YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development
       

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY IS OUR CAUSE

The La Porte County Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a powerful association of men, woman and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of our community. 

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Our Y ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To do our important work, our Y relies on support from members, donors, volunteers and community leaders. 

Our Y believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our community. Every day our impact is felt when a mentor inspires a child, when an individual makes a healthy choice and when the community comes together for the common good. 

Our Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. Be a part of a cause committed to moving people and communities forward. 

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Camp Kids

Spring Break Camp 2016
CAMP.  IT’S WITH YOU FOR LIFE

Camp is the perfect place for children Grades K-8 to be during
Spring Break!

What better way to spend your Spring Break than at the YMCA Camp?  Each day of camp comes packed with the perfect amount of activities and fun. Children will get to make new friends, play exciting games and participate in activities in a structured and nurturing environment. Each day we will be learning a different form of science. Examples are plants, chemistry, economics, learning about the ocean, and Friday will be work out day! Other activities include swimming, arts and crafts, Nintendo Wii, games in the gym, movies, snacks and much more!

Dates: April 4th - 8th, 2016

Drop kids off as early as 6:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 6:00 p.m
 
Member: $20 Non-member: $30

The cost is $20 per child per day for members and $30 for non-members. Please register your children at the Member Service Desk.  For more information contact Reece Arthur,  Program Coordinator at 219-325-9622 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

"School's Out" Day Camps

No school? No problem? Our Y offers full-day mini-camps for those days when La Porte Community School Corporation Elementary and Middle Schools are not in session. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6 p.m. Counselors lead children in scheduled activities throughout the day such as activities in the gym to keep the kids physically active, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and the Y Readers program to keep the young minds sharp, swimming and much more. Children bring a sack lunch, swimsuit and towel each day. Afternoon snack is provided. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the day of the camp. 

2015
October 22nd and 23rd
November 25th and 27th


2016
January 18th*
February 12th*
February 15th*
March 11th*
March 25th*

(*denotes Snow Day Make Up Day - if shcool is not in session on this day, the Y will have camp)


Members: $20/child

Non-members: $30/child

Christmas Break Camps

No school? No problem? Our Y offers full-day mini-camps for those days when La Porte Community School Corporation Elementary and Middle Schools are not in session. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6 p.m. Counselors lead children in scheduled activities throughout the day such as activities in the gym to keep the kids physically active, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and the Y Readers program to keep the young minds sharp, swimming and much more. Children bring a sack lunch, swimsuit and towel each day. Afternoon snack is provided. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the day of the camp.

2015
December - 21st - 23rd and 28th -30th

Members: $20/child

Non-members: $30/child

"Snow Day" Camps

No school? No problem? Our Y offers full-day mini-camps for those days when La Porte Community School Corporation Elementary and Middle Schools are not in session. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6 p.m. Counselors lead children in scheduled activities throughout the day such as activities in the gym to keep the kids physically active, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and the Y Readers program to keep the young minds sharp, swimming and much more. Children bring a sack lunch, swimsuit and towel each day. Afternoon snack is provided. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the day of the camp.

Members: $20/child

Non-members: $30/child

Summer Camp Adventure
Friendship, Accomplishment, Belonging

Become a part of the continuing summer tradition at the La Porte County Family YMCA.  The Summer Adventure Camp program begins on June 10 and runs through August 12. Children will be given the opportunity to learn, explore and discover themselves at the YMCA’s outdoor education/recreation  center (Andrew Avenue). Daily excursions will include a visit to the campsite, swimming, games, archery, sports, arts/crafts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), summer reading program, Kids Club Fitness, library activities, and leadership development. Under the guidance of trained camp counselors, campers will also be treated to weekly field trips to exciting locations including Deep River Water Park, Warren Dunes and the La Porte County Fair.

Camp Basics

Summer Adventure Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, with before and after care available at 6:30 am until 6:00 pm. For families needing transportation to and from camp, the YMCA is conveniently offering two separate locations within your community for extended care and transportation to the YMCA campsite. For campers from the Michigan City area, drop off and care begins at 6:30 am at our new Michigan City Elston Branch (317 Detroit St, Door K) and after care will be provided until 6:00 pm.  For other La Porte County residents, extended care is available at the La Porte YMCA (901 Michigan Ave).

