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Straight Arrow Day Camp is a summer camp for kids in Lafayette, Indiana that provides fun for the season while focusing on building teamwork, cooperation, and self-esteem.

Our camp is located just outside of Lafayette and hosts weekly camp sessions throughout the summer. Each camp session has a fun theme that inspires activities and events for our campers.

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Your child will make memories at Straight Arrow Day Camp.

YMCA Straight Arrow Day Camp is designed to incorporate a unique word such as respect, leadership, courage, and responsibility. We encourage our youth to become a strong and confident leaders. These campers will participate in canoeing, fishing, archery, swimming, group games, and so much more!

Back in 1969, the Treece family had dreams of children experiencing nature and enjoying the outdoors. The Treece family graciously donated 40 beautiful acres to the Lafayette Family YMCA and it was named "Camp Treece." The YMCA also shared this vision and Straight Arrow Day Camp was started.
For the past 44 years, Straight Arrow Day Camp has become a tradition that has given children the opportunity to make their own special memories. The children have made memories, built lasting friendships, gained independence, and self-confidence. They left camp feeling good about themselves and thankful for the friends they made.
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They won't want to leave camp when the day is over.

At the Lafayette Family YMCA, we want your child to have time to be active and to learn. That’s why we offer a variety of activities.

We take a bus out to camp where the fun really begins. Every week your child will experience a fun camp theme.

Campers will participate in all of our traditional camp activities while incorporating the theme and out character values.


  • Canoeing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Rabbit Racers
  • Mud Pit
  • Dunk tank
  • Human Football
  • Field Games
  • Obstacle Course
  • Gaga
  • Slingshots
  • Sports
  • Nature Hike
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2024 Straight Arrow Day Camp Weekly Themes

Week 1: May 27 - May 31 (Closed 5/27)

Theme: Tropical Paradise

Character Value: Respect


Week 2: June 3 - June 7

Theme: Viking

Character Value: Responsibility


Week 3: June 10 - June 14

Theme: Greek Greatness

Character Value: Caring


Week 4: June 17 - June 21

Theme: Disney

Character Value: Honesty


Week 5: June 24 - June 28

Theme: Desert Oasis

Character Value: Sportsmanship

Week 6: July 1 - July 5 (Closed 7/4)

Theme: Mad Science

Character Value: Patriotism


Week 7: July 8 - July 12

Theme: Wild West

Character Value: Courage


Week 8: July 15 - July 19

Theme: Under the Big Top

Character Value: Humility


Week 9: July 22 - July 26

Theme: Music Makers

Character Value: Self-Esteem


Week 10: July 29 - August 2

Theme: Summer Time Sadness

Character Value: Respect

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Additional Camp Information
  • A $25 deposit is required per week to reserve your spot and is due at registration
  • Please select your weeks of summer camp at registration
  • Bus fees will be added to your weekly bank draft
  • All deposits are non-refundable
  • Place your deposit as soon as possible to ensure that we have space available for your child.


    Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Ages: Kindergarten - 9 years(Must be potty trained)


    • $170/Members
    • $190/Non Members

    May 13 - May 17 & Aug 19 - Aug 23

    Hours: 9:30am - 3:30pm

    Ages 3 - 5 (Must be potty trained)

    This camp is a wonderful way to introduce your youngsters to some new experiences. These campers will participate in canoeing, swimming, fun games, and so much more! Our small tribe numbers and experienced staff help keep the children safe and encourage them to participate in new experience.


    • $145 Members
    • $165 Non members


    We encourage you to bring the following items to help your child have the best experience at the Y!

    • Bring a non-plastic blag to carry your items
    • Labeled cold lunch either in a lunch box or paper bag
    • Drink
    • Sunscreen-labeled with child's name
    • Water shoes or flip flops
    • Swimming suit
    • Towel
    • Extra shoes for creeking & mud pit
    The YMCA believes every child in our community deserves access to the services we provide. That's why we offer our Open Door Scholarship Program. We hope to crate an environment where all people feel welcomed and valued. Applications for assistance are available at the front desk at the YMCA.

    The "No Camper Left Behind Scholarship Fund" is a financial assistance program established in honor of former Straight Arrow Director Harry Linback. Its purpose is to provide funding for those who may be unable to afford some of all of the cost to attend YMCA Straight Arrow Day Camp. Harry wanted every child to have a camp experience regardless of their financial situation.Priority will be given to those campers who participate in the cookie dough sale.

    Applications are available at the YMCA on sale kick off day and at the Y front desk. Application is not a guarantee of funding. This program applies to (1) one week of camp.

    No Camper Left Behind Application


    Kiersten Ferguson

    Kiersten Ferguson is the Camp Director & Assistant School Age Director. They have been past of the YMCA family since 2013. They have worked in youth sports, licensed daycare, and OST. They are excited to be a part of your children's Straight Arrow Day Camp experience this summer! We hope to build lifelong memories, friendships, and skills.


    Pick up at West Lafayette Elementary School

    Pick Up: 8:00am - 8:10am

    Drop Off: 4:50pm - 5:10pm


    $10 per week/Late pickup fee may apply. These times are approximate and we make every effort to arrive within 5 minutes of the scheduled time. When registering. Please specify what days you will need transportation.

    Register for Straight Arrow Day Camp!