Overnight camp is the pinnacle of the summer experience. Something magical happens when a child is able to stay at an overnight camp. Campers will choose between a variety of programs and will build relationships with other campers from around the area and the world. Register today for an experience that will build memories for a lifetime.
Dates & Availability
Next summer is closer than you think! Browse our calendar below to learn more about session dates, availability, and pricing. If a session is open, we have a spot for your child. If it is wait listed, it has already filled. If you wish to join our wait list, please fill out our registration form. You’ll be notified of availability as spots open up. Please note, we can’t guarantee spots will become available for campers on the wait list. Click here for our complete dates and availability calendar.
Register Early for the Best Rate!
Register by August 31, 2018 and receive $50 off listed rate
Register by December 31, 2018 and receive $40 off listed rate
Register by March 15, 2019 and receive $20 off listed rate
*Prices listed are for YMCA members. Non-YMCA members will incur an additional fee of $25 for each week of camp.
Overnight campers are the 'do-it-all' campers right here at Sherman Lake! The week will be filled with choices and free time where campers will learn new skills, laugh with friends old and new, as well as have the absolute best summer ever.
Overnight campers will choose several 'SAGA' activities where they will receive coaching and support while they explore and master new skills. These mastery programs include canoeing, kayaking, SUP (stand up paddle board), high adventure courses like the Giant Swing and High Ropes, LARP (Live Action Role Play), swimming, climbing and art, just to name a few! Establishing goals, acquiring new skills, building confidence and strengthening friendships are some of the best components Sherman Lake SAGAs have to offer.
Each day during 'Choice' time, campers will have the opportunity to experience activities such as ascending the rock wall at Climbing, creating beautiful tie-dye in Art, shooting their bow at Archery, paddling a canoe or kayak with their friends, leaping off the Jungle Joe inflatable into Sherman Lake and tons more! Campers will have the independence to flow between these activities at their own pace and leisure. Evenings will feature all-camp activities, time with cabin mates, silly songs and goofy skits at campfire.
Grades: Entering 3rd-10th
Sessions: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Overnight Horse Camp
Beginner Horse Camp is for the beginner horse enthusiast who wants to invest time bonding with their horse, other horse campers and staff. This camp focuses on basic horsemanship skills through barn chores and horse care, arena lessons, trail rides and a romping good time. Campers will have the opportunity to swim and participate in several camp activities of their choice. A Friday horse show will top the week off as camper's equestrian skills are celebrated center stage for friends and family! Progress to Overnight Intermediate/Advanced Horse Camp.
Pre-Requisite: Sherman Lake YMCA Horse Camp or a minimum of 4 consecutive horseback riding lessons.
Grades: Entering 3rd-7th
Sessions: 1, 3, 5 and 8
Intermediate/Advanced Horse Camp Welcome to the Sherman Lake YMCA Equestrian Center! Here you will be immersed in the techniques of horsemanship mastery. Build on and advance your equestrian expertise during the week while you participate in horsemanship programs, barn chores, arena lessons, evening trail rides and more. Campers will have opportunities to swim and participate in other camp activities. A Friday horse show will top the week off as camper's equestrian skills are celebrated center stage for friends and family!
Pre-requisite: Sherman Lake YMCA Overnight Beginner Horse Camp or a minimum of 7 consecutive horseback riding lessons.
Grades: Entering 6th-10th
Sessions: 4, 6 and 7
Robotics I - Sherman Lake YMCA Camp is partnering with the Fun Learning Company to provide an exciting summer robotic experience. Overnight campers will construct a robot with the Lego EV3 robotics kit, and learn the programming language to control it. Each day includes lessons derived from the Carnegie Mellon curriculum, as well as challenging activities using competition tables to practice construction and programming skills. Click here for additional information about our Robotics program!
Grades: Entering 4th-10th
Robotics II - Build on lessons learned in Robotics I to advance your robotics and computer programming knowledge. Fun Learning Company staff use curriculum developed at Carnegie Mellon as well as challenging, focused lesson plans to help further each campers understanding and skill in constructing your Lego EV3 Robot. An underwater robotics adventure is also in the works!
Pre-Requisite: Sherman Lake YMCA Robotics 1 or prior robotics experience.
Grades: Entering 6th-10th
Gilmore Piano Camp
Immerse yourself in music at The Gilmore’s overnight camp for pianists of all experience levels. Enjoy a balance of rigorous study, hands-on music activities, and the outdoors. Overnight piano campers will start their day with performances and stories at the morning prelude. They will have a piano lesson, a practice hour, and up to two electives each day. Elective selections include Composition, Recording Arts, Jazz & Improvisation, Technique & Artistry, Piano Ensemble, and Waterfront/Camper’s Choice. Evenings feature recitals and camp time. Students prepare for two recitals, the Thursday Night Throw-down, and the Friday Recital – a final celebratory recital hosted by campers for their peers, friends, and family.
An audition is required for all piano campers. Gilmore Scholarship auditions will be scheduled in December 2018. Non-scholarship auditions will occur between March and June 2019. To schedule an audition, call 269-342-1166 ext 3125 or 855-845-1768 or visithttp://www.thegilmore.org/piano-camp/ for more information. Video submissions are also welcome. Enrollment is limited to 36 campers.
Grades: Entering 3rd-10th
Introduction to Leadership Program
Introduction to Leadership is designed for those campers who are ready to take the next step and test the waters of the Sherman Lake YMCA Leadership Development Program (LDP). Splitting time between the Leadership Village and Overnight Camp, campers will stay in yurts and experience fun and challenging leadership adventures while continuing to participate in traditional camp activities. Campers will also participate in an off-site trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park where they will work together as a team to set up camp, cook meals, plan their day and build lifelong friendships. Introduction to Leadership Program was formerly known as Adventure Leadership.
Grades: Entering 8th-10th
Sessions: 7 and 8
Taste of Camp
The magic begins here. Young campers (rising grades 1st-2nd) receive a special 3-day, 2-night introduction to overnight camping.
Is your summer too jam-packed to fit in a week of camp? Older campers (grades 3rd-5th) may join us for 3 days and 2 nights of the absolute best activities camp has to offer.
Because of the duration of this program, not all activities are available.
Grades: Entering 1st-5th
Sessions: 4 and 6
(Camps run Sunday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Friday)
Attention All LARP Campers!
Do you LARP (Live Action Role Play)? Historically we have offered LARP as a specialty camp, but it was so popular, we had to start offering it EVERY WEEK. So if you can't wait to LARP, register for any week of traditional overnight camp, and prepare for battle!
It is our belief that no child shall be turned away due to an inability to pay. Each year, we raise funds to help parents send their kids to camp. If the camp fees are just not possible for you right now, we urge you to apply for a camp scholarship. Please feel free to call our registrar at 269.731.3000 or click here for more information.
Dates & Availability - Summer Camp 2019
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