Summer Camps at the Y
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 in grades 1-8.
Summer Camps at the Y
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.
Click the name of the camp program below to learn more:
- Camp Wakonda
- Gymnastics Camps
- Adventure Camps
- Sports Camps
- Kinder Camp
- Counselors in Training (CIT)
- Leaders in Training (LIT)
Each year we publish a camp and parent guide to help our families prepare for the summer with us. Take a look at the 2023 versions. We’ll post the 2024 versions as soon as they’re available.
Registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We highly recommend early registration, as space is limited.
Camp registration has moved online! If you are unable to complete your registration online from home, please contact our Welcome Center at 603.352.6002 to make an appointment with one of our Camp Directors. They would be happy to assist you!
HEALTH CARE FORMS & CARE PLANS
Keene Family YMCA uses CampDoc, an electronic, web-based health record system to maximize the health and safety of our campers, and to help streamline the registration process for our families.
Once you have completed your camp registration online, you will receive an invitation to set up your camper(s) profile in CampDoc.
When you receive your invitation email, it will prompt you to set up your profile. You can watch CampDoc’s Accept Invite video or follow the instructions below:
- In the Invitation email, do one of the following depending on whether you want to click to follow the Invitation link or copy and paste the link in your browser:
- If you want to follow the link directly, click the green Accept Invite
- If you want to paste the link in your browser, right-click the green Accept Invite button, and then copy and paste the link in your browser.
- On the webpage that appears, in the Confirm Email box, type your email address.
- In the Password box, type the password that you want to use.
- In the Confirm Password box, type the password again in order to confirm.
- Click CONTINUE
- In the new window that appears, click ACCEPT INVITE
the Accept Invite button, and then copy and paste the link into your browser.
PLEASE NOTE: You can only click the ACCEPT INVITE link once before it expires. If you had trouble accepting your invitation the first time, you can right-click the ACCEPT INVITE button, then copy the link into your browser.
Because we are concerned about security and privacy, you must use the most updated version of the Chrome, Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, or Safari browsers to accept the invitation and use the app. If you need further information about supported browsers, please visit the Browser Requirements article on the CampDoc Support Site.
If you need help setting up your CampDoc profile or submitting your health forms, the CampDoc Support Team can be contacted at 734-619-8300, ext 2 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also refer to their support page by clicking here.
PLEASE NOTE: Camp registrations are not complete until all required documentation has been submitted. In order to do this you must complete your CampDoc profile. The required forms include:
- Health Assessment Record
- Payment Plan & Authorization
- Medication Form (if applicable)
- Allergy Action Plan (if applicable)
All of the above will be available through CampDoc.
For those who are unable to pay the balance in full at the time of registration, the Y offers flexible payment options. Click here for the Payment Plan & Authorization Form.
CHANGES TO YOUR REGISTRATION
A $10 fee will automatically be charged to your account if, after registering, you require any alteration to your camp selections including but not limited to switching programs or weeks. No changes can be made after the Wednesday prior to the first day of camp.
Camp Wakonda is a traditional day 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. 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!
Campers will be grouped by grade, and together each group will engage in age-appropriate activities throughout the day. Groupings are subject to change to ensure the best possible experience for all campers.
- Swans & Sparrows (Grades 1-2)
- Flamingos & Owls (Grades 3-4)
- Eagles (Grades 5-6)
The Gymnastics Program at the Y offers three different camps, each with a different focus. There are 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.
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.
Adventure Camp is perfect for kids who love the outdoors! Campers will be out and about each week, experiencing and exploring local hiking trails, mountains, beaches and more.
Each day, weather permitting, we will be outside, active and often offsite on an adventure! Field trips may include activities such as zip lining, tubing, and hiking. For each outing, campers will be transported by bus from the Y.
Sports Camps at the Y are led by counselors who play the sport themselves, and who have a passion for coaching kids. Campers will be immersed in sports each day and will have some swim time in the pool as well!
Leaders in Training (LIT)
The Leaders in Training program develops participants into positive role models for younger campers through games and activities that LITs assist with planning. LITs will participate in team building exercises, walking field trips and volunteer work. At the conclusion of the program, LITs will receive their Safe Sitter Certification, and a letter of recommendation that can be used for college and employment applications.
This program is limited to 8 participants, ages 13-15.
Counselors in Training (CIT)
The Counselors in Training program emphasizes the development of confidence, responsibility and leadership. Program staff will lead CITs in daily activities, providing mentoring opportunities and teaching them what it takes to be a camp counselor. CITs will also be paired with counselors from Camp Wakonda to shadow and assist with activities.
At the conclusion of the program, CITs will receive their First Aid/CPR/AED Certifications and a letter of recommendation that can be used for college or employment applications.
This program is limited to 8 participants, ages 15-18.
Kinder Camp is designed to fill the gap between summer and the start of the school year, and provides a flexible transition between summer and kindergarten.
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.
2023/2024 Vacation Camp Schedule
Vacation Camps will be running on the following days, coordinated with the SAU 29 calendar:
October 9, 2023
November 7, 2023
November 22, 2023
December 8, 2023
December 26-29, 2023
January 24, 2024
February 19-23, 2024
March 22, 2024
April 22-26, 2024
Vacation Camp runs from 8:00am – 5:00 pm each day.
YMCA Members: $42/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.
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.
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.