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Camps and Recreation

Recreational activities can play a strong protective factor in keeping children on a positive path.  Providing your child with engaging recreational activities can make a tremendous difference in their emotional adjustment and self-esteem. In addition, Recreation can play a pivotal role in the members of a family developing strong and positive relationship with one another.

In this section you will find articles on the therapeutic value of play and the importance of play and recreation in child development along with resources for finding the appropriate recreational opportunities to meet your child’s needs. 

  • Camp Catch-Up reunites separated siblings for a weekend of fun, adventure, and connection. While we can't put these sibling groups back together in the same home, we can give them a safe, exciting weekend together to share memories, laugh, and rekindle their bond with new traditions.

  • Summer camp is one of the highest positive-impact activities in which a child can participate. So much can happen in a week's time to improve that ever so fragile self-esteem that we all try to instill into our kids.

    We believe a summer camp experience is one of the very best investments you can make in your child and we look forward to seeing you at YMCA Camp Kitaki this summer.

  • Since 1967, Camp Luther of Nebraska has sought to provide kids of all ages and people of all walks of life with a Christ-centered experience in God's great outdoors. Whether you're a child or a child at heart, Camp Luther offers opportunities for fun, fellowship, faith growth, leadership, character-building, community, education, and adventure. We have events, retreats, camps, and volunteer opportunities for all ages, and our Lord and Savior Jesus is at the heart of all we do here.

  • Welcome to Camp Norwesca and Retreat Center. For over 60 years, Camp Norwesca has been providing summer camp programs for Nebraska youth under the direction and supervision of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. Church camping is a vital part of the ministry for the Great Plains Conference. Our camp has an enviable record as a well run camp, were campers have had a safe and happy camping experience. The influence it has on our children, youth, and adults will continue to increase as we continue to offer a quality Christian experience here at Camp Norwesca.

  • Camp Sonshine is committed to offering families the highest quality programs and a fun, faith-filled environment for campers to thrive in. Campers will be refreshed and experience tremendous personal growth as they tackle unique adventures, build life-long friendships and take on new team challenges.

  • Camp Summergold is a unique experience where girls explore science and arts learning, mixed with the campfires and swimming of a traditional summer camp. Trained mentors and educators build a safe, inclusive, supportive community, creating a place to share, laugh and grow.

    Lifelong friends and the joy of being a girl are celebrated.

  • Fun, healthy programs for children, adults, and caregivers to relax, connect with friends, and engage in constructive activities - all so necessary to living the best life possible. Easterseals Nebraska offers an Overnight Summer Camp as well as an Overnight Weekend Camp during the rest of the year for campers with any disability ages 5-100.

  • Camp Erin is a three-day, overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life, such as a parent, sibling, family member or friend.
    For dates, cost or other information pleases visit the Mourning Hope website.

  • Nebraska Youth Camp is a non-profit organization of Christians who joined together in the early 1960's to provide opportunities for young people to enjoy camping in a Christian setting. In 1965, the "Trail Junction" campsite, near Kearney, Nebraska, was acquired. The campsite is just north of Fort Kearny where the Oregon Trail, the Oxbow Trail, the Nebraska City Cut-Off and the Pony Express Trail came together.

  • Timberlake Ranch Camps is Christian camping at its best. Timberlake’s goal is to reach youth with the message of Jesus Christ through an experience in a Christian environment located in a natural setting. We provide a fun, Christ-centered environment where a child can feel safe and accepted. Our program is based on developing positive relationships, and your child is bound to meet new friends and have a blast. Come enjoy our Creator’s backyard with us!

  • Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they're about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it's fun too.

  • Our programs nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give all of us a chance to give back and provide support to our neighbors.Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a teacher or coach inspires a child and when a community comes together to help each other.

  • Our camps offer kids a fun, safe and engaging environment where they will find friends, a sense of belonging and accomplishment. And with a focus on closing that summer achievement gap, parents can rest easy knowing your child is learning every day! Your kid will be having too much fun to realize he's learning! With summer day camp, specialty camps, full and half day camps and even camps for preschoolers and teenagers, we have the perfect fit for your kid.

  • Welcome to the Hastings Y. We believe in the power of building community through youth development, promoting healthy living, and encouraging social responsibility. We recognize the power of working together, with people of every age and background, to make life better for everyone in and around Hastings, Nebraska.

  • Keep your kids healthy, active and safe all summer long in our variety of Summer Day Camp offerings.

  • The Y has become much more than a swim and a gym over the years and with that we have also increased the variety of sports that we offer from Archery to a British Soccer Camp in the summer (yes they come from Great Britain to teach your child – we wish they were here long enough we could pick up their accent)! We have a lot and a great variety for all kids! We do have two team sports – the swim team (Aquajets) and the gymnastics team (Flairs) – so check those out if you have a kid that flips for fun or swims like Micheal Phelps!

  • At the Y, we help kids develop more than just strong muscles. With programs like STEM Mondays, photography and other enrichment classes, we help kids minds grow along with their muscles.
    Serving Holdrege, Lexington & Gotthenburg.

  • The YMCA of York and York County is proud to offer a variety of day-long summer camps to help your child learn, grow and achieve all summer long! From archery to art, from swimming to science, your child is sure to create many lasting friendships and memories this summer with the YMCA of York.
    We believe that ALL people of all ages should have the opportunity to build a healthy spirit, mind and body, regardless of their income. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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