YMCA Anthony Bowen Traditional Camps | YMCA DC

YMCA Anthony Bowen Traditional Camps

ALOHA SPLASH

Join us for a week of luaus, hula dancing, and more tropical fun! Campers will participate in water and land games, make fun beach scene crafts, and learn water science.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Do you know what a group of elephants is called? Do you know the difference between a reptile and an amphibian? Do you know how a whale stays warm in freezing water? Find out this week through arts and crafts, science experiments, group games and more!

AT THE MOVIES

Experience the movies LIVE with us at the Y! Each day we’ll dive into one of our favorite movies for a day of crafts, experiments, games and FUN! In this camp we might plot like Minions, sing like Elsa, learn how the Avengers save the day, or visit Zootopia with our friends.

CAPTAIN Y & THE SUPER HEROES

Its a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Captain Y and the Super Heroes! Grab your capes, shields, and masks and get ready to show your true strength this week. Buckle up because you are traveling to another dimension!

DECADES OF FUN

Lava lamps, tie-dye, sock hops and cassettes! Get groovy with this camp that is all that and a bag of chips! Maybe you’ll learn to dance like Elvis, construct your own disco ball or even design a new video game like Pac-Man.

DR. SEUSS

Come along with the Cat in the Hat to figure out what the Lorax is, what kind of mischief Thing 1 & Thing 2 get into and why Sam I am loved green eggs and ham!

ESCAPE TO DINO LAND

Long necks, big teeth, sharp claws, OH MY! Come explore all there is to know about the prehistoric creatures of our past! You will learn many fun facts about the extinct species, you may even create your own fossil, or dig for dinosaurs in this week full of everything dinosaur.

EXPLORING THE WORLD

Around the world in 5 days! We’ll be learning all about different regions, people and their customs from all over the world through arts/crafts, group games and science activities. We may even ask families to bring in items that represent their own cultures.

FROM SEA TO SHINGING SEA

Hooray for the red, white & blue! Explore the US and celebrate our beautiful nation at camp this week! This week will be filled with stars and stripes galore with a little bit of geography and patriotic activities thrown in.

IT’S A THINGAMAJIG

STEM shapes our everyday experiences and is designing our future—our Thingamajig camp opens doors to strategic thinking and creative expression by challenging children to invent solutions to everyday problems using only what can be re-purposed around them. This is a very special week as our campers will be invited to attend the 26th Annual YMCA Thingamajig Invention Convention—a one of a kind STEM-based gathering where youth and community partners come together to learn, explore, experiment, and discover.

JUNGLE SAFARI 

Explore the jungle and come face to face with leopards, tucans, and spider monkeys… Okay, not really face-to-face, but come learn about all the cool animals hidden in the jungle while doing lots of animal crafts, playing jungle games, and most importantly making tons of friends at camp!

SHARK WEEK

How big are a Great White’s jaws? What is the smallest known shark species? Let’s find out when TVs must-watch event of the summer comes to Y camp! We will learn shark fun facts, how we can protect these ocean predators, create crafts and play shark games.

SPACE INVADERS

Attention space cadets! You won’t want to miss out on this camp from another world! This week we will explore our galaxy, create a space craft, and practice some space cadet training.

SUMMER FIESTA

It’s a party at the Y! Celebrate another awesome summer together in this week-long fiesta! Try you luck with the piñata, play fiesta inspired games and dance to the Macarena. NO SIESTA for this week!

TREASURE ISLAND

Pirates and princesses, oh my! Will you walk the plank, find your own hidden treasure or work together to get off the shipwrecked island? Come along for an adventure this week and you’re guaranteed to discover the best treasure of all, friendship.

UNDER THE BIG TOP

Welcome to the greatest show on earth! Learn the ways of the clowns and tightrope walker, create your own carnival games, practice face-painting and much more this week.

UNDER THE SEA

Life is the bubbles, under the sea! Come play with us as we make ocean-themed crafts and figure out how long sea turtles live!

LET’S PAINT

Go beyond the expected! Discover finger-painting, sponge dipping and other exciting possibilities.

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