SUMMER DAY CAMPS

We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing!

June 10 – August 23, 2019  |  Ages 5-12*  |  10% Early Bird Discount

Make summer your adventure! YMCA Summer Day Camps offer an experience that is sure to keep your child having fun all summer long. We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing so your family can flourish.

From field trips to fostering creativity, to building a sense of accomplishment and belonging, we help kids thrive by surrounding each child with support, guidance, and fantastic opportunities to discover, learn and try until they succeed. For more information, view our brochure here.

OUR BENEFITS
  • Licensed
  • Professionally Trained Staff
  • Low Child-Teacher Ratios
  • Healthy Meals and Snacks
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Gym Activities
  • Family Engagement Activities
  • Outdoor Experiences
  • Financial Assistance available to those who qualify

TO REGISTER

Please choose a summer day camp location below, and click on the "REGISTER FOR SUMMER DAY CAMPS" button. The button will direct you to the sign up page where you can register for day camps.

You can also register by phone at 616.855.9622 or at any of our branch locations.

  • A one time $40 non-refundable deposit per child paid at the time of enrollment will hold your child’s spot and will be applied to your first or last week of camp.
  • Registration ENDS ten days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Register before April 28, 2019, and receive a 10% early bird discount: use promo code early10 for online registration.

Summer Day Camp Locations

Cherry Creek Elementary

12675 Foreman St.
Lowell, MI 49331
United States

Winter/Spring/Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 - 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Lakeshore Elementary

3765 N. 168th Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
United States

Winter/Spring/Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Mary Free Bed YMCA

5500 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
United States

Winter/Spring/Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

SpartanNash YMCA

5722 Metro Way
Woming, MI 49519
United States

Winter/Spring/Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA

6555 Jupiter Avenue
Belmont, MI 49306
United States

Winter/Spring/Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Summer Day Camp

About Summer Day Camp

JUNE 10-14: SUMMER OLYMPICS
Jump on the camp train and kick off your summer with sports, games, obstacle courses, and relays. This team-building week is full of physical activities and is a fun way to spend time together and have some laughs as you play.

JUNE 17-21: SUPER HEROES WEEK
Join us as we celebrate heroes! Enjoy a week of fun activities and great games, celebrating ALL HEROES from comic book heroes to our real life heroes! Come and help us save the world! 

JUNE 24-28: MAD SCIENCE WEEK
This week will be filled with exciting camp-style experiments and exploration. Learning this week may be messy and wild but guaranteed to be fun! This will be a great way to get ready for Thing-a-ma-jig. Details to come.

JULY 1-3: AMERICA WEEK
ALL branch day camps Closed July 4 &5 but YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin OPEN all week.
Join us as we celebrate our amazing country! We will have the best birthday party this week for the U.S.A. There is no better place to celebrate our country than with your friends at the YMCA!

JULY 8-12: WALL-E WEEK (DISNEY WEEK)
Come enjoy the Magic Kingdom at camp! We are celebrating movies like Frozen but also classics like Snow White. Please make sure to bring your favorite costumes. 

JULY 15-19: HARRY POTTER WEEK
It’s time to get your acceptance letter to the camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry! We will be hosting Hogwarts at our camps. No matter which house you belong to, each little wizard will have an enchanting good time making wands, learning spells, and learning the secrets of an amazing experience at camp.

JULY 22-26: STAR WARS WEEK
A long time ago in a camp NOT so far away… It’s time to blast off into the galaxy and bring your droids and light sabers with you! It’s the return of Star Wars week at camp. Fly your Millennium Falcon down to camp and prepare to have an amazing time. The force is strong with your camper during this fun week. 

JULY 29 - AUG 2: AROUND THE WORLD WEEK
Take a stroll through different parts of the world as you learn about different cultures! Campers will experience new foods, languages, dress and traditions as they study different societies.

AUGUST 5-9: HOLIDAY WEEK
Christmas in August? Fourth of July? Halloween in the summer?… You may have to come to camp and find out about all of our summer celebrations. Camp will provide the fun and you bring the energy and we will all have an amazing week of holiday cheer. We will give thanks for all the great friends and memories that we made! 

