Youth | Programs & Activities | Lakeland Hills Family YMCA

How to Choose a Camp

Find the Best Summer Day Camp!

With many day camps to choose from, picking the perfect camp for your child can be overwhelming. At the YMCA, we have a day camp for every child. From half and full-day traditional camps to specialty camps, to special needs camps to sports camps, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some tips to help you find the best fit for your child.


Make choosing a camp fun and let your kids have a say. Is there a new experience they’d like to try? Involve your kids in the decision early and it will help guide your choices.


Are your kids interested in archery? There’s day camp for that. Got a budding basketball, gymnastic, tennis or soccer star? You can hone their skills in sports camp. Have a natural performer? Send them to our performing arts camp. Love robotics & coding? join our Maker camp.  Our YMCA also offers summer day camps for children with sensory processing disorders, autism, or developmental delays. It’s known as SKOR (Special Kids Organized Recreation).


The best day camp also needs to be convenient for your family schedule. YMCA day camps are held in two-week sessions. Full-day programs from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday. We also offer several full & half-day camps for preschoolers. Each session has a different theme or exciting special event.


We know you have a lot of options and questions. Since you’re already here, we’ll go ahead and answer a few questions for you.


Here at the YMCA, our day camp counselors attend 20 hours of training before day camp starts. Our training is thorough. Basic first aid, how to be a leader and a role model for kids and training in the YMCA way are all part of those 20 hours.

We strive to maintain a 1:8 ratio in our YMCA day camps. Our campers are separated into groups based on age and grade. Each group has two counselors in a group of 14 –16. Additional staff is hired for the older groups with 20-25 campers. The SKOR groups have a 1:3 ratio with 6 campers per group.

YMCA Summer Day Camps are filled with swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive, fun day at camp for your child. We want every camper to try a new activity and discover hidden talents and strengths, plus make new friends. The Y teaches and models our character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty.

Not all our camp staff is available prior to Camp starting. Therefore, we make staff biographies and photos available to parents via the CampSpace Portal. This allows parents and campers the chance to get to know our staff prior to starting. But you always have an opportunity to meet with staff during the hours of 9 am – 4 pm.