Glastonbury YMCA: Camp Glawackus & Liger

30 High Street South Glastonbury, CT 06073

Camp Glawackus and Camp Liger are all about discovering nature and your place in the world.

Preschool through teens will have the opportunity to find new talents, try new activities, and gain independence while making lasting memories. Campers will try archery, do crafts, and play sports. 

Serving Andover, Colchester, Glastonbury, Hebron, Marlborough and surrounding areas.
 

Camp Indian Valley

Camp Glawackus: Day Camp

2024 Camp Registration is Open!

Schedule: 7 am - 6 pm 
Camp Glawackus, a state licensed and ACA accredited day camp for 1st to 5th grade includes weekly field trips, Arts & Crafts, archery, and other sports activities. Character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are integrated into every activity. Nurturing, experienced and professional counselors promote an atmosphere of fun and friendship while they help children explore the world around them.

2024 Member Pricing: $330
2024 Program Participant: $405

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Preschool at the Y

Camp Scampers

2024 Camp Registration is Open!

Schedule: 9 am - 3:30 pm 
Scampers, a state licensed and ACA accredited day camp for children age 4 to entering kindergarten. Character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are integrated into every activity. Nurturing, experienced and professional counselors promote an atmosphere of fun and friendship while they help children explore the world around them.

2024 Member Pricing: $330 
2024 Program Participant: $405

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Teen Leadership Programs

Camp Glawackus: Camp Leaders in Training

2024 Camp Registration is Open!

This program is for any students who will be 14-15 years old by June 12, 2023. The program is designed for campers that would like to learn more about the responsibilities and enjoyment of being a camp counselor. While concentrating on developing into leaders, they will incorporate the YMCA's four character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility into their everyday lives. They will be required to attend all MANDATORY staff trainings.

2024 Member Pricing: $300 
2024 Program Pricing: $375

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Kids Basketball Camp

Camp Liger

2024 Camp Registration is Open!

Schedule: 7 am - 6 pm 
Camp Liger is a state licensed camp for young adults entering grades 6-8. Sign up now for a summer of fun, adventure, and excitement. We will spend our days exploring Connecticut attractions, serving our communities, and developing friendships to last a lifetime. The YMCA emphasizes the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

2024 Member Pricing: $345 
2024 Program Participant: $420

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If you need financial assistance, please apply for Care 4 Kids first and then you can apply for YMCA financial assistance.

Schedule:

Camp Day: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Preschool: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
After Care: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Additional Information:

Inhalers, epi-pen, and additional emergency medications are necessary to ensuring your camper is safe. One week before each session parents are responsible for dropping of their medication at the YMCA office 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. 

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 1 year from the date of the last exam. However, if there are any pertinent 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.

Camper/Counselor Ratio:
  • 1 counselor to 6 campers: Campers 6 years old and under
  • 1 counselor to 10 campers: Campers 7 years old and over

Core Activities at the Camp

Arts & Crafts

Large Group Games

Nature Activities

Songs, Skits, & Plays

Sports

Team Building

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

Archery
Basketball
Field Spaces
Gaga Pit
Playscape
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 pertinent 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. 
  • Deposits are nonrefundable, and only transferable for the current camp year. Refunds will not be given for cancellations within 4 weeks of a session starting. Upon written request, paid fees may be transferred to another camp week if space is available.
  • 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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