First and foremost, we’re sending you our love. We know that not being able to return to YMCA Camp Wewa this summer is extremely hard for many of you, and while we’d love to have you at YMCA Camp Immokalee, we know that there may not be anything that can fully take YMCA Camp Wewa’s place. We’re here to help the best we can!
YMCA Camp Immokalee is the First Coast YMCA’s overnight camp located in Keystone Heights, FL. Keystone Heights is about 2-2.5 hours from Orlando (but don’t let that scare you – we’ve got some transportation options below)! We serve boys and girls ages 6-17 through a variety of sessions throughout the summer. Our sessions run Sunday through Saturday, something we know is a little different than YMCA Camp Wewa. Our campers are grouped into gender and age-based cabins, with about 10-14 campers per cabin. All cabins have AC. YMCA Camp Immokalee is $575 per week for Y members and $640 per week for non-members.
Military scholarships are available to our military families.
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
A typical day at YMCA Camp Immokalee includes four camper-selected activities (options below), camp store, free period (options vary each day, but weather-permitting the pool is always open during free period), one big all-camp activity (like Capture the Flag, Counselor Hunt, Lip Sync Battle, etc.), rest period, and three meals. As mentioned above, we don’t make campers’ schedules for them – they choose their schedules. The activities we have to choose from include:
For different themed weeks, we’ll also occasionally throw in some different activities, but these are the ones offered weekly! We also have add-ons like pottery, water sports (water skiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding), swim lessons, ranch camp, and trail rides available for additional fees. You can read more about our themes and add-ons here. We also offer stayover weekends that allow campers to link sessions and stay for 2, 3, 4, or more weeks at a time (laundry service is provided).
In order to partner with the YMCA of Central Florida and serve YMCA Camp Wewa campers, we have decided to:
You can read more about each of these below!
That’s right – it’s a whole week of YMCA Camp Immokalee dedicated to YMCA Camp Wewa! We have changed our summer schedule to make June 6-12 “Wewa Week.” During this week, we’ll sing songs from Camp Wewa, honor Camp Wewa traditions (like the wish boat ceremony and more), and find other ways to bring Camp Wewa to Camp Immokalee. Former Camp Wewa campers and their siblings will be given priority during this week – new campers and Camp Immokalee campers will not be able to register until after May 6. This gives Camp Wewa families plenty of time to register and invite friends to pack the week with Camp Wewa campers!
We know the drive from Orlando to Keystone Heights can be overwhelming (especially since our COVID-19 protocols require families to stay in the car), so we’re here to help! We are working with the YMCA of Central Florida to identify some branch locations that we can use for Sunday pickups and Saturday dropoffs. Times and locations are TBD, but our busses will help get your camper to Camp Immokalee! The bus will cost $75 per camper per trip (pickup and dropoff trips are separate). Busses are available for every session, assuming we make our minimum of 20 campers per trip.
YMCA of Central Florida family members will receive member pricing ($575 per week).
We’ll prioritize former YMCA Camp Wewa campers and staff who apply for our counselor-in-training (CIT) program and our staff team. If you fit in this category and are interested (or if you know someone who fits in this category and may be interested), email executive director Allison Krabill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that in some ways overnight camps, especially YMCA overnight camps, are similar, but they also have their differences. For example, Camp Wewa ended on Friday, while Camp Immokalee ends on Saturday. We’re working with the YMCA of Central Florida to understand the differences between YMCA Camp Immokalee and YMCA Camp Wewa. From there, we’ll make a guide for families to compare the two camps.
We’ve had many conversations about Camp Wewa in the last few months, and we’ll continue to do so leading up to summer. We want to learn about Wewa traditions, what makes it so special, and more so that we can do our best to bring some Wewa spirit to Camp Immokalee and make your campers feel at home this summer. If you have anything you want to share, please email our executive director Allison Krabill at email@example.com.
We’ll hold a Virtual Open House Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 pm exclusively for our YMCA Camp Wewa families. This will be a great time to ask questions to compare the two camps and to find out more about YMCA Camp Immokalee! You can register here to attend!
Now more than ever, kids need summer camp. They need interaction. They need nature. They need normalcy. We know the pandemic has changed lives and our kids have made sacrifices, and we at YMCA Camp Immokalee want to give them a little bit of what they’re missing. YMCA Camp Immokalee ran 2020 summer as planned, and we plan to run again for Summer 2021. During Summer 2020, we followed protocols that allowed us to get through the summer with no reported COVID-19 spread, and we hope to do the same during Summer 2021. These protocols allowed us to keep camp safe while still giving campers an unforgettable experience.