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

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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 for an additional fee.

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.

Summer Swim Club/Pre-Competitive Swimming

Have an Avid Swimmer already? How about an extra day of swimming to work on stroke drills, endurance, and starts & turns? We’ll take care of getting your camper there on Mondays or Wednesdays. Not for beginners.

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 19-January 6
Mid Winter Break Camp
February 20-24
Spring Break Camp
March 31-April 7, April 13-21

Overnight Camp

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

Staff Qualifications

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.