Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.
Summer Day Camp ages 3-15
Day Camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.
Summer Day Camps runs from 9:00 am–4:00 pm, and we provide before and after care at no additional cost.
Summer Swim Camp Plus
Want to jump-start your Camper’s swim skills? Does your Camper want to pass that pesky deep end test? We will transport your camper to their certified swim class for you! We now offer swim classes Tuesday–Friday for a nominal fee.
Inclusion Camp ages 3-15
We believe that all kids should be given the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why we are offering an inclusion Day Camp experience to children with special needs. Our experienced, caring staff work one-on-one with children to help them to cultivate the values, social skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.
Y Media Works gives campers a rare chance to produce their own film ideas, photography projects, stop motion animation, and digital music compositions. Media camp fosters creativity, technical knowledge, collaboration, and visual storytelling and will spend their mornings at playing games, shooting archery and each afternoon receiving small group interaction with media camp staff. Media Camp runs Monday-Friday from 1 to 4 pm.
Media Camp Weeks
- Week F: July 16–20
- Week G: July 23–27
- Week H: July 30–Aug 3
- Week I: Aug 6–10
School Break Camp ages 3-12
When school is out, fun is in at the Y! Our experienced staff takes the right steps to ensure your camper’s safety and happiness during an action-packed day.
School Break Camps run from 9:00 am–4:00 pm, and we provide before and after care at no additional cost.
Schedule for 2016 School Break Camps
- Holiday Break Camp
- December 26-29
- January 2-5
- MLK Break Camp
- January 15
- Mid Winter Break Camp
- February 19-23
- Spring Break Camp
- April 2-6
Overnight Camp at the Y offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide children and teenagers through unforgettable experiences. Expect new and fun activities that will not only build skills but great new friends and character values for life.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit has two overnight resident camps, Camp Ohiyesa and Camp Nissokone. You can learn more about them on our Overnight Camps page.
About Camp at the Y
Safe, Licensed Programs
Safety is our motivation at the Y. We hold our programs to the very highest standards through internal assessments and external inspections. Many of our camps voluntarily fulfill with third party requirements and regulation, including state-licensing and/or ACA accreditation. This helps further ensure a safe, healthy and worthwhile camping experience.
Certified, Well-Trained Staff
Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper. Each “Professional Role Model” has the knowledge and training to make each moment of your camper’s summer fun and enriching. Our staff believes in developing youth through nurturing the potential of every camper.
Camper-Counselor Ratios at Camp
- 6 campers : 1 counselor for ages 3-5
- 8 campers : 1 counselor for ages 6-8
- 10 campers : 1 counselor for ages 9-11
- 12 campers : 1 counselor for ages 12-17
All Y staff meet the following criteria before joining our team:
- CPR certification
- First Aid certification
- Child Safe certification
- Background check
- Drug screen
Financial Assistance Available to Qualified Families
We work hard throughout the year so everyone can be a part of the Y. Our Annual Campaign makes financial assistance available for those who qualify. For more information or for application materials, please contact our Y.