Summer Camp

Great Summers Start at the Y

Give your kids a break from the screens and sign up today!

YMCA campers make life-long memories, learn how to create new friendships and explore the natural world around them. Camp activities like art, music, nature, swimming, and sports are designed to build confidence, new skills, and untapped talent. Themes, field trips, and special events make it a different adventure every week.

Camps are available at all YMCA locations and are grouped by grade completed for the 2020-2021 school year. From preschoolers to teens – find the camp right for the Camper in your life!

Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA (Camp Cassey)
351 George Williams Way
Newark, DE 19702
> Browse Camp Cassey Offerings

Brandywine YMCA (Camp Quoowant)
35 Chestnut St.
Wilmington, DE 19810
> Browse Camp Quoowant Offerings

Brandywine YMCA (Camp Koda)
3 Mt. Lebanon Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19803
> Browse Camp Koda Offerings

Dover YMCA (Camp Voyager)
825 Kenton Rd
Dover, DE 19904
> Browse Camp Voyager Offerings

Middletown Family YMCA (Camp Silver Lake)
St. Anne’s Episcopal
211 Silver Lake Rd.
Middletown, DE 19709
> Browse Camp Silver Lake Offerings

Sussex Family YMCA (Camp Oowassis)
20080 Church Street
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
> Browse Camp Oowassis Offerings

Walnut Street YMCA
1000 North Walnut Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
> Browse Walnut Street Camp Offerings

Western Family YMCA (Camp Wassaqui)
2600 Kirkwood Highway
Newark, DE 19711
> Browse Camp Wassaqui Offerings

Camp Tockwogh (Residential Camp)
24370 Still Pond Neck Road
Worton, MD 21678


Highlights of what you can expect when coming to camp:

Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our campers, staff and community.

We are excited to provide a fun-filled, exciting summer for all our campers! We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our camp meets the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical distancing practices.

  • Summer Camp Activities- Weekly camp activities include arts and crafts, nature and STEM, drama, field games, sports and movement, water play, and theme-related activities. Language arts and math opportunities will be incorporated into activities to support students academically during the summer months. In an effort to still provide children with the opportunity to experience off-site adventures, we will offer exciting professional entertainment experiences, as well as virtual field trips, designed to educate and engage.
  • Pool Time! – Children will have the opportunity to swim with their assigned group at various times during the week. A limited number of groups of children will be allowed in the pool at one time. Groups will be spaced out to ensure safe physical distancing is maintained.
  • Extensive Staff Training – Staff members will have extensive training in safe physical distancing, stable groups, virus spread reduction and the latest cleaning and disinfection protocols provided by the CDC. In addition, all Y staff members receive training annually in child abuse prevention, first aid, CPR and workplace safety.
  • Camper Orientation – All campers will participate in an orientation that covers personal space, handwashing and other best practices to protect their own health and safety.
  • Enhanced Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures – Parents and guardians will remain in their cars during drop-off and pick-up. A camp staff member will accompany each child to their pre-determined group. All staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves during this process.
  • Health Screenings – All children and staff will be screened daily. Anyone with a temperature over 100.5, has been in direct contact with a COVID positive person in the last 48 hours, and/or exhibiting other symptoms of illness will not be permitted to attend. Visitors will not be allowed on site without special approval.
  • Face Coverings– All camp staff and children in Kindergarten and above will be required to wear masks at all times unless they have an underlining health, behavioral or physical condition that prevents them from doing so safely. Children will be reminded often to avoid touching their face, nose, and mouth.
  • Social Distancing – We are excited to offer lots of fun group activities while keeping everyone physically distant. Camp groups will consist of a maximum of 25 children. Children and staff will be assigned to one group for the duration of camp. Cohort groups of campers will be encouraged to stay together throughout the day and groups will be kept at least 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Spread love not germs – To ensure a squeaky-clean camp and healthy campers, we will implement frequent hand washing and increase cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch areas. Additional sinks and hand sanitizing stations have been added to all camps. Children and staff will be required to wash their hands prior to entering and before leaving all activity areas.
  • Cleaning and Sanitation – Mr. Clean and our team will be constantly sanitizing with EPA approved cleaners. Staff will follow government guidelines, increasing the cleaning frequency of high touch areas. Equipment, supplies and materials used in group activities will be cleaned before and after each use.

Safety and Quality Matter

At the Y, we believe that staff is our greatest resource and boast that we offer better than a 1 to 10 staff to camper ratio. Our camp staff all have prior experience working with children and have camp specific training. Unit Directors are college students/graduates who are working professionals in the fields of education and child development.

All staff must pass a thorough background check including:

  • FBI and Fingerprints
  • National Child Abuse Registry
  • National & State Sex Offender Registry
  • Reference Checks

All staff receives a minimum of 24 hours pre-camp training including:

    • Child Abuse Recognition & Prevention
    • CPR and First Aid Training
    • Communicable Disease Management
    • Zero Tolerance Anti-Bullying Training
    • Diversity & Inclusion Training – Team Building and Group Dynamics
    • And, more!


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

To enroll for camp online, you will first need to create an account in our new system. If you are a current member or past camp participant, you must use the preferred email address and birthday that we have for you on file.

  • Step 1:  Click here to create a log-in and password.
  • Step 2: Complete the form using your email address and birthday on file.
  • Step 3: Check your email for a confirmation of your login creation and a link to get started.

*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.


 

Our Mission


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

Les Mills Launch Parties

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Fall Festivals at the YMCA

Join us for our Annual Fall Festivals the last weekend in October. Events are FREE, open to non-YMCA members, and include a variety of family-friendly activities such as trunk or treats, costume contests, crafts, food, haunted houses, and more. For details by location visit www.ymcade.org/fallfest.

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