Teen Camps | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

Hopkinton Teen Camps

Seniors Village

Entering Grades 6-10

The MetroWest YMCA Day Camp is proud to offer teen camps and programs that differ from the everyday traditional camp experience. Our teen campers benefit from having more independence, tackling greater challenges, and seizing opportunities to take risks, set goals, and step outside of their comfort zones. 

 

TRADITIONAL CAMPS

 

Adventure

Entering Grades 6 & 7
One Week Sessions
All Weeks

 

Adventure Plus

Entering Grades 8 & 9
One Week Sessions
All Weeks
Campers will have the opportunity to travel off-site as part of Adventure Plus.

 

On the Road               

Entering Grades 8 & 9,
One Week Sessions
Weeks 4-7
Every Monday is spent participating in traditional camp activities, the rest of the week is spent On The Road where campers go on daily field trips.  On The Road field trip calendar is available online.

 

LIT - Leaders in Training

Entering Grades 7-8
2 Weeks per camp
Weeks 4 & 5, 6 & 7, and 8 & 9

 

CIT - Counselors in Training

Entering Grades 9-10
Mandatory Training Week June 22-26
CIT’s must attend training week then choose at least 4 of the 8 remaining weeks

More info on LIT and CIT camps and online application

 

SPECIALTY CAMPS

 

CREATIVE ARTS

Art Explorations                     
Entering Grade 6

One Week Sessions
Weeks 3-8        
Our Art Exploration campers will travel with their YMCA counselors to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for an afternoon of art projects!  Campers will explore many different art disciplines such as pastel drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor, clay, and more!

 

Ceramic Hand Building & Wheel Throwing

Entering Grade 6-8
One Week Session
Week 4

ONLY for our oldest campers. Learn to use a pottery wheel as well as create pottery and small sculptures using handbuilding techniques. Beginners will learn to form clay on the wheel and apply surface decoration. Continuing students welcome. Class includes demonstrations and personal instruction. Tuition includes clay, glazes, and firing.

 

Hip Hop                           

Entering Grade 6
Two Week Sessions
Weeks 6 & 7 and Weeks 8 & 9               

Bring your dancing shoes and dance the session away in this fun camp!  Each camper will learn and practice dance concepts, techniques, and moves to today’s Top 40 Hits.  Campers will work on individual and group routines, offering their own ideas to the chorography that will be used in their final Hip Hop performance that they will showcase on the final day of the session for their families and friends to see!

 

Drama Camp

Entering Grades 6-8
Two Week Sessions
Weeks 2 & 3 and Weeks 4 & 5

Lights, camera, action!  Drama Camp is for all budding actors and actresses.  Learn to create a set, write a script, and enhance your acting skills under the guidance of our YMCA camp staff and the talented Joey Talbert, a professional storyteller.  Campers will enhance their craft through improvisation and dramatic games.  At the end of each session families and friends are invited to see their campers perform their original scripts.  Drama campers participate in recreational swim every day.

 

Creative Kitchen

Grades 6-8
One Week Sessions
Weeks 2 & 8                                                        

Your camper will enjoy a week of imagination, adventure, teamwork, and creativity in our Teaching Kitchen. All Creative Kitchen Campers will participate in one traditional camp activity and recreational swim every day. Parents with campers who have alleriges are strongly encouraged to call the Camp Director prior to registration.

 

Magic Camp

Entering Grades 6-8
One Week Session
Week 3                                

A cool opportunity for our oldest campers!  Magician Pat Farenga will teach our campers sleight of hand and other arts related to magic, including presentational and theatrical skills.  Whether it’s a card trick or making something disappear, this week offers a wide variety of fun activities to keep everyone entertained.   At the end of the week, campers will showcase their magical skills for their families and fellow campers in a performance.

