There’s no place like Y Day Camp! Camp Speers YMCA will provide a safe, fun, and active environment for children to develop new skill, self-esteem and friendships. Camp quickly becomes a home away from home for our day campers, many of whom return several weeks over the summer. Day camp is a great choice for kids who want to laugh, learn, explore and grow in the great outdoors. Programming is available from Pre-K to grade 10. Day campers will select from a variety of age-appropriate activities to create a fun schedule for their group. Hot lunch is served daily in our camp dining hall. **New this summer! Join us for Family Fun Nights on the Eljabar beach for an opportunity to meet the Camp Speers Day Camp staff and other day camp families (Friday, July 10th, Friday, July 31st, and Friday August 21st).
The Kinder Kampers (3 years to kindergarten) experiences introductory activities at a slower paced schedule. They will get to try their hand at several camp activities at a beginner level, work on developing their social skills and begin to cultivate a love of the outdoors. This age group will enjoy extra time on our waterfront with daily swim lessons. After all that excitement, our Kinder Kampers will have a quiet spot to rest.
Y Campers (1st grade-7th grade) will get to dabble in all the activities camp has to offer and choose a few coaching periods to develop a more focused skill set in as well. Campers’ choices vary based on their age group but are built upon from year to year.
Teen Campers (8th grade and up) enjoy the summer through engaging and advanced camp activities and exciting off-camp trips every week. Our teens will get to experience different team building activities to expand their understanding of communication, cooperation, and task completion.
Day campers select from a list of available activities each week. These could include canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, sailing, arts & crafts, drama, songs and skits, survival skills, tie-dye, archery, nature art, sports, ga-ga, marksmanship, high ropes, music & more. Horseback riding is available each week for an additional fee.
Themes and Special Events
Special events and themes are a huge part of Camp Speers’ traditions. On special event days, camper groups work together to assemble a team of super heroes (counselors) or follow a secret map to find gold treasure. Session themes range from popular Disney and Pixar movies to our annual Red, White and Blue week, to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Special Events and Themes
Special Events and Themes are a huge part of Camp Speers’s traditions. In the evening, cabin groups work together to assemble a team of super heroes (counselors) or spend a week trying to survive a Zombie Take-Over. Session themes range from popular Disney and Pixar movies to our annual Red, White and Blue week, to celebrate the Fourth of July. Once a summer, campers are divided into teams for the ultimate Color Wars competition.
2020 Weekly Themes
Week 2-Red, White and Blue
Week 3-Around the World
Week 4-Princesses and Pirates
Week 5-Wild, Wild, West
Week 6-Sorting Hat
Week 7-Super Heroes
Week 8-Color Wars
Week 9-Tropical Paradise
Week 10-Amazing Race
WHAT TO WEAR TO CAMP:
Closed-toe shoes or sneakers *please note that crocks do not count and may only be worn at the waterfront
Clothing appropriate for the weather *we encourage layers
WHAT TO PACK FOR CAMP:
Bathing Suit (Consider an extra plastic bag for wet swimsuit/towel to travel home in)
Sunscreen/Bug Spray (we recommend keeping this in a ziplock bag to keep from spraying/spilling in backpacks)
Extra set of clothes, including underwear
Kinder Kampers have a scheduled rest period daily, they may bring a sheet, blanket, pillow, an/or stuffed animal for the rest spot. These items will be kept in the bunk room during the week and returned for Friday check-out
***Children participating in horseback riding will need long pants and boots with a one-inch heel
Things to leave at Home
All electronics (including cell phones)-Camp Speers YMCA will not be responsible for lost/damaged items and we encourage children to unplug and connect with the outdoors during their camp day. If campers are found with these items, they will be kept in the camp office and returned to the family at the end of the day. Please contact the YMCA if there is an emergency in which you need to contact your child.
Things to keep in mind:
All clothing, as well as possessions, need to be clearly marked with your child’s name.
We will make every effort to get lost belongings back to your children as quickly as possible. Please inform the directors at drop off if you notice an missing item. Unmarked or unclaimed lost and found will be held until August 28th, at which time they will be donated to charity.