SPECIALTY CAMPS

Our specialty camp activities are designed to give experienced campers more time to enjoy a special interest. Morning periods are spent on their specific specialty area and their afternoon is filled with traditional camp experiences such as free swim, games, team building, ropes, archery, nature, boating, and arts and crafts. 

Unfortunately, extended care is not an option for campers in Specialty Camps at this time.

 

For more information about Specialty Camps, please  contact our Specialty Camp Director, Emerson Badessa at ebadessa@midymca.org

NINJA WARRIOR

Entering grades 3 to 5

Participate in exciting challenges, training regimens, and camp activities to gain strength, agility, speed, stealth and honor! Campers are in for a session of high-action adventures on our Ninja Warrior Course, as they develop and become their own Ninjas by the end of the session. 

SPECIALTY CAMP SAMPLER

Entering grades 2 to 4

Curious what Specialty Camps are all about? Try out the Specialty Camp Sampler! Campers will get a chance to try out new skills and activities of a different Specialty Camp every day of the session. It is only offered during Session 1 so it’s a great way to see what Specialty Camps you want to try out this summer or future summers to come!

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Entering grades 3 to 9

A fun and instructional introduction to the world of Mountain Biking! Along the way campers will learn riding techniques, bike maintenance, trail etiquette, biker safety, and have tons of fun along the way. Bikers will be encouraged to progress at their own pace, and will have support to reach their individual goals.

ADVENTURE GIRLS

Entering grades 3 to 5

An introduction to outdoor adventures, shelter building, fire starting, knot-tying, orienteering, and more; all within a group of strong young girls!

FILM CAMP

Entering grades 6 to 9

In a small group setting, campers will work to create, plan, film, edit and produce a variety of short films, newscasts and more as they learn the behind-the-scenes skills and learn to operate the professional tools and software needed.

PARKOUR CAMP

Entering grades 6 to 9

Campers will be transported to AMParkour where they will work with trained professionals to improve their running, jumping, climbing, balancing and more! Complete with team building challenges, positive reinforcement, and a love for movement, this camp will help your children find a love for fitness and movement that you can't find anywhere else!

ARTS & CRAFTS CAMP

Entering grades 2 to 4

The perfect choice for campers who enjoy the opportunity to be creative and express their artistic talents. Drawing, painting, larger scale art projects, and more will be offered throughout the session as campers explore their interests and learn new art skills. 

LET'S DANCE

Entering grades 2 to 8

Learn basic dance routines and choreography. Both beginners and experienced dancers combine different genres of dance to put on a stage performance at Family Night.

CAN WE BUILD IT?

Entering grades 3 to 5

Imagine, design, and create awesome Lego® structures! Learn the tricks of the trade needed for team builds, contests, free creative builds, and a variety of challenges (car races, tallest towers, strongest bridges and more!) 

ALL AQUA CAMP

Entering grades 4 to 6

Aquatic Adventures await the water enthusiast! Extended swim time, long pond swims, more boating and creative water games help campers become more comfortable and confident in the water. Includes a canoeing field trip. 

STEAM CAMP

Entering grades 3 to 5

STEM Camp combines the best parts of Rocketry, hands-on science labs, engineering challenges, and more, all designed to immerse campers in the exciting principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Campers have fun, make friends, and think creatively while they participate in planning, building, and carrying out daily experiments. 

INGERSOLL ADVENTURES

Entering grades 3 to 5

An introduction to shelter building, fire starting, knot-tying, orienteering, and more. Includes a field trip canoeing down the Farmington River and a day trip hiking off-camp.

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CAMPFIRE COOKING

Entering grades 6 to 9

Campers face challenges together on the low/high ropes course and continue to achieve new heights during a series of day trips including rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, and more. Includes campout at Seldon's Neck the 2nd Thursday of the session.

Entering grades 6 to 9

For older campers looking for more adventure and excitement, this new camp focuses on creating opportunities to bond with new friends while enjoying time spent off-camp on field trips including Nomads Adventure Quest, Bowling and Mini Golf.

Entering grades 5 to 8

Grab your apron and let's get cooking! Campers plan, prepare, and cook daily, learning about outdoor cooking safety, cooking techniques, nutrition, and essential tips for making delicious meals and snacks like baked potatoes, popcorn, and pizza in the great outdoors. 

FORT BUILDING

Entering grades 6 to 9

Construct real tree forts with instruction on using the traditional building tool: hand saw, hammers, and others- while getting a chance to try out some power tools in a safe, educational setting. Campers will get to make friends, work together, and gain a better understanding of construction.

MEGA FORTBUILDING***

Entering grades 3 to 5

Construct real tree forts with instruction on using hand saw, hammers, and other basic tools while making friends, working together, and gaining a better understanding of construction.

ALL SPORTS

Entering grades 2 to 4

A fun and instructional introduction to all things sports! With an emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship, campers will play the classics (soccer, football, basketball, volleyball) as well as some new and exciting non-traditional  games.

HORSEBACK CAMP

Entering grades 2 to 9

High quality half-day lessons every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Lessons will be in both riding and grooming at Hunter's Run in Glastonbury. Campers will be transported via bus from camp.

HORSEBACK EXPERIENCE

Entering grades 3 to 6

Campers will be transported to Hunter's Run Stables every afternoon during the session where they focus on learning new skills while honing existing skills. Prior experience is required for this advanced program which can be gained by participating in an earlier Horseback session.

FISHING CAMP

Entering grades 3 to 8

Learn skills through instruction, challenges, and practice at Jobs Pond and other local hot spots. This camp includes 5 field trips per session, including a deep sea fishing trip. 

LIL' BALLERS BASKETBALL

Entering grades 2 to 4

Campers develop into strong basketball players through age appropriate instruction and skill clinics all while having fun, working as a team, and making friends. With small group sizes, your campers will receive more direct instruction, enhanced skill development, increased participation, and more individualized feedback during the session. With smaller group sizes, counselors will be able to ensure that each camper understands, gets the practice they need, and is reaching their potential.

LIL DRIBBLERS SOCCER

Entering grades 2 to 4

Campers develop into strong soccer players through age appropriate instruction and skill clinics all while having fun, working as a team, and making friends. With small group sizes, your campers will receive more direct instruction, enhanced skill development, increased participation, and more individualized feedback during the session. With smaller group sizes, counselors will be able to ensure that each camper understands, gets the practice they need, and is reaching their potential.

Northern Middlesex YMCA

YMCA CAMP INGERSOLL

Location: 94 Camp Ingersoll Road Portland, CT  

860-342-2267
Mailing: 99 Union Street Middletown, CT 06457  

860-342-2267

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