Overnight Specialty Camps - YCAMP

Overnight Specialty Camps


Specialty Camps are designed to focus on a particular program or area of interest. Some camps, like Dismantled and Camper vs. Wild provide a different experience to some of our older campers, while others give more advanced instruction in skills such as Art and Fishing. If your camper is looking for a different, exciting camp experience, please look into our Specialty Camp and find the camp that fits your needs!

Special Interest Camps 2017


Camp "Dismantled"

Ages 12–14

Dismantled is a camp full of opportunities to make the camp experience completely different.  We decided to throw our regular schedule out and create a camp that is, well, dismantled. From late night arts and crafts, to canoeing by torchlight, Dismantled offers a different set of rules. Campers will create a music video, have dinner for breakfast and paint a horse. These new experiences come with the strong friendships and learning opportunities that Y Camp is known for. Sometimes it’s relieving to turn camp on its head and do things a little differently, just ask our Dismantled campers!


Week 6 July 16- 22    FULL

$559 Member / $600Program Participant



Boys Will Be Boys

Ages 9–10

In response to the confusing and competing images of what it means to be a boy, Y Camp created our own boys camp. The activities allow campers to play in the mud, build bird houses and go carts, go fishing, explore the woods around camp, and more. The program provides Leaders who are strong male role models for the campers, encourages respect and responsibility in each boy’s journey to becoming a gentleman, and teaches the values of confidence and individuality. The adventures are just around the corner, as each camper will gain friendships and learn lessons to last a lifetime.

Week 5 July 9- 15- FULL

$559 Member / $600 Program Participant


Camper vs. Wild

Ages 10- 15

Designed for the adventurous boys and girls, this camp is full of campfire cooking, tent camping and survival instruction. Campers leave the cabins behind and journey into the wild for a week of challenges, such as building a fire, making a meal and building shelters. With the guidance of our enthusiastic and trained staff, campers will embrace their inner woodsman or woodswoman and grow in confidence and respect for the outdoors.  

Week 7      July 23- 29- FULL

$559 Member / $600 Program Participant




AGES 9-12

Art-rageous is a weeklong camp directed toward campers who love to create and express themselves. Working closely with a professional artist and former art teacher, campers in this great art camp spend every morning drawing, painting, sculpting and more. With their cabin, they will also get their afternoon and evening hours to experience the traditional camp activities available. By the end of the week, campers bring home more than just their artwork; they bring home a sense of creativity, confidence and the importance of being unique.


Week 5 July 9- 15- FULL

$559 Member / $600 Program Participant



Gone Fishin’

Ages 9–12

With a fishing pole and open water, Gone Fishin’ campers learn the techniques of fishing and take with them a hobby that will last a lifetime. Our young anglers will spend time fishing in our own Pugh Pond, test their skills fishing in the Des Moines River and enjoy a trip to nearby Don Williams Lake. Under the supervision and guidance of our skilled camp instructor campers will learn how to tie a hook, cast, identify different types of fish, and how to handle fish. Gone Fishin’ follows the DNR’s “Fish IOWA!” program and encourages a love of the outdoors and conservational awareness. Grab your pole or use one of camp’s and join us by the water. Do you have what it takes to catch the “big one?”


Week 9     August 6- 12-  FULL

$520 Member / $570 Program Participant


Top Chef Camp

Ages 9- 11

Grab your spatula, measuring cup, and ingredients! Top Chef Camp is designed for the aspiring chef. You’ll learn how to cook some basic meals as well as prepare more advanced delicious creations to take home. Campers will make their own cookbook, have an opportunity to make their own new dish and spend the week in the kitchen. When the young chefs are not in the kitchen, they are out enjoying camp and building relationships with cabin mates! Fire up the oven and put your apron on, because this week has all the ingredients for a learning and growing opportunity!

Week 6 July 16- 22  FULL

$559 Member / $600 Program Participant


Rope and Rock

Ages 11- 15

Full of challenges at tree top level, Rope and Rock is a program for those who love a rush of adrenaline and being high above ground. Every morning is spent with a certified Leader who shares a passion for high altitude adventures learning the ins and outs of climbing, from how to tie knots to belay techniques. Each camper will have the opportunity to try out every climbing surface and high ropes element on camp and challenge themselves to climb faster and higher with an emphasis on safety. Rope and Rock is a great opportunity to gain a stronger sense of self-confidence while reaching new heights every day.


Week 7 July 23- 29- FULL

$520 Member / $570 Program Participant





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