Welcome to Camp Wassaqui!

Registration Now Open!

  • Registration for members begins January 29, 2024
  • Registration for non-members begins February 5, 2024

Get ready for an awesome summer adventure at Western YMCA Camp Wassaqui! Create lifelong memories, learn new skills and spend summer just being a kid! Have fun in day camp with awesome weekly themes and out-of-this-world experiences. Kids can get active in our sports camps with choices like Cheerleading, Flag Football, Volleyball, and Dodgeball. Stir the imagination in specialty camps like Art, Theater, Strong Kids, and more.

Western Family YMCA
2600 Kirkwood Highway,
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 453-0123 (Youth Development Center)
(302) 709-9622 (Western YMCA)


All camps run at the Western Family YMCA are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized program focuses on program quality, health, and safety issues, and requires us to review every facet of our operation. Camp Wassaqui has voluntarily submitted to this independent appraisal done by camp experts and has earned this mark of distinction.


Traditional Day Camp
With themes like Crazy Hats, Through the Decades and Super Heroes, every camp week is fun-filled and action-packed. Campers (K – 10th grade) will experience a variety of activities including arts and crafts, archery, environmental education, literacy education, team building, field trips, character development, outdoor games, swimming and more!

Youth Sports Camp
Want to try a new sport? Sports camp teaches children the basic skills needed to succeed in each area of the sport they choose. Campers will learn the fundamentals of the game along with various positions, rules, and regulations.

Camp Hours

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Extended care is available at no additional charge for all camps during the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

Download the Camp Wassaqui Handbook for detailed program information.

Are lunches or snacks being provided this Summer?
Our program provides lunch and a snack through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Parents may choose to supplement or replace these meals/snacks with items from home. If packing, please remember we do not allow peanut products and cannot refrigerate or heat food.

Are field trips planned for this Summer? 
We are currently working to provide off-site field trips, however, they are dependent on state guidelines related to COVID-19.

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, bag to carry belongings in)
  • Packed Lunch and Snack
  • Weather appropriate attire

*Please label EVERYTHING so we can help get lost and found items back to your child*

Please do not bring the following items to summer camp:

  • ­­Electronics (Ipad, cell phone, tablets, video game consoles)
  • Toys
  • Jewelry or other valuable possessions
  • Pets
  • Money
  • Alcohol or drugs of any kind (will result in IMMEDIATE dismissal from camp)
  • Anything else perceived as inappropriate

**Materials 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 the administration?
The Camp Director can be reached, during camp hours, at 302-453-0123 or via email at [email protected].

How will you communicate important camp information with parents?
Most camp communication is done through the Procare app. Parents can download the app to get real-time messages to the camp regarding your child. Parents will be contacted via phone in the case of serious or emergency situations regarding your child. We will send out weekly newsletters with important information pertaining to your child’s week including field trip information, swim schedules, and more.

Do campers swim every day?
Yes, campers will swim every day.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • DEPOSITS: 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.
  • CANCELLATION AND CHANGE REQUIREMENTS: ALL Change requests must be made two weeks prior to the week you wish to change using the 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.

How late can I register my child for camp? 
Camp enrollment for the upcoming week closes two weeks prior to the start of each session. No exceptions for enrollment after that time will be made without the Camp Director’s approval. As a reminder, your child is not fully enrolled until all required documents are received by the camp.

2024 Western YMCA Camp

CAMPDATES Member RateNon-Member Rate
Traditional Camp
(Kindergarten - 9th Grade)
June 10 - September 6$305/ week$400/ week
Leaders in Training (9th-10th grade)June 10 - August 30$210/ week$280/ week
Basketball Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
June 24 - 28;
August 5-9
$325/ week$425/ week
Soccer Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
July 8 - 12$325/ week$425/ week
Flag Football Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
July 29-August 2$325/ week$425/ week
Volleyball Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
August 12 - 16$325/ week$425/ week
Video Gaming Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
June 24-28$350/ week$450/ week
Splash Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
July 8-12$350/ week$450/ week
Girls/Boys Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
July 15-19$350/ week$450/ week
Animal Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
July 29-August 2$350/ week$450/ week
Splash Camp
(2nd - 8th grades)
August 12-16$350/ week$450/ week


Our Mission

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