Make 2021 the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Adventure Camp!

Registration Opens April 1 for 2021


Discover and Explore the Great Outdoors!


Children Ages 6-12

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of every child, YMCA Camps focus on Youth Development, Safety, Achievement, Friendships, and Belonging.


YMCA Adventure Camp has a strong emphasis on enjoying nature, and being active in the outdoors. Camp will help each child develop environmental awareness and provide a wide range of enjoyable activities in the arts, teambuilding, sports, and sciences.  It will promote individual growth in areas of self esteem, responsibility, communication, independence, leadership, and our Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.


Adventure Camp is experiential learning designed to take campers to various outdoor recreational areas each day that may include Turtle River State Park, Red River Valley Recreational Area, Maple Lake (Polk County Park), Old Mill State Park, Fertile Sand Hills, Larimore Dam, Marshall County Park and the Rydell Wildlife Refuge. The destination for each day – apart from the weekly featured field trip – is determined the week prior and based upon the weather forecast.


2020 Itinerary

(2021 to be determined)


June 1-5: Around the World

Learn about people and their places with a celebration of world cultures. Campers will create art projects, play sports and games, eat food, and do more based around many cultures throughout the world.


June 8-12: Mad Scientist

Science experiments that will make you say “Ohhh!” and “Ahh!” Campers will learn about a variety of fields of science and team with the Dakota Science Center for activities.


June 15-19: Cinematic Universe

Come one, come all! This week campers will explore their favorite movies, and even become movie directors themselves. The featured field trip will be a behind the scenes tour of the Sky-Vu Drive Movie Theater.


June 22-26: Explorer’s Club

Explore the world! Campers will go geocaching at the Red River State Rec Area and hike and explore at Fertile Sand Hills to learn about science and survival.


June 29- July 3 : Red, White, and Blue

Celebrate the USA with a week of crafts and games unique to the US. Campers will tour the fire department and learn about firework safety.


July 6-10: Myths, Legends, and Heroes

A week of tall tales, sports legends, superheroes, heroic people, and more. The featured trip this week is to the Grand Forks Air Force Airbase.


July 13-17: Back in Time

Campers will go back in time to learn about dinosaurs, explore retro trends, play classic games, and attend Healthy Kids Day. The featured trip this week will be to Bonanzaville USA.


July 20-24: Wild Wilderness

Campers will get in touch with nature with a wild week about animals and their ecosystems. The featured trip will be to the Nature Nook.


July 27-31: Super Sports

Higher! Stronger! Faster! This week of sports will feature archery along with a Wacky Olympics, Roller Derby, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag, and more!


August 3-7: Water World

Everything is water. Lakes, rivers, kayaks, water games, waterparks, and more.


August 10-14: Fantastic Food

Campers will learn where our food comes from with a trip to a cattle ranch and animal farm. They will help harvest, make food, and eat food from the YMCA garden.


August 17-21: Dancin’ and Rockin’ Through the Ages

Rock and Roll to the beat of music history. Campers will make instruments, learn old and new dances, and put on an end of the year talent show.


Activities each week include, but are not limited to:

Exploring the outdoors, teambuilding, experiential learning, volunteering, hiking trails, going on river walks, canoeing, swimming, group games, creative crafts, STEM activities, guest speakers and much more! The YMCA will provide a morning and afternoon snack.


Open House date for 2021 to be determined

What campers need to bring to camp each day:

A healthy & hearty lunch, swimsuit/towel, sunscreen 12-hour waterproof: sunscreen should be
applied at home before camp), insect repellent, change of clothes, water bottle, sturdy shoes/boots and an old pair of shoes for water walks.

Fees Per Session:

$155.00/Members & $180.00/Non-Members per week

Emergencies: If you have a medical or family emergency and are unable to attend camp please contact us as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate you, however refunds are at the discretion of the camp director.

Last minute cancellations: If and only if we have a waiting list and can fill your spot will we refund camp fees minus the $25 deposit.

Refunds will not be given if:

  • A child is sent home due to behavioral issues (see YMCA Youth Code of Conduct).
  • A camper decides to drop out of the program or leaves early/before the end of camp.
  • Your child is sick and either stayed home from, or was sent home from camp due to fever or other ailments.

Financial Assistance Available

*Activities may be subject to change depending upon weather, our partners’ change in schedule, or other unforeseen circumstances.*