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Summer of Fun, Learning, and Friendship: Experience the Magic at YMCA’s Summer Day Camp

Unleash Summer Thrills at YMCA’s Unforgettable Summer Day Camp! Join us for eight weeks packed with boundless excitement, perfect for kids seeking endless fun! Our themed weeks led by vibrant, skilled teams promise an adventure-filled experience. From thrilling games, water-based escapades, to sports and enriching field trips—each day bursts with joy and new friendships, ensuring a summer of laughter and learning, providing you with peace of mind.


At YMCA, we redefine education through play-based programs that bridge learning gaps and enhance essential skills like reading and math. Our holistic approach integrates arts, STEAM activities, sports, and engaging field trips, empowering campers for academic success in the upcoming school year. Our dedicated YMCA Summer Day Camp staff creates safe, interactive environments, nurturing kids’ curiosity and excitement for learning!



5 – 12 years


7am – 6pm


 June 3rd – July 26th (Program dates may vary based on location).


Summer Day Camp Weekly Rate: 

$170/week for Y facility members

$190/week for Y program members


Need financial assistance? Through fundraising efforts, we are able to offer tiered pricing and program scholarships, click here to learn more!


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Payments will be processed weekly and automatically scheduled 16 days prior to the start date of the camp week. Registration for each week will close 14 days before the start date of the camp week. All accounts must have a stored debit or credit card.

Summer Day Camp Themes

Weekly Themes

2024 Weekly Themes

Week 1: June 3rd – June 7th “H2O & GO!”

Get ready to cannonball into a summer of excitement as we dive into a world of water-based activities and H2O education!

Week 2: June 10th – June 14th “Y Camp Throw Down”

Creating happy campers by instilling YMCA character values while embracing the beauty of the great outdoors right from our very own Y’s!

Week 3: June 17th – June 21st “Celebration of Nations!”

Embark on a global journey celebrating our uniqueness and awesomeness! This week, we’ll explore diverse cultures while setting goals and taking on exciting challenges to prepare ourselves for the future!

*No Camp on June 19th

Week 4: June 24th – June 28th “Think Green!”

All STEAM activities will center around the theme of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. We’ll dedicate this week to educating our campers on environmental care, ensuring a better future by teaching responsible practices for our planet!

Week 5: July 1st – July 5th “Party in the US of YAY!”

Let’s shine bright and celebrate the USA with a blast of exciting activities and engaging projects! No camp on Thursday, July 4th!

*Camp will close early on July 4th. No Camp on July 5th

Week 6: July 8th – 12th “Giants, Dragon & Unicorns”

Once upon a time, in a YMCA far, far away, we embarked on a magical journey, flying into a mythical world filled with art, challenges, games, and literacy—where creativity and imagination know no bounds!

Week 7: July 15th – July 19th “Summer Staycation”

Who needs a vacation when the Y brings the world to you for a staycation! Join us on an adventure from a safari to paradise, down to the farm, swinging through the jungle, and beyond. The fun never ends!

Week 8:  July 22nd – July 26th “Once Upon a Summer”

Let’s reflect on our amazing summer and bring back the most beloved activities and games chosen by our campers! It’s our own version of a ‘YES DAY,’ where the kids take the reins and are ‘in control’ of camp, deciding the fun activities and making it an unforgettable experience!

Go Green Swim Lessons!

Have you heard?? E-Konomy Pool Service & Supplies is once again supporting us this year to help provide free swim lessons during Summer Day Camp at the Y! Thanks to their generous donation, we can teach our red band non-swimmers how to swim, helping them advance to yellow or green band levels. Learning to swim is not only fun but also a vital life skill that every child should know.

Thank you, E-Konomy Pool!


Jacobs/City YMCA

Weeks 1-8 (Snacks & Meals provided)

1010 W Lind St. Tucson, AZ 85705

7:00am – 6:00pm

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Northwest YMCA

Weeks 1-8 (Snacks & Meals provided)

7770 N Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741

7:00am – 6:00pm

Unable to accept DES at this location. This site is not licensed.

