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Summer camps at the YMCA give children the opportunity to try new things, make new friends, and create lasting memories. 



Summer Day Camp

Children entering 1st Grade through 6th Grade

The YMCA Day Camp program provides our campers with opportunities to meet new friends, learn new skills, and connect with nature through meaningful outdoor experiences. A YMCA Membership is encouraged but not required. Day Camp activities allow children to create arts and crafts, explore science and technology, swim, participate in field trips, and appreciate nature.

Day Camp also offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Day Camp gives young people an experience that can last a lifetime and inspire them to continue involvement with the Y for years to come.



Leaders in Training (LIT)

Children entering 5th Grade through 9th Grade
Applications Required

The Leader-In-Training (LIT) program provides participants the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills and self-confidence in the camp setting. This program is for late elementary and middle school leaders who want to make an impact on their community. LITs participate in teambuilding activities, engage in multi-week service learning projects, and develop the talents necessary to work with their peers and younger children. LITs are integrated into the camp program and receive hands-on experience working with our counselors. Under the supervision of Day Camp Counselors, LITs will have an augmented camp day that includes fun camp activities for themselves as well as learning portions of the day where they might be interacting directly with groups of children.


Download Application LIT Registration Form


Camp Olson

The Spirit of the Northwoods is the essence of Camp Olson YMCA. The Spirit is alive, not only in the activities, songs, and laughter that fill our days; but in the peaceful reverie of campers who, for the first time, behold the Milky Way splashed across the night sky. It is the community of youth, families, and leaders from across the globe that grows each summer and comes together to share in the fun, fellowship, adventure, and spiritual growth. It is the respect and reverence for the environment that is instilled in all who experience Camp Olson YMCA through instruction and a direct experience with nature.  

Camp Olson is an independently chartered YMCA.  Visit their website for information.

Weekly Themes

Dates Theme
June 6-10 Kick-Off Week
June 13-17 Color Me Excited
June 20-24 Blast off into space
June 27- July 1 Minnesota Fun in the Sun
July 5-8 Party in the YMCA
July 11-15 Swinter Swonderland
July 18-22 Neat-ure Experience
July 25-29 Doing it up Disney
August 1-5 Super Heroes in Training
August 8-12 Animal Planet Adventures
August 15-19 Welcome to the Wizarding World


Parent Information

Location & Times

Camp will operate all summer, Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m.- 5:45 p.m. Campers may register for just one week or all the weeks. Sessions offered June 6 through August 19. Camp is located at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.


Safety is our first priority.

Campers are taught the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

All camp staff are CPR and first-aid certified. With a staff-to-child ratio of 1:15, we make sure that each staff member can give the required attention to each child.



Children that wish to swim in deep water must complete a swim test given by lifeguards. If they pass they will be given a green band and that communicates to staff that the child is allowed to swim in the deep end. 

What to Bring to Camp
  • Snack
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and Towel 
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Tennis Shoes (No sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes)
  • Please DO NOT bring electronics or toys from home

We recommend labeling belongings with your child's name.

Stay Connected

We want to keep you connected to camp information and announcements.

Each Friday we will email a parent newsletter with highlights and need-to-know details for the upcoming week.


Set up your Tadpole Account

Member Weekly Rate $140/child
Non-Member Weekly Rate $160/child


Drop-Off & Pickup

Daily drop-off beings at 6:45am. 

Afternoon pickup is required by 5:45pm.


General Daily Schedule

6:45-8:00am Drop Off & Free Play
8:00-8:30am Breakfast & Group Check-in
8:30-9:00am Morning Meeting
9:00-9:30am Group Game
10:00-11:00am Station Rotation
11:00-12:00pm Mastery Skills
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-1:00pm Quiet Reading/Meditation 
1:00-2:00pm Station Rotation
2:00-2:30pm Large Group Activities
2:30-3:30pm Station Rotation

Snack & Closing Meeting

4:00-5:45pm Free Play & Pick Up