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KIDS Camp Summer Day Camp

KIDS Camp 2020 is still up and running!

If your 5-10 year old child can comfortably spend the whole day away from home, enjoys being around many other children in an urban setting and likes being outdoors, then our full-day KIDS Camp may be for them! KIDS Camp also offers a Teen Leadership Program for children ages 11 and up.

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KIDS Camp is located next to the West Side YMCA in Howard.

Daily Schedule and Activities
Camp activities may include crafts, team building, hikes, nature exploration, small and large group games, archery, skits, songs, and more.

8:45 am - 9:00 am Check In
9:00 am - 9:30 am Flag Raising / Announcements / Snack
9:30 am - 9:45 am Fitness Fun
9:45 am - 11:00 am Theme Activities
11:00 am - 11:45 am Camp Activities
11:45 am - 12:15 pm     Lunch
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Camp Activities
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Swimming/All Camp Game
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Camp Clean Up/Snack
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Flag Lowering
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Check Out

In addition to typical daily camp activities, each week at KIDS Camp offers a fun theme. All off-site field trips have been cancelled this year, but staff will incorporate some exciting themed activities in place of these trips.

This year's Open House scheduled for June 11 has been cancelled.

Theme Weeks
Summer Kick-Off, Kung Fu, Mad Scientists, Hole in One, Water Wipeout, Tropical Paradise, Color Wars, Where the Wild Things Are, H2-Whoa, Camp Closeout. For more information on theme weeks, please see the 2020 All Camp Guide.

Family Night
Share in the camp experience with your child by attending the optional Family Night on Wednesday. This year, our Family Nights will be virtual; they will be recorded and shared via email with parents.

Camp Fees Per Week
Everybody belongs at Y Camp. The YMCA provides membership and program services to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Financial assistance is made possible through a variety of grants, as well as through contributions to the YMCA's Annual Campaign. Please contact the appropriate Camp Director for more information.

Members:    $190       |       General Public:    $215    

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Before and After Camp Care
Before and After Camp Care is offered for KIDS Camp at the West Side YMCA and begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm. You may sign up for this care when you register for camp.

Per Child (Per Week at Camp)

Getting To & From Camp
This year, kids must be dropped off directly at KIDS Camp, next to the West Side YMCA.

  • 8:45 am  - parent drop-off
  • 3:45 pm  - parent pick-up

Teen Leadership Program
Spend a week learning leadership skills and techniques to last a lifetime. During your week as a JC, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with our counselors. Your journey in the JC program will include how to lead a group of campers, teach arts & crafts and games, and how to work in a group with your fellow JCs. If you decide to join us for more than one week of the program, you’ll build upon your leadership skills by taking on a more active role and work side by side with our counselors. Teen Leaders may register for up to 5 weeks of camp.

Junior Counselor
Offered weeks 1-10 for youth ages 11 and up:

Members:    $112
         |      General Public:     $127

To register your Teen Leader (Junior Counselor), simply register as you would any other camper.

 Summer Camp Forms & Parent Handbook

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Your child will need 2020 Day Camp Health Forms on file in the KIDS Camp office prior to their first day of camp.

2020 Day Camp Health Forms

All medication that will accompany your child to camp needs to be in its original container and a Medication Authorization Form must be filled out:

Day Camp Medication Authorization Form

2020 KIDS Camp Registration

Register for KIDS Camp online, in person at the West Side Y or by phone. Thank you!

Register Online

436 9570
In Person: West Side YMCA, 601 Cardinal Lane, Howard

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can my child register with a friend?
    Yes! You can make a buddy request when you register.

  2. Can my child attend more than one week of camp?
    Of course! It's very common for us to see kids more than once during the summer. In that case, we try to place your camper with different counselors throughout the summer while they enjoy new groups of kids each week. Weekly themes keep things exciting, too.

  3. What does my child need to bring with them to camp?
    The recommended daily packing list includes a healthy bag lunch, a water bottle, sturdy shoes (flip flops are not suitable for active play), swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen. Please dress according to the weather and label all items with the child's name. Kids Camp provides a morning and afternoon snack each day. Please be sure to read the Parent Handbook.

  4. What additional forms does my child need on file prior to starting his or her first day of camp?
    Your child will need a 2020 Day Camp Health Form on file in the KIDS Camp office prior to their first day of camp.

  5. What if my child requires medication while at camp?
    All medication that will accompany your child to camp needs to be in its original container and a Medication Authorization Form must be filled out.