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Summer Camps

Fun, Learning and Adventures Await!

YWCA Minneapolis Summer Camps promote healthy attitudes and lifestyles through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences.

We offer kids camp, aquatics, sports, recreational activities and our year-long Strong Fast Fit program for ages 4-17.

We look forward to having your child join us for an exciting summer with YWCA Minneapolis!

View Summer Camp Brochure

Summer Kids Day Camp

We provide hands-on learning specific to the ages, needs and interests of our campers.

Our kids day camp features:

  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Games
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) theme-based activities
  • Service and cultural activities
  • Weekly field trips to explore the city (museums, architecture, parks and more)
  • Breakfast and lunch included

Camper Details


Children currently in grades K-5 (school year 2018 – 2019)

Camp Dates and Times

June 10 – August 23, 2019
(Closed July 4 and July 5)

7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

3 Camp Locations

YWCA Downtown, 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (3, 4 and 5-day options)

YWCA at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 800 E 28th St, #15103, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (3, 4 and 5-day options)

YWCA Midtown, 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (5-day only)


YWCA Downtown or YWCA at Abbott

  • Three-day: $167/week
  • Four-day: $193/week
  • Five-day: $206/week

YWCA Midtown

  • Five-day only: $322.45/week


YWCA Midtown

To register for YWCA Midtown, 5-day only camp, please call 612-215-4328.

YWCA Downtown or YWCA at Abbott

To register for YWCA Downtown or YWCA at Abbott summer camp, please fill out the PDF form found here, and submit a completed copy of the registration form PLUS your child’s immunization record to:

Registration Cost

There is a $50 nonrefundable registration fee per child. An email with a payment link will be sent to you within one week of receiving this registration form. Your registration will not be complete until the $50 registration fee is paid for each child and all required forms are submitted. All invoices will be emailed.


For questions, please contact any of the camp location center directors:

  • YWCA Downtown: 612-215-4189
  • YWCA at Abbott: 612-863-0971
  • YWCA Midtown: 612-215-4328


Spring Sessions: April 13 – June 9
Summer Sessions: June 10 – August 18
YWCA Midtown and YWCA Uptown


Swim Lessons

No matter the swim level, dedicated instructors can help your child (and you) achieve greater confidence and skill in the water.

Ages: Infants – Adults

Spring registration opens: April 8

Summer registration opens: May 20

Classes start at $55

Intro to Swim Team

Learn the skills needed to be on a swim team or swim practice group. Strengthen skills in the four competitive strokes, starts and turns and basic prep work for team participation.
Prerequisite: Comfortable swimming 25 yards of each of the four competition strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle).

Ages: 6 -13

Spring registration opens: April 8

Summer registration opens: May 20

Classes start at $55

Register Here


Rookie Swim Camp

Learn the basics of competitive stroke technique for butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle in a positive atmosphere and have the chance to experience a team setting. Learn how much fun you can have on a swim team! Prerequisite: Passed Red Cross Level 4 or equivalent.

Ages: 6 – 13

June 17 – 20, June 24-27, July 8-11, 15-18, August 5-8 Monday – Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

YWCA Uptown

Registration opens: April 8

Cost/week: $75 members, $95 nonmembers

Register Here



Call 612-215-4224 (YWCA Uptown) or 612-215-4342 (YWCA Midtown).


Girls Who Tri

Discover the sport of triathlon! Build swim, bike and run skills in a fun, energetic and supportive environment. Girls Who Tri encourages girls to go outside their comfort zones, create their own definitions of success, build a sisterhood of support and practice self-reflection. Each day includes a morning and afternoon snack. At the end of the week girls will participate in a mini triathlon!

What to Bring:

  • Bag lunch and water bottle
  • Running shoes
  • Swimsuit (sport preferred) and goggles
  • Wednesday and Friday: bike and helmet required (these are available upon request)

Prerequisites: Youth must be able comfortable in water, be able to ride any type of bicycle and able to run/walk a half mile.

