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Summer Program


2021 Summer Youth Programs

This summer, we’ll get your kids back to thriving with safe experiences that build confidence, self-discovery, leadership, social and critical thinking skills that support their well-being, academic growth and give them back a sense of community that will last beyond summer.

Our extensive selection of summer program options from Day to Overnight Camps and Swim Lessons to Family Camp Weekend Getaways are designed to be mixed and matched to create the perfect summer for your family at the Y.

We had a successful and safe camp season in 2020, and we’re ready for an even better summer in 2021. Our summer programs will continue to meet CDC safety guidelines to help keep everyone safe.

Savings. Payment Plans. Financial Assistance. Cancellation Policy.

Save with Family Memberships

Save up to 20% off most Summer Programs and Camp with your YMCA Family Membership. Not a member yet? Sign up today and save $50!

Payment Plans

You can reserve your spot today with just a deposit and selecting one of our payment plans when you register:

Defer Payment to 10 Days Prior to Program Start Option: Available for Summer Day Camp weekly and  4-, 5-, and 9-week packages, Specialty Day Camp weekly and 4- and 8-week packages, and Camp Erdman overnight camps:

  1. Register with a $50 deposit for Day Camp weekly session or package or $100 deposit for Overnight Camp Erdman session.
  2. Choose Payment Plan and the "Deposit: Balance" drop-down menu option.
  3. Your remaining balance will be auto-drafted 10 days before the start of your program.

Weekly Payment Plan: Available only for our Summer Day Camp 4-, 5-, and 9-week packages and Specialty Day Camp 4- and 8-week packages.

  1. Register with a $50 deposit for Day Camp packages by May 1.
  2. Choose Payment Plan and the "Deposit: Weekly" drop-down menu option.
  3. Your remaining balance will then be split evenly into 5 weekly fees that are auto-drafted on May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.


  • If you register after May 1, any past due weeks must be paid up front, and then all future weekly payments will be auto-drafted according to the payment plan above.
  • If you would like to start your payment plan before May 1, OR, want to extend your payment plan beyond May 30, please contact your Y Branch or our Call Center at 808-678-4296 (Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm).
  • If you would like to set up a custom weekly payment plan for a Camp Erdman overnight session, please call Camp Erdman at 808-637-4615.

Financial Assistance

The YMCA believes its programs and services should be accessible to everyone. Through the generosity of donors, the YMCA is able to provide financial assistance to those families in need. Financial assistance will be awarded based on need and availability of funds. Learn more about our Financial Assistance Program here.

Cancellation Policy

For 2021, we have relaxed our cancellation policies in recognition of the challenges our community is still recovering from, and to provide parents and families peace of mind.

If you need to cancel your registration for Summer Day Camp, notify us by calling (Your Y Branch or 808-678-4296) or emailing us at at least 1 business day in advance prior to the start of your program and you will be fully refunded, less a $50 deposit which you can use as a credit for any Y program.

If you need to cancel your registration for a Camp Erdman overnight camp session, notify us at least 1 business day in advance by calling (808-637-4615 or 808-678-4296) or emailing us at, and your registration fee will be fully refunded, less your $100 (Overnight Camp) deposit fee which you can use as a credit for any Y program.

Safety Is Our Priority

Summer Program Safety Measures
  • All children and staff are required to be screened daily at each YMCA Branch and will not be allowed to attend if they:
  • Have a fever of 100.4° F or more in the last 48 hours; or
    • Are experiencing cold or flu symptoms; or
    • They or someone in their household has an active or suspected case of COVID-19; or
    • They or someone in their household is currently mandated to quarantine by the State of
    • Hawaii.
  • Masks are required for both staff and children. 
  • Children will be kept in set groups in separate areas at all times while practicing social distancing.
  • Frequent hand-washing and cleaning per CDC guidelines.
Camp Erdman Safety Measures

Safety is Our Top Priority
We have learned so much about COVID-related modifications and program adjustments; and we are committed to providing safe and meaningful camp experiences this summer.

Please review our COVID-19 safety information below which was developed closely following CDC and State guidelines. Note that as CDC and State guidelines continue to change, our protocols are subject to change accordingly. We will continue to update our procedures based on any additional public health guidance changes, and we will let you know of those changes.

What extra health and safety measures are you taking?
We have changed the physical layout within our facilities and the style of our programs to accommodate physical distancing.