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Mulcahy/City YMCA

Weeks 1-8 (Snacks & Meals provided)

5085 S Nogales Hwy. Tucson, AZ 85706

7:00am – 6:00pm

To register for Summer Day Camp at Mulcahy, please email youthassist@tucsonymca.org

Ott Family YMCA

Weeks 1-8 (Snacks & Meals provided)

401 S Prudence Rd. Tucson, AZ 85710

7:00am – 6:00pm

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Weeks 1-7 (Snacks & Meals provided)

450 S Montego Dr, Tucson, AZ 85710

7:00am – 6:00pm

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Cottonwood Elementary

Weeks 1-5 (Snacks provided only)

9950 Rees Loop, Tucson AZ, 85747

7:00am – 6:00pm

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Lighthouse YMCA

Weeks 1-8 (Snacks & Meals provided)

2900 N Columbus Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85712

7:00am – 6:00pm

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Summer Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can I register my child online for camp if they have a DES Child Care Subsidy?

A; No.  If your child has a third party/DES child Care Subsidy you will need to email your registration request to youthassist@tucsonymca.org  and the Youth Development Office will assist you with registration

Q: Are meals provided?

A: Yes, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are included in our summer program.

***Exception:  Camp Cottonwood only serves breakfast and afternoon snacks. Please bring a lunch.

Q. Do they swim?

A: Yes, we offer swimming 1-2 times per week

Q: What if my child does not know how to swim?

A: Children will be swim tested by our lifeguard team. Depending on their swimming abilities, they will receive a Red, Yellow, or Green wristband. Red wrist band kiddos wear life vests and are limited to the shallow end of the pool. Yellow wrist bands are limited to 4ft in the pool (Needs to be verified). Green wrist bands are able to swim the length of the pool.

Q. Do they go on field trips?

A: Yes, we offer field trips.  A weekly newsletter will be emailed prior to each week of camp. Field trips and swimming days and time will be provided in the newsletter 

Q: What does a camp day look like? (e.i. If I don’t drop off until 9:00 am, is this okay?)

A: Camper check-in runs from 7:00 am – 9:00 am, and structured daily activities run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Campers check out is from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

***We ask that children arrive no later than 9:00 am so as not to interrupt the opening ceremonies and activities.

Q: What items should my campers bring?

A: Labeled Water Bottle! Label Sunscreen/Sun Gear and backpack on Swim Days. We encourage all toys/electronics to be safe at home!

Q: What ages are eligible for Summer Camp?

A: Children ages 5-12 are eligible for the Summer Camp program.  Teens ages 13-15 are eligible for Summer Teen Camp.

Q: Are scholarships available for Summer Camp?

A:  Yes. You can apply online from our website at tucsonymca.org . We require that you apply for a DES childcare subsidy prior to applying for a childcare scholarship with the YMCA.  You will need a DES denial letter that is less than 3 months old in order to apply with the YMCA.

 Q: What if I need to withdraw my child from camp or cancel some of the weeks?

A: Cancellation of a week or withdrawing from the summer camp program requires 3 weeks prior notice.  Deposits are non-refundable.

*** Please see Parent/Guardian Handbook for refund/credit policy for camp cancellations

Q: Do I need a YMCA membership to register my child for camp?

A: All children are required to have a program membership or facility membership before registration can be added. Program memberships are paid annually and only allow registration for programs. Facility memberships/Youth Memberships will allow the use of all YMCA facilities and give discounts on program registrations and camps.

Q: If my child is put on a waitlist, how will I know if a spot becomes available?

A: The Youth Development Office will email you if a spot is available.  You will have 48 hours to respond to the email.  If a timely response is not received, we will remove your child from the waitlist and email the next person on the list. 


Refund & Cancellation Policy

3 weeks’ notice or more in writing is eligible for 100% refund or 100% credit (excluding camp deposits which are non-refundable).  Less than 3 weeks’ notice is eligible for 50% refund or 100% credit (excluding deposits which are non-refundable). After camp week, no refund or credit will be given. Please submit in writing to contact us!

Have Questions?

If you have read through the FAQ and Guardian Handbook, however, you still have questions, please use the link below to contact our Business Office.

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Need financial assistance?

Through fundraising efforts, we are able to offer tiered pricing and scholarships for membership and programs, click here to learn more! 

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