Summer Camps at Horsethief Reservoir

Summer Camp immerses children in a community where making friends is natural, exploring new interests is encouraged, and discovering inner strength is guaranteed. The Y offers three types of summer camps at Horsethief Reservoir running from June 9th to August 9th.

Summer Resident Camps

Youth Camp

Youth camp is all about developing positive relationships, learning new skills, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Teen Camp

Teen Camp is the ultimate summer camp experience for teens. Social time for building friendships and opportunities to try all the camp activities.

Summer Resident Camps

Summer Resident Camps are overnight camps at Horsethief Reservoir running from Sunday to Friday for nine weeks each summer.

It’s an opportunity for your child to learn skills they can use for life. Through new experiences, new friendships and connections with nurturing counselors, your child can discover their potential and be encouraged to live a life of purpose.

NEW Color War Weekend

Would you like to extend your camper’s experience? New this year, Y Camp offers Color War Weekend Sessions to combine two consecutive weeks of camp!

Week 1June 9 - June 14
Week 2June 16 - June 21
Week 3June 23 - June 28
Week 4*June 30 - July 3
Week 5July 7 - July 12
Week 6July 14 - July 19
Week 7July 21 - July 26
Week 8July 28 - August 2
Week 9 August 4 - August 9
* Special Pricing for Short Week:
Youth: $315/$385
Adventure: $325/$395

Adventure Camps

Adventure Camps are Summer Resident Camps focused on a wilderness experience.

Campsites are located centrally to camp property and near restroom and showering facilities. Jr. Adventure provides a safe and controlled environment for young men and women to develop a love for the outdoors that will last a lifetime.

SPECIAL Week 4 Price
(short week June 30 – July 3)

Youth Camp
$315 members / $385 non-members

Adventure Camp
$325 members / $395 non-members

Jr. Adventure Camp

Jr. Adventure gives an introductory glance into the world of wilderness living and adventure. Campers tent camp each night and learn how to interact with the natural world around them.

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is for those campers who are ready for a fully immersed wilderness experience. Campers tent camp each night at Adventure Base Camp located on the outskirts of the camp.

Summer Leadership Camps

At the Y, we believe leadership is a skill that can be learned and is essential for success in life. We understand that developing and practicing these skills early is necessary for teens to recognize their full potential. Y Summer Leadership Camps place teens in a supportive group setting where they can practice leading peers and others. Campers leave better prepared to lead in their schools, churches, and communities.

However, because your teen is still a camper, there is always time for them to participate in fun camp activities. Leadership campers will have the opportunity to visit most of the typical camp activities.

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Aspiring Leaders

Aspiring Leaders (AL) is the first of a three-tiered leadership program at Y Camp that instills campers with the confidence and compassion it takes to be a leader. This introductory leadership program helps teens identify and begin to cultivate leadership skills such as listening, public speaking, positive role modeling, and peer guidance.

Leaders In Training

  • Ages: 14-15 & AL completed
    (or 15 & 9th grade completed)
  • Members: $470
  • Non-Members: $580
  • Weeks: 2,3,5,7,8

The Leader in Training (LIT) program is open to campers who are 14 and have completed the Aspiring Leaders Program OR are 15 years old.

The LIT program takes a deeper look into leadership, challenging teens to practice creativity, manage a project as a team and begin to identify which leadership skills they are already great at or need to continue to develop.

Counselor In Training

Applicants must have completed the Leaders in Training Program and be invited to apply by the Summer Camp Director OR be 16 years old and completed an application.

Approval is required prior to registration of Counselor in Training (CIT) participants. Applications must be submitted to the summer camp director. Applicants must have completed the Leaders in Training Program and be invited to apply by the Summer Camp Director OR be 16 years old and completed an application.

Parent & Camper Information

Week 1June 9 – June 14
Week 2June 16 – June 21
Week 3June 23 – June 28
Week 4*June 30 – July 3
Week 5July 7 – July 12
Week 6July 14 – July 19
Week 7July 21 – July 26
Week 8July 28 – August 2
Week 9 August 4 – August 9
* Special Pricing for Short Week:
Youth: $315/$385
Adventure: $325/$395


All summer camp programs require a $65 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit to register. Balances must be paid in full at least 2 weeks prior to check-in day for your session unless prior arrangements have been made. If payment is not received, your registration may be cancelled and your payments forfeited.

Final payment is due two weeks before camp (unless prior arrangements have been made). Scheduled payments may be made online. If payment is not received, your registration will be cancelled and your payments forfeited. If you have extenuating circumstances or if you would like to apply for financial assistance please contact the Camp Registrar at 2083445502 ext 250.

Wait Lists

Once a camp is full, a waiting list will be established. When a spot becomes available, the first eligible camper on the wait list will be called. Campers are called on a first-come, first-served basis.

Financial Assistance

We are proud to say no child will be turned away due to the inability to pay. However, camp space is limited, so we operate on a first come first served basis. Please complete the Financial Assistance Application and return to any of the Treasure Valley YMCA facilities.