  • Ohana Groups - resident camp cabins for overnight camp, and weekly groups for day camp - will have meals, and activities to the greatest extent possible, together as separate cohorts.
  • Materials, equipment, and spaces cleaned per CDC guidelines.
  • Where appropriate, cabin cohorts will receive program supplies and equipment that will not be used by others during the camp session.
  • The majority of activities will be enjoyed outdoors. When indoors, CDC and State guided physical distancing will be enforced, and windows will be utilized to increase air flow.
  • Campers and staff will wash and sanitize their hands between each activity and before and after each meal.
  • Campers and staff are required to wear masks at all times, except while eating, sleeping, bathing, or swimming.

How will you be screening campers and staff for COVID-19?
Children attending our Summer Day Camp will be screened daily at drop off and not allowed to attend if they:

  • Have a fever of 100.4° F or more in the last 48 hours; or
  • Are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms; or
  • They or someone in their household has an active or suspected case of COVID-19; or
  • They or someone in their household is currently mandated to quarantine by the State of Hawaii.

Children and teens in our overnight programs will follow a process of thorough pre-screening prior to arriving at camp, including a required, negative COVID test for all campers. They will also have daily health checks.

All staff will also have daily health checks. And all staff who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, will have weekly COVID-19 tests.

Any camper or staff member that exhibits symptoms will activate our Covid Response Plan, which will include isolation from our camp population until a negative test is confirmed or removal from camp if COVID-19 or other communicable illness is confirmed.

What is the mask policy at camp?
Campers and staff will be required to wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times, except when they eat, sleep, bath, or swim. Windows and fans will be utilized in cabins to increase air flow. Please send an approved mask [gators, bandanas, and masks with valves are not allowed] for each day your camper will be in the program.

What is the cohort size during COVID-19?
Resident Camp Ohana Groups - one cabin each - are composed of up to 8 campers and 1-2 trained counselors. Day Camp Ohana Groups are composed of up to 12 campers and 1-2 trained counselors.

What will happen if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at camp?
If we are notified of exposure within an Ohana Group cohort, we will notify families of all affected group members and quarantine exposed campers where appropriate. We will assess the situation on a case-by-case basis and work with our local public health officials to take next steps.

Our priority is keeping our campers, families and staff safe. We will follow the latest protocol from the CDC, state and county, and make decisions accordingly.

What happens if my child gets sick while at camp?
Given the nature of COVID-19, we will send children showing symptoms of COVID-19 home. Our Camp Nurse and Medical Director always treat a child experiencing illness at camp very seriously. We work closely with our medical staff, as well as the camper’s parents and guardians to determine the best course of action for a camper who may need either further medical care, or to return home as the situation dictates.

Summer Program Options

Summer Day Camp

Ages: For Ages 5 - 10 or Completed K - 5th Grade
Dates: June 1 – July 30*
Times: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Locations: Kaimuki-Waialae, Kalihi, Leeward, Mililani, Nu'uanu and Windward

[Also see Summer Day Camp and Bus Transportation options at Camp Erdman!]
*No program May 31, Memorial Day; June 11, Kamehameha Day; & July 5, Independence Day

Weekly themes bring excitement and a different adventure featuring unique project activities with lots of time for outdoor explorations, craft making, sports, science and swimming, and of course friendship and fun.

Option Dates Rate Y Family Member Rate Kalihi Only (No Pool)
Weekly June 1 – July 30 $195 $156 $155
4 Week June 1 – June 25 $700 $560 $608
5 Week June 28 – July 30 $875 $700 $760
9 Week June 1 – July 30 $1,475 $1,180 $1,278

Weekly Themes

Week 1: June 1 – June 4 / Places Near and Far
Travel to iconic places throughout our island home and beyond – virtually! Through virtual tours, games, stories and music, learn the fascinating ways others live in the treasured places they call home.

Week 2: June 7 – June 10 / Games from the Past
Travel back in time to play the popular games that your grandparents played. Add your own creative updates to classic games such as hopscotch, Red Rover, mancala, jump rope, and more!

Week 3: June 14 – June 18 / Nature Exploration
Re-connect with the great outdoors. Discover new plants and bugs and new purposes for leaves, rocks, twigs and tree stumps. Make a delicious meal from an outdoor garden.

Week 4: June 21 – June 25 / Tell Me a Story
Meet amazing storytellers who’ll share myths and legends from around the world along with their own personal stories that shaped their life journeys.

Week 5: June 28 – July 2 / Weird Science 101
How many ways can you make slime? What’s the science behind magic? Can water walk? Through hands on experiments, find answers to these questions and more!

Week 6: July 6 – July 9 / Amazing Art
Discover your artistic talents through sculpturing, painting, drawing, mosaic making, and printing…to create your unique pieces of art!

Week 7: July 12 – July 16 / Movin’ and Groovin’
Dance, sing and hip hop to music from the past and present – you’ll even have a chance to form your own music group.

