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Winter Camp

YMCA Camp Piomingo loves to serve our families and guests of all ages throughout the year! Each season brings an opportunity to step outside, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the magic of camping! Our rustic cabins sleep 10 and we offer programming based on the season. Take a look at what each season will bring here at YMCA Camp Piomingo and sign up today!

Winter Camp (ages 7-16) is a great opportunity to come spend time with old friends and make some new ones over the holiday season. Campers will engage in as many outdoor activities that the weather permits, including our ropes course, pipeline slide, holiday crafts, and many more!  Campers stay in our heated dining hall facility with some time by the fireplace sipping hot chocolate.

2020 Winter Camp Dates TBD

WEEKEND CAMPS

YMCA Camp Piomingo loves to serve our families and guests of all ages throughout the year! Each season brings an opportunity to step outside, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the magic of camping! Our rustic cabins sleep 10 and we offer programming based on the season. Take a look at what each season will bring here at YMCA Camp Piomingo and sign up today!

SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMP

Our staff act as role models for your camper while focusing on safety (in spirit, mind, and body), the development of friendships, and character development (through our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility), all while participating in activities that focus around achievement and learning new skills during their summer overnight camp experience. We accomplish all of these things while being safe and having fun! We offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of our campers, please see the descriptions below as we hope to match each camper with the perfect program.

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Storytelling

Storytelling is a natural part of camp. We would love to have our alumni share stories of their camp days, friends, and the fun they had while at YMCA Camp Piomingo. Please write your story below so it can be shared with all our alumni, campers, staff, and guests!

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    At age 15, I experienced my first summer as a Camp Piomingo counselor. I was hired as the assistant to the Adventure Camp program counselor. This consisted of a week of staff training and eight weeks of summer camp. I made $100 for the entire summer. I fell in love with the job –– and not for the money. Although, it did allow me to buy my first steak dinner ever. I loved it so much, I signed up for six more summers after that.

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    THE SIGHTS OF CAMP PIOMINGO

    Check out some of our campers in action!

    To see more photos, view our SmugMug site and our Facebook page!

    GROUP & SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

    More than just summer camp

    YMCA Camp Piomingo is passionate about impacting and connecting with our local community.  We have had the pleasure of serving corporate retreats, family reunions, church retreats, school field trips, and many other guests.  Our facilities are available for seasonal rentals, where we offer programming, lodging, and food preparation.

    Please click below for a PDF of our programming and pricing.  All inquires can be sent to Sharon Acuna at piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org or by completing the box below.

    Group Rental Inquiry

      Derby Camp

      YMCA Camp Piomingo loves to serve our families and guests of all ages throughout the year! Each season brings an opportunity to step outside, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the magic of camping! Our rustic cabins sleep 10 and we offer programming based on the season. Take a look at what each season will bring here at YMCA Camp Piomingo and sign up today!

      Derby Camp (ages 7 – 16) at YMCA Camp Piomingo is a great way to celebrate a Louisville tradition! It will be a weekend full of games, songs, horsey arts & crafts, traditional Derby foods and furlongs of fun. We will even watch the famous race & cheer for our Derby favorites.  A one-way bus is provided for campers on Oaks Day for an additional fee.

      2021 Dates TBD

      Fee: $200 per camper/$250 for one-way bus transportation – Includes 2 nights lodging, 7 meals, and activities.

      Daily schedule

      Please note that what is listed below is a tentative schedule and is subject to change depending on the program or the week.

      SUNDAY

      3:00      Camper check in at Dining Hall

      4:30      Swim tests (times will vary by cabin/unit)

      5:50      Flag Lowering

      6:00      Dinner

      7:00      Unit orientation/clinic commercials for Pioneers & Explorers

      8:30      Opening Campfire

      10:30    Taps Talk

      11:00    Lights Out

      MONDAY – FRIDAY

      7:50     Flag raising

      8:00     Breakfast

      8:30     Cabin clean up

      9:00     Block 1 (Barn for Equestrians)

      10:00   Block 2 (Barn for Equestrians / Clinics Mon – Thurs)

      11:00   Block 3 (Barn for Equestrians / Clinics Mon – Thurs)

      12:00   Lunch

      1:00     Rest Hour

      2:00     Block 4

      3:00     Block 5

      4:00     Block 6

      5:00     Block 7

      5:50     Flag Lowering

      6:00     Dinner (Cook out on Tuesdays)

      7:00     Cabin meeting

      7:30     Evening Activity (Friday: times vary)

      9:00     Showers (schedule varies by cabin)

