SUMMER CAMP AT THE DUNELAND YMCA

Find your fun, find your friends this summer at our Y!

Get EXCITED—Summer Camp at the Y Starts May 31, 2022!

Y Summer Camp registration will open Monday, February 7, 2022! We’re excited to start planning for another action-packed summer, taking place at a Y near you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us using the form at the bottom of this page, and our friendly Youth Program Director will be in touch with you.

Every day is an adventure! Summer Day Camp at the Y is more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn fundamental skills, build self-reliance, and find a greater sense of purpose. But most of all, Summer Day Camp at the Y offers an experience that is always so much fun. Find your Y and enroll your kid today!

YMCA summer camps offer an action-packed, adventure-filled experience, where young people can make new friends while having a whole lot of fun! At Y camp, kids laugh, learn, explore and grow, while creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

The Y’s summer camp program creates opportunities for kids to learn new skills, be creative, build self-confidence, and gain independence in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. For these reasons and so many more, hundreds of area children attend summer day camp at the Y; to belong, achieve, and build relationships. Let the Y be your trusted partner in keeping your children happy, safe, and engaged this summer.

Out of School Learning offers MORE than just chidcare:

  • Homework support
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Fun games to release energy
  • Free play to foster creativity
  • Character building mini-lessons on the Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility

SUMMER FUN STARTS HERE

We can’t wait to see all our wonderful camp families this summer!

Please email our Youth Billing Manager at [email protected]. You will be sent the registration packet for you to fill out an return.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

1)Once you receive the packet, print the registration packet or use the fillable feature to fill it out on your computer.

2)Fill out one packet and, making sure not to leave any anwers blank (use a slash or “n/a” for anything that does not apply)

3) Scan your packet if printed OR save the filled out packet to your desktop and email the packet back to [email protected]. (Please do not send pictures of your packet. There are many great free scanning apps for your smartphone that will make this process a breeze! If you do not have access to a smartphone or scanning device, or the ability to fill out the form on your computer, please email [email protected])

Please mark all of your child’s belongings with their full name! Items for your child to bring to camp include:

  • Camp shirt (on field trip days)
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Sneakers
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+, spray preferred)
  • Swimsuit and towel (except for field trip days)

We also recommend packing sunglasses, a hat, and a book for your child. Do not send your child to camp with electronics, a phone, or other toys.

The YMCA will not be held responsible for any lost, stolen, or broken items.

Individuals and families may apply for financial assistance for membership or programs, such as Summer Day Camp. Assistance is based upon a number of factors, including total household income and number of dependents. The process is confidential. Application forms and information about the program are available online or at the Duneland Family YMCA.

How old does my child have to be to attend camp?
Camps are intended for children entering grades 1–8. Students must be currently attending or have completed their kindergarten year. 

What are my payment options?
You can pay in full with a credit card or check, or pay on a weekly basis by keeping a credit card on file. Payments must be made the Friday prior to the start of the selected camp week.

What should campers wear to camp?
Campers should wear comfortable clothing that’s okay to get messy, and closed-toe shoes.

What is the camper-to-staff ratio?
The counselor to camper ratio is 1:18 or 1:20.

Does the Y offer financial assistance?
Yes! As a nonprofit organization, financial assistance is made possible through charitable donations to our Annual Support Campaign.

Does the Y offer any type of educational enrichment?
Yes! In addition to having fun at camp, your child will also learn valuable skills! The Y has a daily, designated quiet time to read in order to help prevent summer learning loss.

Camp Information

A 10-week program that runs 5 days per week, May 31st – August  12

Ages: Rising 1st-8th grade

Camp Hours

Regular camp hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Before camp care hours: 6:00am – 9:00am
After camp care hours: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Fees

Camp Pricing

Weekly 4-5 Days

$150 per week per child

Weekly 2-3 Days

$125 per week per child

Summer School Weekly M-F
(for children attending DSC Summer School ONLY)

$125 per child

Daily Rate (per day)

$40 per child

Weekly Themes & Field Trips

Weekly themes & field trips add something special woven throughout the camp week. For 2022, campers can look forward to the following camp theme weeks & field trips at Camp Shorwau:

CAMP LIFE

Week 1: May 31 – June 3

Come meet our counselors and get a taste of Camp Shorwau Life! We’ll be pitching tents, eating s’mores, and writing our own spooky campfire stories.
Field Trip: Fair Oaks Farm

