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YMCA Camp Combe Programs

Our Minicamp program is carefully designed to blend the structure and support of a tradit

ional pre-school setting with the wonderful world of summer camp.  Small group sizes, low ratios, and staff that are carefully chosen for their experience working with young children ensure that all campers have a nurturing, successful, and very fun first camp experience.  Activities include swimming, nature education, arts and crafts, free play, music, drama, and games. “Big Camp” activities like morning assembly, sports, and hiking are introduced in a developmentally sensitive way. Our Mini Camp facilities include a  large cabin with indoor play 

space and covered eating area and an enclosed natural playground and giant hillside slide.

The heart and soul of YMCA Camp Combe, “Big Camp” is a traditional day camp program that has one overriding objective – FUN. During these 1 week sessions, campers hike, make crafts, explore nature, sing, swim, and play games of all sorts. As in all our programs, the staff work to teach and reward the YMCA’s core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Berkshire Village – rising 1st & 2nd graders
Himalayan Village – rising 3rd & 4th graders
Andes Village – rising 5th & 6th graders
Appalachian Village – rising 7th & 8th graders

Swim lessons are included as part of the program for our campers age 4 to rising 2nd graders.

Our  Leaders in Training Program is designed to begin to develop leadership skills for teens here at camp. This program takes elements from the Y’s national Leaders Club program as well as teaching skills to be a great YMCA Camp Combe Staff one day. While LIT’s cannot be hands-on with campers just yet, they utilize tools such as role-playing, discussion, and team building in order to develop lifelong leadership skills.
This program is a one-week commitment.

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM The first step in our rigorous staff development program, the CIT program is a challenging and rewarding introduction to the world of camp counseling. Combining formal leadership training, service-learning opportunities, and daily practical experience working with small groups of children, CIT’s acquire skills to make them more responsible, creative, and mature. The position requires a mandatory training session and a two-week minimum commitment.
“Both of my kids had an amazing experience at Camp Combe this year. My daughter, who I always have to drag outside, came home dirty and happy. She told me how she swung through the trees, did archery, the talent show, and made new friends from different towns. I was a little nervous sending my younger guy because he never rode a bus before, and I was worried it would be a long day for him. He had the time of his life and loved going to camp! And he had rest time! The bus was staffed with great counselors, and he was so impressed they gave him water with ice on the bus. 😃They both talked about their counselors, who sounded like kind, fun, and professional people. The pride of bringing home a camper of the day or camper of the week certificate was so nice to see !! Shoutout to Allison, Gwen, Jack, and many more! Thank you for running such a special place - we will see you next year! Parent of a 9 & 5-year-old”