Week 8: July 19 – July 23 / Servant Leaders on the Move
Nourish your self-pride and give back to your community. Projects may include reaching out to isolated kupuna, making toys for rescued animals, replenishing food pantries, building gardens and more.

Week 9: July 26 – July 30 / Summer Celebrations!
Close out the summer with our traditional Friendship Games and meet new friends from Y branches across Oahu. Preserve your 2021 summer memories with autographed t-shirts and Best Summer Ever poster contests.

Specialty Day Camps

Ages: Completed K – 6th Grade
Dates: June 1 – July 30*
Times: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Nu'uanu
*No program May 31, Memorial Day; June 11, Kamehameha Day; & July 5, Independence Day

Specialty Day Camps are an exciting way for campers to dive into an interest for a full week.

Option Dates Rate
Weekly June 1 – July 30 $235
4 Week June 1 – June 25 or
June 28 – July 23
8 Week June 1 – July 23

Dates Completed Grades K- 6
Week 1:
June 1 - 4
Super Heroes: Get to know your favorite super heroes and what it takes to be one. What makes a hero and what makes a villain?
Week 2:
June 7 - 10
Galaxy Wars Academy: From lightsword crafting and techniques, to space-oriented cooking, as a young apprentice, you’ll attend our 'Chosen One' training.
Week 3:
June 14 - 18
Wild West: Cowboys, bandits, and good ole sarsaparilla! Through STEM and crafts, travel back to the Wild West for adventure and fun!
Week 4:
June 21 - 25
Magic Gets Sirius!: As a Wizarding School student, learn about Potions 101, Wand Making, Magical Defense and meet The Boy Who Lived.
Week 5:
June 28 - July 2
Space Adventures: Shoot through summer as you learn about our solar system with the help of modern technology.
Week 6:
July 6 - 9
Animal Kingdom: Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and More! Learn about the intriguing world of animals who walk, slither and fly.
Week 7:
July 12 - 16
Games Galore: Test your creative skills in the fascinating screen worlds of Minecraft, Fortnite and other popular video games.
Week 8:
July 19 - 23
Folklore, Legends, Myths & Fantasy: Through cooking, physical activity, and skill building, immerse yourselves into these amazing fantasy worlds built through time.
Before & After Summer School Care

Ages: Completed K – 4th Grade
Dates: Varies by School
Times: Varies by School
Locations: Mililani and Nu'uanu

Our before- and after- summer school program provides the perfect combination of safe and enriching care before school and after school homework, reading time along with arts and crafts, sports, and music and dance activities.

Must be enrolled in the School's Summer School Program
Dates / Times Rate
Kipapa Elementary School - After School Care
June 7-25 /
Nu'uanu Elementary School - Before School Care
June 4-July 2 /
Nu'uanu Elementary School - After School Care
June 4-July 2 /
Middle School Summer Program: Nā Alaka'i (The Leaders)

Ages: For Ages 10 - 13 or Completed Grade 5th - 8th
Dates: June 1 to July 30*
Times: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Locations: Kaimuki-Waialae, Kalihi, Leeward, Mililani, Nu'uanu, Windward
*No program May 31, Memorial Day; June 11, Kamehameha Day; & July 5, Independence Day

Nā Alaka'i addresses the immediate and future needs of middle-school teens and local communities across Oahu with a focus on the skills needed to thrive in school and in a post-COVID-19 world. In addition to physical activity, teambuilding, and character development through the YMCA’s Five Core Values of honesty, caring, responsibility, respect, and diversity, program activities will focus on:

  1. Community and Culture: Elevating youth voice, social connection, service learning, diversity, and developing the skills necessary to be a YMCA Changemaker.
  2. Life Skills: Sewing, cooking, balancing a budget, personal wellness, and completing do-it-yourself building projects to develop independence skills.
  3. College and Career Exploration: Staff mentors and guest community leaders will help teens connect their current interests and passions with college and career opportunities.
  4. Mental Health Awareness: Guiding teens in developing personal resilience and confidence while learning positive coping methods and ways to support their peers and loved ones in a safe, nurturing environment.
Option Dates Rate Y Family Member Rate Kalihi Only
Weekly June 1 – July 30 $195 $156 $155
4 Week June 1 – June 25 $700 $560 $608
5 Week June 28 – July 30 $875 $700 $760
9 Week June 1 – July 30 $1,475 $1,180 $1,278
High School Teen Summer Internships

Ages: Completed 9th to 11th Grade
Dates: 9 Week Option: June 1 to July 30, 4 Week Option: June 1 to June 25, and 5 Week Option: June 28 to July 30. Dates do not include training. Times vary by branch.
Locations: Atherton, Camp Erdman, Kaimuki-Waialae, Kalihi, Leeward, Mililani, Nu'uanu & Windward
Cost/Application Process: Free. Acceptance by application only:

  1. View current internship opportunities here.
  2. Complete and email the YMCA Volunteer Application Form by April 30, to
  3. Applicants will be contacted to go through an interview and reference check process.

Volunteer summer internships are available at your local YMCA Branch this summer! Interns will gain a deeper understanding of non-profit organizational work in our community, explore their personal strengths, develop new skills, and discover their career options. At the end of their service, interns receive a letter of completion which can be used for applications for scholarships, college and other program.

Camp Erdman (Day and Overnight Summer Camps & Family Weekend Getaways)

Our Campers make great friendships that last a lifetime, and become more independent through quality time spent in our great outdoors with caring role models focused on character development. Campers choose from skill-progressive activities like archery, swimming, hiking, visual and performing arts. Evening activities for our overnight campers include campfires, skits, field games, and, of course, s’mores!

Families can experience the magic camp at our Family Weekend Getaways. This all-inclusive stay-cation includes meals, activities and lodging and is the perfect break to bond as a family and have fun!

  • Summer Day Camp for Youth(Completed Grades K-5)
    • Weekly Sessions from May 31 – August 6
    • Daily Hot lunch is included and provided by our kitchen staff. 
    • Optional Daily Bus Transportation: $105 per Week:
      • Safety measures include temperature and health question checks prior to boarding, keeping riders physically distanced and wearing masks at times.
      • A minimum of 15 Day Campers per week must be enrolled for bus service, or this service may be discontinued.]

      Pick-Up Time
      Drop-Off Time
      Windward City Shopping Center
      6:45 am
      4:45 pm
      UH Manoa – Corner of Metcalf and University
      7:15 am
      5:15 pm
      Stadium Marketplace in Salt Lake
      7:40 am
      5:50 pm
    • Optional Day Camp Overnight Stay: July 8 - 9: $75
      • During registration, you will be prompted to select an activity called "Optional Day Camp Overnight". Please note this is optional and not a requirement for Day Camp registration. The optional Day Camp Overnight is a one-night overnight camp exclusively for our Day Campers. The overnight program runs July 8-9, 2021 and is designed to give our Day Campers a preview of our Traditional Overnight Camp.
  • Six-Day Overnight Camp for Youth and Teens(Completed Grades 2-10)
    • Weekly Sessions from May 31 – August 6
    • Specialty Camps Upgrades
      • Choose from: Surf Camp, Horse Camp, English as a Second Language Camp, and High Ropes Specialty Camp
  • Teen Overnight Camps
    • Leadership-In-Training (LIT) - Completed Grades 9 & 10
      • Two-Week Camp Session: June 13 - 25 and July 18 - 30
    • Camp Assistant (CA) - Completed Grade 11
      • Three-Week Camp Session: June 6 - 25 and July 11 - 30
  • Family Weekend Getaways: Mother’s Day and 4th of July Weekends
Option Rate Sibling Rate Y Family Member Rate Military Rate
Day Camp Weekly Rate $195 N/A $185 N/A
Traditional 6-Day Overnight Camp

Specialty Camp Add Ons: Surf Camp $360 / Horse Camp $360 / High Ropes Specialty $125
$690 $650 $552 $587
Family Weekend Getaway
Rates vary per cabin selection. Cabins sleep up to 8 and include all meals/activities: $600 - $1,240 per cabin. Y Family Members save 20%.
Group & Private Swim Lessons (For Ages 6 Months to 99+ years old)

Locations: Kaimuki-Waialae, Leeward, Mililani, Nu’uanu & Windward

We offer a wide selection of parent & infant, toddler, school age, teen, and adult swim lessons that build strong and confident swimmers. CDC-guided safety procedures are in place to ensure swim lessons are safe, fun, and progressive. Spaces are limited, so be sure to register today.

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Registration Information

Additional Information

Out of State/International Children

Proof of age is required for all out of state and international children being registered. A current Tuberculosis clearance by a licensed physician will be required at the time of registration. Download a clearance form below or inquire at the Y branch if further information is needed.

Branch Locations & Contacts

Kaimuki Y
Phone: 737-5544

Kalihi Y
Phone: 848-2494

Leeward Y
Phone: 671-6495

Mililani Y
Phone: 625-1040
Nu'uanu Y
Phone: 536-3556

Windward Y
Phone: 261-0808

YMCA Camp H.R. Erdman
Phone: 637-4615

Call Center
Phone: 678-4296 (M-F, 8am to 5pm)