Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To that end, the Y provides financial assistance for those who may not be able to afford the full cost of programs and services. By offering financial assistance, our programs can be accessible to individuals and families at all income levels without maintaining a fee structure that is artificially low or that compromises program quality.

Our financial assistance program is made possible through the generous donations of Y members, community members and local businesses. It is through these gifts that we are able to make the Y accessible to all.

To apply for Financial Assistance for Y Camp programs:

  • Please complete the Financial Assistance Application.

    • Applications must be submitted yearly, after January 1st.

  • If you are an Active Member of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines currently receiving assistance, please contact Amy Joanning at before completing the application.

You may also view our Financial Assistance Policy here

Tiered Pricing Structure

Des Moines Y Camp has recently adopted a tiered pricing structure. A structure where YOU get to choose the cost of a week at camp from our three tier options, no Financial Assistance Application needed! Regardless of what tier is chosen, the Y Camp experience will still remain the same. 

We recognize that even with our tiered pricing structure, camp can be difficult to afford for some families. Financial assistance is still available through the application process.