Summer Camp FAQ

Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about summer camp.

Costs, Discounts, & Registration


  • $200 per week for five days

South Butler

  • $200 per week for five days
  • $150 per week for three days (M, W, F)
  • $120 per week for two days (T, Th)

Please note: Due to staffing requirements, part time/partial camp days are only available as listed; no adjustments.

Karns City

  • $200 per week for five days

Yes, CCW Funding is accepted by our program at Butler and Karns City! We work hard to ensure that no child is turned away from camp for financial reasons. To fill out an application, click here! 

Payments are due the Friday before the week of care. If payments are not received by the Monday of care, a $20 late fee will be charged to your child's account per our Parent Handbook.

If you withdraw your child from camp, you will be charged a $20 withdrawal fee for every week the child was registered for.

Butler - Not at this time.


South Butler - Yes

  • 3-day rate is M/W/F only
  • 2-day rate is T/TH only

Karns City - Not at this time.

You can register via the website; please see main summer camp page for camp registration. Contact School Age Program Director, Christina Braden, at or 724.287.4733 x137 for more information.

Camp Activities, Schedules, and Food

Campers will participate in four daily activities (Games, Art, Music, and Environment) and enjoy exploring.

We will have special events throughout the summer. We also have three offsite field trips scheduled this year!

Yes! Our camp's focus is on social-emotional learning support and friendship skills. What does that mean? Our camp is designed to encourage character development and promote friendship building. Feeling like you belong is crucial to the success of youth and is a high focus throughout our daily lessons. 

Yes! Butler YMCA Campers will enjoy swimming every day either at ARMCO Park or the Butler Y pools. South Butler Campers will swim at Sebco Pool every day. Karns City Campers will swim at ARMCO Park every Thursday.

Our camp is designed to promote social-emotional and physical development. Our campers learn from our daily activities that are based off of our theme of the week! The campers will be having fun engaging in activities and they won’t even realize learning has taken place! 

Butler - Breakfast and PM snack are provided to campers. You must provide a healthy, packed lunch** for your child each day.

South Butler - PM Snack is provided to campers. You must provide a healthy, packed lunch for your child each day including drinks*.

Karns City - PM Snack is provided to campers. You must provide a healthy, packed lunch for your child each day including drinks*.


*Please note: We do not have running water at the pavilion, so please make sure your child has enough water to last throughout the day. 

**Please note: You must have a healthy NUT FREE lunch for your child each day!

  • Backpack
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Packed lunch
  • Towel
  • Water play shoes

We maintain ratios in accordance with state regulations: Younger school age 1:12 | Older school age 1:15.

Staff and Safety

The Y recruits mature and capable staff to work in our programs. We count on each of them to be a role model to our campers and to teach campers the Y’s core values—respect, responsibility, honesty and caring.

All camp staff members are carefully screened and selected based on:

  • Experience, skills, and abilities
  • Certifications and education
  • Character
  • Enthusiasm
  • Love of working with children

All Day Camp staff members attend a mandatory and comprehensive pre-camp training program, some of which includes CPR and first aid training, water safety, and fire safety. Most of our Day Camp staff work for the Y year-round in our Childcare Department.

Medications must be in the original prescribed container with the child’s name and dosage. Parents will fill out a medication form that will remain with the child’s counselor. All medications will stay with the child’s counselor in the grades’ camp backpack in a labeled baggy. All medication given will be signed off with dosage amount and time given with staff initials.

On extremely hot days, please send extra water. We will conduct activities under the pavilion to provide shade.

Butler - Day Camp will remain at ARMCO Park rain or shine! There is indoor space available there.

South Butler - Day Camp will remain outside rain or shine! The pavilion is covered on three sides to protect us from inclement weather. In the case of severe storms, we will seek shelter in SEBCO pool’s changing rooms or the bathrooms at the park.

Karns City - Day Campers will remain inside Karns City High School on rainy or extremely hot days.

We're so glad to hear that. You can make a difference in a child's life, make new friends, and create lifelong memories while working at the Y!

We are hiring for head counselors, counselors, and junior counselors. To apply, visit our employment page. 

Staff are required to clean high touch areas after use, such as including tables and chairs, restrooms, materials, and other frequently used spaces.  

Currently all adults are required to wear a face covering while indoors in designated child care spaces regardless of vaccination status.


Butler, South Butler & Karns City - Christina Braden, School Age Program Director; 287-4733 ext. 137

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