SUMMER DAY CAMPS

We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing!

June 15 – August 28, 2020  |  Ages 5-12*  |  Sign Up Early and Save! 10% Jan-Feb, 5% Mar-Apr

Make summer your adventure! YMCA Summer Day Camps offer an experience that is sure to keep your child having fun all summer long. We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing so your family can flourish.

From field trips to fostering creativity, to building a sense of accomplishment and belonging, we help kids thrive by surrounding each child with support, guidance, and fantastic opportunities to discover, learn and try until they succeed. For more information, view our brochure here.

OUR BENEFITS
  • Licensed
  • Professionally Trained Staff
  • Low Child-Teacher Ratios
  • Healthy Meals & Snacks*
  • Character Development, Wellness & Reading Curriculums
  • Gym Activities
  • Family Engagement Activities
  • Outdoor Experiences
  • Financial Assistance Available 
    (To those who qualify)

*ages, dates, times and offerings vary by camp location

TO REGISTER

Please choose a summer day camp location below, and click on the "REGISTER FOR SUMMER DAY CAMPS" button. The button will direct you to the sign up page where you can register for day camps.

You can also register by phone at 616.855.9622 or at any of our branch locations.

  • Summer Day Camp weekly charges will be drafted in full 10 days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Schedule changes/additions are allowed, pending availability, two (2) weeks prior to the start of each week.
  • There is a $40 cancellation fee per family each week any time after May 15, 2020.
  • SIGN UP EARLY & SAVE
    10%  January - February
    5% March - April
    (No discount code necessary, these discounts will be applied in-house. Does not include YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin)

Summer Day Camp Locations

Caledonia at Duncan Lake Middle School

9751 Duncan Lake Avenue
Caledonia, MI 49316
United States

Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

5 - 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA

6555 Jupiter Avenue
Belmont, MI 49306
United States

Summer Day Camps

Ages:

5 – 12 years old

Hours:

Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages:

4 - 10

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

About Summer Day Camp

JUNE 15-19: Color
This week is all about teamwork, making friends, good sportsmanship and leadership. Campers and counselors are assigned to color teams and compete in fun and wacky challenges throughout the week. At the end of the week, everyone comes together as one!
 
JUNE 22-26: Harry Potter
It’s time to get your acceptance letter to the camp of magic and wonder! 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 fun spells, and discovering the secrets of an amazing experience at camp. 

JUNE 29-July 3: Good Neighbors
Neighbor Week is a celebration of community, encouraging campers to connect with those who live around them. Whether through a community service project, a picnic in the park, or a message of support; Good Neighbor Week is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbor and being there to lend a hand.

JULY 6-10: Star Wars
It’s the return of Star Wars week at camp! Blast off into the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon and get ready to have an adventure this week. May the force be with you and your friends as you perfect your lightsaber skills and prepare for your mission at camp. 

JULY 13-17: STEAM
Develop your skills using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics!! This week aims to teach innovation, to think critically and use engineering or technology in imaginative designs or creative approaches to real-world problems.

JULY 20-24: Game Show
C’mon down! You could be the next contestant on Game Show Mania! During this fun and exciting week, campers will participate in playing child-versions of the most popular TV game shows from past and present including: Survivor, Minute to Win It, The Amazing Race and more. 

JULY 27-31: Olympics
Jump. Sprint. Move with sports, games, obstacle courses, and relays. This team-building week is full of physical activities and is a fun way to spend time together and have some laughs as you play.

August 3-7: Water
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 10-14: Where the Wild Things Are
Take a walk on the wild side! Spend the week exploring your natural surroundings, whether that’s a city park or a wetland trail, unleash your imagination with fun craft projects and wacky outdoor activities, and learn more about the wild lands of Michigan and the wildlife that calls this state home! 

August 17-21: Disney    
Come enjoy the Magic Kingdom at camp! Add some magic to your week with Disney crafts and activities. Celebrate with us, and share your favorite Disney movie character by wearing your favorite costumes or bringing in your favorite toy.

August 24-28: Mystery
Offered ONLY at David D. Hunting YMCA & Mary Free Bed YMCA
Become the greatest detective at the Y! Discover and use all the tools needed to solve mysteries. Learn about finger prints and dust the room to see who was there. Follow the clues and connect the dots as we end the week combing through the building to solve a big mystery.

Summer Day Camp Programs: Every Child Deserves a Y Experience 

For the times families can’t be there, the Y supports their effort to nurture their child’s healthy development. Our well-trained staff provide safe, affordable, high-quality care so parents can have peace of mind while at work to help their family succeed.

At the Y, good child care is good family care. With a focus on important life skills, parents know that their child is: 

  • Developing core values
  • Improving reading comprehension and fluency through daily literacy activities
  • Practicing good healthy habits by being active throughout the day 
  • Increasing family engagement through weekly family activities

Our Programs Include:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
30 minutes/day  |  Participants will demonstrate YMCA Pillars of Character: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, civility, trustworthiness and fairness.

WELLNESS
60 minutes/day  |  Participants will demonstrate physical fitness & knowledge about healthy lifestyles. 

READING
60 minutes/day  |  Disguised Learning. To improve reading fluency, comprehension, oral speaking skills, confidence, self esteem and decision making skills. 

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
1X per week  |  Remove barriers to family participation in the Y, increasing the amount of quality time family members spend together building character development and values within families.

Registration

You can register by phone at 616.855.9622 or online at grymca.org/summer-day-camps as well as at any of our branch locations. Early Bird Special: Sign Up Early & Save 10%  January - February , and 5% March - April (Does not include YMCA Camp Manitou-lin). Children must have completed young fives or kindergarten. There is a $40 cancellation fee per family each week any time after May 15, 2020. Registration ENDS ten days prior to the start of each camp week.

Payment / Cancellations

  • Summer Day Camp weekly charges will be drafted in full 10 days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Schedule changes/additions are allowed, pending availability, two (2) weeks prior to the start of each week.
  • There is a $40 cancellation fee per family each week any time after May 15, 2020.
  • There are no credits or refunds for missed days.
  • YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has a different payment/cancellation policy. FOR DETAILS, go to grymcacml.org, and see parent resources.
YMCA Branch Day Camp registration is only available weekly (5 days). Please note, this is a change from previous years.

David D. Hunting YMCA – $180 member/$195 non-member

Mary Free Bed YMCA – $180 member/$195 non-member

Spartan Stores YMCA – $180 member/$195 non-member

Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA – $180 member/$195 non-member

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin – Tier 1: $227, Tier 2: $252, Tier 3: $277 (Tiered pricing based on income)

YMCA School-Based Day Camp registration is available in weekly (5 days) or 3 day options.

Lowell YMCA at Cherry Creek Elementary – $125 /3 days, $170 /5 days

YMCA Caledonia Program Center – $125 /3 days, $170 /5 days

YMCA Child Care – West Ottawa at Lakeshore Elementary – $125 /3 days, $170 /5 days

  • Summer Day Camp weekly charges will be drafted in full 10 days prior to the start of each camp week.
  • Schedule changes/additions are allowed, pending availability, two (2) weeks prior to the start of each week.
  • There is a $40 cancellation fee per family each week any time after May 15, 2020.
  • There are no credits or refunds for missed days.
  • YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has a different payment/cancellation policy. FOR DETAILS, go to grymcacml.org, and see parent resources.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is confident that our staff team is the very best. Combined with a fun-loving spirit and well trained skill set, our staff team looks forward to making your child’s camp experience magnificent. Our staff members are more than just camp counselors. They are role models. They exemplify the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. Staff members are carefully screened, well trained and fully prepared to help each and every camper make priceless memories. Because of our small staff-to-camper ratio, our staff members are  able to form close bonds with our campers.

Y SELECTION PROCESS

Camp staff are selected using an extensive selection process. Group interviews are used to determine potential staff members past experience with youth, ability to lead and personality-fit. Individual interviews are conducted to determine critical thinking abilities, supervision, aptitude, and problem solving skills. At the completion of this process, every staff member receives an updated background check and multiple reference checks. 

Our program and camp directors are seasoned professionals with decades of experience in camp administration. These directors are always available to assist our counselors and our parents. 

STAFF ARE TRAINED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Active, Low Active & Transitional Instruction
  • Child Protection & Abuse Prevention
  • Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) 
  • Behavior Management & Bully Prevention
  • Field Trip & Off-Site Safety & Procedures
  • General Risk Management & Prevention
  • Pool Safety
  • Character Development
  • Age Appropriate Activity
  • Customer Service
  • Curriculum Development & Design
  • CPR/First Aid & AED
  • STEAM/STEM Training

We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience Y camp. Please see staff for more information.

Get ready for upcoming seasons at the Y with our Summer Sports & Specialty Clinics

To register for classes click here.

What to Bring

  1. Swimsuit, plastic bag for wet swim suit, and towel
  2. Goggles if you want
  3. Peanut free labeled sack lunch (no fridge or microwave available)
  4. Sunscreen SPF 15+ and water proof
  5. Hat or Visor, if desired
  6. Bug Spray
  7. Water bottle labeled with name
  8. If cold day, extra clothing to stay warm when outside

What to Leave at Home-

  1. All Electronics
  2. Cell phones
  3. Toys: stuffed animals, action figures, etc.
  4. Money
  5. Candy and Pop

FAQ's

Registration – How do I register for day camp?

All campers must be registered for camp prior to attending. Registration is available online, by phone at 616.855.9622 or at any Branch location. A one time $40 non-refundable deposit per child paid at the time of enrollment will hold your child’s spot and will be applied to your first or last week of camp. Registration ENDS ten days prior to the start of each camp week. All needed forms will be emailed to you after you register. All information on the forms must be completed prior to your camper attending.

 

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.

 

Early Bird Discount – What if I have more than one child attending day camp?

The Y offers a 10% early bird discount if you sign up before April 28, 2019. Use Promo Code early10 for online registrations, otherwise mention it when registering.

 

Payments – What are my options to pay for summer day camp?

  • 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.
  • 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 $40 non-refundable deposit.
  • There are no credits or refunds for missed days.
  • YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has a different payment/cancellation policy. FOR DETAILS, go to grymcacml.com, and see parent resources.

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.

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:

  • Child Protection & Abuse Prevention
  • Behavior Management & Bully Prevention
  • Field Trip & Off-Site Safety & Procedures
  • General Risk Management & Prevention
  • Pool Safety
  • Project Based Learning
  • Character Development
  • Age Appropriate Activity
  • Customer Service
  • Curriculum Development & Design
  • CPR/First Aid & AED
  • STEAM/STEM Training

and our camp project based learning curriculum includes 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, and community events. Varies by location.

 

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.

TYPICAL DAY

Please note, this is a sample of our typical schedule. Each branch will have a personalized daily schedule to ensure children’s developmental needs are being met.

Start Time End Time Activity
Arrive at 6:00 am 7:30 am Arrival, Opening Ceremony
8:00 am 9:00 am Huddle Group
9:00 am 10:00 am Variety Rotation 1 , Morning Snack
10:00 am 11:30 am Variety Rotation 2, Huddle Group
11:30 am 12:30 pm Lunch, Reading, Journal Writing
12:30 pm 2:30 pm Mastery Activities, Large Group
2:30 pm 3:30 pm Huddle Group, Snack
3:30 pm 4:30 pm Variety Rotation 3
4:30 pm 5:30 pm Closing Ceremony
5:30 pm Closing Departure