Summer Camp

2018 Summer Camp dates are May 29-August 10 (Closed July 4)

All participants must create a new account for online registration.  Instructions: Creating a new account

Have your account set up?  REGISTER by CLICKING HERE.

Need a paper registration form to drop off at Knowles?  Click here: 2018 CAMP REG FORM

Already registered?   Review our PARENT HANDBOOK SUMMER 2018 for complete policies and procedures.

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CAMP menu 2018

  • Total weekly fees:  $85/member; $105/nonmember
  • A nonrefundable $20 partial payment per week enrolled is due upon registration. This is deducted from your weekly fee.
  • $30.00 program registration fee per child per summer (waived during early registration).
  • Remaining weekly fees are drafted each Sunday prior to the week your child is attending camp.
  • Partial payments can be applied as YMCA credits if Request to Drop Week is made per our drop policy (below).

NEED TO ADD/DROP A WEEK OF CAMP?   Drops must be completed in writing at the Knowles facility.  Requests to add or drop weeks must be done a minimum of one week prior to date of service in order to credit 20.00 deposit to another Y program or camp week.

If the request to drop a week is made less than one week prior to date of service, but before NOON the Thursday before the week of service, you will not be drafted for the remaining camp fee on Sunday (you do forfeit your 20.00 partial payment/deposit).  If the request is made AFTER 12pm on Thursday prior to service you will be responsible for the full camp fee.

Requests to add weeks is dependent on availability. Adds can be completed online.  All requests must be completed prior to NOON on the Thursday prior to the date of service.

The YMCA offers summer camp for kids from kindergarten to 6th grade. Fun activities that your child will experience include field trips, camp assemblies, special guests and events, climbing wall, swimming, arts and crafts, weekly themes, science, games, super cool counselors, and much more!

For questions about Summer Camp, please contact Josh Ferguson at 761-0716  or Jessica Kever at 761-3196 /

Summer Camp Details
Dates:May 29-Aug 10
Time:6:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Ages:Summer Camp is for kids entering kindergarten to 6th grade this fall.
Fees:$85/week Y-member
$105/week Non-member
*$30/child registration
Registration:Opens April 3. Register April 3-6 and save $30.

YMCA accepts childcare assistance from Family Support division (FSD). FSD clients must present a copy of their childcare authorization from FSD upon enrollment. FSD clients who do not present an authorization will be charged full fees. Our Summer Camp DVN# is 000497878, and is active from May-August.

The YMCA also offers scholarship assistance through the Outreach Fund. Any individual who cannot afford the regular fees is welcome to complete an Outreach application available at the front desk of any Y facility. Click here to download an Outreach application.

Weekly Themes:

May 29th – June 1st    

We Are Family

Welcome to camp! This week campers will get to know each other and staff as they participate in a variety ice breakers.  We’ll also celebrate Nat’l Donut Day…with donuts of course!

June 4th– 8th

Fun and Fitness

This week campers will enjoy participating in a workout class from one of our certified fitness instructors. Campers will also learn about healthy food choices and how to incorporate good foods into their daily diet.  FIELD TRIP:  FISHING @ McKAY all camps

June 11th – 15th

Mad Science

This week campers will go crazy over science. Campers will participate in a variety of science experiments from creating goo to shooting of rockets using vinegar and baking soda. You won’t want to miss these exciting experiments and much more. Hope to see you there!  FIELD TRIP:  LINCOLN BOWLING all camps

June 18th-22nd

Animal Frenzy

Lion, tiger, bear, oh my! This week campers will learn about a variety of animals, including their habitat, what they eat, and much more. Sit back and buckle in as we explore the animal kingdom! You won’t want to miss it! FIELD TRIP:  TBD

June 25th – 29th

Surfs up!

