Few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social, and educational activities. The Y's summer day camps for youth provide an array of options to interest every child. We value the unique personalities and potential of every child and teen. Day camp creates an environment where kids can be themselves, explore exciting new things, cultivate friendships, and create lasting memories. Our four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are essential parts of all our programs. We follow the YMCA mission of providing programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
Licensed Full Day Camps
Our full day camps meet State of Michigan licensing requirements, which focus on health, safety, and program quality. We are committed to providing a wide variety of experiences to all campers. Each week will include games, outdoor activities, art projects, STEM, quiet reading time, swimming, field trips, and more!
All of our staff members go through an in-depth interview and a complete background check before being hired. As role models, staff members are selected for sound judgment, maturity, experience, enthusiasm, and creativity. Training occurs both before and throughout the summer to ensure staff members are providing the best possible experience for campers. All staff members are also certified in First Aid and CPR.
The YMCA is a non-profit community organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all. We strive to make membership and programs available to everyone. For families who may be experiencing financial hardship, please inquire about our scholarship program.
The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo offers summer camp programs at both the Maple and Portage branches.
Summer Camp at Maple
The Maple Branch offers three different day camps for ages 3-14. All camps run Monday-Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm.
Kinder Camp for ages 3-6
For preschool campers through those who have just finished Kindergarten.
Jr. Explorers for ages 7-10
For campers who have just finished first grade through those who have finished fourth grade.
Early Teen Adventures for ages 11-14
For campers going into or currently in middle school.
Please contact the Child Care office within the Maple branch at
(269) 345-9622 x167 or via email.
Summer Camp at Portage
Camp runs Monday-Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm at the Portage A-frame.
Camp Ahoma is for ages 6-12
For campers who have finished kindergarten through age 12.
Please contact Don at the Portage branch with questions at (269) 324-9622 x423 or via email.