Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
Every day is full of potential
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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!

Summer 2017 program guide

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.  

registration opens April 1 for YMCA members and April 29 for non-members  

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


YMCA Day Camp: more ACTIVE, more LEARNING, more FUN.

Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER.

*Kids must have finished Kindergarten and be entering 1st grade in the 2017-2018 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 29th 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.

Montana - The Last Best Place


This summer will be spent exploring all things Montana as we discover why Montana is labeled  ‘The Last Best Place!’  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 two (2) 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:   My Montana

June 12-16

Campers will spend this week exploring some of the things Montana is known for including team building through group murals, making ice cream, and travelling to the Lewis and Clark Library for a scavenger hunt on all things Montana!

Week 2    Helena

June 19-23

We plan to explore the history of Helena in ways we have not done in Day Camp before!  We will practice our engineering skills as we build a fire tower out of PVC and one out of craft sticks.  We will follow a map through the historical Reader’s Alley and stop off for some candy history at the Parrot.  

Week 3   Helena Heros

June 26-30

Sirens will blare when we visit with fire, military, and police personnel.  Campers will give back to local heros with thank you letters.  To top it off, a week long swim challenge where campers will learn water safety and how to use rescue equipment.

Week 4   Montana Wilderness

July 3-7 (No camp on July 4)

Campers will have an opportunity to spend the night at Camp Child!!  Everyone will visit for the day and collect items to create natural art.  Campers will also make their own fruit leather using wild Montana berries.  

Week 5   Montana Animals

July 10-14

How do animals stay warm in the winter? Campers are going to find out by creating their own mini hibernation station.  A walk to Montana Wild along the Centennial Trail and an afternoon at Spring Meadow Lake are on the list as well.

Week 6  Montana Mining

July 17-21

Campers will  walk up historic Last Chance Gulch to the Painted Pot and create their own ‘gold pans’ and try some actual panning!  It will be cool to see how the crystal caves  they make turn out as well!

Week 7   Montana Agriculture

July 24-28

It is fair week in Helena!  Campers will learn about Montana agriculture and experiment with yeast.  We will be ready for the annual kiddie parade and a trip to the county fair to see what local farmers and ranchers have to share!

Week 8    Lewis and Clark

July 31-August 4

Lewis and Clark history is all around us!  Canoeing in the YMCA pool, exploring and mapping Mount Helena and our own back yard is going to be an adventure like we have not had before!

Week 9   Montana’s Native Cultures

August 7-11

Campers will ride the rapids at the Missoula Splash Park after making mini canoes, participating in traditional Native American games, making berry pudding, and share Native American stories.  

Week 10    Montana Neighbors

August 14-18

The Northwest is famous for deep snow and cold temperatures.  Campers will play floor hockey and create a snow storm in a jar. Did you know our neighbor Canada has over 30,000 lakes?  We will spend a day playing at our own Spring Meadow Lake.  

Week 11   Best of the Best

August 21-25

We will take note of the summer’s favorite activities and local field trips to do one more trip around Montana before Campers head back to school!



Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-10 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM-1:15 PM & Tues-Fri 4:30 PM-7 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