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Explorers program includes team-building, character development, health & wellness and more!


The Y's Summer Day Camp is one of the oldest and most trusted camping programs in the country. Our day camps provide fun, child-centered activities and opportunities for learning through discovery, and challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative and leadership.

Summer Day Camps offer enriching activities based on the weekly theme where friends are made through group games, sports & fitness, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, and music!

Key Dates

May 28: First Day of Camp
August 9: Last Day of Camp

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For more information or to apply for financial assistance please contact the Y Youth Development office at 719.329.7289 or ppymca.ymcamso.org/new

For questions, feel free to contact our Program Directors, Caleb Glennon for any program related questions.
For any registration related questions, feel free to contact Aylissa Lofton.

Camp Information

Ages

5 - 15

Logistics & Staff

Typical Day

Hours of operation 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Drop Off/Pre-Care Locations 6:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Camp Kickoff/Morning Snack 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Core Activities 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Swimming/Core Activity 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Snack 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Pick Up/Post-Care Locations 3:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We encourage campers to be dropped off by 9:00 a.m. and picked up after 4:00 p.m. to ensure participation in all camp activities.

Camper Groups

We divide campers into groups of 10-15. Groups will be determined by children’s ages.

Staff

Our staff attend 35 hours of on-site training as well as all trainings required by licensing and the YMCA. Each camp is overseen by one of our Assistant Program Directors that’s on site, in addition to a full-time Site Director and Site Supervisor.

Leadership

For more information, please reach out to the point of contact listed under the camp of your choice. This point of contact is the Assistant Program Director that will be in charge of that camp this summer.

Otherwise, feel free to contact our Program Directors, Caleb Glennon for any program related questions.
For any registration related questions, feel free to contact Aylissa Lofton.

Rates & Assistance

Rates

Full-Time Rate

Member Rate: $252 per week
Nonmember Rate: $282 per week

3-Day Rate

Member Rate: $182 per week
Nonmember Rate: $212 per week

Open Admission Policy

YMCA Camps are operated in accordance with all state and federal policies, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin.
YMCA Camps are designed to provide accessibility for children with moderate visual, auditory, orthopedic, mental or emotional challenges.
Please discuss all situations with the camp director prior to registering.

Military Discount

E1-E6 will qualify for a 45% discount toward Summer Camp. This is for active duty, reserve, and national guard.
All military discounts will need to be requested through YESS using our ticketing system for childcare/day camp.

Scholarships, Financial Assistance & CCCAP

We understand that families have differing abilities to pay, we pride ourselves in working with and extending the opportunity to all children and families the chance to experience a YMCA Camp program.
Scholarships and financial assistance are available to families who qualify.
Please click the link below for CCAP to see if you are eligible for assistance through the State of CO.

CCAP/Scholarship Information: CCCAP information page


For more information or to apply for financial assistance please contact the Y Youth Development office at 719.329.7289 or ppymca.ymcamso.org/new

How to Register

Click the link to the camp that you are interested in enrolling in. We use Daxko for registration and partner with ePACT for registration forms and waivers.
All families will receive a link to complete the registration paperwork in ePACT on April 1st. For any registration after this date, the link will be sent within 24 hours.
All paperwork needs to be 100% completed and filled out the Thursday prior to the first week of attendance.
Please have immunization documents ready. They will need to be uploaded before you can submit and share with the YMCA.

Camp Program Policies:

  • We require a one-time $65 registration fee per child and a $20 non-refundable deposit for each week due at time of registration.
  • Campers must register for one week of summer camp at a time at either a full-time (4 or 5 days) or part time rate (3 or less days).
  • All cancellations MUST occur 2 weeks prior to the first day of the week of attendance.
  • Refunds or credits for partial or single day absences and/or illnesses will not be granted.
  • The balance of each week is due on Monday, two weeks prior to the week of attendance.
  • The Camping Leadership Team reserve the right to make adjustments to fees or policies based on extenuating circumstances.

For questions, feel free to contact our Program Directors, Caleb Glennon for any program related questions.
For any registration related questions, feel free to contact Aylissa Lofton.

Camp Locations

Briargate YMCA

Address: 4025 Family Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Dates: May 28 - Augtust 9
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Will be located on the south side of the building. Please drive past the front entrance, turn left, and look for signs directing you to our drop off location.
Site Phone Number: 719.963.6480
Point of Contact: Maria Dezwaan

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

Downtown YMCA/Columbia Elementary School

Downtown YMCA
Address: 207 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Dates: Week 1: May 28-31, Week 2: June 3-7, Week 10: July 29-August 2, & Week 11: August 5-9
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Drop-off will be located on the second floor of the Downtown YMCA in the small gym (the front desk can direct you).

