YMCA Camp Wapsie

Founded in 1918, YMCA Camp Wapsie is the Camp of the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas. Wapsie’s coed summer camp programs serve boys and girls ages 6-18 in our summer resident and day camp program. We serve campers of all ages through our year-round retreats, youth and family programs.

Camp Wapsie is the place to help young people build the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  With our deep tradition in camping, we strive to instill these underlying principles into each camper during their time at camp. Here at YMCA Camp Wapsie, we are: For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, and For Social Development.

YMCA Camp Wapsie is an Accredited camp of the ACA, (American Camp Association). ACA camps participate in a voluntary and rigorous review of 300 unique national standards, designed to ensure a well-supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries and organized programs. So kids can safely grow and thrive. Learn more by visiting the ACA website.

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Vision

Utilize the natural camp environment to provide fun, safe, unique camping and retreat experiences that promote the YMCA core values of: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Goals

  • Enhance participants’ self-esteem.
  • Provide positive influences and role models.
  • Provide trained leadership, a variety of educational and recreational activities, and specialized programs to give participants the tools for success.
  • Expose participants to the natural world.
Group of girls holding toads and smiling

Camp grows stronger with people who care!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Share a talent like marketing, plumbing, carpentry, organizing, statistics, etc.
  • Share your time, help with leaf raking, painting, landscaping, and more.
  • Help raise funds for scholarships and special projects.
  • Serve on our Advisory Committee or a project committee.
  • Serve as a Candy Sale host or Camp Nurse.
  • Help out with special events (Open house, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.)

Alumni

Collecting history, connecting with Alumni

Part of Wapsie’s rich history was lost in an office fire at camp in the 1980’s.  We are reaching out to our community to see who might have contacts for camp alumni.  We are also looking for pictures or artifacts that we can copy or include on our history display.  If you have items or names to share please reach out to camp at camp@crmetroymca.org or call 319.435.2577.

Camp Is For All
Wapsie Inclusion Statement

Camp Wapsie is an inclusive community. We work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, cultural background, faith, gender identity, income, origin, race, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential with dignity. Our diverse camper community reflects our larger community’s demographics. Campers and staff can look forward to interacting and living within this diverse and supportive environment.

Location

Situated on 172 acres of scenic woodlands and wetlands with an oxbow lake off the Wapsipinicon River in northern Linn County, Iowa, YMCA Camp Wapsie is owned and operated by the YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area. The warm and relaxed atmosphere of Camp Wapsie with its natural beauty provides an ideal setting to experience the outdoors and enhance the self-esteem of all people.

2174 Wapsie Y Rd – Coggon, IA  52218
319.435.2577
camp@crmetroymca.org

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Upcoming Camp Calendar

Date Event
Oct. 26th – 27th, 2019 Halloween Camp
December 27th- 29th, 2019 Winter Camp
Jan. 25th, 2020 Summer Camp Registration Open to YMCA Members
Feb. 1st, 2020 Summer Camp Registration Open to the Public
Feb. 1st – 22nd, 2020 Candy Sale
Feb. 7th, 2020 TrivYa Night Fundraiser
Mar. 27th – 29th, 2020 Leadership Week
Mar. 28th – 29th, 2020 Spring Fling Camp
Apr. 11th, 2020 Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 26th, 2020 Volunteer Day
May 3rd, 2020 Open House
May 15th – 17th, 2020 Mother – Daughter Weekend
May 23rd – 25th, 2020 Memorial Day Family Camp
June 7th, 2020 Summer Camp Begins
Sept. 5th – 7th, 2020 Labor Day Family Camp
Oct. 24th – 25th, 2020 Halloween Camp
Dec. 28th – 30th, 2020 Winter Camp
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