Camp Indian Valley - Indian Valley YMCA

11 Pinney Street Ellington, CT 06029

Conveniently located at the Indian Valley YMCA in Ellington, Camp Indian Valley offers a beautiful outdoor play space and wooded wetland nature preserve, all with the safety and comfort that comes with a full-facility branch.

Daily swim, archery, sports, Gaga, arts and crafts, and more make this a perfect camp.

Camp 2023 will have some incredible changes. We will be running camp from 7:00am to 6:00pm (see below for a sample schedule), campers will have swim instruction, and campers at Camp Indian Valley will have the opportunity to go on field trips or meet special guests. We want campers to have an immersive experience in 2023!

With a variety of sports activities from kickball, soccer, basketball, to Disk Golf, Gaga, and so many others. Campers will have the opportunity to learn some of the basics of these activities while making new friends. Campers will also get to do some fun craft activities from nature art, painting, and bracelet making, to so many other fun arts and crafts activities. Camp Indian valley also has a low ropes course and an archery range!

We are planning on running our Leaders in Training (LIT) Program this summer. This program is designed for Teens 14-15 years old that want to learn more about camp and how to be a good leader.  There are three 3-week sessions. The 3-week sessions cost $690 and campers must be able to attend all three weeks of the program to enroll.

Camp Indian Valley

Day Camp

Registration Will Open January 1, 2024

Schedule: 9am - 4pm
Traditional camp program at the Indian Valley Family YMCA with crafts, sports, nature, and STEM activities. There will be a weekly theme that will change each week of the summer. AM and PM Care provided at no additional coast. Each week campers will either have a field trip or have a special guest come to camp.

2024 Member Pricing: TBD
2024 Program Participant: TBD

Teen Leadership Programs

Leaders in Training (Ages 14-15): Three week program

Registration Will Open January 1, 2024

Leaders in Training Program for our teen campers. AM and PM Care provided at no additional coast. Each week campers will either have a field trip or have a special guest come to camp.

2024 Member Pricing: TBD
2024 Program Participant: TBD


Before Camp: 7 - 9 am
Camp Day: 9 am - 4 pm
After Camp: 4 - 6 pm

Campers should be dropped off and picked up at the Indian Valley YMCA. There is no bussing for Camp Indian Valley.

Times What we're doing
7:00 am - 9:00 am Before Camp Care/Drop off
9:00 am - 9:30 am Daily Welcome
9:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning Activities
12:00 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Group Time
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Activities
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm All Camp meeting/ Daily debrief
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Camper Pick up


*We accept Care 4 Kids and offer financial assistance.

Core Activities at the Camp

Arts & Crafts

Large Group Games

Nature Activities


Songs, Skits & Plays


Team Building


Field Spaces
Gaga Pit
Hiking Trails
Low Ropes Course
Pickleball Courts
Volleyball Courts

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 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. 


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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