YMCA summer camps ensure that every child has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive!
Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership — all amidst the fun of campfires, canoeing, talent shows, sing-a-longs, field trips, polar plunges and meaningful relationships. YMCA counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
Busy Beaver Camp
Half Day Camping Experiences for ages 3 – 5 | Weekly sessions run June through August
Busy Beaver Camp is a half-day “camping” experience designed just for preschoolers. Each session’s activities are planned around a weekly theme chosen to appeal to the interests and curiosities of this age group. Picnics, swimming and weekly eld trips add to the excitement. Join the magic of YMCA Day Camping!
Activities and Exploration Day Camp for ages 6-11 | Weekly sessions run June through August
Try a new, fun and unique experience each week that gives youth the opportunity to discover new interests, meet new friends, explore nature, enhance self-esteem, and be physically active. Each week is based on the theme and includes other adventures like swimming, crafts, field trips, music and more. Campers also take a trip to YMCA Camp Cormorant to experience the traditional camping atmosphere, try out the ropes course, water activities and horseback riding.
Half-Day Special Interest Camps for ages 6-11 | Weekly sessions run June through August
Give your child the opportunity to learn and have fun in our Specialty Camps! Campers can sign up for the camps of their choice based on interests. Campers will learn new hobbies and skills and also build on the ones they already have – like rock climbing, dance, gymnastics, art and more!
Swimming & Diving Camps
Aquatic Skill-Building Camps | Visit FM Gator Swim Team website for dates, ages and other details
The FM Gator Swim Team hosts swim camps throughout the summer to help swimmers develop and reinforce essential skills! Check back for more details!
Overnight Camp on Big Cormorant Lake for ages 7-15
YMCA Camp Cormorant is an overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Big Cormorant Lake, Minnesota. Founded in 1903, Camp Cormorant is one of the oldest residence camps in the entire nation and continues to be a tremendous growing up experience for children and teens. It provides a unique outdoor environment with cozy cabins, an extensive beach and waterfront, athletic fields, a volleyball sand court, horse trails, a ropes course and more!