Camp McConnell's first week of summer will be a special week of camp for younger and first time campers. We understand that for many parents sending their young children off to camp is a difficult decision, especially the first time. First Camp will be a special week of camp with registration open to younger campers and first time campers ages 6-12. Programs and activities will follow the same daily schedules and routines outlined as our normal summer program, only tailored to younger and beginner campers.
The Junior Camp program is tailored to meet the needs of our younger campers ages, 6 to 12. Junior campers participate in most of the traditional camp activities, including swimming, archery, crafts, Riflery or BB Target Sports, low ropes, climbing wall, canoeing, sports, campfires and much more. Enthusiastic counselors lead our Junior campers in discovering the wonders of nature and camping while building confidence and independence. Junior camp staff are dedicated to helping campers make new friends and creating a sense of belonging among cabin group members. Camp programs, schedules and field trips are organized to ensure that Guides feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
McConnell Senior Camp programs are designed for campers who are 13 to 16 years of age. At Camp McConnell, we know the joys and demands of working with teenagers. We have created a relaxed, yet structured camp environment without the peer pressures of everyday teen life. The Senior camp program offers a more personally challenging camp experience, one that allows for greater self-direction, increased social interaction and programming requiring a higher skill level. Along with all of the traditional camp activities, there are supervised Pathfinder only field trips, social functions, evening programs, peer group events and instructed activities. Senior Campers seek new experiences, set goals and accept challenges.
Leaders In Training (LIT) (ages 15-16)
The LIT program is a leadership development program for campers who are ready to take on the challenge of leadership in camp and in their community. This challenging program provides endless rewards through new friendships, increased self-awareness, and new opportunities for growth and development as an individual. Preference in selection is given to former YMCA Camp McConnell campers who are recommended to the program by their counselors, however, other applicants are welcome to apply for the LIT program. All individuals who are interested in the LIT program are required to successfully complete the LIT application and submit three letters of recommendation other than family members. LIT participants will be chosen by our camp leadership team and will be notified by the Executive Director. The LIT experience itself is a three week program consisting of classroom training, hands-on volunteer leadership experiences as an assistant camp counselor, and an evaluation and critique of their performance.
Counselors In Training (CIT) (age 17)
The CIT program at Camp McConnell is designed for former LITs who are looking to determine if they are interested in applying for a job at Camp McConnell the following year. This is an immersion program into Camp’s behind the scene workings. Program participants will have the opportunity to work alongside counselors, program directors and support staff, in program planning, set-up, and instruction. There are limited spaces for this program so applications should be turned in as soon as possible.
Super Combo Sessions
Super Combo sessions are designed to ensure minimum repetition and maximum fun. Every Super Combo session includes a day tubing on the Icheetucknee, a between sessions camp trip, and the famous McConnell Luau, Field Day and Dance.
- Combo I – includes Session 1 & 2 (June 12 to July 2)
- Combo II – includes Session 3 & 4 (July 3 to July 23)
- Combo III – includes Session 5 & 6 (July 24 to August 13)
All Super Combo sessions are three weeks.
Please see fee schedule for pricing.
Summer Specialty Camps
Horseback Camp (Ages 6-16)
Horseback Camp is designed for campers who truly love the interaction and hands-on learning environment that our horse camp has to offer. Campers learn riding techniques such as mounting and dismounting, controlling the horse, horse grooming care, and safety. Campers will spend five horse each day with horses and will also have an instructional period with the camp's veterinarian as well as the camp's ferrier. Campers will also enjoy plenty of riding time throughout the week. Space is limited, so sign up early for this great program!
Fee: $800 Y Member/ $825 Non- Member * Discounts available for early registration*
Florida Adventures (Ages 6-16)
Join us for an amazing week of exciting adventures throughout Florida! This action-packed one week camp includes day trips to: University of Florida Bat House, Blue Springs, Rainbow River, Devil's Millhopper State Park, Paynes Prairie Preserve, UF Butterfly Garden and so much more!
Fee: 595 Y Member/ $620 Non-member *Discounts available for early registration*
Optional Add Ons
With 220 acres of beautiful landscape, we offer campus the chance to experience a number of horse trails throughout the property. Campers who choose to take horseback riding will begin with riding lessons (one hour each day for five days) and build p to an extensive trail ride. Space it limited!
Fee: $80.00 per week
Paintball (Ages 10-16)
Our paintball program will engage campers by teaching them about teamwork, communication and strategy. This one-of-a kind program will offer an hour each day of paintball games and instruction; focusing on safety, working together, sportsmanship and having fun! Sign up early as space will be limited each week.
Fee: $75.00 per week
High & Low Ropes (Ages 10-16)
Our ropers program is designed to allow campers to push themselves out of their comfort zone while teaches them that they are capable of achieving anything that they set their mind to. Our challenge course consists of a 12-element low course, a 35-foot climbing wall, cargo net, cat walk, burma bridge, pamper pole and more! Build confidence while having fun! Campers will participate in the program for one house each day for over five days.
Fee: $45 per week
Campers will have an opportunity to visit our Camp Store each day to purchase items such as camp shirts, hats, souvenirs, snacks, drinks sno-cones ice cream and lots of other goodies. We also carry a full supply of camp essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and deodorant for campers whom may run out during their stay with us. Cash will not be acceped at the camp store. Store accounts may be set up at the time of registration.
Fee: $30.00 per week
Junior Camp Trip (Ages 6-12)
Our Junior Camp Trip is an opportunity for our campers to leave camp and spend a day exploring what North Florida has to offer! Trips may vary due to weather and seasonal availability. Past trips have included Wild Waters, UF's Natural History Museum, UF's Bat Houses and Devils Millhopper Natural Trail. Available during sessions 2, 3, & 5.
Fee:$45.00 per trip
Senior Trip Camp (Ages 13-16)
Our Senior Camp Trip is an opportunity for our campers ro leave camp and go on an adventure with their peers. Trips may vary due to weather and seasonal availability. Past trips have included canoeing on the Silver river and tubing the Ichetucknee Springs. Available during sessions 2, 3 &5.
Fee: $45.00 per trip