civic purposes. While death intervened before Mr. Read could carry out his plans, his widow erected the William A. Read Memorial House in 1917 in his honor. The title was transferred to the Purchase Community with the request that the property be used to foster fellowship among Purchase Residents, and for wholesome activities which unite the neighborhood in loyalty and service to the community, the state, and the nation.

Purchase Day Camp honors the wishes of Mr. and Mrs. Read by providing upstanding summer programming, which emphasizes mentorship opportunities and leadership skills.


Purchase Day Camp provides a traditional, broad based summer camp program to the residents of Purchase and the surrounding communities. We plan programming aimed to meet the evolving and diverse needs of parents and families. Our camp experience provides opportunities for character and self-esteem building in a compassionate, cooperative, and encouraging environment, fostering fellowship and good citizenry in our local community and beyond.

Purchase Day Camp operates within Purchase Community, Inc., a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under I.R.S. code 501(c)(3).