day camps general information / registration

Friendship, Accomplishment & Belonging

There’s no place like YMCA Day Camps. At the Y, we inspire kids to work together and play together, creating friendships that can last a lifetime! Rooted in caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, our holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time.

We are here to make your kids feel welcome. Our highly-trained staff helps campers realize that the Y is a place where they belong and can be themselves while trying new things, building new skills and making new friends. We are here to foster their curiosity. To encourage them to expand their comfort zones in what they do, who they know and what they believe. To discover their passion and explore their potential!

We are here to show kids all they can accomplish when they believe in themselves. They thrive, knowing they can relax in a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment.

Welcome to the Best Summer Ever!

Taylor Tinkham
Day Camp Registrar

2015 Day Camp Brochure is available here.


Day Camp Health Form online submission - The June 1 deadline for submitting online health forms has now passed. Please download and return the PDF version of the health form below.
Day Camp Health Form (pdf)
2015 Parent Planner



Since 1920, the Ann Arbor YMCA has provided quality camps for children. Our staff is dedicated to giving your child the best camping experience possible. Our programs build your child’s self-confidence, encourage character development and increase physical activity. With more than 30 different camps available, there is something to suit every child.


Financial Assistance
Thank you for your interest in Ann Arbor YMCA Day Camps. We do our very best to ensure every child has an opportunity to attend camp and we look forward to receiving your application for financial assistance. Through the generous contributions of our donors, the Ann Arbor YMCA is able to provide financial scholarships that enable all members of the community to enjoy YMCA programs, regardless of income.  We evaluate scholarship applications and distribute funds based on family income, number of household members and cover letters.  Please provide us with as much information as possible so we can make the best decision possible. Due to the large demand for Day Camp scholarships, you may request a maximum of 5 full-day camps, or 10 half-day campsThe deadline for scholarship applications is March 15, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the Financial Assistance program, please contact James Highsmith, Open Arms Coordinator, at (734) 661-8007, or Taylor Tinkham, Camp Office Registrar at (734) 661-8039. For full instructions, as well as acceptable forms of documentation, please click here. 

Here are the steps to apply for a Day Camp scholarship:

  • Call the camp office to reserve a spot in the camp program(s) of your choice.  There is no deposit required if you register over the phone or in person.  Tell the registrar you are applying for financial aid. For Day Camps, call (734) 661-8039 starting on Wednesday, February 11.
  • Fill out the online Day Camp Financial Assistance Application  by Sunday, March 15. All applicants need to fill out this application, even if you have received a YMCA scholarship in the past for camps or other departments.
    • Ann Arbor YMCA staff will review the applications the week of March 16th
  • You will be contacted via phone the week of April 13th in reference to the scholarship amount and the number of sessions received.
  • The balance due for the parent contribution is due 3 weeks prior to the start of camp.  Please refer to the day camps brochure for due dates for various day camps.
  • You will be contacted via phone the week of April 13th in reference to the scholarship amount and the number of sessions received.
  • The balance due for the parent contribution is due 3 weeks prior to the start of camp.  Please refer to the day camps brochure for due dates for various day camps.


All staff members are selected for their maturity, dedication, enthusiasm, and desire to work with children. Men and women are recruited from colleges and universities around the country and have years of experience working with children.

Our entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified and participates in an intensive training program that covers safety, supervision, counseling and camp procedures. Ann Arbor YMCA average counselor-to-camper ratios exceed state guidelines to ensure that your child receives the best care and attention possible. If you would like to work with us this summer, please submit a staff application before March 15, 2015. Please click here to submit a Day Camp Staff application.

Refund/Transfer Policy
Deposits are non-refundable under any circumstances. Up to seven days before the beginning of your camp, all funds, less the deposit, are refundable and transferable within other day camp programs. This includes transfers to a new session and/or current day camp balance dues. 

Within seven days all funds are non-refundable and non-transferable to a balance due or new registration. A written physician-authorized note verifying illness or injury is required in order to obtain a refund if a child cancels within seven days of the session start date. If a camper fails to show for a registered session without notice, there will be no refund issued. In cases of homesickness, dismissal, or voluntary withdrawal, there will be no refund of any fees.


Session 1 …. June 15-19

Session 2 …. June 22-26

Session 3 ….June 29-July 3

Session 4 …. July 6-10

Session 5 …. July 13-18

Session 6 …. July 20-24

Session 7 …. July 27-31

Session 8 …. Aug 3-7

Session 9 …. Aug 10-14

Session 10 ... Aug 17-21

Session 11 …Aug 24-28

Session 12 ...Aug 31-Sept 4

Do you know a child who could benefit from a scholarship to camp? Could you help grow our Scholarship Fund? Please make a tax-deductible charitable contribution to our Scholarship Fund and help another child attend camp this summer. Just write your gift amount on the “camp scholarship donation” line of the registration form.