Specialty Camps

At each of our specialty camps, day campers spend approximately two hours each day in their specialized activity. The remainder of the day is spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

Dragons, Fairies & Princesses Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Campers let their imaginations soar in this magical fairy tale-themed arts and crafts camp! Participants make dragon and fairy wings, prince and princess crowns, wands, jewels, fairy tale puppets, costumes and more. Kids will also enjoy a special tea party!

Pirates Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall 2017

Arrrrrgh! Young Buccaneers learn the swashbuckling lingo of pirates, play games like Capture the Pirate Flag, try their balancing skills as they walk the plank, go on treasure hunts, and (Shiver Me Timbers) a whole lot more! All in the “Honest Air” (sweet, pure air) of the great outdoors.

L'il Pardners Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017 (Must be 5 years old)

This specialty camp will have kids saying “Howdy” with a big grin. They’ll giddy-up for a pony ride, hayride and sing fun campfire songs all in the great outdoors! Participants will also enjoy L’il Pardners and traditional day camp activities throughout the week. One day will be spent at the horse stables.

Super Hero Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

BAM! POW! KAZAM! Kids think, dress, and act like superheroes while learning the values of caring, honesty, responsibility and respect! Kids bring their own superhero costume or make one at camp. Suiting up as their favorite superhero each day, they’ll explore their own super powers. Activities include super games, super crafts and super fun. Where else can kids spend the day as their alter-ego superhero, meet other superheroes and save the world?

Critters and Crawlers Camp

Entering grades K - 2 in fall, 2017

Campers become “Eco-Explorers” as they investigate the natural surroundings at camp. We will take forest treks, prairie walks and beach tours to explore our local wildlife. Activities include: bug safaris, nature hunt, create a critter from litter and more!

Archery Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

While learning the fundamentals of archery, campers examine equipment close up, identify the parts of the bow and arrow, and learn the science behind drawing the bow and releasing the arrow. Instructors teach proper grip, stance, and aim alignment to use while approaching the target. Campers will discover their ‘eye dominance,’ the first step in becoming a skilled archer. Archery Camp uses more advanced equipment such as Genesis Bows. Equipment is provided.

Fishing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids get hooked on fishing as they learn basic fishing skills. Beautiful Lake George provides the scene for shoreline fishing fun using the catch-and-release method. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait are provided at camp. With some luck, campers will bring home pictures of their “trophies!”

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids develop their outdoor living skills in this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Campers discover the finer points of preparing for a big outdoor adventure and will develop orienteering skills using a map and compass plus they’ll learn about plant and animal identification. Participants will also learn a variety of useful camping skills including building a fire (without matches) making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

Canoe/Kayak Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers learn paddling skills and canoe/kayak safety as they experience the challenge of navigating river waters! Kids learn to identify the parts of the canoe/kayak and learn about the importance of weight distribution and center of gravity. A daylong adventure down the Rum River will test their skills and we’ll enjoy a fun cookout!

Arts & Crafts Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers discover their artistic side and let their imagination soar. Kids create through a variety of projects such as: clay sculpture, sketching, watercolors or paints, nature collages, scrap-booking, papier maché, picture frames, necklaces and bracelets, mural painting, character painting, and much more! Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

Science Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers experiment with electricity, gravity, and weather with new hands on science activities! Participants will try science-based magic and use forensic science to solve camp mysteries like the age old Who Dunnit? “Who stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar”?

Climbing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers strike out on a bold climbing adventure as they test their strength, strategy, and skill against our climbing tower, the rock wall at the Emma B. Howe YMCA and outdoor terrain at Taylors Falls. During these practice sessions, climbers learn safety procedures, bouldering skills, proper climbing techniques, belay techniques and knot tying.

Parent Note: Tuesday of your camper's session, parents must drop off at Emma B. Howe YMCA in the morning- Before care is available. Pick up will be at the normal bus stop that afternoon.

Theater Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids free their imaginations and develop improvisational skills! Campers explore the world of theater through games, acting and improv exercises, writing or illustrating stories, learning about stage make-up, designing costumes, and even performing for an audience. The remainder of the day will be spent in traditional camp activities.

Stand Up Paddleboard Camp

Entering grades 4 – 8 in fall, 2017

Walk on water (almost)! Campers learn the fast-growing, life-long sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. It’s a fun and easy way to play on the water. Kids learn basic paddling (forward, turning, stopping), how to stand up on a board, how to lift and carry their board, and how to launch and land it. Paddleboarding also is an amazing workout!

Outdoor Games Camp

Entering grades 4 – 8 in fall 2017

It’s all fun and games as campers learn to play a wide variety of outdoor games “camp style!” Kids learn teamwork and sportsmanship as they get into the exciting play of lifetime sports with an unexpected camp twist. Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce Ball, Bean Bags, 9-Square in the Air, Kickball, Gaga and Dodge Ball keep them in active outdoor play as they develop skill. And, a special field trip is planned each week.