Ypsilanti Day Camps


Camp Information Session at Estabrook 3/30/15:
Do you need assistance in registering or just have questions about camp? YMCA staff will be available to answer questions in English and Spanish from 5:30-7:00 PM on Monday, March 30, 2015 in the Estabrook gymnasium.

For a listing of All Online Ypsilanti Camp Registrations, Click Here

There’s no place like YMCA Day Camp.  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. Click here for the Ypsi Day Camp brochure.

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!

Location & Schedule: We are pleased to offer a summer of camp programs at Estabrook Elementary School, located at 1555 West Cross Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197.  Camp consists of ten (10) one-week sessions, beginning June 22 and ending August 28.  The daily schedule runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

Age GroupsCamp is open to children, aged 5-12 years.  Our Leader-In-Training (LIT) program is offered each session for children aged 13-14.  Campers will be divided into age-based groups and will take part in small group games and activities, as well as participate in “clubs” of their choosing and large “all camp” activities.  

Staff: All staff members are selected for their maturity, dedication, and enthusiasm.  Our entire staff is First-Aid/CPR certified and participates in an intensive training program that covers safety, supervision, counseling and camp procedures.  Camper to counselor ratios adhere to state guidelines to ensure that your child receives the best care and attention.

REGISTRATION, FEES & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Open registration begins April 1, 2015. 

Fees & Financial Assistance: Fees are $100 per session, payable by cash, credit card, or check.  A $10 deposit is due at the time of registration for each week of camp requested.  No registration will be processed without a deposit.  Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we are able to provide scholarships on a sliding scale fee.  If you are not able to pay the full $100, you may pay $75 or $50 per session.

NEW: Online Registration: Starting April 1, visit www.annarborymca.org/ypsicamp to see how to register online.  To receive financial assistance, enter the promotional code “Discount $25” to pay $75 per session OR “Discount $50” to pay $50 per session.

Phone & Mail Registration: Registrations and payments can be mailed to the Day Camp Office, 400 West Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  Or, register by calling our Camp Office at 734-661-8039. 

All camp balances are due no later than three (3) weeks before the start of your child’s camp session.  If payment is not received by this date, your child’s registration may be cancelled without notice and without refund.  All transactions are made at or through the Ann Arbor YMCA Camp Office, NOT AT CAMP DROP OFF AND/OR PICK UP.  This policy will be strictly enforced.

Refund/Transfer Policy: Deposits are non-refundable under any circumstances.  Camp balances must be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the start date of the session for which you are registered. Up to 7 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 (if space is available) and/or current Day Camp balance dues.  Within 7 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 7 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.

Health Form: A health form will be mailed to each child’s family at the completion of registration.  Along with camp balances, health forms are due three (3) weeks prior to the start of the camp session for which your child is registered.  Only one health form is due per child, regardless of the number of sessions he/she is registered.  If the health form is not turned in three weeks prior to the session, your child’s registration may be cancelled without notice or refund.

Field Trips: Each week we will offer a field trip related to the theme of the week, or simply a trip for lakeside fun at Pinckney Recreation Area.  On field trip days, buses will leave camp after morning check-in and will return by 4:00 PM.  In order to ensure your child’s safety, please make sure that all sections of the Health Form, including the field trip permission section are signed before camp begins.  

Would you like to join us?  We encourage parent chaperones to accompany their child/ren on the field trips.  If you are interested in being a parent chaperone, please contact Camp Director, Colette Hemker at 734-661-8031 or chemker@annarborymca.org.  We will update the website each session with the complete list of field trips.  We’re looking forward to these opportunities and adventures with your children.

Swim Lessons: The SPLASH! Learn-to-Swim Program has helped thousands of kids learn personal safety in and around the water as well as increase their comfort level in the water through basic swimming skills, water games and activities.  Campers will have an opportunity to participate in swimming and personal water safety lessons during each week of camp.  For more information about SPLASH! and for additional swimming opportunities, contact our Aquatics Director, Christina Wackenheim at 734-661-8050 or cwackenheim@annarborymca.org.

Breakfast & Lunch: Thanks to the support of our community partnership with Ypsilanti Community Schools, Summer Food Service Program will provide a healthy breakfast and lunch to all campers everyday!  There are peanut-free and some vegetarian choices, but you may send your child with his/her own packed breakfast and lunch if you prefer.  Parents are responsible for sending their child with an afternoon snack.  

Drop off & Pick up Procedures: Drop-off and pick-up at Estabrook Elementary School will take place at the main entrance, indicated by a YMCA flag.  A picture ID is required to pick up a child.  No child will be released to a person without appropriate identification.  Camper drop-off is from 8:30-9:00 AM and pick-up is from 4:00-4:30 PM.

Late Arrivals/Pickups: YMCA Ypsilanti Day Camp starts at 9:00 AM.  In the event that you attempt to drop off a camper after the proposed start time and the camp has left the immediate area, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to locate and drop off the camper with his/her group.  Staff will not be available to supervise campers who arrive late for a field trip.

A 15-minute grace period will be allowed for all parents picking up children from camp.  YMCA Day Camp staff are not permitted to supervise children in a one-on-one situation.  As a result, any child who is picked up late from camp on more than two occasions may be dismissed from future YMCA Day Camp sessions.

Medications: All camper medications are to be turned into the Camp Director at check-in on the first day of camp with written instructions for delivery.  Medications will be distributed at required times during the day.  Campers should NEVER carry medications on their person including, but not limited to, over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol® and aspirin.  Failure to abide by this policy will result in dismissal.  Emergency medicine such as inhalers and epi-pens should be reported to the Day Camp Director upon arrival.

