Summer Day Camp at the Y
BEST SUMMER EVER
At YMCA Summer Day Camps, kids build friendships and learn new skills through adventure and exploration, all while discovering the Y’s values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Registration for Summer Day Camp at YMCA Camp Lake Helena and Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Seymour are now open. Start planning your best summer ever:
Dates: June 18-August 31*
New for 2019: Make weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments through June 1, 2019! To schedule a payment plan or defer payment to the summer, call the Y at 253-534-4715.
*Program offerings vary by location. Scroll down to find a camp near you!
Day Camp | Ages: 6-12 years
Day Camp provides a safe place for campers to make friends, learn new skills, and stay active. Throughout the summer, campers participate in values-based programs including swimming, sports, arts and crafts, team building games, leadership opportunities, and field trips.
Camp 56 | Ages: 5-6 years
Designed specifically for 5 and 6 year-old campers. Which includes shorter activity times, consistent counselors, and a 1:8 staff to camper ratio. Campers in both Day Camp and Camp 56 have three options they can select to participate in.
Full Day Camp | Ages: 6-12 years | 9am-4pm
Campers are assigned to their same age groups (Family Groups) for the session and led by a college age Day Camp Counselor. Mornings are scheduled as Activity Camp programs, with traditional small group games, arts and crafts, and large group games. After lunch, campers will attend Specialty Camps (pre-selected at registration). After Specialty Camp, campers gather again with the Family Groups and prepare for the end of day or transition to Extended Care.
Morning Camp | Activity Camp | 9am–12pm
Mornings are scheduled as Activity Camp programs, with traditional small group games, arts and crafts, and large group games with Family Groups.
Afternoon Camp | Specialty Camps | 12–4pm
Campers are placed in a Family Group with the majority of the afternoon being designated towards their selected Specialty Camp. Specialty Camp Instructors will lead the camp with the support of Family Group Counselors. At the completion of the Specialty Camp, campers will return to the Family Group for pick-up.
Itty Bitty | Ages: 3-5 years | 9am–12pm
Itty Bitty camp is the perfect adventure for the first-time camper with a 1:7 staff to camper ratio and shorter activity periods. In this half day camp, campers will be introduced to a new theme each week and will also participate in traditional camp activities like story time, camp songs, and free play. Itty Bitty campers must be potty trained to attend camp.
Tween Camp | Ages: 11-13 years | 9am–4pm
For our tween campers, we have planned some awesome adventures! Not only do these campers get to brainstorm and decide on some of the daily activities they want to do, but we also have a great summer line up of specialty activities designed especially for this age group. Each day, campers will select their activities to participate in, and also have supervised free time to hang out with their friends. Field trip opportunities are also available for adventures outside of the Y. *No camp July 4th.
Counselor in Training | Ages: 14-17 | Dates: Training/Fieldwork - July 8-August 2
Our Counselors in Training (CIT’s) go through a two-week training period before they can become a volunteer for day camp. CIT’s will focus on what it means to be a leader at camp, at the YMCA, and in the community.
Our CIT’s go through similar training that our camp staff receives; including, being trained in child abuse prevention, how to lead games, songs and behavior management.
The first week of training is class-based and during the second week, CIT’s will work alongside a day camp counselor.
Once they complete two weeks of training, they will be able to volunteer for the next two weeks of camp as an additional volunteer camp counselor.
Summer Teen Volunteer Program | Ages: 13-18 years | June 17-August 30
- Monday-Friday | 8:30am–4pm or 8:30am-12pm
Meet teens from other schools, work with college age counselors, gain community service hours for school and/or college applications, and gain invaluable skills working with kids and learning skills to be successful in a workplace. We would love you to join the Summer Teen Volunteer Program and have a fantastic summer! Work alongside fun, like-minded teens and college age counselors. Make an impact in your community by working with kids 3-12 years in a day camp setting. Training and preparation will be provided to prepare teens to be successful working with children alongside the college age counselor.
Extended Care | Ages: 5-12 years | 7am-9am/4pm-6pm
Drop off as early as 7am and pick up as late as 6pm. Normal camp hours are 9am-4pm. Extended Care is a lower activity level as kids get ready for the day or are winding down from a full day of activity. *Not available for Itty Bitty or Half Day Campers.
To ensure that we are properly staffed for camp, we do require the balance of all camp fees to be paid in full the Friday before camp begins. We do offer payment plans, in addition to financial assistance. If this is something you would like to inquire further on, please contact your camp registrar to make those arrangements*.
Fees are drafted the Friday (Wednesday for school-based-locations) a week before, the week of camp your child attends.
* To ensure we are able to accommodate your financial needs, please ensure that you contact us prior to 10 business days to the start of camp to discuss and arrange payments. As we want to make this process and experience as seamless as possible.
Refunds for camp fees are available if canceling prior to the draft date of each camp week. If cancelling between the draft date and up to the Thursday before camp begins, a $25 cancellation fee with be applicable. Cancellations requested on the Friday before camp begins and after are not eligible for a refund.
In the case of homesickness, dismissal, or voluntary withdrawal there is no refund of fees. If a child misses camp because of an illness or injury, a written medical verification from an authorized physician will be required to be considered for a refund after the Friday and one week prior to the start of camp.
Third Party Authorizations
Must be paid in full before registering for camp.
Thanks to the generous support of donors within our community and our Annual Campaign, we are able to help financially support those who would otherwise not be able to afford the programs, activities, and facilities at the YMCA. If families are unable to pay the full registration fee, they may be eligible for financial assistance. To apply for financial assistance, please complete this form and return it to the Y:
If you would like to sponsor a camper in need of financial assistance, please contact us for more information.
At the Y, we believe that every child deserves to have a summer camp experience. Does your camper need a little extra help to be successful in summer day camp? Please mention this on your registration form and our inclusion specialist will be in touch with you to set up a meeting to ensure your camper has the best summer ever! While we are not able to accommodate every special request, we will do our best to make sure all campers have a fun and safe summer.
FIND A CAMP NEAR YOU
Contact our helpful member services team at 253-534-4715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.