Welcome to Camp Wassaqui!

Now Accepting Purchase of Care

The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to offer Purchase of Care at Camp Wassaqui in 2024! This offering will allow the Western Family Y to serve more children and families in need by increasing access to full time care during out of school time in a safe, active and fun environment this summer.

Camp Wassaqui POC site ID: 1890791100

Registration Now Open!

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 Basketball. Stir the imagination in specialty camps like Splash Camp, Video Game Camp, Animal Camp, 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 Disney, Wizards & Wands, and Under the Sea, every camp week is fun-filled and action-packed. Campers (K – 10th grade) will experience a variety of activities including arts and crafts, environmental education, literacy education, team building, healthy living, 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.

Where is drop-off and pick-up each day?

Camp drop-off is 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Drop-off is car line style in the parking lot across from the Family Fun Pool. Late arrivals should be dropped off at camp headquarters. Pick up is 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Meadowood Building. If you need to pick up prior to 4:00 p.m., please send the office staff a message in Procare, or call camp headquarters at 302-510-1290. Photo ID must be presented at pick up. To add or change authorized pick ups, please send a message in Procare.

You can find a Camp Map HERE. 

Are lunches or snacks being provided this summer?

Campers may eat breakfast, lunch, and snack at the Y each day if they are in care at the time of the meal. Our program provides lunch and snack through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and a small breakfast. Parents may choose to supplement or replace these meals/snacks with items from home.  If packing a meal from home, please remember we do not allow peanut products and cannot refrigerate or heat food.

  • Breakfast is served from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Your child must arrive by 7:30 a.m. to be served breakfast. Each breakfast includes a serving of fruit, grain, and milk. Children who arrive after 7:30 a.m. will need to have eaten breakfast prior to their arrival.
  • Lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please refer to your child’s daily class or group schedule for their lunch time. Should your child miss camp lunch time for a pre-approved reason, please ensure they eat lunch before arrival/returning. Each lunch includes a serving of meat, grain, milk, and two fruits/vegetables.  Campers may bring in their own lunch. Such lunches must contain full servings of dairy, meat/protein, grain- and 2 servings of fruit and/ vegetable.
  • Afternoon snack is served each day after 3:00 p.m. Each snack includes water and healthy food choices from at least two food groups. Campers may bring in their own healthy snack.

Are field trips planned for this summer?

Throughout the summer age-appropriate off-site and on-site field trips and special events are scheduled. Details about all trips and events will be given out in advance. All campers are required to wear the Y camp shirt on trip days, as well as closed toed shoes, a water bottle, and swimsuit. All trips are subject to change. These activities are supervised and run by YMCA staff and/or outside vendors.

Examples of field trips for this summer include: Philadelphia Eagles Stadium Tour, Main Event, Urban Air, Rehoboth Beach, Franklin Institute, and Killens Pond.

What should my child wear each day to camp?

  • CLOSED toe and heel shoes. We recommend sneakers are the best choice.
  • NO flip flops, sport sandals, or any other kind of sandals. This is for the safety of your camper as well as to ensure they will be able to participate in the activities.
  • Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather and able to get dirty.

What does my child need to bring DAILY?
All children must have:

  • LABELED bathing suit & towel for swim
  • LABELED water bottle
  • LABELED sunscreen and/or bug spray
  • If a camper is bringing their own lunch, please do not include peanuts/ peanut butter. YMCA cannot refrigerate or heat meals sent from home.
  • Campers must bring a LABELED bag to keep their belongings in.

*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:

The YMCA is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items.  As such, we strongly recommend that campers bring only items necessary for the specific camp day or activity.  The following items are not permitted at camp at any time:

  • Cell phones
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Personal Property: We are not responsible for the safety of valuable items brought to camp. DO NOT bring Gameboys, PSPs, DSs, iPods, MP3 players, electronics of any kind.
  • Anything else deemed 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?

Camp parents are required to register in our parent communication system – ProCare. ProCare is an app that can be downloaded on to your phone for convenience. This application allows you to see your child’s activities throughout that day as well as receive program updates, alerts, messages, reports, newsletters, pictures, and videos. This application also allows parents to send messages to Camp staff. Staff members are able to respond to any questions, comments or concerns through the app.

Additionally, the contact information for our site is listed below:

  • Youth Development Office: 302-453-0123 or e-mail here
  • Camp Headquarters: 302-510-1290

*Please note Camp Headquarters is only staffed during the camp day.

How will you communicate important camp information with parents?

Most camp communication is done through the Procare app. Parents must download the app to get real-time messages to the campground regarding their child. Parents will be contacted via phone in the case of serious or emergency situations regarding your child

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 the Wednesday prior to the start of each session. No exceptions for enrollment after that time will be made. As a reminder, your child is not fully enrolled until all required documents are received by the camp.

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). This includes sunscreen and bug spray.

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.