YMCA Camp M.O.E.

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A diverse community that empowers kids to explore and thrive!

YMCA Camp M.O.E. is a new Y day camp for boys and girls, ages 5-13 with our goal to create Memorable Outdoor Experiences as they have fun! Summer camp is a special experience for kids of all ages and abilities. Our caring camp staff create a supportive atmosphere that helps each child to learn, grow and thrive. Located on over 174 acres of beautiful woods Torrington & Goshen, complete with fields, trails, and our beautiful waterfront.

Our campers learn patience, acceptance, and challenge themselves to give each camper self-confidence and the chance to make lasting friendships. If you want your child to be the best version of themselves and set them up for success in their future, sign them up for a summer at YMCA Camp M.O.E!

About Us

The mission of YMCA Camp M.O.E. is to provide an ideal outdoor recreation environment where all campers have the opportunity to develop friendships, leadership skills, responsibility for self and respect for others. YMCA Camp M.O.E. empowers campers to look beyond their abilities and the abilities of others while supporting them to grow mentally, physically, and socially in a safe inclusive environment. 

Every day at YMCA Camp M.O.E. is filled with adventures, challenges and fun through a variety of activities. All campers are placed in small groups determined by the grade they will be entering in the fall. Rain or shine, we are at camp.  YMCA Camp M.O.E. features picturesque Migeon Pond- for swimming and boating- sport field, hard court, street hockey arena, archery range, gaga pits, climbing tower, low-ropes challenge course, a zip-line over the pond, nature trails, and wooded areas galore.

Campers will experience a variety of activities include arts & crafts, swim instruction, dance, sports, music, archery, boating, gaga and much more. Campers in this age group also take swimming lessons and have free swim daily..

About Our Staff

YMCA Camp staff is made up of teachers, outdoor enthusiasts, colleges graduates, college students and high school students. We look for staff that have a love of children and an understanding of the importance of inclusion and desire to give all children, regardless of their abilities, a rewarding camp experience. Y staff go the extra mile to make our camp program exceptional. They are mature, dependable, trustworthy and respectful.

2024 Session Dates :

Session 1: June 24 – July 5 (closed 7/4)

Session 2: July 8 – July 19

Session 3: July 22 – August 2

Session 4: August 5 – August 16

Finale Week: August 19 – 23 ($295)

CAMPER DIVISION

Campers are divided into four divisions based upon their rising school grade in the fall.

Explorers | Grades K-2

Explorers participate through a structured schedule focused on introducing them to camp activities including: swimming, arts & crafts, sports & group games and nature exploration.  After lunch, Explorers will have a short quiet time to give them a chance to re-energize for the afternoon. Theme weeks include: S1 Kick-off the Summer, S2 Little Chef, S3 Little Athlete and S4 Let’s Go Camping.

Pathfinders | Grades 3-4

Pathfinders rotate through a schedule of activities including archery, swimming, boating & fishing, swimming, climbing tower & zip lining, fort building, sports & group games, camp crafts, carnival games of skill and more. Theme weeks include: S1 Super Heroes, S2 Wet & Wild, S3 Timbers and S4 Color Wars.

Pioneers | Grades 5-6

Pioneers follow a progressive program where they enjoy the camp activities including archery, swimming, boating & fishing, climbing tower & zip line, fort building, sports & group games, camp crafts, carnival games of skill and adding new activities of science & engineering and RC cars. Theme weeks include: S1 Ultimate Warrior, S2 Operation Green, S3 Hydration Vacation and S4 Camper vs. Wild.

Crew | Grades 7-9

Crew enjoys all the aspect camp has to offer including; STEAM, sports, archery, swimming & boating, RC cars, climbing wall, zip line, Carnival Games of Skill, Plants/ Insects & Animals, Letter Boxing and Orienteering and so much more. Crew will participate in the themes for the younger villages along with having their own themes specialized for just them. Theme weeks include: S1 Gold Rush, S2 Adventure Challenge, S3 Olympics and S4 Summer Rewind.

