Summer Day Camp

summer day camp


Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical processes that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. A successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy.

Trading stories and sharing a favorite book or song with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff and team-mates after scoring the winning point. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what the Y’s summer camp is all about—ensuring kids get more out of their summer break: more friendships, more achievement, and more belonging. 

We demonstrate the role positive relationships play in the well-being of a child through:

• Staff-camper Relationships
• Camper Peer Friend-making
• Parent Engagement

We help children realize their passions, talents, and potential through:

• Achievement Passport
• Skill Variety & Mastery Charts
• Disguised learning activities through STEM, Reading, and Writing

We are a place where kids feel safe, welcomed and can express their individuality through:

• Autonomous Choices
• Rituals and Traditions
• Daily Activity Framework
• Inclusion

Why Your Child Belongs at the Y

Our core values. We make our core values—caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility—part of everything we do.
Our commitment. We plan our programs around developing the whole child. We will create a fun and engaging environment that is focused on friendship, achievement, and belonging.
Our staff. We are caring, competent and experienced. Our training includes camp safety, activity planning, CPR, First Aid, and more, making your child’s experience both safe and fun.
Low camp staff/child ratios 1:10 entering grades K-3 1:12 entering grades 4-9
Our promise. No child is denied access due to inability to pay.
Our pledge. We are dedicated to making you and your child’s experiences at the Y extraordinary. At the end of the day, your child will come home with stories of a fun-filled and fabulous day.


Safety First

Low staff to child ratiosCampers are assigned a specific leader within camp
Monitored sign in and sign out 
Rigorous staff training
Safety standards

Parent Communication

Parents receive weekly highlight sheets with activity schedule and special reminders.
Parents can communicate with staff to help each child have a great experience.
Our staff will let you know about your child’s successes and any problems.
We conduct evaluations for feedback all summer long.
Leadership team available by phone or email to answer questions.
We keep your personal information confidential.

Fun Engaging Activities

C.A.T.C.H activities to keep campers moving
Field trips
STEM learning
Swimming and other water activities
KidzLit and KidzMath games
Camp Readers
Special Events
Sports and Games
Multitude of outdoor activities

Register online using the form below.


Alabaster - Briana Williams
Greystone - Nadin Johnson
Hargis Retreat - Christine Shores
Hoover - Tamatha Patterson
Mountain Brook (Specialty Camps only) - Michelle Varnell
Northeast - Micah Hudson
Pelham - Kindra Bierbrour
Shades Valley - Alisha Holland
Trussville - Fred Hatcher
Vestavia - Andy Gray

Other Summer Youth Programs

thingamajig® Invention Convention

Friday, July 22
THINGAMAJIG® is a daylong event that combines STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), active fitness and play, creative eco-art, and team challenges into one child-focused festival. Learn more about THINGAMAJIG® here.

Summer Adventures In Learning (S.A.I.L.)

The Summer Adventures In Learning program works with struggling students in grades 3-5 that need extra help. Summer Adventures in Learning is designed to help prevent learning loss, offer chances to explore new interests and skills and close the achievement gap for children from lower income communities. Learn more here.

YMCA Camp Cosby

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s sleepaway camp, Camp Cosby, offers a one-week, co-ed, safe and structured experience for children ages 6 to 16 on the shores of Logan Martin Lake. YMCA Camp Cosby gives children a chance to play hard, make new friends, and have the adventure of a lifetime in a safe, fun and structured environment. Your camper will develop new skills, gain confidence, make friends and have an amazing experience. Learn more or register for a week of camp here.

Hargis Retreat

Unlike other Day Camp programs, Summer Day Camp at Hargis is really camp! Located on 200+ wooded acres complete with swimming pool, hiking trails, fields for games, rock face for climbing, and our own private lake, it is the perfect backdrop for the traditional camp activities that we offer. Activities include:
Lake Swimming
Rock Climbing
Learn more about Hargis Retreat here.

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