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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Camp McConnell and where is it located?

YMCA Camp McConnell provides youth with a positive, wholesome, fun camping and personal development experience in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Camp McConnell encourages and supports children in developing and understanding personal values.

Camp McConnell is the largest YMCA owned property in Florida, spanning 220 acres of North Central Florida’s hardwood forest and meadowland.

Camp McConnell was founded in 1968 as a camping branch of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches and continues today to maintain that relationship. Camp McConnell is located off of I-75 exit 374, near Gainesville, in the beautiful town of Micanopy.

What sessions are offered?

YMCA Camp McConnell offers 1,2, and 3 week sessions throughout the summer. All camp sessions start on Sunday and end on Saturday.

What is Horseback camp?

Horseback camp is offered August 9th – 15th. Horseback camp participants will work with individual horses for up to five hours per day. Campers will be responsible for the supervised complete care of their assigned horse. Campers will also go on off-camp trips to equine related facilities. Due to the time spent with the horses, no other class choices will be available.

What are optional programs as compared to regular classes?

Camp McConnell has optional programs for Horseback Riding, High/Low Ropes with Zip Line and Paintball. These programs meet during the week for one hour each day. Camp McConnell offers four elective class times each day for activities. Choosing an optional program will take the place of one activity class.

What does a typical day look like?

7:30 - Rise & Shine
8:00 - Breakfast/Cabin Clean-up
8:50 - Assembly
9:00 – 10:00 Activity Period 1
10:00 –11:00 Activity Period 2
11:00 – 12:00 Activity Period 3
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Rest Period
2:00 – 3:00 Activity Period 4
3:00 – 3:30 Cabin Activities
3:30 – 5:00 Recreational Free Swim
5:30 – 6:00 Dinner
6:00 – 7:30 Free Time/Camp Store
7:30 – 9:00 Evening Program
9:00 –Devotions/values, showers
10:00 – Lights out

What is Super Combo?

Super Combo is a combination of a one week session and a two week session back to back for a total of three weeks. The Super Combo includes an out-of-camp field trip.

What about Transportation?

A charter bus is available from:
YMCA of the Palm Beaches (West Palm Beach; 2085 South Congress Avenue)
YMCA of Weston (Weston; 20201 Saddle Club Road)
Parkland YMCA (Parkland; 10559 Trails End)

Can we request cabin mates?

You may request a cabin mate. They should be within one year of each other. You should write that request on your registration form and have the cabin mate do the same on their registration. Campers are only allowed one cabin mate request per person. Camp will try it’s best to honor cabin mate requests but, will not guarantee cabin mates.

How do you select your staff?

YMCA Camp McConnell staff is selected by our experienced professional staff on the basis of successful past experience, reference checks, personal interviews, leadership abilities, level of maturity, and commitment to McConnell's core values. Staff receive a one-week training that includes courses on Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting, working with camper issues, dealing with homesickness, emergency procedures and an array of other topics. Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR and have been background checked by Livescan. Pool and lakefront staff hold American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications.

Do you have a camp nurse?

YMCA Camp McConnell employs a professional/licensed healthcare professional for the camping season. The nurse lives onsite and handles sick calls, medications and emergencies 24/7. We have standing orders with a local doctor and we are 8 miles from Shands Hospital in Gainesville.