Program Areas

for 2-Week Sessions

This list gives some of our most popular activities offered year after year. Some activities are offered by interest or skill level, others by age. Each spring you will receive an official listing of program activities offered for the summer, which will contain a few variations. All campers participate in instructional swimming.

Registered campers will be given the opportunity to request preferred activity areas online during the spring.

See below for more details about age groupings and the camp's program philosophy...

ArcheryArts & CraftsBasketball
CampcraftCanoeingConiston Singers
Frisbee / Disc GolfGames for the MindGymnastics
SnorkelingSoccerStand-Up Paddleboard

* Horseback Riding Program

Horseback Riding is an additional fee program and is available during Two-Week sessions only.

Horseback is taught in English Class Riding Lessons, and includes equine anatomy, grooming and tack. Coniston is a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association and our riding director is a certified instructor of the organization.

Participants must have completed the 4th Grade.

Please note: there are no refunds for this program when lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather.

See Registration > Dates & Fees for additional fee details.

Camper Ages & Divisions

While we firmly believe in younger and older children learning together, our camps are divided into three divisions that help ensure your child’s experience is age appropriate. Our campers range from age 8 to 15.

  • Junior Division...... completed grades 2–4
  • Middler Division...... completed grades 5–7
  • Senior Division..... completed grades 8–10


More about Camp Activities for 2-week sessions

Your camper will participate in eight instructional activities, which includes swimming instruction, during a two-week camp session. He/she will select program areas from the Activity Sign-Up form available online, and on Check-In day will receive a custom schedule based on program availability.

There are four activity periods a day that are scheduled on a M-W-F and Tu-Th-Sat rotation. While we do our best to schedule your child for his or her top activity choices, it is sometimes difficult to do so because of enrollment limitations. For this reason, we encourage campers to try new things and enjoy their experiences!

Swimming has been an important part of Camp Coniston since we began, and every camper is required to take swimming lessons as one of their activities each session. A swimming test is given to each camper on Check-In day to determine what level swimming class he/she will be placed in.

Campers are allowed to change schedules after attending the activity at least once to try it. Changes will be allowed depending on class size and availability.

In addition to the instructional activities, your camper will participate in activities with their respective Camp (Boys or Girls), with their Division (age group), and with their cabin group. YMCA Camp Coniston offers almost two hours of independent “free time” daily for campers to participate in their favorite activities and socialize with other campers and staff.

We believe this schedule gives campers a variety of avenues to make new friends and learn from a diverse group of peers.