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Summer Day Camp

Children entering 1st Grade through 6th Grade

The YMCA Day Camp program provides our campers with opportunities to meet new friends, learn new skills, and connect with nature through meaningful outdoor experiences. A YMCA Membership is encouraged but not required. Day Camp activities allow children to create arts and crafts, explore science and technology, swim, participate in field trips, and appreciate nature.

Day Camp also offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Day Camp gives young people an experience that can last a lifetime and inspire them to continue involvement with the Y for years to come.

 

 


 

Weekly Themes

Dates Theme
June 6-10 Kick-Off Week
June 13-17 Color Me Excited
June 20-24 Blast off into space
June 27- July 1 Minnesota Fun in the Sun
July 5-8 Party in the YMCA
July 11-15 Swinter Swonderland
July 18-22 Neat-ure Experience
July 25-29 Doing it up Disney
August 1-5 Super Heroes in Training
August 8-12 Animal Planet Adventures

 

 

Parent Information

Location and Times
  • June 6-August 12
  • Our Full Camp Day runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Our ½ Camp Day runs from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.   Early drop off is available at 7:00 am and late pick up is available until 5:30 pm.   
  • Full-Day:  Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Half Day:  Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 12:30 pm (bussing time)
  • Camp is located at the BOLD School
Safety

Safety is our first priority.

Campers are taught the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

All camp staff are CPR and first-aid certified. With a staff-to-child ratio of 1:15, we make sure that each staff member can give the required attention to each child.

What to bring to camp
  • Snack
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and Towel 
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Tennis Shoes (No sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes)
  • Please DO NOT bring electronics or toys from home

We recommend labeling belongings with your child's name.

Rates
Member Weekly Rate $140/child
Non-Member Weekly Rate $160/child
Member Half-Day $80/child
Non-Member Half-Day $100/child

 

Drop off and pick-up

Daily drop off begins at 7:00 am

Bussing will be available for morning, mid-day and end-of-day transportation

half-day pick-up required by 12:30 pm

Afternoon pick-up required by 5:30 pm

 


 

General Daily Schedule

7:00-9:00am Extended Care and Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Opening Ceremony
9:15-9:45am Huddle Group Time
9:45-11:30am Morning Activity Rotations
11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch, Read, Rest and Crew Service

1/2 Day Program Ends

1:00-3:00pm Afternoon Activity Rotations
3:00-3:30pm Huddle Group Time/Reflection
3:30-4:00pm Closing Ceremony
4:00-5:30 Extended Care and Afternoon Snack

 


 

OPENING CEREMONIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our Opening Ceremony is how your camper will start his/her day each morning! The entire camp group will come together and sing a few silly songs, or a ‘get to know you’ ice breaker. The goal is to start our camp day with a similar routine each day that allows the campers to have fun together before the day begins. This will also be a time where we announce our theme for the week and any special or important items the campers should know.

HUDDLE GROUP TIME

Huddle Group time is the time of day where we focus on setting the tone of camp. We work to inspire the campers to work together and play to build relationships with each other that will hopefully turn into friendships that last a lifetime. Because of this, Huddle Group time is one of the most important parts of our day. Each camp group meet at their “home base” and divides into smaller groups to play different games and activities in order to help build relationships skills and get to know each other.

MORNING ACTIVITY ROTATIONS

This is the jump-start into the camp day! Our morning activity rotations will focus on a wide range of activities. Some will get the campers’ bodies moving using high-energy games, some will be activities that will inspire curiosity and creativity, and others will engage campers to explore, build, and experiment.

LUNCH, READ, REST & CREW SERVICE

Lunch is a time for the campers to sit together with their counselors and enjoy a meal. This will be a time of relationship building and eating, followed by a time for reading, sometimes individually, in a small group, or as a camp group. Campers also learn and experience how we value responsibility by helping to clean up their camp area to prepare for lunch and clean up after themselves alongside their camp counselors. This is a great opportunity for campers to take ownership of their camp experience and learn responsibility!

AFTERNOON ACTIVITY ROTATIONS

Afternoon activity rotations focus on trying new activities that will challenge campers to build new skills or work towards a goal. Our goal is to enhance belonging and accomplishment by creating a place where kids are safe to be themselves and try new things. Each week, each child will choose their activity from the list of offerings and work to master that activity by the end of the week.

HUDDLE GROUP TIME WITH REFLECTION

Huddle Group time at the end of the day is intended for the campers to reflect on and enjoy the day that they just had. Reflection is a great way for campers to really think about how their day went and share it with others. We also focus on continuing to practice and understand the YMCA’s four core values of respect, responsibility, caring, and honesty. This time is also used for campers to express their favorite parts of the day, and parts of the day they would change. This is a great opportunity for camp counselors to learn more about each camper and what they enjoy.

CLOSING CEREMONIES

Each group will end the day with their camp group and clean up their room before pick-up begins. Daily closing ceremonies may include an activity, a silly song, or a group challenge. On Fridays, there is an extended closing ceremony, where the whole camp group comes together and celebrates the week. This is an opportunity for large group or staff challenges, mini-talent shows, opportunities to honor campers for trying new things or sharing their camp favorites, or voting for what they want the next week to include.