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 - 2023 Registration Opens March 1st!
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.
The 2023 Summer Camp Guide and Parent Handbook are coming soon. For now, feel free to take a look at the 2022 versions by clicking the links below.
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. 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.
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.
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 will run September 1, 2 and 6, 2022
Members $40/day | Not-Yet-Members $50/day
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.
2022/2023 Vacation Camp Schedule
Vacation Camps will be running on the following days, coordinated with the SAU 29 calendar:
November 8, 2022
November 23, 2022
December 2, 2022
December 27-30, 2022
January 25, 2023
February 20-24, 2023
March 24, 2023
April 24-28, 2023
Vacation Camp runs from 8:00am – 5:00 pm each day.
YMCA Members: $40/day or $200/week
Community: $45/day or $225/week
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.