      10:30   Taps Talk

      11:00   Lights Out

      SATURDAY

      7:00      Luggage run

      8:00      Breakfast

      8:45      Camper check out at Pavilion

       

      Clinics:

      Available only in the Pioneer and Explorer programs, clinics are a camper’s opportunity to choose activities during the morning hours. Clinics are progressive areas that throughout the week (Monday through Thursday) will build on the previous day’s skills to build skills in specialty areas. Choices are made on Sunday after they get to view each program areas “commercial” performed by staff.  Clinics are offered on a rotating basis, so the same clinics are not offered all 8 weeks of camp.  We also try our best to assign each camper to their top choice, but we cannot guarantee that they will get their #1 choice, which is why we have them rank 5 choices.

      Friday’s are reserved for “Fantastic Fridays” where counselors create fun clinics not offered the rest of the week.  All programs participate in Fantastic Friday.

      Blocks:

      As a cabin group, our campers and counselors travel around to the different program areas each afternoon.  Each program area does have an age requirement, which is why our camp programs are age specific and why not every camper will be able to do every program area.

      Cabin meeting:

      This time allows for cabins to spend time debriefing the day, hanging around the campfire, playing team games, or creating fun new cheers and chants to be heard throughout camp.

      Evening Activities:

      Each evening has time for campers to come together as a unit or as a whole camp and participate in different activities until the sun goes down! We are on a rotating schedule so each week the activities change allowing for a variety of activities for all campers.

      Camp Testimonials

      We think camp is awesome, but don’t just take our word for it! Take a look at some of the things our campers, staff, and guests have said about their experiences here at YMCA Camp Piomingo. If you like to share your story, please email Molly at mstaley@ymcacamppiomingo.org as we love to hear from our families, guests, and staff!

      I am so thankful for such a spectacular camp, just close enough to home, and just far enough away, that it really feels like they’ve been “sent” to camp, but just close enough that we can be there any day required. I like to tell people about the super camp in Brandenburg. I encourage them to check it out.
      Thank you for all your effort and dedication to maintaining such a great camp. My boys love the history (their grandfather went to Piomingo) and the stories. We really appreciate your input on our boys growth and development.

      Jan A.

      Camp provides a good ratio of counselors and they seemed very well trained, caring and energetic. Facilities seemed well attended to and clean. I liked that my daughter talked about how much she liked and actually got to know the staff and other campers... she obviously felt safe and care about and encouraged... seemed to be a very good camp culture of accepting/getting to know yourself, treating others well and accepting them, trying new activities etc.

      Karen M.

      My kids are happy there. They look forward to this all year long. Your counselors make them feel special and loved. They love the traditions, the old friends they see each summer, and they love the relaxed, fun, goofy atmosphere there.

      Alison B.

      There is so much to like! but i have to say that one of my favorite things is that my daughter feels safe and secure, like she's staying with family. My daughter used to be a bit cautious about going away but now she feels very comfortable. that means the world to me!

      Greg G.

      Camp Store

      Looking for a gift for a camp enthusiast? Did you miss out on some of the merchandise from the past summer?  Have no fear, we still have a limited inventory of summer 2019 merchandise, as well as past camper shirts and merchandise.  Give the office a call at 502-942-2616 or email Sharon at piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org to inquire about inventory and sizes.

      2019 merchandise still available: crewneck sweatshirts, gong socks, triangles sticker, noonway shirt, athletic shorts, and noonway bracelet.  2016 – 2019 various camper shirts available as well.

      We were also lucky to have a camper make wooden noonway triangle key fobs to help raise money for our Annual Campaign scholarship fund.  Contact the office for more information or to purchase.

      Feel free to email Molly at mstaley@ymcacamppiomingo.org with any ideas or future requests for the shoppe.

      ABOUT US

      GENERATIONS OF SUMMER CAMP MEMORIES

      For over 80 years, YMCA Camp Piomingo has provided inspiring, engaging and educational co-ed camp programs for children ages 6-16 — all supervised by experienced and caring staff members.  Camp is who we are.

      YMCA Camp Piomingo’s 120-acre campus has been home to countless friendships, life lessons and summertime memories for generations of campers, earning YMCA Camp Piomingo a reputation as one of the premier overnight camps in the region.

      THE YMCA CAMP PIOMINGO MISSION

      At YMCA Camp Piomingo we believe in the potential of every child.  That is why we strive to create an environment that brings out the best in each camper.  With a variety of artistic, athletic and team-based activities, YMCA Camp Piomingo campers are given daily opportunities to find out who they are, who they want to be, and then — with the support of friends and our caring staff — develop the confidence and character to become that person.

