Summer Camp

Enjoy the best that summer has to offer with swimming, boating, archery, campfires, food, singing, sports, nature, camp-outs, and much more at Camp Willson – the YMCA's premier resident camp.

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2015 Sessions

Week 1May 25-30thSuperheroes
Week 2June 7-13thKicking off a Summer of Magic
Week 3June 14 - 20thOut of the Box
Week 4June 21 - 27thBring on the Challenge
Week 5July 28 - July 4thParty in the USA
Week 6July 5 - 11thPirates vs Cowboys
Week 7July 12 - 18thAround the World
Week 8July 19 - 25thMedival Times
Week 9 July 26 - Aug 1stSuperheroes
Week 10Aug 2 - 8thColor Wars

Why Choose YMCA Camp Willson?

  • The YMCA Core Character Values are Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We promise to teach and demonstrate these values in all of our programs. If your camper does not leave camp with a better understanding of our Core Character Values, we will refund their camp fee.
  • Health and Safety Excellence: Camper health and safety is our first concern. A Registered Nurse is available 24 hours a day, and our staff are first aid and CPR-trained. Our camp is accredited through the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).
  • Nurturing and Caring Staff: YMCA Camp Willson understands the importance of positive role models for today’s young people. Each summer 40 enthusiastic and kid-loving staff come to YMCA Camp Willson to shape camper’s lives on summer at a time.
  • Outstanding Facilities: Camp is nestled among 500 acres of woods and meadows overlooking the majestic Lake Mac-O-Chee. This is a perfect backdrop for a memorable week with friends in the outdoors. Our modern facilities combined with our historic buildings provide campers with one of the premiere camp experiences in the country.
  • Camp begins on Sunday between 3:30-4:30 pm and end on Saturday between 9:30-10:00 am for one or two-week sessions.

Summer Camp FAQs

2015 Summer Camp Dates

New this Summer — Two Week Camps.

You may sign up for one or two-weeks but here is why we ask you to consider our two-week camps.

Two Weeks vs One Week

A one week Willson experience is a great experience but we have so much more to offer than a one-week experience can deliver.  Beyond just allowing campers to experience more activities, a two week camp lets campers explore the 500 acres, spend an overnight at our Frontier outpost, cook meals over a campfire and have time for reflection.   Mastery of activities takes time and when we have the time and space to slow down, real and long-lasting learning can take place.  Camp is year-round education.  It is not academic, but your child may learn more in two weeks about themselves than in the remainder of the year. Friendships grow deeper, children escape the frantic pace of life, and a sense of belonging to their groups and cabin-mates can have a profound effect upon one’s life.  Our entire camp program is geared toward helping campers build friendships and develop a sense of community with one another.


SUMMER CAMP WEEKS   (Families have asked us to expand our offerings to two-weeks.  Even though a session is listed as part of a two-week camp, you may sign-up for one-week)


WEEK 2 –  JUNE 7-13TH

WEEK 3 –  JUNE 14-20TH

WEEK 4 –  JUNE 21-27TH

WEEK 5 –  JUNE 28-July 4TH

WEEK 6 –  JULY 5- 11TH

WEEK 7 –  JULY 12-18TH

WEEK 8 –  JULY 19-25TH

WEEK 9 –  JULY 26 – AUG 1ST


TRADITIONAL CAMPS      AGES              WEEK                                 COST

MINI CAMP                        7-10              3,8                                      $300

RANGERS                           7-9               1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10       $520

PATHFINDERS                  10-12              1, 2 ,3, 4/5, 7/8, 9/10      $520/ $995

TRAIL BLAZERS                12-13            1,2, ¾, 5, 7/8, 9/10            $520 $995

FISHING CAMP                 10-16                 3, 5, 8                               $520

TEENation                         13-16           1,2, ¾, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10          $995

LEAD OUT LOUD (WV)      13-16                         6/7                          $1100

LEAD OUT LOUD (KY)       13-16                         8                               $600

CIT                                     16-17                          2                             $520

WRANGLERS                       9-12            2, ¾, 5,7/8, 9/10                $995

RANCH CAMP                     11-16           1,2, ¾, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10       $1100


Typical Daily Schedule

  7:45 Reveille

8:00 Cabin Clean-up

8:20 Flag Raising

8:30 Breakfast

9:20 First Period

10:30 Second Period

11:40 Free Time

12:40 Lunch

1:30 Siesta

2:40 Third Period

3:50 Fourth Period

5:00 Cabin Time

5:25 Afternoon Watch (Reflection on Character Values)

5:45 Free Time

6:15 Dinner

7:20 Flag Lowering

7:30 Evening Program

9:30 Taps


Financial Assistance Application Camp For All Application
Parent Handbook Camp for All Letter