This week is going to be a wet one! Campers will spend the week competing in water activities such as water balloon toss, bowl pass, soaking sponge launch, and much more! You won’t want to miss this week!  FIELD TRIP:  ICE CREAM all camps

July 2nd -6th

Stars and Stripes (Camp Closed on July 4)

Happy Birthday America! This week campers will celebrate our independence by participating in patriotic inspired crafts and games. You won’t want to miss this week as we pay tribute to the red, white, and blue. FIELD TRIP:  CLIMBING WALL (2nd-5th/6th) K,1st TBA

July 9th – 13th

Book Fair Week

This week will be filled with games and activities focused our favorite books. Campers will have a reading block party where they can bring a snack and read their favorite book. Campers will also be able to purchase books at our Summer Scholastic Book Fair. Hope to see you there!  FIELD TRIP:  4th, 5th/6th WHERE PIGS FLY; SPECIAL EVENT:  SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR ALL CAMPS

July 16th -20th

Christmas in July

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This week campers will get into the Christmas spirit as we sing carols and play holiday inspired games. This week will be a jolly time! Come join us!  FIELD TRIP TBD

July 23rd – 27th

Construction Function

Campers will build structures this week where they have a chance to win the award for the “Most Creative”, “Tallest Structure”, “Most Likely to Withstand an Alien Invasion” and much more. Campers will participate in construction crafts and games. Come join us as we continue to build upon a fantastic summer!  FIELD TRIP:  K-3rd RUNGE, 4th, 5th/6th MOVIE THEATER

July 30th – Aug 3rd

Sports Week

This week campers will enjoy participating in a variety of sport activities such as basketball, kickball, and whiffle ball. Hold on to your peanuts and crackerjacks as this week will be a homerun! Hope to see you at camp! FIELD TRIP:  K-3rd MOVIE THEATER, 4th, 5th/6th RUNGE

Aug 6th -10th


This week campers will be put to test as they work together to stay on the island! Campers will enjoy participating in obstacle courses, puzzle races and much more. Come join us! SPECIAL GUEST:  Girl Scouts  ALL CAMPS


Camp Locations
Camp assignment is determined by the grade your child is entering in the fall. All Kindergarten Camp children must be at least five years of age to participate.

KindergartenKnowles Conference Room (near pool)
1st GradeKnowles Annex Top Level
2nd GradeChildcare Bottom Floor Classroom
3rd GradeKnowles Kids Center
4th GradeBasement Annex
5th & 6th GradesCamp Timber Acres - Bald Hill Road
(drop off/pick up Knowles Gym; 6:45-8:30 a.m. & 4-5:30 p.m.)

Swim/Lunch/Gym schedule by camp:  SWIM LUNCH GYM SCHEDULE

Field trips are subject to change/cancellation and are not held the first and last week of camp.

Camp T-Shirt is included in fees and received the first day your child attends camp. Extra camp T-Shirts available at the Trading Post on Friday’s for $8/Shirt. Please provide your child’s size when registering. Camp T-Shirt not guaranteed if camp registration is received after May 4.

Lunch and an afternoon snack are provided. The YMCA partners with MO Department of Health & Senior Services’ Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). All our meals must meet USDA standards for the SFSP.


All camps have indoor air-conditioned space (this includes Camp Timber Acres). However, campers will spend plenty of time outdoors. Please send sunscreen with your child to camp.

K-3 campers may concurrently enroll in swim lessons during Summer Camp. Staff will escort children to/from lessons.  Additional fees apply.



JCPS will bus students from summer school to the Y  on Stadium M-Th.  Friday’s at camp are included in cost.  Children will be escorted to the camp that corresponds to the grade entering in Fall 2018.  Register online or at Knowles starting April 3rd.  Fees are 125/member, 155/nonmember for the session.


After summer school Y-Care held at Blair Oaks Elementary.  Includes Friday’s at Summer Camp on Stadium Blvd for the duration of summer school.  Fees are 125/member, 155 nonmembers.  Register online or at Knowles starting April 3rd.


Counselor In Training Application and Information

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program teaches valuable leadership skills which will help prepare young adults for the future. CITs are placed in responsible positions at camp, where they serve as role models to campers and peers, and learn about respect, responsibility, caring and honesty.

The CIT program is open to those entering the 7th-10th grades. New applicants must provide references and complete an interview along with their application.  Registration opens March 13 and applications are due no later than April 24th. The cost is $300.  Outreach financial assistance available for qualifying families. Applicants should plan on dedicating at least four weeks to the CIT program. Applicants are welcome all 11 weeks of camp. Questions please contact Joshua Ferguson at 761-0716 or at


The YMCA receives funds from the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which provides lunch and snacks for all children under the age of 18 during Summer Camp. Funds are awarded from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the USDA. As a sponsor, we are required to inform parentsof the USDA Non-Discrimination policy (below).

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination
Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at filing cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call
(866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
This statement implementation date is November 2015.