Find Your Adventure

Experience the amazing natural world through exciting adventures in environmental education with Outdoor Day Camp. Days fly by as campers make new friends while exploring the wonders of the great outdoors. Caring and trained Y staff lead skill development and team-building activities in small groups that will instill an interest in investigation and love of learning in your budding environmentalist.

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Find the Info You Need to Know

Learn more about Outdoor Day Camp hours, registration, financial aid, and fees below.

What days and hours is Outdoor Day Camp offered?

Outdoor Day Camp runs Monday–Friday from 9:00 am–4:00 pm.

We also offer Extended Camp at no additional cost to participants which consists of supervised activities and structured programs before and after the camp day.

Hours for Extended Camp start at 7:30 am and end at 5:30 pm.

Important Dates: 

  • Most camps run from June 26 - September 1.
  • There is no Outdoor Day Camp on July 3 or 4, however many Outdoor Day Camp locations offer special single-day camp on July 3. Register >>
  • For programs in Seattle Public Schools, camp starts July 5.
  • For programs in the Kent, Lake Washington, Northshore, and Snoqualmie School Districts, camp ends August 25.
  • For programs in Shoreline Public Schools, camp ends with a three-day week on August 30.

 

Is my child the right age for Outdoor Day Camp?

If your child is entering grades 1-4 or 6 this fall, then yes, they can be a Outdoor Day Camp camper! At some locations where we serve kids entering grades 1-4, we offer Trek Camp for kids entering grades 5-6.

  • Auburn Valley Y | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Camp Keller | Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
  • Camp Terry | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Cottage Lake Park  | Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
  • Lincoln Park | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Magnuson Park | Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
  • Shoreview Park | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Wallace Park |  Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp

 

How soon can I sign my camper up for Outdoor Day Camp?

Registration for day camp will open in March as follows:

  • March 1 at 6:00 am: 2022 Day Camp participants, current BASE and Early Education families
  • March 8 at 6:00 am: Facility Members of the YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • March 22 at 6:00 am: Open to all, including interest list

Weekly camp registration closes on the Wednesday prior to the camp session at 5:00 pm. For example, for camp starting on July 10, registration would close on July 5 at 5:00 pm.

Does the Y offer financial assistance for Outdoor Day Camp?

Yes, the Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching camp programs. The Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule.

Please complete this short two minute form to learn more about financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within 3-5 business days once the form is received. 

What is the fee to participate in Outdoor Day Camp?
  • Five-day weekly fees: $335 for Y members or $385 for Community members.
  • Three-day weekly fees: $200 for Y members and $230 for Community members (week of July 4 and final week of camp for Shoreline Public Schools).

A deposit of $15 per week, per camper is due upon registration. Payments draft on the Saturday two weeks prior to each camp session. For example, for camp starting on July 10, payment would be draft on July 1.

The Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching camp programs. The Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule. Please complete this short two minute form to learn more about financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within 3-5 business days once the form is received. 

What happens if there are school schedule changes from snow or strike days?

We recognize that these schedules are ever evolving.  We will adjust camp program dates and fees if needed and communicate any changes with you. Thanks for your patience and flexibility.

What can I expect this summer for field trips at this camp?

Each one of our locations has different options for enrichment activities like climbing walls, archery, GaGa Ball courts, and more. Campers will have access to these skill-building camp rotations with their small group. There may be limited field trips to local parks and beaches. 

Why are there different grades served at different locations?

In locations where we also have a Trek Camp for kids entering grades 5-6, we reduce the grades for Outdoor Day to entering 1 to 4. 

  • Auburn Valley Y | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Camp Keller | Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
  • Camp Terry | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Cottage Lake Park  | Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
  • Lincoln Park | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Magnuson Park | Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
  • Shoreview Park | Grades 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek Camp
  • Wallace Park |  Grades 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
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