Day Camps at Sherman Lake YMCA

Welcome to Sherman Lake YMCA Camp!

“My sons both attended the camp with apprehension and anxiety about meeting new friends and being away from home. By the second day, they couldn’t wait to go to camp and were so excited about attending and about their new friends!” 

Day Camp Availability : Click a Camp to Learn More!

CAMP NAMETYPEAGESJune 26-30July 5-7 (Wed-Fri)July 10-14July 17-21July 24-28July 31-Aug 4Aug 7-11Aug 14-18
2017 Summer CampsSession 1Session 2Session 3Session 4Session 5Session 6Session 7Session 8
Classic Day CampTraditional Camp Program6-13$230
KindercampTraditional Camp Program4-5$110
Horse Whisperer CampHorse Program6-13$415
Into Thin Air Climbing CampClimbing & Adventure10-13$320
Mach 1Climbing Camp11-13$320
Gilmore Piano CampArts in Adventure7-13$400
Treasure IslandWater Program7-10$320
Make a SplashWater Program10-13 $315
Picasso Goes to Camp!Arts in Adventure9-13-- $315
LARP QuestSpecial Interest10-13--$325
Lights, Camera, Action!Arts in Adventure11-13-$320
Dance Dance RevolutionArts in Adventure6-13$310
Jr. Robotics
Special Interest6-8$325
RoboticsSpecial Interest9-13$325
Biking CampSpecial Interest10-13$240
Survival Camp Special Interest6-13-$320
Dodgeball CampSpecial Interest10-13$315
Capture QuestSpecial Interest9-13--$320
Fishing CampSpecial Interest9-13 $320


Why Choose Day Camp?

Day campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of program opportunities such as swimming, kayaking, archery, nature appreciation, hiking, arts and crafts, climbing tower, songs, skits, special theme activities and many more surprises! Best of all, activities are designed toward the interest and skill levels appropriate for each age group, and all activities promote the four character development principles of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. Each camper will experience success-building skills that last a lifetime!
  • A great introduction to the camp experience!
  • Share the adventure with your child as they return home each evening!
  • Achievement through skill building, relationship building and a sense of belonging.
  • A sample of many new things for all from arts and crafts to physical activities!
  • Time spent outdoors supports children’s overall health.
  • Promote Summer Learning Gain.

Traditional Camp Programs: Progressive Activities and Skills

For the camper who wants to try it all, Classic Day Camp offers the widest array of activities and experiences – a little bit of everything!  Sherman Lake YMCA offers three age groups:  Kindercamp for ages 4-5 (Half days: a first camp experience), Trekkers for ages 6-9, and Adventurers for ages 10-13.

Specialty Camps

Sherman Lake YMCA offers a wide range of specialty summer camps for all interests and ages!   Adventure Camps pair traditional camp with fun activities like horseback riding at Horse Whisperer Camp (ages 6-13), kayaking and canoeing  at Make a Splash! (ages 9-13), Treasure Island (ages 7-10), ) and rock climbing at Into Thin Air (ages 8-11) and Mach 1 (ages11-13)  Our  Arts camps offer the opportunity to draw, paint and more at Picasso Goes to Camp, dance and choreograph at Dance, Dance Revolution (ages 6-13),  play piano at Gilmore Piano Camp (ages 7-13),  take to the stage with Lights, Camera, Action! Theatre Camp (ages 11-13).

Our Special Interest camps engage campers who love strategy games and role playing:  Gamers Alpha LARP (ages 10-13),are interested in technology in our new Jr. Robotics (ages 6-8),Robotics (ages 9-13) camps, enjoy the outdoors and testing their skills in Survival Camp (ages 9-13),  Capture Quest (ages 7-11), Biking Camp (ages 10-13), Dodgeball Camp (ages 10-13)   and exploration: Fishing Camp (ages 9-13).



Safety is our #1 priority. Camp staff is carefully screened during a character-based hiring process and are selected for their skills and concern for the well-being of children. Professional program staff work directly with counselors to provide guidance  and support. All staff are certified in first aid and CPR and have been screened through the highest standards of child safety practices, including background checks. The Sherman Lake YMCA is accredited by the American Camp Association.


At Sherman Lake YMCA Camps, campers experience the power of living through HCRR (Hick-er). The Y’s four core values – Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility – are emphasized in each camp program. Through discovery of the great outdoors,  skill development and guidance in the importance of building healthy relationships, campers leave with a renewed sense of achievement, belonging, confidence and courage to try new things. The Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center is an inclusive
organization that welcomes all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion or disability.

Camp Fees

It is camp policy to provide services to all people regardless of the ability to pay established fees. This policy is accomplished by setting fees at rates as affordable as possible and by providing financial assistance to those for whom the camp fees are not affordable. Those in need of financial assistance may be awarded partial scholarship funds. Scholarships are offered for one week of camp/child/summer. Visit our Making Camp Affordable page for more information and other discounts and payment plans, or call (269) 731-3000.