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

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

Weeks of June 26, July 17 and July 31

BAM! POW! KAZAM! Kids think, dress, and act like superheroes! 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?

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Dragons, Fairies & Princesses Camp

Camp I Ages 4-5 at time of camp

Camp II Entering grades 1 – 2 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of June 12, June 26, August 14

Campers let their imaginations soar in this magical fairy tale-themed camp. Adventures will include themed arts and crafts, a mystical quest and a special tea party!

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Pirate Camp

Entering grades K – 3 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of June 19, July 10, July 24 and August 7

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 a whole lot more!

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Arts & Crafts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of June 12 – August 21 (No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Campers discover their artistic side and let their imaginations soar. Kids create a variety of projects that may include: sketching, watercolors or paints, nature collages, picture frames, necklaces and bracelets, and much more. Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

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Fishing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of June 12 – August 21 (No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Kids get hooked on fishing as they learn basic fishing skills. Lakes provide the scene for fishing fun using the catch-and-release method. Campers can bring their own pole and tackle, or equipment will be provided.

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Outdoor Living Skills

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

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

Weeks of June 12, June 19, June 26, July 5*, July 24, August 7 and August 14 (*No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

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!

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Climbing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $280/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $305/week

Weeks of June 19 and July 17

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 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.

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Sailing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $315/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $330/week

Weeks of June 26, July 10 and July 31

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.

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Extreme Adventure

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $285/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $310/week

Weeks of June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14

Kids looking for some radical new experiences this summer can kick it up a notch with a week packed with fun team building experiences. This camp is designed to build self-confidence and teach valuable skills through challenging activities while enjoying an unforgettable adventure. The remainder of the day will be spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

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

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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

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $235/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $260/week

Weeks of July 10, July 17 and July 31

The mission of Let’s Move! Outside, a collaboration with the YMCA and the National Park Service, is to bring together community partners to provide opportunities that inspire lifelong stewardship of public lands. This initiative empowers young people across the country to discover the great outdoors. The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together for Junior Ranger Camp, which empowers youth to discover and 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 canoe on the Mississippi River, volunteer in a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!

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