 

STEM CAMPS

LEGO with Play-Well TEKnologies          

Entering Grade 6-8
One Week Session

August 3-7 (Bash’em Bots using LEGO materials)              

Your camper’s imagination and creativity will be harnessed as they work with both Play-Well TEKnologies and YMCA Staff in this new specialty camp!  Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building camp!  Campers will have a blast, even without any prior experience with LEGO materials.  Campers will design and construct as they never have before with the support of Play-Well and YMCA instructors. 

 

Robotics

Entering Grade 6
One Week Session
Week 5

Does your camper like building things, learning how things work, and enjoy problem solving? Then this is the camp for them! Robotics  is designed to enhance a camper’s instinctive curiosity about the surrounding world of machines.  This camp provides an excellent experiential platform for our campers to participate in engaging, hands-on activities that demonstrate concepts of mechanics, motors, and electronics. Additionally, campers participate in one traditional camp activity and recreational swim each day.

 

Flight                                                    

Entering Grades 6-7
One Week Session                   
Week 6

Flight introduces campers to the various aspects of flight in an active, participatory way. While building a variety of model rockets to launch, the waiting-for-the-glue-to-dry periods are occupied with a variety of experiments demonstrating and explaining Bernoulli’s principle. The campers are continually challenged to make predictions and observations about their work, frequently modifying their plans to achieve their goals.  Additionally, campers participate in one traditional camp activity and recreational swim each day.

 

Engineers                               

Entering Grades 6-7
One Week Session
Week 7

This hands-on physics camp explores the basics of levers, mechanical advantage, potential and kinetic energy, and gravity. The campers will build catapults and problem-solve on how to change the distance, height, and speed at which things can be launched. This is the ultimate camp for science enthusiasts!  Additionally, campers participate in one traditional camp activity and recreational swim each day.

 

 

SPORTS CAMPS

Varsity Training Camp

Entering Grades 6-8
One Week Sessions
Weeks 2-9

At the Y we believe in the power of physical activity and all kinds of sports! We also know the benefits of playing multiple sports as a young athlete. Developing better skills as an all around athlete, ability to further build confidence, avoid burnout, and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. In our sports camps youth will have the opportunity to do both! While all sports and new games will be played, youth will also have the opportunity to select the sport they would like to focus on every day with our team of athletics counselors! Some athletes will vary in their selections some might stay the same. Campers will be divided by age and sport as numbers allow. Special guests, including coaches, from local schools and sports organizations will be engaged throughout the summer.

 

PIONEER CAMPS

Fort Builders

Entering Grades 6-7
Two Week Sessions
Weeks 2 & 3, Weeks 4 & 5, Weeks 6 & 7, Weeks 8 & 9

Spend your days living in a wilderness adventure while constructing imaginative and one of a kind forts!  As a group, campers design and plan their fort each session with guidance from our skilled staff about structure and time challenges.  Campers learn how to select the wood, tie lashings and knots, use tools safely and properly, and utilize different building techniques with our Fort Building experts.

Please Note: Trailblazers, Pathfinders and Fort Builders will be in the woods. They may be exposed to poison ivy during their session; therefore workgloves, long pants, and bug spray are strongly encouraged.

 

Horseback Riding

Entering Grades 6-7
One Week Sessions
Weeks 5-9

In  collaboration  with  Lil’  Folk  Farm  in  Holliston  we  are  pleased  to provide this wonderful and unique camp experience again this summer.  Campers will spend the morning at camp participating in traditional camp activities and recreational swim.  After lunch, campers will board the bus with their counselors and head to the farm. Once there, campers will have daily riding lessons in small groups with a trained instructor.  Campers  also have the opportunity to lead a pony, groom and ride a miniature horse, take bareback rides, and learn how to feed, care for, and bathe horses.    Lil’  Folk  Farm  will  provide  all  the  camers  with  an  ASTM  certified  riding  helmet  during  lessons.  Participants are  required  to bring long pants and closed-toe shoes (preferably with a heel, such as a hiking boot) to wear each day.

 

On The Road Calendar

Check out all the fun we have planned for our On the Road Campers in 2020!

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