YMCA Ayrlawn Program Center

Summer Day Camps Classes Offered at YMCA Ayrlawn Program Center

Animals and Farm Games

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Down on the Farm (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Old MacDonald isn’t the only one who can have fun on the farm. Milk a cow, churn butter, pick-your-own and more in daily field trips to a variety of farms. Campers will tour several farms in the area and get to experience all that farm life has to offer. Visit local petting zoos, hay rides and plenty more.
 
 

Aquatic Camps

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Aqua Sports (at BCC)

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Swimming is the first step to enjoying the wide world of aquatic sports. This camp will expose children to the myriad of aquatic opportunities from swimming to water polo, diving to kite-boarding, and everything in between. We'll not only focus on teaching the fundamentals of many aquatic sports, but we'll have time for a few silly games too!
 
 

Art Camps

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Appetizing Art (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Learn how to make your table look like a five star restaurant. We'll walk you from setting the table to desserts. Learn to plate, decorate and appreciate the art of finely presented foods as well as using decorator tips for icing and mousse.
 
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Art Around the World

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Pack your suitcase and get your passports ready because in this camp we will be going across continents to learn about arts of different cultures!
 
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Art Sampler (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Let the creativity shine! Campers will experiment and learn the wide range of artistic expression!
 
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Art Through the Centuries (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Lights, Camera, Action

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Campers will learn all the aspects of the theatre from character creation to costumes, and set design to performance. Improvisation, make-up, songs, make props and characterization are just some of the techniques to be learned and practiced. Through creation, writing and performing their own play, campers will gain the self-esteem and confidence to make their Broadway debut!
 
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Recyclemania (at Ayrlawn PC)

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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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Smart Art (at Ayrlawn PC)

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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 kinds 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!
 
 

Dance Camps

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Ayrlawn Got Talent (at Ayralwn PC)

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Theater and stage hopefuls must remember that success requires motivation, dedication, proper guidance, and hours of practice. If you are interested in raising the level of skill, confidence, enthusiasm, and enjoyment of your child’s singing, dancing, performing, or rapping come and join us and let your child become one of the “cast members” for “Ayrlawn Got Talent!”
 
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Ballet

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals. Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
 
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Cheerleading

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
 
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Hip Hop Street Jam (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Dance like a pop star while incorporating aerobics, jazz and hip hop in this fast-paced, high energy camp. It’s designed for children who love to jump, exercise, and dance. Emphasis is on energy, rhythm and attitude!
 
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Jazz

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This fun camp is appropriate for all levels and incorporates step learning and then integration into dance moves. Jazz camp helps experienced dancers as well as those who are new to dance deepen their understanding of Jazz. By learning about jazz dance techniques, choreography and methodology, campers will be able to put on a small dance show on Friday afternoons for the camp and parents. 
 
 
 
 

Day Trips of All Kinds

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Amusement Park Fanatic (at Ayrlawn PC)

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This camp offers daily excursions to exciting locations through Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Possible destinations include swim parks, King’s Dominion, Six Flags and more.  Amusement and swim parks and more make this an unforgettable experience for everyone. Possible trips include water activities, Six Flags, King’s Dominion and more! Some fees may be extra.
 
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Destination DC (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Like learning about almost everything? We’ll check out museums of science, history, art and more. Possible excursions include the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, International Spy Museum, and more.
 
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Destination Unknown (at Ayrlawn PC)

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You will have to come to find out what happens! In this unique adventure camp, daily trips will take place in Virginia, Maryland and DC. Activities may build on one another and may include an overnight trip, hiking, water activities and more. This camp requires willingness, teamwork, and an adventurous personality. 
 
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FLOATIN’ FRENZY (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Don’t forget to pack your swim suits as they surely will be needed as we cruise along the lazy rivers and make a splash at water parks and pools.
 
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Horseback Riding

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An introduction to riding basics, horse care, and responsibility taught in a safe and fun environment! Campers will go to the stables for 2.5 hours each day to learn what it’s like to care for and ride their own horse. Riders will learn basic horse care skills, such as grooming, hoof cleaning, tack care, barn chores and how to maintain the well-being of horses, while learning to be safe around the barn. The emphasis of this camp is on safety and respect for the horse and his care.  Campers will ride each day and beginners will learn basic position on the horse, to walk, halt, trot- posting and sitting, and control the direction of their horse. Based on experience; intermediate and advanced riders will improve their skills and learn more difficult movements. Campers will be split into 2 groups and while not riding, campers will participate in various horsemanship lessons and fun activities that may include bathing, grooming, feedings, scavenger hunts, horse jeopardy, painting horseshoes, and more.  Please wear the following: Long pants, sturdy boots (or sneakers) and a riding helmet. Riders may borrow a helmet from the stables if they don’t have one. Additional registration form and waiver form is required for all campers participating in the Horseback Riding Camp!  
 
