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Summer camp sign in chalk with kids of all ages standing behind it
It's almost summertime in St Joseph! Now is the time to start thinking about the City of St Joseph Summer Recreation Program.  The City of St Joseph has partnered with the Benton Harbor-St Joseph YMCA to provide summer recreation opportunities for your children.  Campers will play indoor and outdoor sports, games, arts and crafts and much more! Camp is held at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena, 2414 Willa Dr.  Campers need to bring a lunch!

Please note due to capacity limitations, campers must register per week this year.  The entire summer is not an option.  Registration will open for City of St Joseph residents in mid-April and for non-residents in early May.   

You will need to upload the Child Information Record and the Summer Recreation Admission Agreement before you complete your registration.  The forms are below if you would like to have them pre-filled before registering.  These are licensing required documents and must be completed.  Please call 269-985-0326 if you need assistance with registration. 

Weekly Themes
Please note that camps are currently at capacity except the week of July 12th. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call 269-985-0326.


June 14 - 18 Aloha Summer
Greet the summer with some island fun, participate in some limbo fun, tug of war, wacky relay games and enjoy making some Hawaiian Leis and Tiki torches while learning Hawaiian history.

June 21 - 25 Engineer for Fun
Explore your engineering potential along with your creativity through various STEM based challenges this week. You'll enjoy paper airplane cargo challenges, many Lego construction creation challenges, bridge building, structure designs and much more.

June 28 - July 2 Stars and Stripes
Celebrate America during this red, white and blue packed week of fun! Campers will enjoy Olympic-inspired activities and historical discoveries while learning about he USA. Activities include capture the flag, giant chalk map of the USA and patriotic themed crafts!

July 5 - 9 Messy Kids
Get ready for a week of icky, sticky, silly stuff that you can create and play with! Slimy slip and slide, messy twister, and sticky crafts are sure to be a great time. Come dressed to get dirty and bring extra clothes.

July 12 - 16 Sports Week
We will spend the week playing some of your favorite sports and displaying your spirit all over camp. Throw on your favorite team colors and create a team flag, play flag football, learn a new team cheer, play a game of soccer, kickball, frisbee golf and many more sport related games. ***FIELD TRIP if COVID restrictions are lifted: Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball Game (limited spots) Reservations for the baseball game will be through the YMCA for an additional fee. ***

July 19 - 23 Splashtacular
Splash and explore this "spectacular" wet week of camp while learning about the wonders of water and the creatures of the sea. Create your own splash painting, bottle waves, water balloon toss and get ready to be splashed!

July 26 - 30 Art of Summer
Let your imagination flow and discover your inner artist as you explore a variety of art mediums. Draw, paint, collage and more! We will work with a diverse collection of art and design media to create amazing pieces of art.

Things to Bring
  • Water Bottle
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Sweatshirt for chilly days
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Closed-toe shoes (No Sandals)
  • Swimsuit and Towel for Water Activities
  • Mask

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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