Make 2019 the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Adventure! Camp

Registration Opens March 4th



Discover and Explore the Great Outdoors


Boys & Girls Ages 6-12

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of every child, YMCA Camps focus on Youth Development, Achievement, Relationships, 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; learn camping skills, and provide enjoyable activities that promotes individual growth in areas of self esteem, responsibility, communication, independence, leadership, and our Christian Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.


Adventure Camp is designed to take campers to various outdoor recreational areas each day that 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.

2018 Itinerary example:



June 4-8: Let It Grow

This week will include games and activities that highlight the importance of living green! Campers will learn about plants, recycling and protecting our environment. Our featured field trip will include a diverse fauna educational program at Turtle River State Park.


June 11-15: Where In The World?

This week will highlight cultures from around the globe. Campers will learn about traditions from other countries and take a field trip to the UND Global Friends Cultural Society.


June 18-22: Mad Scientist Vol. II

Hypothesize it and test it! This week campers will discover the colorful side of science with fun science experiments! Campers will build rockets, drop melons from different heights and more! Our featured field trip will be to the Red River State Recreation Area for an educational watershed program


June 25-29: How Do We Get There?

This week campers will learn about the various forms of transportation that we rely on. This week will feature a local Train Safety Inspector as a guest speaker. The featured field trip will be to the UND school of Aerospace.


July 2-6: Who Is America? * (No Camp on July 4th)

Campers will learn about various cultural and historical destinations around the United States. The featured field trip will be to the Polk County Historical Society. *This session will run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday due to the 4th of July.


July 9-13: Happy, Healthy Me

This week campers will be exposed to the benefits of making healthy choices. Campers will learn about healthy foods and the importance of exercise. This weeks featured field trip will be to the YMCA Healthy Kids Day at University Park on July 11th.


July 16-20: Animals In The Wild

This week campers will learn about types of wildlife and their environments. They will focus on bird-watching and spotting animals at various outdoor recreation sites. The featured field trip will be to the Crookston Nature Nook.


July 23-27: I See The Sea

Campers will learn all about life under the sea! Activities and games will highlight types of sea-life found in our oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. The featured field trip will be to the Thief River Falls Indoor Water Park.


July 30-August 3: Build It

Are you ready to become an engineer? Campers will be learning ‘how stuff works’ and participate in numerous STEM activities. Our featured field trip this week will be to a local construction project.


August 6-10: Sports Mania

Campers will learn about and participate in a variety of sports this week, both team and individual! This weeks featured field trip will be to an Archery program at the Red River State Recreation Area.


August 13-17: Buggin’ Out

Campers will learn about and seek out various types of bugs! Camp activities and games will help teach campers about what bugs eat, where they live and which ones really aren’t so scary. This weeks featured field trip will include an insect educational program at Turtle River State Park.


August 20-22: Artists Galore **(3-Day Week)

Campers will learn about and experience art from local artists. We’ll wrap up a great summer with carnival themed games and activities. Campers will have the opportunity to practice their special skills and talents then perform them in the Adventure Camp Talent Show! Our featured field trip will include a talent show and circus at Larimore Dam.



Activities each week include, but are not limited to:

Exploring the outdoors, hiking various 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.

What campers need to bring to camp each day:

A healthy & hearty lunch, swimsuit/towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, change of clothes, water bottle, sturdy shoes/boots and an old pair of shoes for water walks.

Fees Per Session:

$150.00/Members & $175.00/Participant

*4-Day Week Pro-Rated at $120.00/Members & $140.00/Participant

**3-Day Week Pro-Rated at $90.00/Members & $105.00/Participant

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 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