Swim endurance test, check. Downhill skateboarding, check. Pole climbing, check. Each year when Braeden comes back to camp, he sets a new goal for himself. See how the Y's camps helped this kid with diabetes gain the confidence he needs to take on the world. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Shoshana M.

YMCA of Greater San Diego

"Let's Go Catch Some Waves."

Paddling, drop ins, and hang tens are gnarly and all, but Shoshana knows there's much more to camp than just a summertime experience. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 


Zach Johnston

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

"My Camp Counselors Were My Super Heroes."

Meet Zach: Archer. Water skier. Sail boater. Horseback rider. Find out why there's so much more to camping than just fun summer activities. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

Alex & Marissa

YMCA of Central Florida

"My Kids' Friends Will Be There for Them."

Carolyn's kids go to summer learning camp and have made a lot of friends their age, but their friends who also happen to be camp counselors are teaching them that they'll be there for so much more: tutoring, leadership skills and building confidence. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.


Finn P.

YMCA of Greater Providence

"Finn's Learning Skills He Can Use His Whole Life."

Each summer, thousands of parents send their kids to camp. What they take away for the rest of the year is something that will last a lifetime. This is Finn's Y. His camera. His story. 


Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends.  But 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. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of campfires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

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Overnight Camp

Ys offer overnight camps that run from a few days to a few weeks in scenic outdoor areas that span from New Hampshire to Hawaii. Camp programs offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide children and teenagers in having an unforgettable experience.  Expect new and fun activities that will add not only build skills, but great new friends and character values for life.    

Day Camp

Day camp can offer almost all of the benefits of traditional camp—new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships—in rural and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.   YMCAs across the nation offer day camps for elementary school children, and some have offerings for pre-schoolers and teens. 

Specialty Camps

Camping is for everyone, and the Y offers specialty camps that focus on particular programming like teen adventure, music, sports specialties and farm/ranch experiences and for campers with special needs.  Youth with developmental disabilities, physical and mental health challenges or other impairments that may require special attention or benefit from like-situated campers have opportunities through the Y. 


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