Columbia Elementary School
Address: 835 E. St Vrain St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (approximately 4 minutes away from the Downtown Y)
Dates: Week 3: June 10 (first day) - Week 9: July 26 (last day)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Will be located on the south side of the school. Park on N Institute St and then walk through the open gate following signs to check-in.

Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Site Phone Number: 719.491.3248
Point of Contact: Jacob Raedel

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

3-Day Registration CLICK HERE

Westside Community Center

Address: 1628 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Dates: May 28 - August 9
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Located on the southside of the 1st building. Park along Bijou, follow signs to enter the double doors to check-in.
Site Phone Number: 719.210.3063
Point of Contact: Cheyenne Hall

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

Fountain Valley YMCA

Address: 326 Alabama Ave, Fountain, CO 80817
Dates: May 28 - August 9
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Please drive around to the parking lot on the west side of the building. Drop off is through the last door on this side with signs to direct you.
Site Phone Number: 719.310.5920
Point of Contact: Cheyenne Hall

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

Peak City Church

Address: 1710 Dublin Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Dates: May 28 - August 9
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Pickup and drop off happens right at the front entrance. Walk through the double doors and take a right. There will be a table there for check in/out.
Site Phone Number: 719.210.7043
Point of Contact: Trysta Bergman

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

3-Day Registration CLICK HERE

Southeast YMCA

Address: 2190 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Dates: May 28 - August 9
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Pickup and drop off take place in the Y Lab. Enter the building through the front doors and take a right through the doors into the computer area. It’s the first door on the right once you enter the building. There will be a table there for check in/out.
Site Phone Number: 719.460.1104
Point of Contact: Charli Kruger

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

Tri-Lakes YMCA

Address: 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy, Monument, CO 80132
Dates: May 28 - August 9
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Pickup and drop off occur on the north side of the building at the doors to the Young Life Gym. When facing the front of the building, it’s on the far right side of the building and slightly around the corner.
Site Phone Number: 719.310.5970
Point of Contact: Rachel Aine

Full-Time Registration CLICK HERE

3-Day Registration CLICK HERE

Camper Daily Items

What to Bring

EVERYTHING LABELED WITH CHILD’S NAME

  • Water Bottle
  • Sack Lunch
  • Backpack
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Closed-Toe Shoes
  • Extra Change of Clothes Suggested
  • Sunscreen (if using own)

Leave at Home

  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • Cell phones

Sports Day Camp Add-ons

Enhance your child’s Summer Day Camp experience with Youth Sports Camp add-ons. This is a great opportunity for campers to explore the basics or sharpen their skills in basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball or lacrosse five days a week.

Cost:

Registered Day Camp Participants only $90 per week
Registration available at your camp location only.
(Must be registered for the same week of day camp to participate.)

Time:

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Please make sure you have your camper dropped off before 8:45 a.m. so they make it to sports camp on time!)

Locations:

Fountain Valley YMCA
Southeast YMCA
Tri-Lakes YMCA

Camp Descriptions

Dodgeball

It’s the game everyone knows and loves, and now your child can throw, duck, and dodge for a full week! Camps will be divided into age groups so younger campers can learn the game while eliminating the fear of playing, while older campers can enjoy the game they’re familiar with.

Nerf Camp

Grab your Nerf blaster, load it up, and get ready for a thrilling week of camp! We will warm up by honing in on our aim as we practice hitting targets, then we will work up to team games. Campers will work on teamwork as they play nerf games of tag, capture the flag, hide-and-seek and more. Bring your own Nerf Gun or use one of ours, this camp is sure to be a blast! Goggles and Nerf darts will be provided.

Soccer

Our traditional sports camps are a mix of skill development, sport specific skill games, and full sided games. Campers will learn the fundamental skills for the sport, making it perfect for new/beginning players of any age. Campers will have enjoy a mix of fun games related to the sport and then play in full games against similar age campers each day.

Basketball

Our traditional sports camps are a mix of skill development, sport specific skill games, and full sided games. Campers will learn the fundamental skills for the sport, making it perfect for new/beginning players of any age. Campers will have enjoy a mix of fun games related to the sport and then play in full games against similar age campers each day.

Football

Our traditional sports camps are a mix of skill development, sport specific skill games, and full sided games. Campers will learn the fundamental skills for the sport, making it perfect for new/beginning players of any age. Campers will have enjoy a mix of fun games related to the sport and then play in full games against similar age campers each day.

