New Canaan YMCA

Camp Y-Ki

Camp Y-Ki

Camp Y-Ki (Grades K-5)

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Camp Y-Ki offers a traditional camp experience enhanced by innovation. Held at Kiwanis Park, campers in grades K-5 will participate in camp songs, arts & crafts, archery, creative arts, team building, nature classes, both traditional and non-traditional sports, and free swim/lessons. Y-Ki is the place for your child to spend the summer making new friends, trying new things, and growing as an individual. Come join our tradition and become part of the Y-Ki family!

Camp Activities

Swimming, archery, arts and crafts, sports, nature, camp songs, outdoor adventure, and special events… the traditional summer camp experience of Camp Y-Ki provides kids with the fun, friends, and personal growth that only summer camp can provide.

Specialty Camps

Campers going into 5th-8th grade (Eagles and L.I.T.s) have a dedicated time to choose their own activity! Running Tuesdays through Thursdays, specialty camps allow the older campers to have a little more flexibility and freedom with their camp schedule. Campers will be able to choose activities from the four categories: Sports, Nature/Science, Arts/Community, and Water Sports. By maintaining the structure of a traditional day camp while incorporating the unique interests of individual campers, Camp Y-Ki provides a perfect balance of summer camp activities for all.


Camp Y-Ki currently has a waitlist for 2023.  Please contact Phil Prout to be added to the waitlist.

*All camp forms are due June 1 through ePACT Network.

Special Cares Support

Learn about inclusive support services offered at Camp Y-Ki for children with special needs. Preapproval required for support prior to camp registration.

Camp Y-Ki Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My child is only 5 but has completed Kindergarten. Can they attend Camp Y-Ki?
A: Yes. If your child has completed Kindergarten, you can register him/her for Camp Y-Ki.

Q: Are you peanut/tree nut free?
A: No. We cannot assure you that another child will not come to camp with peanut/nut products.

Q: What are the daily activities?
A: Daily activities consist of morning assembly, three activity periods in the a.m. including a swim lesson, lunch around 11:45 followed by an afternoon assembly, then the three more activity periods including free swim, and we end the day with a closing assembly.

Q: Do I have to send a lunch with my child?
A: Yes. Packed lunches must come labeled and with an ice pack. We will provide water, but please provide a labeled water bottle!

Q: Will you group friends together?
A: We will try to accommodate your wishes, but we cannot guarantee any requests. We group our campers by grade.

Q: Do the children swim every day?
A: Yes. Please send a swimsuit, towel and any swim accessories every day.

Q: Do they receive swim instruction?
A: Yes. They do receive daily classes by their counselors guided by swim instructors.

Q: How much time is spent outside?
A: We are an outdoor camp. Unless there is inclement weather, we are outside all day every day.

Q: What do you do when it rains?
A: Camp Y-Ki will operate at the Kiwanis Park facility whenever possible. Please keep in mind that Camp Y-Ki is an outdoor camp, and that staff and campers may get wet. If inclement weather occurs during the camp day, it is at the Directors’ discretion to move the camp to New Canaan High School located off of South Avenue. Campers are then bussed to the high school to complete their day.

A parent handbook with more information will be provided to the parents of all registered campers before camp begins. Any additional questions may be addressed to Phil Prout at 203-966-4528 Ext. 193 or by email.


For additional information and any questions about Camp Y-Ki, contact Phil Prout at 203-966-4528 Ext. 193 or by email.

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