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Summer Adventure Camp at the YMCA is an affordable, educational, full-day childcare program that gives Alexandria area children the opportunity to try new things, make new friends, and create lasting memories. 




Ages 5-11

Camp is filled with learning, physical activity, and adventure. Our four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are focused in our daily activities. We have an engaging curriculum to keep us active and provide fun all summer long.

  1 Day 3 Days 5 Days
Members $42 $110 $165
Non-Members $46 $130 $185

Summer Sendoff

August 19 - 30

Due to seasonal staff turnover, the final two weeks of summer camp will require a separate 5-day registration.

  • Members: $165/week
  • Non-members: $185/week 

Summer Adventure Camp

Leaders In Training


Ages 12-14

Leaders in Training will work with camp counselors to focus on cooperation, team building, and group leadership skills. A LIT camper will leave with a greater sense of oneself and the necessary lifelong skills to be a positive leader.

  1 Day 3 Days 5 days
Members $34 $88 $132
Non-Members $37 $104 $148

General Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Drop Off & Free Play
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Homebase Check-In
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Large Group Movement Activity
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Station Rotation
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Offsite Playground
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.  YMCA Playground/Gym or Homebase Activity
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Pool or Break Out Sessions
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Homebase: Free Choice Activities
4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Pick Up & Quiet Activities
  • Schedule is subject to change based on swimming, field trips or special activities.

  • Families will be informed of field trips a week in advance. Drop-off and pick-up locations may change depending on camp activities.

  • See whiteboard for location of your child’s group.

Weekly Themes

Theme Date
Kick Off Week June 3-7
Let's Get Lost in Space June 10-14
Under the Sea June 17-21
Wacky Weather Adventures June 24-28
Red, White, and Blue Olympics

July 1-3

*No Camp July 4-5 (YMCA Closed)
Superheroes in Training July 8-12
Animal Planet Adventures July 15-19
Camp Clue July 22-26
Camp's Got Talent July 29 - August 2
Mad Scientists Collide August 5-9
Blast to the Past August 12 - 16
Finding A Fairytale Fantasy* August 19-23
Summertime Sendoff* August 26-30
* Requires separate, 5-day registration

Parent Information

Location & Times

Camp will operate all summer, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Campers may register for just one week or all 13 weeks. Sessions begin on June 3 and end on August 30.

Camp Location:

Bethesda Lutheran Church

1204 N Nokomis St

Alexandria, MN 56308


Safety is our first priority.

Campers are taught the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

All camp staff are CPR and first-aid certified. With a staff-to-child ratio of 1:12, we make sure that each staff member can give the required attention to each child.



Children who are 7 or older will complete a swim test given by lifeguards. If they pass they will be given a colored and that communicates to staff that the child is allowed to swim in the deep end. Children younger than 7 must remain in the shallow end.

What to Bring to Camp
  • Snack
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen (Lotion preferred, NO aerosol)
  • Swimsuit and Towel on Swim Days
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Tennis Shoes (No sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes)
  • Please DO NOT bring electronics or toys from home

We recommend labeling belongings with your child's name.

Stay Connected

We want to keep you connected to camp information and announcements.

Each Friday we will email a parent newsletter with highlights and need-to-know details for the upcoming week.

 We will also have a Remind Group for parents to contact counselors or counselors to contact parents. Please join our Remind groups by texting  "@24ycamp" to 81010.

How Do I sign Up?

To register, contact Jolene Hovde at or (320) 834-9622.


Please contact Jolene Hovde at or (320) 834-9622.


No one will be denied participation in YMCA programs or membership because of inability to pay. The YMCA, with the help of the Annual Y Partners Campaign, provides scholarships or reduced-cost memberships to families or individuals in need.

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