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YMCA Camp Kitaki is a part of the YMCA of Lincoln, Nebraska, a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

Annual Campaign

We strive to ensure our programs are available to all, regardless of financial barriers. This includes offering flexible pricing options as well as income based financial assistance to our programs. Each year, we raise funds to ensure every kid can experience the magic and growth of an experience at Kitaki. Every year, we give more in assistance than we raise. Help us ensure camp is available to all by donating today.

Give Now

To give online use this link and choose Camp Kitaki in the Designation drop down.


Wants Wishes and Dreams

Our camp is supported by donations and volunteers.  Here are some ideas organized by category of things that would help camp out.



Wants are smaller scale projects, equipment, and things for around camp. 

Stuff you may already have

  • Crafts and odds and ends for our Makerspace.
  • Costumes and props - used for our Halloween camp as well as our skits and stories at Campfire.
  • Used gift cards/credit cards/loyalty cards (we make guitar picks out of them).
  • Books (Reading level 1st-5th grade) - used as loaners in our camp library during rest hour time.
  • Horse tack for our equestrian programs. 
  • Clothes Iron (for use in crafts with melty beads and t-shirt transfers).
  • Beanie Babies or other small throwable (and catchable) stuffed animals. We use them for teambuilding.
  • Games, Program Supplies, and more on our Amazon Wishlist.


Annual Campaign - Strong Kids

Campers | Cost: $500 per Camper | Status: Ongoing

Our first goal is always to help kids who can’t afford camp programs, still be able to attend. If you are able, consider a donation to our annual campaign which will help a child experience Kitaki who would otherwise not be able.  



Little Libraries | Cost:  $100 Each | Status:  33%
We would like to pepper camp with little outdoor libraries so kids can read and enjoy the outdoors. Contact us if you would like to help finance a little library, or if you would like to help build one!

Builder Boards | Cost:  $3,000 or much less if hand made. Camp has the book with the plans. | Status: 0%
This set of building boards allow kids to put together forts and other fun.  


Medium scale projects that we have begun or hope to start soon.  Some projects like this might be good for an Eagle Scout or Gold Award, or a family or company that wishes to improve Kitaki's program and facility.

Rotary Outdoor Music Playground | Total Cost:  $35,000 | Status:  95%
See the project completion here! We would still like to do some music panels including how to play popular songs.  $3,000

Climbing Boulder | Total Cost:  $35,000 | Status:  0%
As part of Fort Pawnee, this climbing boulder will be a fun way for kids to explore other types of climbing and for us to teach about the rock deposits of Nebraska.



Dreams are where we are headed. We are not actively soliciting for projects in this category, but if you would like to discuss project ideas or how you or your company can be involved when the timing is right we would love to hear from you.

  • Multipurpose Building
  • Welcome Center/Health Lodge Building
  • Pavillion
  • Earth Sheltered Trip Outpost