Specialty Camps

Develop a greater passion for the things you love, or try out something new at one of our 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.

Superhero Camp

Entering grades Pre-K – 1 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?

Dragons, Fairies & Princesses Camp

Camp I Ages 4-5 at time of camp

Camp II Entering grades 1 – 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 – 3 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!

Arts & Crafts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers discover their artistic side and let their imagination soar. Kids create through a variety of projects which may include: sketching, story telling with cartoons or puppets, watercolors or paints, nature collages, weaving a potholder or placemat, scrap booking, papier maché, picture frames, candle holders, necklaces and bracelets, character painting, and much more! Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

Fishing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Don’t let this camp be “the one that got away!” We will travel to Prior Lake to fish off the wooden fishing pier. At Camp Kici Yapi we practice the catch and release method. With some luck, campers will bring home pictures of their “trophies!” Poles, bait and tackle are provided, you may bring your own pole.

Outdoor Living Skills

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, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

Climbing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers learn the skills to scale the highest mountains! Each day focuses on a challenging element such as the bouldering wall and the climbing wall. Age appropriate challenges are designed for younger campers. This camp is designed to build self-confidence and learn valuable skills while enjoying an unforgettable adventure. Campers will get a chance to test their skills for an exciting, full day rock-climbing session at Taylors Falls!

The day of Taylors Falls, campers will return to the Southdale YMCA at 5 p.m.

Sailing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Sailing is a life-long sport teaching teamwork and an appreciation for the outdoors. Participants will spend 3 full days of excitement and exploration on the water. The other 2 days, will be spent at Camp Kici Yapi doing traditional camp activities. Sailing Instructors are US Sailing Certified, highly experienced and energetic and teach basic sailing concepts including: wind identification, upwind sailing, navigation and water safety. Participants will begin on land and then sail Lake Minnetonka. Sailors work in teams to manage onboard jobs including rigging, sail trim and steering. Participants must bring: water bottle, change of clothes, water shoes and towel. Lifejackets will be provided by camp. Transportation from Camp Kici Yapi to Lake Minnetonka will be provided on the 3 days of sailing.

Day Camp Extreme Adventure

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids looking for some radical new experiences this summer can kick it up a notch with a week packed with extreme fun. This camp is designed to build self-confidence and learn valuable skills through challenging activities while enjoying an unforgettable adventure.

Campers will spend three days traveling outside of camp to the Southdale YMCA Skate Park, Taylors Falls and Camp Streefland High Ropes Course. The remaining two days will be spent at camp enjoying traditional camp activities.

Limit: 12 campers per session. Campers must provide their own helmet, elbow, wrist and knee pads.

The day of Taylors Falls, campers will return to the Southdale YMCA at 5 p.m.

YMCA & The National Park Service

The YMCA and the National Park Service have collaborated on the Let’s Move! Outside initiative which provide opportunities for youth to play, learn, and serve on public lands, empowering campers to discover the outdoors. Learn more.

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together on a Play, Learn, Serve and Work initiative to empower youth to discover and create new outdoor play opportunities. Earn your Jr. Ranger badge and learn the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn and Protect. Campers will visit and volunteer at the St. Croix National Scenic River way and work with a Park Ranger!