General Information

Registration for 2017 Summer Camp is Open!


You can give your child a super summer camp experience this year at one of the YWCA Central Massachusetts’ many summer camp programs, which run June 19 to August 25, 2017. Camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a child’s life. It’s a place to make new friends, learn new skills, explore interests, face challenges, build self-esteem and have fun!

Camp Brochure 2017

Check out our summer camp video! 

The YWCA has summer camp programs for children of all ages:

Scamper Camp for children 4 to 5 years.
Scamper Camp is offered through the YWCA’s Early Education & Care program.
Click here for more information about Scamper Camp

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines Day Camp for youth 6 to 14 years.
The YWCA also offers a Counselor-in-Training program for teens 14 to 15 years at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines (requires application and interview).

Qualified Staff
The quality of camp staff is what sets the YWCA’s summer camp programs apart from others. All camp counselors are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid, and meet the  departments of Early Education and Care and Public Health requirements.

All summer camp registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please read the registration form carefully. A $30 non-refundable deposit per child per session is required. Balances must be paid in full and all required forms must be received by June 1. To avoid any delays please register online only if you will be paying online, if you will be mailing your payment please download the registration form and mail it with payment.

Click it: To register and pay online please click here.
Mail it: Mail completed registration form with payment to YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Fax it: 508-754-0496

A confirmation packet with additional camp information and forms will be sent once your child’s registration is processed. To receive your confirmation packet via email, please be sure to print your email address on the registration form in the indicated area.

NOTE: Sessions 1 through 9 are closed.

Camp Fees 

YWCA’s Camp-Wind-In-The-Pines has made a commitment to offering an affordable summer camp experience for your child.

Day Camper: $245.00 total per weekly session ($200.00 per week, plus $45.00 transportation fee.)
Counselor in Training:$130.00 total per weekly session ($85.00 per week, plus $45.00 transportation fee.)
*Transportation fee is required for transportation from Worcester.  Campers dropped off and picked up in Leicester do not need to pay for transportation.

About Camp

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines is a summer day camp for school-aged children located on Stiles Reservoir in Leicester and provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to explore nature and participate in recreational water sports.  For the convenience of working parents, camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp has an ample amount of sandy beach and lake front property with a boathouse and dock, several recreation halls, a ball field and nature trails. The bath house is equipped with private rest rooms, showers and changing areas for campers.

Campers are divided into specific age groups and are instructed in areas that are developmentally appropriate. Each session is packed with themed activities, games, and projects, as well as traditional camp activities. Every session includes: swim lessons, recreational swim, boating (8 years and older), arts & crafts, games and sports.

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines is licensed through the Town of Leicester Board of Health and complies to all regulations established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Sample Day of Activities

7:30—9:00 a.m. Arrival
9:00—9:15 a.m. Opening Circle
9:15—9:45 a.m. Morning Snack
9:45—10:00 a.m. Cabin Meeting
10:00—10:45 a.m. Sports

10:45—11:30 a.m. Daily Activity
11:30—12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15—1:00 p.m. Literacy
1:00—2:00 p.m.  Choice Period
2:00—2:20 p.m. Afternoon Snack

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.  Closing Circle
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Transport to YWCA
3:00- 4:00 p.m. Swim Lessons

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Soccer

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Gym, Free Choice, Pick-up


Camp Wind-in-the-Pines provides parents with two locations for drop-off & pick-up:
YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester  (Additional transportation fee for campers dropped off and picked up in Worcester)
YWCA Camp Wind-in-the-Pines, 89 Parker Street, Leicester
See registration form for bus pick-up & drop-off information.


Once campers enter their teens they want a different experience–the Counselor-in-Training program (CIT) at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines provides teens with just that. The CIT program prepares teens ages 14-15 years to become future leaders by developing self-esteem, peer relations, interpersonal skills, and leadership techniques.

CIT participants will receive training to prepare them to work with adults, peers, and children. Training includes: Child Development, Group Dynamics, Curriculum Development, Conflict Resolution, and Child Abuse Prevention Training.  Week 8 is currently sold out for the CIT program.  To enroll in the CIT program, please email the camp director at to request an application and set up an interview.


The YWCA provides partial scholarship assistance through its summer camp scholarship program to prospective campers with financial need. The availability of scholarship funds is limited. If you meet the following qualifications you may be eligible: you work at least 30 hours a week; you are a student and attend class at least five hours a day; or you are medically incapable of caring for your child. For more information and a Camp Scholarship Application please click here.