Day Camps at the YMCA Arts Center

The Y’s arts and humanities programs help participants experience activities that foster self-expression and build self-esteem, develop imagination, critical thinking and valuable social skills. Exposure to the arts helps campers to develop progressive skills that allow us all to connect with and understand other people and express our ideas while providing a unique entertainment experience.

YMCA Arts Center
115 E Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701

Transportation to camps at New Spire Arts not provided. Campers must be dropped off and picked up at New Spire Arts.

Hours of Operation

7 am-6 pm

*Unless otherwise noted, camp specific activities will occur from 9 am-4 pm.

Camp Weeks

Week 1: Jun 22 – Jun 26
Week 2: Jun 29 – Jul 3
Week 3: Jul 6 – Jul 10
Week 4: Jul 13 – Jul 17
Week 5: Jul 20 – Jul 24
Week 6: Jul 27 – Jul 31
Week 7: Aug 3 – Aug 7
Week 8: Aug 10 – Aug 14
Week 9: Aug 17 – Aug 21
Week 10: Aug 24 – Aug 28

*Four day week for day camps; fees will be prorated.

ArtxperienceBig Top Circus
Sing, act, dance, and explore the performing arts all in one week!Your camper will learn new skills like juggling, stilt walking, clowning and more! Family and friends are invited to the end of the week performance on Friday afternoon.
Dance ExplorationFashion
Dance Exploration provides the opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles while discovering history, vocabulary, and performance knowledge. Parents are invited to the end of camp performance and reception on Fridays.Fashion camp is designed for campers who would like to explore the world of fashion and discover their own individual style. Campers will have the opportunity to create unique outfits and participate in an end of the week fashion show. Price includes field trips to local establishments to help campers create their look and style!
PuppetryMusical Theater
Younger campers will learn basic puppetry skills, construct puppets, and then perform with them in a beloved fairy tale with a twist.
Older campers will construct puppets, create an original story, and learn basic and intermediate puppetry manipulation skills.
Theatre Camp is an excellent adventure in drama, dance, and musicality. Each week a new musical is produced to create a unique camp experience for all. Parents are invited to our final performance on Friday afternoons.
Putting On A PlayViral Video
From script to show and audition to performance, learn how to put on a play!See how to craft your own viral video! Filmmakers will do everything from write the script to produce a screen-ready short film.
Video Diaries
Video Diaries is a modern twist to the age-old novelty of a written diary. In this one-week summer camp, our youth media makers will chronicle their daily lives in the form of a documentary-style video journal. While at camp they will get hands-on with the equipment and learn skills both in front of and behind the camera. As a bonus, they’ll learn all sorts of professional tips and techniques to continue capturing footage while at home or away from camp using their smartphones and tablets. Join us for Diaries of a Frederick Kid!


OUR MISSION: To Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.