About Camp Melstone


Summer is our favorite season at the Y. We love to see all of our campers get up, out, and explore. The YMCA of Metro North Summer Camps encourages young people to achieve more, build relationships with peers and feel a sense of belonging through fun and enriching experiences.

YMCA of Metro North Summer Camps are seasonal day camp programs for girls and boys ages four to fifteen. At Camp, children make friends, discover their passions, explore creativity and develop skills through a wide range of weekly activities. The YMCA helps them develop strong friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

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A Typical Day…

Sports, games, arts and crafts, social responsibility, and fun are all on-site at the Melrose Family YMCA! Camp begins with a morning assembly, a spirited meeting to get campers excited for the day! Here we sing songs and make special announcements. Campers move on to many activities, both indoor and outdoor; from swimming, gym games, creative arts, nature, adventure, and more. Ages 4-6 will partake in the fun and exciting adventure days each week. Field trips are held each week for ages 7-13 where campers will be offered an exciting day trip away from camp.

Camp Mini Melstone Highlights (ages 4-6) :

  • Small ratio of 1 counselor per 5 children.
  • Weekly sports classes with Coach Alex
  • Swimming activities at the YMCA pool.
  • Weekly on-site adventure days.
  • Weekly health and wellness classes including cooking, Zumba, and much more!
  • Weekly camp newsletters with important information and announcements for parents and campers.
  • Dedicated staff team with years of camp experience and extensive training.
  • Children must be fully potty trained.

Camp Melstone Highlights (ages 7-13) :

  • Weekly Sports classes with Coach Alex
  • Swimming activities at the YMCA pool.
  • Weekly field trips to a variety of local attractions.
  • Weekly Health and Wellness Classes
  • Cooking, Zumba, Tabata, Science Experiments, and much more!
  • Organized outdoor games at Washington Park.
  • Weekly camp newsletters with important information and announcements for parents and campers.
  • Dedicated staff team with years of camp experience and extensive training.

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Camp Dates & Hours:

Camp Melstone and Mini Melstone run for ten, one week sessions from June 21-August 26. We are open five days a week from 8:00am-4:00pm.
*Camp is closed on Monday, June 20th and Monday, July 4th.

Camp Hours: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Virtual Information Sessions:
Tuesday February 22: 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. – Register!
Saturday, March 19: 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. – Register!
Thursday, April 14: 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. – Register!
Saturday, May 7: 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. – Register!

Camp Melstone Rates:

Age Family Member Youth Member Non-Member
Mini Melstone
4-6 years
$275 $300 $350
Camp Melstone
7-13 years
$245 $275 $335

$30 non-refundable deposit per week is due at registration
Sibling discount 15% off for second child

Required Paperwork:

A 2022 camp application, health history, and immunization record are mandatory for every camper who attends camp. All paperwork must be on file at the Melrose YMCA two weeks prior to your child attending camp.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available through the YMCA’s ACCESS program.  All financial aid applications are due by May 31st and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can apply for financial assistance online.

Camp  Sessions

Camp Week Dates Weekly Themes Special Events Dress Up Day
Week 1 June 21-June 24 Carnival Week Carnival Games Neon/Crazy Wear
Week 2 June 27-July 1 Party in the USA! Y's Got Talent Red, White & Blue
Week 3 July 5-July 8 All About Sports Dodgeball Tournament Favorite Sports Jersey
Week 4 July 11-July 15 Around the World Olympic Events Wear Your Favorite Country's Colors
Week 5 July 18-July 22 Holiday Week Wrap a Counselor Contest Halloween Costumes
Week 6 July 25-July 29 STEAM Science Fair Future Career
Week 7 August 1-August 5 Creative Creations Art Gallery Tie Dye & Bright Colors
Week 8 August 8-August 12 Wacky Week Minute to Win it Game Show Inside Out/Mismatched Attire
Week 9 August 15-August 19 Splish Splash Water Games and Sprinklers Crazy Hair Day
Week 10 August 22-August 26 Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt 80's Workout Wear

Weekly Themes

Session 1
(June 21-June 24): Carnival Week – Join us as we kick off another great summer; celebrate our differences, begin new friendships and experience fun and exciting carnival games!

Session 2 (June 27-July 1): Party in the USA! – Celebrate America during this red, white, and blue packed week. Campers will enjoy Olympic- inspired games and historical discoveries this week while learning about the USA and what makes us great.

Session 3 (July 5-July 8): All About Sports – “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play”. We’re celebrating the history of sports in New England! We will focus on sport-specific games, positive sportsmanship all while having fun at camp!

Session 4 (July 11-July 15): Around the World – Travel the world in 5 days, without leaving Melrose! Campers will do just that while learning and having fun with a new culture and place each day this week.

Session 5 (July 18-July 22): Holiday Week – Join us for a week of holiday celebrations. We will explore a variety of holiday traditions throughout the week.

Session 6 (July 25-July 29): STEAM – Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math? This week of activities involves hands-on interactive projects introducing students to STEAM projects.

Session 7 (August 1-August 5): Creative Creations – This week will be filled with exciting camp-style experiments and exploration. Learning this week may be MESSY & WILD but it’s guaranteed to be FUN!

Session 8 (August 8-August 12): Wacky Week – This fun-filled week is loaded with silly and goofy activities! Notable wacky adventures include science experiments, scavenger hunts, and talent shows. A special emphasis is placed on fun, laughter, and participation during this week.

Session 9 (August 15-August 19): Splish Splash Week – Campers will splash around all day for another week filled with water games, activities, and lots of swimming!

Session 10 (August 22-August 26): Amazing Race – A week of fun adventures include scavenger hunts, relay races and much more! Campers and staff will be split into teams and compete against one another in activities and challenges to earn Camp Melstone’s Top Spot!
*Subject to change.

Melrose Family YMCA Mission:
The Melrose Family YMCA builds strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Camp Melstone Vision:

Camp Melstone intentionally fosters achievement, relationships, and belonging through fun, safe, and enriching experiences at day camp. We help children build skills, develop strong friendships and feel like they are part of something great.

Camp Melstone Goals:

  • Deliver a summer full of rewarding experiences to campers of all ages.
  • Ignite a passion for physical activity and appreciation for the great outdoors.
  • Encourage campers to try new experiences.
  • Give campers the opportunity to belong in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Inspire socially responsible campers ready to give back to the community.

Camp Melstone complies with all regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the Board of Health. Parents/Guardians may request copies of background checks, health care, and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.