YMCA day camps offer convenient locations, a variety of programs and extended hours making YMCA summer camp ideal for working parents. YMCA camp staff are carefully selected and go through extensive training. All camps are health department certified and adhere to strict staff to camper ratios.
Young Explorers (ages 3 - 5): A fun and educational way for young children to spend their summer. Specially designed for pre-schoolers, campers enjoy instructional and recreational swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor play, story time and more.
Day Camp (ages 5 - 11): Campers have a terrific time throughout days filled with age-appropriate activities such as instructional and recreational swimming, weekly field trips, arts & crafts, sports, games, outdoor activities and more. Campers are divided into small age groups, each with its own staff, promoting individual growth and a sense of belonging.
Leaders-in-Training (Ages 12 - 13): A unique camp program specially designed for this age group. Teens work to develop their own curriculum under the direction of trained YMCA staff. Group interaction and peer development is stressed with an emphasis on leadership skills.
Counselors-in-Training (Ages 14 - 15): For those who enjoy working with children, this program offers our teen campers an opportunity to gain some real work experience and leadership skills under the close supervision of YMCA staff. CITs work alongside camp counselors to help prepare daily curriculum, lead activities and help supervise younger campers.
Gymnastics Camp (Ages 5 - 12): A non-competitive camp for boys and girls, new or already skilled in gymnastics. Parallel bars, uneven bars, vault, and balance beam are utilized. Swimming, arts & crafts, games and outdoor education included.
Teen Camp (Ages 12 - 15): A unique program designed especially for teenagers. A careful balance of program components has been created to foster creativity, adventure, peer interaction, leadership skills, values clarification, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Theater Camp (Ages 8 - 15): Over the course of five weeks, campers will be involved in all aspects of staging a play. Specialty workshops will also be held in set and costume design as well as voice, acting, and dance!The camp will culminate in a performance for family and friends to enjoy, while mini performances will be held every Friday of camp.
Day Camp Tahigwa (Ages 5 - 15): Day Camp Tahigwa provides a country setting for kids who love the outdoors. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, an arts and crafts pavilion, and a low ropes course, combined with exciting adventure programming such as archery, hiking, canoeing and fishing. In addition, environmental education programs enable kids to develop a sense of respect and appreciation for our environment.
Mountain Biking Camp (Ages 8 - 13): Basic mountain biking skills and techniques are taught in a safe, fun environment at Camp Tahigwa. Campers will bike through our nature trails nestled in the woods. The program also provides campers access to other outdoor activities such as swimming, canoeing and archery.
Resident Camp Weona (Ages 7 - 15): Located just an hour from Buffalo and Rochester, Camp Weona truly lives up to the meaning of its name–Where only good prevails. Campers stay for one- or two-week sessions and enjoy horseback riding, camp-outs, canoeing, fishing, swim lessons, drama, high and low ropes courses, indoor and outdoor climbing walls and much more. For more specific information about Camp Weona, visit their website.
YMCA BUFFALO NIAGARA
Independent Health Family Branch YMCA
Lew-Port Middle School
YMCA Buffalo Niagara 301 Cayuga Road, Suite 100 Buffalo, NY 14225 716.565.6000 (phone) 716.565.6007 (fax) ymcabuffaloniagara.org