KEENE FAMILY YMCA
200 SUMMIT ROAD, KEENE, NH 03431   | 603.352.6002

Open Monday to Friday, 5 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 6 am to 6 pm; Sunday 8 am to 5 pm.

Monday-Friday: 5am to 9pm, Saturday: 6am to 6pm, Sunday: 8am to 5pm

School Vacation Camps at the Y

The Y is the perfect place for your child to spend their school vacation days. Vacation Camp at the Y includes lots of physical activity, both indoors and outside. It also includes creative arts, STEM activities, building challenges, and many other enrichment activities that you’re child will love. 

Scroll down to learn more about Vacation Camps at the Y, or click the link below to register.

**Please note – if you’re applying for financial aid, please do not register through link below. Contact our Welcome Center at memberservices@keene-ymca.org for more information.**

To complete your registration, you will need to submit the following forms as well. Once complete, please return them via email to the Camp Director, or drop them off at the Welcome Center. 

Download the Health Assessment Form
(required for all campers)

Download the Medication Form (if applicable)

Download the Allergy Action Plan (if applicable)

Vacation Camps

Vacation Camps at the Y offer families a flexible solution for school vacation weeks, holidays, workshops and early release days. Campers will be immersed in a wide range of activities designed to complement their educational journey. They’ll also have a chance to make new friends in a safe and supportive environment. 

Registration is by the day, giving families the flexibility to send their child to camp for as many or as few days as is needed to fit their schedule. 

This program serves youth in grades K-5.

2021/2022 Vacation Camp Schedule

Vacation Camps will be running on the following days, coordinated with the SAU 29 calendar:

November 2, 2021 (Teacher’s Workshop Day)
November 24, 2021 
December 3, 2021 (Teacher’s Workshop Day)
December 23, 2021 
December 27-30, 2021 
January 26, 2022
February 21-25, 2022
March 25, 2022 (Teacher’s Workshop Day)
April 25-29, 2022

Camp Hours

Vacation Camp runs from 7:30am – 5:00 pm each day.

Camp Prices

Program Participants: $30/day
YMCA Members: $35/day
Community: $40/day

Payment is due two weeks prior to the start of camp. If payment is not received by the due date, you will forfeit your spot. Deposits are non-refundable, and cannot be transferred to another day.

Financial assistance is available. Click here to learn more. 

Summer Camps

Welcome to summer at the Keene Family YMCA! Whether you’re considering a traditional day camp or a specialty camp, summer at the Y is always filled with excitement, adventure, new friends, lifelong memories, and most of all fun! Our camp programs are based on the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, delivered in a safe and supportive environment where safety is our top priority. We provide affordable, quality summer experiences for youth ages 4-12. There are few experiences as unique and special as camp. At camp, children become part of a community and form friendships as they learn how to be more independent and contribute to a group. Amidst all the fun of sports, crafts, outdoor adventures, and more, children develop skills that build character and promote leadership. At the Y, we believe every child should be given the opportunity to experience the joy of summer camp. 

Summer vacation will be here before we know it. Stay tuned for more information about 2022 Summer Camps at the Y. In the meantime, click the links below to view the 2021 Summer Camp Guide and Parent Handbook. 

Camp Wakonda

Camp Wakonda is a traditional day camp based outdoors that offers different, exciting themes each week. Campers will be engaged each day through active group games, STEM projects, creative arts, team building, water play and more! Camp programming is intentional in its effort to build self-esteem and positive relationships among campers. Our camp counselors are professional role models and bring each camp day to life with their supportive nature and enthusiasm.

At Camp Wakonda your camper will find their home away from home where they feel safe and a sense of belonging. Individual, daily team huddles bring the group together to build trust, respect for one another and a sense of social responsibility. Back by popular demand – the BEAD PROGRAM! This program fosters our cause of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility by awarding campers unique tokens of achievement for their camp experiences. Campers will also be introduced to goal setting and the power behind their own abilities by tracking Mastery Skill progress throughout the week. Whether campers attend Camp Wakonda for one week, or all eight, each week will be a unique experience that creates memories and friendships to last a lifetime!

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Gymnastics Camps

The Gymnastics Program at the Y offers three different camps, each with a different focus. Each camp offers a unique focus with options for those who are just beginning in the sport and for more experienced gymnasts interested in advancing their skills.

Gymnastics & More Camp

Does your camper want to experience a little bit of everything the YMCA has to offer? Join us for Gymnastics & More Camp, where campers get to play in the gymnastics area, enjoy water activities, create arts and crafts and explore the fields surrounding the Y. This camp is designed to offer the perfect balance between gymnastics activities and a traditional summer camp experience. Each week we will have a different theme and activities. Our talented camp staff use a positive and enthusiastic approach with campers to build strength, balance and self-confidence. This camp is for campers in grades 1-6.

Gymnastics Skills Camp

This camp is designed for the seasoned gymnast looking to improve their skill base in our state-of-the-art gymnastics area. Campers will get a chance to improve their skills and build their strength and flexibility while enjoying their week with other gymnasts. Campers will be grouped by skill level and will rotate through the events each day. We’ll also find some time to enjoy water activities, reading, arts and crafts, and outdoor time. At the end of the week, campers perform their newly improved or developed skills for friends and family. This camp is for campers in grades 1-6.

Ninja Camp

Designed for aspiring Ninjas everywhere! During this camp, campers will push themselves to beat the clock on timed obstacle courses, learn to move swiftly through agility courses, and learn safety rolls and falls. Campers will learn how to work together to build their own obstacle and agility courses. Our talented camp staff use a positive and enthusiastic approach with campers to build strength, balance and self-confidence. Campers will also enjoy water activities, reading, arts and crafts, and outdoor time. This camp is for campers in grades 1-6.

Mini Camp

Mini Camp is designed to fill the gap between Camp Wakonda and the start of the school year. Registration is offered on a daily basis. This camp is located at 200 Summit Road.

Kinder Camp

Kinder Camp is the flexible transition from summer vacation t o the school year. It is designed with the kindergartner in mind and fills the gap between summer and the start of Kindergarten. This camp is located at 200 Summit Road.

Your Child's Safety

Camper safety is our top priority. Our staff are highly trained and highly engaged in all aspects of Youth Development. All Y staff undergo reference and criminal background checks before being hired. Our counselors have competencies in team building, character development, conflict resolution, emergency procedures, and child abuse awareness and prevention.

Camp Directors

Ashley Engelbrecht, Camp Wakonda Director: 603-283-5241 or aengelbrecht@keene-ymca.org

Sara Johnson, Gymnastics Camp Coordinator: sjohnson@keene-ymca.org or 603-283-5252

Financial Assistance

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to join and participate at the Y. As part of our mission as a non-profit the Y offers financial assistance through our Membership for All program, made possible through the generosity of donors to our Annual Campaign.

To apply, download the application here, or visit our Welcome Center. The Y’s The Y’s Financial Assistance Representative will contact you within 5 business days to discuss your application. All information will be kept confidential. 

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