4-Day Resident Camp

To accommodate every kid at camp, we offer a four-day, three-night introductory experience for campers ages 7-10 who are new overnight camp, but are ready to take a leap towards independence. At Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya, we believe that growth stems from healthy physical and mental challenges that develop teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A four-day camper has the opportunity to develop these skills while participating in their specialty area, choice activities, and cabin times. Enjoying time unplugged in the outdoors gives kids a deeper connection to the world around them. Our staff strengthens this connection by teaching our campers that it is our responsibility to take care of nature so that everyone can enjoy our beautiful Earth for years to come. We look forward to serving your child this summer at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya.

Daily Schedule  

7:15   Wake-Up Bell & Optional Polar Bear Swim

8:10   Thought for the Day - YMCA Character Value Activity 

8:15   Breakfast

9:00   Cabin Clean Up

9:45   Specialty Areas

12:15 Lunch

1:00   Rest Hour

2:15  Open Recreation Time

3:30 Cabin Group Activity Time/Choice Activity Time

5:15  Dinner

6:30  Camp Game

7:30  Campfire Program 

8:30  TAPS / Daily Reflections / Cabin Bonding 

9:30  Lights Out 


Specialty Areas

What is a Specialty Area?

We offer five Specialty Areas specifically designed to provide campers with a healthy physical and mental challenge, teach them new skills, and connect them with counselors and campers outside their cabin group who have similar interests. For two and a half hours each morning, resident overnight campers at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya participate in their chosen specialty area. As campers progress through their program, they track their knowledge and earn patches as they reach checkpoints along the way. Once a camper has reached the highest level in one specialty area, we encourage them to choose a new one the following summer so they continue to grow and learn new skills each year at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya. 

Tips for Registering

During registration, please select your camper’s main interest as their Specialty Area. Registration is first come, first serve. If you do not see your camper’s first choice during registration, that means that area is full. Please choose your camper’s top choice from the remaining available specialty areas. 

5 Specialty Areas Offered

Marksmanship – The marksmanship experience teaches campers how to safely participate in archery, riflery, and slingshotting. We focus on the fundamentals of marksmanship which heavily emphasize the safe use of shooting sports equipment to ensure camper safety at all times. With each bullseye earned, your child will gain confidence that will help them take on other challenging activities both while they are at camp and when they return home.

Watercraft – This area includes kayaking, canoeing, sailing, paddle boats, and paddleboards.  Campers learn the safety and skills needed to master the water!

Survival – This area focuses on mastering the forces of nature to survive and thrive in the great outdoors.  Campers learn skills in camp craft, fire building, fishing, food gathering, water purification and other survival techniques used by US Special Forces and avid adventurers.  

Arts, Crafts and Drama – Campers discover the great Northwoods as well as make friendships while creating unique art projects and practicing their creative drama skills.  This area combines nature education with hands on creative arts.

Adventure & Sports – Campers in this specialty area will get a taste of outdoor adventure and excitement. The week is spent learning rock climbing, biking, orienteering and lake kayaking. Campers will also be able to develop their team work skills through more traditional sport activites like soccer, volleyball, and kickball! 

Registration and Pricing

Registration is a quick online process. You may save and return to applications as you go. Feel free to call camp at anytime for help along the way. 

Weeks Available in 2019

Week 3: June 23-26

Week 5: July 7-10 (Medieval Week) 

Week 6: July 14-17  

Week 10: Aug 11-14

Tiered Price Per Week   

Tier A: $430

Tier B: $399

Tier C: $368


What is Tiered Pricing?

This pricing option is available to anyone. We offer three pricing levels to better accommodate all financial needs. Please consider selecting the highest tier that your family can afford to allow YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya to utilize this funding to ensure the quality of each camper's experience. The price you select does not impact your camper's experience in any way.

  • Tier A: Most accurately reflects the true and actual cost of camp.
  • Tier B: A partially subsidized rate, but more closely reflects the actual cost of camp.
  • Tier C: Our historically standard rate which does not represent the true cost of camp. This rate is subsidized by the YMCA through fundraising, special events, and contributions. 





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