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YMCA Camp Dakota Summer Program

Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center 444 Albany Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 860-241-9622


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Educational Activities
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Games
  • Gardening
  • Health and Wellness
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Swim Lessons

Ages Served:

3 - 12 years old

Areas Served:

East Hartford, Hartford

Program Length:

7–8 weeks

Start Date:

June 27, 2022 (first session)

End Date:

August 12, 2022 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday–Friday; Before & After Care available


  • Preschool Camp (ages 3-5)
    • Full-day: $225
    • Half-day: $125
  • Traditional Camp (ages 3-12)
    • Full-day: $220
    • Half-day: $120

Financial Assistance is available

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.

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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.