YMCA Alexandria

Summer Day Camps Classes Offered at YMCA Alexandria

Art Camps

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Adventures in Art

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Craft a creation! This unique, hands-on camp introduces young artists to a vareity of art media that may include drawing, painting, clay creations, plaster of paris, paper mache, and more! Please send campers in appropriate clothing or with a smock to allow for freedom of expression.
 
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Beads, Bracelets & Jewelry Making

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Design and create your own personalized jewlery and accesories. Create jewlery using FIMO clay, pre-made beads, and more. Make pins, bracelets, necklaces, earings and hair ornaments.
 
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Cartooning

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YMCA children will explore the basics of cartooning, including figure design, movement and the process of drawing, inking and coloring a strip. Use your imagination to create stories of your own to share with your families and friends.
 
 
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Cool Crafts

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Create crafty creations! Develop your creativity with drawing, painting, sculpting and many more cool arts & crafts projects. This hands-on camp will introduce the creative camper to dabbling in drawing, plaster of paris, paper mache, clay characters and more! Please send children in appropriate clothing that allows for freedom of expression or send a smock.
 
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Fun & Funky Art

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This camp is perfect for the arts and crafts lover who enjoys creating and finishing really fun art projects. Campers will create dream boxes, face masks, and mini scrapbooks. Camper will also make beaded jewelry, candles, tie-dye t-shirts, and create with henna body art.
 
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Make It, Take It

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Create crafty creations! Develop your creativity with drawing, painting, sculpting and many more cool arts & crafts projects. Please send children in appropriate clothing that allows for freedom of expression or send a smock.
 
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Pushin' Paint

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This paint explosion of a camp includes instruction in different projects (that may include intro to painting, water colors, flow in the dark paint, painting your pet's self portrait, self- portraits and mixed media).  An ideal camp for kids who want to create funky, imaginative art! Please send campers in appropiate clothing or smock to allow for freedom of expression.
 
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Recyclin' Art

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Treasure from “trash.” Shoeboxes, newspaper, paper bags, and more turned into something artistic and fun. Please send children in appropriate clothing that allows for freedom of expression or send a smock 
 
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Rip the Runway

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Young fashion gurus will create fashions and awesome apparel in this creative camp. Campers will learn the basics of clothing construction, from creative inspiration to practical considerations. This camp will culminate in a fashion show featuring creations by our very own style icons.
 
 

Leadership/Teen

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Counselor In Training

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At the Y, we help youth set and achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. A unique program designed especially for teenagers and a careful balance of program components has been created to foster creativity, adventure, peer interaction, leadership skills, values clarification and friendships that will last a lifetime.  
 
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Leaders-In-Training

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Leaders-in-Training is a teen program specifically designed for our future leaders. This two-phase program first sends your teen through a week of training in First Aid, CPR, working with 5-12 year olds, camp songs, games and crafts. After successfully completing training and achieving L.I.T. status, participants will be assigned to assist our talented day camp staff with the daily operation of the traditional camps. This program provides an excellent opportunity for teens to learn hands-on job experience and responsibilities, while still under the supervision of our camp staff.
 
 

Science & Technology Camps

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Just Build It

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Calling all junior architects! Construct mini communities, a mini model of your house and other cool buildings. Transform sticks, stones, bricks, and other common supplies into neat looking structures. Learn about architectural concepts and techniques while testing the theory of the three little pigs. Join the Y Town Design Team with the creation of an itty-bitty city.
 
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Lego Builders

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Campers can also use their imaginations to design and build buildings, cars and other creatures using legos. Campers will get to display their creations for all to see.
 
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Rockets-N-Racin’

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Like models? Build a pinewood derby car and race your creation against your friends. Construct a rocket to launch.
 
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Science Sampler

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Campers explore a buffet of science through fun, hands-on experiments in chemistry, physics, biology and more. Every day offers a new experience for campers to become scientific sleuths—learning how to ask bright questions and find right answers.
 
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Slime Time and Grossology

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Goop rules! Young mad scientists get down and dirty creating concoctions and potions and gurgling substances-some of them edible, some too icky to even think about eating.
 
