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.
• Staff-camper Relationships
• Camper Peer Friend-making
• Parent Engagement
• Achievement Passport
• Skill Variety & Mastery Charts
• Disguised learning activities through STEM, Reading, and Writing
• Autonomous Choices
• Rituals and Traditions
• Daily Activity Framework
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.
Low staff to child ratiosCampers are assigned a specific leader within camp
Monitored sign in and sign out
Rigorous staff training
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.
C.A.T.C.H activities to keep campers moving
Swimming and other water activities
KidzLit and KidzMath games
Sports and Games
Multitude of outdoor activities
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Learn more about Hargis Retreat here.
MISSION: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
VISION: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.
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