YMCA strong kids campaign financial assistance

We don't turn anyone away.

YMCA donors and partners help make it possible for us to make sure everyone can participate in YMCA programs. If financial circumstances are limiting your ability to participate, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Families enrolled in YMCA Child Care programs can also apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit.

Girl enjoying YMCA Summer Camps in Kelowna

We are offering an Essential Services Child Care Program in Penticton. To indicate your need for care, complete this survey

Our charity is responding to COVID-19 including temporarily closing all YMCA recreation facilities during this time. Child care, virtual early years community services and career development services will continue to run. The most recent information can be found at ymcaokanagan.ca/COVID19

Camp isn't just something to do when school's out — it's a life-changing experience! Flags are captured, friendships are forged, and somewhere in between, children discover themselves.

As Canada's largest camp provider, we deliver a unique blend of quality programs that build confidence, improve social skills, and foster independence and leadership. By building connections with other campers and YMCA staff, your child will be encouraged to reach for the best in themselves, and in others, every day — all while having fun!

Discover why there's no place like camp!

Pro Day Camps

(Ages 5–12) Looking for something active and fun for your child to do during the day off school? Bring them to burn off some energy with gym activities, swimming, themed crafts and games. An ePACT online medical consent form is required for camp registration. Registration deadline: one week prior to camp date.

Morning Mini Camps (Kelowna Family Y)

(Ages 3–5) Mini Camps at the Y provide fun, engaging and interactive experiences for your preschooler! Your child will explore crafts, stories, imaginative play and active games around age-appropriate themes. Each week will also include swim time.

Licensed Early Learning Camps

(Ages 3–5) Our certified early childhood educators will provide your children with vital learning opportunities. The summer YMCA Playing to Learn program is a safe, nurturing environment with an emphasis on education. Play-based activities focusing on reading, writing development, critical thinking, fine motor skills, and numeracy are offered daily and are supported with activities focusing...

Sport and Splash Camps (Kelowna Family Y)

(Ages 5–12) YMCA and community coaches will help your child build fundamental skills through guided drills, scrimmages and fun free-play opportunities—both on land and in the water! Each day, your camper will experience an introduction to a popular sport along with the opportunity to develop valuable water skills with our trained swim instructors. We welcome campers of all abilities...

Afternoon Theme Camps (Kelowna Family Y)

(Ages 5–12) Theme inspired crafts, structured active games, outdoor group challenges and team-building activities help make each week a unique experience. Add in dips in the pool and a Friday movie to end each week, and you have the ingredients for a summer full of memories!

Full-Day Explorers Out-Trip Camp

(Ages 5–12) Squeeze every adventurous moment out of your child’s camp experience! In this camp, we’re going to get out of the facility and explore the Okanagan. Every day, our Adventure Van goes to a different super-cool location to play, like Atlantis Waterslides, Myra Canyon Adventure Park and the Okanagan Science Centre. This week is sure to give your child something to talk...

Full-Day Licensed Child Care Camps

(Entering Grades 1–6) Our licensed YMCA Child Care centres are a home away from home. Your child can be a part of our inclusive community where he or she can have fun, find support, make friends and reach their full potential. The Y’s approach to child care is unique. We believe that ensuring a sound basis for healthy child development and success begins with play and our child care...

Full-Day Okanagan Adventure Trips

(Ages 10–14) Okanagan Adventure Trips offer a fun and different way to spend time with friends this summer. We’ll discover all that the Okanagan has to offer by visiting the coolest attractions, catching some rays at the best beaches and getting active with rope courses, waterslides, hiking and more!

Youth Leadership Development

(Ages 12–15) Making an impact starts here. Our Youth Leadership Development program will help teens get to know themselves better while learning fundamental leadership skills and making new friends in a fun, inclusive environment. Through a variety of different games, activities, discussions and presentations, leaders will develop communication skills, work together with their peers and...

Babysitting Course Plus

(Ages 11–14)This 4-day camp teaches youth caregiving skills to become effective and confident babysitters. Participants will learn how to appropriately care for infants, toddlers and children and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. They’ll also learn engaging activities and nutrition for children in their care. In addition, this camp includes basic first aid and CPR training...

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