Outdoor Sports 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.

Climbing Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

Weeks of June 12, June 19, July 10, July 24 and August 14

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 12, June 19, July 10, July 31, August 14 and August 21

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Campers embark on a climbing adventure! Campers will gain new skills and self-confidence every day through a variety of climbing activities. Campers test their strength, strategy, and skill while learning safety procedures, belay techniques, knot tying and proper climbing techniques. Campers in grades 4-6 will get a chance to test their skills rock-climbing at Taylors Falls.

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Learn to Swim Camp (NEW!)

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

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

Weeks of June 19, July 17 and August 14

All of the outdoor adventures in the day camp program plus YMCA swimming lessons! Each day campers will have a 40-minute YMCA progressive swimming lesson with certified swim instructors at the Hudson YMCA. Campers will also have time to play water games and swim at the beach. The remainder of the day will be spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

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Water Adventure Camp

Entering grades 2 – 3 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 26, July 10, and August 7

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 12, July 17 and August 14

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

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, swimming, pontoon ride and other water activities. The highlight of the week will be a field trip to a water park.

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Archery/Slingshot Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24 and August 7

While learning the fundamentals of archery, campers examine equipment close up, identify the parts of the bow and arrow, and learn the technique behind drawing the bow and releasing the arrow. Campers will learn and practice other target sports including slingshots and hatchet throwing. Instructors teach proper grip, stance and aim alignment. Campers will also receive a lesson from the pros on their field trip to A1 Archery in Hudson, WI. Equipment is provided.

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Sailing I Camp: Introductory Level

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of July 5**, July 24 and August 14 (**No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Sailing is a life-long sport teaching teamwork and an appreciation for the outdoors. Each day young sailors learn the basics of sailing and safety with camp instructors. Campers will be taught techniques and terminology for operating our fleet of sailboats as they practice their skills on Lake St. Croix.

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Sailing II Camp: Intermediate Level

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of June 26, July 17 and August 7

Campers receive daily ground and water instruction in basic sailing skills and techniques, as well as boat maintenance and care. Time is spent learning skills such as rigging, jibbing, tacking, knot tying, water safety, and river etiquette. Sailors will operate our fleet of sailboats on Lake St. Croix. Prior sailing experience required.

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Canoeing/Kayak Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of July 5** and July 31 (**No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Campers learn paddling skills and canoe/kayak safety as they experience the challenge of navigating water! Kids learn to identify the parts of the canoe/kayak, paddling techniques and the importance of teamwork. The highlight of the week includes preparations for a full day of canoeing on the St. Croix River.

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Log Rolling Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Week of July 10

Kids learn about the life of a lumberjack and their importance in building our first cities. Campers discover how the sport of log rolling or “birling” developed out of maneuvering logs down rivers to the old saw mills. Skills learned are great for improving balance and coordination! Log rolling instruction will take place at our camp beach with a trained instructor.

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*Additional camp paperwork will be required for campers ages 4 – 6. The state of Wisconsin requires the Health History and Emergency Care Plan form, immunization record and signed waiver at camp. Forms can be found on our Forms & Publications page.