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YMCA Camp Vanasek - Summer Day Camp

Serving Children Entering Kindergarten - 7th Grade

Our 2023 Camp Enrollment has meet CAPACITY. Please mark your calendars for the 2024 Season enrollment starts Feb 1st, 2024. 

 

2023 Camp Enrolment Link

 

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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2023 Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2023 camp season will open on February 1, 2023 at 6 AM.

We will be doing a staggered enrollment (this is new for the 2023 season) 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 8th at 6am
  • Full Summer 3 day Campers - Feb 15th 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 Vanasek2023! to waive the membership enrollment fee.

 

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

Biking

Canoeing

Nerf Wars

Paddle Boarding

Arts & Crafts

Fire Cooking

Team Games

STEM

Nature Hikes

Fishing

Camp Address, Hours of Operation, Holiday Closures, & Early Release Days

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

Camp Season Starts: June 5th, 2023        Camp Season Ends: September 1st, 2023

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

Closed on: Monday July 3rd, & Tuesday July 4th, and July 5th, 2023.

Early Release Days (1:00 PM pickup): Friday June 23rd & Friday July 14th

Rates & Scholarships

2023 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: $135 per week
  • Partial Summer 5 day: $225 per week
  • Partial Summer 4 day: $180 per week
  • Partial Summer 3 day: $141 per week
  • Partial Summer Friday Only: $50 per day

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 weeks you select at time of the enrollment. There are no refunds if you do not attend camp a week 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 14 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 $36,000 in Financial Assistance & Scholarships in the 2022 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

Posted in May 2023

Parent Handbook

The 2023 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 weeks you select at time of the enrollment. There are no refunds if you do not attend camp a week 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 14 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!