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Camp isn't just a way to pass the summer — it's a life-changing experience! By building connections with other campers and YMCA staff, your child will be encouraged to reach for the best in themselves, and in others, every day. Helping young people grow up healthy, active, and engaged is why the Y exists.

YMCA Summer Day Camps offer children and youth the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities. Camps are designed to spark imagination and build confidence, independence, and communication skills. All participants will have the opportunity to create positive peer and role model friendships.

In accordance with YMCA Healthy Child Development principles, participants will learn physical literacy skills and complete daily physical activity requirements. Camps offer international activities, games, hands-on learning, skills development, craft activities, swimming, and more. 

Camps are conveniently located in Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, and Red Deer, with FREE before and after camp care to make drop off and pick up easy for you:

  • FREE Pre-Care (7:30–8:30am) and FREE Post-Care (4:30–5:30pm) in Edmonton!
  • FREE Pre-Care (7:00–8:30am) and FREE Post-Care (4:30–6:00pm) in Wood Buffalo!
  • FREE Pre-Care (7:30–8:30am) and FREE Post-Care (4:30–5:30pm) in Red Deer!
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YMCA Day Camps offer children and youth the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities.  Camps are designed to spark imagination and build confidence, independence, and communication skills.  All participants will have the opportunity to create positive peer and adult friendships.

In accordance with YMCA Healthy Child Development principles, participants will learn physical literacy skills and complete daily physical activity requirements.  Camps will offer international activities, games, hands-on learning, skills-development, craft activities, swimming, and more.

We will motivate our campers to practice the YMCA core values of friendship, caring, honesty, diversity, social inclusion, responsibility, respect, leadership, and excellence through our value bead program.  Campers will have the ability to earn Value Beads each day throughout their week in camp.

Adventurers

A perfect introduction to a summer camp experience! Each week campers will explore a variety of camp activities, which many include nature walks, songs, dance, sports, games, and arts and crafts. This camp swims once per week.

Aqua Explorers

Aquatics-certified YMCA staff teach water safety and awareness, and help campers grow comfortable with their physical literacy skills in the water. Campers will explore the pool through water polo, daily swimming, snorkelling, and water games. Please note that NO gaming devices or video games will be used during these camps.

Aqua-Sports

For the swimming fanatic! Aqua-Sports will introduce campers to lifesaving and CPR skills while offering water-soaked, fun activities like competitive swimming, snorkelling, water polo, and underwater hockey. Camp will also include a field trip. Finally, campers will have the opportunity to train and learn about exercise in a YMCA fitness centre.

Art-Rageous

Campers will explore their artistic side through a variety of dance, music, and art-themed games and activities. They will experience a field trip in Edmonton’s vibrant art community, Zumba® Kids, crafts, and more. This camp swims once per week. Please note that NO gaming devices or video games will be used during these camps.

Basketball Camp

Campers will learn the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, passing, shooting, teamwork, offensive and defensive strategy, and rebounding. Your child will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities such as a field trip, recreational swimming, games, and sportrelated arts. This camp swims once or twice per week.

Circus Camp

You've always wanted to run off and join the circus — here’s your chance! Campers will explore drama, performing arts, physical literacy, fundamental movement skills, and communication. They'll learn juggling, flower sticks, face painting, hula-hooping, and hand balancing to get prepared for their debut in the center ring on Friday! Campers can join in the fun and excitement...

Counsellor-In-Training Leadership Camp

The Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) program is a leadership opportunity for youth to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a camp counsellor. Each CIT must complete the CIT program. Training dates will be shared through the interview process. Following the training, they will take part in a two-week placement at one of our locations. Participants are placed in different day camp...

Creative Expressions

Aspiring Michelangelos will love the combination of visual and performance arts in this inspired camp. Campers will participate in music, art-craft, beading, papier-mâché, and creative fitness classes such as yoga, fitness dance, and swimming. Participants will also get a chance to check out a festival or art venue. This camp swims once per week.

Girls Only Fitness

Calling all girls — this camp is just for you! This all-girls camp will teach healthy habits and keep you moving through exciting and invigorating individual and group exercises. You will have an opportunity to try a variety of fitness classes, circuit training, swimming, and more. This camp swims two or three times per week.

Kids in the Kitchen

Bring out your child's inner chef with daily cooking sessions where they get to eat what they make! Campers explore food through games, recipes ,and meal planning, a supermarket scavenger hunt, and basic cooking. Participants will also get the chance to tour a real kitchen! This camp swims once per week. Please advise your counsellor of any allergies or food aversions. Please note that NO...

Learn to Babysit

Come to the YMCA and take part in the Alberta Safety Council’s babysitting course. Campers learn valuable life skills that encourage independence and practical thinking. This course combines hands-on learning opportunities with activities such as games, scheduled swimming, and fitness training.

Lil' Chefs

Introduce your preschooler to the basics of cooking through healthy food choices and maybe a couple of desserts! They'll get comfortable in the kitchen through prep, cooking, and cleanup. This camp does not participate in camp swim times. Please advise your counsellor of any allergies or food aversions.

Lil' Dippers Swim Camp

Lil’ Dippers is a two-week camp that includes swimming lessons! Certified swim instructors teach campers progressive swimming skills daily through skill development and aquatic activities. Use of the YMCA Lil' Dippers Swim Program criteria will track your child's success in the swim lesson portion of camp. Other camp activities include fun swim, camp games, crafts, and fundamental...

