Day Camp for youth 6 to 13 years
Camp Wind-in-the-Pines is a summer day camp for school-aged children located on Stiles Reservoir in Leicester. Each session is packed with themed activities, games, and projects, as well as traditional camp activities.
For the convenience of working parents, camp hours are 7:30 a.m.-5:30 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 and crafts, games, sports and literacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for more information and a Camp Scholarship Application.
7:30–9:00 AM Arrival
9:00–9:15 AM Opening Circle
9:15–9:45 AM Morning Snack
9:45–10:00 AM Cabin Meeting
10:00–10:45 AM Swim Lessons
10:45–11:00 AM Transition
11:00–11:30 AM Activity
11:30 AM–12:00 PM Lunch
12:00–12:30 PM Literacy
12:30–1:00 PM Sports
1:00–2:00 PM Choice Period
2:00–3:00 PM Free Swim
3:00–3:30 PM Snack
3:30–3:45 PM Closing Circle
3:45–4:15 PM Transport to YWCA
4:15–6:00 PM Gym, Free Choice, Pick-up
Camp Wind-in-the-Pines provides parents with two locations for drop-off and pick-up:
YWCA Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester (Additional transportation fee of $45/week 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 and drop-off information.
The quality of camp staff is what sets 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.