Junior Leaders Program

For teens ages 14 & 15, this four-week leadership development program for those interested in becoming leader role models and/or camp counselors. The focus is developing positive role model skills, teamwork, positive character development, problem solving and empathy. Junior leaders will learn about working with others from many different backgrounds and the importance of including everyone. Mornings are spent with peers working together and learning skills and afternoons assigned to camper units, putting the new skills into action guided by camp counselors.

A healthy lunch is offered free of charge to all campers 18 years of age and younger through EdAdvance pending approval. Your child may elect to bring his/her own lunch to camp; however, we ask that you send it in a clearly marked brown paper bag. All lunches are stored in refrigeration per CT state regulation. Menus will be posted at the start of the camp season.  Pending approval of state funding.

Extended hours of care are available for sessions 1-4 for families needing care beyond regular camp hours (9 am to 4pm) Monday through Friday for an additional fee.

Torrington YMCA: 7 am – bus pickup; bus drop-off until 6 pm.

Winsted YMCA: 7 am – bus pick-up; no after care

Bus transportation is available for families for no additional charge to and from camp. Staff members ride the buses to assure a safe and fun ride for each camper and ensure authorized adult pick-up.

  • Bus stops are available throughout the area for sessions 1-4.
  • Barkhamsted
    • Barkhamsted Elementary School
    • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, 380 New Harford Road
  • Harwinton Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
  • Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department
  • New Hartford
    • New Hartford Harvest Baptist Church
    • New Hartford Elementary School
  • Torrington
    • Town Fair Tire parking lot, 705 Main Street
    • Joe Ruwet Park, 219 Petricone Drive
    • Stop & Shop parking lot, Summer Street entrance
  • Winsted
    • Pearson School

For families needing financial assistance to afford camp fees, the Y offers four options- most based upon first come, first served basis. Apply now.

  • Kids of Summer Foundation reviews applications for financial assistance on a first come, first served basis. The sooner you apply, the better chance you will have. Apply at thekidsofsummer.org.
  • Free or Low-cost Camperships are available from a grant from the State of Connecticut. Applications are available at YMCA locations and nwcty.org.
  • Apply to State of Connecticut Care 4 Kids program that supports families with working parents. Application link at nwcty.org
  • YMCA financial assistance please apply at nwcty.org

Camper Referral Program 

Good people know good people!

Happy camp families love to tell their friends and neighbors about YMCA Camp M.O.E.  We appreciate that and want to say “thank you” by giving you a $50 refund for each camper referral that registers for camp this summer.

It’s SIMPLE!

  • Fill in the referral form. Complete the information about your interested family.
  • For every referral that registers and attends camp, you will receive a refund at the end of September
  • There’s NO LIMIT to how many friends you can refer (ex. Refer 4 campers, receive $200.00)

Some Guidelines:

  • There is no limit on how many referrals you can make, but we MUST have a form filled out for each one.
  • Referrals must be new to YMCA Camp M.O.E. and cannot be siblings or family members

Please send completed referral forms to [email protected].

Camp Location:
1145 Brandy Hill Rd.
Torrington, CT 06790

Directions to YMCA Camp MOE:

From Torrington:

Follow the signs to RTE 4 West. At the intersection of RTE 4 and RTE 272 turn right onto RTE 272. Take your second left onto Hodges Hill Road. At the top of the hill take a right onto University Drive. Take the second left onto Brandy Hill Road. At the fork, bear right. YMCA Camp MOE is at the top of the hill on the left. (You will see a sign for Camp MOE).    

 

From Winsted:

From RTE 8 South take Exit 44 for the RTE 4 connection. Take a right at the end of the exit. Follow the signs to RTE 4 West. At the intersection of RTE 4 and RTE 272 turn right onto RTE 272. Take your second left onto Hodges Hill Road. At the top of the hill take a right onto University Drive. Take the second left onto Brandy Hill Road. At the fork, bear right. YMCA Camp MOE is at the top of the hill on the left. (You will see a sign for Camp MOE).