Summer Camp


The YMCA of Columbia camps offer a mix of fun and educational activities
aimed at improving kids’ well-being. Our program centers on three areas proven
to impact kids’ development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging.

Through the Y’s day camp program, kids participate in fun and educational activities that help them grow.

Campers Will:

  • Learn and master skills that help them realize their passions, talents and potential;
  • Build friendships with new friends and staff role models, adding to their well-being;
  • Help them feel like they belong so they feel safe, welcome and free to express their individuality.

Registration for 2018 will open March 1st.

Helpful Documents 

Camp Parent Handbook

In-House Registration Form – print, complete and return to your local branch

Note: A $10 non-refundable deposit per week is required to reserve your spot.


Contact Lindsay Olson or 803.451.8439.

Preschool Camp

In our Young Explorers Preschool Camp, your camper will enhance their social skills, develop friendships, and focus on kindergarten-readiness by participating in theme-based activities. Your preschooler will have the opportunity to learn through exploration all while remaining active and experiencing the benefits of the great outdoors. Throughout the day, campers will participate in hands-on and engaging activities including dramatic play, arts & crafts, group games, sports and special events. Campers must be 3 years old by June 11, 2018. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:6.

Ages: 3-4 years old
Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 8 a.m. to noon
$60 per week for YMCA Family Members
$75 per week for Non-Members


Traditional Day Camp

New experiences, skill-building, a sense of community and lasting friendships are all part of Traditional Summer Day Camp. Weekly-themed activities allow campers to create arts and crafts, explore science and technology, swim, participate in field trips, appreciate nature, and better understand our many cultures. Campers will build self-confidence, appreciate teamwork and sportsmanship while gaining independence as they nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies. Kids can explore diverse interests and have fun along the way.

Ages: 5-12 years old
Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$120 per week for YMCA Family Members
$160 per week for Non-Members


Half Day Specialty Camps

Does your child have a special interest? Explore your passions or discover a new one through our half-day specialty camps. The YMCA of Columbia is offering a variety of partial-day specialty camps. Campers can pursue their interests with other campers while learning new skills in a safe and fun environment. Specialty Camps will be located at the same site as a Traditional Camp. Parents that need a full day of care can add on Traditional Camp for $70 during the same week and may attend the Y from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Ages: 5 -11 years old
Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 8 a.m. to noon
$95 for Y members
$155 for Non-members
ADD ON A FULL DAY CAMP (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) FOR $75

Specialty Camp weeks:
June 5-9: Basketball
June 12-16: Baseball or Babysitting
June 19-23-: Cheerleading or Triathlete
June 26-30: Tennis or Girls Rock
July 10-14: Basketball or Art
July 17-21: Tennis or Jr. Lifeguard
July 24-28: Flag Football
July 31-August 4: Engineering
August 7-11: Toy Building Bricks

August 14-18: All Sports


Teen Camp

Teens have a reason to step away from their screens and get out and have some face-to-face interaction at Teen Day Camp. They will learn life skills such as communication, collaboration and social skills that will help them down the road in college and beyond. Enriching and interactive activities teach the Y’s five core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Teens have the ability to make activity choices in a fun, safe environment while making lasting friendships.

Ages: 12 – 14
Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$140 per week for Y members
$190 per week for non-members


Counselor in Training

The Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program provides teens with training in how to use effective leadership skills throughout their lives and how to effectively lead children. CIT’s are provided with training, leadership, and mentors as they assist in day camp programs and field trips. CIT’s must participate in the training week (includes First Aid/CPR) that will ensure they are comfortable and prepared to work with youth! The CIT program takes place throughout the summer, coinciding with regular camper sessions. CIT participants must attend the Training Week before being placed at a Day Camp location.

Ages: 14 – 16
Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$50 per week for Y members
$75 per week for non-members
Required training: TBD
There will be no CIT camp July 11-15.

CIT Program Perks:

  • Teens will be mentored by positive YMCA role models.
  • Teens will be certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Teens will learn the importance of water safety.
  • Teens develop and improve leadership skills to use throughout their life.
  • Teens develop friendships with other teens that share their passion for working with children.
  • Teens gain real world skills that they can use in future careers.
  • Teens have fun serving as role models making an impact on the lives of younger children.
  • Teens earn community service hours that will help with college applications, presidential awards, and more.