Volleyball

Our traditional sports camps are a mix of skill development, sport specific skill games, and full sided games. Campers will learn the fundamental skills for the sport, making it perfect for new/beginning players of any age. Campers will have enjoy a mix of fun games related to the sport and then play in full games against similar age campers each day.

Diamond Sports

Grab your glove and hit the field for a week of baseball, whiffle ball, and kick ball with fun competitions in between! Aim for the fences with a home run derby and show off your speed with a race around the bases. Equipment is provided if needed.

The Y Games

From a torch lighting to the medal ceremony, campers will be divided into countries to compete in individual and team competitions all week long!

Schedule

Downtown Y

June 3-7: Basketball
June 10-14: Diamond Sports
June 17-21: Soccer
June 24-28: Basketball
July 8-12: Dodgeball
July 15-19: Nerf
July 22-26: Football
July 29-Aug 2: Soccer

Fountain Valley Y

June 3-7: The Y Games / Track
June 10-14: Soccer
June 17-21: Basketball
June 24-28: Dodgeball
July 8-12: Football
July 15-19: Volleyball
July 22-26: Soccer
July 29-Aug 2: The Y Games

Southeast Y

June 3-7: Volleyball
June 10-14: Basketball
June 17-21: Football
June 24-28: Dodgeball
July 8-12: Nerf
July 15-19: Basketball
July 22-26: Soccer
July 29-Aug 2: Volleyball

Tri-Lakes Y

June 3-7: Soccer
June 10-14: Basketball
June 17-21: Dodgeball
June 24-28: Nerf
July 8-12: Basketball
July 15-19: Football
July 22-26: Volleyball
July 29-Aug 2: Soccer

 

Camp Programs

Pioneer Campers: Ages 5 – 6

Cost

Registration Fee (one-time)
$65 per child

Full Week Day Camp Fee
Members $252/week
Nonmembers $282/week

3 Day Option
Choose your 3 days! Available at Peak City & Tri-Lakes Y only
Members $182/week
Nonmembers $212/week

Weekly Camp Themes

Week 1 May 28-May 31: Blast off to Summer

A time to get to know each other, learn our four core values, meet and compete with your fellow campers as you get into the swing of summer.

Week 2 June 3-June 7: A Wild West Adventure

Put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat! We are going for an adventure in the wild west.

Week 3 June 10-14: Lost at Sea

Become Pirates as we travel the seven seas and explore the creatures below the depths of the ocean. Learn about sea creatures and discover the myths and legends of the ocean.

Week 4 June 17-21: Master Builders

Get your neon vests and hard hats out, because this week we are on an active construction site! The YMCA is transforming into LEGOLAND and the campers are our builders!

Week 5 June 24-28: Mystery Week

What is mystery week, you ask? Whatever you want it to be! The fun of mystery week is that each day, the theme will be something a little different. Monday might be an under-the-sea day, Tuesday might be themed around pirates, and so on. The real fun of mystery week is that your kids won’t know the theme of each day until it comes around, meaning that you can ramp up the excitement for each day’s activities and surprise them with something spectacular.

Week 6 July 1-July 3: Party in the USA

USA! USA! Celebrate our great country’s birthday and get creative with activities that will bring as much excitement as fireworks!

Week 7 July 8-July 12: Storybook Island

Meet your favorite characters and read your favorite books as we explore childhood stories and more!

Week 8 July 15-July 19: Safari Season

Did someone say safari season? One summer camp theme we love is to engage your camp visitors with the spectacular sights and sounds of a safari. Now, we hear what you’re saying - “There are no safari animals in Colorado!” While this is true, that shouldn’t stand in the way of a safari-themed experience. With a little imagination and a few chosen resources, you can create an unforgettable experience.

Week 9 July 22-July 26: Go for Gold

It’s time to compete for the gold! Race amongst your fellow olympians to earn points and win medals. Who will earn the spots on the podium?

Week 10 July 29-August 2: Uncharted Horizons

Grab your suitcase and passport! We are traveling the world! Let’s explore different countries and find new adventures this summer.

Week 11 August 5-August 9: Best of the Best

All of your favorite things from the summer all in one week! Campers will be able to pick their favorite activities from the summer!

