Family Camps- Seasonal and Summer

Traditional Family Camp- Summer

Family Camp at the Des Moines Y Camp is a wonderful opportunity to focus on what matters most: the ones we love. Family is one of the strongest support systems we have and at Y Camp we believe that a healthy family starts with quality time investment. Thus, Family Camp was created.

This program spans generations, first running in the 1930s and drawing families from across the country and from many different backgrounds. During the week camp is open to you and your loved ones. You can relax poolside, hike the woodland trails with your family, take part in fun-filled evening programs, ride a horse at the Ranch and challenge your fears by flying down Y Camp’s zip line. The week is yours and you can choose your adventure with the ones you love!

Family Camp 2023- Y Camp University- July 30- August 5

2023 Pricing (Weekly rates)
$625 Ages 13 and over
$560 Ages 8- 12
$530 Ages 4- 7
$125 Ages 0- 3

$3125 maximum per Family Household (Family not living in the same household and Guests are not included in the maximum)

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Start a new family tradition!

Many of our families have decided to make a trip to Family Camp a tradition. Generations of campers, from infants to grandparents, come to celebrate the bonds of family in a place that feels like a second home to all who come. Whether it’s your first time or your family’s 75th year at camp, the Des Moines Y Camp welcomes you with warm smiles and open arms. Be a part of something great!

What will you find at Family Camp?

Each summer, Family Campers vote for and elect a Mayor. That mayor picks a theme and creates your experience with Y Camp’s help.

It’s a huge honor and a big responsibility to lead Family Camp as the mayor.

This year’s mayors are Stacie and Charles Butler.

The theme for Family Camp 2023 is Y Camp University! 

Family Camp 2023 is July 30- August 5! 

There are many activities available to families who attend camp, all of which are open and available. Keep in mind that some may be age prohibitive to ensure safety. Program areas available are:

Arts and Crafts - Archery - Bird Watching - Canoeing - Climbing Towers - Disc Golf - Golf Tournament - Hiking - Capture the Flag - Evening Programs - Fishing - Riflery - Swimming Pool - Horseback Riding - Tie Dye - Zip Line - River Tubing - Sports and Games - Costume and Dance Party - Campfires and S’mores - Much More!


Family Connection Program- Seasonal

To address the need to get out of the house and grow as a family, Y Camp created an all-inclusive family-centered program that allows families to rent their own cabin for their stay, participate in camp activities, and experience bonding in nature!

Activities may include… Climbing Wall - Archery - Zip Line - Canoeing - Hiking - Fishing - Arts & Crafts - Sling Shots - Sports - Star Gazing- Campfires- Songs - and more!

Come out to camp and experience this unique program with us! We can’t wait to see you!

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  • Fall Family Connection September 30- October 2, 2023

    • $80/person; $20/under 3yrs old

Check in Friday 5:00 -6:00 p.m., Check out Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Includes lodging, activities, all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

What to Expect:


Our family-focused weekend begins with ensuring each registered family has an exclusive cabin and restroom. Each family will receive a schedule, complete with times and days for planned exclusive activities such as archery, canoeing, climbing, crafts, hikes and more. Each day will end with time spent around the fire with music and s’mores. Additionally, we’ll offer hot meals at our Dining Hall available for dine-in or carry-out. Specialty meals and dietary restrictions can be noted on the registration page. Our goal is to provide your family with a unique camp experience focused on connection, engagement and fun.


All cabins are equipped with heating and air conditioning to ensure that you are comfortable during your stay. All 400 acres of the Y Camp grounds are open to you and your family at all times during your stay, as well. Y Camp has Wifi access available in various locations around the facility so that you can keep up to date with communications.