Make 2019 the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Adventure! Camp

Registration Opens March 4th


Discover and Explore the Great Outdoors in YMCA’s 2018 Program of the Year!


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 Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.


Adventure Camp is 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.

2019 Itinerary:

June 3-7: It’s Grand!
Explore Grand Forks and East Grand Forks to find all the hidden treasures. Campers will learn the history, tour the courthouse, go fishing, see the EGF Heritage Center, volunteer, and go to other fun spots.

June 10-14: Doing the Days
This week will have a different theme everyday. Campers will make food, have a superhero day, participate in a flag ceremony, volunteer, do art, and more.

June 17-21: Best of the Best
The best games, best food, best projects, best books…The best of the best! Campers will participate in archery, board game making, a tour of the UND Performance Center, Wacky Olympics, and more.

June 24-28: Winged Creatures
This week campers will learn about nature and the animals that live there. They will focus on bird-watching and spotting animals at various outdoor recreation sites. The featured trip is to the UMC Nature Nook.

July 1-3: Party in the USA!
(No Camp on July 4 and July 5)
Campers will learn about cultures, states, and regions in the US and what makes each unique. Trips will be made to different places in Minnesota and North Dakota including the Pembina State Museum.

July 8-12: Fun, Food, and Fitness
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 trips will be to the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a farm, a yoga class, and more.

July 15-19: Animal Planet
This week campers will learn about types of wildlife and their environments. The featured field trip will be to the Red River State Recreation Area.

July 22-26: Mad Science Vol. III
Science experiments that will make you say “Ohhh!” and “Ahh!” Campers will learn about climate change, visit a planetarium, and do experiments in a variety of fields of science.

July 29-August 2: Creative Campers
Campers will be displaying their talents in the arts including poetry, improv comedy, drama, and music. The featured field trip is to the Hughes Fine Arts Center.

August 5-9: Water World
Everything is water this week with trips to lakes, rivers, and waterparks, along with a swim-a-thon fundraiser.

August 12-16: Blast from the Past
Everything will have a retro flare. Campers will do tie dye, play classic backyard games, go roller skating, have a talent show, and more.

August 19-21: End of Summer Blast!
(3-Day Week)
This week will be an end of camp celebration with trips to a buffalo enclosure and Spirit Lake.


Activities each week include, but are not limited to:

Exploring the outdoors, teambuilding, 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 May 29!

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:

$150.00/Members & $175.00/Non-Members

*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 $20 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