Camp Speers YMCA offers overnight sessions for campers ages 7- 16. We are committed to providing each camper a fun and exciting experience that will create lasting memories and friendships.
One-Week Sessions One-week sessions give campers the opportunity to unplug and connect. They engage with peers, learn how to foster friendships, and select from a variety of activities where they can enhance their skills. Campers go on an overnight camp-out where they cook over a fire, sleep under the stars (or a lean-to) and explore Speers’s pristine wilderness.
Two-Week Sessions One week of fun just isn’t enough? Join us summer of 2020 for our two week session options. Campers will get to choose extra activity periods, extend their friendships, and participate in fun weekend activities.
LGBTQIA (Ages 7-16): This program is offered for campers who identify as LGBTQIA, their allies, or kids whose parents identify with this community. This session is designed to create a safe, fun, inclusive environment for all campers. Campers participate in camp activities while focusing on the YMCA four core values, confidence, and building a lifelong network of friends.
Session Dates: June 21st-26th
Leader In Training (LIT) 1: Adirondack Adventure (grades 9-10): This program serves as the foundation of leadership training. Our focuses are improving communication skills, building relationships, and learning to be a camp role model. Campers participate in traditional camp activities during the first week. In week two, LITs hike and backpack through the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains and visit the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Campers must be in good physical condition and have broken in hiking boots. However, no prior backpacking experience is necessary. Bring your own pack or use one from camp!
Session Dates: June 28th to July 10th
Leader In Training (LIT) 2: Delaware Water Gap (grades 9-10): This program serves as the foundation of leadership training. Our focuses are improving communication skills, building relationships, and learning to be a camp role model. Campers participate in traditional camp activities during the first week. In week two, LITs canoe, backpack and camp in the Delaware Water Gap. Campers must be in good physical condition and have broken in hiking boots. However, no prior backpacking experience is necessary. Bring your own pack or use one from camp!
Session Dates: July 26th to August 7th
Counselor In Training (CIT) (Grade 11/16 years old): This program provides teenagers with leadership opportunities that prepare them for employment as a counselor. The 4 week program includes: team building, learning leadership skills, a service project, a hiking trip, American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and shadowing cabin counselors. This program is perfect for campers who have demonstrated the YMCA’s four core values and are ready to take the next step in their camp journey. We recommend completion of the LIT program to be prepared for the CIT program.
Session Dates: June 28th to July 24th
Camp Speers YMCA to YMCA Camp Priego in Spain (Age: 10-16 years old):
The YMCA Camp Speers staff will be traveling with campers to Madrid, Spain. Three weeks of the program will be spent in Spain and one week will be spent at Camp Speers YMCA.
Full English Immersion was the first immersion camp to be run 100% in English by the YMCA in Spain. The combination of English immersion and the fun of a YMCA Summer Camp is what makes this experience special. We will discover a beautiful location during 15 exciting days full of English, nature, camp games, sports, pool time, arts & crafts, field trips, cultural exchanges, camp songs and friends! The program also includes field trips to the city of Cuenca and day trips to adventure ropes courses, kayaking and canoeing down the region´s rivers.
Session Dates: June 21st to July 17th
Our director team works to find the staff that will create a fun, and memorable experience for your camper! Counselors join the Speers staff from all over the world! We find motivated, caring, supportive, relatable staff so that your camper can feel safe and at home with their counselors. Our staff all receive training in program areas, camper engagement, behavior management, and more in order to provide campers the best experience possible. All staff are CPR/AED and go through State and Federal background clearance checks to ensure camper safety.
- Each cabin has at least two counselors
- Camper to staff ratios meet American Camp Association standards
- Cabins in Speers share village bathhouses
- Camper cabins are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Nichecronk
- Food sensitivities will be accommodated
- Three meals and a snack each day will be provided
- Campers enjoy meals with their cabin groups
- We serve our meals family style
Monday – Friday
9:00 – 10:00 Activity period 1
10:00-11:00 Activity period 2
11:00-12:00 Activity period 3
1:30-2:30 Rest hour
2:30-3:30 Prime time
3:30-4:30 Free swim
4:30-5:30 Cabin time
7:00-8:30 Evening Program
8:30-9:30 Cabin Chat/Activities
9:30 Lights out
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
Session 2-It’s a Small World (Red, White, Blue/Around the World)
Session 3-Speer-ited Adventures (Pirates and Princesses/Wild, Wild, West)
Session 4-Magical Powers (Sorting Hat/Super Heroes)
Session 5-Color Wars
Session 6-Tropical Paradise