 

Specialty Camps

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Art Meets Science

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It's art with a twist.  Art + Science = Cool Craziness!  When you mix up art and science, you'll create all kids of interesting, cool designs.  Experiment with different, colorful substances that produce rad reactions.  Find out what candy chromatography is; put your noodle to  work in a nifty chemistry workshop.  Show off your pieces at the end of the summer Clothesline Art Show!
 
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Delicious Delights

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Campers really get cooking in this introduction to the culinary arts where they learn to create fun things that you can eat! Incorporating cleanliness, nutrition, cooking terms, measuring, helping, creating, sharing and EATING, this camp allows children to become little chefs. From chopping up to cleaning up, it's all food for thought. Please send campers in appropiate clothing or an apron that allows for freedom of expression.
 
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DUCT TAPE CREATIONS

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Roll out the fun with colorful duct tape to make creative handbags, wallets, accessories & more!
 
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Game Maker

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Do you love board games and inventing things?  Do you have an endless imagination and love to create?  Game Makers learn about what makes games successful and use these tactics to create their own!  How cool would it be to have your own board game?!
 
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GROSSOLOGY

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Slimy, snotty, sneezy and smelly...Grossology is the scientific study of all that's NOT allowed at the dinner table. Join us for an insanely hilarious journey down some of nature's most interesting and disgusting paths! This week is guaranteed to make you say "eeewwwwwwww"!
 
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Here's To Me (girls’ self-esteem building)

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This camp allows girls to be girls and experience a full range of specialty activities—arts and crafts, group games, science and more. The fundamental goal of this program is to have each girl realize they can achieve their objective with a positive outlook. By interacting with others and learning a variety of tasks and skills, inevitably they will develop a stronger self-image. A series of hands-on problem solving activities including challenge course obstacles, “trust games” and creative projects will promote confidence and achievement.
 
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Icky Sticky Creations

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Put on your lab coats and get ready to experiment with all sorts of slimy, gooey stuff. You will make slime, create your own play-dough and more!
 
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PENCILS, PAINTINGS, & MORE

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Create incredible art using acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils.
 
 
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Pokemon Madness

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Campers can bring in all of their Pokemon Cards and will have the opportunity to trade, swap and share with their friends. Camper will enjoy creating their own Pokemon characters, designing a story line and even learn about the history of Pokemon.
 
 

Sports Camps

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Sports Festival

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts; it’s time to have a ball with a super-fun assortment of popular sports. Campers will learn the fundamentals of a variety of different sports such as basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, baseball and more! Everyone plays and learns how to play like a team in this high-energy camp!  
 
 

Traditional Camps

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Aloha Splash

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We are celebrating the summer Hawaiian style! Campers will participate in water and land games, learn water safety, make fun beach scene crafts, and learn water science.  
 
 
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Captain Y and The Superheroes

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Join the YMCA as we explore the adventurous world of your favorite superheroes! This exciting theme provides children the opportunity to create new superheroes, add new powers to existing ones and visit the many planets and worlds they live on. Buckle up because you are traveling to another dimension!
 
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Catch the Spirit!

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Traditional day camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming centered around the theme.
 
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Dr. Seuss

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, swimming and possible field trips all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Party At The Y

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Space Invaders

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Thingamajig

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It's here! It's finally here! Calling all inventors, the Thingamajig Invention Convention is here! It's time to put your brains together and show off your talents. All campers will be attending the Thingamajig Invention Convention this week! Recycled materials will be used to create masterpieces as we delve into the creative minds of our future!
 
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Treasure Island

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Argh YMCA mateys! Come walk the plank onto me pirate ship! Have some swashbuckling pirate fun with a canon ball toss, stranded island obstacle course, crocodile hunt and more. Send a message in a bottle, try your hand (or hook) at sand art, and become a Captain Hook look alike.
 
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Under the Big Top

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Come one, come all to the greatest camp on earth! Join this wild and wacky circus troupe.  Learn magic, funny tricks, learn about circus animals, arts & crafts, the science of what makes the circus fun.
 
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Under the Sea

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Dive into ocean discovery!  Explore water, sea creatures, sand and more through crafts, games, science activities and more!
 
 
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