YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow


Rookie Camp (Starter Camp) 6-8 years old



Rookie Camp (also known as Starter Camp) is designed for campers 6 to 8 years old. These campers attend camp for three days and two nights, and will get an introduction into camp life, activities and traditions. Campers live with two same-gender counselors in air conditioned cabins, which have sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities. We only take 8 of each gender, so the groups are small.  This allows for our Rookie campers to not get lost in the crowd as they play, learn about camp and gain self confidence. It is a great time for your little one!  

The Experience

Rookie Camper smiling  Rookie Campers boating

All Rookie Camp sessions now share the same theme as the Traditional Camp week.  We will also decorate the cabin and the campers will play a game related to the festive, fun theme.  

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by CFA staff, who will assist you in dropping luggage off and parking. Then, you will make your way to Strong Hall for check-in.  After check in, you may help your child move into the cabin, meet the counselors and —once they are settled— say "See you soon!" to your camper.  Then they can begin their journey through camp!

During their stay at camp, the kids will participate in almost every camp activity, with the exception of high ropes and independent horseback riding. (Each camper will have a chance to ride a horse with the assistance of a leader.)  We divide the group into two mixed-gender groups and move around camp, getting a feel for activities such as archery, crafts, rope swing, canoeing and the ever-popular river slide.  The campers also spend time in free swim and have afternoon snacks.  The last night is completed with a campfire, skits, songs and s'mores. 

On closing day, you will arrive and collect your child's luggage, then wait in Strong Hall for the kids.  The campers march in and we present them with character beads. Finally, we watch a brief a slide show of photos from the session, and have a meet and greet time with the staff.   






YMCA Mission

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs
that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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