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.

Animals in Action Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Kids get a real hands-on animal experience in this exploration camp. They’ll learn about wildlife and endangered species while they compare and contrast the characteristics of many common and unusual animals. Plus they’ll learn how animals enrich our world.

Dragons, Fairies and 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!

Pirate 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!

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.

Digital Photography Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Say Cheese! Campers will learn the basics of lighting and composition and be able to experiment with both portrait and landscape photography. Participants must bring a digital camera.

Duct Tape Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Creativity is unlimited when the medium is duct tape! Kids learn how to craft with duct tape and make amazing things like bags, wallets, jewelry, cell phone cases and almost anything they can think of. Duct tape arts and crafts are one of the hottest trends. It’s crazy fun!

Fishing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids get hooked on fishing as they learn basic fishing skills. Beautiful Lake Elmo 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!”

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 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. This camp is great for building self-esteem.

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.

Outdoor Living Skills Camp (Leave No Trace)

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids develop their outdoor living skills utilizing Leave No Trace principles 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 as well as participate in a camp improvement project!

Jr. 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!