AUGUST 12-16: CAMP REWIND WEEK
Camp Rewind. Wait! Say that again? Ever want to re-live that really cool game or activity at camp? That is what this week is for! This week you will get to rewind and do your favorite activities all over again. 

AUGUST 19-23: SURVIVOR WEEK
Offered ONLY at David D. Hunting YMCA & Mary Free Bed YMCA
This team-building week is full of games and activities similar to the show Survivor, except no one is voted off! Instead, we keep track of team points as your campers work together.

NEW! Summer Day Camp Programs: Every Child Deserves a Y Experience 

For the times families can’t be there, the Y supports their effort to nurture their child’s healthy development. Our well-trained staff provide safe, affordable, high-quality care so parents can have peace of mind while at work to help their family succeed.

At the Y, good child care is good family care. With a focus on important life skills, parents know that their child is: 

  • Developing core values
  • Improving reading comprehension and fluency through daily literacy activities
  • Practicing good healthy habits by being active throughout the day 
  • Increasing family engagement through weekly family activities

Our Programs Include:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
30 minutes/day  |  Participants will demonstrate YMCA Pillars of Character: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, civility, trustworthiness and fairness.

WELLNESS
60 minutes/day  |  Participants will demonstrate physical fitness & knowledge about healthy lifestyles. 
Research:

READING
60 minutes/day  |  Disguised Learning. To improve reading fluency, comprehension, oral speaking skills, confidence, self esteem and decision making skills. 

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
1X per week  |  Remove barriers to family participation in the Y, increasing the amount of quality time family members spend together building character development and values within families.

You can register by phone at 616.855.9622, online, and at any of our branch locations.

  • A one time $40 non-refundable deposit per child paid at the time of enrollment will hold your child’s spot and will be applied to your first or last week of camp.
  • Registration ENDS ten days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Register before April 28, 2019, and receive a 10% early bird discount: use promo code early10 for online registration.
YMCA Branch Day Camp registration is only available weekly (5 days). Please note, this is a change from previous years.

David D. Hunting YMCA – $175 member/$190 non-member* (tiered pricing based on income is available)

Mary Free Bed YMCA – $175 member/$190 non-member*

Spartan Stores YMCA – $175 member/$190 non-member*

Visser Family YMCA – $175 member/$190 non-member*

Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA – $175 member/$190 non-member*

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin – $225, 5% member discount

YMCA School-Based Day Camp registration is available in weekly (5 days) or 3 day options.

Lowell YMCA at Cherry Creek Elementary – $120 /3 days, $165 /5 days* 

YMCA Caledonia Program Center – $120 /3 days, $165 /5 days* 

YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa at Lakeshore Elementary – $120 /3 days, $165 /5 days* 

*$100 week of July 4th: open M,T,W only

  • Summer Day Camp weekly charges will be drafted 10 days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Payment in full due 10 days before the start of each week.
  • Schedule changes/additions are allowed, pending availability, two (2) weeks prior to the start of each week.
  • Cancellations must be made two (2) weeks prior to start of each week, less the $40 non-refundable deposit.
  • There are no credits or refunds for missed days.
  • YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has a different payment/cancellation policy. FOR DETAILS, go to grymcacml.com, and see parent resources.

We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience Y camp. Please see staff for more information.

Get ready for upcoming seasons at the Y with our Summer Sports & Specialty Clinics. Build and refine skills through games, drills, activities, and arts & humanities in a fun and energizing atmosphere. For more details, view pages 12-15 in the 2019 Summer Day Camp Brochure.

To register for classes click here.

What to Bring

  1. Swimsuit, plastic bag for wet swim suit, and towel
  2. Goggles if you want
  3. Peanut free labeled sack lunch (no fridge or microwave available)
  4. Sunscreen SPF 15+ and water proof
  5. Hat or Visor, if desired
  6. Bug Spray
  7. Water bottle labeled with name
  8. If cold day, extra clothing to stay warm when outside

What to Leave at Home-

  1. All Electronics
  2. Cell phones
  3. Toys: stuffed animals, action figures, etc.
  4. Money
  5. Candy and Pop

FAQ's

Registration – How do I register for day camp?

