Specialty Camp


SPORTS CAMP – Entering Grades 1-8
At the Y’s Sports Camp, your child will be placed in an age-appropriate group and take part in a variety of games, sports, and physical activity. The basic skills, rules, and sportsmanship will be part of every day at camp. Fun games and new challenges will fill the morning while traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, archery and swimming will take place in the afternoon. OFFERED WEEKS 1-10

Unlike Sports Camp, this summer we are going to offer 4 weeks of specialty sports camp. Campers will have the opportunity to focus on one sport a week. They will develop new skills and learn new drills to practice in their offseason and bring back with them to their sports teams!
Basketball: OFFERED WEEKS 2&8
Lacrosse: OFFERED WEEK 6

WATER SPORTS CAMP – Entering Grades 5-8
All Water Sports campers must be strong swimmers able to complete a 50-yard freestyle and be swim tested before signing up. Water Sports Camp provides an introduction and refinement to kayaking, boating, beach sport, surfing, and other aquatic adventures. Campers will enjoy a wide variety of aquatic experiences at local beaches and programs at the Y that includes the ropes course, gaga pit, pool and more. Counselors are all lifeguard certified and trained in the skills they are instructing.  *See weekly newsletter for weekly camp locations. OFFERED WEEKS 1-10

JUNIOR AQUATICS CAMP – Entering grades 3-4
This camp offers our younger campers an opportunity to experiences like local beaches, beach sports, and an opportunity to become a better swimmer by offering instructional swim time. This camp requires a 2-10 counselor to camper ratio. Field trips to local nature preserves and other aquatics related activities will be part of the curriculum. Swim abilities freestyle to 5’ mark, roll on back, swim backstroke back to 3’ mark. Swim test required before registering for camp. OFFERED WEEKS 1-10

Please contact Cari Beck 401.847.9200 ext. 108 or carib@newportymca.org with any questions.


GYMNASTICS CAMP – Entering grades K-6
Gymnastics camp is for boys and girls of all levels of gymnastics. Beginner through competition! The gymnasts will be grouped according to a level of ability and age. We ensure that your child has met all the basic skills before progressing to more challenging ones. Our day will include gymnastics rotations on the 4 women’s Olympic events, as well as traditional camp activities including swimming, rock climbing, arts & crafts and much more! Throughout the summer field trips will be offered. OFFERED WEEKS 1-10

PRINCESS CAMP w/Gladding School of Dance – Entering Grades K-2
The Y is partnering with Gladding School of Dance to provide our youngest campers with a fun-filled week of princess adventures. The week will include learning dances, playing with props, and creating crafts fit for a princess. We will have a royal ball in the morning at Gladding School of dance, and then return to the Y in the afternoon for more camp fun! The afternoon will include traditional camp activities including swimming, rock climbing, arts & crafts and much more! OFFERED WEEKS 7 & 9

NINJAZONE CAMP – Entering grades 1-6
NEW this year NinjaZone is the coolest camp happening! Enroll your child today in our NinjaZone camp to experience the hottest sport sweeping the nation! At the end of the camp, your child will be ready to show off their “official sweet Ninja moves.” NinjaZone combines gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle training, and freestyle movement, while also focusing on building character. Your child’s confidence will soar, as they rise to challenges every day. Crafts, games, exercise, and FUN are found daily at NinjaZone camp! Your child will want to run, have fun, and burn off energy at home. Why not send them to NinjaZone camp, where they can redirect their energy into a truly positive focus?! Register today! Once you’ve registered, make sure to post a picture of your future Ninja to our Facebook page with the hashtag #NinjaZoneCamp! See you this summer! OFFERED WEEKS 2-6 & 8

Please contact Kim Donahue 401.847.9200 ext. 112 or kimd@newportymca.org with any questions.


Buddy Camp is an inclusionary camp where campers with disabilities from grades 1 and up will be paired up for a week of fun and laughter that will last a lifetime. Each week with the support of their camp staff, campers will participate in camp activities where campers both with and without disabilities will learn to work together in each activity they attend. Campers in this camp should be able to remain with a group and require minimal one-on-one attention.
HALF DAY (12:30pm-4:00pm)
FULL DAY (8:30am-4:00pm)

For questions about our Inclusion Camps, please contact Cori Kilzi at 401.847.9200 ext. 117 or email corio@newportymca.org.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP – Entering grades 3-8
Come experience an exciting week of rock climbing on the 40’, foursided climbing tower. Campers will also spend time on the high/low ropes adventure course with elements such as the vertical playpen, catwalk and more! Instructions from our certified team will include knot tying, belay commands, and basic climbing technique. This group will climb in the morning and spend time in the afternoon doing traditional camp activities such as archery, swimming, and field games! OFFERED WEEKS 3&9

Please contact Rachel Channen 401.847.9200 ext. 135 or rachelc@newportymca.org with any questions.


LEGO® CAMP – Entering grades 1-5
LEGO® Education for primary school students provides the engaging, hands-on experiences students need to explore core STEM concepts and link them to the real-life phenomenon. Solutions grow with students as they problem-solve and discover how science, technology, engineering, and math affect their everyday life. Campers will be engaged in the LEGO® Curriculum from 9-12pm. Then they will eat lunch and engage in traditional camp activities, such as swimming and archery. OFFERED WEEK 5

Please contact Rachel Channen 401.847.9200 ext. 135 or rachelc@newportymca.org with any questions.

DESIGN, BUILD, FLY CAMP– Entering grade 6+
The Design, Build, Fly Camp offers campers a unique glimpse into the world of aviation. Throughout this week-long program, campers will build and fly their own remote-controlled aircraft, gaining valuable knowledge surrounding flight mechanics and aircraft design considerations in the process. Sean Dungan, an undergraduate studying Aerospace Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, will guide the campers through their first scratch-built RC aircraft and will teach them how to fly their final product. OFFERED WEEK 6

Please contact Rachel Channen 401.847.9200 ext. 135 or rachelc@newportymca.org with any questions.

C.I.T. PROGRAM (Counselors in Training) – Entering grades 8-9
The Counselor in Training Program is designed to give youth an opportunity to support YMCA Camp programs. Participants must complete an interview process and be selected to take part in this learning experience. Participants will assist Directors and counselors in their daily duties, complete service learning projects and help run camp events. A Caring Adult Mentor will provide support and guidance throughout the length of the program. Offered Weeks 2-5 & 6-9.

Please contact Rachel Channen 401.847.9200 ext. 135 or rachelc@newportymca.org with any questions.