YMCA Camp Wapsie Day Camp programs offer a variety of outdoor activities similar to those at Overnight Camp, including a Thursday overnight at Wapsie! Day Camp provides a positive social experience with similar-aged youth. Campers return home in the evening for meaningful family time and evening activities. Day camp features a fun field trip on Wednesdays to Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City and a Thursday overnight stay at Camp Wapsie! There are nine one-week sessions of Day Camp each summer. Wapsie provides all meals during the week. 

Transportation is provided by our Day Camp bus at the following locations:

Helen G Nassif  YMCA7:40 a.m.Helen G Nassif YMCA5:00 p.m.
Marion YMCA8:00 a.m.Marion YMCA4:30 p.m.
Camp Wapsie drop-off8:45 a.m.Camp Wapsie pick-up4:00 p.m.

Some of the Activities Offered:

  • Swimming
  • Zip Line
  • Guitars
  • Fishing
  • Burma Bridge
  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Camp Skills
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Team Sports
  • Climbing
  • zipline(12+)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Nature Study
  • BB guns or .22 Riflery
  • Drama

Camp Wapsie has a store on site where we sell things like pop, candy, chips, popsicles, ice cream and souvenirs.  Day Campers get the chance to go to the store at least 1 time a day other than field trip day.  Parents can put money in a store account. We suggest up to $15 -$25 for day camp accounts.  

For your Wapsie Wear, we have an online store that is open 24/7-365 days.  We have lots of different products to choose from.  This is a great please to get your camp shirt and sweatshirts. Click here to access the online store!

Participate in the annual candy sale to help with costs of summer camp. Every candy item sold earns $0.85 towards camp fees. Anyone wanting to attend YMCA Camp Wapsie programming in 2023 is welcome to participate.

Visit one of the locations listed below, to sign up, and check out candy. If you have questions, contact camp at 319.435.2577 or email [email protected]


Candy Sale Sites and Times

Marion YMCA

3740 Irish Drive

Phone: 319.377.7361

Mon/Thurs:      4:30-6pm

Saturday:         9:30-11:00am

Helen G. Nassif YMCA

207 7th Ave SE

Phone: 319.366.6421

Mon/Wed:        5:30-7:00pm

Saturday:          9:30-11:00am

Iowa City Host Home

552 Linder Road NE Iowa City

Phone: 319.541.0273

Mon/Wed:       6:00-7:30pm

Saturday:          10-11:30am

YMCA Camp Wapsie and the YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area are committed to providing quality programs to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Financial Assistance is subsidized by the YMCA Annual Support Campaign.  Click here for the application.

Please take time to read the family handbook for detailed information regarding coming to summer camp. 

2023 Family Handbook

At camp, we call Thursdays Special Day which is Wapsie’s way of saying theme day! Each Thursday has special activities related to the theme of the week. Wapsie transforms into another world with special events, characters and activities to help campers express their creative side. Costumes are welcome but not necessary. Weekly themes for the upcoming year are outlined through the registration process.