Indian Valley Family YMCA

Summer Day Camps Classes Offered at Indian Valley Family YMCA

YMCA Camp Indian Valley (Grades Pre K-9th)

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01 Nipmunks (entering grades k-2)

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Day camp is a whole new experience for younger campers.  Nipmunk campers will be introduced to the adventure of camp while getting the special attention younger campers need.  All activities are designed with the interest of the younger camper in mind.  All activities are run by highly trained counselors who model the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
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02 Chippewas (entering grades 3-5)

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Chippewa campers enjoy choosing among a variety of age appropriate and fun activities. Activities are more challenging to capture the interest of our older campers.  Campers will have the opportunity to learn new skills and create friendships and memories.  All activities are run by highly trained counselors who model the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
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03 Mohegans (entering grades 6-8)

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Mohegan campers will enjoy the best of what Camp Indian Valley has to offer. Activities will be adapted to meet the needs and interests of our oldest campers. Campers will have the chance to take part in more challenging activities such as archery, low ropes course, hiking, shelter building, and leadership opportunities. All activities are run by highly trained counselors who model the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
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05 YMCA Program Camps

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Program camps are Camp Indian Valley's version of Specialty Camps.  These camps are designed to have the campers explore, grow and discouver new worlds while having fun.  All camps are age specific and are designed with the camper's interestes in mind.  Choose a program and watch your imagination soar!Program Camps are held at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney St, Ellington, CT.All Camps are $225 unless otherwise noted.

Creative Campers (Grades 1-3)
6/20-6/24 Session 1
Geared for the younger campers, this camp will focus on arts and crafts. Kids explore a variety of projects such as: clay sculpture, sketching, watercolors or paints, nature collages, paper mâché, picture frames, necklaces, bracelets, and so much more.  Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

Science Detectives (Grades 5-8)
6/27-7/1 Session 2
Campers will get to explore science at camp this week. They will experiment with different occurring elements and everyday items to see how they work. Previous experiments include growing bacteria from sample as taken in the YMCA, making rock candy, changing the color of a flower, and making solar oven s’mores. This camp is not just cool science experiments; campers will also get to play camp games such as gaga ball and go swimming.

Drama Camp (Grades 4-8)
7/5-7/8 Session 3 ($180)

Do you enjoy acting, dancing, or otherwise performing for an audience? Come and join us as we share our talents with other campers in our first drama camp at Camp Indian Valley. Campers will take part in dancing, singing, and acting in a variety of settings. They will plan and act out their play during a midday ceremony on Friday.

Teen Excursion Camp (Ages 13-16)
7/11-7/15 session 4 ($250)

Are you between the ages of 13&16?  Not sure if you want to do sleepover camp?  Want to do something with your friends?  This is the place for you.  Our teen excursion camp will take you away from the sedintary boredom of summer vaction.  We will have day long trips to the beach, Lake Coumpounce, Camp Woodstock, Soaring Adventure Park, and a day hike and picnic at a local state park.  Can't wait for you to join us.

Time Traveller (Grades 1-3)
7/18-7/22 session 5

Take a trip through time. Campers will get to experience a new time period every day during this week of adventure. We will visit the dinosaurs, sail on the high seas with the pirates, visit cowboys in the Wild West, jump on a space ship to the stars, as well as spend time in Tomorrowland.

Fireside Feasts (Grades 5-8)
7/25-7/29 session 6

Learn to build a campfire and use a camp stove for exploring the culinary arts of the woods! Join your trusty outdoor guide for a week focused on outdoor cooking, accompanied by learning firebuilding and shelter building skills. We’ll spend the week in the Indian Valley Woods creating a group
encampment and feasting on the delicacies you design.

