YMCA Discovery Day Camp-West
Provided byYMCA 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
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
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!