      OUR GOALS

      • To have FUN in a safe and friendly environment
      • To challenge each individual in spirit, mind, and body
      • To foster an understanding of international relationships and cultural diversity
      • To encourage an appreciation of the natural environment
      • To instill courage, confidence, and character in all our campers, guests, and staff

      OUR YMCA MISSION

      As the overnight camp of the YMCA of Greater Louisville, our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs, which build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

      OUR YMCA CORE VALUES

      Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith are the character values we instill in our campers, guests, and staff through intentional programming and relationship building.

      2020 COVID-19 Update

      2020 Summer Camp Update

      Dear Piomingo Families,

      As many of you know, YMCA Camp Piomingo has a strong 82 year legacy, which is rooted in building community and relationships, as well as creating life long memories. After reviewing the ACA and CDC guidelines, we recognize that the quality camp programming and experience that we have been known for would not be possible. Our inability to provide the high quality camping experience our campers, families and staff are accustomed to have led us to the heartbreaking decision to suspend all 2020 summer programs.

      This is a difficult time for all of us! Many campers were excitedly anticipating their 1st experience while others couldn’t wait to return for a 2nd, 5th and even a 10th year. Our counselors are disappointed to not be able to be with their campers and our Leadership Team is disheartened because we know that kids need camp so very much this year. For now, the magic of camp has been suspended, but be assured that YMCA Camp Piomingo will be back in 2021 when we will once again help kids discover who they are and what they can become. Since we endured this hiatus in 2020, we will be even more appreciative of our camp community that affirms the self-identity and independence of each camper.

      As all the staff are as well, we know your child will be saddened by this news. Please share the video above with them. This page also has some resources available below to help navigate some of the questions or feelings they may have about this decision.

      These are unprecedented times that are particularly challenging for our beloved camp. Since we have already incurred substantial costs associated with the 2020 season, we ask that you consider donating all or a portion of your fees paid. Since we are a 501c3, your gift will be tax deductible, we will be grateful, and YMCA Camp Piomingo will be positioned to serve many future campers.

      Please select the option that will be best for your family and camp.

      • Donate all camp fees to help sustain camp operations.
      • Donate a portion of your fee and receive a refund or transfer fees to summer 2021.
      • Transfer all fees to 2021.
      • Request a full refund.

      Please complete our  2020 Cancellation Form for each registered camper in Campbrain by June 5, 2020. Please note, all upcoming/remaining draft payments for 2020 have been cancelled.

      Please hug your campers tightly for us and let them know that we too are feeling this loss with them but we are hopeful for the future. If you have other questions or comments, feel free to call or email piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org. Stay well.

      Noonway!

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      We recognize that you and your camper(s) may have a lot of questions at this time. Here are some frequently asked questions to help, but if you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org. Please note as we learn more information this fluid document will be updated.

      Explaining our Decision
      We have been closely following the guidelines and information provided to us from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA), as well as our state and local authorities on when and how we can open camp. The unknown status of opening overnight camp in Kentucky does not leave us enough time to prepare the program, staff, or property effectively. In addition, the suggested guidance for operating youth programs in the COVID-19 environment place restrictions on our enrollment and programs, which would be necessary for controlling the spread of the virus, but would change the camp environment and programming so significantly that we couldn’t provide the experience you signed up for.

      If the state of Kentucky allows overnight camps to open later, will you reconsider?
      This late in the spring, we are not able to shift towards opening our traditional operation. We are beginning to shift on focus on how to offer opportunities such as virtual experiences or possible family programming here at camp. Our goal is to share more information around these programs in the upcoming week.

      What about fees that I have already paid?
      We recognize that this global pandemic is financially affecting people in different ways. As such, we have several different options for families that have already paid some or all of their fees.

      • Donate all camp fees to help sustain camp operations.
      • Donate a portion of your fee and receive a refund or transfer fees to summer 2021.
      • Transfer all fees to 2021.
      • Request a full refund.

      What is the process to indicate my preference? Should I call or email camp?
      Due to the number of camper families and our desire to streamline the process as much as possible for you, we have set up a form for you to indicate your preference. You can login to your Camp Brain account here and navigate to your camper’s registration, then complete the “2020 Cancellation Form.” We are asking all families to complete this form by June 5th. Please know that due to the large number of camper families and the complexities with the process that refunds, receipts, and credits will take some time. We will work diligently to have everything processed and changed in our system within the month. Please note our office staff is limited at this time.

