Changing Lives Through Overnight Camp

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Sunday - Saturday, week-long sessions June through mid-August.

Two teen boys sitting in a canoe on the water

YMCA Camp Wapsie strives to provide a safe and fun environment where children can challenge themselves while learning new skills in an outdoor environment. Though Wapsie’s coed program, campers build lifelong friendships and memories while growing in confidence, independence and building personal skills. Programs built around fun and character development are designed to give different age groups the optimum experience and tie into their interests and abilities.

Whether mastering the climbing tower or learning to prepare food over a campfire, campers are encouraged to set goals and try new things.

Some of the Activities Offered:

  • Swimming
  • Zip Line
  • Guitars
  • Drama

* A nominal fee charged

  • Burma Bridge
  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Camp Skills
  • Arts & Crafts*
  • Team Sports
  • Climbing Tower
  • Horseback Riding*
  • Hiking
  • Nature Study
  • .22 Riflery*
  • Trap Shooting*

Overnight Camp Pricing:

Tier A – $615

Tier B – $565

Tier C – $515

Camp Themes 2019:

Thursdays are special themed days with activities related to the theme. Wapsie transforms into another world with special events and themed activities to help campers express their creative side.  Costumes are welcome but not necessary.

Week
Dates
Theme
Week 1  June 9 – 15  Animal Planet
Week 2  June 16 – 22  Wizards & Magic
Week 3  June 23 – 29  Super Heroes
Week 4  June 30 – July 6  Stars & Stripes
Week 5  July 7 – 13  Pirates of the Wapsie
Week 6  July 14 – 20  Star Wars
Week 7  July 21 – 27 Time Travelers
Week 8  July 28 – Aug 3 Lion King
Week 9  Aug 4 – 10  Wild West
Week 10  Aug 11 – 14  Challenge Week
Theme week at camp - young girl with camp leader dressed as pikachu
Cabin Camp

Cabin Camp

(4th Grade - 10th Grade)

Cabin Campers is our traditional overnight camp program. Campers of the same age and gender stay in cabins with bathrooms and showers. A college-age Senior Counselor and a Junior Counselor supervise and guide the cabin of 12 children through the camp experience.

During the morning, campers choose from a wide range of staff-led self-development activities. Afternoon and evening programs include group activities, such as games, skits, campfires, dances, “Mission Impossible”, cookouts, and much more. A highlight for the older campers is the overnight canoe trip down the Wapsipinicon River.

Horseback Lessons for Cabin Campers

Horseback riding instruction is available each week of summer camp to cabin campers for a fee and must be registered for when registering for camp. Five one-hour riding classes are assigned according to level of ability. We also offer daily, a half-hour “Noon Ride” by sign up at camp.  Horseback Lessons – $50 Fee

"Magic the Gathering" Card Clinic for Cabin Campers

This week long clinic teaches gaming strategies, deck building, card abilities, and good sportsmanship. Key parts of the gaming structure will be included in hands on demonstrations such as turn sequences, timing, card trading, and tournament play. Campers will have playing time each morning after a group discussion lead by a trained gaming professional. Camp will provide cards and players of all abilities are encouraged to participate. “Magic the Gathering” Card Game Clinic – $30 Fee (Available Week #2 only)

Basketball Clinic for Cabin Campers

During Week 9, Wapsie offers a basketball clinic. Special instructors that will lead, daily clinics, on designated weeks, to teach and practice skills. The clinic runs during part of morning activities. It is a great way for kids interested in sports to keep up on a bit of practice over the summer while still getting to enjoy the majority of camps activities.  Basketball Clinic – $30 Fee (Available Week #9 only)

TeePee Village

TeePee Village

(1st Grade - 3rd Grade)

Our Teepee Village program is receiving an exciting new facilities facelift for 2018. This program will have brand new wooden walled teepees that feature a spacious living area, windows and protection from the elements and bugs. The Teepee Village program provides structured , age appropriate activities with a 1-to-6 counselor-to-camper ratio to provide this age group with the security and support they need for a successful week long camping experience.

Teepee Village campers begin the week participating in activities in groups. Though the week they gain more independence in participating in more activities available to older campers.

Week
Dates
Theme
Week 1  June 9 – 15  Animal Planet
Week 2  June 16 – 22  Wizards & Magic
Week 3  June 23 – 29  Super Heroes
Week 4  June 30 – July 6  Stars & Stripes
Week 6  July 14 – 20  Star Wars
Week 7  July 21 – 27  Time Travelers
Week 8  July 28 – Aug 3  Lion King
Week 9 Aug 4 – 10  Wild West
Week 10 Aug 11 – 14  Challenge Week
**Sunday-Wednesday

Tee-Pee Village
1/2 Week

Wapsie offers half-week sessions for campers who want a shorter first trip to camp during week 5 only. Half-week campers coming on Sunday check in between 3:00pm and 3:30pm and leave after Wednesday’s 9:00am parents program. Wednesday campers check in at 4:00pm and leave after Saturday’s 9:00am parents program. They experience any of the traditional activities in a shortened time frame.

Week 5:  July 7 – 10

Theme:  Pirates of the Wapsie

Week 5:  July 10 – 13

Theme:  Pirates of the Wapsie

Group of young children in front of a teepee with camp leaders
Ranger Camp

Ranger Camp

(8th Grade - 11th Grade)

Ranger Camp is an adventurous outdoor summer program. The program allows teenagers a slightly more rugged experience with opportunities for more in-depth development of outdoor living skills. Campers stay with their counselors in large, sturdy, platform tents. They participate in some traditional YMCA Camp Wapsie activities, but function as their own community, working together.

Rangers work on various outdoor living skills during the week, such as food preparation and cooking over a campfire; orienteering; fire-building techniques; basic survival skills and safety; minimum-impact camping; and team building. Rangers also get a chance to ride horses, swim, and plan offsite, overnight camping trips.

Week
Dates
Theme
Week 1  June 9 – 15  Animal Planet
Week 2  June 16 – 22  Wizards & Magic
Week 3  June 23 – 29  Super Heroes
Week 4  June 30 – July 6  Stars & Stripes
Week 5  July 7 – 13  Pirates of the Wapsie
Week 6  July 14 – 20  Star Wars
Week 7  July 21 – 27  Time Travelers
Week 8  July 28 – Aug 3  Lion King
Week 9  Aug 4 – 10  Wild West
Week 10  Aug 11 – 14  Challenge Week
Wilderness Education Camp

Wilderness
Education Camp

(6th - 10th Grade)

Sixth through tenth graders can participate in this week-long camp focused on outdoor living skills, hunter safety education and wilderness ethics. This camp hosts a certified Hunter Safety course that teaches students basic survival​​​​​​​ and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, basics of wildlife management, hunting laws and firearm/archery safety. Th​​​​​​​is course also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics, such as leave-no-trace camping. Campers can expect to sleep in new seasonal sleeping structures and participate in camp-wide activities such as campfires and games.

 Week           Dates                Theme
Week 3      June 23-29         Super Heroes
Week 9      August 4-10       Wild West

 

Young man helping a camper load a gun at a shooting range

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