Is your child a budding photographer? Obsessed with Star Wars? An archer in disguise? If so, YMCA Specialty & Enrichment Camps are a great option!

 

We offer sports-based, theme-based and skills-based enrichment programs, in which campers focus on one activity from 9am-12pm, and then join other day campers in traditional camp for lunch afternoon activities.

 

Specialty and enrichment camps are 1-week sessions, and the offerings vary from camp to camp. These programs have an additional fee on top of traditional camp, and are generally for a specific age group.

 

See some of our offerings below, and contact your camp for more information!

 

To register for specialty camps, click here and select your location: Specialty Camp Registration

Specialty Camps

  • Evolution Soccer Camp (Grades 3-8): This camp is for players looking for additional training. Groups are split by age and ability to ensure a positive and challenging experience, and to ensure the coach-to-player ratio remains low.
    • Weeks 2 and 8
  • Fishing Adventure Camp (Grades 3-8): Campers will learn basic fishing techniques, get educated on local fish and learn how to repair poles. Instructed by CT DEEP-certified instructors, campers will spend the 2 days at Camp Chase learning safe casting, and 3 days at local fishing locations.
    • Week 6
  • Archery Camp (Grades 3-8): Campers will learn about shooting bow and arrows, proper form, scoring, and repairing equipment.
    • Week 3
  • Race 4 Chase (Grades 1-8): Race 4 Chase provides training for the Race 4 Chase Charity Triathlon. The camp is facilitated by qualified YMCA Health and Wellness staff. At the end of the training, these dedicated campers participate in the Race 4 Chase charity triathlon. To learn more about the CMAK Foundation and the Race 4 Chase, visit cmakfoundation.org/race4chase-2
    • Weeks 2-7
  • Twisters Gymnastics Camp (Ages 6-12): Join us for our summer Gymnastics Camp! Improve and learn new gymnastics skills with our experienced staff. Each day includes gymnastics instruction plus activities like swimming, rock wall climbing, crafts, games, and outdoor activities! Children are divided into groups by skill level.
    • Weeks 1-9
  • Youth Sports and Fitness Camp (Ages 5-12): This camp is designed to teach kids at an early age the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity while having fun at the same time. Campers will learn how to identify tasty vegetables, learn about wellness through many fun interactive activities that will include swimming, dance, nutrition, cooking, climbing wall, sports, arts and craft, Yoga and Zumba.
    • Week 9
  • Excursion Camp (Grades 5-10): Kids will start the week learning backpacking and camping skills while doing day hikes as they prepare to camp out under the stars on the Appalachian Trail. Backpacks, tents and other gear provided. Hiking boots are required.
    • Session 6
  • Girl Power (Grades 3-5): Led by female staff, this all-girl camp focuses on building confident young ladies by teaching them about leadership and helping them build friendships! Activities/trips include: hiking, rock climbing, archery, ropes courses, nail salon, tie dye, fun crafts & more!
    • Session 2
  • Teen Girl Empowerment (Grades 6-8): This girls-only camp is designed with the teenager in mind. Activities may include: glamour day, rock climbing, self-defense, car maintenance, and emergency preparedness.
    • Session 4
  • Adventure Camp (Grades 5-8): Our adventure camp will take you hiking and on other exciting adventures. Trips are designed to pump your adrenaline, expand your skills, and teach you some new ones. On Friday, we head to an amusement park for all the rides you can handle!
    • Session 9
  • Lego Camp (Grades 1-4): Your child’s imagination is the limit! LEGO Builders is the perfect camp for the creative camper. Participants will compete to build the best LEGO models they can, with our without instructions (your choice). At the end of the week, we will have a friendly competition and prizes will be awarded for the top designs.
    • Session 5
  • Daring Camp for Boys (Grades 3-5): This boys-only camp exposes boys to skills such as archery, knot-tying, and fort building. The week will culminate with a Military Ops Day.
    • Sessions 2 and 7
  • Sports Camps (Grades 3-8): Learn skills of the focus sport with drills and participate in scrimmage-style game play!
    • Basketball
      • Sessions 1 and 5
    • Baseball
      • Sessions 2 and 6
    • Soccer
      • Sessions 3 and 8
    • Flag Football
      • Sessions 4 and 7
  • Archery Week (Grades 3-6): Learn the amazing art of archery and explore the sport in an advanced way.
    • Session 6
  • Farm Camp (Grades 2-6): Get our camp vegetable garden started by preparing the garden beds and planting seeds and starters. Work with our preschoolers to prepare them to maintain the gardens!
    • Session 1
  • Nature Camp (Grades 2-6): Explore the woods, rivers and wetlands on our property and learn about nature!
    • Session 8
  • Survivor Camp (Grades 3-8): Modeled after the classic reality show Survivor, participants compete in challenges to help their team, and ultimately themselves, survive the gauntlet!
    • Session 3
  • Make-a-Difference Camp (Grades 3-8): Campers contribute to their community in a variety of ways, spending days at food pantries, helping build homes for low income families, and more!
    • Session 4
  • Camp Like a Girl (Grades 3-8): Explore the power of being a female in a setting that is girls only. Feel the bonds of sisterhood and the comfort of relating to one another on a deepened level.
    • Session 5
  • Drama Performance (Grades 2-8): Spend the week preparing for a drama performance, learning lines, designing sets and playing drama games. The week ends with a performance for camp families.
    • Session 7
  • Arts Week (Grades K-6): This camp focuses on small art projects as well as a larger-scale long-term project
    • Session 2
  • Sports Camps (Grades 3-8): Learn skills of the focus sport with drills and participate in scrimmage-style game play!
    • Soccer
      • Sessions 2 and 8
    • Basketball
      • Sessions 3 and 6
    • Flag Football
      • Sessions 4 and 7
    • Baseball
      • Sessions 5 and 9
