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.

Registration is now open for Summer Camp!

Camp has just under gone a data base change that will impact member login and registration. When logging in for the first time you will need to select the second option “I am a new member and do not know my credentials”. DO NOT select the 3rd option. The system will prompt you to set up a new password.

No Summer Swimming Lessons

Camp Wapsie is unable to offer community swimming lessons this summer.

We hope to be able to offer them next summer.  Please check out the Marion and HGN branches for swimming lessons.

Mother/Daughter Camp

May 13-15

Designed for women and the young ladies in their lives; this is a terrific opportunity for mothers to come to Camp Wapsie and share in the magic of camp with your camper. The weekend allows for that special time together with plenty to do, from archery, crafts, to climbing the Hope Tango Tower!

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Upcoming Camp Calendar

Date Event
May 1st  Open House, 1-4 pm
May 13 – 15 Mother/Daughter Camp
May 28-30 Memorial Day Family Camp
June 12 – Aug 6 Summer Camp!
Sept 3 – 5 Labor Day Family Camp
Oct 22-23 Halloween Camp
Dec 28-30 Winter 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 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.