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Little Movers (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Travel camps for our youngest campers have kids on the move as they enjoy daily excursions to local areas of fun and excitement!
 
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On The Move (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Campers get movin’ with our age-appropriate active field trips each day. Travel to local parks, go on your next adventure, and join us for a week full of fun in our local community.
 
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Outdoor Encounters (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Campers will have an amazing adventure each day while experiencing the outdoors in fun ways like paddling and hiking.
 
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Rolling & Bowling

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Campers will get the opportunity to bowl three games per day and improve their handicaps or just learn the basic rules, terminology, or how to pick up a 7-10 split. Our bowlers will try out both ten-pin and duckpin bowling.
 
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Sports Fanatic (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Travel with us to this DMV’s great sports arenas, stadiums, and fields. We will take tours, watch players practice and even get to watch games in action. Campers will also perfect their technique at the batting cages, driving ranges, and so much more!
 
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Stunning Science (at Ayrlawn PC)

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This hands-on experience will take campers on different excursions to learn and discover science in ways you just can’t do in one place.
 
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WATER PARK FRENZY (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Make a splash with this action packed wet and wild water adventure! Kids get soaked at local pools and water parks.
 
 

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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Outdoor Adventure CIT (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Enhance your outdoor adventure camp experience by learning leadership and group management skills, while earning Service Learning Hours! CITs will work alongside professional outdoor adventure staff and assist with daily activities in the outdoor adventure camp. This program focuse on developing leadership, responsibility, and encrougagement skills.
 
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Summer of Service

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Students participate in a variety of service-learning activities like organizing canned food drives, serving other members of the local community raising awareness, and discovering the inner compassion and motivation to help improve both the local & global community!
 
 

Outdoor Adventure

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Battlefield Blitz (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Awaken your inner adventurer & discover the wonders of Local Battlefields. Campers compete in scavenger hunts, explore nature trails & nearby historic parks. You’ll learn about battlefields and so many other historic elements!
 
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Bug Talks & Critter Walks (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Children explore the outdoors and search for nature’s fascinating creatures. Through forest walks, trips to aquariums, zoos, and other natural locations, campers develop a better understanding of the natural world.
 
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Hiking Explorers (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Allow our experienced instructors to lead your camper in exciting high adventure activities!  Your child will experience the feeling of a real team as group members support one another through various outdoor challenges.  For the child that likes to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, Hiking Explorers is the perfect camp. 
 
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Outdoor Adventure (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Our experienced instructors will lead your camper in exciting high adventure activities! All of our counselors are 21 or older and are required to complete over 75 hours of outdoor adventure training each year. Your child will experience the feeling of a real team as group members support one another through various outdoor challenges. Campers are offered on a weekly schedule; however the activities will build in intensity and excitement over a two week period. If you would like your child to experience all of the adventure offerings please sign them up for two weeks. Activities will include: Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Canoeing, White Water Tubing, Hiking, High Ropes Challenge Course, and many more high adventure experiences. *Due to the nature of these activities, please contact 301.576.9080 to speak with the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator if your child has any special needs that may limit full participation in camp.
 
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Rock Climbers Delight (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Our experienced outdoor instructors will lead your camper in high adventure activities. Rock Climbers Delight weeks are all about climbing and exploring the cliffs and boulders of this area.
 
Due to the nature of these activities, please contact 301.576.9080 to speak with the Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator if your child has any special needs that may limit full participation in these camps.
 
 

Science & Technology Camps

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Derby Cars (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Race your creations-pinewood derby cars, soapbox cars or mag-lev cars-in this one of a kind building camp. Bring your remote control car and race in a YMCA camper designed racetrack.
 
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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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Mad Scientist (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Join us on a wacky adventure through all kinds of cool and crazy science. Use chemicals to create unique reactions right before your eyes! Every inner crazy scientist will ooze with pleasure.
 
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Mythbusters (at Ayrlawn PC)

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You've been told not to try that at home, so try it at camp instead! this week will test various scientific myths and embrace your camper's curiosity.
 
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Science In Motion (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Discover how things move with science. Join a team of camp engineers to assemble and control pulleys, levers, catapults and simple machines.  Have fun exploring the world of movement and make boats, rockets, parachutes and more!
 
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Wonders of Science (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Roll up your sleeves and let’s experiment! Come join us in this hands-on week as we explore the fun world of science.
 
 

Specialty Camps

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Air and Space (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Got a yen for lunar learning? Blast off into this fun and activity-filled session learning about the solar system. Campers will let their imaginations soar while learning about the planets, stars, and the moon. They will also build and name their very own spaceship to carry them to the moon and beyond!
 
