Wapsie Day Camp

Wapsie Day Camp

YMCA Camp Wapsie Day Camp programs are for ages 1st-8th grade. We offer nine – one-week sessions, each with a different theme. Day camp provides a positive social experience for similar age groups. Campers return home in the evening for all-important family time and evening activities. Lunch is provided every day, and they do visit the camp store.
Wednesday, Day Camp takes a trip to Pinicon Ridge park in Central City, where they will do age-appropriate activities and visit the elk pen, playground & park trails.
Thursday, Day Camp participants have the opportunity to stay the night to experience an evening at camp, which is included in the price. This is an excellent time for participants to experience that overnight at Camp Wapsie. They will eat dinner with other campers and enjoy an all-Camp Program to end the Theme Day. This is also an excellent chance for those who want to try overnight camp.
Our Camp experience is rich in tradition and often referred to as the Camp Wapsie “Magic .” We instill the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility into all that we do. Campers gain independence, self-confidence, lifelong friendships, positive memories, and a second home they can come back to.

Please see our 2024 Family Handbook for information on programming, preparation tools, and other policies before registering.

Day Trekkers

Camp Wapsie
6/17/24 - 8/9/24
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Day Trekkers (entering 5th-8th Grade)

Day Trekkers is a day camp program at Camp Wapsie where our counselors work with Trekkers to create more of their schedule, to accommodate their group’s interests which can include climbing the tower, canoeing, specialized activities, or choosing to join all camp games.

Wednesday – Trekkers will be dropped off at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City.  They will spend the day doing adventurous activities such as the Observation Tower, visiting the Alexander Wildlife Area or hiking on some of the nature trails at the park.

Thursday – includes an overnight stay at Wapsie. Participants have the chance to sleep under the “Wapsie Stars.”  They will have different options for sleeping arrangements (weather permitting), from tents in the Athletic field, open-air cabins in our tree nursery, or sleeping under the stars at Wapsie Star Gazer.

The overnight stay is optional for participants.  If you do not wish for your child to stay the night, you will need to pick your child up by 4 pm Thursday at Camp Wapsie and return them to Camp Friday morning between 8-9 am. 

*Busing is not available on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Standard drop-off times will resume Friday afternoon.

Camper Arrival and Departure/ Busing Options

A bus is available for campers to be picked up and dropped off at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA (downtown), Marion YMCA, or you can drop off at YMCA Camp Wapsie.

       Site               Morning Bus Pick Up                   Afternoon Bus Drop Off

HGN YMCA        7:30 am                                                5:00 pm

Marion YMCA     8:00 am                                                4:30 pm

Camp Wapsie       8:45 am                                                4:00 pm

2024 COST

At Wapsie and the Y, we understand families have differing abilities to pay. To better accommodate many income levels, Camp Wapsie has tiered pricing levels. Choose the Tier you can best afford.

Tier A: $384.00 – Reflects most accurately the true price of camp

Tier B: $359.00 – Partially subsidized

Tier C: $334.00 – More subsidized

 

PAYMENT

At the time of registration, you will be required to pay a $100.00 non-refundable deposit per session.

Final payment for each session is due 4 weeks prior to the session start. Fees are set up on automatic withdrawal. If you have any questions about this, please contact the office.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES

Cancellations: Cancellations and changes must be made in writing or by email. Cancellations anytime forfeit the $100 deposit. Cancellations less than 10 days prior to the session start date forfeit half the camp fees. No Shows will be charged the full fee. There is no refund for behavior-related problems. Campers who leave or cancel on the advice of medical personnel will receive a prorated refund. A physician’s note is required.

Changes: to request a program or week change, you must email camp at [email protected], and please include the child’s name, birthdate, what week they are changing from, and what week you are requesting to change to. If there is availability for camp to accommodate your request, we will move the participant and send a confirmation email to you. There is a $25 processing fee.

For questions, call 319-435-2577 or email [email protected].


Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
06/17/24 - 06/21/24
Week 2 Koopa Troopa Kamp
$ 100.00
Registration
Closed on
06/11/2024
06/24/24 - 06/28/24
Week 3 Tournament of Colors
$ 100.00 Register  
Closes
06/18/2024
07/01/24 - 07/05/24
Week 4 Mojo Dojo Casa Camp
$ 100.00 Register  
Closes
06/25/2024
07/08/24 - 07/12/24
Week 5 Retro Rewind Camp
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
07/15/24 - 07/19/24
Week 6 Enchanted Storybook
$ 100.00 Register  
Closes
07/09/2024
07/22/24 - 07/26/24
Week 7 A Night at The Oscars
$ 100.00 Register  
Closes
07/16/2024
07/29/24 - 08/02/24
Week 8 Water Y-lympics
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
08/05/24 - 08/09/24
Week 9 Big Ten Week
$ 100.00 Waiting List  

Day Troopers

Camp Wapsie
6/17/24 - 8/9/24
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Day Troopers (entering 1st-4th Grade)

Day Troopers is a day camp program at Camp Wapsie where our staff works closely with the Troopers to help ensure they meet new friends and enjoy their camp experience.  This program is structured and has age-appropriate activities alongside the counselors. Campers participate in many of the traditional resident camp activities: canoeing, archery, swimming and more.

Wednesday – Troopers will be dropped off at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City.  They will enjoy activities the park has to offer such as the Observation Tower, visiting the Alexander Wildlife Area, playground, and hiking on some of the nature trails and enjoying a picnic lunch the park.

Thursday includes an overnight stay at Wapsie. Participants will have the chance to see the “Wapsie Stars.”  They sleep in the Taylor Lodge with boys on one side of the room and girls on the other, and the 2-3 counselors sleep in the middle. There are male and female bathrooms in the building.

The overnight stay is optional for participants.  If you do not wish for your child to stay the night, you will need to pick your child up by 4 pm Thursday at Camp Wapsie and return them to Camp Friday morning between 8-9 am.

*Busing is not available on Thursday evening and Friday morning.  Standard drop-off times will resume Friday afternoon.

Camper Arrival and Departure/ Busing Options

A bus is available for campers to be picked up and dropped off at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA (downtown), Marion YMCA, or you can drop off at YMCA Camp Wapsie.

     Site                Morning Bus Pick Up                      Afternoon Bus Drop Off

HGN YMCA        7:30 am                                                5:00 pm

Marion YMCA     8:00 am                                                4:30 pm

Camp Wapsie       8:45 am                                                4:00 pm

2024 COST

At Wapsie and the Y, we understand families have differing abilities to pay. To better accommodate many income levels, Camp Wapsie has tiered pricing levels. Choose the Tier you can best afford.

Tier A: $384.00 – Reflects most accurately the true price of camp

Tier B: $359.00 – Partially subsidized

Tier C: $334.00 – More subsidized

 

PAYMENT

At the time of registration, you will be required to pay a $100.00 non-refundable deposit per session.

Final payment for each session is due 4 weeks prior to the session start. Fees are set up on automatic withdrawal. If you have any questions about this, please contact the office.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES

Cancellations: Cancellations and changes must be made in writing or by email. Cancellations anytime forfeit the $100 deposit. Cancellations less than 10 days prior to the session start date forfeit half the camp fees. No Shows will be charged the full fee. There is no refund for behavior-related problems. Campers who leave or cancel on the advice of medical personnel will receive a prorated refund. A physician’s note is required.

Changes: to request a program or week change, you must email camp at [email protected], and please include the child’s name, birthdate, what week they are changing from, and what week you are requesting to change to. If there is availability for camp to accommodate your request, we will move the participant and send a confirmation email to you. There is a $25 processing fee.

For questions, call 319-435-2577 or email [email protected].


Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
06/17/24 - 06/21/24
Week 2 Koopa Troopa Kamp
$ 100.00
Registration
Closed on
06/11/2024
06/24/24 - 06/28/24
Week 3 Tournament of Colors
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
07/01/24 - 07/05/24
Week 4 Mojo Dojo Casa Camp
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
07/08/24 - 07/12/24
Week 5 Retro Rewind Camp
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
07/15/24 - 07/19/24
Week 6 Enchanted Storybook
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
07/22/24 - 07/26/24
Week 7 A Night at The Oscars
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
07/29/24 - 08/02/24
Week 8 Water Y-lympics
$ 100.00 Waiting List  
08/05/24 - 08/09/24
Week 9 Big Ten Week
$ 100.00 Waiting List