Make This Summer Count with YMCA Detroit’s Camps for Kids

Check out these summer day camps at the YMCAs of Metropolitan Detroit.

Is your child looking to make new friends this summer? Do you want them out of the house and doing something fun and exciting? Then, you need to check out these summer camps at the YMCAs of Metropolitan Detroit.

Whether they’re into nature, swimming or sports, the YMCA is the perfect spot for them to experience these opportunities and grow this summer.

Be sure to register in advance. There will also be a registration fee and camp deposit.

This article was written on March 12, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. Her work included her research in finding Detroit YMCA camps to add to this post, aligning with Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to

The YMCA Detroit Summer Camps to choose from:

Photo credit: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Birmingham YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Boll YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Carls YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Downriver YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Farmington YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Macomb YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Plymouth YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

South Oakland YMCA Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Every week offers a different theme. They are as follows:

Photo credit: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

  • Summer Blast Off (June 10-14): Experience the first week of summer fun that will include tye dye, dancing, rockets and more.
  • Heros Week (June 27–21): Campers and counselors are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes and engage in fun activities all week
  • Wild Discoveries Week (June 24-28): This week of camp teaches campers all about different animals, including their habitats, what they eat, where they live and more.
  • Camp Carnival Week (July 1-3): This week will feature carnival classics such as potato sack racing, bean bag toss, guessing games along with crafts, science experiments and more. No programs will run July 4-5.
  • Prehistoric Adventures Week (July 8-12): Campers will enjoy all things dinosaur at this week of camp.
  • Wacky Water Week (July 15-19): This week is all about water fun so make sure to bring your swimsuit. Campers will stay cool with activities like water relays, water balloons, and more.
  • Around The World Week (July 22-26): Campers will learn all about different cultures and countries at this week of camp.
  • DIY Week (July 29-Aug. 2): This week of camp allows campers to get creative and create their own DIY projects.
  • Y-Lympics Week (Aug. 5-9): Campers can experience the Y-Limpics at this week of camp. They’ll play games, compete in obstacle courses, show off their artistic abilities, challenge their minds in trivia and more.
  • Spirit Week (Aug. 12–16): Campers will be divided into teams to celebrate this week. The teams will create camp-themed banners, songs, dances and mascots.
  • Best of Camp Week (Aug. 19-23): Campers can relive the most popular activities of the summer at this week of camp. There will be lots to do including wacky science experiments, water games, capture the flag and more.

Things to bring from home:

  • Backpack to keep all of your child’s belongings in (make sure all items are labeled)
  • Leak-proof, non-breakable water bottle
  • 1-2 healthy snacks and lunch if your child is not eating what the YMCA is providing
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Extra clothes (no open-toed shoes or sandals are allowed)

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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