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.

Make your plans for Summer Camp at Wapsie!

Registration for Summer Camp Starts on February 1st at 12:01 am.  YMCA member registration begins on January 25th at 12:01 am.

A week at Wapsie is a special time for young people to experience adventure, empowerment and new friendships.  Come and create new memories and explore the Wapsie Magic.  To learn more about any of our programs please click links in the menu on the right.

Week 1 June 12-18…………… Video Games
Week 2 June 19-25……………Marvel vs. DC
Week 3 June 26-July 2………Star Wars
Week 4 July 3-9………………. Harry Potter
Week 5 July 10-16……………..Disney
Week 6 July 17-23……………..Decades
Week 7 July 24-30…………….Talent Fest
Week 8 July 31-Aug 6………..Beach
Week 9 Aug 7-13……………….Backwards

Earn Your Way to Camp Community Engagement Partnership

Campers collect pledges and complete tasks that support their community. 100% of money earned can be applied toward their camp fees. Wapsie is excited to partner with Dupaco and Farmers State Bank to allow campers to create an account to hold their money and learn about saving accounts and financial planning.

Register for the “Earn your way to camp Community Engagement Partnership” at the Register Now button. This will enable you to participate and receive emails with service opportunities, additional strategies and educational tools for saving and planning. We are excited to share this new opportunity to engage kids in their community, learn about financial planning and help earn their way to camp.

For documents and more information please visit the Important Forms Button.

Earn your Way to Camp Sockathon

Campers can take online orders for fun sock designs. Orders will be processed and sent directly to the buyer. Once campers register for this program they will be given a code and the website for taking orders so their sales are credited toward their camp fees. Campers earn 50% of the cost of the items (socks) sold. Register for the Earn your way to camp Sockathon at the Register Now button.

For more information please visit the Important Forms button

Donate to Camp

Upcoming Camp Calendar

Date Event
Feb 1 Summer Camp Registration Begins
March 4 TrivYA Night
March 26-27 Spring Fling
April 3 Mission Possible Fundraiser/Auction
April 22-24 Parent Child Campout
April 24 Volunteer Day, 12:30-4:30pm
May 1 Open House, 1:00-4:00pm
May 13-14 Mother-Daughter Campout

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.