Camp Dakota - Hartford

444 Albany Avenue Hartford, CT 06103
YMCA Camp Dakota is a traditional camp, even though it is located in a school; we still do arts & crafts, fishing, hiking, swimming, field games and more.

We serve preschool through teens and expose them to new things such as learning to swim, making new friends, and life long memories.
 

Camp Indian Valley

Day Camp (ages 3-12)

Schedule: 9am - 4pm
Summer just would not be the same without the excitement and adventure of a YMCA Day Camp! Join us for a summer full of sports, games, swimming, nature, music & drama, arts & crafts, and new friendships. Each sessions activities are planned around a theme.

Member Pricing: $275
Program Participant: $350

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Teen Sports

Half Day PM

Schedule: 12pm - 4pm
1/2 Day Camp Summer just would not be the same without the excitement and adventure of a YMCA Day Camp! Join us for a summer full of sports, games, swimming, nature, music & drama, arts & crafts, and new friendships. Each sessions activities are planned around a theme.

Member Pricing: $160/week
Program Participant: $235/week

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Indian Valley Preschool

Preschool 

Summer just would not be the same without the excitement and adventure of a YMCA Day Camp! Join us for a summer full of sports, games, swimming, nature, music & drama, arts & crafts, and new friendships. Each sessions activities are planned around a theme.

Member Pricing: $292/week
Program Participant: $367/week

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Teen Leadership Programs

Leaders in Training 

Leaders In Training (LIT) helps youth prepare for future roles as Camp Counselors at Camp Dakota. This program includes life skills workshops and shadowing counselors in our day camp program.

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*We accept Care 4 Kids and offer financial assistance

Schedule:

Before camp: 7am - 9am
Camp full day: 9am - 4pm
Camp half day: 12pm - 4pm
After camp: 4pm - 5:30pm

Pricing per Week*: 

*Discounts offered week of July 4, no camp on July 3.

CORE ACTIVITIES AT THE CAMP

Swim Lessons

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

Swimming

Camp FAQs

  • Backpack to carry all their items (Label all camper items) 
  • Bathing Suit and Towel
  • Healthy Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Complete change of clothes in a Ziplock bag for children under eight in case of accidents
  • Any medications you have paperwork for 
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn except while swimming
  • Electronics - campers will have all electronics confiscated and returned to the parents upon pick up. 
  • Anything that can be considered a weapon
  • Any valuables
  • Juuls or other E-cigarettes - all YMCA camps are smoke and vape free areas. 
  • Camps run an intensive 40 hours or more of Staff orientation before the campers arrive. We cover the basics of our: camp philosophy, behavior management, lesson plans, water safety, climbing safety, and day camp life. However, most importantly we spend time doing the activities that campers will spend their summer taking part in. Counselors learn different adaptations to games like Capture the Flag, Four–Square, and Gods Eyes. In addition, counselors have guest speakers discuss child abuse prevention, emergency action plans, and other integral parts of the camp day.
  • Camp staff older than 18 years old are trained in medication administration by a licensed RN, PA, or MD. 
  • Inhalers, epi-pen, and additional emergency medications are necessary to ensuring your camper is safe. On the first day of each session parents are responsible for dropping of their medication with the following items:
    • Original prescription box with current label
    • Medication that has not expired
    • Medical Authorization form signed by the campers physician and parent
    • Care Plan signed by the campers physician and parent. 
  • If you have any further questions regarding camper medication and forms; please reach out to your camp leadership. 
  • Yes, the State of Connecticut requires a physical examination complete with parent signatures. That form can be found on our website. Physical exams are valid for 3 years from the date of the last exam. However, if there are any pretendant medical conditions that happened during the year, please reach out to the camp staff. A copy of the health form can be found on our website. 
  • LOTS OF THINGS! First of all, a misty or lightly rainy day will not stop us from following our normal schedule (so send your child with a light rain jacket). If it is a steady downpour, we resort to our vast arsenal of indoor activities, including portable teamwork activities, character values lessons, skits, songs, group games, portable sports activities and much more. 
  • Our camp days are filled with a variety of hands-on activities based around each camp’s theme. These activities are designed to be fun and exciting while helping campers to develop skills and positive habits in scientific and critical thinking. Actual schedules may vary, based on weather, preferences of camp groups, and other factors. We design our curricula to include structured activities, and unstructured free-play, taking advantage of both indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate different learning styles and energy levels.

The YMCA follows the State of Connecticut guidelines for camper to counselor ratio. 

  • 1 counselor to 9 campers: Campers 6 years old and under
  • 1 counselor to 12 campers: Campers 7 years old and over
  • Yes, the YMCA provides financial assistance and will assist you in applying for Care4kids. 
  • Our refund policy states that all deposits and one- time registration fees are non- refundable and non-transferable. Cancelation prior to June 1st will be refunded less the 20% deposit. Cancellations between June 1st and June 15th are eligible for a 50% refund less the 20% deposit. All refund requests must be made in writing. If withdrawing due to a medical reason, a signed doctor’s note must be presented and full refund less the 20% deposit may be issued. All schedule changes must be made in writing at least one week prior to the session’s start date. 
  • Registration is completed on the ghymca.org website. The system will walk you through filling out and submitting the registration. The registration and deposits must be submitted at the time of registration. 
  • Yes, you and the other authorized pick ups would need to show an ID during pick up. As the summer goes on, the camp team will begin to remember you and may you sign you out without one. However, always make sure you bring an ID! 
  • Yes, as long as they are within the same age or grade levels the campers can be grouped together. Please reach out to your camp for more information. 

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

Affordable Care and Financial Assistance

While we try to make our programs affordable for everyone, we understand that cost may be a barrier for some families. We encourage you to apply for financial assistance through our Y if you find that you may have difficulties in paying your program fees.

Financial Assistance CARE4KIDS 

Please return your completed application along with the supporting documents to your local YMCA.

Raising Funds

You are also invited to become a part of the YMCA Annual Campaign, where parents and other volunteers help raise money to provide scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to participate in our programs.

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