Summer Day Camp

Your kids will discover the friendships, character values and fun of day camp that build self-esteem and leadership abilities.

By providing challenging activities in both a small and large group settings, YMCA Summer Day Camp give young people an experience that can last a lifetime.  This experience is grounded in a set of seven objectives that characterize all Y programs, and help people:

  • Grow personally
  • Learn values
  • Improve personal and family relationships
  • Appreciate diversity
  • Become better leaders and supporters
  • Develop specific skills and assets

Let's elaborate on these objectives and how your YMCA helps youth achieve them through Summer Day Camp.

Grow personally- Youth who are involved in the YMCA Summer Day Camp gain a greater sense of self-confidence and an appreciation of their own self-worth, learning to treat themselves and others with respect.  High self-esteem helps children build strong, healthy relationships and encourages them to overcome life obstacles to reach their full potential.

Learn values- YMCA Summer Day Camp helps children of all faiths develop moral values and ethical behavior consistent with Christian principles. YMCAs promote the four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility as essential for character development. Through Summer Day Camp, youth learn to define and demonstrate these values in everything they say and do.

Improve personal and family relationships—YMCAs support families of all kinds by giving children a safe place to grow into responsible members of their families and communities. During Summer Day Camp, youth learn to care for, and communicate and cooperate with, others.

Appreciate diversity—Diversity can be seen in terms of religion, race, age, income, abilities, and lifestyle. YMCA Summer Day Camps teach youth to respect and celebrate these differences, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and able to contribute to their community. Diversity is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, beliefs, and competencies as assets to the YMCA. By practicing inclusion, Ys not only address societal trends and remain relevant to their communities but also remain true to the YMCA mission, goals, and values.

Become better leaders and supporters—For youth to emerge as better leaders, they practice doing what leaders do—through work projects around camp, daily camp responsibilities, and community service. By participating in service-learning projects, such as making toys for low income families, campers grow as responsible members of their families and communities and become better community leaders and supporters. Children develop leadership skills by planning and executing ideas that help others, and they benefit most if there are three parts to the endeavor: identification of learning objectives; a meaningful project; and reflection before, during, and after the project.

Develop specific skills and assets—Diverse activities help campers acquire new knowledge and discover ways to grow in spirit, mind, and body. YMCA Day Camps help youth succeed in their daily lives through programs that build self-reliance, practical skills, and good values. This might mean learning to swim, building a fire, getting along with others, using a computer or speaking a foreign language.

Have fun—Life is enjoyable. Fun and humor are essential qualities of day camping and contribute to youth feeling good about themselves and others. Our success in reaching the other six objectives often depends on our ability to incorporate fun and friendships to make these new lessons “stick.”


Ages: 5 - 13 years of age

Hours: 7 am - 6pm

Cost: $150 per week *$50 deposit/per week/per child (non-refundable)

          EARLY-BIRD REGISTARTION (Before May 25th): $125 per week


Locations (Dates):  June 18th - August 17th    

 (4th of July - CLOSED)  

Orange Summer Day Camp - YMCA of Orange Youth Center -

             2241 E. Palmyra Ave., Orange, CA, 92869

2018 Summer Day Camp Flyer (ENGLISH-SPANISH)

2018 Summer Day Camp Calendar 

2018 Summer Day Camp Registration Packet 

Orange County Register Article - YMCA of Orange provides reminder of the joys of summer camp

Campership Fund awards nearly $70,000 to children's charities

New Campers must complete an enrollment packet (Available at the YMCA of Orange Administrative Office - 2241 E. Palmyra Ave, Orange, CA)

Please click on the link below to register for one of our many programs, and create life long memories for you and/or your family member.

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Questions? Jane Avila, Senior Program Director,