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.

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!

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.

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, enter an eye patch contest, go on treasure hunts, learn to develop and read a chart where X marks the spot, and (Shiver Me Timbers) a whole lot more! All in the “Honest Air” (sweet, pure air) of the great outdoors.

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?

Fishing Camp

Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017

Don’t let this camp be “the one that got away!” Orchard Lake, located adjacent to Lake Kingsley, Lake Marion and Prior Lake provide the scene for shoreline and pontoon fishing using the catch and release method. With some luck, campers will bring home pictures of their “trophies!” Fishing poles, bait and tackle are provided.

Arts & Crafts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 4 in fall, 2017

Campers discover their artistic side and let their imagination soar. Kids create through a variety of projects 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, necklaces and bracelets, mural painting, character painting, and much more! Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

Duct Tape Art 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!

Day Camp Extreme Adventure

Entering grades 3 – 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 can choose full- and half-day activities such as skateboarding at the YMCA Tri-City Skate Park and rock climbing at Taylors Falls. The remainder of the day will be spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

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

Sports Spectacular Camp 

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Game on! This camp is designed to teach general skills in the following sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, climbing, swimming, and other field games. Sports Camp is a safe, fun, non-competitive program designed to build teamwork, leadership skills, and self-esteem. Campers will also enjoy the outdoors while participating in traditional camp activities.

Archery and Slingshot Camp 

Entering grades 1 – 4 in fall, 2017

Two amazing and traditional target sports, the bow and arrow and the slingshot, are very popular today. Participants will gain understanding and learn to properly use them both safely. Campers will learn to make and use their own targets, learn about different types of bows, and the basics of aiming and target shooting. We’ll use Genesis bows and a regulation sling shot range.

Archery II Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Become an even hotter shot! Advance your archery skills; use what you learned in our archery and slingshot camp and add to your skill set. You’ll get daily practice and instruction at camp and off site at South Forty Archers in Lakeville. Plus you’ll enjoy all the traditional camp activities you love.

Climbing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers learn the skills to scale the highest mountains! Each day focuses on a challenging high element such as the giant swing, pamper pole, the swamp crossing, the high ropes course and the climbing wall. This camp is designed to build self-confidence and learn valuable skills while enjoying an unforgettable adventure.

Limit: 10 campers per session.

Digital Photography Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 and 7 – 9 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.

Water Adventures Camp

Entering grades 5 – 8 in fall, 2017

The hottest way for kids to cool off this summer! Campers spend the full week enjoying an awesome array of water activities including canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming.

YMCA & The National Park Service

The YMCA and the National Park Service will collaborate on a Play, Learn, Serve and Work initiative to empower youth to discover and create new outdoor play opportunities.

Survival Skills Camp

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!

Junior Naturalist Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Connect with nature in a personal way! Jr. Naturalist campers will not only take field trips and learn about our precious environment from Naturalists, but they’ll complete a service project too. Cleary Lake Park, Prior Lake, is the spot for our geocaching nature adventure. We’ll learn more about nature up close from a Park Ranger at the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington. It’s your chance to explore, learn, and protect our precious outdoors.

Junior Ranger Camp 

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together in the Let’s MOVE! Outside Initiative, which empowers youth to discover and create new outdoor opportunities for play, learning, and service. Earn your Junior Ranger Badge and experience firsthand the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn, and Protect. Campers will canoe on the Mississippi River, volunteer in a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!