YMCA Camp Kitaki

Teen Outdoor Explore Days

Teen Outdoor Explore Days

Length of Program: 
1 Day

Fee: $60 per day for Teen Outdoor Explore Days

Teens have a unique set of social needs, and we recognize that it has been extra difficult for them to safely meet these social needs at this time. We also know that our teens, many of whom have attended Kitaki for years, are really missing camp right now. That's why we are so excited to be able to offer Teen Outdoor Explore Days! 

Camp Kitaki's Teen Outdoor Explore days will bring together 13-15 year old participants for unique and higher level programming.  These days will encorporate choice based programming to meet our teens' needs for autonomy and help them explore their individual passions. Choices such as screen printing, wood carving, geocaching, hatchet throwing, and more will be offered, along with other classic camp activities. 

Safety:  As always, safety is our number one concern here at Kitaki. Here are a few of our protocols designed to limit the risk of exposure to our participants and staff:

  • All campers should bring a mask so that they can be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.  More information on masks is provided below.
  • Groups will spend time almost exclusively outdoors. 
  • Limited overall number of campers, and campers will be grouped into coed activity groups of 10 campers or less.
  • Each group and their corresponding staff will be treated as a distinct cohort to minimize possibility of exposure between groups.
  • Sanitation of program equipment before and after each individual use.  
  • Health screening during check in.

Days and Times:  Teen Outdoor Explore Days are currently being offered the following dates.  Check in between 9-9:30 each day and check out between 4:30 and 5:00.   Sessions close when full.  Additional sessions on different days and throughout the rest of the summer will be offered based on demand. 

Season 1 Dates - Teen Outdoor Explore Days for Ages 13-15  (Click here for our Outdoor Explore Days for age 7-12)

  • Saturday July 11th  
  • Saturday July 18th 

Season 2 Dates - Teen Outdoor Explore Days for ages 13-15

  • Saturday July 25th
  • Saturday August 1st
  • Saturday August 8th

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  • We've taken parts of our traditional overnight teen programs to put together a day program experience for ages 13-15! 
  • Meet new friends, share inside jokes, and create memories that will last a lifetime! 
  • Kitak will provide two tasty snacks throughout the day. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch.
  • Connect with our professional, college-aged staff, chosen for their zany, fun-loving personalities, their caring hearts, and their good judgement. Staff of Outdoor Explore Days are well-trained, college-aged leaders of Kitaki who have worked at least one full summer of overnight camp with us. 

One of the most impactful features of a camp experience is bringing groups of kids from different communities together and watching them bond through shared experiences. Our goal is to continue this tradition in a safety-conscious, responsible way.

Outdoor Explore Days campers will:

  • Pack a ton of fun into a short stretch of time.
  • Spend time out in nature getting to just be a kid. 
  • Strengthen their network of support through connections with fellow campers and positive adult role models. 
  • Practice social distancing and mask guidelines that will need to be a part of their life during the upcoming school year.
The Schedule
The Schedule

9:00-9:30 Check in begins
9:30-9:45 Opening Ceremony (and snack)
10:00-12:00 Activity rotations (challenge course, teambuilding)
12:00-12:30 Sack Lunch (bring from home)
12:30-1:00 Chill Choice Time (bracelets, hammock time, discussions, etc.)
1:00-3:00 Choice Activities (screenprinting, geocaching, hatchets, etc.)
3:00-3:15 Snack
3:15-4:15 Group Game
4:15-4:30 Closing Ceremony
4:30-5:00 Check out

What to Bring
What to Bring

Campers are asked to bring:

  • Face mask
  • Sack lunch 
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray 
  • Sturdy tennis shoes 
  • A backpack to hold everything!

Campers should come prepared to be outside for the day, whatever the weather conditions.

If we have a few showers throughout the day predicted, we will continue to run programming and modify to covered outdoor spaces as needed for camper comfort and safety. 

Should the forecast call for significant storms and a decision be made to cancel for the day, camp administrative staff will notifiy registered families by 4p on the day prior to arrival. If an event is canceled, a full refund will be offered. 

In the event of sudden severe weather, each group will have access to a separate room in the basement of our Dining Hall. 

Dietary Needs
Dietary Needs

Outdoor Explore campers will be given two snacks throughout the day. We are able to accommodate most dietary needs if given advanced notice.

Kitaki is a nut-aware facility. Nothing served from our kitchen contains peanuts or tree nuts. However, with campers bringing sack lunch from home, it is possible that another child in your camper's group may bring a product which contains nuts.

Please notify camp staff if your camper has a food allergy or other dietary need either via email (campkitaki@ymcalincoln.org) or by calling our office at 402.434.9222.


Because camp brings groups of kids from different communities together, we recognize the importance of minimizing risk in the COVID-19 era. Campers and staff are asked to bring and wear masks during certain times of the day to help us minimize that risk. Below you will find some examples of times when campers and staff will wear masks, and times when they will be able to take a break from mask wearing.

Mask On Examples:

Check In and Check Out.

Transitions between activities.

Times where distancing is not easy to maintain, such as a counselor helping a camper with a skinned knee.

Restroom breaks.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Mask Off Examples:

Lounging and talking in their Hangout Zone (shady, comfy outdoor seating we've arragned for each group spaced 6' apart).

Campers are at a program area, for example at their individual table in the Makerspace working on an awesome project.

Lunch time (eaten in the group's Hangout Zone). 

Water games. 

If you have questions about our mask policy, please call our office at 402.434.9222.