Youth Development

Summer Camp


Day Camp

CAMPERS - For Youth Entering Kindergarten - 4th Grade (in Fall 2021)

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 and scholarships are available. Day Camp activities allow children to create arts and crafts, explore science and technology, swim, participate in field trips, and appreciate nature.

Campers are able to explore their creativity, teamwork and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence lifelong healthy living.

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 an involvement with the Y for years to come.


LEADER IN TRAINING (LIT) - For youth entering grades 5-9

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.


Day Camp Swim Lessons

Day Camp Participants Only!
The Y Aquatics Program is participant centered. The emphasis is on learning, not passing or failing. Classes will run on Thursday mornings and will be a 30 minute session.

Download Summer Day Camp Brochure

Download PDF Camp Registration Form


Day Camp Overview

  • Week 1 June 7 - 11 Welcoming Week 

  • Week 2 June 14 - 18 Myth Busters

  • Week 3 June 21 - 25 Let's Grow Together

  • Week 4 June 28 - July 2 Party in the USA

  • Week 5 July 5 -9 Wacky Water Week

  • Week 6 July 12 -16 Take Me Out to the Ballgame 

  • Week 7 July 19 - 23 Trains, Planes & Automobiles

  • Week 8 July 26 - 30 YMCA Olympics

  • Week 9 August 2 - 6 Wacky Water Week

  • Week 10 August 9 - 13 Gross-ology 

  • Week 11 August 16 - 20 Camps Got Talent

  • Week 12 August 23 - 27 Art Smart

Camp Olson YMCA - Youth Development

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 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: Camp Olson YMCA

Camp Olson YMCA is offering a $75.00 discount on any full week resident camp to the entire membership base of the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.  Members must provide a copy of their membership card or proof of membership at the time of registration.  This $75.00 discount could apply to more than one family member if you hold a household membership.  In addition three $100.00 certificates to resident camp are being offered for youth and families that are new to Camp Olson.  First come, first served but will not be valid for returning youth or families.  Scholarship opportunity is also available for qualifying members.

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