Summer at the Y is time for Discovery! From field trips to fostering creativity, to building a sense of accomplishment and belonging, we help kids flourish by surrounding each child with support, guidance, and fantastic opportunities to discover, learn and try until they succeed.
Each day is filled with new adventures where each child explores new talents and interests while developing and strengthening friendships along the way. But most of all, YMCA summer day camps offer an experience that is sure to keep your child having fun all summer long.
To top all of that, we offer convenient hours and affordable pricing so your family can flourish.
NEW THIS YEAR!
Starting this year, each branch day camp will be offering a special week where your kids will be transported each day to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin and getting the full camp experience! (for branch dates and information, see below)
BRANCH DAY CAMPS
David D. Hunting YMCA
475 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI
616.855.9564 I email@example.com
Mary Free Bed YMCA
5500 Burton St., Grand Rapids, MI
616.885.5930 I firstname.lastname@example.org
Spartan Stores YMCA
5722 Metro Way, Wyoming, MI
616.885.5529 I email@example.com
Visser Family YMCA
3540 Fairlanes SW Grandville, MI
616.885.5738 I firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA
6555 Jupiter Avenue, Belmont, MI
616.855.1443 I email@example.com
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
1095 N. Briggs Rd, Middleville, MI 49333
888.909.2267 | www.grymcacml.org
SCHOOL-BASED DAY CAMPS
Lowell YMCA at Cherry Creek Elementary
12675 Foreman St., Lowell, MI
616.897.8445 I firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA Caledonia Program Center
9751 Duncan Lake Avenue SE, Caledonia, MI
616.891.6223 I email@example.com
YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa at Lakeshore Elementary
3765 North 168th Ave., Holland, MI
616.786.1407 I firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 4-8 – SURVIVOR WEEK
Offered at Spartan Stores YMCA & Lowell YMCA ONLY
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.
JUNE 11-15 – FULL STEAM AHEAD WEEK
Jump on the camp train and kick off your summer with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics!! Toot, toot, here we go in to a world of exploration and wonder.
JUNE 18-22 – 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 25 – 29 – 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!
JULY 2-6 – AMERICA WEEK
ALL branch day camps Closed Wednesday, July 4th
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 9-13 – 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. (Mary Free Bed YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin)
JULY 16-20 – 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. (Spartan Stores YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin)
JULY 23-27 – 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. (David D. Hunting YMCA & Visser Family YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin)
JULY 30 – AUGUST 3 – AROUND THE WORLD WEEK*
Take a stroll through the past and enjoy the golden years of camp! Campers will experience the throwback of fun camp games as well as all of our amazing 20th century activities like rock climbing. (Caledonia YMCA, Lowell YMCA & YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin)
AUGUST 6-10 – HOLIDAY WEEK*
Christmas in July! 4th 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 definitely give thanks for all the great friends and memories that we make. (Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin)
AUGUST 13-17 – THROWBACK WEEK
Have you ever wondered what it was like in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s? Come to camp and see into the past. What games did people play? How did they dress? Was the music different? You have to be here to experience the throwback while we enjoy a touch of modern life and fun!
August 20-24 – SPLISH SPLASH WEEK
Mary Free Bed YMCA & Lowell YMCA are NOT participating this week
It’s time to get soaked! Splish and splash through an awesome, fun filled week. Summer is hot, but you’ll stay cool with activities like water balloon games, water relays, slip n’ slides and more!
August 27-31 – CAMP REWIND WEEK
Offered at Spartan Stores YMCA, Visser Family YMCA, & YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa ONLY
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.
*YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Branch Visits
We are so excited for this new adventure! In an effort to better serve our children in ever more meaningful ways, each Branch Day Camp will be providing a designated week to have the on-site full YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Day Camp experience! Campers will spend their summer days forging new friendships, pursuing newfound passions and making memories they will never forget while exploring the outdoors on Barlow Lake in Middleville, MI. Transportation to and from camp is included.
