Columbus Family YMCA
Columbus, Nebraska
Columbus Family YMCA
Columbus, Nebraska

Youth Camps

School Days Out Camp

Every day that Columbus, Lakeview, and private schools are out, care is available at the YMCA!

Kids will have the opportunity to play games, go outside, swim, do crafts, and more. Lunch, snacks, weather-appropriate clothing, swimsuit, towel, and quiet time activity need to be brought from home.

Member pricing: $25/child or $50/all siblings in family

Non-member pricing: $35/child or $70/all siblings in family


Winter Camp

This camp is for ages 6-12. Kids can join in many activities such as field trips, swimming, gym, activities, and guest speakers. Kids can arrive as early as 7:30am and leave no later then 5:30pm. They will need to bring their own lunch. You can sign up for a specific day or all 4 days.

Member: $30 per day, $100 week
Non-member: $40 per day, $125 week

When: TBD

Ages: 6-12 years old


Spring Camp

This spring break, March 13-17, the YMCA is excited to host its annual spring break camp! Kids can be dropped off starting at 7:30am and must be picked up by 5:30pm.

Spring break camp includes playing at the Y, going on local field trips, and swimming each day. Register for the whole week or just a few days, depending on your family’s schedule. Lunch, snacks, weather-appropriate clothing, swimsuit, towel, and quiet time activity need to be brought from home.

Member pricing: $140/week or $30/day
Non-member pricing: $160/week or $35/day

Summer Camp

*Summer camp registration opens April 2, 2024!

Camps will be offered for students who have completed K-4* in the 2023-24 school year every week June 3 – August 2 except for the week of July 3. Camp hours are 7:30-4:30 each day. After-care is available for an additional fee.

*See below for information on camps for 4-5 year olds and camps for 5 & 6 graders.*

Registration will be available online below or in person at the YMCA front desk. If you are registering multiple kids from the same household, a discount is available in-house only and you must make the front desk aware that you aware that you are wanting the sibling discount.

YMCA camps will include outdoor exploring, swimming and games at the YMCA, and a weekly field trip. Come spend your summer with the Y!

Summer Day Camp Schedule:
Dates Theme Field Trip (Thursday)
June 3-7 The Good Life Wessels Living History Farm
June 10-14 Live in Color Artzy Haven
June 17-21 Space Explorers SAC Museum
June 24-28 Animal Kingdom Wildlife Safari Park
July 8-12 Sprout, Grow, Go! Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch
July 15-19 STEM Edgerton Explorit Center
July 22-26 Water Week Island Oasis
July 29-Aug 2 Sports Top Golf

     *Optional horseback ride add-on for $30: June 26 and July 17

  • Weekly: $160/members | $190/non-members
    • Deposit: $50
  • Daily: $40/members | $45/non-members
  • Field trip days: $50/members | $55/non-members
  • Horseback add-on optional: $30 additional (June 26 & July 17)
  • After-care (4:30-6pm): $3/day or $10/week
Sibling Discount:

If you are registering more than one dependent child for the same full week of camp and would like the multi-child discount, call the YMCA after completing registration and paying only the deposit or come register in person at the YMCA.

Multi-child discount is 10% discount and is ONLY for parents signing kids on their membership (same household) for the same week of camp. Applies only to week long registrations – not day only registrations.

CHIPMUNK CAMP (ages 4-5):

Start your child on a lifelong adventure in the great outdoors. This is a short week of half day (3 hour) introductions to the YMCA Day Camps. Traditional camp activities will be done including hiking, crafts, games, and more. This is a great chance to introduce your little ones to camp!

Dates:  June 18-20 & July 23-25

Ages: 4-5 years (kids must have turned 4 by June 1, 2024)

Cost:  Member: $60  |  Non-member: $75

Time:  8am – 11am

Drop-off is 7:30-8am and pick-up is 11-11:30am.

ADVENTURE CAMP (grades 5 & 6):

Campers will experience camp activities and field trips at a higher level with other young middle school kids. Classic camp activities such as BB guns, canoeing, archery, and swimming will be combined with fun new activities like geocaching, STEM projects, crafts, challenges, and more! Camp hours are 7:30-4:30 each day. After-care is available for an additional fee – see pricing above. *

Dates:  July 8-12

Ages: For kids who have completed grades 5-6

Cost:  Member: $160  |  Non-member: $190

*Additional information in parent brochure

How do I register?

You have two options! Register online here or in-house at the front desk at the YMCA.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Please contact the YMCA for more information if you would like to request financial assistance.

Who will be taking care of my child?

Summer camp leaders are selected for their willingness to work with children and experience a pre-camp orientation period prior to the first week of camp. Character references and background checks are conducted on all camp staff. The overall day camp program is supervised by the YMCA youth director. Summer camp staff are First Aid and CPR certified. The YMCA will maintain at maximum a staff to camper ratio of 1:15.

What will my child do all day?

Campers will meet at the YMCA. Most mornings will be spent at Camp Pawnee doing outdoor activities, including games, archery, canoeing, and hiking. In the afternoon, campers will ride the bus back to the YMCA where they will play more games, swim, and sometimes do bouncehouses. Each week, campers will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-town field trip.

Where and when do I pick up and drop off my child?

All campers must be signed in by a parent, or designated adult. Check-in time is between 7:30-8:15am. Check-in location is the Shelled Space in the Fieldhouse – on the second floor next to the golf simulators. Pick-up for campers will begin around 4:00. If campers are not participating in after-care, they must be picked up by 4:30. Pick-up location for campers not registered for aftercare is in the party room at the YMCA – by the youth locker rooms. If your child needs extended care outside of camp hours, you can register them for after-care for one or all days of the week. The cost is $3/day or $10/week. If children are picked up at or after 4:40pm, they will be enrolled in after-care for the day and your account will be charged. After-care ends at 6:00pm. Pick-up location for campers registered in aftercare is the Shelled Space in the Fieldhouse.   

Does this camp have a religious affiliation?

The Columbus Family YMCA’s mission is “To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” Because of this mission, we are a faith-based day camp and will reinforce Christian values and teaching during daily chapel time and opening and closing each day. We seek to be examples of God’s love toward our campers and camp families. We are open to all campers regardless of religious affiliation.

What if my child is not a good swimmer?

Every camper who wants to swim will take a swim test on their first day of camp! Their results will determine how deep of water they can swim in. If your child does not want to swim, we will have camp staff leading other games and activities. Chipmunk campers will not have time in their day to swim at the Y.

What does my child need to bring?
  • BRING:
    • Wear clothes that can get dirty
    • Tennis shoes that can get dirty or sandals with a back strap (no flip-flops, tennis shoes are preferred)
    • Labeled daypack to hold items
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen and bug spray
    • Hat
    • Non-perishable lunch with no peanuts or tree nuts (Thursday/Friday only)
    • Swimsuit and towel
    • Book, journal, or personal activity for quiet time
    • Rain jacket
    • Electronics, including cell phones and smart watches
    • Weapons
    • Valuable items or money
    • Clothes or shoes that cannot get dirty
    • Peanut or tree nut products
What if I need to get a hold of my child while they are at camp?

We encourage campers to have independent experiences while at camp. If you have an emergency and need to communicate with your camper, please call the YMCA at 402-564-9477 and they will contact camp staff to relay a message.

What will the campers due if there is severe weather or another emergency?

Camp staff are trained in emergency protocols for severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and other possible emergencies.