We can’t wait for a safe, strong summer for your children in 2022.

While the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Summer Day Camp will look a bit different from years past, you can count on the same safe, high-quality, fun-filled camp that you’ve come to know and trust. And, we’ll continue to adapt programming and protocols to go above and beyond in keeping your child safe.


On the surface, summer day camp is a fun getaway for kids to help fill the time during summer break. But on a deeper level, it’s so much more. Summer camp is a supportive, creative, nurturing environment where kids will grow physically and emotionally, improving self-esteem. Kids also make new friends. Almost every camper says that camp helped them make friends and camp helped them get to know kids who were different from themselves. Campers bond through fun activities and challenges, helping them make memories that will last a lifetime.

At Y Day Camp, kids will learn new skills by being exposed to new situations and engaging curriculum. With new challenges, comes less screen time! Many parents struggle in the summer with getting their children off of computers and outside to play. Y camps are the perfect solution to this problem. Too much screen time can lead to boredom, sleep issues, eyesight difficulties, and a sedentary summer – not at the Y! We’ll have your kiddo up, moving and grooving each and every day.

Questions: daycamp@ymcapgh.org or 412-573-4166


There’s sure to be a YMCA Summer Camp location near you!

Offered at locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area, our camps place special emphasis on youth choice, achievement, and a sense of belonging. Activities may include sports and outdoor games, creative and performing arts, archery, engineering, and nature exploration.

Through local programs, the Y is able to provide nutritious meals and snacks to help children stay healthy and active throughout the day at camp.

“It gave my daughter a chance to have something to look forward to in the summer. Day camp offered an experience that challenged her creative thinking and allowed her to build friendships. I felt that she was in a safe and friendly environment while I was working during the day.”



2022 SUMMER DAY CAMP THEMES - Dates May Vary

June 6-10 Planet Ooey Gooey

Bust out your old t-shirt because this week we are going to get messy! No activity is too grand or too dirty when you are on Planey Ooey Gooey. Get ready to make your own galactic slime, play messy twists on your favorite games, and explode volcanoes as we have our MESSIEST. WEEK. EVER!

June 13th-17th Second Star to the Right and Straight on to a Pirate Planet!

Captain YoYo Yeti will lead this mission where we will land right in the middle of a sunken pirate ship on the newfound planet of Ahoy Ye Matey!  You will become an honorary Pirate this week as you take the talk like a pirate pledge, make a sunken treasure pirate bottle, and conquer the cannonball toss. The entire camp will become true pirates as we wear our favorite pirate gear for a swashbuckling, shiver me timbers week of fun!

June 20th-24th Mission Steel Planet 20.22:  Here We Go Pittsburgh, Here We Go! 

We are blasting off and landing right at the merging point of the 3 Rivers!  Get your throwing arm warmed up as you pass for a touchdown at Heinz Field, or hit the winning home run at PNC Park!  We will explore all things sports and Pittsburgh-related during this Black and Gold Mission.  You will design your own terrible towel, and use it to cheer on your team during the Great Pittsburgh Perogi Race Relay, and don't forget we will wear our favorite Pittsburgh or local school gear one day!

June 27th-July 1st Mission to the Way, Way, Back Planet!

Great Scott! Hop in our time machine spaceship and travel back in time to explore groovy and wild times of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s! We will go back to the Renaissance Era, and even make a stop in the Wild, Wild, West with the best gold rush scavenger hunt this side of the Mississippi.  We will peace out with a cool peace sign craft and rock our way through the decades with a decades dance party, we can't wait to see your grooviest outfit.

July 5th-8th Exploration of Holidays Throughout the Universe

We have landed on the planet of Celebration, where they party like it is 1999!  How many holidays can we celebrate in one week?  We will celebrate everyone's birthday with a camp-wide birthday party including making our own pinata's, we will play the ever so popular Reindeer Antlers Game, and we will wear our best Halloween costumes as we help to find Yo-Yo the Yeti, who's lost on the planet of Celebrate during the Monster Mash costume parade around camp.

July 11th-15th Game On - Space Invaders to Mario Land

Pokemon, Minecraft, and Mario, oh my!  Join us as we land on the most pixelated planet that we have found yet.  We will explore video games of the past and present, and even design the future of video games.  We will fold our way into Pikachu origami, play a real-life Angry Birds game, and announce the winner of the 2022 Parent's and Kids Choice Awards of best video games of all time. This week will be full of action-packed games, no plug required.

July 18th-22nd Survivor Planet

We have just landed on the Survivor Planet.  See if you can survive with your fellow campers and find your way to the long-lost treasure of the Alien Yeti.  You will create a survival paracord bracelet, compete against other day camps to see who will win the most points in the Race for the Yeti idol, you will even be able to earn points at home with help from your family and friends. Do you have what it takes to survive?

July 25th-29th Creepy Crawly Aliens from Other Planets or Not?

Explore the wide world of animals during this creepy, crawly creatures week! Learn about venomous animals, slimy critters, and even the creatures that live right in our own back yards. Research your favorite animal to prepare for animal charades, play bug tag, and build the perfect habitat for a creature!

August 1st-5th International Superhero Academy

You have landed at the International Space Station, just as a mysterious package arrives from YoYo the Yeti. He's missing and needs your help. Create a superhero name, make a superhero cape or mask, and establish your superhero BASE camp as you jump from planet to planet with your fellow superheroes to solve the mystery before it's too late.  Will you be able to save YoYo the Yeti?

August 8th-12th Exploration of Wizarding Worlds

Welcome to the Wizarding Planet of 9 3/4.  Jump into the magical world of creatures, wands, broomsticks, and more! During Wizard School, you will make your own magic wand, attend potion classes, learn how to play Quidditch, and write your own spell at home. This magical week is one that you're sure not to forget, well, unless... OBLIVIATE!

August 15th-19th 10,000 Universes Under the Sea

Bring your waterproof uniform as we explore all things wet and wild!  Dive through our water obstacle course, explore underwater aliens designed by you, no matter what there will be tons of water everywhere. Don't miss out on the fun.




  • At the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh we are maintaining aggressive cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout our facilities.
  • We are adhering to social distancing guidelines and have adjusted our facilities to ensure social distancing is possible at all times.
  • We are providing readily available hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations.
  • We are training all our employees on the policies and procedures we have implemented to create the safest experience possible. 
  • We are requiring masks and using personal protective equipment.
  • We are available to speak with you directly about any questions or concerns.
  • We will continue to provide a welcoming and inclusive community, now enhanced with new safety protocols and procedures.

A parent/guardian must complete this form with you if you are under 18 years old. Submissions are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, April 2nd, 2021. Contact daycamp@ymcapgh.org if you prefer to deliver/mail your logo instead of uploading it here. This logo will be part of our READING@CAMP program this summer.