Full Day Traditional Program for ages 5-11 at Ypsilanti High School 
(Leader-in-Training Program for youth entering grades 7, 8 and 9). Click  here  for the brochure! Registration will begin May 8. Open Arms Financial Assistance Application is here.

Half Day Sports, Academic and Arts Camps for ages 8-16 at Eastern Michigan University Click here for brochure.  Registration is open now. Open Arms Financial Assistance Application is here.

Leadership Opportunities for Teens

  • Counselor-in-Training Application may be found here.
  • Expanding Horizons Youth Volunteer Corps Summer program, information may be found here.

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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 Safety Around Water 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 Safety Around Water and for additional swimming opportunities, contact our Aquatics Director, Christina Carter at 734-661-8050 or ccarter@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  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.


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.


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.


  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Appropriate clothes for weather
  • Sneakers
  • Healthy afternoon snack


  • Cell Phones
  • Playing or trading cards
  • Toys
  • 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.

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, 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.