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 a love of learning in budding environmentalists.

This camp is perfect for kids entering grades 1-4 or 6, depending on location.

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Find the Info You Need to Know

Learn more about Outdoor Day Camp hours, registration, financial aid, and fees below. Read the complete list of answers to Summer Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions here.

What days and hours is Outdoor Day Camp offered?

Outdoor Day Camp runs Monday–Friday from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. There are a few shorter three-day weeks due to holidays and school schedules.

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. You do not need to register separately for Extended Camp. 

Extended Camp is available for the Camp Terry transportation options at the Bellevue Family Y, Coal Creek Family Y in Newcastle, and at the CWU campus in Sammamish. Morning Extended Camp begins at 7:30 am and continues until the bus departure time, which will be between 8:00 and 8:30 am. Afternoon Extended Camp begins upon bus arrival between 4:30 and 5:00 pm and continues until 5:30 pm. More specific details will be available as we get closer to the start of summer!

Important Dates

  • There is no camp July 4 or 5 for all programs.
  • There is no camp August 29 or 30 for all programs.
  • For camps in the Edmonds and Northshore School Districts, programs start June 26.
  • For camps in the Shoreline and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts, programs end August 23.

 

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 an 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 1-6 at Outdoor Day 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 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek 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 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp

If your child turns six after June 24 and you would like to sign them up, you will need to contact our registration team for an age override, as our system recognizes ages by the start of all summer programs on June 24 rather than specific weekly camp sessions. Please call (206) 382-5022 and press three for support.

 

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

Registration for day camp will open in February as follows:

  • February 1 at 6:00 am: 2023 Day Camp participants, current YMCA Before and After-School Enrichment participants, and current YMCA Early Education participants
  • February 6 at 6:00 am: Facility Members of the YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • February 13 at 6:00 am: Open to all, including interest list

Weekly camp registration closes on the Wednesday before the camp session at 5:00 pm. For example, for camp starting on July 8, registration would close on July 3 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 will contact 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: $350 for Y members or $400 for Community members
  • Three-day weekly fees: $210 for Y members or $235 for Community members (only for short weeks due to holidays and school schedules, as indicated above)

A deposit of $15 per week per camper is due upon registration. Payments will be drafted on the Saturday two weeks before each camp session. For example, for camp starting on July 8, payment will be drafted on June 30.

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 will contact 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. Field trips will be communicated in weekly newsletters that send on the Thursday prior to each week of camp. 

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 1-6 at Outdoor Day 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 1-4 at Outdoor Day Camp, Grades 5-6 at Trek 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 1-6 at Outdoor Day Camp
Will there be bus transportation between Camp Terry and local YMCA facilities?

We are excited to share that we are able to offer transportation between the Coal Creek Family YMCA in Newcastle, Bellevue Family YMCA, and Central Washington University campus in Sammamish and Camp Terry in Preston.

Extended Camp is available for the Camp Terry transportation options at the Bellevue Family Y, Coal Creek Family Y in Newcastle, and at the CWU campus in Sammamish. Morning Extended Camp begins at 7:30 am and continues until the bus departure time, which will be between 8:00 and 8:30 am. Afternoon Extended Camp begins upon bus arrival between 4:30 and 5:00 pm and continues until 5:30 pm. More specific details will be available as we get closer to the start of summer!

What is your cancellation or change policy?

For cancellations, changes, or transfers, we require written notice via this form by end of day on Wednesday, 12 days prior to the start of the session week. For example, for camp starting on July 15, cancellations must be made by July 3.

Camp deposits are non-refundable and may not be transferred to account balances except for other camp programs. The Y reserves the right to charge a $25 fee for multiple registration changes. No refunds or credits will be given for absences, withdrawals, disciplinary suspensions, or removal of a camper.

Failure to complete requirements for attendance, including paperwork and payment, that result in days missed from camp will not be refunded or credited.

Weekly day camp fees will not be pro-rated, refunded, or credited for missed days of camp in a week. 

Who can I contact with registration questions?

Please email us at registration@seattleymca.org or call (206) 382-5022 and press three. Our registration team is available between the hours of 7:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday.

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