Partnership Camps

YMCA Camp Shady Brook is proud and honored to partner with the following organizations. Please follow the web site links to find out more information on each camp and to see if your child would qualify for the program.

Serving Our Military Children

Since October 2001, the world in which American military children grow up has been changed dramatically by unprecedented levels of deployment and the increased reliance on Reserve and Guard members. To date, a total of over 2.1 million American men and women in uniform have deployed and of those Service members, approximately 44 percent are parents.

Camp_CorralCamp Corral, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Since its founding in 2011 as a one-camp pilot program, over 6,500 children have been served and the program has expanded to 23 camps in 19 states. Although any child from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.

For more information or to register please visit campcorral.org.


A Fun Place for Learning, Playing and Healing

Camp_OasisDealing with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a child is incredibly challenging. That’s why the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) proudly established Camp Oasis over a decade ago. This co-ed residential summer camp program enriches the lives of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community. Watch our video and see what your children can experience!

Since all of the campers (and many of the adults) at Camp Oasis are living with IBD, our supportive community allows them to:

  • See that they are not alone
  • Try all sorts of new sports and activities
  • Create friendships with people who truly understand them
  • Gain confidence and independence
  • Put aside their troubles and just be a kid

For more information or to register, please visit ccfa.org.


Giving Kids the Opportunity to Be Kids

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.

Camp_KesemSince 2000, Camp Kesem has given children affected by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to just be kids.  The ever-expanding Kesem community engages in camp activities like sports, arts and crafts and drama to give campers a fun-filled week. Campers also participate in ‘Cabin Chats’ with fellow campers and counselors, giving children the chance to share their experiences with each other. There are plenty of laughs and lots of emotional support, but Camp Kesem does not provide therapy. The tremendous fun and support campers experience is what makes Camp Kesem a transformative, magical week for campers and counselors alike.

For more information or to register, please visit campkesem.org.


Connecting Military Kids Just like Themselves

Ages 7-17

We offer military kids a FREE WEEK of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (Purple happens to be the perfect mix of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine Corps red, and Navy blue.) In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve, and at our Association, we know families serve, too! To learn more and to register, visit militaryfamily.org.

Operation Purple