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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. Explore art, music and science while celebrating cultures and traditions from Brazil to Japan. Built on a foundation of teamwork, friendship and fun, kids get moving with fitness, learn through field trip experiences and engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects and discover nature and the city!

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
  • Safe outdoor exploration of the community around us
  • Healthy breakfast, lunch and snack included

Camp Details


Children currently in grades K-5 (school year 2022 – 2023)

Camp Dates and Times

Dates: Monday, June 19 – Aug. 30, 2023 (All centers closed Tuesday, July 4)
Times: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

3-, 4- and 5-Day/Week Options

Camp Locations & Cost

  • YWCA Downtown | 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • YWCA Midtown | 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • YWCA at Ecolab | 80 7th Street West, St Paul, MN 55102
  • 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 Ecolab

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


To register, please fill out the PDF form here and submit a completed copy of the registration form PLUS your child’s immunization record to


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

  • YWCA Downtown: 612-215-4189
  • YWCA Midtown: 612-215-4328
  • YWCA Ecolab: 651-250-3540
  • 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.

Ages: 6 mo. to adults
Dates: Year round 4- or 8-class sessions
Locations: YWCA Midtown and YWCA Uptown

Otters Youth Swim Team

Dive into the Otters Swim Team! Youth 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 or call 612-215-4224.

Ages: 6 – 18
Dates: Year-round program
Locations: YWCA Midtown and YWCA Uptown

Swim Team Rookie Camp

Bridge the gap between swim lessons and swim team! In this camp kids will learn the basics of competitive stroke technique for butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. We will teach racing starts and turns. Participants will learn in a positive atmosphere and have the chance to experience a team setting, from hard sets to game time. Above all else, kids learn how much fun they have on a swim team!

Ages: 6 – 12
Dates: Year-round program
Locations: YWCA Midtown and YWCA Uptown

Strong Fast Fit

Strong Fast Fit is an exercise and nutrition camp open to youth in grades 3-8 (in fall 2023) 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. Elementary grades meet Mondays and Wednesdays, and middle school grades meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Summer Session:

Grades: 3 – 8 (in fall 2023)
Dates: Tuesday, June 26 – Friday, Aug. 3, 2023
Mondays – Thursdays 12:00 – 3:00 pm; selected Fridays
Location: YWCA Midtown

Questions? Contact

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