YMCA Camp Wapsie

Founded in 1918, YMCA Camp Wapsie is the Camp of the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas. Wapsie’s coed summer camp programs serve boys and girls ages 6-18 in our summer resident and day camp program. We serve campers of all ages through our year-round retreats and group programming, youth and family programs.

Camp Wapsie is the place to help young people build the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  With our deep tradition in camping, we strive to instill these underlying principles into each camper during their time at camp. Here at YMCA Camp Wapsie, we are: For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, and For Social Development.

Summer Camp

It was wonderful to be able to have campers return to summer camp in 2021 to learn and grow and enjoy time outside with friends!  Wapsie is planning fall and winter programming for retreats and seasonal programs including Halloween and Winter Camp with continued COVID precautions. Summer 2022 registration is scheduled to begin February 1st, 2022.

Camp understands that we still need to take some additional precautions, and continue to monitor updates from health and camp leaders to do what we can to mitigate risks of COVID at camp. Camp participants should expect precautionary steps including: practicing distancing when possible, wearing face coverings when distancing is not practical, increased smaller group interaction activities, additional health monitoring and increased sanitization schedules to help protect camp our campers, staff and camp.

Our plans for camp moving forward:

  • Wapsie is currently available for retreats and cabin rentals where appropriate distancing and mitigation strategies can be practiced. Please contact camp at 319-435-2577 or camp@crmetroymca.org for more information.
  • Halloween and Winter Camp registration is now open!
  • Applications For LIT and CIT Leadership programs are available NOW!
  • Financial assistance applications are available for all campers which can be found here.

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Upcoming Camp Calendar

Date Event
Oct 16-17 Parent/Child Campout
Oct 23-24 Halloween Camp
Dec 28-30 Winter Camp
Feb 1, 2022 Summer Camp Registration Begins
May 13-15 Mother Daughter Camp
May 28-30 Memorial Day Family Camp
June 12 Summer Camp Begins
Sept 3-5 Labor Day Family Camp

YMCA Camp Wapsie is an Accredited camp of the ACA, (American Camp Association). ACA camps participate in a voluntary and rigorous review of 300 unique national standards, designed to ensure a well-supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries and organized programs. So kids can safely grow and thrive. Learn more by visiting the ACA website.

Camp grows stronger with people who care!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Share a talent like marketing, plumbing, carpentry, organizing, statistics, etc.
  • Share your time, help with leaf raking, painting, landscaping, and more.
  • Help raise funds for scholarships and special projects.
  • Serve on our Advisory Committee or a project committee.
  • Serve as a Candy Sale host or Camp Nurse.
  • Help out with special events (Open house, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.)


Collecting history, connecting with Alumni

Part of Wapsie’s rich history was lost in an office fire at camp in the 1980’s.  We are reaching out to our community to see who might have contacts for camp alumni.  We are also looking for pictures or artifacts that we can copy or include on our history display.  If you have items or names to share please reach out to camp at camp@crmetroymca.org or call 319.435.2577.

Wapsie Inclusion Statement

Camp Wapsie is an inclusive community. We work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, cultural background, faith, gender identity, income, origin, race, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential with dignity. Our diverse camper community reflects our larger community’s demographics. Campers and staff can look forward to interacting and living within this diverse and supportive environment.


Utilize the natural camp environment to provide fun, safe, unique camping and retreat experiences that promote the YMCA core values of: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.


  • Enhance participants’ self-esteem.
  • Provide positive influences and role models.
  • Provide trained leadership, a variety of educational and recreational activities, and specialized programs to give participants the tools for success.
  • Expose participants to the natural world.
APPLY TODAYLIT/CIT Wapsie Leadership

LIT and CIT applications for 2022 are now open!  Leadership skills learned through the LIT program are a strong base that can help you with school, extra-curricular activities, jobs and eventually your career. The CIT Program does build upon some leadership skills but focuses more on counseling skills that could be used as a camp counselor; useful for a job in childcare or other careers like teaching, social work and many other areas where people work with and mentor youth.