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Traditional Summer Overnight Camp

One and Two Week Bandit Camp, Ages 7-9             Register Online   -  Register by Mail/Fax 
Two-Week Traditional Camp, Ages 10-14        


“Camp Jewell means a place where I can be myself. It’s a place I can be accepted. It’s a place where I can conquer my fears. It’s a place where I will be pushed out of my comfort zone. To me, Camp Jewell is home and I love it!” 2012 Summer Camper

Check out our 2014 Summer Camp Brochure!

One and Two Week Bandit Camp, Ages 7-9
Two-Week Traditional Camp, Ages 10-14
Registration
Open House & Personal Tours
Hold-Over Weekends

Our nationally known resident camp program provides youth, ages 7-16, with an opportunity to build meaningful and lifelong relationships with fellow campers and staff. Campers become part of a dynamic camp community that fosters independence, skill building, and imparts positive values.  Over the past few years, in a YMCA of the United States camp survey, Camp Jewell has been recognized as a national leader in the number of campers reporting to have made a new friend while at camp (over 99%). 

During their stay, your child will:
  • Make new friends and strengthen existing relationships
  • Be safe in all programs and activities 
  • Live our four primary character values; caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • Learn to appreciate and respect the natural world
  • Try a brand new activity and learn a new skill
We pride ourselves on the diversity and professionalism of our staff, who often represent over 20 states and 15 different countries. Our 180 well trained staff ensure that the needs of our 400+ campers are met. Our staff is carefully selected from our own Counselor-In-Training program and colleges from around the world based upon their maturity and ability to be a positive role model for your child. Each camper lives in a cabin with 7-10 fellow campers and two staff members. 
See facility pictures!   See a map!

Typical Camp Day
A typical camp day starts with wake-up around 7am, followed by flag raising and a non-denominational chapel service. After breakfast, campers head out to skill clinics that each has chosen. There are over thirty clinic options, including archery, horseback riding, mountain boarding, pottery, dance and guitar lessons, just to name a few!

Following lunch and a Siesta period, each cabin group has time at the waterfront for swimming or boating and another counselor lead activity. They might plan an overnight camp out, take a hike up Sunrise Mountain, tackle the high ropes course or challenge another cabin to a team sport.

Evenings are special times for larger group activities, including campfires, hobby nights, capture the flag, village activities, group games and professional entertainers. The camp day ends with a time for guided quiet reflection within the cabin group, followed by the playing of taps.



Summer Activity Clinics      See Pictures!
  • Archery
  • Basketball 
  • Frisbee
  • Soccer
  • Water Sports 
  • Volleyball
  • Aquatics
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Swim Lessons
  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Skills 
  • Farming
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Photography
  • Rocketry
  • Creative Arts
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Candlemaking
  • Drawing
  • Leathercraft
  • Newspaper
  • Painting
  • Performing Arts
  • Puppetry
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Guitar
  • Improv
  • Props/Make-Up
  • Horseback Riding ($100 fee for 5, 1-hour classes) - register here 
Cabin Assignments
Campers in traditional camp are assigned to cabin groups first by age and then by grade shortly before the session begins. Your camper may request one particular friend as a cabin mate.  Only one request per camper will be honored and only if requested by both campers. If too many campers who know each other are all placed in the same cabin, it is very difficult for campers who come alone to make new friends.  Please click here to read the cabin mate request policy. 
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One Week Bandit Camp (ages 7-9)                           $875-$1,075
Two Week Bandit Camp (ages 7-9)                          $1,585-$1,860


Geared specifically for our youngest campers, Bandit Camp provides an introduction and age appropriate experience for our campers age 7-9. Bandits have the opportunity to sample many different program areas as a cabin group, as well as choose two clinic periods each session. Our youngest campers also live closest to the main area of camp, have sufficient down time to rest, and spend much more time within their own village. Bandits are required to take swim lessons each clinic day.  Village Color: NAVY BLUE

Although part of our Traditional Camping Program, Bandit Camp has it's own registration process, rates and dates. Campers may be registered for back-to-back sessions by taking advantage of our Holdover Weekend Program.

Registration Information
The fee for a session of Bandit Camp ranges from $875 to $1,860. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation.   Financial assistance is available. 

Program Dates for 2014

Session 1A June 22-June 28
Session 1B June 29- July 5
Session 2   July 6-19
Session 3  July 20-August 2

Session 4  August 3-16

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-412-2267 or contact Craig Dawson, Summer Camp Director, at craig.dawson@ghymca.org.
 

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Two-Week Traditional Camp (ages 10-14)                              $1,585-$1,860
Within the camp, cabin groups are clustered together into villages by age and gender. Village assignments are made by age, grade and gender a few days before the session begins.  Each village has its own programs, activities, colors, and traditions. Villages are designed to challenge campers as they return from year to year. All age ranges listed in the village descriptions below are approximate and can change from session to session. Villages are assigned solely by the camp director.

