GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

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SPECIAL INTEREST CAMPS

SPECIAL INTERESTS CAMP OVERVIEW

Held at the EAST YMCA at Douglas Avenue and Webb Road – our Special Interest Camps are for the very curious. Each week takes an intense focus on just one topic or subject that gets broken down and explored through a series of activities, learning, discussions, field trips, guest speakers, and fun. Full days include breakfast and healthy snacks.

  • LOCATION EAST YMCA
  • WEEKS 2-10
  • TIMES 6:30AM-6PM (limit 10 hours/camper/day)
  • AGES 5 (with completion of Kindergarten) - 12
  • COSTS
    • $15/Camper ENROLLMENT FEE (charged once per camper - includes Camp T-Shirt)
    • $15/Camper/Week DEPOSIT due at enrollment. See Camp Policies for payment policies.
    • $140/Camper/Week for Children on Greater Wichita YMCA Family Memberships
    • $160/Camper/Week for Community Participants (Non-Members)

SPECIAL INTEREST CAMPS WEEKS, DATES, and THEMES

Explore each week of Special Interest Camp and choose dates and themes that interest your camper.

WEEK 1 - CANCELLED
  • Previous enrollments can be transferred to other weeks or issued credits or refunds - contact our Camp Account support team for help.
WEEK 2 - MON. JUNE 1 - FRI. JUNE 5
  • THEME  CARING FOR ANIMALS
  • CORE VALUE Responsibility
  • OVERVIEW Animals, while their own sentient beings, are often thought of to be at the mercy of humans. Caring for animals – feeding, watering, walking, and training – is, for many, our first experience with responsibility. Explore two area-leading animal care organizations and meet some furry and scaly friends along the way.
  • ACTIVITIES Reading to animals, animal exploration, group research
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Presenters and Animals (Zoo), Field Studies
  • FIELD TRIP Kansas Humane Society, Sedgwick County Zoo
WEEK 3 - MON. JUNE 8 - FRI. JUNE 12
  • THEME  RESPECTING THE TREES
  • CORE VALUE Responsibility
  • OVERVIEW They say that – to get anything done – you have to get your hands a little dirty. That is never truer than when thinking about and exploring the life and work of plants. Learn about a plant’s life cycle – from pollination to the role of soil in establishing roots to how plants grow and, in many cases, become food – providing shade and filtering air all along. Plants are trustworthy.
  • ACTIVITIES Gardening, Junior Master Gardeners Program, Mystery Challenge
  • ENGAGEMENT Research, Experiments, Presentations (Junior Master Gardeners), Exploration
  • FIELD TRIP Sedgwick County 4-H Center
WEEK 4 - MON. JUNE 15 - FRI. JUNE 19
  • THEME COOKING UP COMFORT
  • CORE VALUE Honesty
  • OVERVIEW Food is essential for life, energy, and well being. The preparation and sharing of food – in every recorded culture and society – has always been associated with the expression of love and caring.  Spend a week talking about, making, and tasting out-of-the-box, healthy versions of some of our favorite comfort foods and contribute to a take-home recipe book so you can remake and share the fun with those you love.
  • ACTIVITIES Cooking, Research, Bookmaking, Tastings, and Learning
  • ENGAGEMENT Sharing, Guest Speakers (Y’s Healthy Eating Director), and Discussion
  • FIELD TRIP Downtown YMCA / Jr. Chef’s Academy Class
WEEK 5 - MON. JUNE 22 - FRI. JUNE 26
  • THEME BUILDING BIG DREAMS
  • CORE VALUE Respect
  • OVERVIEW Our homes, schools, and every building around us started as an idea – then made real with science and skill. Everything is AWESOME with campers use their imagination, LEGO® blocks, and teamwork to design, plan, build, and then relocate structures. Use physics, colorful blocks, and friendship and be PART OF THE TEAM as we learn from experts and build a new appreciation for the smarts and talent needed to get things made.
  • ACTIVITIES Planning, Building, Teamwork, Experiments
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Speaker (Exploration Place Staff), Collaboration, and Discussion
  • FIELD TRIP Exploration Place
WEEK 6 - MON. JUNE 29 - THURS. JULY 2
  • THEME PROTECTING THE PLAINS
  • CORE VALUE Responsibility
  • OVERVIEW The environment - the plants and animals that surround us – aren’t often thought about but our actions and activities impact them anyway. Find ways to make small changes in behaviors that can lessen your impact and increase your enjoyment of the beauty and complexity all around us. Try activities – like fishing, canoeing, and archery – that just aren’t the same inside. It is our shared responsibility to be kind to the planet.
  • ACTIVITIES Research, Presentations, Boating, Fishing, Archery, Hiking
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Speaker (Great Plains Nature Center), Teamwork, Discussion
  • FIELD TRIP Great Plains Nature Center, Y’s Camp Hyde
WEEK 7 - MON. JULY 6 - FRI. JULY 10
  • THEME PLAYING NEW SPORTS
  • CORE VALUE Respect
  • OVERVIEW Physical activities – specifically sports – are a social connection around the world. Americans love casual sports like wiffle ball and organized games like basketball and (our) football but much the world loves FUTBOL (soccer) and Australian Football. Discover a whole new appreciation for the games we play and how they are changed – and maybe improved – in other cultures.  Campers will finish the week with a greater appreciation of sport.
  • ACTIVITIES Research, Playing, Drills, Learning, Trying New Sports
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Speakers (MiLB Wind Surge, Farha Sports Center, Others), Teamwork, Sports
  • FIELD TRIP YMCA Farha Sports Center South Turf, Wichita Wind Surge Stadium
WEEK 8 - MON. JULY 13 - FRI. JULY 17
  • THEME CREATING A MASTERPIECE
  • CORE VALUE Caring
  • OVERVIEW As with week one, this session is for aspiring artists who want to better understand how to convey feelings in their work. Research how the “greats” used creativity to express themselves and try your hand at several mediums and styles to discover how color, technique, and can tell their own story when words aren’t right. The week will end with a gallery show of our work for family and friends. Campers will learn to express emotions and feelings through art.
  • ACTIVITIES Research, Creative Expression, and Art Show
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Speakers (CityArts), Discussions, Creating, Learning
  • FIELD TRIP Wichita CityArts
WEEK 9 - MON. JULY 20 - FRI. JULY 24
  • THEME MAKING EVERYDAY MAGIC
  • CORE VALUE Responsibility
  • OVERVIEW In science – as in the rest of life – every action creates an equal, and opposite, reaction. We don’t often-enough notice the magic all around us and we even-more rarely make it happen. Experiment with chemistry to make things pop, fizz, turn colors, shrink and grow, and otherwise change through the magic of science. During this Exploration Place partner program, campers will learn that science is responsible for some seriously-cool fun. 
  • ACTIVITIES Experiments, research, presentations, and group activities 
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Staff and Speakers (Exploration Place), Group Projects, and Discussions
  • FIELD TRIP Exploration Place
WEEK 10 - MON. JULY 27 - FRI. JULY 31
  • THEME TAKING THE STAGE
  • CORE VALUE Respect
  • OVERVIEW They say there are no small roles – just small actors. This week-long theater camp proves young isn’t the same as small.  Participate in various acting exercises including improvisation, characterization, and theater-inspired games.  We’ll end the week with a talent show for campers and families. Acting – taking on roles and others perspectives – and sharing talents will leave campers more appreciative for their gifts. 
  • ACTIVITIES Learning, Producing, Sharing, Acting, and TALENT SHOW (Families Welcome)
  • ENGAGEMENT Guest Speakers (Stage Play Professionals), Creative Collaboration, Sharing, Supporting
  • FIELD TRIP Wichita-Area Theater Group

READY TO ENROLL?

Visit any of our branch locations (after completed KDHE forms) or use the tiles below to enroll in a Greater Wichita YMCA Special Interest Camp. The process is simple:

  1. Create a WEBSITE ACCOUNT (Y membership is not required).
  2. Complete REQUIRED KDHE forms online.
  3. Choose your location(s) and week(s) and complete enrollment.

NEED HELP? Contact our CAMP ACCOUNTS team.

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KEEPING CAMP AVAILABLE TO ALL KIDS

The Greater Wichita YMCA believes that all kids should spend their summer participating in social and physical activities and engaging their minds. To help - our Strong Community Campaign extends financial assistance, to those who qualify, including:

  • Reduced- and no-cost camp
  • Discounts and free access to other programs
  • Savings, if eligible, on membership for the whole family

Remember - campers on a Greater Wichita YMCA FAMILY Membership save $20/week, every week and the family can enjoy the Y all summer, too. Click below to learn more and start saving.

HELPFUL SUPPORT LINKS

Use the tiles below for more information about our camp programs and for help with enrollment.

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