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YMCA Camp Yankee Trails

It's not just a camp, it's an adventure! Swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating, outdoor cooking, sports and games, nature activities, music, and drama are among the many activities we offer. Certain activities may be limited to certain age groups. Each camper is grouped according to age and is assigned a counselor to promote a sense of belonging, teamwork, and friendship. Campers are broken down in three separate groups based on age: Quinnipiacs, Cherokees, and Pequots.
At Yankee Trails, it is our goal to make a positive impact on each camper as they experience the beautiful, natural world of Yankee Trails. Daily transportation is offered from 10 locations in the Indian Valley area.
Sessions and Dates
Session 1: June 18 -June 22 - Preview Week
Session 2:
  June 25 -June 29 - Ignite Your Summer
Session 3:  July 2-July 6 - Holiday Week
*No Camp on July 4
Session 4:  July 9-July 13 - Color Games
Session 5:  July 16-July 20 - Carnival Week
Session 6:  July 23-July 27 - Y-Tube
Session 7:  July 30 - August 3 - Wet and Wild
Session 8:  August 6 -August 10 - Rock of Ages
Session 9:  August 13- August 17 - Mystical Time Machine
Session 10:
 August 20 - August 24 - Camp Favorites
Camp Activities: 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: 343 Plains Road, Tolland, CT 06084
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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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04 Family Camp Nights (Thursdays)

On 2 special Thursday nights, parents can meet their campers at Camp Yankee Trails starting at 5:30 pm. Families can enjoy make your own icecream sundaes and enjoy some camp activities or take a hike and enjoy quality time with your family.  Camp activities will be run by Yankee Trails Staff.  Family nights for Yankee Trails Adventure Camp are July 6 and July 27 from 6:000 - 8:00.  Registration is not required.  All are welcome!
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05 Senior Camp Overnights @ Yankee Trails (Grades 6-10)

After our Family Night has ended, campers in our Pequot Village and our LIT's will have the opportunity to stay and sleep over at camp.  The campers will spend the night with friends around a campfire and sleep at Yankee Trails.  Sleepover night dates are July 6 and July 27.  Breakfast will be provided by the camp the next morning.  Please be sure to pack a lunch for the following day at camp.  All participants in the overnights must be registered for Camp Yankee Trails session 3 or 6.  There are only 20 spots available each night.  Call the Indian Valley Family YMCA for more details and to register.  860-871-0008
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06 Yankee Trails Specialty Camps (ENTERING GRADES 3-8)

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-4:00PM.  

Hollywood Camp (Entering Grades 3rd-8th)
6/19-6/23 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)
6/26-6/30 Sessions 2

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) 7/3-7/7 Session 3 - no camp July 4
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)
7/10-7/14 & 8/7-8/11, 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)
7/17-7/21 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)
7/24-7/28 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 Spy Camp!

Mad Scientist (Grades 4rd-8th)
7/31-8/4 Session 7
Are you ready to explore the world of science?  thie week campers will get to experiement with differentelements and everyday items to see how they work together.  Previous experiments include growing bacteria, making rock candy, changing the color fo a flower, and making a solar over to raost s'mores.  If you are a mad scientist and like to experiment then this camp is for you!

Sports Excursion Camp (Grades 3rd-6th)
8/14-8/18 Session 9

ACampers will get a chance to improve their skills in a wide range of sports while making new friends and having fun at camp.  This camp is designed for campers to have fun while learning new techniques within their favorite sports.  Campers will work on Wiffle ball and Sofeball skills, archery precision, soccer skills and basketball shooting along with many other fun games.

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

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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08 Summer Vacation Camp

Looking for something to do with the kids after camp ends?  Look no further!  Drop the kids off at our Summer Vacation Camp and leave the worrying to us.  Children will participate in camp related activities in a safe, secure, and fun setting.  Games such as ga-ga, 4-square, and capture the flag will be played along with swimming in our wonderful heated indoor pool. Vacation Camp will run from 7am-6pm.  Come for one day or all of them.  Registration is required.

Dates: June 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 August 21, 22 ,23, 24, 25, 28, 29

Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $52/day
Location: Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney Street, Ellington 860-871-0008

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09 Sunrise/Sunset

The Sunrise & Sunset program at the Y is for families who need child care services for before camp begins and/or after camp ends.  These programs are held at the Indian Valley Family YMCA in Ellington.  Campers attending Sunrise/Sunset will participate in camp games and free play activities.  There is no additional charge for these programs and registration is not required.  Sunrise opens at 7am and Sunset closes at 6pm.  Campers attending Yankee Trails Adventure Camp and LITs will be bussed to and from camp from this program.  Sign in and out will be done through this program.

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Yankee Trails - I-84 East to Exit 70.  Take left onto Rte. 32 for about 3 1/2 miles. Take left onto Plains Rd., Tolland and follow to camp located on right hand side. The GPS address is 343 Plains Road, Tolland, CT 06084
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