July 22 – 26 (Ages 12-14); July 29 – August 2 (Ages 11-14)

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $50/week

Scholarships are available to households that qualify financially. For scholarship information and other questions, call 612-215-4373. 

Youth Hoops 101

Learn basic basketball skills skills in a fun, supportive environment.

Ages: 5-11

April 13 – May 18; May 25 – June 29

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $55 members, $62.50 nonmembers (5% online registration discount)

Register Here


Youth Fit and Fun

Have fun while playing a variety of fitness games.

Ages: 5-11

Sat, April 13 – May 18, May 25 – June 29

12:30 – 1:20 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $55 members, $62.50 nonmembers (5% online registration discount)

Register Here


Boys Basketball Showdown

A two-day basketball tournament where youth showcase their talent in friendly competition.

June 8 – 9

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $100/team (minimum 7 team members, maximum 12)

To register your team: Call 612-215-4303 for information and to register

Recreational Activities

Creative Crafting Series

Unleash your creative side by using your hands to make something unique and special related to national holidays and awareness about different causes.

  • SENSORY CRAFTS Sensory-based crafting and activities including sensory bottles and bags. Sat, April 13 | 11:30 am – 12:25 pm | YWCA Midtown | Ages 4 – 9 | $25 members, $35 nonmembers
  • MAY CRAFTING Celebrate Mother’s Day creating May baskets and tulips. Sat, May 4 | 11:30 am – 12:25 pm | YWCA Midtown | Ages 4 – 9 | $25 members, $35 nonmembers

Dino Camp

Have a great time with friends as we explore dinosaurs and use our imagination to bring them to life. Learn about dinosaurs through art, reading, music and play. All children must be potty trained, unless a parent stays for the duration of class. Bring a peanut-free snack.

Ages: 4-6

June 11 – 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $100 members, $125 nonmembers

Register Here


Intro to Cooking

Learn the basics of cooking and have fun with friends. Participants will walk to the local farmers market to shop for healthy, fresh ingredients and incorporate them into the meal of the day.

Ages: 9-13

YWCA Midtown

Cost/session: $40 members, $45 nonmembers

  • SESSION ONE: Tue, June 11 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm Sat, June 15 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • SESSION TWO: Tue, June 25 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm Sat, June 29 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • SESSION THREE: Tue, July 9 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm Sat, July 13 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Register for Session 1

Register for Session 2

Register for Session 3


City Explorers

Explore the Twin Cities community by bus and on foot. Activities vary and we are bound to visit interesting places including: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnehaha Park and Minneapolis art museums. Trip and bus fees are included. Bring a backpack, lunch from home and good walking shoes. Additional spending money is optional.

Ages: 10-14

Wednesdays, June 12 – July 10

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $85 members, $100 nonmembers

Register Here


Kids Zone Poetry Club

Welcome to poetry camp! Explore some of the poetry greats, write your own poetry, play games and create crafts.

Ages: 5-11

June 18 – 20

1:30 – 4:30 pm

YWCA Midtown

Cost: $100 members, $125 nonmembers

Register Here


Questions for any recreational activities? Call 612-215-4386

All recreational activities receive a 5% discount for online registration

Year-Long Youth Program

Strong Fast Fit

Strong, Fast, Fit youth fitness program is designed to educate and empower youth in culturally specific communities to live healthy and active lifestyles.

  • East African
  • Hmong
  • Latino
  • Native American

Participating families receive a FREE family fitness membership at YWCA Minneapolis!

  • One-year program for youth ages 7-17
  • Meet twice a week for exercise and nutrition programming
  • Monthly family nutrition education
  • Athletic events and field trips

Call to Enroll: 612-215-4373

Children Thrive at YWCA!

“My daughter is so excited to start her day, she ignores me from the minute she gets here in the morning. Our rides home in the afternoon are filled with stories about her friends, details of craft projects, long walks, swimming and descriptions of lunch (usually including the word delicious). This is a place where she feels safe and loved. I’m more grateful than I can say for the people who treat my daughter with such care, and for a place where she can spend such memorable summers.”

– Susan, YWCA Summer Camp Parent