  • Supreme Queens Camp (Grades 3-8): Explore the power of being a female in a setting that is girls only. Feel the bonds of sisterhood and the comfort of relating to one another on a deepened level.
    • Session 6
  • Galaxy Camp (Grades 3-8): Explore the amazing science of our galaxy including fun experiments with the sun, learning about the planets, astronomy, and more!
    • Session 4
  • Survivor Camp (Grades 3-8): Modeled after the classic reality show Survivor, participants compete in challenges to help their team, and ultimately themselves, survive the gauntlet!
    • Session 2
  • Make-a-Difference Camp (Grades 3-8): Campers contribute to their community in a variety of ways,spending days at food pantries, helping build homes for low income families, and more!
    • Session 8
  • Lego Builders (Grades 3-8): A young engineer’s dream, spend part of everyday working on a Lego project that you can keep at the end of the day.
    • Session 7
  • Movie Makers (Grades 3-8): Have fun with filming. Campers make stop motion films, short videos with fun effects, and work on other great movie projects!
    • Session 9
  • Drama Performance (Grades 3-8): Prepare for a drama performance, learning lines, designing sets and playing drama games. The week ends with a performance for camp families.
    • Session 5
  • Arts Week (Grades 3-8): This camp focuses on a bunch of small art projects as well as a larger-scale long-term project.
    • Session 3
  • Jedi Camp (Grades 1-5): While traveling to a galaxy far, far away campers will learn the way of the force, light-saber battling, and mysteries of the Empire.
  • Girl Power (Grades 1-5): Join us for an all-girl summer adventure. Led by female staff, this camp will focus on building confident young ladies who will learn about female leadership and develop “girls can do anything” attitudes. This camp will build friendships that will last a lifetime!
  • Gymnastics/Cheer/Dance (Grades 1-5): Campers will focus on three events, including beam, vault, and floor. This action-packed week will also include cheer and dance formations, and building skills. Campers will organize an exhibition for the entire camp and a parent show on Friday!
  • Music/Theater (Grades 1-5): Write, direct, produce! Campers put together their own production while learning about acting and working behind the scenes.
  • Builders Club (Grades 1-5): Campers will spend the week exploring different mediums of fort building.
  • Animal Planet (Grades 1-5): Learn about your favorite animals! Campers investigate where animals live, sounds they make, foods they eat and more. Creativity and imagination are needed as you go on an animal safari.
  • Myth Busters Camp (Grades 1-5): Ever wonder why Mentos make soda explode, or whether you can cook an egg on the black top? Come to our fun, science-led week of discovery.
  • All Sports (Grades 1-5): Ready to fulfill your dreams of playing in front of cheering fans? Campers will be taught the necessary skills in a new sport every day! Campers will focus on having fun playing the games, sportsmanship and what it means to be a part of a team!
  • Spy Kids Camp (Grades 1-5): Campers will break secret codes, solve puzzles, discover invisible messages, and develop detective skills in a race to solve the many mysteries of camp!
  • Game Day Challenge (Grades 6-8): Campers will participate in group and individual games throughout the week. Minute to win it, corn hole, and more; will fill your campers competitive side.
    • Week 2
  • Construction Camp (Grades 6-8): Enjoy making something out of nothing? In Construction Camp campers will be given a hands on opportunity to design and build projects around camp.
    • Week 3
  • Challenger Camp (Grades 6-8): Do you think you have what it takes? Come to Challenger camp to take on some pretty intense challenges!
    • Week 4
  • Young Chefs (Grades 6-8): Calling all Chefs! Join us for 5 days of themed cooking camp to include; cupcake wars, chopped, chocolate lovers, snack attack, family favorites, and more! Learn the necessary culinary skills to make fun food and take over the kitchen. 
    • Week 5
  • Destination Fun (Grades 6-8): Would you like to explore Connecticut? There are so many places to see that you've never seen before! 
    • Week 6
  • Film & Photo Camp (Grades 6-8): Campers will have the opportunity to see the world through a different lens, as they learn to capture the world around them in a variety of new and exciting ways. Campers will work together to write, film, photograph, edit, and produce a short movie as well as a photo display.
    • Week 7
  • Advanced Art Camp (Grades 6-8): Enjoy and find out new ways to express yourself in our Art Camp. Campers will be given the opportunity to learn skills and techniques to recreate their imagination and their world around them. Campers will also have the opportunity to display and talk about their work at their exhibit on Friday!
    • Week 8
  • Bakery Boss (Grades 6-8): Do you think you have what it takes to be the bakery Boss? come to Bakery boss to explore cooking and to bake like you've never baked before!
    • Week 9
  • Outdoor Sports (Grades 3-8): Discover the peace and excitement of boating, fishing and archery among other fun outdoor sports!
    • Sessions 1a and 4a: Boating
    • Session 1b: Fishing
    • Session 4b: Archery
  • Survival Skills (Grades 3-8): Be prepared to live off the land when you learn how to survive in the wilderness and cook over an open fire!
    • Session 2a: Outdoor Cooking
    • Session 2b: Wilderness Survival
  • Sports Camp (Grades 3-8): Get to participate in all the great traditions of Camp Yankee Trails while having a blast playing field sports each morning.
    • Session 3a: Soccer
    • Session 3b: Flag Football
  • Arts (Grades 3-8): Spend time crafting and also working on long-term art projects. The second week, perfect a play and perform it for camp families on the last day of the session!
    • Session 2a: Wacky Arts Camp
    • Session 2b: Drama Performance
  • Nature (Grades 3-8): Get in touch with the amazing natural offerings at camp and learn to cook over an open fire. Perfect for nature lovers and hungry growing people!
    • Session 3a: Nature Exploration
    • Session 3b: Outdoor Cooking