Overnight Camps

Overnight Camps

We offer eight sessions of overnight camp. View our Parent Handbook for packing lists, check-in and checkout procedures and required information.

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Camp Programs and Rates

We have a voluntary three-tier fee program. You may choose the rate most suited for your family. This program is voluntary and in no way influences the experience children receive. There are no questions asked and no documentation needed. Additional financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Rate 1 reflects the actual operating cost of camp while Rate 2 and 3 are subsidized.

Pioneer "Pio" Unit | Entering Grades 2–4

A great introduction to the overnight camp experience. Living in single gender cabins in a mixed gender village, “Pio” campers get a taste of what camp has to offer including an overnight camp-out under the stars, horse corral rides, and much more.

Pioneer Mini Camps are Available Session 3—3A & 3B—and Session 7—7A & 7B. Overnight camp-out not included in 3B or 7B.

Program Rates

Rate 1: $815
Rate 2: $765
Rate 3: $715


Explorer “Expo” Unit | Entering Grades 5–6

“Expo” campers experience all the camp activities of the Pioneer camp and more, such as a horse trail rides and an inner tube float down the Sandy River. While living in the one of a kind Rotary ‘Hobbit’ Village, Campers build positive friendships and practice teamwork.

Program Rates

Rate 1: $815
Rate 2: $765
Rate 3: $715


Questor Unit | Entering Grades 7–9

Questors are the oldest of the week-long resident campers, and focus on skills such as role modeling, making positive choices and taking personal responsibility. Living in the extraordinary Treetops Village, campers engage in a team building day with their cabin mates on the challenge course, develop skills through their specialty, and enjoy traditional camp activities.

Questor Specialty

Questors choose a program area of focus for the week called "specialty". Questors spend 2-3 hours a day in their specialty and the remainder of the week enjoy traditional camp activities. We do our best to assign each Questor their first or second choice specialty.

Questor Specialty Choices


Campers learn basic lifeguard skills, raft down the Sandy River and enjoy a variety of pool activities. Aquatic specialty campers should have basic swimming skills and feel comfortable in the water (offered all sessions).

Challenge Course

Campers expand their knowledge of challenge course elements through learning basic knot tying, facilitation and belaying from certified staff. Team building, creativity, confidence and adaptability are among the skills practiced.

Horseback Riding

Campers learn basic Western riding skills, tack, grooming and other related equestrian skills. Horse specialty campers explore a variety of trails on camp.


Sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8 only. 

Campers learn the basics in range safety as well as parts of the bow and arrow. They will participate in our new archery challenge course trail and work towards becoming a proficient archer. Campers will learn to make their very own arrow and bow string.

Performing Arts

Sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7 only. 

Campers will be introduced to the performing arts through acting techniques, improvisation games and other skills all culminating in a short performance at our Friday night campfire.

Mountain Biking

Sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7 only. 

Campers learn basic riding skills, maintenance and bike safety. Led by qualified staff, biking specialty campers explore the trails of Oxbow Regional Park and enjoy a long trail ride off camp. Bikes and helmets are provided.

Wilderness Living Skills

Sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8 only. 

Campers will learn fire-building, orienteering and shelter building using the natural environment of Camp Collins. Other practices that may be explored include Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, horticulture and sustainable living.

Program Rates

Rate 1: $835
Rate 2: $785
Rate 3: $735


Teen Camps | Entering Grades 9–11

Designed for teenagers who want to get outdoors, make new friends and participate in activities that challenge them in a variety of different ways. Teen Camp intentionally puts a strong emphasis on self-discovery, personal growth, teamwork, personal responsibility and positive communication. 

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CIT (Counselors in Training) Sessions | Entering Grades 11–12

CITs are mature campers interested in becoming future camp counselors. This two-week or three-week program will be spent working together with experienced camp staff to learn the necessary aspects of camp counseling and youth development with an emphasis in understanding children, diversity, leadership skills and the YMCA core values of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service.

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Theme Weeks

Session 1 | June 23–29 | Harry Potter

You have been chosen to enter the wizard world of Harry Potter. Experience the magic here at Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry at the YMCA Camp Collins Campus. Find your perfect wand, go face to face in a wizard duel, visit herbology, and practice your skills on the quidditch pitch.


