YMCA Arlington

Summer Day Camps Classes Offered at YMCA Arlington

Aquatic Camps

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Aquatics Day Camp

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Join certified lifeguards and instructors in this super fun, refreshing summer experience. Campers will spend part of their day in the pool. Lessons, stroke development, games and free swim all part of this action packed camp. Please speak with branch for specific schedules and activities. No swimming experience necessary!
 
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Junior Lifeguard

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Are you someone who enjoys helping others? Our Jr. Lifeguard Camp is a hands-on experience for campers to learn First Aid and CPR, water rescue techniques and other topics related to lifeguarding from trained and certified staff. Not only does this valuable experience build self-confidence and skills for life, it focuses on the skills and training that participants will need to be successful YMCA Lifeguard candidates once they reach an age to be certified.
 
 

Art Camps

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Art in 3-D

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Put down the crayons and build your next masterpiece in 3-D. Let your imagination soar as you experiment with form and texture using plaster, wire, clay, fabric, paper mache, weaving, homemade play dough and more!
 
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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 
 
 

Dance Camps

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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. 
 
 

Day Trips of All Kinds

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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!  
 
 

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.
 
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Teen Travel/On the Move

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Designed especially for teenagers, each week is jam packed with activities that will stimulate their minds, offer opportunities to grow as individuals and travel to local areas of interest and excitement. Various field trips throughout the week provide an unforgettable summer filled with fun, learning and making new friends!
Monday- Swimming/Waterpark
Tuesday- Sports or Skills (bowling, mini golf, etc.)
Wednesday- Fun Time! (arcade, amusement park, etc)
Thursday-  Challengeing Activity (teambuilding, climbing, hiking, scavenger hunt, etc.)
Friday- Aqua Adventure (canoe, rafting, sailing, etc.)
 
 

Outdoor Adventure

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Appalachian Adventure (Arlington)

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Tackle the Maryland section of the stunning Appalachian Trail on a 2 night overnight trip. Prepare and plan on Monday and Tuesday before departing Wednesday on this adventure.
 
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Aqua Adventure

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Just what it sounds like! This camp features different water activities every day. Possible excursions include tubing, kayaking, sailing and a two-day, one-night canoe trip. 
 
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Camp Kirkwood

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Camp Kirkwood offers special emphasis on outdoor recreation, reconnecting kids with nature and bringing back a sense of adventure to the outdoor experience. Campers will experience fun and exciting outdoor activities that may include teambuilding, low ropes, water activities, hiking, sports, nature crafts, fishing, archery, climbing, swimming and water activities, nature centers and programs, scouting skills and survival techniques, outdoor cooking, storytelling, swimming and more. An optional overnight experience (2 days, 1 night) will be offered during weeks 2,4,6, and 8 for those who choose to participate. Leadership skill development, team-building activities, and creative, interactive programs are offered to campers by caring young adult role models at a local or regional park each week. Calendars with specific locations and activities will be provided on the first day of each session.
 
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Pony Camp

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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 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, including steering and control with individual attention while riding. As an introductory camp, the riding is taught by an experienced instructor with riders on the horse one at a time. The instructor stays with the child while on the horse and helps him/her maintain proper position while guiding the horse. Campers are organized into groups of no more than 6 and rotate 30 minute stations: grooming, riding, horse chores and a craft activity teaching horse care.  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!  
 
 

Science & Technology Camps

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Goop & Magical Solutions

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Join us on a wacky adventure through all kinds of cool and crazy chemical reactions. Use chemicals to make slippery slime and watch colors separate before your eyes! Find our how to make volcanoes erupt, what oobleck is, how to make gak and more! Add in messy games and activities, creating a slimy, grimy, goopy and magical experience. Please send campers in appropiate clothing or smock to allow freedom of expression.
 
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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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Sensational Sciences

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Join us for some amazing science experiments and cool projects! Make your own submarine diver game and learn about fluids and pressure. Learn chemistry concepts by making your own colorful t-shirt. Build models or a vortex volcano in a bottle. Everyday offers a new experience for campers to become scientific sleuths – learning how to ask bright questions and find right answers.
 
 

Specialty Camps

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Beads & Handi-Crafts

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Get creative and learn how to make a variety of crafts. Tie-dye a t-shirt, learn what boondoggle is, stamp a leather key chain, and use beads for more than just jewelry (maybe a suncatcher, or to design a creature)! Leather, beads, baskets, and more are just some of the materials you'll use to make creative crafts in this custom camp.
 
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Biking

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Campers will experience so much more than just biking this week! Through working together, campers will learn the components of a bike, how to construct a bike, bicycle safety, and go on biking adventures on popular trails throughout our area.
 
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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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STREET JAM

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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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Theatre Camp

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Campers will learn aspects of the theatre from character creation to costumes and set design to performance. Through writing and performing their own play, campers gain self-esteem and confidence as they work towards the final Friday performance.
 
 

Sports Camps

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All Star Sports Jr.

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts, it's time to have a ball with an assortment of sports. We've got the FUNdamentals of your favorite sports covered in this safe, pressure-free arena, so come on in and try them out. Skills and drills introduce or allow campers to practice various sports. Scrimmages and games focus on teamwork and sportsmanship.
 
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All Star Sports Sr.

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts, it's time to have a ball with an assortment of sports. We've got the FUNdamentals of your favorite sports covered in this safe, pressure-free arena, so come on in and try them out. Skills and drills introduce or allow campers to practice various sports. Scrimmages and games focus on teamwork and sportsmanship.
 
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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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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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Beach Ball Blast

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Grab your board and surf on over for a beachy day camp experience. Games, crafts, water sports and the crazy fashios of summer bring the seashort closer than you have ever imagined.
 
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Bowling

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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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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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Junior Sports Festival

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts, it’s time to have a ball with an assortment of sports. We’ve got the FUNdamentals of your favorite sports covered in this safe, pressure-free zone, so come on in and try them out.
 
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Senior 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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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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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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Tag Rugby

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A worldwide sport with a growing following in the USA, Rugby is a tactical fast paced game with a strong focus on teamwork.  Tag Rugby removes the tackles from the game but none of the fun!  With a place for campers of all levels, this camp requires no prior knowledge or experience of the game, we'll teach you all you need to know!
 
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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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Wakefield Basketball Clinic

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Campers will learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun environment. Each day campers will participate in skill development, lead-up games, competitions and games. The purpose of the camp is to provide a fun-filled week of basketball, teaching offensive skills, defensive techniques and individual play within the framework of a team concept
 
 

Traditional Camps

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Adventure Awaits

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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 activities are focused around the weekly camp theme.
 
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Animal Adventures

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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 activities are focused around the weekly camp theme.
 
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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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Olympic 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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