Lafayette Family YMCA

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Straight Arrow Day Camp

 YMCA Lafayette Indiana Straight Arrow Summer Day Camp     YMCA Lafayette Indiana Straight Arrow Summer Day Camp


Camp History

Back in 1969 the Treece family had dreams of children swimming, boating, fishing, riding horses, experiencing nature, and enjoying the great outdoors. The Treece family graciously donated 40 beautiful acres to the Lafayette Family YMCA and it was so named “Camp Treece”. The YMCA also had the same vision for children.

Straight Arrow Day Camp was started and those first children left greatly enriched. They made memories, built lasting friendships, gained independence and self-confidence. They left camp feeling good about themselves and thankful for the friends they made. For the past 43 years, Straight Arrow Day Camp has become a tradition that has given children the opportunity to make their own special memories.

The facilities and programs have changed over time, but our mission has remained the same. At the YMCA, youth development, social responsibility, and healthy living make up who we are. Straight Arrow Day Camp reinforces the values you teach at home, while providing campers with a summer to remember. Over the years our enrollment has grown to 800+ campers every summer. We are excited for another great summer in 2014 and look forward to meeting you and your camper!

Straight Arrow Day Camp is conveniently located just 15 miles southeast of Lafayette.


2014 Day Camp

$25 deposit required per each camp session

Preschool Camp - $120 Member/ $140 Nonmember

Day Camp - $150 Member/ $170 Nonmember

Trailblazer Camp (2 week session) - $300 Member/$340 Nonmember

Leadership Camp - $150 Member/ $170 Nonmember

Mini-Pathfinder Camp - $90 Member/ $110 Nonmember


Age Group


Pre-School Camp (May 27th-30th)

4 & 5 Year Olds


Regular Camp

Completed K- 4th Grade


Trailblazer Camp (2 week sessions)

Completed 5th- 10th Grade

8:30am- 4:15pm

Leadership Camp (June 9th-13th)

Campers who have completed the Trailblazer Program.

8:30am – 4:15pm

Mini-Pathfinder Camp (June 30th- July 2nd)

Campers ages 7 and up.

9am Monday- 4pm Wednesday


**Notation: The Preschool Date in the Guide is wrong. It should be May 27-30. Thanks. 

Extended care is available as early as 6:00am and as late as 6:00pm for $5/day/child.

Registration begins March 1, 2014

All registration forms plus $25 deposit must be brought in or mailed into the front desk at the YMCA.

Regular Day Camp

Our purpose at day camp is more than the supervision of children. It is teaching children to live and work together while fostering self-esteem in an amazing outdoor environment.

The staff at Straight Arrow is second to none. Our summer counselors are carefully chosen for their maturity, skills, caring nature, and their experience. They go through a vigorous selection process and thorough camp training.  All camp staff stress safety in every situation and are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Daily Activities Include:

Horseback Riding                     Canoeing                      Human Foosball

Team Building Course              Swimming                    Obstacle Course

Arts & Crafts                             Archery                                    Gold Rush

Gaga                                        Slingshots                    Carpetball

Group Games                           Fishing

Guests and family can join us for a night of fun every week for Family Night at Straight Arrow. On Friday, the campers stay out at camp and wait the arrival of their family and friends to share their camp experience. You will get to meet our great counselors, participate in camp activities with your camper, and hear the children sing songs and perform skits.



2014 Camp Themes

Every week your child will experience a fun camp theme! Campers will participate in all of our traditional camp activities, while incorporating the theme in our games, crafts, skits, and songs. The grand finale of our week will be a themed dress up day on Friday!

Safari Week (June 2-6)

All of your favorite exotic animal friends will be along for the ride on our exciting Safari! Grab your binoculars and your jungle map, because we are setting out to learn about the most exotic animals in the jungle!

Sports Week (June 9-13)

Put me in Coach!! This week we will be playing all of your favorite sports, honing your athletic skills, and maybe having some fun too! So lace up your sneakers and get ready for a great week full of great sportsmanship!

Rodeo Fun (June 16-20)

Saddle up! It’s time for some fun at the ranch. This week we will learn all about horses, while also having fun with rodeo skills and games. So grab your lasso, hat, and boots, and come along for the ride!

Party in the USA (June23-27)

It’s almost the 4th of July, so it’s time to get your Red, White, and Blue on!! This week will be packed full of patriotic Independence Day fun and games. Get ready to have a great Camp style 4th of July Party!

Disney Week (July 7-11)

Back by popular demand!! Come join us as we transform camp into the Magical World of Disney! All of your favorite characters will join us for a week full of animated fun. Jam packed with magical crafts, games, and your favorite Disney Songs, this will be a week you don’t want to miss!

Christmas in July (July 14-18)

Why wait 5 more months!? We want to have Christmas NOW!!! Enjoy all of the fun of your favorite holiday season without all that yucky snow.

Beach Party Palooza (July 21-25)

Throw on your water wings and your swim suit; it’s time to get wet, wild, and wacky at the beach! Do you love to swim and lounge on the beach? Then this is the week for you. This week we will play tons of water games and spend extra time creeking at the beach!

Pirate Ship Week (July 28-August 1)

Argh Mateys! It’s time for some swashbuckling fun! During your seaside adventure you will enjoy nautical songs and games that are sure to make waves. If you’re lucky, you might even find some treasure!

Carnival (August 4-8)

It’s time to celebrate the end of a wonderful summer! This week will be filled with carnival fun and flair. We will play all of your favorite carnival games and there might even be some carnival prizes. If you love a fun day at the fair, you will love this week at camp!


Trailblazer Camp

Trailblazer Camp is a two week camp that teaches leadership skills through various activities and challenges. Each camper will work to earn a bead for each skill accomplished in Safety, Nature Education, Cooperation, Patience, Responsibility, Honesty, Respect, and Caring. The campers work together on projects that encourage teamwork and fellowship. This camp is for children who have completed 5th grade.

Preschool Camp (May 26th-30th)

This camp is a wonderful way to introduce your youngsters to some new experiences. These campers will participate in horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, archery, swimming, fun group games, and much more! Our small tribe numbers and experienced staff help keep the children safe and encourage them to participate. Preschool campers will also have a Family Night ceremony similar to the regular campers. Parents will still need to pick their children up at the YMCA on Friday and bring them out to camp on Friday evening.

Mini-Pathfinder Camp (June 30th- July 2nd)

Mini Pathfinder Camp is a 3 day, 2 night camp that allows the children to spend the night at Camp Straight Arrow. During these three days, campers participate in all of the regular day camp activities and get to go swimming daily. We will also get to play some fun group games like flashlight tag, watch movies under the stars, and make s’mores.


We provide daily transportation to and from the YMCA at McCaw Park, Cumberland Elementary, and Happy Hollow Elementary. All campers will gather at the YMCA for our bus trip to Straight Arrow Day Camp. Transportation costs $10 per week, per child.

Financial Assistance

No one is refused a camp experience at Straight Arrow Day Camp. We have financial assistance through our “Earn Your Way to Camp” cookie dough sale and our Open Doors Scholarship. The Linback family has also established a financial assistance program called “The No Camper Left Behind Scholarship Fund”. Information about these programs is available at the 18th street YMCA.


If you have any questions about registration, financial aid, or paying your bill, contact our Camp Director, Maggie Allexsaht, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.