All campers must be registered for camp prior to attending. Registration is available online, by phone at 616.855.9622 or at any Branch location. A one time $40 non-refundable deposit per child paid at the time of enrollment will hold your child’s spot and will be applied to your first or last week of camp. Registration ENDS ten days prior to the start of each camp week. All needed forms will be emailed to you after you register. All information on the forms must be completed prior to your camper attending.

 

Refunds – If I cancel a registered week of camp, will I be refunded?

All cancellations and changes must be made 2 weeks prior, less the $10 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit. No refunds will be given without 2 week’s notice or for missed days. Schedule changes/additions are allowed, pending availability, 2 weeks prior to the start of each week.

 

Early Bird Discount – What if I have more than one child attending day camp?

The Y offers a 10% early bird discount if you sign up before April 28, 2019. Use Promo Code early10 for online registrations, otherwise mention it when registering.

 

Payments – What are my options to pay for summer day camp?

  • This can be paid by credit card, cash or drafted from your checking or savings account. 
  • Summer Day Camp weekly charges will be drafted 10 days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Payment in full due 10 days before the start of each week.
  • Schedule changes/additions are allowed, pending availability, two (2) weeks prior to the start of each week.
  • Cancellations must be made two (2) weeks prior to start of each week,less the $40 non-refundable deposit.
  • There are no credits or refunds for missed days.
  • YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has a different payment/cancellation policy. FOR DETAILS, go to grymcacml.com, and see parent resources.

Clothing – What sort of clothes should my camper bring?

All campers are required to wear their camp t-shirts on field trip days. Campers should also wear simple, non-restrictive clothing that you do not mind getting dirty, wet and possibly ruined. Shorts, jeans and tennis shoes are a good choice. You may want to send along an extra change of clothes just in case. Only swimwear is allowed in the pools. Street clothes may not be worn.

 

Items from Home – May campers bring toys and similar items from home to camp?

Campers are not permitted to bring possessions from home (i.e. cell phones, iPods, toys, Gameboys, PSP, action figures, dolls, trading cards, etc.). The Y is not responsible for any item that is broken, lost or stolen during camp.

 

Lunch/Snacks – Does my camper need to bring lunch/snacks to camp.

Each child needs to bring a peanut-free sack lunch (except David D. Hunting YMCA Day Camp). Lunches cannot be stored in a refrigerator or heated up in a microwave, so please pack food that will not spoil easily. Freezing juice boxes the night before and using ice packs for children’s lunch is suggested. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

 

Sunscreen – Do I need to send sunscreen with my camper?

Campers must bring sunscreen every day! Please apply sunscreen to your child before coming to camp each day. Throughout the day, your child will have frequent opportunities to reapply sunscreen.

Licensed – Is the YMCA licensed?

Yes, our Summer Day Camps are licensed under the State of Michigan. This is our assurance that our day camps are committed to the highest standards established for the child care industry.

 

Camp Counselors – What are the qualifications of your camp counselors?

Our counselors receive extensive training prior to the start of camp. Training includes:

  • Child Protection & Abuse Prevention
  • Behavior Management & Bully Prevention
  • Field Trip & Off-Site Safety & Procedures
  • General Risk Management & Prevention
  • Pool Safety
  • Project Based Learning
  • Character Development
  • Age Appropriate Activity
  • Customer Service
  • Curriculum Development & Design
  • CPR/First Aid & AED
  • STEAM/STEM Training

and our camp project based learning curriculum includes songs and games that incorporate the Y’s core values and education.

 

Illness/Injury – What happens if my camper is sick or gets hurt?

Parents will be notified by camp personnel if their child has not been feeling well for a period of time and does not seem to be getting any better. Moderate injuries will also be communicated to the parent once proper first aid has taken place. Minor injuries will be communicated at Sign Out. In the case of a severe injury needing professional medical attention, the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately.

 

Inclement Weather – What is the procedure for bad weather?

