Camp Life

Camp life at Warren is based on long-standing traditions and our commitment to enriching the spirits, minds and bodies of our campers. We focus on providing an encouraging and comfortable space for boys and girls to learn skills and build character.

The values of respect, caring, responsibility and honesty are at the core of everything we do.


Campers are organized into cabin groups by age. A typical cabin group consists of 10 campers and two staff members.

We will honor up to two friend requests, if:

  • Requests are made in advance 
  • Campers are within two years in age

Most campers come alone and make friends quickly.


Our kitchen staff prides themselves on creating a well-balanced and tasty menu. Meals are hearty and served family-style at 8 a.m., noon and 5:45 p.m. We provide a salad bar at dinner and fresh fruit daily, and we make sure campers have plenty of food. “Seconds” are available on most items.

Sample breakfasts:

  • Pancakes, Bacon, Apple Juice
  • French Toast, Sausage, Grapes
  • Cereal bar

Sample lunches:

  • Chicken Stir Fry, Rice, Egg Rolls
  • Baked Chicken, Roasted Red Potatoes, Bread, Green Beans

Sample dinners:

  • Grilled Cheese, Tomato Basil Soup, Melon
  • Tacos
  • Salad bar

If your child has any food allergies or dietary needs, please note these on his or her medical forms. We will do our best to accommodate special needs. A phone call to the camp director well in advance of the camper’s session is also appreciated. 

Progressive skill development 

Our age-appropriate programs help campers build skills and make visible progress during their time at camp.

We recognize skill development through a lanyard and pin program. To start the program, each camper receives a free Camp Warren lanyard and pin (additional pins may be purchased at camp). Campers are encouraged to add pins to celebrate new achievements, such as completing their pollywog rank in sailing.  Pins give campers lasting memories and are a great conversation starter when the camper returns home.

Reflection and daily devotions

YMCA Camp Warren welcomes campers and staff of all faiths. In addition to daily reflection time, we bring the camp together on Sundays for a non-denominational service during two-week sessions. The service consists of inspirational readings, stories and songs. 

In holding with YMCA Camp Warren tradition, campers are asked to wear “Sunday Whites” for the Sunday service. This set of clothing does not need to be fancy or expensive, just simple and white or light-colored.

Overnight camping

We see great value in the overnight camping experience. During two-week sessions, every camper will have the opportunity to go on a one-night overnight trip at a campsite just across the lake. Campers learn basic camping skills, such as outdoor cooking, setting up tents and minimum-impact camping.

We provide all group equipment for overnight trips. Campers need only a personal sleeping bag.