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YMCA Camp Carson

Day Camp

With the YMCA Day Camp, your children will get a real sense of what summertime is all about. YMCA Day Campers pack more into a summer than they ever thought they could. A series of 11 one-week sessions are offered at six locations all summer long. Girls and boys, ages 5 to 10, are given the opportunity to meet new friends while experiencing the fun and excitement summertime brings.

Leadership Camp

This camp is designed to target the interests of boys and girls 11 to 13 years of age. Activities will require the participants to take an active leadership role in developing the camp curriculum under the supervision of YMCA leadership staff. The curriculum will mix leadership development, community service projects, and development of weekly schedules, mentoring, field trips, and other activities. This program will require children to accept and demonstrate the YMCA challenge of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

Activities Include:

  • Field Trips four out of five days
  • Swimming
  • Speakers
  • Theme Weeks
  • Devotions
  • Sports
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Character Development
  • Fitness and much more

Check back next summer for weekly camp agendas.

Specialty Camps

School Days Off Program

When school is out, the Y is here!

We know that working parents face a dilemma when school is cancelled due to single day holidays, short breaks and inclement weather. That is why we have filled in the gaps with the School Days Off program. We offer supervised games, swim time, open gym, and activities in our youth center for school age children (K-6) from 7:00am to 5:30pm. Each child should bring a sack lunch, swim suit, and towel daily.

Registration: Spots are limited. A $15 non-refundable registration fee is required to reserve your spot. Children must be registered by 5:00pm the day before school is out.
Y-Members: $20 per day / Non-Y-Members: $25 per day


YMCA Winter/Spring Break Day Camp

This program is available for children 5 to 10 years of age who need care during winter break. Children may attend from 6:30am until 5:30pm.

Winter: Downtown YMCA
Spring: Downtown YMCA & YMCA Dunigan Express
All participants will need to bring a sack lunch (including drink), swimsuit, towel, and jacket each day of camp. A schedule of camp activities will be available on the first day of camp.

Please see the Program Schedules page for the following brochures:
Winter Day Camp Brochures will be available November.

Spring Break Day Camp Brochures will be available in February.

Summer Theme Camps

Sports Camps… Something Greater

Come out and have a blast at our next sports specific skill camp! Led by the YMCA’s sports training staff, our camps promise to be filled with daily fundamental skill work, camp contests, games, character, faith and fun, fun, fun.

From day one of camp, our program is designed to assist your child with the advancement of their skill level while enhancing their level of play in a fun and structured environment. All of our participants are divided up and placed on teams based on age groups and participation numbers. Team size is limited to ensure each participant receives plenty of participation time. Instructors will focus on ensuring skill progression while providing a fun-filled learning experience.

We offer camps for pre-k to 8th grade. So select your sport, find a camp and register. For additional information, contact the YMCA Sports Department at (812) 491-7720 or by e-mail at To register by phone contact the YMCA at (812) 401-YMCA, register in person at the Dunigan or Downtown YMCA, or register online by clicking the HERE :

Camps will be held at the Dunigan and Downtown YMCA locations.


  • 2-Day Christmas Basketball Camp
  • 2-Day Christmas Soccer Camp
  • 2-Day Christmas Volleyball Camp


  • 2-Day Spring Break Basketball Camp (Dates and Flyer available January 2015
  • 2-Day Spring Break Soccer Camp (Dates and Flyer available January 2015
  • 2-Day Spring Break Volleyball Camp (Dates and Flyer available January 2015


  • 5-Day Basketball Fundamentals Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Dribblers Basketball Summer Camp
  • 5-Day First Kicks Soccer Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Soccer Fundamentals Summer Camp
  • 5-Day T-Ball Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Volleyball Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Golf Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Gymnastics Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Tumbling Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Cheer Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Dance Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Fun & Fitness Summer Camp
  • 5-Day Lacrosse Summer Camp

We offer camps for pre-k to 8th grade. So select your sport, find a camp and register. To register by phone contact the YMCA at (812) 401-YMCA, register in person at the Dunigan or Downtown YMCA, or register online by clicking HERE

Drama Camp -Ages 8-12

Lights, Camera, Action! Let your imagination soar when you come to YMCA Drama camp. We will be doing skits, talent shows, learning about the ins and outs of theatre, and much more. To top off drama camp, we will be going to see a dress rehearsal or the PEF Summer Musical.

Young Chefs -Ages 8-12

Explore the chef in you, with YMCA Young Chefs camp. At Young Chefs camp we will teach the basic techniques needed when cooking, the children will learn kitchen safety, the proper way to handle food as well as food preparation. We will be exploring healthy ways to fix snacks and meals. We will also learn some cookie and cake decorating techniques. Our young chefs will travel to a local Evansville kitchen where the children will learn cooking methods from an instructor. By the end of the week each child will have a book full of recipes to take home and share with their family.

Art Camp – Ages 8-12

Let your creativity shine at Art Camp. During art camp children will travel to Fired Up to paint pottery to paint, we will be working with local artist and learning different types of art, from watercolors to pottery. The week will be filled with activities and trips to expand your artistic imagination.

CSI Camp – Ages 8-12

At Crime Scene Investigation Camp we will explore all different aspects of Police Investigation. The Evansville City Crime Scene Unit will be doing a presentation as well as the SWAT Team. We will do mock investigations, fingerprinting and much more.

YMCA Staff

The YMCA Day Camp staff is a carefully selected and trained group of young men and women. Some are returning from last summer; some are new to our YMCA. All staff have been chosen for their experience, special talents, sensitivity, and creativity. Criminal history background checks have been conducted and filed on all employees. All staff receive training in camp programs, age appropriate activities, discipline, and emergency procedures. Our staff is also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Make a difference in the life of a child this summer!

When summer is over, all the field trips have been taken, and all the games have been played, all the swim lessons taught…what a child remembers most is our staff. We are proud that we only hire the best! Our staff help create memories that last a lifetime. Most importantly, they help children develop in a safe and positive environment. If that describes YOU, consider being part of our team!

The YMCA believes that it is extremely important that quality childcare remain affordable for parents and families. Financial assistance is available for all YMCA programs; please click here for more information about our assistance program.