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Dear Parents & Campers:

We look forward to creating a camp experience that helps develop the children of our future through growth in spirit, mind, and body.  While providing a safe and fun recreational environment, campers will be exposed to many new and educational activities.  We will continue to focus on our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.  At the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, we firmly believe these values are the most important values in life, and we teach them to the children that participate in all of our programs.  

Since 2012, parents believe that we have improved by balancing indoor and outdoor activities, offering a wider variety of program activities and showing children how to better appreciate their natural environment.  

The Camp Dakota staff and I would like to welcome the opportunity to be a part of your child's summer camp experience and help them build lasting memories.  

Register today for YMCA Camp Dakota, where children don’t come and go, they come and grow! 

Melody Santiago, Camp Director


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03 Camp Dakota Open House


Camp Open House:

Date:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017


   Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time:  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Commons Building at the Learning Corridor, 43 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT.

Stop by to learn more about our awesome camping program, meet the staff, speak with the director, and tour the facility. Bring your family and friends.

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04 YMCA Camp Dakota (Ages 4-12)

Summer just would not be the same without the excitement and adventure of a YMCA Day Camp! Join us for a summer full of sports, games, swimming, nature, music & drama, arts & crafts, and new friendships. Each sessions activities are planned around a theme.

•Aloha Summer *Session 1* June 12-June 17

*Will be held at Wilson Gray YMCA due to snow make-up days  

•Mad Science *Session 2* June 18 - June 23

•Ignite Your Summer *Session 3* June 26 - June 30 

•Red, White, and Blue *Session 4*July 3- July 7 (closed July 4)

•Carnival Extravaganza *Session 5* July 10 - July 14

•Talent Show Mania *Session 6* July 17 - July 21

•Superheroes *Session 7* July 24 - July 28

•Nature Week *Session 8* July 31 - August 4

•Olympic Week *Session 9* August 7 - August 11

Important Information about Camp:

Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Camp: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Post Camp: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Learning Corridor

Bus Location : 444 Albany Avenue

      Hartford, CT 06120 

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05 About YMCA Camp Dakota

Health & Safety
Our day camp meets the highest health and safety standards of the YMCA and the Connecticut Department of Health. Camper safety is the most important aspect of camping and will be emphasized during staff recruitment, training, and throughout the summer. First aid equipment is always available and staff is trained in First Aid and CPR.

Expert Staff Make It Fun
Our camp is only as good as the people who staff it. By this measure, Camp Dakota is very special. Camp staff is selected on the basis of experience, education, sensitivity, and enthusiasm. The entire staff participates in an extensive training session, which includes certification in CPR and Standard First Aid. Background checks are conducted on all members of the staff. All of our specialists and lifeguards are certified in their respective areas. Our goal is to serve as role models and to help each camper gain skills and enhance his or her self-esteem.

The Learning Corridor
43 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT, 06106

Your Child Should Bring To Camp Each Day
Please label all items with your child’s name.
• Bag

• Bathing Suit

• Snack

• Sunscreen (No sprays)

• Towel

• Water Bottle

• A Smile!

Breakfast will be provided for children that participate in pre-camp and lunch will be provided for all campers. 

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