Behavior Policy: YMCA Ypsilanti Day Camp focuses on providing a great experience for all campers.  Participants that display behavior including, but not limited to: disruption, name calling, fighting, consistently failing to follow instructions will be dismissed without refund. Behavioral challenges with a camper in one session can result in the dismissal of that camper from all future camp sessions without refund. It is the policy of the Ann Arbor YMCA and the YMCA Ypsilanti Day Camp that behavior that would be classified as any kind of harassment or abuse will not be tolerated by staff, campers, or parents.  Such behavior results in immediate dismissal or termination and if applicable, contacting of authorities.

Visitors: We encourage parents to come and share in their child’s experience; however all visitors are required to check in with camp staff upon arrival.  Failure to provide proper identification will result in the visitor being asked to leave the camp.


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Appropriate clothes for weather


Healthy afternoon snack


Cell Phones

Playing or trading cards


Money or other valuables

Video games

CD/MP3 players

Other electronic equipment

Pocket knives or weapons of any kind

Campers will spend a lot of time outdoors and should bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen with them.

YMCA Day Camp Themes & Activities: Each themed week of camp will offer campers the chance to participate in many different activities for large and small groups.  Throughout the week campers will have the opportunity to participate in theme-related activities as well as five (5) main activity areas: Sports, Arts & Crafts, Discovery Kids, Teambuilding and SPLASH! swim lessons.

Session 1, June 22–26 Just Dance: School is out for the summer! It is time to celebrate.  At camp, we love to dance.  We will learn some different styles and have our own show.  Come join the fun as we dance our way into summer.

Session 2, June 29–July 3 Little Bugs, Big World: Get out and explore the world of our tiniest friends!  Let’s take a look at nature from a different perspective and learn about the insects living around us.

Session 3, July 6–10 Celebration of Nations: We are spending this week honoring our country and other countries and cultures from all over the world.  This week ends in a celebration bringing everyone together for a Camp Olympic Games of epic proportions!

Session 4, July 13–17 Artful Antics: Do you want to get messy with art?  This week we are going to find new ways to express our creativity, in the art room, in nature and even on the sports field!

Session 5, July 20–24 Heroes: Who is your hero?  Who motivates and inspires you?  We can find our heroes on the silver screen, on the playing field or even in our own home.  We will share our heroes with camp friends, and meet some new ones along the way.

Session 6, July 27–31 Frozen, Again: This was such a popular theme last year, we had to repeat!  For one week only, camp is going to freeze over.  You might want to bring your mittens.

Session 7, August 3–7 Nature Nut: Become an outdoor adventurer!  There are so many fun things to do and learn in the great outdoors – nature hikes, crafts with leaves and twigs and nuts.  Join us under the sun.

Session 8, August 10–14 H2O Mania: Let’s make a splash!  Throughout the week we will have fun with water at camp and at the lake.

Session 9,  August 17–21 Soar to New Heights: Have you ever wondered what makes birds, planes and kites fly?  During this week we will learn more about flight.

Session 10, August 24–28 We Are [A Camp] Family: As summer draws to a close, let’s remember all the great times we had together and the friendships we made.  We can share stories and create some new memories in our final week together.

Leader-In-Training (LIT) Program: The Leader-In-Training (LIT) program enables older campers to build leadership skills while assuming some counselor responsibilities and participating in LIT-only activities.  Participants are expected to be positive, helpful role models for younger campers and help them develop the YMCA character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.  The LIT program is for teens ages 13 – 14 and is offered all sessions this summer.  Space is limited to six (6) participants per session.

LIT Application Process: In order to be considered for an LIT position, the applicant must write a paragraph for each of the following prompts and submit the answers with the registration form.

  • Tell us about a time that you had to put the needs of someone else before your own.
  • Why is leadership important to you?
  • Why do you want to be a Leader-In-Training at YMCA Day Camps?

Developmental Assets at work: The Developmental Assets framework represents the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible adults.  Studies of young people in the United States consistently show that the more assets they have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive.  Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity.  The following are a list of Developmental Assets present in our Day Camp programs.  For more information about Developmental Assets please speak to a member of our camp staff.

  • Asset #7 – Community values youth—Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
  • Asset #10 – Safety—Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
  • Asset #17 – Creative activities—Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
  • Asset #14 – Adult role models—Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior. 

EXPANDING HORIZONS: YOUTH VOLUNTEER CORPS SUMMER PROGRAM: Expanding Horizons, YVC’S intensive summer program, provides week-long blocks of service-learning projects during which participants can spend anywhere from a few hours to a full week completing the service.  Teens will be traveling by foot or via public transportation to service projects sites in Washtenaw County.  Examples of agencies that YVC has served in the past include The Oaks, Growing Hope, Natural Area Preserve, SOS Community Services, Hands on Museum and many more.

Under the supervision of YVC adult team leaders, the participants learn beforehand about the mission of each individual agency they are to serve.  The staff and teens discuss the goals of each project and establish work guidelines prior to project site arrival.  Each session is concluded with a reflection process, facilitated by a YMCA YVC Team Leader, who engage participants in meaningful group discussion and active appreciation.

The YVC summer program runs Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM for teens ages 11-17.  Check in will begin at 8:45 AM at Bach Elementary, located at 600 West Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Bus transportation is available to any participants in the Ypsilanti area and will pick up from Estabrook Elementary School, located at 1555 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.  Pick up at Estabrook will be at 8:20 AM and will depart promptly by 8:30 AM.  YVC participants will be retuning to Estabrook by 3:30 PM.  Bus space is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to demand for spaces, participants are limited to attending three (3) sessions of YVC.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch and snack everyday.  Please contact Gretchen Mason, YVC Coordinator, at gmason@annarborymca.org or 734-661-8017 or Abbey Davis, Teen & Volunteer Director, at adavis@annarborymca.org or 734-661-8012.