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Summer Day Camp

Whether your child is interested in exploring, creating, competing or learning, Summer Camp at the Y offers the perfect solution. We provide a safe experience for kids to learn new skills, build self-confidence, make lasting friendships, and above all, have fun!

2023 Camp Information

Camp will be offered June 5-August 18, 2023.

Grades: Kindergarten through 6th grade. (Must have completed Kindergarten to be eligible for camp)

Days: Monday-Friday

Time: 6:30AM-5:30PM

Location: Karns City High School & ARMCO Park (drop off & pick up at Karns City High School every day)

Cost: 5 days/week: $200 (no part-time/partial camp available)


2023 Weeks & Themes

  • Week 1, June 12-16: Community
  • Week 2, June 19-23: All About Us
  • Week 3, June 26-30: Spirit Week
  • Week 4, July 3-7: Colorific Camp
  • Week 5, July 10-14: Animal Kingdom
  • Week 6, July 17-21: Fun With Food
  • Week 7, July 24-28: Out of This World
  • Week 8, July 31-August 4: Mysteries Unfold
  • Week 9, August 7-11: Game Show Showdown
  • Week 10, August 14-18: Ahola Summer


Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about YMCA Summer Day Camp

Costs, Discounts, & Registration


How much does camp cost?

5 days/week: $200 (no part-time/partial camp available)

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes, CCW Funding is accepted by our program at Butler and Karns City! We work hard to ensure that no child is turned away from camp for financial reasons. To fill out an application, click here!

When are fees due?

Payments are due the Friday before the week of care. If payments are not received by the Monday of care, a $20 late fee will be charged to your child's account per our Parent Handbook.

What is the cancellation/withdrawal policy?

If you withdraw your child from camp, you will be charged a $20 withdrawal fee for every week the child was registered for.

Do you offer part-time/partial weeks?

Not at this time.

How do I register my child for camp?

Online registration is available here: REGISTER NOW.

Contact School Age Program Director, Christina Braden, at or 724.287.4733 x137 for more information.


Camp Activities, Schedules, and Food


What kind of activities will my child participate in?

Campers will participate in four daily activities (Games, Art, Music, and Environment) and enjoy exploring.

Do campers go on field trips?

We will have special events throughout the summer. We also have three offsite field trips scheduled this year!

Will my child make friends at camp?

Yes! Our camp's focus is on social-emotional learning support and friendship skills. What does that mean? Our camp is designed to encourage character development and promote friendship building. Feeling like you belong is crucial to the success of youth and is a high focus throughout our daily lessons. 

Will my child be swimming?

Yes! Karns City Campers will swim at ARMCO Park every Thursday.

What will my child learn this summer?

Our camp is designed to promote social-emotional and physical development. Our campers learn from our daily activities that are based off of our theme of the week! The campers will be having fun engaging in activities and they won’t even realize learning has taken place! 

Is food provided?

Breakfast and PM snacks are provided to campers. You must provide a healthy, packed lunch** for your child each day.

*Please note: We do not have running water at the pavilion, so please make sure your child has enough water to last throughout the day. 

**Please note: You must have a healthy NUT FREE lunch for your child each day!

What does my child bring to camp?
  • Backpack
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Packed lunch
  • Towel
  • Water play shoes
How many kids are in each group?

We maintain ratios in accordance with state regulations: Younger school age 1:12 | Older school age 1:15.


Staff and Safety


Does my child need to bring sunscreen?

Yes, your child must bring sunscreen. We recommend wearing sunscreen to camp every morning. Campers will be encouraged and monitored by staff to re-apply sunscreen a minimum of two times during our camp day. We encourage the use of hats or other sun protective gear. Counselors are not permitted to apply sunscreen to campers.

Who are your staff members/counselors?

The Y recruits mature and capable staff to work in our programs. We count on each of them to be a role model to our campers and to teach campers the Y’s core values—respect, responsibility, honesty and caring.

All camp staff members are carefully screened and selected based on:

  • Experience, skills, and abilities
  • Certifications and education
  • Character
  • Enthusiasm
  • Love of working with children

All Day Camp staff members attend a mandatory and comprehensive pre-camp training program.

Most of our Day Camp staff work for the Y year-round in our Youth & Family Department.

Camp staff is there to serve the children and their families. Families are encouraged to share as much information as possible about the child to make the child’s time in the Day Camp as pleasant as possible.

How do you handle medications?

Medications must be in the original prescribed container with the child’s name and dosage. Parents will fill out a medication form that will remain with the child’s counselor. Epi-Pens and Inhalers will be able to stay with the child’s counselor in the grades’ camp backpack in a labeled baggy. Other medications that need to be given during camp hours may be stored in the Youth and Family Director’s office and be given at the prescribed time. All medication given will be signed off with dosage amount and time given with staff initials.

What happens on rainy or extremely hot days?

Day Camp will remain at ARMCO Park rain or shine! There is indoor space available there.

What measures are taken to promote my child's health and safety?

Staff are required to clean high touch areas after use, such as including tables and chairs, restrooms, materials, and other frequently used spaces.  

Currently all adults are required to wear a face covering while indoors in designated child care spaces regardless of vaccination status.


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