Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
Every day is full of potential
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registration opens April 1 for YMCA members and April 21 for non-members

*Kids must have finished Kindergarten and be entering 1st grade in the 2018-2019 school year to attend day camp.


$155 Y-Members/$205 Non-Members

Rates are per child, per week.  There is a non-refundable, Non-transferable $15 deposit required per child, per week to reserve your spot.  Registration opens April 1st for YMCA members only.  Registration for non-members opens April 21st at Healthy Kids Day.    Weeks do fill up quickly.  Please call 442.9622 for availability.

Camps are Monday through Friday 9 AM - 4 PM, before and after care is available at no additional charge.  Our counselors are highly motivated, trained individuals and most are pursuing careers in education.  We strive to maintain an average camper to counselor ratio of 10:1.

My Future: Dream, Discover, Explore, Experience


This summer will be spent exploring where the future may take us. We will explore 11 different careers throughout this summer.   Each week will include a field trip or guest, a food to help prepare, a movie at Cinemark, a visit to Last Chance Splash and at least one other recreational swim times.  Free lunch and snacks are provided every day for each camper. Reading, structured physical activity and time to be a kid are scheduled into each day.

Week 1:  Educator

June 11-15

Campers will spend the week exploring the career of teaching.  Campers will take part in an explosive chemistry project, creating their own lunchable, and traveling to Lewis and Clark Library for a scavenger hunt.

Week 2:  Medical Professional   

June 18-22

Campers will spend the week exploring careers in medicine.  We will create a breathing machine, learn about the human body, create syringe art, and learn the basics of first aid from a certified teacher.  

Week 3 :  Computer Designer

June 25-29

Upload, download, scratch, and coding.  Campers will spend time playing life size angry birds,  and creating edible micro-chips and pixel art.  Campers will even spend some time at our local Lewis and Clark Library coding some of their favorite video games.

Week 4: Police   

July 2-6 (NO CAMP JULY 4)

We will use chromatography to solve a crime, write a hidden message, and even have a visit from the local police.  Campers will have an opportunity to spend the night at Camp Child!!  Everyone will visit for the day, were campers will learn to work as a team to accomplish goals.

Week 5:  Coach  

July 9-13

Campers will learn about what it takes to be a positive leader.  We will design our own jerseys and even create safety gear for an eggthlete.  To top off this week campers will walk to Nelson Stadium and meet with a the Carroll College coaching staff.

Week 6: Paleontologist   

July 16-20

Roar! Watch out for dinosaurs.  Campers will excavate faux dinosaur eggs and create their own dinosaurs.  Campers will also explore the world of dinosaurs with a trip the Museum of the Rockies.

Week 7 : Mechanic  

July 23-27

It's fair week in Helena!  Campers will learn about gears, circuits, and engineering. We will even create our own cardboard cars and race them.   We will be ready for the annual kiddie parade and a trip to the county fair.

Week 8: Military   

July 30-August 3

Left, right, left.  Campers will be exploring the life of our military heroes.  We will be decoding secret messages, launching army men, and eating MREs.  Campers will even get to meet some of our brave heroes and hear about their life.

Week 9: Parent  

August 6-10

Campers will discover what life is like as a parent.  We will design a life jacket, and make apple pie.  This week will also take campers to the Great Falls Children’s Museum and the Electric City Water Park.  

Week 10:  Chef

August 13-17

Campers will discover and experience the culinary arts.  We will create food art and even explore food science.  We talk to and get a demonstration from a local chef.  

Week 11:  Artist

August 20-24

Campers will explore and experience the world of art.  We will create personal works of art using many mediums.  They will take part in a color war. Campers will even work with a professional Artist.

At the Y you're not just dropping off your child for a day of fun activities, you're tapping into an expert summer camp resource committed to providing high-quality, age-appropriate experience.   We curb summer learning loss with dedicated reading time and STEM activities.  Worried about summer weight gain?   We are constantly moving. Boredom?  Not here!

There is a $15 NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE fee required to hold a child's spot in daycamp.  The balance is due at least two weeks before the start of each camp week that you have reserved for your child.

Lunch and snack will be provided Monday-Friday!  Financial Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Automatic payment plans are available, you must have a credit card to set up automatic payment plans on-line.  


Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-9 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-3 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-3 PM
Summer Hours Memorial Day-Labor Day
Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Mon-Thurs: 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577