Camp is for children entering Kindergarten through eighth grade. Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) program includes ages 
12-15. Campers are split into groups, or “tribes,” according to their grade this coming fall.

Camp is $95.00 per week for members. For those who are not YMCA  members, camp is $125.00 a week. For those who qualify, CCDF vouchers are accepted. To register your child for this fun and character building experience contact the membership service desk at either the Michigan City, Long Beach, or La Porte Country Family YMCA branches. If you have questions, please contact Reece Arthur at 219-325-9622. At the YMCA we are for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Staff

The Y welcomes Reece “Shark Bait” Arthur as the new Camp Coordinator. This is Reece’s first summer camp with the Y and he has a lot of fun activities planned! Shark Bait recently graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Movement and Sports Sciences. With plenty of experience under his belt, like being Vice President of  College Mentors for Kids at Purdue University, Shark Bait is sure to make this year of camp an unforgettable experience for all campers!

YMCA camps provide you peace of mind while you are at work. Each camp staff member is certified in CPR/First Aid and spends many hours in training on topics such as group management, camper discipline and risk management.

Activities

Classic summer fun for all! From swimming and sports to craft projects and outdoor education, our Summer Adventure Camp offers a day full of “traditional” camping activities – including songs, games and lots of outdoor fun and adventure. Campers will have the opportunity to build self-confidence, discover new skills, develop a respect for the outdoors and make lots of new friends. Best of all, you can be assured that while your kids are exploring new ways to have fun, they are being well cared for in a friendly, safe environment.

At the Summer Adventure Camp there is never a dull moment. Campers will spend their days canoeing, learning archery, playing sports, building forts, creating arts & crafts, exploring nature and so much more! Twice a week each tribe of campers will also enjoy swimming at the Jones Family Pool located at the La Porte YMCA branch.

Camp Traditions

“Y Buck” Program: The La Porte County Family YMCA uses the YMCA of the USA’s “Character Counts” program to teach children about the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and  responsibility. A “Y Buck” is  the token “funny” money that is given to campers who exemplify these core values through their actions. At the end of each week, each group of campers will have an opportunity to visit the Y-Store to purchase this-and-that’s with “Y Bucks.”

L.I.T. Program: The Leaders In Training program, for ages 12-15, prepares teens to work with    children by giving them important responsibilities in the camp environment. During this volunteer program, part of the day is spent helping the camp counselors and the rest is dedicated to doing various assignments, service projects and other activities. Past projects have included a camp carnival, car washes, camp newsletter and bake sales.

Camp Songs on the Bus: Campers love crazy songs to sing on the ride to our outdoor education/recreation facility (Andrew Avenue) or even on field trips. Our counselors know these songs by heart, and by the end of the summer you will too!

Character Development

Live, Learn, Pass it On! With every new experience comes a chance to learn and grow. At the Y, we strive to give every child and teen opportunities to test their own limits and explore their potential. Every summer, YMCA camps are home to thousands of kids, building leadership skills, taking on new responsibilities and experiencing independence. In fact, all Y youth programs work to develop leaders and pave the way for future generations.

The activities your child will participate in this summer are designed to keep your child’s mind and body active while nurturing the Y’s core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Not only will they keep moving, but they will have learned important life lessons. Camp. It’s with you for life!


2015 Summer Camp Brochure      2015 Parent Handbook

Code of Conduct   Authorized Pickup and Emergency Contact Form




La Porte Branch
901 Michigan Ave.
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: (219)325-9622
Fax: (219)325-3600

       Michigan City Elston Branch
     1202 Spring St. Door K
     Michigan City, IN 46360
     Phone: (219)221-4055

     Long Beach Branch
     2501 Oriole Trail
     Long Beach, IN 46360
     Phone: (219) 879-1395
     Fax: (219)879-1358
      Childcare & Learning Center
     2510 Monroe Street
     La Porte , IN 46350
     Phone: (219) 326-764
     Fax: (219)324-7004
      Andrew Ave. Outdoor Center
        Education & Recreation Facility 
      1400 Andrew Avenue
      Phone: (219)325-9600 (Main)