Trailblazer Campers: Ages 7 – 8

Cost

Registration Fee (one-time)
$65 per child

Full Week Day Camp Fee
Members $252/week
Nonmembers $282/week

3 Day Option
Choose your 3 days! Available at Peak City & Tri-Lakes Y only
Members $182/week Nonmembers $212/week

Weekly Camp Themes

Week 1 May 28-May 31: Blast off to Summer

A time to get to know each other, talk about character development and four core values! Meet and compete with your fellow campers and get into the swing of summer.

Week 2 June 3-June 7: A Wild West Adventure

Put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat! We are going for an adventure in the wild west.

Week 3 June 10-14: Lost at Sea

Become Pirates as we travel the seven seas and explore the creatures below the depths of the ocean. Learn about sea creatures and discover the myths and legends of the ocean.

Week 4 June 17-21: Construction Crew

We are taking a step up from legos and master builders. Get your neon vests and hard hats out, because this week we are teaching principles of engineering and building and creating our own projects! Learn about engineers and participate in building themed games and activities.

Week 5 June 24-28: Mystery Week

What is mystery week, you ask? Whatever you want it to be! The fun of mystery week is that each day, the theme will be something a little different. Monday might be an under-the-sea day, Tuesday might be themed around pirates, and so on. The real fun of mystery week is that your kids won’t know the theme of each day until it comes around, meaning that you can ramp up the excitement for each day’s activities and surprise them with something spectacular.

Week 6 July 1-July 3: Party in the USA

USA! USA! Celebrate our great country’s birthday and get creative with activities that will bring as much excitement as fireworks!

Week 7 July 8-July 12: Myths and Legends

Unleash the mythical creatures! Vampires vs Werewolves and a hunt for Bigfoot are just some of the adventures in store this week!

Week 8 July 15-July 19: Safari Season

Did someone say safari season? One summer camp theme we love is to engage your camp visitors with the spectacular sights and sounds of a safari. Now, we hear what you’re saying - “There are no safari animals in Colorado!” While this is true, that shouldn’t stand in the way of a safari-themed experience. With a little imagination and a few chosen resources, you can create an unforgettable experience.

Week 9 July 22-July 26: Go for Gold

It’s time to compete for the gold! Race amongst your fellow olympians to earn points and win medals. Who will earn the spots on the podium?

Week 10 July 29-August 2: Uncharted Horizons

Grab your suitcase and passport! We are traveling the world! Let’s explore different countries and find new adventures this summer.

Week 11 August 5-August 9: Best of the Best

All of your favorite things from the summer all in one week! Campers will be able to pick their favorite activities from the summer!

Pathfinder Campers: Ages 9 – 12

Cost

Registration Fee (one-time)
$65 per child

Full Week Day Camp Fee
Members $252/week
Nonmembers $282/week

3 Day Option
Choose your 3 days! Available at Peak City & Tri-Lakes Y only
Members $182/week Nonmembers $212/week

Weekly Camp Themes

Week 1 May 28-May 31: Blast off to Summer

A time to get to know each other, talk about character development and four core values! Meet and compete with your fellow campers and get into the swing of summer.

Week 2 June 3-June 7: A Wild West Adventure

Put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat! We are going for an adventure in the wild west.

Week 3 June 10-14: Lost at Sea

Become Pirates as we travel the seven seas and explore the creatures below the depths of the ocean. Learn about sea creatures and discover the myths and legends of the ocean.

Week 4 June 17-21: Construction Crew

We are taking a step up from legos and master builders. Get your neon vests and hard hats out, because this week we are teaching principles of engineering and building and creating our own projects! Learn about engineers and participate in building themed games and activities.

Week 5 June 24-28: Mystery Week

What is mystery week, you ask? Whatever you want it to be! The fun of mystery week is that each day, the theme will be something a little different. Monday might be an under-the-sea day, Tuesday might be themed around pirates, and so on. The real fun of mystery week is that your kids won’t know the theme of each day until it comes around, meaning that you can ramp up the excitement for each day’s activities and surprise them with something spectacular.

Week 6 July 1-July 3: Party in the USA

USA! USA! Celebrate our great country’s birthday and get creative with activities that will bring as much excitement as fireworks!

Week 7 July 8-July 12: Myths and Legends

Unleash the mythical creatures! Vampires vs Werewolves and a hunt for Bigfoot are just some of the adventures in store this week!

Week 8 July 15-July 19: Safari Season

Did someone say safari season? One summer camp theme we love is to engage your camp visitors with the spectacular sights and sounds of a safari. Now, we hear what you’re saying - “There are no safari animals in Colorado!” While this is true, that shouldn’t stand in the way of a safari-themed experience. With a little imagination and a few chosen resources, you can create an unforgettable experience.

