Family & Community Programs

Adventure Guides

The Adventure Guides program provides opportunities and activities to help develop meaningful relationship with your child/ren and help prepare them for the future.  You will create memories, build confidence, strengthen bonds while participating in fun family games and activities.  During this time together, you will teach, model, and discus the values important to your family giving your child/ren the tools he/she needs to thrive.   The Adventure Guides welcome parents with children in AK-6th grades.

Family Programs

Family Programs

The family-specific camps offer the opportunity for families to attend camp together and create special Wapsie memories in nature. With traditional camp activities, like canoeing, archery, swimming, campfire and arts & crafts, and special family events like; Family Bingo and Carnival, this is guaranteed quality time!

Mother Daughter Camp

5/17/19 - 5/19/19

Come together for conversations and campfires. Grow together while enjoying arts & crafts, tie-dye, and climbing the tower. Strengthen your bond with the important females in your life. Bring your mothers, daughter, aunts, grandmas, and friends.

Do you have questions about the weekend? Review our FAQ, which addresses what to bring, where to go when you arrive, where you’ll stay and who you’ll room with, plus many other important topics.

Memorial Day Family Camp

5/25/19 - 5/27/19

Families enjoy time together in cabins and exploring the great outdoors while trying fun, active camp programs.

Labor Day Family Camp

8/31/19 - 9/2/19

Celebrate the end of the summer season with a traditional camp at Wapsie. Camp fires, songs, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities are just the beginning.

YMCA Waiver

Waiver must be completed, signed and turned in with every registration form.

For more information or questions, please call YMCA Camp Wapsie at 319.435.2577 or email and we will be glad to help you.

Special Events & Swim Lessons

Special Events at Camp

Easter Egg Hunt - April 20, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate Spring with a traditional Easter egg hunt around camp! FREE community event! 

Open House - May 5, 2019, 1 pm - 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of camp fun with activities, tours and a chance to meet the staff.  Perfect for folks new to Camp Wapsie or for returning Campers and their families.

group of kids going in for a team cheer outside

Volunteer Day - April 28, 2019 1:00pm - 4:30pm

You’re Invited! Please join us for the afternoon and lend a hand at Camp Wapsie! Typical projects include raking, painting, gardening and light repairs. Wapsie’s Chef William will prepare a tasty meal to enjoy following the projects. Bring your family and friends! RSVP to or by calling camp at 319.435.2577.

Swim Lessons at Camp

Swim lessons are available at YMCA Camp Wapsie’s heated pool for youth 1-14 years old. Youth will be tested the first day of lessons to determine the best level for their ability.

Session 1:  June 10 – 28
Session 2:  July 1 – 19
Session 3:  July 22 – August 9

Sessions will be Monday-Thursday all three weeks.  Fridays will be used as make-up days.  There will be no lessons on July 4th; July 5th will be used to make-up July 4th.  Certificates are awarded to each child upon completion of their session.  Please arrive at the pool early enough to be dressed and ready at the start of the lesson. Shower and changing rooms are located next to the pool. Please park at the pool parking lot off of Pool Road.

*No lessons July 4th Holiday.
Older girl holding a younger girl in a pool