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YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Summer Camps

YMCA Summer Day Camp is a space that allows children to grow personally and explore the world around them in a safe and exciting environment. In today’s world filled with screens and busy schedules, the YMCA takes us back to what is really important in childhood- playing outside, making new friends, and stepping outside of your comfort zone to try things you’ve never tried before.

Basic Info:

Address: Various locations around Indianapolis
Phone: (317) 484-9622
Website: indymca.org/youthdevelopment
Email: [email protected]
Gender of Campers: All
Special Needs Offered: The YMCA is for all. We are proud to work with families and create accommodation plans to help children have a successful and enjoyable experience at the YMCA.
Dates: June 1 – August 8
Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm, no additional fee for extended care programming
Ages: 3-15

Q&A with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Summer Day and Overnight Camps:

What makes YMCA camps unique?

There is a YMCA camp for everyone. We offer day camp for children ages 3-15, dozens of convenient locations across the greater Indianapolis area and a wide range of program offerings and price options to meet every family’s needs and interests.

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What activities are offered at YMCA camps?

The YMCA uses a variety of facilities to provide high quality camps for families. Our YMCA facility locations offer Traditional Day Camps, which focus on time-honored summer camp activities, like swimming, arts & crafts, and archery. YMCA day camps located at local schools or churches (Discovery Camps) have a STEM focus and offer additional sports and enrichment opportunities. The YMCA day camps located at local parks (Outdoor Explorers Camps) allow campers to explore their surroundings and engage in outdoor education activities. Everyone can find their fit at YMCA Day Camp!

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What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

The YMCA summer programs meet or exceed state ratios for staff which are
1:15 for kids age 5 and under and 1:20 for kids age 6 and up with an average ratio of 1:10.

How much time do the campers spend outside?

The amount of time spent outside will vary by location. Our Outdoor Explorer Camps located at local parks will spend a majority of the day outside enjoying the great outdoors. Our Discovery Camps located at local schools or churches will split time inside and outside, based on the different activities.

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Does the camp provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?

Meals will also vary by location. Many of our camps offer free breakfast and lunch. Please visit our website at www.INDYMCA.org/YouthDevelopment to find out details by location.

What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Daily schedules will vary by location. A typical day would include extended day programming at no additional fee from 6:30am to 9:00am and in the afternoon from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

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How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

Counselors must be 18 years of age and receive extensive training on safety procedures, CPR & First Aid, and child abuse prevention. Some locations do hire junior counselors at 16 to provide training and experience, but they are always paired with an adult counselor.

What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

The YMCA is for all. We are proud to work with families and create accommodation plans to help children have a successful and enjoyable experience at the YMCA. Accommodation forms are offered to families during the enrollment process.

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