Registration for Summer Camp 2022

Members: Monday, February 28, 2022
Non-Members: Thursday, March 3, 2022

The Early Bird

Sign up for summer camp before April 30th and get a $10 discount per registered session. Registration for YMCA Summer Camp begins February 28, 2022 for current YMCA Members. Registration for Non-Members is March 3, 2022.


Submit a $25 non-refundable deposit toward your camp session to hold your child’s spot. Don’t wait, spots fill up!

Lunch is

We participate in the District 77 Food Service Program. This means, we provide lunch for Youth Camp attendees this summer. Look for the red apple next to your camp.

Hooray for not packing a lunch!

2022 Changes

There will be no Camp Fundraiser for Summer 2022. School-age extended care will be offered this summer from 4:30-5:30pm. Pre-registration is required. Preschool will still offer extended care; please view Preschool Camp brochure for details.


Those who wish to withdraw their registration for a camp must do so no later than two (2) full weeks before camp is scheduled to start. No refunds will be given after the two (2) week policy prior to the start of camp. If you are registered for a program and you cancel your membership, you will be billed for the non-member rate of the program.

If your child cannot attend camp for a period of time paid, you may submit a request for credit along with documentation to the Director of Youth Development. Credits can be used for camp or other programs throughout the year. All requests should be made no later than 2 full weeks before the start of the session and will be granted under the discretion of the Director of Youth Development.

Preschool/Kindergarten Prep Camp Director:
Denise Harpestad

Director of Youth Development:
Karri Olmanson

Youth Activities/School-Age Camp Director: 
Dustin Slaughter

Sports & Recreation Director: 
Anna Lieske

Chesley Skate Camp Director: 
Nicole Rieger

Payment and Registration

What does a camp deposit do?
A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required for each week your camper plans to attend. This deposit will be deducted from the overall weekly fee and secures your spot unless the remaining balance is not received by the 15th of the month prior to attending.

When is payment for camp due?
Full camp payment is due on the 15th of the month prior to the month of camp. For example, if your camper is signed up for camp(s) in June, full payment of all June camps would be due May 15th.

Can I pay my camp balance online?
Yes, click the “Register” icon at the top of the website homepage. Click “log in / register online”. On the left side you will see “My Programs and Balances”.

Does the Mankato Family YMCA offer financial assistance?
We do offer financial assistance for those in need. Contact our Director Karri Olmanson at for more information.

United Way’s Connecting Kids also offers additional scholarship assistance. For more information, visit their website.

Planning For School Age Camp

(Preschool Camp informational letter provided at time of registration. For more info, contact Denise Harpestad.) 

What are the qualifications of your camp counselors?
Our counselors are trained in CPR, First Aid, child abuse prevention, bloodborne pathogens, emergency procedures, water safety, and our camp curriculum including songs and games that incorporate values and education. All counselors must pass a background check prior to employment.

How do I stay informed about camp?
We have a camp Facebook page called Mankato Family YMCA Camps (@YMCAMankatoCamps) for promotional purposes and the REMIND app for updates.

What should my camper bring everyday?
Campers should come to camp dressed in clothes they can easily move around in, closed toe shoes, a water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel, and a book.

May campers bring toys and similar items from home to camp?
Children are not allowed to bring toys and electronic devices including cell phones from home. The YMCA is not responsible for any item that is broken, lost, or stolen during camp.

Does my camper need to bring lunch/snacks to camp?
The Mankato Family YMCA utilizes the School Food Program through district 77. Campers will be provided a hot lunch. If your camper does not want to participate in this program they will need to bring a cold lunch from home. The YMCA also provides an afternoon snack to all campers. Equestrian Campers and Chesley Skatepark campers must bring their lunch. Please note: refrigerators and microwaves are not available for campers use.

What if my camper has food allergies?
If your camper has food allergies make sure to note that on the student’s health form. The YMCA will provide snack options for you camper to accommodate their dietary need.

At Camp

What should I do if my camper will be absent or late?
Please communicate with camp staff via REMIND.

What if my camper loses an item while at camp?
To minimize the chance of misplaced clothing and other items, please label all clothing and other property clearly. We are not responsible for lost or missing items. There will be a lost and found container at the sign-out station for all misplaced items each day.

What happens if my camper is sick or gets hurt?
Parents will be notified by camp personnel if their child has not been feeling well for a period of time and does not seem to be getting any better. Moderate injuries will also be communicated to the parent once proper first aid has taken place. In the case of a severe injury needing professional medical attention, the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately.

If a camper is showing symptoms of COVID-19, they will be sent home immediately and will not be permitted until 24 hrs after symptoms were present.

What is the procedure for bad weather?
At the first sign of inclement weather during our outdoor activities, campers will be brought indoors or to the nearest shelter until it is safe to return to the scheduled camp activity. The Camp Administration will send out communication if there is an emergency.

Am I allowed to visit my camper at camp?
Visiting your camper is not recommended during the camp day. If you feel a visit is necessary contact the Camp Director to schedule a day and time.

What are the camp dismissal procedures?
Camp Dismissal occurs at Door A. Parents/guardians are expected to use REMIND to notify Camp staff prior to their arrival, this allows campers to collect belongings and prepare for their departure. A photo ID is required to pick up your camper. If someone other than the parent/guardian plans on picking up your camper(s), that person must be listed on the parent-camper health/information form.

What if my child will need medications at camp?
If your camper brings medications to camp including over the counter medications, it must be in the original container with the original label with their name. Do not pack medications into the camper’s luggage or backpack. Medications must be turned into the Camp Staff upon Check In.