Nit Nois Village Girls (ages 10-12) 
In the Nit Nois Village, campers are able to choose six clinic periods per session. Nit Nois campers may also participate in more advanced clinics such as mountain biking, climbing, dance, drama, guitar, kayaking, photography, advanced pottery, sailing, and water sports. Nit Nois also enjoy activities with their brother village, the Argonauts.  Village Color: PINK 
 
Argonauts Village Boys (ages 10-12) 
In the Argonauts Village, campers are able to choose six clinic periods per session. Argonauts may also participate in more advanced clinics such as mountain biking, climbing, dance, drama, guitar, kayaking, photography, advanced pottery, sailing, and water sports. Argonauts also enjoy activities with their sister village, the Nit Nois.  Village Color: RED 

Utopians Village Girls (ages 12-14) 
Utopian campers enjoy all of the activities of the Nit Nois campers, with the addition of mountain boarding, high ropes, and capture the flag. Utopians also enjoy a special program called “Eopia,” which is a daily program shared with the Ewok village.  Village Color: YELLOW 

Ewoks Village Boys (ages 12-14)
Ewok campers enjoy all of the activities of the Argonaut campers, with the addition of mountain boarding, high ropes, and capture the flag. Ewoks also enjoy a special program called “Eopia,” which is a daily program shared with the Utopian village.  Village Color: GOLD 

Senior Village Coed (ages 13-14)
An honor bestowed on the oldest campers at main camp, Senior campers spend their first week at camp participating in camp clinics and programs.  During their second week, however, seniors embark on a four day adventure trip experience. Campers choose from backpacking, mountain biking, or canoeing trips, once they arrive at camp. Trips are designed to be at an introductory level and staff spends time daily teaching skills prior to departure.  Senior campers are selected shortly ahead of time by the camp director and parents are notified before the session begins.  Village Color: GREEN

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-412-2267 or contact Craig Dawson, Summer Camp Director, at craig.dawson@ghymca.org.

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Registration Information 2014                                                          
Camp Jewell fills up every summer. Please be sure to register early.  The fee for a two-week session ranges from $1545 to $1795. Financial assistance is available.   A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Program Dates for 2014

Session 1 June 22-July 5
Session 2 July 6-19
Session 3 July 20-August 2
Session 4 August 3-16

Click here to register online
Click here to download a printable registration form

Important Questions & Downloads
What is your cabin mate request policy?
What should my child bring to camp?
How are the facilities and cabins situated at camp?  Click here for a map.
How can I, as a parent, help prevent homesickness?  How is it handled at camp?
What type of health form does my child need in order to attend camp?

Do you have questions about such things as medication distribution, allergies, check-in, insurance and the trading post?       Please refer to our Parent's Guide by clicking here.

If you are considering sending your child to two or more consecutive sessions, please c
lick here for information on our Hold-Over Weekends.
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Open House & Personal Tours
Trying to decide if Camp Jewell is right for your child? Is this your child’s first overnight experience at a summer camp? To ease any concerns that you or your child might have, Camp Jewell hosts an open house at camp three times during the year. At our open house you can ask staff questions, tour the facility, view the summer menu, and watch a slide show presentation. A few activity areas are also open for fun! Reservations are not required.  

Open House dates for 2014:
February 9, 2014 from 2-4pm
April 13, 2014 from 2-4pm
May 4, 2014 from 2-4pm
June 1, 2014 from 2-4pm


If the Open House dates don't work for you, please call the camp office to schedule a tour with the Camp Director at your convenience. 

For additional information, or to schedule a tour, please contact Craig Dawson, Summer Camp Director, at 1-888-412-2267 or craig.dawson@ghymca.org
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Hold-Over Weekends
Several of our campers choose to attend more than one session each summer. When those chosen sessions are “back-to-back,” campers have the opportunity to enjoy Camp Jewell’s hold-over program. Hold-over runs from 11:30am on Check-out Saturday until lunch on Check-in Sunday.

Our hold-over program is more than just waiting around for the next camp session to start. In addition to getting the entire camp to themselves, hold-over campers get to enjoy activities normally reserved for different programs and age groups. Campers have the opportunity to climb Mt. Meggido, normally reserved for teens! Swimming, games, movies, and arts and crafts round out the fun. Plus, hold-over campers get to move into their cabins first and have all of their laundry washed. Adequate time is set aside, however, for the campers to just rest and relax.

Of course, parents are welcome to check-out their children during the hold-over weekend. Simply call ahead and indicate a pick-up time. We will insure your child will be ready to go and enjoy a dinner, movie, or activity with the family. If parents would like to stay overnight in the local area, there are several hotels and attractions available. For a full list of lodging and activity options, please click here.

Hold-over Weekend Dates for 2014
June 28-29
July 5-6
July 12-13
July 19-20
August 2-3
August 9-10


Register online or download a printable camper registration form If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-412-2267 or contact Craig Dawson, Summer Camp Director, at craig.dawson@ghymca.org.