YMCA Camp Kitaki



Length of Program: 
One Week

This is where the adventure and magic begins for so many of our campers. Special cabins, special activities, a more structured schedule and a closer camper/counselor relationship make this week just right for younger campers. Our Discoverer Camp counselors are specially trained and skilled for this age group. Favorite activities include special swim times, horseback rides, and Kitaki's adventure trails Jungleland and The Adventure.

Fee:  (Why Three Prices?)

2021 Rates

Tier A:  $630
Tier B:  $590                                                          
Tier C:  $550 (Financial Assistance is calculated off this tier - Apply Here!)


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  • Discoverer Camp Clubs - Discoverer's have their own version of clubs. These clubs are tailored to fit the age groups' interest and scheduled to allow for campers to have freedom within a structured environment. The campers are presented 3-4 choices and then come back together for a second round of choices.
  • Fort Pawnee - This area of camp is a specially designed natural play area complete with replica western fort. Designed with this age group in mind, the area will allow kids a very accessible way to enjoy nature and have fun in the natural environment
  • Discoverer Campers get a good overview of the traditional camp activities as well. Visit our Summer Activities Page for more information.

Each of our programs are designed with specific goals and outcomes in mind.  These goals are used to determine which activities should be part of the experience.  As a part of Discoverers Camp:

Discoverer campers will…
1) receive the support and assistance needed to make positive choices.
2) feel like they are a part of the camp community.
3) connect with a wide range of positive role models.
4) be given the opportunity to practice being independent.

The Schedule
The Schedule

Discoverer Campers experience all of the magic Kitaki has to offer at a slower pace designed to allow for increased connection to the counselors and more time to rest after a day filled with adventures that spark their imagination and encourage them to explore the world around them.  Discoverer Campers spend all day with the same cabin group with counselors specially trained to help them make new friends and feel comfortable being away from home. For more information on the schedule click the link above to go to our "A Day at Kitaki" page.

Counselors and SK's
Counselors and SK's

One special part of the Discoverers program is a very structured staffing approach, which allows the same staff to work closely with the kids throughout the day.  Each cabin group will have their cabin counselor as well as a SK counselor in training who will spend their day creating memories with kids in the Discoverers Program.  In addition, the Discoverers unit is kept smaller to ensure even more staff, such as the Discoverers Unit Director, can be on hand to help the campers adjust to camp and feel supported and cared for. 


Discoverer Campers stay in the air-conditioned camper cabins located nearest to the Dining Hall and main camp area. Each cabin has a bathroom located inside, 15 beds in a generous space, and an attached porch. Each cabin will house 10 kids, 2 staff and a teen volunteer.


Please check online registration for availability.

2020 SessionsSuspended - Learn More

2021 Sessions:

  • 1: June 6-12
  • 2: June 13-19
  • 3: June 20-26
  • 4: June 27-July 3
  • 5: July 4-10
  • 6: July 11-17
  • 7: July 18-24
  • 8: July 25-31
  • 9: August 1-7
  • 10: August 8-14

Learn more about Kitaki

Learn more about Kitaki
Learn more about Kitaki

A Day At KitakiActivities

View Other Summer Camp Programs

View Other Summer Camp Programs
View Other Summer Camp Programs

Age: 10-17
Spend 1/2 the day taking care of and riding a horse!

Age: 13-15
Trailblazers Camp focuses on individual challenge and growth.

Age 7-9
1/2 week program to try camp out for our youngest campers.

Age: 15-17
This capstone experience includes a trip to our camp in northern Minnesota.

Age: 13-17
Canoe the Niobrara river near Valentine, NE!

Age: 11-13
Adventure is out there!

Every kid deserves to go to camp.  For help ensuring the kid you care about gets to go, visit here.