Welcome to Camp Oowassis!

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  • Registration for members begins January 30, 2023
  • Registration for non-members begins February 6, 2023

Get ready for an awesome summer adventure at Camp Oowassis! Create lifelong memories, learn new skills, and spend summer just being a kid!

Sussex Family YMCA
20080 Church Street
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 296-9622

Camp Hours

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

Extended care is offered from 7 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 6 pm at no additional cost.

Sussex Summer Camp 2023

Traditional Camp (Completed K - 5th grade)June 12- August 28$215$270
Teen Leaders
(12 - 16 Years)
June 26 - August 18FREE (excluding field trips)FREE (excluding field trips)
Cheer Camp
(1 - 5th Grade)
June 20-23$225$315
Splash Camp
(K - 5th Grade)
June 20-23;
June 26 - 30;
July 10-14;
July 17 - 21;
July 31-August 4;
August 14 - 18
Soccer Camp (1 - 5th Grade)July 3 - 7$225$315
Culinary Camp
(2 - 8th Grade)
July 17 - 21$225$315
Basketball Camp
(1 - 8th Grade)
July 31 - August 4$225$315
Tumbling Camp
(1 - 5th Grade)
July 24 - 28$225$315
Production Design Camp
(1 - 5th Grade)
July 24 - 28$225$315

Note: When enrolling your child in camp, please select the camp group that aligns with the grade your child will have COMPLETED by June.

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Space is limited! Enrollment is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email welcoming your child to the program. If all spots fill prior to your registration being accepted, you will receive a “waitlist” email. Thank you and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with your child!

Dates:  July 3 – August 25
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Ages:  12 – 16
Cost:  FREE

The Teen Leadership Program focuses on the advancement of cultural thinking, academic achievement, community awareness and character development while embracing the philosophy of the YMCA.  All participants are given tools to become the leaders of tomorrow within their own communities.  Teens can look forward to the following:

  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Beach Trips
  • Leadership enrichment activities
  • Character development opportunities
  • Physical Fitness opportunities
  • Career/Financial Seminars and Workshops for youth

**Transportation is provided, and pre-registration is required.

FAQ-Sussex YMCA Summer Camp 2023

  • Are lunches being provided this summer?
    • Parent/Guardian(s) must ensure your child has a packed, well-balanced lunch each day.  Afternoon snack will be provided by the Sussex YMCA.
  • Are field trips planned for this summer?
    • We are currently working to provide a combination of off-site and in-house field trips that are fun and engaging. Off-site trips are subject to change or cancellation with little notice.  Stay tuned!
  • Are beach trips planned for this summer?
    • Currently, we are planning to attend the beach weekly as we have in past summers.
  • What does my child need to bring DAILY?
    • All children must have:
      • Water Bottle
      • Sunscreen
      • Swim attire (bathing suit, water shoes/flip flops, towel, goggles-optional)
      • Packed Lunch
      • Weather appropriate attire
  • Can my child bring electronics to camp?
    • Campers are NOT PERMITTED to bring the following:
      • Electronics (iPad, cell phone, tablets)
      • Toys
      • Jewelry or other valuable possessions
      • Pets
      • Alcohol or drugs of any kind (will result in IMMEDIATE dismissal from camp)
      • Anything else perceived inappropriate

**Items not permitted will be confiscated and held in the camp office until the end of the week or until arrangements have been made for pick-up.  Multiple offenses are subject to a camper’s dismissal from camp for the remainder of the summer season.

  • How do I contact the Camp Director or someone from administration?
    • The Camp Director (or administration) can be reached, during camp hours, at 302-510-1265.
    • For camp inquiries or general questions, please email [email protected].
    • For parent/child concerns, the Camp Director can be reached by phone at 302-510-1265 or via email (outside of camp hours) at [email protected].
    • Coming soon: Parents will be able to download the Procare app to get real-time messages to the campground regarding your child.  If you are new to camp, you will receive an email, once your child is placed in our portal, to join.
  • How late can I register my child for camp each week?
    • Camp enrollment for the upcoming week closes on Wednesdays at noon, THE WEEK PRIOR. For example, for the camp week of June 26th, enrollment closes on June 21st at noon.  No exceptions will be made without the Camp Director’s approval.
  • If my child is placed on the waitlist, when will I be notified if a spot becomes available?
    • Families are contacted via phone by the Thursday PRIOR TO each upcoming week of camp if spots are available. If you do not receive a call, you will receive an email with sincerest apologies that no spots were available.  We encourage families to always have a backup plan as enrollment is NOT guaranteed.
  • What if my child needs medication while at camp?
    • PRIOR TO the start of your child’s camp week, a medication form must be completed and brought with your child on their first day. Medication forms can be found here.  Please note:
      • Prescription medication MUST be in its original container and properly labeled with your child’s name and necessary information (dosage, how often medication is taken, etc.)
      • Over the counter (OTC) medication should be in its original container with no evidence of prior use (seal cannot be broken).
  • What if I no longer need care for my child?
    • If you wish to cancel a camp week for your child, you must complete a change request form (located on our website). Our YMCA of Delaware policies on camp deposits and cancellations are:

DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit is required per child, per week to reserve your spot. This non-refundable deposit cannot be applied to additional weeks. If you need to change, cancel, or modify a week, including a change to membership status (holds, cancellations and terminations), the Deposit paid will not be available for transfer or refund. This policy will not be applied for families authorized and utilizing Purchase of Care funding.

CANCELLATION AND CHANGE REQUIREMENTS: ALL Change requests must be made two weeks prior to the week you wish to change using this Cancel, Add or Change Form. If proper notice is not provided, the full week of camp fees will be due and will not be refunded. This policy will not be applied for families authorized and utilizing Purchase of Care funding.

**PLEASE NOTE:  ANY exceptions to these policies must be approved by the Vice President of Youth Development.**

Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.



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