Soccer Camp (Ages 8-14)
8/1-8/5 session 7

Come spend a week perfecting your soccer skills, making new friends, and having fun at our soccer specialty camp! Expert instruction from a special guest included. This camp is designed to develop great soccer players through sound instruction in fundamental soccer skills. All campers will receive skill instruction appropriate to their age level, including: dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, heading, goalkeeping, teaching skills to others, communication, leadership, positive team interaction, self-practice methods, and laws of the game

Master Builders (Grades 3-6)
8/8-8/12 session 8

The twin sister to the camp of the same name at Camp Yankee Trails, this camp is for all those who love to build. Building competitions, week long projects, and other exciting events for the LEG® enthusiast in your house are just some of the fun things your camper will get to do during this spectacular week of LEG® building fun.

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Our LIT program is designed for campers entering 9th and 10th grade who are interested in having fun while learning skills to be successful leaders and, possibly, camp counselors! LITs will spend part of each day working with counselors and staff to develop leadership skills, organizational skills, and team building. They are seen as leaders at the camp and will take an active role in running games and activities with campers. Highlights will be visits from UConn Career Center for team building workshops, as well as runnign the camp store and choice activity time. This is a two week progressive program that requires a pre-camp interview. Interview will be scheduled during the month of June. 
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07 Preschool Specialty Camps Ages 3-5

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Our half-day preschool program will give your child the opportunity to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. Every day will include activities such as arts and crafts, games, stories, and nature exploration. Each week campers will explore an exciting theme. Any child who is 3 years of age by June 20th and has not yet attended Kindergarten may register.  Participants should bring a mid-morning snack and drink each day. All children must be potty-trained. All programs are held Monday - Friday from 9:00AM to 12:00Noon.  Ages 3 to 5 years.  These camps are held at the Indian Valley YMCA Child Care Center, 375 Hartford Tpke, Vernon, CT 06066.

Fun and Fitness 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
6/20-6/24 Session 1

Get Ready for a fun week of fitness!During this week campers will learn yoga, martial arts, experience an obstacle course and play sports. Each day will include warm-ups, floor exercises, stretching and a cool down. This session is a great way to keep the mind and body healthy! This week will be a completely positive experience.

Music Makers 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
6/27-7/1 Session 2

Dance, sing, and create your own instruments for our very own musical parade! Campers will have a
great time playing musical games and showing off their dance skills during dance parties! In addition to all the awesome camp games, campers will get to explore instruments and sounds from around he globe. Join us for this awesome week devoted to investigating the world of music and dance!

Dinosaur 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/5-7/8 Session 3

Preschoolers will enter the prehistoric world of dinosaurs, as they participate in many fun dinosaur themed activities. Campers will learn the different types of dinosaurs, dig for dinosaur bones, go on a dinosaur hunt, create their own dinosaurs, and sing some popular purple dinosaur songs.

Little Chefs 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/11-7/15 Session 4

Campers will have fun learning about health and nutrition as they create one healthy snack each day. During this session, each child will create their own personalized recipe book they will take home at the end of the week. This week will promote healthy eating habits, language and literacy, early math skills, and self-help skills.

Pirate Adventure 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/18-7/22 Session 5

Shiver me timbers, this week is filled with exxciting pirate adventures!  Children will have loads of fun sailing their pirate ship as they go ona treasure hunt once they find their lost treasure maps.  Children will enjoy dressing up and acting lik pirates throughtout the week as well, sharing creative pirate stoires.  Children will also explore the sensory table and outside water play.  There will be lots of adventure this week!

Community Hero 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/25-7/29 Session 6

This camp is a fun summer camp experience that will help preschoolers build their sense of community. A community hero will visit each day. Children will meet heroes such as a real policeman, fireman, postman, and crossing guard. Children will also enjoy theme-related art and play activities.

Trains, Planes, & Automobiles 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
8/1-8/5 Session 7

Everything that goes! Does your preschool love Thomas the Train? Construction Trucks and Race Cars? Jay, Jay, the Jet Plan? If so, you have found the right camp. We'll all have a great time with transportation-themed fun and games. Singing "The Wheels on the Bus", building a car out of cardboard boxes, and painting our own train engines are some of the planned activities. Children will especially love riding bikes and toys on our make-believe road.