Week 9 July 22-July 26: Go for Gold

It’s time to compete for the gold! Race amongst your fellow olympians to earn points and win medals. Who will earn the spots on the podium?

Week 10 July 29-August 2: Uncharted Horizons

Grab your suitcase and passport! We are traveling the world! Let’s explore different countries and find new adventures this summer.

Week 11 August 5-August 9: Best of the Best

All of your favorite things from the summer all in one week! Campers will be able to pick their favorite activities from the summer!

Explorers Program Ages 11 – 15

We’re extremely excited to introduce a new program this year. Explorers is a program for children ages 11-15. The goal of this program is to help encourage and expose youth in the area to as many new experiences as possible. With this program, we hope to help our kids expand their ideas of what they can do to fulfill their lives by discovering hobbies and activities that they may not normally be able to do.

Team building, artistic expression, health and wellness, community service, character development and life skills are the main focuses of program impact. Through group projects, community service, team building and daily trips, we aim to make sure that our participants gain a well rounded program experience.

We have four themes that will rotate and repeat throughout the summer, offering different experiences during each session. Team building and community service activities and projects will take place throughout the week. We will update our schedule with more information on these as we approach summer.

This program runs from Tuesday-Friday (outside of June 3-7 week, which runs Monday-Friday). If care is needed on Monday, care will be provided for no additional charge as a camper in Day Camp for those 11-12 or as a Counselor-In-Training for 13-15 year olds.

Drop-off starts at 6:30 a.m.
Pick-up ends at 6:00 p.m. (besides the Vibes and Switchbacks Nights)

Camp Location

Columbia Elementary
835 E. St. Vrain St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Camp Themes & Dates

Our City: June 3-7

Our first week will kick off with a cooking class with Chef Brother Luck. Brother Luck is a local chef who has appeared on several reality cooking shows. He has competed on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and won! He was also a contestant on Chopped and Top Chef. Throughout the week we’ll also take a trip to the Garden of the Gods Trail Loop, visit the Olympic Training Museum and partner with the Air Force Academy’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club for a day of activities on the Air Force Base. We’ll end the week partnering with the Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball team and a night out at the ballpark. A meal and ticket to the game will be provided to each camper.

Member Rate: $499
Nonmember Rate: $529

Alternative Athletics: June 11-14

Activities this week will include a day of putt putt and warrior courses at Lost Island, paintballing at the American Paintball Coliseum, frisbee golf and a bowling tournament at Harmony Bowl.

Member Rate: $460
Nonmember Rate: $490

We Are Art: June 18-21

We’ll start the week with clay molding at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Tuesday we’ll spend the day building a number of different projects that camper’s choose to put together. Wednesday will be spent at Meow Wolf doing the investigative tour. We’ll finish the week decorating the projects we created on Tuesday.

Member Rate: $460
Nonmember Rate: $490

Great Outdoors: June 25-28

This week will start with a trip to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center to see the wolves and end with a visit to the Colorado Springs Climbing Center. The middle of the week will be spent fishing, paddleboarding and kayaking.

Member Rate: $460
Nonmember Rate: $490

Alternative Athletics: July 9-12

Part 2 of Alternative Athletics will also have disc golf and a bowling tournament. Thursday we’ll go to Overdrive Raceway for a day of kart-racing. We’ll finish the week at Urban Air.

Member Rate: $460
Nonmember Rate: $490

We Are Art: July 16-19

Painting with a Twist kicks off this week. We’ll also visit the Dinosaur Resource and Seven Falls on Wednesday, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Thursday and each camper will select their own art projects to complete on Friday.

Member Rate: $460
Nonmember Rate: $490

Our City: July 23-26

This week is highlighted by a partnership with the Switchbacks. We’ll visit Cave of the Winds on Tuesday before taking a trip to visit the Switchbacks on Wednesday. Each camper will receive a ticket to the game for Friday night, and we’ll have tickets available for parents to come along as well. We’ll also take a trip to the Space Foundation on Thursday.

Member Rate: $460
Nonmember Rate: $490

Great Outdoors: July 30-August 2

We’re kicking this week off by working with Arkansas River Tours. We’ll be spending Tuesday rafting down the river. Wednesday will be spent fishing and preparing for our overnight trip on Thursday. After drop off on Thursday, we’ll be heading to Riverside Campground for an overnight tent camping trip full of kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and other activities. Campers will return Friday afternoon for pick up.

Member Rate: $540
Nonmember Rate: $570

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