Session 2 | June 30–July 6 | Allidays

It's time to celebrate at YMCA Camp Collins, celebrate all the Holidays that is. Come enjoy a week chock-full of your favorite traditions. Attend a fall festival, eat a Thanksgiving meal, hand out Valentines and watch 4th of July fireworks!  


Session 3 | July 7–13 | Color Wars

Red vs Green vs Yellow vs Blue: This isn't your grandmother's cross stitch, this is COLOR WARS! Camp will be unified no more, but divided among a color pact that runs thicker than mud. Competitions will be held, winners will be declared, and fun will be had by all. 


Session 4 | July 14–20 | Super Hero University

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, its Super Hero week at YMCA Camp Collins! Channel your super strength on the rock wall. Fly down the zip line. Or focus your mind on our archery targets. Whether your an Avenger or part of the Justice League, this week will be a Hulk Smashing good time. 


Session 5 | July 21–27 | Jurassic Adventure

Join the YMCA Camp Collins Paleontology team as we welcome back dinosaurs to camp. Will they be the like the Good Dinosaur or like Jurassic World? Thankfully we've got some of the best dinosaur experts at camp, the only thing missing is you! 


Session 6 | July 28–Aug. 3 | Wild, Wild West

Saddle up your horses, we've a a trail to blaze down at YMCA Camp Collins. Sleep under the stars with your best buckaroos as you think about all the gold folks are rushing over to camp for. Learn to line dance, quick draw and lasso during this wild week of camp. 


Session 7 | Aug. 4–10 | Star Wars

In a galaxy far, far away...Experience the Epic Space Adventure during this exciting week of camp. Meet some of your favorite characters and live the adventure during campfire, the talent show and even meals! Travel to the second moon of Endor and help to build an Ewok Village, learn and practice the Jedi code, and find out if you have what it takes to be a Jedi Master. 


Session 8 | Aug. 11–17 | Time Travel

Where are we? This doesn't look like the YMCA Camp Collins I know. After getting a better look around, you might start to think a better question would have been: When is it? Join us as camp makes stops through time all week. You might wake up thinking, "What year is it today?"


Required Documents

Please complete these necessary forms and bring them with you to camp check in. 

Medical History Form

Medication Authorization Form

Letter to Counselor

Overnight Photo ID Form

Commitment and Cancellation Agreement

In order to register for a program at Camp Collins both the Camper and the Parent/Guardian must read, agree to, and sign our Commitment and Cancellation Agreements. Below you will find the Camper and Parent/Guardian Agreements for our various programs. These agreements are listed on the Registration Forms of all programs.

Parent/Guardian Commitment and Cancellation Agreement

I understand it is the camper’s responsibility to participate in the whole camp program, including work, play, values sharing and living together. I have discussed with my camper that he or she may not possess or use tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, weapons of any kind, or non-prescription drugs while at camp. He or she will do his or her best to follow instructions, remain in designated areas and keep others and themselves safe. As well as do his or her best to make this a good experience for fellow campers and themselves. I understand that failure to live up to this promise might result in my camper’s dismissal from camp without a refund of fees.

Camp registration and cabin placement is on a first come-first serve basis and placement in a cabin is not guaranteed. Camp Collins strives to provide a camp opportunity to as many campers as possible and in so doing Explorer or Questor campers may be placed in one of our overflow yurts based on latest registration date (Please see Handbook for greater detail).

Included here is the required $50 deposit; I understand that the deposit is nonrefundable. I agree to pay the remaining balance of the camp fee in full no later than June 3, 2019. A space will not be held past June 3rd without full payment. If I register after June 3, 2019 I understand that payment in full is required to complete my camper’s registration. I understand that after June 3rd, 50% of the total camp fee is refundable three weeks prior to the start of my child’s session. Transferring my child to another session of camp is allowed provided space is available and a written request is received at least three weeks prior to the start of their original session. I understand that no refunds are given if a child leaves camp early for any reason, drops within three weeks of their session start date, or does not show up on the first day of camp.


We are excited to announce the launch of our new overnight teen camp, YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods. The new program is an outdoor adventure camp that will include backpacking, orienteering and outdoor living skills. YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods is located on Mt. Hood in Government Camp near Trillium Lake.

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