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YMCA Camp Eberhart

Summer Programs

Quality programming is at the heart of YMCA Camp Eberhart's summer experience. Our trained staff will lead campers through many of the programs offered below. Throughout their time at camp, campers will strive to reach their goals through our progressive programming. Below you will find a brief description of each program as well as our proficiency system which is a major part of our summer camp experience. Feel free to read through any of our program handbooks and study up with your camper before they attend camp.

Programs marked with an * have an additional fee assigned to them

Archery

Archery has been a part of YMCA Camp Eberhart since 1909! Our archery range is a very safe and controlled environment where campers can earn awards leading to an Archery proficiency. Campers have the chance to practice with both longbows and compound bows. The program features weekly contests and competitions between campers.


Arts & Crafts

Many traditional crafts projects are featured in this program area. Weaving, beading, and wood painting are just a few. Each week we try to add a new and different craft project. Our crafts building is located on the waterfront and offers a beautiful and relaxing location to exercise your creativity.


Astronomy

YMCA Camp Eberhart enjoys one of the only astronomy programs in the entire country, and has been visited by professional astronomers from coast to coast! Our dedicated resident astronomer, Darren Drake, has taught astronomy at the collegiate level, and gives campers the opportunity to discover the inner astronomer in themselves. Combined with our high-tech equipment, campers can take an exciting journey through the universe. YMCA Camp Eberhart is fortunate to enjoy an 18" Obsession telescope, an 11" C11 telescope, and a fleet of 8" Dobsonian telescopes. Campers taking part in our astronomy program will see things they've never seen before. A week-long Astro Camp is also available!


Disc Golf

YMCA Camp Eberhart has an incredibly intricate frisbee golf course that weaves and wanders throughout the entire property.  This program is new and was previously part of land sports. A significant number of campers and staff asked for it to be its own program and here it is! Your camper could be the first to gain their proficiency in disc golf!


Drama

This summer’s Drama program is going to be tons of fun! We plan to perform skits and improv and learn how to a stage runs. There are eight steps to a drama proficiency. These include a scene award, beginning and advanced acting, a movement award, and others. This is a great place to explore your talents and get lots of attention!


Fishing

Campers who take advantage of our Fishing instruction program learn the intricacies of the sport from line preparation to fish identification. Fishing is done both from shore and off our pontoon boat. Fishing awards include casting, tackle maintenance, and fish cleaning. Fishing is a skillful and relaxing pastime which many campers continue to enjoy throughout their lives.


*Horseback Riding

From beginner to advanced riders, all campers in this summers Equestrian program are looking forward to an exciting and informative week. HorseMasters meet during the two morning program periods for arena lessons, chores, and ground lessons. Horse Riders meet in the afternoon for one period of pleasure trail riding. Our awards system has been revamped, new additions have been made to our curriculum, and all riders have the opportunity to earn awards for both their riding skills and their knowledge of horsemanship. For ages 10 and older.  Additional Fee: $140/week


*High Ropes Challenge

Campers thirteen and older can take their challenge experience one step further through High Challenge. In addition to the Tower Challenge activities, this program adds our 15 ft. and 30 ft. high ropes courses to the challenge curriculum. All activities are challenge-by-choice. Each camper sets a personal goal to achieve during the week. This is a great program choice for older campers who really want to test their skills and their courage. All activities are tightly controlled and very safe. Our course operates under the stringent standards of, and is annually inspected by, Low Ropes, Inc. Instructors are trained are certified by this organization. For ages 13 and older.  Additional Fee: $140/week


Kayaks, Boats & Canoes

Canoeing is a well-known and traditional camp activity. At YMCA Camp Eberhart, you get the chance to try 3 different boating programs. Campers receive instruction in the techniques of canoeing, rowing, and kayaking while working on awards. The program emphasizes safety on the water, including controlled "swamping" on those hot summer days. Must pass a swim test. 


Land Sports

Unlike many other specialty sports camp programs, our sports program is designed to accommodate players of all skill levels and ages. Campers can try their hand at soccer, cricket, basketball, disc golf, tetherball, ultimate Frisbee, and more! We do teach rules and skills, but the emphasis is definitely on fun!


Leadership

This program utilizes our expertise in team building and group dynamics. Campers will learn the value of community, inclusiveness, diversity, awareness, and of course caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Campers will be able to bond over team building games while working through the challenges in our low ropes course. All ages are welcome.


Music

Music used to be the best part of camp and we are bringing it back.  Campers will be able to choose from a variety of instruments including guitar, drums, keyboard, and a variety of other instruments. At the end of the week campers are given the option to perform in front of their peers. Learn a new instrument and jam with your friends! Campers walk away from this program with skills and a shared passion for good music. Campers are encouraged to bring their own instrument if they would like. All ages are welcome.


