Whether children want to explore the great outdoors or discover a new passion, Y summer camps are full of adventure and fun. Learn more the many types of camp available throughout the metro.
Youth Day Camp
AGES: 5-12 GRADES: Completed Kindergarten-6th Grade
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
LOCATION: Blue Valley, Center, Olathe, North Kansas City YMCA, Platte County R-3, Shawnee Mission, Spring Hill
Campers build self-confidence, appreciate teamwork and sportsmanship while gaining independence as they nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies. A fun and unique theme is offered each week. Activities include arts and crafts, science and technology, swimming, field trips, nature and more. Convenient camp locations are available across the metro area.
Specialty Day Camp
AGES: 5-12 GRADES: Completed K-6th
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m
Your child can pursue their interests and learn new skills in a positive and fun environment. This year, specialty camp themes are focused on keeping kids active and engaged in fun physical activities, including basketball, baseball and softball, flag football, soccer and track and field. Specialty camp activities are 9 a.m.-noon with traditional camp activities the rest of the day.
Camp Naish Environmental Day Camp
AGES: 6-12 GRADES: Completed K-5th
TIME: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Explore the great outdoors every day at Camp Naish. Activities like archery, crafts, nature hikes, camp songs and fun games allow kids to explore new skills and learn about nature. Healthy lunches and snacks are included.
YVC Summer of Service
AGES: 11-18 GRADES: 5th-12th
TIME: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
FEES: $89/week, financial assistance available
LOCATION: Local nonprofit agencies. Transportation available for many projects.
Teens can make a difference in their community this summer. Youth Volunteer Corps, hosted by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, offers weekly service opportunities for youth ages 11-18. Each project includes icebreakers, team-builders, and service-learning lessons.
Financial assistance is available.
Express Yourself Camp
DAYS: June 6-7
TIME: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
LOCATION: Camp Tongawood, Tonganoxie, KS
Express Yourself camp is designed for kids who’ve experienced a loss or change, such as a death of a loved one, a divorce in the family, moving, the death of a pet, losing a home, a serious illness in the family or changing schools. Express Yourself Camp offers all-day activities, a safe environment for youth to express emotions associated with loss, and the support of professionally trained staff including grief counselors and volunteers. Small group activities will include music therapy, a multi-media project, physical activities, arts and crafts, skits and a closing ceremony.
Camp Wood YMCA
FEES: Vary by program
LOCATION: YMCA Camp Wood, Elmdale, KS
Tucked within the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas, Camp Wood YMCA gives youth an opportunity to participate in life-changing, outdoor experiences that foster healthy decision-making, lasting friendships, skill development, and strengthened values in a safe, friendly environment. Traditional and teen camps are available all summer, as well as specialty camps centered on the culinary arts, construction, leadership and outdoor activities like horseback riding.