Manchester Camps

Looking for a summer camp program close to home? Come see what we have for your little camper, right here at the Manchester Family YMCA.

Manchester Camps

Health Precautions for Summer Camp Programs

Due to the unprecedented nature that this summer holds, we will be changing our usual safety precautions to correspond with recommendations from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

  • We will take the temperatures each day for children and staff as they arrive.
  • Children will wash hands prior to joining their group at the beginning of each day.
  • We will enforce increased hand-washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Children will be in the same group during the day.
  • We will avoid large group gatherings.
  • Equipment and touch points will be wiped down on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • Working with CDC to follow guidelines for Summer Day Camp/Child Care

For more information regarding how we’re changing our camp procedures, visit our Parents Guide to Camp page.


Camp Red Hawk

Camp Red Hawk offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day camp experience! Our trained and certified staff will work with each child in a group setting. They will build relationships, foster a sense of belonging and create opportunities for each of our campers to achieve and learn.  We offer a wide range of engaging specialist activities, 30 minutes of reading every day, as well as character development and swim lessons. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist. YMCA Camp Red Hawk: you belong here!

This camp will be located at YMCA Camp Thunderbird this summer.  

  • Transportation via YMCA bus will be provided to and from the YMCA Camp Thunderbird and Manchester Ys.
  • The bus will pick up daily at 8 a.m. from the Manchester Family YMCA and return at 5:20 p.m. daily.  We ask that all campers are picked up by 5:35 p.m.

Ages: Rising Kindergarten – rising 8th graders
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 15
YMCA Member: $162 per week   Non-Member: $192 per week

  • There is a $10 deposit per week to register for camps.
  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.
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Camp EDGE (Formerly LITs)

Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable. The Camp EDGE program focuses on personal development, goal setting and learning to work as a member of a group. The program prepares campers for leadership roles at camp and in their communities. The campers participate in typical camp activities but will also have supplemental projects focused on service and team-building. Each camper has one service task per week.

This camp will be located at YMCA Camp Thunderbird this summer.  Transportation via YMCA bus will be provided to and from the YMCA Camp Thunderbird and Manchester Ys.

Ages: Rising 6th – rising 8th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 12 one-week sessions beginning June 1
YMCA Member: $162 per week   Non-Member: $192 per week

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.
Register Online

Leaders in Training (Formerly CILTs)

The Leaders in Leadership Training (LIT) program is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders. Hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops provide the foundation of the program. Participants will learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationship and opportunities to lead. While at camp, campers engage in all day camp activities but also get to observe and help counselors, specialists, and leadership staff.

This camp will be located at YMCA Camp Thunderbird this summer.  Transportation via YMCA bus will be provided to and from the YMCA Camp Thunderbird and Manchester Ys.

Ages: Rising 9th – rising 10th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 4 two-week sessions beginning June 29
YMCA Members: $187 per session   Non-Members: $206 per session

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.
Register Online

FINAL FOUR at YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD

Final Four is our post-camp experience* that happens the week after camp ends and before school begins. It runs Monday through Thursday at Camp Thunderbird!  Come celebrate the end of summer at Camp Thunderbird with swimming, fishing, gaga, crafts, reading and a few more surprises!

Ages: Rising K –  rising 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: August 31 – September 3
YMCA Members: $182   Non-Members: $211

*Camp activities and availability will be adjusted due to staffing during this week.  

Bus Pick-Ups available at the Shady Grove Family YMCA, Tuckahoe Family YMCA and Millworks Center (across Woolridge Rd from the Midlothian Family YMCA).

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Camp Forms

Most information is now collected during the registration process.  But for the small number of additional forms needed, you can find them on our Camp and Child Care Forms page.