YMCA CAMP MINIKANI

action-packed summer

Our variety of Day Camps will ensure your child a summer that parallels your own fond memories playing outside as a kid. Through creative and engaging outdoor activities, your child will explore, play and socialize with their group in a safe environment made for kids. Your child’s counselors were once campers at Minikani, and they will help your camper navigate many fun and sometimes unfamiliar activities. Throughout these experiences, your child will be safe, supported and inspired by their counselor. In turn, the Day Camp experience will ask that they:

  • Be a kind member of their group
  • Follow a daily schedule and engage in group activities
  • Maneuver rustic, sometimes steep natural surroundings while supervised
  • Be reasonably responsible for personal care, health and safety
  • Participate in songs and cheers that build a strong sense of community
  • Contribute positively to the community of Minikani

Prepare for Day Camp

Traditional Day Camp

Ages 7-12

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our traditional day program is designed to introduce your camper to new friends and experiences that build their confidence. Throughout the week, your camper will set their own goals with the help of their counselor. On a day-to-day schedule, they will participate in skills of their choice and creative games and activities designed by their counselor. Day campers may participate in an optional sleepover on Wednesday, which is included in the program cost. Group ratio are comprised of two counselors to 8-10 campers.

Day Camp skill options include:
• Adventure Challenge – Rock wall & high ropes course
• Crafts – Arts and crafts
• Waterfront – Swimming and boating
• Gun & Run – BB rifles (8 years or older), air rifle (10 years or older), disc golf and archery
• Wilderness Skills Area – Fishing and nature
Day campers will be allowed to choose skills based on availability after overnight campers sign up, therefore we recommend Day Campers think of many skills they are interested in taking.

Pricing

Day Camp Bus Transportation

Bus Route

Location

Pick-Up

Drop-Off

A Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Ave, Wauwatosa 7:45am 5:15pm
B Bayshore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay 7:35am 5:25pm

DATES

Session 1A: June 17 – 21
Session 1B: June 24 – 28
Session 2A: July 8 – 12
Session 2B: July 15 – 19
Session 3A: July 22 – 26
Session 3B: July 29 – Aug. 2
Session 4A: Aug. 5 – 9
Session 4B: Aug. 12 – 16

Minicamp Day Camp

Ages 5-6

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minicampers participate in a variety of fun activities with their counselors such as arts and crafts, swimming, environmental education and outdoor exploration. Groups are comprised of 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratios, which allows our well-trained counselors to provide your children the right amount of attention and fun.

Pricing

Day Camp Bus Transportation

Bus Route

Location

Pick-Up

Drop-Off

A Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Ave, Wauwatosa 7:45am 5:15pm
B Bayshore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay 7:35am 5:25pm

DATES

Session 1A: June 17 – 21
Session 1B: June 24 – 28
Session 2A: July 8 – 12
Session 2B: July 15 – 19
Session 3A: July 22 – 26
Session 3B: July 29 – Aug. 2
Session 4A: Aug. 5 – 9
Session 4B: Aug. 12 – 16

Taking The Reins Equestrian Day Camp

Ages 7-11

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginner horseback riders learn the basics of riding and horsemanship. Campers are eased into the experience to ensure that they are fully prepared for safe riding. On the first day, campers are familiarized with their horse, group and Minikani facilities. For the remainder of the week, camper will learn how to ride as a group with their equestrian counselor. To provide a full camp experience, your child will also be able to participate in traditional activities such as swimming, crafts and archery. They may also participate in an optional sleepover on Wednesday night, which is included in the cost of the program. Group ratio are comprised of two counselors to 8-10 campers.

Pricing

Day Camp Bus Transportation

Bus Route

Location

Pick-Up

Drop-Off

A Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Ave, Wauwatosa 7:45am 5:15pm
B Bayshore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay 7:35am 5:25pm

DATES

Session 1A: June 17 – 21
Session 1B: June 24 – 28
Session 2A: July 8 – 12
Session 2B: July 15 – 19
Session 3A: July 22 – 26
Session 3B: July 29 – Aug. 2
Session 4A: Aug. 5 – 9
Session 4B: Aug. 12 – 16

Trailblazer Equestrian Day Camp

Ages 9-12

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trailblazers are intermediate riders who are comfortable independently in the posting trot for at least one lap around the ring. Campers improve riding skills through direct instruction by their equestrian counselor. A hands-on approach to horse care is also emphasized and practiced. This program is a hybrid between traditional camp activities, such as swimming and crafts, and equestrian instruction. Your child may also participate in an optional sleepover on Wednesday night, which is included in the cost of the program. Group ratio are comprised of two counselors to 8-10 campers.

Pricing

Day Camp Bus Transportation

Bus Route

Location

Pick-Up

Drop-Off

A Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Ave, Wauwatosa 7:45am 5:15pm
B Bayshore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay 7:35am 5:25pm

DATES

Session 2A: July 8 – 12
Session 2B: July 15 – 19
Session 3B: July 29 – Aug. 2

Young Equestrians Intermediate Day Camp

Ages 10-13

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This program is for the horse-loving camper who wants to spend most of their time with horses. In addition to riding each day, your child will build their knowledge of horse care and stable management. Campers also help in the barn and assist with teaching their near-peers. Young Equestrians have the option to cool off during the day with swims in the lake—sometimes even with the horses! They may also participate in an optional sleepover on Wednesday night, which is included in the cost of the program. Group ratio are comprised of two counselors to 8-10 campers.

Pricing

Day Camp Bus Transportation

Bus Route

Location

Pick-Up

Drop-Off

A Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Ave, Wauwatosa 7:45am 5:15pm
B Bayshore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay 7:35am 5:25pm

DATES

Session 4A: Aug. 5 – 9

Young Equestrians Advanced Day Camp

Ages 10-14

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This program is for advanced equestrian lovers who want to spend most of their time at the barn. Campers build their knowledge of the discipline through hands-on opportunities to care for horses, help in the barn and assist with lessons. Young Equestrians have the option to cool off during the day with swims in the lake—sometimes even with the horses! They may also participate in an optional sleepover on Wednesday night, which is included in the cost of the program. Group ratio are comprised of two counselors to 8-10 campers.

Pricing

Day Camp Bus Transportation

Bus Route

Location

Pick-Up

Drop-Off

A Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Ave, Wauwatosa 7:45am 5:15pm
B Bayshore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay 7:35am 5:25pm

DATES

Session 4B: Aug. 12 – 16

*Minikani offers text alerts when the buses are running behind schedule. Sign up for bus alerts by texting 81010 the corresponding code for your camper’s session and bus route: