YMCA strong kids campaign financial assistance

We don't turn anyone away.

YMCA donors and partners help make it possible for us to make sure everyone can participate in YMCA programs. If financial circumstances are limiting your ability to participate, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Families enrolled in YMCA Child Care programs can also apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit.

Girl enjoying YMCA Summer Camps in Kelowna

When school is out, there's a safe and fun place for your child at YMCA camps. Our courses will teach your child or youth valuable skills in a casual, friendly environment.

Home Alone and Prepared

(Ages 9–12) This course prepares children for the responsibilities of looking after themselves alone at home for short periods of time. Hands-on activities and group interactive learning cover the basics of first aid, responding to emergencies, kitchen safety, internet safety, stranger danger awareness and fire safety skills. Participants must attend all classes and pass the final exam to...

Morning Mini Camps (Kelowna Family Y)

(Ages 3–5) Mini Camps at the Y provide fun, engaging and interactive experiences for your preschooler! Your child will explore crafts, stories, imaginative play and active games around age-appropriate themes. Each week will also include swim time.

Aquatic Camps (Kelowna Family Y)

(Ages 5–12) In this morning camp, your child will receive water safety training from lifeguard instructors as well as participate in water sports & games and fun free swim time too! Afterwards, we’ll dry off and hit up our gym for some sports and gym game favourites!

Aquatic Camps (H2O)

(Ages 5-12) Excite your child's love for water! Swimmers will be placed in groups of similar swim ability for aquatic games and sports like water polo and themed pool activities. Some time each day will be dedicated to water safety and swim instruction, however parents should note that these are not traditional swimming lessons and children will not progress though any YMCA swim levels.

Afternoon Theme Camps (Kelowna Family Y)

(Ages 5–12) Theme inspired crafts, structured active games, outdoor group challenges and team-building activities help make each week a unique experience.

Afternoon Theme Camps (H2O)

(Ages 5–12) Theme inspired crafts, structured active games, outdoor group challenges and team-building activities help make each week a unique experience.

Babysitting Course

(Ages 11–14) This course teaches youth basic first aid and caregiving skills to become effective, confident babysitters. Participants will learn how to appropriately care for younger children of various ages and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. They’ll also learn engaging activities and nutrition for children in their care. Participants must attend classes, pass our final...

Youth Leadership Development

(Ages 12–15) Making an impact starts here. Our Youth Leadership Development program will help teens get to know themselves better while learning fundamental leadership skills and making new friends in a fun, inclusive environment. Through a variety of different games, activities, discussions and presentations, leaders will develop communication skills, work together with their peers and...