Prince and Princess 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
8/8-8/12 Session 8

Prince and Princess Camp is the perfect camp for the princes and princesses in your family. If you have a child that loves music, arts & crafts, story time, and making new friends then this camp is forthem.  Each day children will celebrate a different prince and princess.  Children will have daily etiquette lessons, experience music and movement, build a royal castle, and much more.  Each day the children will be able to create their own prince and princess reality. 


YMCA Camp Yankee Trails (Grades 1st-10th)

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Camp Yankee Trails will be such a great introduction to outdoor camping for this group of youngest campers! Quinnipiac campers will be guided through the outdoors by our skilled and experienced counselors. Exploration of nature, arts & crafts, and small group games are highlights of the Quinnipiac campers' day. 
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As campers get older, they are able to experience more of what our spectacular camp has to offer! Cherokee campers will gain the ability to try archery and boating. They will play larger team games, enjoy more advanced arts & crafts projects, and look deeper into what nature has to offer them.
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As our oldest group of campers, Pequots will have the opportunity to experience everything that Yankee Trails has to offer. They will explore almost every inch of our 100+ acres, and create larger craft projects such as shelter building.
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06 Yankee Trails Specialty Camps (ENTERING GRADES 3-8)

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Our youth specialty camps are designed to provide campers with an array of theme-specific activities.  Specialty campers will participate in some traditional camping activities for part of the day and their specialty camp activities for the other part.  Specialty Camp activities are done from 9:00AM-3:30PM.  

Hollywood Camp (Entering Grades 3rd-8th)
6/20-6/24 Session 1

This camp is for the actor, dancer, comedian, and musician in all of us. This week is all about careers in Hollywood! Campers will get to take part in improv acting, dancing, singing, and music, and will plan and act out their spectacular camp show for Friday afternoon! Come and have some fun with other aspiring entertainers!

Camp Wars (Entering Grades 5th-8th)
6/27-7/1 & 8/1-8/5 Sessions 2 & 7

In this camp, campers will battle at Yankee Trails every day in some of the wildest, dirtiest games you can think of. Better dress down for this camp as your artillery will include: Jell-O, shaving cream, and mud. Lots of mud! Participate in a variety of games too see who will be the last one standing!

Master Builders! (Entering Grades 3-6) 7/5-7/8 Session 3
SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! Calling all Master Builders (and construction workers)! Do you like to create things out of LEGOS?  Then this camp is for you.  A whole week of nothing but LEGOS!!!! With building contests, group projects, and new building ideas you can showcase your skills at this awesome specialty camp.  Campers will participate in free swim, boating, and archery throughout the week, as well.

Boating & Archery Adventure Camp (Grades 3rd-8th)
7/11-7/15 & 8/8-8/12, Sessions 4 & 8

Our most popular specialty camp will be all about boating and archery! Boat races, relays, games, adventures, tournaments and challenges are just a few of the activities planned for this week. Space is LIMITED-- Register now!

Outdoor Cooking Camp (Grades 3rd-8th)
7/18-7/22 Session 5

In this camp, campers will experience cooking over a campfire at a whole new level! Campers will help prepare and cook items such as baked potatoes, popcorn, pizza, brown bears, banana boats, and many other campfire foods. Campers will also prepare their very own ice cream! Throughout the week campers will create their very own cook book to bring home on Friday.

Secret Agent Camp (Grades 3rd-6th)
7/25-7/29 Session 6

Are you a spy? Are you brave enough to accept this mission? Can you decode the message? We aer looking for the few, the brave, the secret agents that we can trust with the YMCA's mission secrets. Do you have what it takes? Come and find out during our BRAND NEW Spy Camp!


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07 Leaders in Training Program (LIT) (Ages 14-15/grades 9&10)

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You can be a big hero to a little child! The LIT program is designed for 14 and 15 year olds interested in having fun while learning the skills to become a successful leader and possibly a counselor. This 2 week program will have leaders working with each other in team building activities, learning how to work with children, lesson planning, and sharing ideas.  This program is designed to be a progressive skill building adventure culminating with the leaders being a "counselor for a day."  All activities are led by a staff advisor.  All LIT's will have a pre-camp interview scheduled during June. 
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