Nature

Our Nature program is housed on a beautiful and unique environment of "the island", extending out into Corey Lake. Nature awards include Fire building, plant identification, and fun things like catching and observing insects, snakes, and turtles. All activities emphasize teamwork and respect for the environment. All campers enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at this program.


Outdoor Living Skills

Outdoor Living Skills is where campers learn about outdoor survival skills. Campers will learn how to utilize the resources in the natural environment to survive. From boiling water to edible plants, campers will learn the different skills necessary to adapt to the climate and survive in the wilderness in style. All ages are welcome. 


Photography

This program uses digital photography to teach campers how to capture those special camp memories. Campers take advantage of our beautiful natural setting to learn how to frame photos, use special effects, and develop a creative eye. At the same time they are learning to use and respect the camera and computer equipment. Best of all, they get those special pictures to bring home, share, and remember. Additional Fee:  $10/week


Raggers

This is a funny name for a serious program with a long and proud tradition. Campers who elect to earn a "rag" are counseled by a mentor as they set objectives to achieve a personal goal of their own choosing. Campers must be at least 12 to participate. Rags are awarded at the end of the week at a solemn ceremony on Raggers Point (a secret location!) This program is designed to give older campers an opportunity for personal reflection and a sense of significant accomplishment from their experience at YMCA Camp Eberhart.


Rocketry

In Rocketry campers will build their own rocket throughout the week. Each piece needs to be carefully placed and glued to optimize aerodynamics. At the end of the week campers will reap the rewards of their hard work and launch their rockets into the front field! Our astronomy staff run rocketry in the morning which makes this a great opportunity for conversation about the universe. Is there life under the ice shelf on Europa? If so, what do you think it looks like? All ages are welcome in this program.  Additional fee: $15


Riflery

Riflery is another program with a long tradition at YMCA Camp Eberhart. The program stresses both skill and safety. Campers are taught the importance of personal responsibility around firearms, as well as learning shooting techniques on a closed and closely monitored range. Campers over the age of 10 may practice marksmanship using .22 caliber rifles. Younger campers are taught with BB guns. For ages 10 and older.  Additional Fee: $10/week


Sailing

YMCA Camp Eberhart boasts one of the largest sailing fleets of any camp in the Midwest! From Sunfish to Snipes to Scows, we have it all. Campers who take sailing learn to rig a boat, maintain the sails, tie knots, read the wind, and many more important sailing skills. Earning a proficiency in sailing is a real accomplishment, and often sparks a passion for sailing that lasts into adulthood.


Snorkeling

A new program this year, we've roped off the clearest and most interesting part of our lake, off the island. Campers can learn to use a mask, snorkel, and fins to explore the world under the water. Thankfully, Corey Lake is a spring fed lake so most of the summer is very clear. We're expecting this program to be an immediate favorite among campers. Campers must have their blue band from swimming to participate in this program. Must pass a swim test.


Swimming

We believe that swimming is a skill that all children should have. For that reason, swimming instruction is mandatory unless a written request of exemption is received from the camper’s parents. At YMCA Camp Eberhart, swim instruction is fun and safe! Instruction is given at five levels, and campers progress through the levels at their own rate. Campers enjoy relaxing in the clean, cool waters of Corey Lake.


*Tower Challenge

Tower Challenge activities are available to campers who are eleven years or older. Through the use of our Team Initiatives activities, low ropes course, and 32 ft. climbing tower, campers test their creativity, problem-solving abilities, and team spirit. The majority of activities focus on the climbing tower and on building teamwork skills. Tower Challenge is a great choice for a camper who wants a meaningful growth experience, a chance to bond with other campers, and loads of fun! For ages 11 and older.  Additional Fee: $70/week.


 

Trailblazing

YMCA Camp Eberhart boasts one of the largest sailing fleets of any camp in the Midwest! From Sunfish to Snipes to Scows, we have it all. Campers who take sailing learn to rig a boat, maintain the sails, tie knots, read the wind, and many more important sailing skills. Earning a proficiency in sailing is a real accomplishment, and often sparks a passion for sailing that lasts into adulthood.


*Water-skiing

Campers in this program are able to concentrate on either skiing or wakeboarding under the guidance of skilled instructors. The emphasis is on acquiring skills in a manner that promotes both fun and safety. We operate two ski boats through the four program periods, and are able to accommodate a large number of campers. We invite your camper to take advantage of this opportunity to learn an exciting lifetime skill. Warning, campers will have fun! For ages 9 and older. Must pass a swim test. Additional Fee: $140/week.

 

 

 

YMCA Camp Eberhart is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.