Full refunds minus the depositwill only be issued for cancellations made in writing at least 14 days prior to camp. No refund will be issued for cancellations made 13 days or less prior to camp. All deposits are non-refundable. A transfer fee of $25 will be charged for changes made after May 1.

Cabin Mate Requests

Requests must be of the same gender, campers should be no more than a year apart in age, andthe request must be reciprocal, meaning that each camper must request and accept the request of the other camper they wish to pair with.Because we attempt to provide a diverse cabin group experience as possible we will honor only one, cabin mate request from each camper. Our goal is to remove any potential for cliques,so that campers who do not already know some of their cabin mates will not feel left out. We are very aware of the anxieties, emotions, and desires that campers feel toward this life changing experience. Our policies are part of the design that allow us to continue to practice youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Shellye Wilson
Camp Registrar

Chelsea Dixon
Camp Director

Tanner Rohne
Associate Executive Director

Erik Bullock
Executive Director

Mail:301 Horsethief Rd
P.O. Box 87Cascade, ID 83611

Emergency: 208-389-2267

Camper Email:

7:00amWake Up
7:45amBreakfast/Flag Raising
9:00amMorning Activities Begin
1:20pmToes Up (Rest Hour)
2:30pmCabin Activities
4:00pmWaterfront Time (times vary)
6:00pmDinner/Flag Lowering
7:00pmEvening Program
8:30pmDaily Reflections
9:15pmDevotions / Lights Out

Campers may deposit money to a camp store account during the registration process online. At least once during the session campers will have the opportunity to make purchases. Counselors also help campers manage their money wisely so it lasts through the week. Clothing and souvenir items range from $1 -$40.

Some clothing items will be on display for parents to purchase at check out at camp as well.

Any remaining balance of $5 or less will be donated automatically to the YMCA Annual Campaign. This campaign provides financial assistance to those who otherwise could not afford to participate in services and programs offered by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA.

Please use the Camper Inventory document to record what your camper brings to camp. We also suggest putting the list in the camper’s luggage so that they can check to make sure they have everything when packing to go home. Please review the Y Camp Dress Code, detailed in the next section, as you prepare your camperfor camp.

Average daytime highs are between 75 -95 degrees while evening lows can be as low as 35 degrees. Please be certain your camper has warm clothing. Long sleeves and pants are required for evenings at camp as they help protectagainst the cold as well as insect bites.

Remember that your camper will be spending most of the day outdoors and they will get dirty. Please send OLD clothes, towels, and shoes and be sure to label ALL clothing and equipment.

Please do notpack cell phones, electronics, pocket knives, firearms, alcohol, illegal drugs, or tobacco.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer camp is $580 for non-members and $470 for Members per week. This covers all activities and meals. Some specialty programs have different rates.

Transportation is provided to camp and from camp. It departs from the West Boise YMCA (5959 N Discovery Way, Boise, ID 83713). Y Camp also loves and encourages parents to come to camp and see the facility as they drop off or pick up their camper.

Check-in for bus riders is 2:30-4pm at the West Boise YMCA on Sunday. Buses depart no later than 4pm. Check-in at Camp is 4-5pm on Sunday. Please notify us if you cannot arrive at Camp by 5pm. Dinner is at 6pm.

Check-out at Camp is 1-2pm on Friday. If you need to pick up your camper earlier, written notification is required. Check-out for bus riders is 3:30-4:30pm at the West Boise YMCA on Friday. If the buses are running late, the Camp Director will notify you upon your arrival at the West Boise YMCA.

*All Campers must be checked in by an adult. Check-in will take 15-30 minutes, please plan accordingly. The process includes tagging luggage, confirming registration information, turning in any medications, and talking to your camper’s counselor.

No child is ever left alone at Y Camp! We have 24-hour supervision and many of our staff are former campers who have been through the leadership training programs. Others have experience at different camps around the country. All of Y Camp staff and volunteers are interviewed, have background checks through our HR department, and attend week-long staff training before the start of summer camp.

Registration can be completed online by following the link below. Summer Camp registration can take about 30-45 minutes. We suggest that you set aside some time to do this from the comfort of your home where you have access to all the documents required. Because we want to ensure the safety of your child, there is a lot of detailed information that is needed.

If you feel as though you need additional help or have questions with the registration process, please call the Y Camp Registrar at 208 344 5502 Ext 250.

YES! Our new registration system will allow you to set up a payment plan that works for your budget. This is one option to make camp more affordable and allow ample time to pay for camp.

YES! We offer financial aid for camp just like all other YMCA programs.

Summer camp is a fabulous way for campers to develop new skills, self-confidence, and make new friends. We do this through a variety of activities such as archery, climbing tower, arts, and crafts. We even have a spectacular waterfront with gorgeous views. We offer evening activities such as campfires and cookouts. All our activities are designed to help campers grow and learn more about themselves and others while living by the core values of the YMCA of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.