Welcome to Camp Wells!

About Camp Wells

Welcome to our newest camp, Camp Wells! Our 2023 inaugural season was a huge success, and we can't wait to welcome campers back for 2024! Each week campers have a blast with full days of traditional camp games, sports, arts and crafts, swim lessons, hiking, free swim, nature walks, exploration, and camp-wide fun! All activities are run by trained counselors who model the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

In addition to traditional camp games and activities, campers enjoy hiking, nature, basketball, soccer, volleyball, pickleball, flag football, whiffle ball, gaga ball, handball, and dodgeball. Swim lessons are in the Wells Ave Y’s indoor pool.

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Summer day camp in Newton located at the Wells Ave Y

For youth entering grades K-6

Leader-In-Training for youth entering grades 7-9

1-week sessions

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Give your kids the best summer ever.

Camp FAQs

We have compiled frequently asked questions for our summer day camps.

2024 Camp Guide

Read about our 4 summer camps

Camp Wells is for youth entering grades K-6. Camp sessions are one weeklong and camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and after camp from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional cost per session. Please see our Session Rates section. 

Leader-In-Training sessions provide our oldest campers (youth entering grades 7-9) a way to transition from camper to counselor. LITs gain valuable leadership skills and take on more responsibility at camp. LIT sessions are for 2 weeks, and camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more Leader-In-Training opportunities, please visit our LIT page here.


Session 1

July 1 - 5

*July 4 is closed

LIT Session 1

July 1 - 12

*July 4 is closed

Session 2July 8 -12
Session 3July 15 - 19
LIT Session 2July 15 - 26
Session 4July 22 - 26
Session 5July 29 - August 2
LIT Session 3July 29 - August 9
Session 6August 5 - 9
Session 7August 12 - 16
LIT Session 4August 12 - 23
Session 8August 19 -23


Camper Rates Per Session

West Suburban YMCA Household Member: $359
West Suburban YMCA Youth Member: $417
Non-Member: $469

Extended Camper Care (Per Session)

AM Care (7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.): $40
PM Care (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.): $60

LIT Rates Per Session

West Suburban YMCA Household Member: $490
West Suburban YMCA Youth Member: $650
Non-Member: $690

Wait Lists

Due to high demand many of our camp sessions have wait lists. We recommend you register early! 


  • A 25% registration fee is required for each day camp session you wish to reserve at the time of registration.  
  • The registration fee is applied to the total balance due for each session.
  • All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Registration is available online, by phone or in person:

  • Register here.
  • Call Camping Services at 617-244-6050 x 3008 and we will help you register.

Billing, Payment Plans, and Financial Aid for Camp Pikati, Camp Wells, and Camp Chickami

  • Remaining balance payment is due 60 days prior to the session start date.  
  • Payments will be auto drafted accordingly with the card on file.
  • If a camper has a prior outstanding balance with the West Suburban YMCA, it must be paid in full prior to registration.
  • Financial assistance is available and can be applied for on a confidential basis. Please download the Financial Assistance Application and return it to financialaid@wsymca.org for review. For more information, contact Marie Minardi.  
  • If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact our Camp Registrar, Marie Minardi, at 617-244-6050 x3008.  

Refund and Cancellations for Camp Pikati, Camp Wells and Camp Chickami:

  • Cancellations must be submitted two months prior to the session start date to receive a refund minus the 25% registration fee. 
  • The tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable unless due to a serious medical issue. In this case a physician’s note is required.
  • Campers, who arrive late, depart early, or miss days are not granted pro-rated fees or refunds.
  • The Y reserves the right to retain camp fees for campers who decide they do not like camp, have minor illnesses, are homesick, are removed from camp for disciplinary reasons, and/or change of family plans.

Sibling Discounts

Receive 5% discount off total fees. All campers must reside in the same physical address to receive the discount. Contact campings@wsymca.org to receive discount.

Referral Discounts

Friends make everything more fun! For every first-time overnight camper you refer, you each receive $100 off your Camp Frank A. Day fees. For every first-time day camper you refer, you each receive $50 off your Camp Chickami, Camp Wells, and/or Camp Pikati fees!

9:00 AM Campers Arrive
9:15 AM Morning Assembly
9:20 AM Camp Crafts
10:00 AM Water & Sunblock Break
10:15 AM Nature Hike or Field Activity
10:45 AM Swimming
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Down Time
1:00 PM  Gaga Ball
1:45 PM Archery
2:35 PM Choice Time
3:30 PM Afternoon Assembly
4:00 PM Campers Depart

Help Others Experience Camp Wells

Parent Testimonies from Camp Wells 2023

It was my campers first time at the Newton YMCA we recently moved to Newton and he was so happy to be part of the summer camp at that location. 

My kids have been going to Y camps for 10 years so I had faith this first year @ Wells would work out well :)


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Joshua Downes

Director of Association Athletics
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Marie Minardi

Camp/Childcare Registrar

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