At the first sign of inclement weather, campers will be brought indoors and into safety. Inclement weather includes lightening and extreme heat.

 

Medication Administration – What is the procedure for when my child needs to take prescribed medication while at camp?

Parents/Guardians must have a signed medication authorization form on file for day camp staff to administer medication. The Authorization to Administer Medication form can be obtained during registration or online. You can also ask any camp director for a copy during the summer. Medication MUST come in the original pharmacy container.  It must list clearly the camper’s name, the doctor’s name, the name of the medication, the correct daily dosage, and the correct time of the date the medication is to be administered. Please indicate whether the medication needs to be taken with our without food and/or water.

 

Ratios – What is the counselor to camper ratio?

The Child Licensing Guidelines for counselors to camper ratios are as follows: 1:6 (3-5 years), 1:8 (6-8 years), 1:10 (9 to 15 years of age).

 

Water Safety – Does my camper need to know how to swim?

Campers are tested to determine swim ability and if they will be allowed to utilize the deep end of the pool. They can re-test another day. If they cannot swim, they are required to wear a life jacket that we provide. All lifeguards are certified.

Sign In/Sign Out – What is the procedure for campers checking in and out for camp?

All campers must be signed in and out of camp daily. Parents/Guardians must have a valid ID every day at the time of pickup in order for us to release your child do you. Please see the parent handbook for more information.

 

Absences – What should I do if my camper will be absent or late?

Please leave a message for the camp directors at the front desk. Make sure to leave your name and camp you are attending in the message.

 

Daily Activities – What is a typical day like at camp?

Every week has a weekly theme! Activities, trips and lesson plans are typically tied into that weekly theme. Throughout the day, campers will participate in songs, fellowship, arts and crafts, character development, team building, health and nutrition, sports, fine arts, reading, science and much more! Throughout the day there are breaks scheduled for snack time, bathroom time, and sunscreen time.

 

Field Trips – Does the camp offer field trips as an activity?

Yes! Campers will attend field trips like parks and zoos, bowling and skating, splash pads, swimming, and community events. Varies by location.

 

Field Trips – Can I pick up my child while they are on a field trip? 

We ask that parents only pick up at the YMCA at the end of a field trip.  If a child is needed to be picked up during the middle of a field trip we would just have the child stay behind with the remainder of camp and not attend the field trip.  If in an emergency a child is needed to be picked up during a field trip we would allow it but there is a lot of coordinating with the counselors on trip and parent picking up to get connected and making that exchange.

 

Lost & Found – What if my camper loses an item while at camp?

To minimize the chance of misplaced clothing and other items, please label all clothing and other property clearly. We cannot be responsible for lost or missing items. There will be a lost and found located at every day camp location.

 

Parent Visits – Are parents allowed to visit our children while they are at camp?

The Y has an open door policy for the parents and guardians of all campers. Please first speak directly with a camp director to let them know you are visiting. Parents are invited and encouraged to visit the program sites at any time.

 

Early Pickup – What if I need to pick up my child earlier than planned from camp, what do I do? 

During check in we have a note pad for parents to communicate each day what changes or updates we need to be aware of for that day.

 

Screen Time – Is there any screen time at camp? 

No, we do not have any screen time planned during camp. Only during special situations/programs that may require screens are they used.

TYPICAL DAY

Please note, this is a sample of our typical schedule. Each branch will have a personalized daily schedule to ensure children’s developmental needs are being met.

Start Time End Time Activity
Arrive at 6:00 am 7:30 am Arrival, Opening Ceremony
8:00 am 9:00 am Huddle Group
9:00 am 10:00 am Variety Rotation 1 , Morning Snack
10:00 am 11:30 am Variety Rotation 2, Huddle Group
11:30 am 12:30 pm Lunch, Reading, Journal Writing
12:30 pm 2:30 pm Mastery Activities, Large Group
2:30 pm 3:30 pm Huddle Group, Snack
3:30 pm 4:30 pm Variety Rotation 3
4:30 pm 5:30 pm Closing Ceremony
5:30 pm Closing Departure