The week each branch will be attending camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, and there will be no Day Camp at that branch location.
JULY 9-13 – DISNEY WEEK: Mary Free Bed YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
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 16-20 – HARRY POTTER WEEK: Spartan Stores YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
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 23-27 – STAR WARS WEEK: David D. Hunting YMCA & Visser Family YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
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 30 – AUGUST 3 – AROUND THE WORLD WEEK: Caledonia YMCA, Lowell YMCA & YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
Take a stroll through the past and enjoy the golden years of camp! Campers will experience the throwback of fun camp games as well as all of our amazing 20th century activities like rock climbing.
AUGUST 6-10 – HOLIDAY WEEK: Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
Christmas in July! 4th 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 definitely give thanks for all the great friends and memories that we make.
You can register by phone at 616.855.9622 or online at www.grymca.org/summerdaycamps as well as at any of our branch locations.
- Minimum registration of 2 days per week for summer day camp.
- 10% sibling discount (use promo code sibling10 for online registration).
- A $10 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit per week paid at the time of enrollment will hold your child’s spot in each week of camp.
David D. Hunting YMCA – $50 per day/ $170 per week (tiered pricing based on income is available)
Mary Free Bed YMCA – $50 per day/ $170 per week
Spartan Stores YMCA – $50 per day/ $170 per week
Visser Family YMCA – $50 per day/ $170 per week
Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA – $50 per day/ $170 per week
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin – $200 per week (week only)
Lowell YMCA at Cherry Creek Elementary – $45 per day/ $160 per week
YMCA Caledonia Program Center – $45 per day/ $160 per week
YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa at Lakeshore Elementary – $45 per day/ $160 per week
*2 DAY MINIMUM REQUIRED
- 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 $10 non-refundable deposit.
- There are no credits or refunds for missed days.
We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience Y camp. Please see staff for more information.
We are so excited! The week each branch will be attending camp at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, and there will be no Day Camp at that branch location. Your child will need to be at the branch by 7:30 am (7:15 am for WWW and WO) each day to load the bus. If the bus leaves without your camper, you may drop him/her off at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin at 8:30 am or later. No refunds are given for a missed day of camp. (Do we mention anything about when the bus will be back at the branch for parents to pick them back up?)
If you wish to drive your child to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin during this week, please understand that there will not be staff available to supervise your child before 8:30 am. Please plan to arrive at 8:30 am.
If you plan to pick up your child from YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, you must arrive by 4:30 pm. If you have not arrived for pick up by 4:30 pm, your child will take the bus back to the branch, where you can pick them up.
What to Bring
- Swimsuit, plastic bag for wet swim suit, and towel
- Goggles if you want
- Peanut free labeled sack lunch (no fridge or microwave available)
- Sunscreen SPF 15+ and water proof
- Hat or Visor, if desired
- Bug Spray
- Water bottle labeled with name
- If cold day, extra clothing to stay warm when outside
What to Leave at Home-
- All Electronics
- Cell phones
- Toys (stuffed animals, action figures, etc.)
- Candy, Pop
Registration – How do I register for day camp?
All campers must be registered for camp prior to attending. Registration opens March 1, 2018. Registration is available online, by phone at 616.855.9622 or at any Branch location. All needed forms will be emailed to you after you register. All information on the forms must be completed prior to your camper attending. There is a 2 day minimum required for each week of day camp.
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.
Sibling Discount – What if I have more than one child attending day camp?
The Y offers a 10% sibling discount. Use Promo Code sibling10 for online registrations, otherwise mention it when registering.
Payments – What are my options to pay for summer day camp?
Payment in full is due 10 days before the start of each week. 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.
PREPARING FOR CAMP
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.
HEALTH & SAFETY
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 CPR, First Aid, child abuse prevention, emergency procedures, water safety, and our camp curriculum including 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, community events and new this year each branch will have one of their day camp weeks out at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville (bussing is provided this week).
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.