Written by Joelle Kleihauer, Senior Program Executive Director
The Y has a long history of providing summer camp programs that offer a safe and valuable experience for campers in a way that’s both convenient and affordable. Day camps at the YMCA give kids the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun all summer long!
Why else should you choose the Y for your child’s summer experience? Let us count the ways…
Your children will build confidence and a positive attitude when they are part of a group, a team, or a program. They grow individually and together, which is an invaluable social and developmental experience.
Our focus is on three critical dimensions of a child’s well-being: achievement, belonging and developing relationships.
We keep your kids active and away from screens while you’re at work. We offer options that make outdoor time, sports, swimming and physical activity a priority.
YMCA summer camp programs keep children close to home and allow you, as parents and guardians, to communicate as often as you’d like with group leaders, directors, and staff to ensure that your children are receiving the very best care.
Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This means we fulfill up to 300 health and safety standards to provide best practices in all our camp management areas.
We are specialists at providing camp experiences that meet the needs of both children and their parents. It’s a viable option for parents who need a flexible schedule to accommodate their work.
Unlike the classroom, our summer camp programs allow kids to choose which activities they would like to participate in. This choice and responsibility engages kids and allows them to learn and enjoy something new or explore deeper into something they’re passionate about.
YMCA summer camp programs have long been viewed as an ideal environment for learning and self-exploration. Youth who take positive risks are less likely to engage in negative ones. Our programs are an excellent environment to learn and practice positive risk taking.
Let the YMCA of Greater Des Moines give your children the #BestSummerEver. Registration is now open!