YMCA Camp Dakota
Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center 444 Albany Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 860-241-9622
- Academic Enrichment
- Creative Writing
- Educational Activities
- Field Trips
- Health and Wellness
- Recreational Swimming
- Science Activities
- Swim Lessons
Ages Served:3–14 years old
Areas Served:East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hartford, West Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks
Program Length:9–10 weeks (1-week sessions)
Start Date:June 14, 2021 (first session)
End Date:August 20, 2021 (last session)
Hours of Operation:Camp Hours 9:00 am–4:00 pm; before and after care available
$120+ for 1/2 day; $220+ for Full day (depends on age), Financial Aid Available
Parents may choose to enroll for the entire summer or individual sessions.
YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford, Inc. has certifications for the American Camping Association, CPR/First Aid, Aquatic Equivalent Certification, and Connecticut State Department of Public Health.
More about our camp:
Camp Dakota is a summer program that offers opportunities for growth and development of the whole child. The YMCA focuses on the four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and develops programs like Camp Dakota that allow children to reach their fullest potential in sprit, mind, and body.
The majority of our participants are from the city of Hartford. There are no set eligibility requirements to attend Camp Dakota; however, families that are interested in applying for financial assistance must submit household financial information. We currently do not identify educational levels; however, we do allow students that attend summer school to participate in a half-day program at a reduced rate.
Using the Project-Based Learning Model, Camp Dakota will offer age-appropriate activities based on literacy, history, physical activity and social-emotional growth that are tied to a theme-of-the-week. We are matching our activities to Common Core Standards as well to the CT ELDS standards for Pre-k, allowing further growth within each subject. Last year, we focused our efforts on all of the age groups to prevent summer learning loss. All age groups participated in an hour of literacy every day. This included reading for 30 minutes and participating in games built around vocabulary. We expect to continue the literacy program model to all the grades this summer. The camp director will oversee the educational components and program design. The camp director will also design interactive literacy and physical activities to incorporate Common Core standards.
Camp Dakota is unique in that it gives campers a traditional camping experience while incorporating specific learning and developmental objectives in specific areas, such as literacy and aquatics. These two areas are of particular importance given the populations we serve.
YMCA Camp Dakota is Allergen-Friendly, Special Needs Accessible, and Summer School Compatible.