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The Y is a place where everyone belongs and can be themselves while engaging in new experiences, building new skills and making new friends. We are committed to providing youth with a safe and positive environment. Our well-rounded summer camp program is rooted in the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility while being intentional about fostering friendships, a sense of accomplishment, and belonging for all.


Both our preschool and school-aged camps will be under the direction of Missy Lamkin, Childcare Director at the Beatrice YMCA.

All camp leaders will be selected for their maturity, dedication, enthusiasm, and desire to allow children to reach their fullest potential.

The entire camp staff is CPR and FirstAid certified and participates in training that covers safety, supervision, counseling and camp procedures. The Beatrice Y average leader-to-camper ratios exceed state guidelines to ensure that your child receives the best care and attention possible.


This year we are offering weekly sessions with a set number of openings for each session. You pick which sessions you would like your child to attend; a description of each session can be found below. The cost of each session is $125. This includes all in-town activities, breakfast, lunch, snack, and supplies. Families will be required to purchase a water park pass for each child attending camp ($65 per child – checks can be made payable to City of Beatrice).

There will be a non-refundable $15 reservation fee for each session; this amount will come off your weekly draft throughout the summer ($125-$15=$110). At the time of registration, you will also be required to pay the one-time per calendar year/per family $30 registration fee if you have not already paid that.

Camp dates are May 29th through August 10th; there will be no camp the week of July 2nd.

Summer camp activities will be scheduled from 9 am – 4 pm; care will be provided from 6:30 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 6:00 pm.

Registration deadline is May 15th.


Read through the session descriptions below and pick which sessions you’d like to sign your child up for. Click here to register. Be sure you are registering your child for the grade they finished during the 2017-18 school year. If you haven’t paid the $30 family fee, register for this at the same time. Once you have registered online and paid the $15 fee per session, you will have reserved your child’s spot in our summer camp and will receive an email with all the paperwork necessary for you to complete. These forms are in PDF format and can be filled out online and returned to us via email. Below is a list of the forms that you will be responsible for. Please note that children will not be allowed to attend camp without the paperwork on file before the first day of camp.

  • Childcare Authorized Payment form
  • NDHHS Immunization form
  • Children’s Record form
  • Parent Information Brochure
  • Handbook Acknowledgment of Receipt
  • City of Beatrice Water Park Pass – please bring a check to the front desk for this.

A link to each of these forms can be found at the bottom of this page.

All parents will be required to attend a parent’s meeting on May 17th, 6:15 pm at the Y (1801 Scott Street).

*Please Note* If your child receives DHHS benefits, you are not able to reserve your child’s spot online – you must register at the front desk prior to May 15, 2018. 

Kindergarten – 5th Grade Sessions

Session 1 (May 29-June 1) – Superhero Week … Campers will share their favorite superhero and tell us why they chose that hero. Campers will be involved in creative superhero art projects and activities.

Session 2 (June 4-June 8) – Earth Friendly Week … Campers will discuss and learn about earth-friendly products, how we can take care of the world around us and make a difference.

Session 3 (June 11-June 15) – Olympic Sports Week … Campers will create their own Summer Olympic games, revisit Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.

Session 4 (June 18-June 22) – Healthy Lifestyles Week … Campers will talk about the benefits of exercising. Campers will also learn about good foods vs bad food and what fuels the body, and how important water is for the health of our bodies.

Session 5 (June 25-June 29) – Holiday Week … Campers will talk about why we celebrate the 4th of July and the importance of the celebration. Leaders will have a birthday party for all campers. Campers will also talk about their favorite holiday and traditions.

Session 6 (July 9 – July 13) – County Fair Week … Camper will take a trip to the Gage County Fair! We will visit livestock and 4H exhibits and take in the sights and sounds of the fair.

Session 7 (July 16 – July 20) – Water World Week … Campers will do fun water-centered activities this week including water balloons, slip-n-slide contests and visiting the water park.

Session 8 (July 23 – July 27) – Tour the USA Week …  Campers will identify their favorite state, what states they have already traveled to and which states they would like to visit. We will also talk about different customs within the US.

Session 9 (July 30 – August 3) – International Week … Where in the world would you like to travel to?? Campers will be exploring customs worldwide.

Session 10 (August 6 – August 10) – Let’s Get Crazy Week … Leaders and campers will choose their favorite week of camp to highlight; leaders will then organize and re-visit the favorite activities of the summer. We will also enjoy an end-of-the-year pizza party!

Preschool Sessions 

Session 1 (May 29 – June 1) – First Responder Week

Session 2 (June 4 – June 8) – Health Week

Session 3 (June 11 – June 15) – Outdoors Week

Session 4 (June 18 – June 22) – Eric Carle Week

Session 5 (June 25 – June 29) – Sports Week

Session 6 (July 9 – July 13) – Independance Week

Session 7 (July 16 – July 20) – Farm Week

Session 8 (July 23 – July 27) – Nebraska Week

Session 9 (July 30 – August 3) – Dr. Suess Week

Session 10 (August 6 – August 10) – End of the Summer Week

(Descriptions Coming Soon!)