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There’s nothing better than spending the summer in the great outdoors - swimming, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, making music, creating art and roasting marshmallows by the fireside.

Don’t miss your chance to live, play and make new friends this summer during the programs at the beautiful YMCA Camp Willson, located just one hour northwest of Columbus.

What Parents Want To Know

Why Choose Us

Health & Safety

Camper health and safety is our first concern. A Registered Nurse is available 24 hours a day, and our star are first aid and CPR-trained. Our camp is accredited through the American Camp Assoication (ACA) and the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).

Nurturing & Caring Staff

YMCA Camp Willson understands the importance of positive role models for today’s young people. Each summer 40 enthusiastic and caring staff come to YMCA Camp Willson to shape lives - one Camper, one summer at a time.

Outstanding Facilities

Camp is nestled among 500 acres of woods and meadows overlooking the majestic Lake Mac-O-Chee. This is a perfect backdrop for a memorable week with friends in the outdoors. Our modern facilities combined with our historic buildings provide campers with one of the premiere camp experiences in the country.

Camper Ages & Programs

While we firmly believe in younger and older children learning together, our camps are divided into different programs that help ensure your child’s experience is age appropriate.

Financial Assistance Available

Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to provide assistance to those in need with summer camp costs.

Friends & Fun

During your camper’s adventure at Camp Willson, campers will get to experience so many new activities unique to our natural setting. During the week (or more!), activity and cabin groups will be able to explore our beautiful 500 acres, Lake MacO-Chee, participate in fun games like GaGa, work together to solve challenges, or even ride a horse! During their stay, campers, depending on age, get to participate in morning activities to help master skills like target sports, outdoor living skills, waterfront, creative arts, Wranglers (our horseback riding program for Pathfinders), and many others. Friendships grow deeper, children escape the frantic pace of life (especially without technology), and a sense of belonging to their groups and cabin mates can have a profound effect upon one’s life. Our entire camp program is geared toward helping campers build friendships and develop a sense of community with one another.

Activities

Adventure
Games
Sports

For a full list of activities:
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Nature
Horseback
Waterfront

Sessions and Themes

Week Dates Theme
Week 1 June 11-17, 2017 Pirates vs. Cowboy
Week 2 June 18-24, 2017 Save Camp
Week 3 June 25- July 1, 2017 Party in the USA
Week 4 July 5-8, 2017 Camp Carnival
Week 5 July 9-15, 2017 The Galaxy of Camp Willson
Week 6 July 16-22, 2017 United Nations
Week 7 July 23-29, 2017 Creative Camper
Week 8 July 30- August 5, 2017 Color Wars
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Typical Daily Schedule

7:45 Rise and Shine
8:00 Cabin Clean-Up
8:15 Flag Raising
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Morning Paths (Areas of Focus)
11:40 Cabin Activity
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Siesta
2:40 Activity Period 1
3:50 Activity Period 2
5:00 Free Time
6:15 Flag Lowering
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Evening Watch (Reflection)
7:45 Evening Program
9:00 Cabin Talk/Ready for Bed
10:00 Lights Out
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Meals

One of the benefits of running a camp for nearly 100 years is that you have lots of years of experience to learn from – and lots of menus!
Click here for the low-down on food at YMCA Camp Willson.

Counselors

Our counselors are comprised of young adults who have completed at least one week of specialized training each year. Staff are chosen for maturity, commitment to children’s growth and a love for making a difference. All Staff are CPR/First Aid certified.

Safety & Accreditation

Safety is always our top priority at camp. We are accredited by the YMCA of the USA, the Logan County Health Dept., Certified Horseman’s Association and American Camping Association. What does this mean? It means that we meet or exceed more than 300 standards of health, safety and program excellence.

We're accredited