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Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer Day Camp at the Campbell County YMCA


Did you know the Campbell County YMCA offers Day Camp for children ages 5 - 12. YMCA Day Camp is a fun, safe, and welcoming place for children during the summertime months. Parents may find themselves in need of a place for their children while they work and/or take care of obligations and appointments. Finding the right fit for your children can be a struggle not to mention stressful. Everyone wants the best care for their children while taking care of the duties and demands of everyday life.

Summer break brings its own set of challenges as families transition from the structure and expectation of the school year to long, unstructured days. Even kids who are overjoyed at the thought of a break from school may find themselves in a vacuum of boredom by July. Day Camp is often the place children look forward to where they can meet up with friends, explore, and play.

Sharing stories at the YMCA (photo: YMCA)

The YMCA Day Camp runs from May 29 - August 14 and is for members and non-members alike. Sign your children up for the whole summer or just one week - whatever fits your family's schedule. Whether you enroll your child full time or part time in YMCA Day Camp you can rest assured they are receiving top-notch care and experiences.

YMCA Day Camp runs from 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday with pre and post camp options available. REGISTRATION FORM here.

  • Pre-Camp - 6:30am - 9am
  • Day Camp - 9am - 4pm
  • Post-Camp - 4pm - 6pm

YMCA Summer Day Camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). From the ACA:

The mission of the American Camp Association is enriching the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience. Think of ACA as the state licensing/ STARS of School age child care. We will report to ACA to ensure we are holding ourselves to high quality care. Parents will likely make decisions based on child care being licensed or accredited.

The Day Camp program includes a thoughtful mix of structured activities and free choice designed by qualified counselors. Themes change weekly and the lineup this year includes "Camp's Got Talent", "Mad Science", and "Splish Splash".

Campbell County YMCA indoor pool


At the YMCA Day Camp children get hands-on experience with a range of activities from STEM projects to art and craft activities to daily swimming. They'll build new friendships while parents rest assure their children are receiving top-notch experiences, care, and supervision.

From the YMCA:
DISCOVERING SKILLS: Develop confidence and experience achievement when they try new skill-building activities, learn what they like and discover their strengths. 

BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS: Campers have the opportunity to form healthy relationships with other children, caring adults, and role models, which helps them feel good about themselves and learn to get along with others. 

A PLACE TO BELONG: Connect through significant camp traditions and rituals that create a sense of belonging, so they feel included, accepted, and part of a community. 


Although each week's activities follows a different theme, campers will always know what to expect.

Every day follows the same basic structure. Mornings begin with an opening ceremony to go over the day's itinerary then campers break out into groups by age. Campers enjoy swimming, outdoor play, planned theme activities and once a week field trips or special guests. See the flyer here

Special Guests & Field Trips: A line up of special guests include Cool Critters Outreach who will bring an array of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals to amaze and educate. Outings include Smale Park where campers will spend the afternoon climbing, sliding, and romping about the interactive riverside playground. New this year - University of Cincinnati will be hosting a city-wide YMCA field day at their stadium!

Special Interest Clubs: Every week campers build strong relationships as they design their own clubs based on interest. Clubs meet twice a week and campers are able to explore their interests with other like-minded enthusiasts. Past clubs have included the arts, science, sports, and even Harry Potter. Clubs are one of the many team and relationship building opportunities the camp program builds into its curriculum.

New Team Building Program: Color Wars is a new addition to the YMCA Day Camp program whose mission is to build enthusiasm and excitement by putting campers into situations where they have something collectively at stake and must work together to reach their goals. Campers will break up into color groups - red, green, yellow etc., and work toward a common mission and will earn points for a variety of team building activities.


The Campbell County YMCA is full of friendly, caring staff. Executive Director Erin Swift's passion for the YMCA manifests itself in her enthusiasm for the many programs offered through the Y as well as the numerous outreach programs whose goal is to build and strengthen community.

Jessica Berberich is the Y's Family Life Director of Fort Thomas and Kenton County Schools. Jessica is continually thinking of new ways to engage families and children in the community. Tonya Young is one of the friendly staff members at the After School Care program which runs through the entire school year at each of Fort Thomas' elementary schools.

Erin Swift, Jessica Berberich, & Tonya Young 


The YMCA offers family and child-focused programming year round. School's Day Out is a program offered on days when children are out of school during the year including school breaks, snow days and teacher professional development days.

After School Enrichment Programming is offered during the school year at each of the Fort Thomas Elementary schools as well as Kenton County Public Schools. Children gather in the a meeting place in their respective school building and spend time after school finishing homework, playing games, making art, and building friendships.

From the YMCA:

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati school-age child care programs offer continuous care during school breaks, including in-service and snow days, Spring Break, Fall Break and Winter Break. In addition to our usual before-school and after-school activities that encourage academic enrichment, building self-esteem, physical activity, and more, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati School Breaks and Snow Days programs give parents peace of mind that their child is well cared for in a safe, nurturing environment.

For more information:

Day Camp Registration form here

Campbell County YMCA 
Address: 1437 S. Ft. Thomas Ave 
Fort Thomas , Kentucky 41075 

Phone: 859.781.1814

For more information about Campbell County YMCA family programming contact: 

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