YMCA Summer Camps Give Your Kids Experiences They Won’t Find Anywhere Else 

Sponsored by Greater Wichita YMCA.

YMCA Summer CampAs a parent, you put a lot of thought into planning your children’s summer. And why wouldn’t you? You want the best for your kids. 

So do we.

At the Greater Wichita YMCA, we believe it’s our responsibility to provide you with quality YMCA summer camp choices that you won’t find anywhere else. That’s because we are FOR ALL, and our camp programs are built around the values of the Y: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

We want you to feel good about your decisions, knowing your child will not only be well cared for, but also given the right mix of physical activity, fun times with friends and personal growth opportunities.  

Registration for the 2023 camp season (May 30-August 3) is now open in-person at our 10 branches in Wichita, Newton, El Dorado and Hutchinson as well as online.


YMCA Summer Camp

2023 YMCA Summer Camp Options

Traditional Day Camp at Camp Hyde with family day events (ages 6-14): 125 acres of fun with mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, 50-foot climbing tower, hiking, sports, games, Kangaroo Jumper, archery, Gaga Pit and more! Bus transportation is available from seven different locations. 

Frontier Horse Camp at Camp Hyde with two Camp Rodeo days (ages 6-14): Our Frontier camp has a progressive approach to build skills and confidence in riding. Campers have daily trail rides and/or time to practice riding skills on the obstacle course.

YMCA Adventure Camps at four YMCA locations (ages 5-12; must have completed kindergarten): Swimming, field trips, STEM exploration, Character Development FUNdamentals, art experiences, sports and games and D.E.A.R. Time (Drop Everything And Read).

YMCA Farha Sports Camps at two locations (ages 5-12; must have completed kindergarten): Morning sports clinics taught by college players/coaches, afternoon games, crafts and team-building activities and intramural competitions on Fridays​.

Jr. Explorer Camp at select Y Early Learning Centers (for children not old enough for camp): This option brings summer adventures to kids ages 5 and under who have not yet completed kindergarten. Campers take part in physical, educational, social, and developmental activities and enjoy all their host Y offers including pools, outdoor water parks and more. 

Having so much to consider calls for an easy way for busy parents like you to track your children’s summer schedules. That’s why we created a Parent Planner to help you stay organized throughout the camp season. 

Why Kids Love Summer Camp at the Y

No matter which camp your children attend, if they participate for one week or all 10 weeks, they’ll come home happy, full of stories and, well, a little exhausted. The next day, they’ll be ready for more. 

The fact that kids don’t mind unplugging themselves from the virtual world to build connections in the real one at camp says it all. 

It’s part of the magic of Y summer camp, and it’s something that Camp Counselor Kylie (aka “Pickle”) and Camp Hyde Camper Dimond think every child should experience.

“After attending Camp Hyde for 10 years and working there for two, I can say that the Y has changed my life,” Kylie said. “I get to see so many campers grow in confidence and learn something new every day. I’ve made so many lifelong friendships and impactful relationships that I will be forever grateful for.”

Dimond has equally enthusiastic words to share about camp.

“The counselors are some of the nicest people you’ll meet and you get to make some awesome friends,” Dimond said. “You get to do multiple activities each day. It’s just really fun.”

Because the Y is FOR ALL, we want all kids to be able to attend camp. Scholarships are available to those who qualify, covering up to 50 percent of weekly fees. Details are available at ymcawichita.org/camp; families can email [email protected] with questions. 

See you at camp!

Since 1885, The Greater Wichita YMCA has been volunteer-led and mission driven and consistently empowered healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development for all in South Central Kansas. Today, we employ more than 1,400 individuals and serve well over 300,000 of our neighbors in Butler, Harvey, Kingman, Reno and Sedgwick Counties. We support a healthy spirit, mind, and body through community development, education and wellness initiatives, youth and family programs, licensed child care and camp, and physical activity. Our more than 190,000 members and the entire community have access to over one million square feet of fitness space across our 10 area branch locations in El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson and Wichita as well as four seasonal, outdoor water parks, two indoor/outdoor sports complexes and Camp Hyde. Our annual Strong Community Campaign, which funds our free and reduced-cost programs and enables scholarships, grants and income-based member and program pricing for those who qualify, allows us to honor our commitment to serve all, regardless of their ability to pay. Learn more about YMCA summer camp at ymcawichita.org.

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