SUMMER CAMP

12 weeks, 10 camps, 1 unforgettable experience.

GENERAL DAY CAMP

FOR CAMPERS AGES 4-16

Campers will be divided into groups by age, and will remain with their groups most of the day. They will participate in activities designed around different themes each week, and will go on one field trip each week in the Grand Traverse area. All camps are tailored to be age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate.

K-CAMP

Grades: (going into) Kindergarten

K-Camp is one of our traditional day camps and offers theme-based enrichment activities, group games, sports and fitness activities, hands-on experiments, arts and crafts and swimming. Your child will belong to an age-appropriate group that will help foster team building, friendship and a sense of belonging.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS

Grades: (going into) 1st-6th

Our traditional day camps offer theme-based enrichment activities, group games, sports and fitness activities, hands-on experiments, arts and crafts and swimming. Your child will belong to an age-appropriate group that will help foster team building, friendship and a sense of belonging.

LEADER’S CLUB

Grades: (going into) 7th-9th

Teens will have the opportunity to meet new people, build new relationships, learn valuable skills, get involved in the community, have a positive impact on our younger campers, earn volunteer hours and gain a sense of achievement and belonging.

SPECIALTY CAMPS

FOR CAMPERS ENTERING GRADES 3-6

SPORTS

Available Weeks: 1-10 (June 12-Aug 18)

Campers will build teamwork, fundamentals and sportsmanship through a variety of activities like guided drills and sport- specific activities. Campers will be challenged to develop passing, defense and how to work well with a team.

SCIENCE & NATURE

Available Weeks: 1 (June 12), 3 (June 26), 5 (July 10)

This camp is perfect for kids who love to experiment and explore the outdoors. They’ll take part in science projects, make up their own experiments and discover some cool things about nature in the area.

ART

Available Weeks: 2 (June 19), 4 (July 3), 6 (July 17)

Each week campers will be introduced to a new theme that will allow them to explore a variety of techniques and mediums throughout the week.

HELPFUL INFO

PARENT POLICIES

REQUIRED FORMS

*Note: paperwork only needs to be submitted once. If your child is attending general day camp, you don’t need to fill out separate “required forms” for sports camp too.

HALF-DAY CAMPS

AGES VARY BY CAMP

TENNIS

Available Weeks: 7 (July 24) & 12 (August 28)
8:45am-12:00pm

Campers will learn basic groundstrokes, serves and volleys, how to start points, keep multiple balls in play, independence, and self-confidence while competing in a controlled environment with an emphasis on sportsmanship, fair play and fun.

  • Warm up activity
  • Stroke of the day
  • Fun game with emphasis on stroke of the day
  • Off-court activity with tennis-related application
  • Snack
  • Serving skills
  • Match play and competition
  • End of day fun game

SWIM

Available Week: 6 (June 17)
1:30pm-4:30pm

Swimmers will learn all four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly. This camp is for swimmers who are able to swim one pool length. Please bring bathing suit, goggles, towel, t-shirt, shorts, snack and water bottle. Caps will be provided.

  • One hour instructed swimming
  • Half-hour fitness swimming
  • Dry-land fitness
  • Stretching instruction
  • Nutrition discussion
  • Instruction on turns
  • Competitive racing and dive instruction

JR. LIFEGUARD

Available Week: 3 (June 26)
8:45am-12:00pm

Campers will learn basic lifeguarding skills, team-building games and prep for a potential job at the YMCA.

  • Scanning drills
  • Rescues
  • Equipment use
  • Basic CPR
  • First Aid & AED
  • Lifeguard shadow day

WATER SAFETY

Available Week: 1 (June 12)
1:00pm-5:00pm

High School students will learn about drowning stories, boat safety, open-water safety, CPR, and First Aid.

DAY 1: In a classroom with the Sheriff’s department and Marine Division to talk about drowning stories and boating safety.
Drop off: West YMCA

DAY 2: CPR/First Aid certification
Drop off: West YMCA

DAY 3: Open water safety and how to guard open water
Drop off: Bryant Park beach

DAY 4: Tour and demonstration of the Coast Guard Station
Drop off: Coast Guard Station

DAY 5: Kayaking
Drop off: Central Y

HOW TO REGISTER

STEP 1: PICK THE PERFECT CAMP FOR YOUR KIDDO

STEP 2: FILL OUT REGISTRATION PACKET

Packets can be picked up at any Member Services Desk. This packet and these forms are required by the state.

STEP 3: RETURN COMPLETED REGISTRATION TO THE Y

At this time, your deposit of $10 per week of camp registered, will be due.