WAPSIE SUMMER OVERNIGHT

The “Magic” of Camp Wapsie Summer Overnight programs has the power to turn the most timid child into the bravest hero.  It turns a perfect stranger into the best friend you won’t want to leave at the end of the week.

Campers build lifelong skills through outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, nature hikes, and campfires. Living together and working together helps them learn social and emotional values, which are part of our core values-Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

At Camp Wapsie, our staff members are well-trained in many areas, such as homesickness, CPR, and first aid. Most of the staff are lifeguard certified. Staff take pride in guiding your children through a fun and safe week of challenging, exciting child-centered activities.

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 (additional Fee)
  • 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.  Campers get the chance to go to the store at least 2 times a day.  Parents can put money in a store account. We suggest up to $20 -$30.  

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 place to get your camp shirts 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.

Featuring Wapsie Adventure Trips: