YMCA Discovery Day Camp-West

Provided by
YMCA Dane County

Discovery Day Camp (DDC) is all about learning skills, developing character, making friends with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. DDC is the true outdoor experience, that allows children to explore what nature has to offer. Children engage in hiking, fishing, archery, and many other camp activities, rain or shine. Our summer day camp teaches independence, responsibility, environmental respect and passion for nature.

Week 1 | June 17–21 

Color Wars

In our start-of-summer celebration, camp groups will come up with names, design their flags and create a chant or song. Groups will show their camp spirit in a battle of wits, physical skills and silliness!

Week 2 | June 24–28 

Cave Dwellers 

Campers will imagine living amongst woolly mammoths and saber tooth tigers as they learn basic survival skills used by prehistoric humans including cooking, building shelters and telling stories via pictograph.

Week 3 | July 1–5 (No camp July 4) Celebrate!

In this short Week, we’ll party all Week with a different holiday celebration each day. Get ready for mid-summer Valentine’s Day, Halloween costumes and a Thanksgiving lunch.

Week 4 | July 8–12 Zootopia**

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! We’ll study animal behavior, habitats and conservation from our community and around the world. We’ll create masks, habitats, our own creatures and take a trip to the Milwaukee Zoo ($10 field trip fee)!

Week 5 | July 15–19 Around the world

Our campers will travel the world to learn games, crafts and traditions common in other countries. 

Week 6 | July 22–26 Superhero Training Camp

Villains have taken over camp and set up their evil lair! We will use all of our strength, wit, daring and creativity to save the day!

Week 7 | July 29–Aug 2 Tropical Island

3,000 years ago, sailors navigated the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean and settled in what is now known as the Polynesian Triangle. This Week, we’ll celebrate the cultures and ecology of Polynesian places like New Zealand, Easter Island and Hawaii.

Week 8 | August 5–9 Camp Olympics

We’ll form five teams representing the five Olympic rings and have our own opening and closing ceremonies, an Olympic torch and more. Plan on summer and winter Olympic sports and other silly camp activities.

Week 9 | August 12–16 Through the Ages

From dinosaurs to discos, hop in our time machine and travel through the ages in a Week! We’ll explore ancient civilizations, medieval madrigals, pioneer days, 60’s flower power and the distant future!

Week 10 | August 19–23 Down on the Farm

Dust off your cowboy boots, and bust out your overalls! We will explore what it takes to run a farm by practicing farmhand skills, planting our own vegetables and learning to line dance! Yee-haw!

Facility Member $217 a week Program Member $269 a week
You must provide proof of your total household income. • Financial Assistance is awarded for the duration of the program (i.e. school year or summer). When your child’s financial assistance expires, please reapply with current income verification. • The YMCA of Dane County prohibits any form of discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, marital status or any other prohibited basis as defined by law.
All registrations are done online. Please make sure that you have immunization records and emergency contact information on hand at time of registration. Registration will time out after 45 minutes and will not save.
Yes. Call for more details on specific services at 608-276-6606
Drop-off and Pick-up will be at the West YMCA for all families who may need that service. Call for more details at 608-276-6606




Cacia Tipple
(608) 276-6606
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Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6)Grade 1 (ages 6 to 7)Grade 2 (ages 7 to 8)Grade 3 (ages 8 to 9)Grade 4 (ages 9 to 10)Grade 5 (ages 10 to 11)Grade 6 (ages 11 to 12)
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Arts / Cultural EnrichmentLife Skills & Social Emotional DevelopmentRecreation / Physical Activity
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Last updated: 
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:50pm