KEENE FAMILY YMCA

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

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 - Registration is open!

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. 

For 2022, the Y is hosting three unique summer camps. Scroll down to learn more and to register for each camp or click the button below to view our 2022 Summer Camp Guide.

Camp Registration - Now Online!

Ready to register for summer camp? Please review the following to-do list prior to beginning your registration.

  1. Apply for Financial assistance from the Y. If you would like to apply for assistance, applications and supporting documentation must be submitted prior to submitting your camp registration. Click here to learn more and apply for assistance.
  2. Find out if you qualify for a scholarship from Rekindling Curiosity NH. This initiative by the State of NH could drastically reduce your camp fees. Visit their website to see if you qualify!
  3. Select the camp you’d like to register for and complete the online registration:
  4. Complete and upload the required health forms and agreements. Download the forms using the links below and the click here to upload when the forms are complete.

PLEASE NOTE: Camp registrations are not complete until all required documentation has been submitted. Click to download each of the required forms.

Save the Date!

Join us for Healthy Kids Day to learn more about our summer camp programs. Meet the Camp Directors, participate in lots of fun and engaging activities, and learn some great tips for raising healthy, active kids. We’ll see you there! 

Camp Wakonda

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)

2022 Rates & Dates

Members: $200/week | Not-Yet-Members: $225/week
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

WEEK 1: June 27-July 1
Summer Safari

Lions, Hyenas and Elephants, OH MY! Underneath the summer sun, campers will embark on a wild safari adventure. Campers will get in touch with their spirit animal and learn about the ecosystem within the grasslands of Africa.

WEEK 3: July 11-July 15
YMCA World Tour

Did you know that there are YMCA’s in over 120 countries around the world? This week campers will explore a country, home to one of our sister organizations. We will explore the land, the language, and traditions through multicultural art and activities.

WEEK 5: July 25-July 29
Mythical Adventures

Prepare to ignite your inner spirit during Mythical Adventures week. Campers will dive into mythical legends, discovering the stories behind them and the creatures that one wishes they could lay eyes on. New-age mythical creatures will be born with a story of their own to tell.

WEEK 7: August 8-August 12
Galaxy Quest

Shoot for the moon, because if you miss, you’ll land among the stars! This week at camp will be out of this world with space themed games, challenges and art. Friday we will be a blast with rocket launching and Galactic Bowling at Yankee Lanes.

WEEK 2: July 4-July 8*
Sailing the Seven Seas

Ahoy Mateys! It’s a pirate’s life this week at Camp Wakonda. We will explore the seven seas and marine life underwater. Campers will even get to hunt for real treasure!

*Prorated week – no camp on Monday, July 4.

WEEK 4: July 18-July 22
Wakonda’s Got Talent

Talent for hire! Grab your tickets before they are sold out! Camp Wakonda is going to put on the best show of the summer. Campers will focus on playing their part, big or small, to put on the production of: Wakonda’s Got Talent!

WEEK 6: August 1-August 5
Superhero

We are strong, we are brave, we are kind, we are Wakonda! Everyone has a superpower within them and this week at camp we will explore that power. Campers will build positive affirmations about themselves and learn the importance of acting with kindness.

WEEK 8: August 15-19
Color Wars

The summer is not over until all the color dust has settled to the ground! Prepare for the most epic week at camp as we run, play, dance, laugh, and get messy in the grand finale of the summer!

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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.

2022 Rates & Dates

Gymnastics & More
Members $237/week | Not-Yet-Members $272/week

Ninja Camp
Members $237/week | Not-Yet-Members $272/week

Gymnastics Skills Camp
Members $242/week | Not-Yet-Members $277/week

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

WEEK 1: June 27-July1 – SOLD OUT
Gymnastics & More

WEEK 2: July 4-July 8* – SOLD OUT
Ninja Camp
*Prorated week – no camp on Monday, July 4.

WEEK 3: July 11-July 15
Gymnastics Skills Camp

WEEK 5: July 25-July 29 – SOLD OUT
Gymnastics & More

WEEK 6: August 1-August 5- SOLD OUT
Ninja Camp

WEEK 7: August 8-August 12
Gymnastics Skills Camp

WEEK 8: August 15-August 19 – SOLD OUT
Gymnastics & More

Adventure Camp

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. 

2022 Rates & Dates

Members $275/week | Not-Yet-Members $325/week
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

WEEK 1: June 27-July 1
Teen Week (Grades 6-8)

WEEK 3: July 11-July 15
Youth Week (Grades 4-5)

WEEK 4: July 18-July 22
Teen Week (Grades 6-8)

WEEK 5: July 25-July 29
Youth Week (Grades 4-5)

WEEK 6: August 1-August 5
Teen Week (Grades 6-8)

WEEK 7: August 8-August 12 – SOLD OUT
Youth Week (Grades 4-5)

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.

Rates & Dates

Mini Camp will run August 22 – August 26, 2022.
Members $40/day | Not-Yet-Members $50/day

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.

Rates & Dates

Kinder Camp will run September 1, 2 and 6, 2022
Members $40/day | Not-Yet-Members $50/day

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 8:00am – 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. 

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:  aengelbrecht@keene-ymca.org or 603-283-5241

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

Kelly Fleuette, Senior Program Director & Adventure Camp Director: kfleuette@keene-ymca.org

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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