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YMCA Camp Vanasek - Summer Day Camp

Serving Children Entering Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Children entering 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade can apply to be a LIT (Leader in Training)/CIT (Counselor in Training)

Enrollment for the 2024 Camp Season will Open February 1st, 2024

At YMCA Camp Vanasek, campers will have the opportunity to develop new relationships, gain independence, learn new skills, and grow through a safe, accepting, and nature based environment. Each week will be a different adventure. Youth learn to be honest and care, to respect and to be responsible for themselves and the environment. These are the values that make the YMCA Camp Vanasek different and extraordinary. Join us for the adventure – create a lifetime of memories!

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2024 Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2024 camp season will open on February 1, 2024 at 6 AM.

We will be doing a staggered enrollment with FULL SUMMER CAMPERS (attending 10 or more weeks of camp) enrolling first. 

SEE BELOW FOR WHAT DATE YOU SHOULD REGISTER

*All enrollment will close once camp capacity has been meet.

Full Summer Camper Enrollment Dates (campers attending 10 weeks or more):

  • Full Summer 5 day Campers - Feb 1st at 6am
  • Full Summer 4 day Campers - Feb 3rd at 6am
  • Full Summer 3 day Campers - Feb 5th at 6am

Partial Summer Campers Enrollment Dates (campers attending 9 weeks or less):

  • Partial Summer 5, 4, & 3 day Campers - March 1st at 6am

The Camper will have to have an active YMCA membership from the time of enrollment through there last day of camp attendance.

Activate a YMCA Membership HERE

If you are activating a membership please use the promo code Vanasek!24 to waive the membership enrollment fee.

If you are looking for 1 or 2 day a week camp options with no weekly commitment, please visit our sister camp "Camp Gull" for their new summer day camp options. 

 

Camp Schedule

7:00 AM Morning Drop Off

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Activity 1

10:00 AM Activity 2

11:00 AM Down Time

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Swim Time

3:00 PM  Activity 3

4:00 PM Snack

5:30 PM Camp Closes

 

Camp Activities

Swimming

Archery

Slingshots

Biking

Canoeing

Nerf Wars

Paddle Boarding

Arts & Crafts

Fire Cooking

Team Games

STEM

Nature Hikes

Fishing

Wiffleball

Kick Ball

Fort Building

Sky Chairs

9 Square

Board Games

& MORE....

Camp Address, Hours of Operation, & Holiday Closures

Camp Address: 14307 Oakwood Dr N, Baxter, MN 56425

Camp Season Starts: June 3rd, 2024        Camp Season Ends: August 30th, 2024

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM

Closed on: July 4th & 5th, 2024.

 

Rates & Scholarships

2024 Rates & Enrollment Information (Scholarships are available *see below)

  • Full Summer 5 day: $210 per week
  • Full Summer 4 day: $168 per week
  • Full Summer 3 day: $141 per week
  • Partial Summer per day is $50
  • LIT/CIT Rates are listed in the LIT/CIT section

When enrolling as a full summer camper you are agreeing that your child will be attending 10 weeks or more of camp. There are no refunds if you take one of these spots and do not use it, or if you do not use all 10 weeks of camp. Campers enrolling under a full summer spot will be charged a minimum of 10 weeks worth of camp fees at the weekly rate you registered for. Each full summer spot has up to 3 weeks that can be canceled (individual days will need to be preapproved by the camp director). If you would like to cancel any of your 3 weeks of care you will need to send an email to campvanasek@blymca.org 14 days prior to the week start date (unless a doctors note is provided and then a system credit will be given). Notifications of week cancelations will not be taken at drop off, pick up, over the phone, or by text message.

When enrolling as a partial summer camper you are agreeing to the dates you select at time of the enrollment. There are no refunds if you do not attend camp a date you registered for (unless a doctor note is provided and then a system credit will be given), or if you decided not to attend camp at all.

PAYMENTS will be automatically scheduled at the time of enrollment. Each weeks payment will be scheduled for 10 days prior to the weeks start date. These dates will be included on your enrollment receipt so please keep it for your records. If you wish to pay some of your summer camp fees upfront you can do that when completing enrollment by adding in the amount you would like to pay that day. If you keep the payment amount at $0 then the system will automatically schedule your payments as stated above.

ONCE ENROLLMENT IS COMPLETE THERE WILL BE NO WEEKLY REGISTRATIONS TO COMPLETE EACH MONTH!

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Financial Assistance & Scholarships are available through the Brainerd YMCA. To apply for assistance please fill out the Financial Assistance Application and return to Jennifer Wilson in person at the Brainerd YMCA or by email.  Please contact Jennifer Wilson with any Financial Assistance & Scholarships questions. 

The YMCA provided over $47,000 in Financial Assistance & Scholarships in the 2023 Camp Season. This was made possible by the Brainerd YMCA Annual Campaign Donors and the Brainerd & Baxter Lion's Club. 

Membership

To enroll in camp your child will first need to be a member of the YMCA either through a Family Membership or a Youth Membership. You can complete this process online below. 

Membership Sign-Up

Summer Menu: AM Snack, PM Snack & Lunch (Civil Rights Statement)

The Summer Menu is mailed directly to enrolled families. 

Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Parent Handbook

The 2024 Parent Handbook is sent directly to enrolled families.

Full Summer Enrollment vs. Partial Summer Enrollment

When enrolling as a full summer camper you are agreeing that your child will be attending 10 weeks or more of camp. There are no refunds if you take one of these spots and do not use it, or if you do not use all 10 weeks of camp. Campers enrolling under a full summer spot will be charged a minimum of 10 weeks worth of camp fees at the weekly rate you registered for. Each full summer spot has up to 3 weeks that can be canceled (individual days will need to be preapproved by the camp director). If you would like to cancel any of your 3 weeks of care you will need to send an email to campvanasek@blymca.org 14 days prior to the week start date (unless a doctors note is provided and then a system credit will be given). Notifications of week cancelations will not be taken at drop off, pick up, over the phone, or by text message.

When enrolling as a partial summer camper you are agreeing to the dates you select at time of the enrollment. There are no refunds if you do not attend camp on a date you registered for (unless a doctor note is provided and then a system credit will be given), or if you decided not to attend camp at all.

PAYMENTS will be automatically scheduled at the time of enrollment. Each weeks payment will be scheduled for 10 days prior to the weeks start date. These dates will be included on your enrollment receipt so please keep it for your records. If you wish to pay some of your summer camp fees upfront you can do that when completing enrollment by adding in the amount you would like to pay that day. If you keep the payment amount at $0 then the system will automatically schedule your payments as stated above.

ONCE ENROLLMENT IS COMPLETE THERE WILL BE NO WEEKLY REGISTRATIONS TO COMPLETE EACH MONTH!

 

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Campers

Children entering 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade can attend camp, but as a LIT (Leader in Training)/CIT (Counselor in Training). These campers are paired up with a Camp Counselor and younger age group when they are at camp. These campers are expected to be leaders and helpful. They have a little more freedom and flexibility than the other campers in our program. They will still get to experience the fun of camp, but will be expected to help younger campers and staff. There is not a set expectation on how many days or weeks this age camper would be at camp. Their enrollment will be daily, and can fluctuate with your families schedule. 

6th Grade Rate per day: $35

7th Grade Rate per day: $25

8th Grade rate per day:$15

LIT/CIT Enrollment will be separate from the traditional camp registration, but it will open on March 1st. There are limited spots, and high behavior expectations.