Lil' Sportsters

Develop physical literacy skills in sport-based games. Lil' Sportsters will introduce your child to the fun, friend-building world of team sports. Campers will also have the opportunity to swim, play, and engage in other activities like crafts, songs, and games. This camp swims once or twice per week.

Mini Adventurers 1/2 Day Camp

This half-day camp is the perfect introduction to a summer camp experience! Campers will explore a variety of camp activities, which may include nature walks, songs, dance, sports, games, and arts and crafts. This camp does not swim.

Mini Sportsters 1/2 Day Camp

Experience all that this half-day camp has to offer! Campers will enjoy a variety of fun, interactive and co-operative activities, games, and sports. This camp does not swim.

Nature Agents

Do you love the outdoors? Our goal is to provide every child with the opportunity to experience adventure in an outdoor setting. Exploration of nature increases children’s creativity and imagination while developing an appreciation for the world around them. Participants will enjoy scavenger hunts, playing games, hiking, creating crafts, survival activities, making friends, and having fun!...

Science Explorers

Geared for active and curious children that are ready to move, explore, and learn! If your child has a passion for experimenting, hands-on learning, and inventing, they will have an out-of-this-world experience exploring science in this fun-filled camp. This camp does not swim. Please note that NO gaming devices or video games will be used during these camps.

Silly Science

Silly Science is geared for active and curious preschoolers that are ready for a full-day camp. Campers will build confidence and increase their passion for science through hands on experiments and interacting with nature and the world around them. Campers will also participate in traditional camp activities and swim once per week.

Sports of All Sorts

Calling all sport enthusiasts! Participants will develop physical literacy skills in sport-based games focusing on popular sports like soccer, floor hockey, basketball, and more. This camp will also include recreational swimming and a field trip. Please note that NO gaming devices or video games will be used during these camps.

Sportball - Epic Camp

This is a Partnership Camp run by Sportball at your local YMCA. Sportballers will learn nine different sports throughout the week. Each day throughout the week, we will host our Epic Time. They'll discover water gun fights, sweet science experiments, amazing art challenges, dodgeball tournaments, LEGO building, Nerf gun challenges and much more. These camps will be so fun that the kids...

Sportball - Game Masters

Who is ready to enter a week of gamers' utopia? Game Masters is a great way for your child to get active, learn new sports, engage their imagination, make new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This week will be filled with fantasy, sports, and gaming of all sorts! From team strategy to live action role play, kids will be able to divide and conquer while facing challenges...

Sportball & Flag Football

Touchdown! Bring your athlete to Sportball & Flag Football camp to learn the fundamental concepts of gameplay and the basic skills required to reach the end-zone with confidence. Coaches zero in on skills like throwing, catching, field goals, snapping, and footwork in an exciting, skill-focused, non-competitive environment. When we are not on the field, we will rock the day with incredible...

Swim Combo (6–9yrs)

Swim Combo is a two-week camp that includes swimming lessons! Certified swim instructors teach campers progressive swimming skills daily through skill development and aquatic activities. Use of the YMCA Swim Lesson criteria will track your child's success in the swim lesson portion of camp. Other camp activities include fun swim, camp games, water sports, a field trip, and fundamental...

Swim Combo (9–12yrs)

Swim Combo is a two-week camp that includes swimming lessons! Certified swim instructors teach campers progressive swimming skills daily through skill development and aquatic activities. Use of the YMCA Swim Lesson criteria will track your child's success in the swim lesson portion of camp. Other camp activities include fun swim, camp games, water sports, a field trip, dry land training, and...

Y-Chefs

This camp will explore healthy food choices, food handling, the Canada Food Guide, and cooking. Campers learn more advanced techniques in the preparation of delicious and nutritious meals. Campers will also participate in games, songs, crafts, a field trip and swimming. Please advise your counsellor of any allergies or food aversions.

Y-Cycle

The open trail is calling your name! This camp will take you through Edmonton’s scenic trail system with speed and adventure. YMCA staff teach proper bike safety and maintenance while you ride through Edmonton’s bicycle trails. This camp swims once or twice per week. Participants must bring a wellmaintained bicycle, bike lock, and helmet to camp daily. Please note there is no...

Youth Sport and Fitness

Explore the fitness opportunities that the YMCA has to offer. Campers learn basic concepts and applications behind fitness and sport performance including TRX, yoga, YMCA weight room, sport specific training, land and aqua sports, Cyclefit, Bootcamp, and a visit to another multisport complex.

Y-Sci

Explore all things science! Participants will delve deeper into the world of science. Campers will learn about different areas of science each day by performing hands-on activities and experiments. Active games and a science-themed field trip will also be incorporated into this camp. This camp swims once or twice per week.

Y-Soccer

This is a recreational camp with daily soccer drills and game play. Your child will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities such as a field trip, games, recreational swimming and sportrelated crafts.

Y-World of Sports

Calling all sports enthusiasts! Led by a NCCP-certified coach, campers improve sport skills and fitness by playing a wide range of sports that include soccer, floor hockey, basketball, badminton, and weight training in the YMCA fitness centre. Unique activities include a sports-themed out-trip as well as a friendly sports competition between the various YMCA branches. This camp swims two or three...