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Beads & Bracelets (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Design your own personalized jewelry and accessories. Create jewelry using pre-made beads and more. Make pins, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and hair ornaments.
 
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Chess

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Checkmate! Have you ever been stumped with how the chess pieces move? Have no fear! Chess camp will teach you the basics. Chess players will learn the different chess pieces and how they work. Players learn basic strategies and good sportsmanship.
 
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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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Gepetto's Workshop (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Toys come in all shapes and sizes. In Gepetto's workshop, come and explore the ins and outs of toys and even create and invent a few new toys of your own. There's a whole toy world out there for you to discover.
 
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Green Thumbs Up

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Get down and dirty in this green thumb camp. Learn all about plants, seeds, & soil as you watch your organic garden grow.
 
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Musical Theatre

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Acting a little dramatic lately? Looking for your 15 minutes of fame? All campers will learn the many different aspects of musical theatre including the basics of singing, acting, staging and choreography as they work toward a final Friday performance. The focus is on developing skills and bringing out the talents and gifts that our campers have inside- giving everyone a chance to be a shining STAR!
 
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Rip the Runway (at Ayrlawn PC)

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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 with a fashion show featuring creations by our very own style icons.
 
 

Sports Camps

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Archery

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
 
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Baseball

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This camp is designed to develop and improve the skills of players from “rookies” to “veterans” in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and fun! Players will practice the basics and learn new skills. Get ready to “Play Ball!” Campers must provide their own gloves.  This camp is designed for children who are interested in learning how to play the game of baseball, or simply in fine tuning their skills. Included is instruction in the fundamentals of hitting, catching and fielding, as well as strategy in game like situations.
 
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Basketball

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer.
 
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Biking (at Ayrlawn PC)

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete.  Campers must provide their own bicycle and helmet.
 
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Flag Football

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. At the end of the week, flag football participants will play another YMCA branch in the YMCA Summer Camp Super Bowl!
 
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Gymnastics (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Does your child like to flip and tumble? Than gymnastics is the camp for them! Your child will learn the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, mini trampoline and floor exercises. This co-ed camp is designed to focus on building your child’s skills, whether they are a beginner or more advanced gymnast. Swimming is included. Please wear comfortable clothing as this camp will spend more than half their day enjoying gymnastics.
 
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Gymnastics Academy (at Ayrlawn PC)

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The YMCA Summer Gymnastics Training Academy is designed to provide a full gymnastics experience. Emphasis is placed on skill development in all four Olympic events. Training is enhanced through dance, trampoline, strength training, nutrition, and sports psychology instruction. Gymnasts will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art training facility. This camp will not swim or participate in tradtional camp activities with the exception of Spirit Fridays. 
 
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Martial Arts

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Whether beginner or advanced, your child will enjoy the challenge of this camp. Campers learn the fundamentals of self-defense and enjoy participating in a sport that promotes respect, self-confidence and discipline.
 
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Mini Gymnastics (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Get ready for fun, flipping and tumbling. Your child will learn the basics of vault, bars, balance beam, mini trampoline and rings. Swimming and arts & crafts are included.
 
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Soccer

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
 
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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!  
 
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T-Ball

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete.  Campers are required to bring their own glove.
 
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Ultimate Frisbee

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Learn the game that is all the rage! Ultimate Frisbee improves speed, visual acuity and teamwork. Principals of soccer and football combine with the classic game of Frisbee catch to create fun and excitement for young athletes.
 
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Volleyball (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Bump, set, spike your way into fun during this fantastic co-ed camp! Learn the fundamentals of volleyballwhile having a great time through scrimmages, drills and skills practice. Beginners through advanced players are all welcome. 
 
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Yoga (at Ayrlawn PC)

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Campers will learn beginning yoga stretching, positions and proper form. This camp is perfect for the camper who is ready to learn a new way to become more flexible and fit.
 
 

Traditional Camps

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At the Movies

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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 occasional field trips centered around the theme.
 
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Blast from the Past

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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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Exploring the World

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Pack your bags as we go on a fantastic journey “around the world. “Travel” to different places by learning games, crafts, recipes, and stories from all over the world!
 
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It's a Thingamajig

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"It's a what?" "A thingamajig!" Calling all inventors, let's get the juices flowing and start preparing, before we know it the Thingamajig Invention Convention will be here! Campers will use recycled materials to create a new invention or concoct a new use for an everyday item. 
 
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It's Easy Being Green

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Passionate about the environment? Learn how to "go green" easily with fun activities and projects as well as learn about how to support our earth through recycling.
 
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Once Upon A Y (at Ayrlawn PC)

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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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Rockin' Beach Party (at Ayrlawn PC)

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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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Secrets and spies

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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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Shark Week

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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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Stars & Stripes Forever (at Ayrlawn PC)

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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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Water, Water, Everywhere

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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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