Nature and Science Camps

Kids are inspired to explore our natural environment and delight in the wonders of discovery.

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February 28 – March 5 during Rally Days.

Critters & Crawlers Camp

Ages 4 & 5 year olds or entering Kindergarten in fall, 2019

Weeks of June 24, July 15 and August 5

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2019

Weeks of June 10, July 1*, July 22 and August 5 (No program July 4-5, fee prorated)

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

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 hunts and more!

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of June 17, June 24, July 15, July 29, August 12 and August19

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. Participants will learn a variety of useful camping skills that may include building a fire, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

Fish, Frogs & Forts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 17, July 8, July 22, August 5 and August 19

Filled with exploration and environmental education, we’ll focus on fort building and discovery of insects, fish and frogs. Campers learn basic fishing skills while practicing the catch-and-release method. Bait and fishing equipment is provided at camp but you may bring your own.

Farm Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $270/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $295/week

Weeks of August 12 and August 19

Join us for a week of wholesome fun at Gale Woods Farm! Kids working the farm will explore gardens, fields, and pastures. Young farmers experience the daily routines of feeding and caring for farm animals. Campers discover how plants, animals, soil and people work together to produce the food that we eat every day. Plus they’ll learn what it means to be a good steward in this unique farming experience.

Gale Woods Farm Participant Information

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of June 24, July 15 and July 22

The YMCA and National Park Service have partnered together to empower youth to create new outdoor opportunities to play, learn and serve. Campers will earn their Junior Ranger badge and experience firsthand the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn and Protect. Campers will experience a field trip to a National Park and work with a Park Ranger!

Full STEAM Ahead Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 10, June 17, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 29 and August 12 (No program July 4-5, fee prorated)

This camp is perfect for our young scholars who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Campers will spend the week engaged in hands on, interactive projects. We will figure out how things work and why it’s important. Activities may include Legos®, robotics, science experiments, plus more! There will be lots of learning, using their imaginations, and exploring the indoors and outdoors at camp!