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 20 - August 26.
  • There is no camp on July 4.
  • Camp at Camp Keller starts on June 22 due to school calendars
  • Camp at the Auburn Valley Y runs from June 27 to September 2 due to school calendars.

 

Is my child the right age for Outdoor Day Camp?

If your child is entering grades 1-5 this fall, then yes, they can be a Outdoor Day Camp camper!

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

Registration opens on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 am for the entire summer.

Weekly camp registration closes on the Wednesday prior to the camp session at 5:00 pm. For example, for camp starting on July 11, registration would close on July 6 at 5:00 pm.

Does the Y offer scholarships or 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 scholarships or 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: $325 for Facility Members or $375 for Community Members.
  • Four-day weekly fees: $260 for Facility Members and $300 for Community Members (week of July 4 only).
  • Three-day weekly fees: $195 for Facility Members and $225 for Community Members (only for week one of Camper Keller program which starts on June 22 due to last day of school schedule in this district).

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 11, payment would be draft on July 2.

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 scholarships or financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within 3-5 business days once the form is received. 

How are you navigating Covid-19 at summer day camp?

We know that camp is a magical time for kids, and we are committed to bringing opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and play to kids across our region this summer. We also know that safety is a shared top priority for you and us! We have two summers of experience delivering safe and fun camps in conjunction with living with Covid-19. We are experts in keeping kids safe without comprising camper experience!

Our day camp offerings follow the most current recommendations from the American Camp Association, YMCA of the USA, and those of our local, state, and federal government agencies. This guidance can change frequently, and we will adjust our camp programs to match current recommendations.

The most up-to-date guidance that we are following can be found here. If you have questions about your camper and if they should come to camp, please follow the flowchart here.

What happens if there are school schedule changes from snow days or Covid-19 related closures?

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. The Department of Health recommendations will guide field trip specifics which will be available closer to the start of summer.

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