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Traditional Themes 

Y's Got Talent

Let your inner performer shine at the YMCA’s very own Talent Week. Find your moment in the spotlight with activities like a lipsync challenge, dance off, improv skits, and a talent show.
 

Year in a Week

Experience a full year in just one week of camp. Celebrate holidays like New Years, Valentines Day, Halloween and more!
 

World Explorer

Have you ever wanted to visit another country? Do you wonder what else is out there in the world? This week we will ”travel” to different areas across the globe and learn about other cultures’ regional games, art, and customs. See what the world has to offer!
 

Wild At Art

Look closely and see the beauty that is all around us! Using nature as our tools, anything is possible with imagination. We'll get creative this week with projects such as leaf rubbing art, kindness rocks, and pinecone crafts.


Treasure Hunters

Become a detective and unveil the mystery at your camp. Or put on your pirate captain's hat to follow your map to the treasure. Participate in scavenger hunts and figure out the hidden codes to unlock the riddles. Every day is a mystery, and anything can happen!


Prehistoric Adventure

Ever wondered what it was like to live thousands of years ago? Hop on board our time machine and find out! We will explore prehistoric times as we play ancient games, create caveman art, hunt dinosaur eggs, and build a time capsule. Come along for the ride!


Super Slimy

Get ready for a wacky week of icky, sticky, silly stuff created by you! This isn’t for the light hearted; it goes way past a school science project! Come dressed to get dirty. We will make items such as gack, goop, glop and gump (and any other gooey words that we can think of)!


Super Heroes

Unlock your super powers during this adventure-filled week. Discover the hero in you through challenges, adventures, and good deeds. Grab your mask and capes as we launch ourselves into fun and games!


Splish, Splash

It’s time to get soaked! Splish and splash through an awesome, fun-filled week. Summer is hot, but you’ll stay cool with activities like water sponge games, water relays, slip ‘n slides and more!


Spirit Week

Meet and compete with all your fellow YMCA of Central Ohio campers and show your camp pride! Camp teams will create camp-themed banners, songs, cheers, and mascots then show-off their spirit for a day at Hoover YMCA Park.


Party in the USA

Celebrate America during this red, white and blue packed week. Campers will enjoy parades, Olympic-inspired games, and historical discoveries this week, while learning about the USA and what makes us great.


Fun With Food

From the kitchen to the science lab, food can teach us so many things! Join us for a week of tasty and unique food challenges.


Mad Scientist

Put on your lab coats as we test different scientific theories and myths. Dive into a world of interactive science where day camp is your own laboratory. We’ll have all kinds of science activities, like chemistry experiments, myth busting, and science facts vs. fiction.


Great Outdoors

Become one with nature this week as we learn all about navigating the wilderness and identifying everything thats around us. From bugs to trees to natural formations, learn about what makes being outside the best!


Engineered For Fun

Explore your architectural and engineering potential along with your creativity through a variety of introductory STEM based challenges. We have the blueprint for summer camp success! You’ll enjoy activities such as paper airplane construction, bridge building, structure design, LEGO building, and much more!


Camp Rewind

Did you love all of the water games during Splish, Splash week? Did you want to be Super Slimy just one more time this summer? Then you’re in luck! Spend the last week of camp revisiting all of our favorite activities and games as we put the entire summer on rewind.


Camper vs. Counselor Challenge

Campers and Counselors will face off in a variety of tasks, activities and games throughout the week. In everything from Minute to Win It, to Basketball Games, campers vote for who they want to compete, and put their own names down for the games they want to play! The score will be kept all week and the winners will be revealed Friday.

 

Sports Themes 


Water Games/Swimming

MARCO? This week will focus on the technicalities of different swim strokes and some fun-to-play, large group water games. POLO!


Sports Challenge/Field Day

Who will make it on the Y-Camp podium and earn that gold, silver or bronze medal? These activities are not just athletic events, some may require no athleticism at all! Everyone will have a fair shot at representing a country and competing in some incredible feats of strength, stamina, brains and goofy talent.


Soccer

Planet Earth’s most popular sport, Soccer! This week will entail drills, in-game scenarios and scrimmages of all sizes designed to better your power, finesse and dribbling skills.


Nerf

“It’s Y camp or nothin’!” Experience a week of various NERF wars.


Hockey/Lacrosse

America’s oldest sport, the beautiful game of lacrosse will be modified to a non-contact version so campers can develop the fundamentals to play the real thing! We also will be focusing on floor hockey this week and will throw some brave counselors in the goals to provide some added fun!


Flag Football

A week full of hikes, passes and touchdowns, minus the helmets, pads and tackles. Examples of activities: position-specific drills, mini-game scenarios and strategy filled chalk-talks. This week may or may not produce excessive pictures of every camper doing the heisman pose!


Basketball

A week of games, skill-building, and fun all focused on the “original” YMCA sport! Examples of activities: basic skills development (dribbling, shooting, and defensive skills), practice games, knockout, relay games.


Net Sports

Raise the nets high and low! This week delves deep into the strategy and skills of volleyball, badminton, pickleball and tennis.


Camp Rewind

Did you love all of the games during Soccer week? Did you want to catch a touchdown just one more time this summer? Then you’re in luck! Spend the last week of camp revisiting all of our favorite activities and games as we put the entire summer on rewind.

 

Teen Themes 


We the Young Dreamers

Campers will participate in activities and attend a field trip that teaches goal-setting; envisioning the future; identifying strengths & weaknesses; stages of outlining a “dream”; accomplishing the dream;and overcoming obstacles and setbacks.


We the Young Athletes

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores different types of athletes; physical strength vs mental strength; college sports vs league sports; Impact of athletes locally and globally; olympic/paralympic sports and inclusion.


We the Young Artists

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores different art mediums; expressing self through art; art as activism; edible art, and what it means to change the world through art.


We the Young Content Creators

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores content of the past, present, and future. How to discover a creative side, video and audio creativity, and the power of the message. What it means to capture a moment and the importance of “content control”.


We the Young Global Citizens

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores what it means to have a local purpose/global impact. The power of “We”; individual vs collective effort; inclusions; and the importance of honoring our ancestry.


We the Young Advocates

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores “What is Justice?”; Highlights youth advocates; ted talks; Identifying the voiceless within a community; and strategies for effective advocacy.


We the Young Environmentalists

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores the beauty of the local landscape; identifying and amplifying natural wonders; clean water initiatives/conservationists; And exploring what it means to do our part.


We the Young Entrepreneurs

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores employable skills and building a resume, relationships between producers and consumers, quantifying success, investing in people, and paying it forward.


We the Young Collaborators

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores legendary collaborations; the excitement of quick creativity; understanding group dynamics; and the importance of bonding through adversity.


We the Young Leaders

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores service learning & experiential learning; characteristics of great leaders; leading peers; and conflict resolution.


We the Young Builders *NEW*

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores developing functional engineering and structural creation challenges; the power of teamwork; collaborative creative design; rube goldberg designs; and positive reinforcement in relationships.


We the Young Entertainers *NEW*

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores art of public speaking and performance; improvisation skills; music and movement; and embracing the extroverted persona.


We the Young Scientists *NEW*

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores the science that is all around us; chemical bonds in nature; basic scientific method; and how critical thinking shapes our world.


We the Young Explorers *NEW*

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that explores testing the boundaries of what we believe and know; testing our limits in food; learning new skills; and testing the limits of our artistic imagination


Teen Choice

Campers will participate in activities and discussions and attend a field trip that concludes the summer and solidifies our summer rallying call “We the Young”

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