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Summer Day Camps > YMCA Camp Indian Valley (Grades Pre K-9th)

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01 Traditional - (Grades K - 8th)

Swimming, fun, and friends is what Camp Indian Valley is all about. At Camp Indian Valley campers have a great camp experience right at the Indian Valley YMCA. Our caring and well trained counselors lead campers through fun activities such as games, arts and crafts, and science and nature! Campers also get to swim every day in the Indian Valley Family YMCA pool in Ellington! Each session campers will celebrate a theme.  There will also be a special event such as a moonbounce, a magic show, or musical entertainment several times during the summer! Campers are broken down in three separate groups based on age.

Nipmunks: For campers entering K – 2nd Grade
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 our younger campers need. All activities are designed with the interest of your younger camper in mind.

Chippewas: For campers entering 3rd – 5th Grade
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 many friendships and memories.

Mohegans: For campers entering 6th – 8th Grade
Mohegan campers will enjoy the best of what Camp Indian Valley has to ofer.  Activities will be adapted to meet the needs of our oldest campers.  These campers will be given weekly opportunities to be mentors to our youngest campers through our mentoring activity.

Sessions and Dates
Session 1 6/22 – 6/26 (Challenge Week)
Session 2 6/29 – 7/3 (Spirit Week)
Session 3 7/6 – 7/10 (Myths and Legends)
Session 4 7/13– 7/17 (Music Makers
Session 5 7/20– 7/24 (Game Show Mania)
Session 6 7/27– 7/31 (Spirit Mini Theme Week)
Session 7 8/3– 8/7 (Olympic Week)
Session 8 8/11– 8/17 (IV Parties)

Camp Activities: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney Street, Ellington

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02 Family Camp Night

On 2 special Thursday nights, parents can meet their camper's counselor at Camp Indian Valley starting at 5:30 pm. Families can savor ice cream sundaes or bring your own supper/dessert to enjoy. Families will also enjoy some camp activities or take a hike on our trail while enjoying quality time with your family. Family Nights for Camp Indian Valley are July 16 & August 6 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  All are welcome!  Registration not required.
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03 Preschool Specialty Camps Ages 3-5

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.

Tiny Dancers 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
6/22-6/26 Session 1

Get Ready to dance!  During this week of Tiny Dancers children will have many opportunities to express themselves through dance as they learn basic dance moves and coordinated movements.  Dance promotes social development as well as self esteem and fitness but overall dance is fun.  The best reason for a child to take dance is because of the rewarding fun they will have.  They will meet new friends in an environment where they are free to express themselves!  Each day children will also do an art activit.  What child wouldn't want to do that?!

Tumble Bugs 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5) No camp July 4
6/29-7/3 Session 2

Preschoolers will enjoy spending each morning moving, singing, and playing along with Lomax, the Hound of Music. Preschoolers will enjoy hands-on activities to develop expressiveness and creativity, unique vocal warm-up exercises, and exciting games and activities to encourage rhythm development.

Dinosaur 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/6-7/10 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.

Fairy Tale 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/13-7/17 Session 4

Preschoolers will delve into the wonderful world of Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Goldilocks as they read about the character's fun adventures. There will also be theme-related art, and of course, lots of dress up and dramatic play.

Pirate Adventure 1/2 Day Preschool Camp (Ages 3-5)
7/20-7/24 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)
7/27-7/31 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)
8/3-8/7 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)
8/10-8/14 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. 

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04 YMCA Program Camps

Science Detectives Program Camp (Grades 5-8)
7/6-7/17 Two Week Session 3&4
Held at the Indian Valley YMCA 11 Pinney St Ellington
This camp will get to explore science at camp over two weeks.  They will experiment with naturally occuring elements and everyday items to see how they work.  Making a potato clock and rock candy are just two of the experiments they will do.  The camp will culminate with a science convention at parent's night on July 17.  Experiments will be on display in the YMCA for the following week.  This camp is not just cool science stuff, campers will get to go swimming every day and camp activities such as archery and gaga ball.

Soccer Program Camp (Ages 8-14)
8/3-8/7 Session 7 Held at the Indian Valley YMCA 11 Pinney St Ellington

Come spend a week perfecting your soccer skills, making new friends, and having fun at our frst ever 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.

Teen Excursion Camp (Ages 13-15)
7/6-7/10 session 4 & 8/10-8/14 Session 8 Held at the Indian Valley YMCA 11 Pinney St Ellington

Are you between the ages of 13&15?  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.

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05 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.

Cost: $45/day
Dates: June 15, 16, 17,18,19, August 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27,28

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

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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 will transistion to and from Camp Indian Valley from this program.  Sign in and out will be done through this program.

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