YMCA OF GREATER WICHITA

SPECIAL INTEREST CAMPS AT BEL AIRE RECREATION

Ages: Completed Kindergarten - 12 yrs

Fees: $140 member / $160 non-member

Times: 6:30A-6:00P, M-F

View our Parent Handbook for packing lists, check-in and checkout procedures and required information. 

The Bel Aire Special Interest Camp partners with vendors and outside agencies within the community to provide a quality special interest experience each week with guest speakers, field trips, and hands on activities to pique your child’s special interest.

FIELD TRIPS

Every week campers will go on a different field trip aligning with the week's theme. 

"The variety of different activities and field trips kept my kid interested for the entire summer!" - Camp parent

WEEKLY THEMES

In addition to a theme, Y camps feature a weekly focus on one of our core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Click the weeks below, to view its description, wacky wednesday and more. 

Session 2 | May 28 - May 31 | Smart Art

It's art with a twist. Art + Stem = cool and crazy smart art. When you mix up art and science you create all kinds of interesting and cool designs. Experiment with different colorful substances that produce rad reactions. Discover the artist in you with the new art experiments daily. 

Field Trip: City Arts

Characteristic Challenge: Caring

*Closed on Memorial Day

Session 3 | June 3 - June 7 | Discovery of Flight

Join us for a week of discovery as we step onto a Boeing 727, develop foam gliders with the Kansas Aviation staff, lear pilot talk, tour the Kansas Aviation Museum, learn about the sciences of flight and more.

Field Trip: Kansas Aviation Museum

Characteristic Challenge: Responsibility  

Session 4 | June 10 - June 14 | Secret Food Challenge

Campers experience delicious delights while learning about culinary practices: how to read a recipe, measurements, preparation, cleaning and creating recipes. Visit with the Healthy Eating Director at the YMCA to create a healthy connection with nutrition while learning about different foods. 

Field Trip: Downtown YMCA Kitchen

Characteristic Challenge: Honesty

Session 5 | June 17 - June 21 | Exploring Nature 

Get back to nature as we discover crafts, animals, habitats, hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, smores, scavenger hunts, recycling and learning. 

Field Trip: Dillon's Nature Center, YMCA Camp Hyde, Great Plains Nature Center (bring fishing poles)

Characteristic Challenge: Caring

Session 6 | June 24 - June 28 | LEGO Maniacs

LEGO Mania has struck our camp. Learn using your imagination to build and construct moving creations of your own design with the assistance of Exploration Place staff. Can you build it?

Field Trip: Exploration Place

Characteristic Challenge: Respect

Session 7 | July 1 - July 5 | Medieval Madness

Here ye! Here ye! Discover the long ago tales of Knights and Princesses and the Wizardy of Hogwarts as we explore castles, design catapults, discover moats, jousting, practice Quidditch, perfect potions and make magical wands. 

Field Trip: Augusta Castle Park & Northwest YMCA Waterpark

Characteristic Challenge: Responsibility 

*Closed July 4th 

Session 8 | July 8 - July 12 | Sports Spectacular

Join us for a week of sports as we focus on teamwork with Australian kickball, wiffleball and learn soccer fundamentals. Learning to pass, dribble and kick. We will practice our daily skills and field trip to our destination to compete and demonstrate our skills. 

Field Trip: South YMCA Indoor Turf Fields

Characteristic Challenge: Honesty 

Session 9  | July 15 - July 19 | Creative Art

Imagine creating the next Van Gogh piece of art. Our campers will be creative as we explore different mediums and discover the artist within. The week will conclude with an art show for the parents. 

Field Trip: City Arts

Characteristic Challenge: Caring

Session 10 | July 22 - July 25 | Theatre Machine

Campers will learn the aspects of theatre. They'll enjoy improv, games and characterization while learning techniques. Learning their lines, spacing and humor for the end of week play will give them self-confidence to make their debut. Parents welcome to attend play. 

Field Trip: Orpheum Theatre/Crown Uptown

Characteristic Challenge: Respect

Session 11 | July 29 - Aug 2 | Minecraft meets Ripley's Science Believe It or Not

Campers will love this week of camp as we explore Minecraft with Exploration Place staff and laptops to create new adventures. STEM projects will teach us about science and campers will be given the opportunity to travel to Exploration Place to discover Ripley's Believe It or Not Program. 

Field Trip: Exploration Place

Characteristic Challenge: Responsibility