YMCA Summer Day Camps

Looking for fun summer activities for kids? Affordable YMCA summer day camps provide kids new, exciting, and challenging experiences while emphasizing core values.

ymca summer day camps

The YMCA is committed to putting Christian principles into practice, and their mission is to strengthen kids, families and communities. Their programs focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

The kids summer activities offered by the Y can be a nice alternative to traditional day care. 

They offer a number of different summer camp ideas, so your kids might enjoy finding a particular camp they’re interested in for a nice change of pace for a week. 

I have enrolled my daughter in several programs through the Y, and she's had great experiences in all of them.

She learned how to swim in one of their summer swimming classes, and she played a couple seasons of basketball and volleyball there. And when I needed after-school care, I took advantage of their after-school programs. 

YMCA Kids Summer Activities

YMCA Summer Day Camps

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YMCA summer day camps provide young people with supervised summer fun activities that teach core values, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.

Kids enjoy playing games, making arts and crafts, exploring science and technology, swimming, going on field trips, appreciating nature, and learning about different cultures.

Here's a sample of some of the weekly themes they have used in the past:

  • Go Green – Be a planet hero
  • Ocean Commotion & Water Explosions – Get ready to get wacky, wet, and wild!
  • Wonder Emporium – Investigate, inspect, and detect what makes things tick, tock or shoot through the air!
  • Where the While Things Are – It's a jungle out there!
  • Don't Forget Your Passport! – Travel the world in a week
  • Put Me In, Coach! – Games and sports of all sorts
  • Spurs, Boots, & Saddles – Get ready for a week of roping and riding
  • Clownin' Around – Clown around under the Big Top
  • Picasso's Playground – The wonders of art awaits
  • Reach for the Stars – Sing and groove with the stars!
  • Prime Time Slime – It's time to get sloppy and slimy!
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Travel through the past, present, and future
  • Gimme that Remote! – Live your favorite TV shows
  • Mystery Mayhem – Put on your thinking caps, follow clues, and solve mysteries
  • Raiders of the Lost Artifact – Scavenge the Y for the lost artifact

Specialty Camps

YMCA specialty camps give kids the opportunity to explore nature, discover new talents, and try new activities. They can pick from several activities to focus on for the entire camp.

How would they like to try gymnastics, martial arts, cheerleading, learn how to cook, or attend science camp? These are just a few of the options available.

Sports Camps

At YMCA sports camps, kids receive specialized sports training in a day camp setting. Choose the sport of your choice.


If you're not familiar with the YMCA, I recommend finding one in your area and seeing what they have to offer.

If you're concerned about the cost of membership, they have some options available to you that might help out. For a slightly higher camp fee, you can enroll in camps and other activities without having to pay the cost of full membership.

They also have a Membership for All program that provides a 25% discount on monthly membership for families having a total annual household income of less than $50,000.

If you're interested in YMCA summer day camps, you might also be interested in other summer camp ideas.

Check out our website for more summer activities for kids. But don't stop there...

We've got lots more free kids sports activities and games.



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