SILLY SCIENCE

Week 2: June 6 – June 10

Explore, experiment, and discover!  We’ve got all the goop, gadgets, and widgets to get hands on with inventing and creating.
Field Trip: Potawatomi Zoo

GAME SHOW MANIA

Week 3: June 13 – June 17

Let’s Make a Deal, spin the wheel, and answer with a question. Got an idea for your own Game Show? We will learn about Game Shows from 1960’s-Now. Join us for a week fun and GAMES!
Field Trip: Zao Island

MY CAMP'S GOT TALENT

Week 4: June 20 – June 24

We have so many talented campers that come through our camp doors each and every summer. The goal is to use your gifts and talents to impact the world around you. That’s why we want to showcase them! Get ready to take center stage in our talent show! We’ve got spirit, yes we do. We’ve got spirt, how ’bout you?
Field Trip: Cinemark Theatre

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

Week 5: June 27 – July 1

Be patriotic in Red, White and Blue! This is the week the United States celebrates its birthday! Campers will enjoy a special 4th of July games and activities. Don’t forget to pack your stars and stripes themed clothing!
Field Trip: Riverview Pool

SPIRIT WEEK

Week 6: July 5 – July 8

Compete with all your fellow Duneland Family YMCA campers and show your camp pride! Camp teams will create camp-themed banners, songs, cheers, and mascots then show-off their spirit for a day.
Field Trip: Pleasant Township Pool and Drazer Park

GAME ON

Week 7: July 11 – July 15

Let’s make a deal, spin the wheel and answer with a question. Got an idea for your own Game Show? Join us for a week of FUN and games!
Field Trip: Inman’s Bowling Center

WILD, WET, AND WACKY

Week 8: July 18 – July 22

Swimsuit, sunscreen, and towel required! This week is all about staying cool and having fun with wacky water games and slippery slip and slides
Field Trip: Silver Beach and the Whirlpool Compass Fountain

SUMMER FEST

Week 9: July 25 – July 29

Festivals and fun celebrations galore! Dress like a hippy, make a tie dye, and plan a Y camp festival.
Field Trip: Porter County Fair

MYSTERIES & RIDDLES

Week 10: August 1 – August 5

Follow the map, solve the riddle discover the answers to the big mystery! A week of fun thinking, where each day is a different mystery that will need to be solved. Are you up for the challenge?
Field Trip: Spencer Park and Pool

FINAL FAREWELL

Week 11: August 8 – August 12

It’s the last days before school starts, join us for one last swim, one last friendship bracelet exchange, one last song, and T-shirt signing so our memories will last forever!

To request a Summer Camp Enrollment packet, please fill out the form.

Please email our Youth Billing Manager at [email protected]. She will send you the registration packet for you to fill out an return.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

1)Once you receive the packet, print the registration packet or use the fillable feature to fill it out on your computer.

2)Fill out one packet and, making sure not to leave any anwers blank (use a slash or “n/a” for anything that does not apply)

3) Scan your packet if printed OR save the filled out packet to your desktop and email the packet back to [email protected]. (Please do not send pictures of your packet. There are many great free scanning apps for your smartphone that will make this process a breeze! If you do not have access to a smartphone or scanning device, or the ability to fill out the form on your computer, please email [email protected])

Yes. You only register for the weeks of camp you need and you will only pay for the weeks your child attends. Additional camp
weeks may be added by emailing [email protected] after your original registration. You do not have to pay an additional registration fee.

Parents will be asked to list anyone eligible to pick up their child when they register for camp. It is the parent’s responsibility to keep the YMCA informed and up-to-date with the appropriate information, such as who can pick up the child and emergency contact information. Photo identification will be required upon pick-up for the safety of all children and families.

Yes, parents need to pack a lunch for their camper every day. Please don’t send food that spoils quickly in the heat. We unfortunately do not have the means to refrigerate lunches.

Please bring your child to camp in clothes appropriate for getting dirty, playing games, and having fun. Also consider the weather conditions for the day when choosing attire. We recommend wearing shoes that won’t easily come off. No sandals, please. Remember to include a swimsuit and towel for your camper as well.

We ask that you apply the first coat of sunscreen and bug spray at home each morning before coming to camp. Send a bottle of sunscreen and bug spray, labeled with your camper’s name, in your camper’s backpack so they can reapply throughout the day.

Questions, Comments, and Concerns

Please reach out to our camp staff with any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have before, after, or during summer.

Jaime Kenning

Youth Program Director [email protected]

Melissa Griffith

Billing Manager/Childcare Director [email protected]

Shannon Spratley

Chief Operating Officer [email protected]