About Us


Y Camp is located on 400 acres in the picturesque Des Moines River Valley along the Des Moines River. With its rich diversity of plant and animal life Y Camp is an ideal setting for people to interact with nature and the outdoors.

We cater to participants year-round in our three program departments of Summer Camp, Outdoor Environmental Education, and Retreats and Conferences. Participants and students enjoy nature and have life changing experiences at Y Camp!  

Host a retreat your group will never forget, talk to your principal about a field trip to Y Camp, or sign your child up for a summer camp experience they will never forget!

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Parent Information


Parent Guide, Camper Forms and Packing List can be found here,

as well as the links along the left-hand side.






Financial Assistance
Thanks to contributions from YMCA members and the United Way, no one is turned away from Y Camp programs due to an inability to pay. You may find the Financial Assistance Application here.

Financial assistance is granted to anyone who can demonstrate a verifiable need. You may view our Financial Assistance Policy here. For more information please contact us.

Ames & Boone Day Camp

Ames and Boone Iowa Day Camp


With pickups in Ames and Boone Y Camp has been providing quality day camp programs for over 10 years. We strive to ensure the safest atmosphere while teaching your camper the four Y values; caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

For campers ages 6- 13 years old our program provides your camper with swim lessons everyday(weathering permitting). Your camper receives a daily lunch. They will participate in activities such as climbing wall, arts and crafts, archery, and gaga ball,. All our day camp staff are First Aid and CPR certified.

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