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Summer Day Camp at the YMCA is an affordable, educational, full-day childcare program that gives Willmar area children the opportunity to try new things, make new friends, and create lasting memories. 

Registration Form

Send completed forms to or bring them to the Front Desk.

Summer Day Camp

Grades 1-5

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA offers a safe, fun, and affordable Summer Day Camp program for children who have completed kindergarten through those who are completing 5th grade. Camp features healthy, hands-on activities that help children grow in spirit, mind and body all summer long.

We also embrace the four core values of the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Our trained camp counselors, who provide constant supervision and role modeling to campers, make Summer Day Camp a meaningful experience.

Counselors complete extensive training in our policies and procedures, which stress health and safety in a fun environment. All YMCA staff and volunteers undergo criminal background checks and are scanned against the National Sex Offender Registry.

Children eating lunch outside

Happy children arm in arm

Leaders in Training

Grades 6-9

The Leaders in Training program is for 5th-9th graders. Our camp is focused on developing future leaders committed to their communities through fun service projects, learning activities and field trips around the Kandiyohi County area. This program is on the move every day learning, serving and helping students grow.

Applications are required.

Parent Information

Location & Times

Camp will operate all summer, Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m.- 5:45 p.m. Campers may register for just one week or all the weeks. Sessions offered June 3 through August 16. Camp is located at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.


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.



Children that wish to swim in deep water must complete a swim test given by lifeguards. If they pass they will be given a green band and that communicates to staff that the child is allowed to swim in the deep end. 

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.

Stay Connected

We want to keep you connected to camp information and announcements.

Each Friday we will email a parent newsletter with highlights and need-to-know details for the upcoming week.


Set up your Tadpole Account

Registration Information
Member Weekly Rate $155/child
Non-Member Weekly Rate $175/child

A $10.00 deposit is required for each child and for each week the child is registered. The remaining balance is due the Friday prior to the week via auto-debt. Any cancellations after the Monday, one week prior to your scheduled session, will be subject to a full weekly payment.


There is a one time non-refundable $30 registration fee per camper

Drop-Off & Pickup

Daily drop-off beings at 6:45am. 

Afternoon pickup is required by 5:45pm.

Membership and Program Scholarships

No one will be denied participation in YMCA programs or membership because of inability to pay. The YMCA, with the help of the Annual Y Partners Campaign, provides scholarships or reduced cost memberships to low income or needy individuals or families. In order for the YMCA to stretch the donated scholarship dollars as far as we can, we ask that Summer Day Camp or Leaders in Training participants first apply for county child care assistance. If your assistance for county child care subsidy is denied, please complete the scholarship applications available at the Welcome Center Desk.

Help Send Kids to Camp

Join the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA in providing “camperships” (scholarships) to children who would not otherwise be able to attend.

Contact Sarah Ruud at (320) 222-9622 or

Swim Lessons

June 6-27: Thursday 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

July 11 - August 1: Thursday 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. 

Member: $27/Session

Non-Member: $50/Session

General Daily Schedule

6:45-8:00 a.m. Drop Off & Free Play
8:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Group Check-in
8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:00-9:30 a.m. Group Game
10:00-11:00 a.m. Station Rotation
11:00-12:00 p.m. Mastery Skills
12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m. Quiet Reading/Meditation 
1:00-2:00 p.m. Station Rotation
2:00-2:30 p.m. Large Group Activities
2:30-3:30 p.m. Station Rotation
3:30-4:00 p.m.

Snack & Closing Meeting

4:00-5:45 p.m. Free Play & Pick Up
Schedule is subject to change based on swimming, field trips or special activities.

Weekly Themes 

Theme Date
Kick Off Week June 3-7
Let's Get Lost in Space June 10-14
Camp's Got Talent June 17-21
Finding A Fairytale Fantasy June 24-28
Red, White, and Blue Olympics

July 1-5

*No Camp July 4 (YMCA Closed)
Wacky Weather Adventures July 8-12
Mad Scientists Collide July 15-19
Camp CLUE July 22-26
Under the Sea July 29 - August 2
Blast to the Past August 5-9
Summer Sendoff August 12 - 16



Please contact Sarah Ruud at or (320) 222-9622.