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Summer Camps

Welcome to Your Passport to Summer!

Travel around the world this summer! YWCA Minneapolis summer camps are safe, fun and diverse learning experiences designed for many ages, skill sets and interests. Kids will explore art, music and science while celebrating cultures and traditions from Africa to the United Kingdom. Each child will create a photo journal to capture the memories of their favorite activities, foods and adventures from the summer. Each child will also be getting their very own passport that will be updated each week based on the country they “visit!”

We take health and safety very seriously and will continue to evaluate our protocols based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Summer Kids Day Camp

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

Our camp features:

  • Games
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) theme-based activities
  • Service and cultural activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Structured learning and reading time, enrichment activities and schoolwork support as needed
  • Outdoor games and activities on our playgrounds
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Safe outdoor exploration of the community around us

Camp Details

Ages

Children currently in grades K-5 (school year 2021 – 2022)

Camp Dates and Times

  • YWCA Downtown | June 27 – August 31 | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • YWCA Midtown | June 27 – August 31 | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • YWCA Children’s Center at Abbott | June 27 – August 31 | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • All centers closed Monday, July 4

 

Camp Locations & Cost

  • YWCA Downtown | 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • YWCA Midtown | 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • YWCA at Abbott Northwestern Hospital | 800 East 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

YWCA Downtown

Three-day $171/week
Four-day $197/week
Five-day $225/week

YWCA Midtown

Five-day only $360/week

YWCA at Abbott

Three-day $171/week
Four-day $197/week
Five-day $225/week

The one-time registration fee for each child is $80.

Registration

YWCA Downtown & Abbott

To register for YWCA Downtown or Abbott, please fill out the PDF form here and submit a completed copy of the registration form PLUS your child’s immunization record to summercamp@ywcampls.org.

YWCA Midtown

To register for YWCA Midtown, please call 612-215-4328.

Questions?

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

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

Group Swim Lessons

Group swim lessons offer an excellent opportunity for infants, toddlers, youth and adults alike to develop their skills, learn water safety and gain confidence in a supportive environment. In our selection of courses, you’ll find classes for those who are just beginning to swim as well as more advanced options for swimmers looking to refine their technique.

Registration

  • Summer registration opens: May 31
  • Ages: Infants — Adults

Otters Youth Swim Team

Dive into the Otters Swim Team! Youth ages 6 – 14 will build strength, speed and endurance while learning competitive swim techniques. We promote progression and goal setting at an individual level as well as sportsmanship and teamwork in a positive environment. The Otters Swim Team has a well-established scholarship and support program to expand access to all swimmers.

Questions? Email otters@ywcampls.org or call 612-215-4224.

Girls Inc. Eureka!

Eureka! is a five-year summer- and school-year program for girls (including transgender girls) and nonbinary individuals in grades 7-8 (in fall 2022) interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Youth participate in swimming lessons, sports, field trips, STEM labs led by University of Minnesota professors and students, internships, hands-on activities and personal development. The program is FREE. Apply today!

Summer Session:

  • June 27 – July 22
  • Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Midtown and the University of Minnesota
  • Applications are due March 28

Questions? Contact girlsinc@ywcampls.org or 612-215-4369.

Strong Fast Fit

Strong Fast Fit is an exercise and nutrition camp open to youth in grades 3-8 (in fall 2022) who identify as African American, East African, Hmong, Hispanic/Latinx and Native American. The program is FREE and youth receive a free 12-month family membership for active participation.

Summer Session:

  • June 27 – August 11
  • Monday – Thursday, 12:00 – 3:00 pm and select Friday dates for social drop-ins
  • Elementary grades meet Mondays and Wednesdays; middle school grades meet Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Location: YWCA Midtown

Questions? Contact jvang@ywcampls.org.

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