Helena YMCA Summer Day Camp

Helena YMCA Summer Day Camp

WILD about Montana, 2023 SUMMER CAMP

Ready for the Best Summer Ever? Over the course of the summer, each week will follow a different theme while intertwining everything great about Montana!

Helena YMCA Summer Day Camp will be held at beautiful Camp Child. Campers’ grades Kinder to 6th for the 2023-24 school year will enjoy canoeing, arts & crafts, swimming, zip lining, climbing the rock wall, practicing archery, disc golf and so much more! Campers will also participate in daily STEM and literacy activities based on the Helena Public Schools Content Standards that will prevent summer regression and expand developing skills. Breakfast and lunch provided daily.

*Kindergartners MUST be at least 5 years old at the time they attend camp

Week 1: June 12-16, WILD about BUGS!

This week will be all about Bees, Butterflies and Bugs! Campers will collect and identify bugs, lean about the power of pollinators, dance like bees and more!

Week 2: June 19-23, WILD about ART

Calling all nature enthusiasts and artists! This week we will find art materials everywhere we look, paint flower petals, paint kindness rocks, and create tree rubbings. The artistic possibilities are endless!

Week 3: June 26- 30, WILD about BOTANY

This week will be spent learning about Montana Ecosystems and plants. Campers will learn all about identifying wildflowers, seed dispersal and invasive plants and weeds.

Week 4: July 5th-7th, WILD about AMERICA

Do you like learning about American and Montana History and Treasure Hunts? Campers will spend this week learning about Montana History and going on a treasure hunt.

*Tuition for the week for 4th of July will be prorated by 40% due to the shortened week. Price will be reflected during checkout.*

Week 5: July 10th- 14th, WILD about CONSERVATION

Are you up to the challenge of keeping Montana beautiful? Campers will learn all about conservation, native species and even learn how to conduct an aquatic survey to determine the health of our waterbodies.

Week 6: July 17th- 21st, WILD about FAIRY TALES

This week, campers will explore the magical forest and all that lives there, real and imaginary. We will make potions and fairy houses, race our dragons and end the week with stories and skits on the main stage. Montana Wild will visit and teach us all about Bears. Fairy wings and magic wands encouraged!

Week 7: July 24th – 28th, WILD about COLORS

Red + Blue equals endless summer fun!  This week, campers will create colors everywhere through different chemistry experiments ending the week with a Color Fun Run through Camp Child.

Week 8: July 31- August 4, WILD about BIRDS

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s all week fun! Campers will birdwatch, race paper airplanes and more.

Week 9: August 7th- 11th, WILD about WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Do you have what it takes to survive in the Wilderness? This week we will learn how to use a compass, fish and identify plants for survival.

Week 10: August 14-18, WILD about WATER

The hottest way for kids to cool off this summer! Campers spend the full week enjoying an awesome array of water activities including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and more!

Week 11: August 21-25, CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

This week will be filled with the campers all time summertime favorites! If you want to make slime turn to page 41. If you want to hunt for bugs turn to page 50. Proceed ahead to take another ride on the zipline! This last week of summer is for ALL THE FUN!


Daily Schedule:

8:00 am – Check in at the YMCA

8:30 am – Shuttle to beautiful Camp Child


5:00-5:30 pm – Back at the YMCA for pick-up

*Except on Fridays, where we will have pick up from 4:00-5:00 PM*

Families receiving Best Beginnings Scholarship or applying for Financial Assistance please click the registration button below.

2024 Weekly Summer Camp Registration

All Locations
6/10/24 - 8/23/24

Weekly Summer Camp 2024 Rates and Payment Polices


YMCA Member: $300 Non-members: $350

Payment Policies:

****A $25 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit per week is due at registration.****

**The remaining balance will be automatically charged 1 week prior to the camp date.**


Scholarship Registration

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit Special Rate
06/10/24 - 06/14/24
$ 25.00 Registration
06/17/24 - 06/21/24
$ 25.00 Registration
06/24/24 - 06/28/24
$ 25.00 Registration
07/01/24 - 07/03/24
$ 25.00 - $40.00 Registration
07/08/24 - 07/12/24
$ 25.00 Registration
07/15/24 - 07/19/24
$ 25.00 Registration
07/22/24 - 07/26/24
$ 25.00 Registration
07/29/24 - 08/02/24
$ 25.00 Registration
08/05/24 - 08/09/24
$ 25.00 Registration
08/12/24 - 08/16/24
$ 25.00 Registration
08/19/24 - 08/23/24
$ 25.00 Registration