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 1 – 3 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

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

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.

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Super Hero Camp (NEW!)

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 19, 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 and Princesses Camp 

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 26, July 24 and 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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Arts & Crafts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 12, July 5*, August 7 and August 21 (*No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 19 and July 24

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

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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Climbing Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017

Weeks of June 26 and July 24

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

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

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. Climbing takes place at Camp St. Croix in Hudson, WI. The remainder of day will be spent at Kumalya. Campers grades 4-6 will get a chance to test their skills rock-climbing at Taylors Falls.

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Archery Camp I

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

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

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. Campers will receive a lesson from the pros at A1 Archery in Hudson, WI. Equipment is provided

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Archery Camp II

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 26, July 17 and August 7

Your child will advance their archery skills and build upon skills learned in our Archery I Camp. Campers will establish their eye dominance to hone their aim and accuracy. They will also learn different types of equipment and how to repair it. Campers will receive an advanced lesson from the pros at A1 Archery in Hudson, WI.

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Cycle Adventures Bike Camp (NEW!)

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 26, July 24 and August 14

Take the outdoors on with two wheels! In this exciting camp, campers explore the Lake Elmo Park Reserve on safe and fun bike trails. They learn the basic parts of a bike and how to maintain them. We will use maps to navigate the wonderful trails using the best safety practices. Campers must bring a bike and helmet. Bikes will be transported by a bus trailer and locked up at camp Monday – Friday.

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Duct Tape Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 12, July 10 and July 31

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, and almost anything they can think of. Duct tape arts and crafts are one of the hottest trends.

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Fishing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $200/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $225/week

Weeks of June 19, July 17 and August 7

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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Theater Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 26, July 17 and August 14

Kids free their imaginations and develop improvisational skills! Campers explore the world of theater through games, acting exercises, learning about stage make-up and even performing for an audience. This camp is great for building self-esteem.

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Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of July 5*, July 31 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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Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $205/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $230/week

Weeks of June 12, June 26 and July 10

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. Learn more

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 explore the St Croix River by pontoon boat, visit a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!

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