      What’s the best way to get in touch with camp?
      As we have limited staff in the office, please send all questions to piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org and someone will get back to you as soon as possible or complete the “2020 Cancellation Form” in Camp Brain.

      Why is camp asking me to consider donating some/all of my paid fees? Would this be a charitable donation?
      These are unprecedented times that are particularly challenging for our beloved camp. Since we have already incurred substantial costs associated with the 2020 season, we ask that you consider donating all or a portion of your fees paid. Since we are a 501c3, your gift will be tax deductible, we will be grateful, and YMCA Camp Piomingo will be positioned to serve many future campers.

      This is going to be really difficult for my child. Do you have any advice on how to talk to them about summer camp being canceled?
      We absolutely understand that this is just one more loss on top of what has been a season of losses. Feeling sad, or even lashing out about not being able to come to camp, are very natural reactions for some children. In fact, we see these emotions and associated behaviors every summer when working through homesickness—which is strangely a similar situation only in reverse. This year your camper is likely to be “campsick.” Make certain you are in a head space where you can calmly listen to your child’s emotions. Hear them, understand them, and redirect them. Below are some resources we think could help in a conversation with your camper.

      One of my children is aging out of summer camp. If I apply my funds paid to 2021 can I use those funds for a different child in my household?
      Yes. Please choose the “other” option on the online form and fill in any special instructions you have.

      My child was set to be a CIT this summer—their last year as a camper. They are crushed to miss this iconic tradition. Can they be a CIT in 2021?
      We share the heartbreak your teen is feeling. We are so proud of the work we get to do every summer with these young people. Our hope is to have your CIT back in 2021 for a couple of weeks before they are allowed to apply to be a staff member. At this point we are working on plans for 2021 and hope to have more details out in the coming weeks.

      Will there be any virtual programming this summer?
      We are beginning to shift our focus to how we can offer opportunities such as virtual experiences or family opportunities here at camp. Our goal is to share more information around these programs in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, feel free to visit our Facebook page for past videos of camp activities, songs, and story times.

      How can I help camp?
      Camp Piomingo is blessed with a community of supporters who care about our mission and know that a camp experience changes lives. We rely on this support and are grateful for all who offer it!

      Please consider these ways that you can support camp through this difficult time:

      • Make a donation and let us know if your company provides matching funds!
      • Donate all or a portion of your camp fees.
      • Notify us of any grants, foundations, or other funding opportunities that would provide support to camp (piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org).
      • Watch social media (especially Instagram @ymcacamppiomingo) for upcoming virtual camp challenges and opportunities to get engaged.

      CAMPER SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

      Can we come visit camp this summer?
      Unfortunately, not at this time. We realize that camp is a refuge and a second home to many alumni and families. We will keep you updated as to when we can open our camp gates again.

      I’m going to miss a year at camp and not seeing my camp friends.
      While camp is the place that you met some of your great camp friends, we encourage you to reach out outside of camp: talk, write letters, and, when it is safe to do so, hang out with them. Our camp community may be physically distant this year, but the friendships, lessons, and memories of camp magic are always cherished and you can hold on to them and bring them home. We hope to organize some virtual experiences to connect our campers throughout the summer.

      I really wanted to see my counselors.
      Our counselors are feeling the same emotions as you. There is an indescribable wave of energy and emotion when campers come through the gate on check-in days. The relationships that you have with your counselors are incredibly important, and just because you can’t see them this summer doesn’t mean you can’t keep those relationships. Just like with your camper friends, you can write a letter to your counselors; we know that hearing from you brightens their days as much as you enjoy writing the letter. Please contact camp (piomingo@ymcacamppiomingo.org) to assist with getting some of this information.

      I was going to be a 1st year camper this year, what about me?
      We’re so sorry that you won’t get to have your first Piomingo summer this year, but please know that we are welcoming you into the Piomingo Nation from afar! We hope that you will join us for some of our camper engagement experiences this summer.

      I was supposed to be a last year camper or CIT.
      If you were supposed to be a last year camper or CIT please be on the lookout for more information to come. We understand completely what these summers mean to you and are working tirelessly to make plans with you in mind.

      Camp Countdown!

      News & Upcoming Events

      Summer 2021

      We are planning to host camp in summer 2021 and will be adhering to all guidelines and recommendations laid out by the CDC, ACA, state and local health departments, and the YMCA of the USA.  Capacity will be limited, so register NOW!

       

      We are in the middle of making changes to our website, but soon we will have a COVID page.  This page will be updated every couple weeks with information, policies & procedures, and capacity updates.

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