JOY Summer Camp

The mission of JOY Summer Camp is to provide a fun, safe, and faith based environment where campers can acquire skills, develop friendships, and grow spiritually through imaginative play and experiencing God’s creation in Jackson Hole.

JOY Weekly Schedule 2018

Week 1: June 25-29
Circus Spectacular!

Come join us inside the tent as we explore the wonders of the circus!

Week 4: July 16-20
Under the Sea!

Dive in with us as we explore the underwater world!

Week 7: August 6-10
Super Hero!

Come join the JOY LEAGUE of Super Heroes as keep the justice in Jackson Hole!

Week 2: July 2-3, 5-6*
Hooray for the USA!

Join us as we celebrate this great nation’s birthday with All-American games and activities!

Week 5: July 23-27
Wild, Wild West!

Saddle-up par’ners as we figure out how the west was won!

Week 8: August 13-17
Pirate Island!

Ahoy, maties! Come help us find the Lost Treasures of Jackson Hole!

Week 3: July 9-13
Lights, Camera, Action!

Don’t miss this week as things will be spiced up with a little glitz and glamour!

Week 6: July 30-August 3
Space Exploration!

Blast off with us as we navigate our way through asteroid belts and save the galaxy!

Week 9: August 20-24
Teton Safari!

Be on alert as we explore the beautiful flora and fauna of Jackson Hole.

More About JOY Camp

Here is what a typical day looks like at JOY:

8:45-9:00am: Arrival and Check-In
9:00am: Opening Ceremonies
9:30am: Snack and Devotions
10:00am: Morning Activity #1
11:15am: Morning Activity #2
12:15pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Story Time
1:30pm: Afternoon Activity
3:15pm: Closing Ceremonies
3:30pm: Pick Up

There is some creative variation in the daily schedule for special events.
Before and After Care is offered and extends the day to start at 8:00am and pick up to 5:30pm. The added cost for Before and After Care is $15/day.
All campers will experience a wide range of outdoor activities when attending JOY Summer Camp. These activities will include:

Arts and Crafts
Target Sports
Nature Exploration
Biking
Adventure Games
Music
Singing and Storytelling
Water Activities
Silly Science
All Camp Games
Campers 6-11 years old will have the opportunity to participate in more advanced activities such as:

Horsemanship
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Extended Nature Explorations
Frisbee Golf
Rafting
Paddle Boarding
Canoeing/kayaking
Jackson Hole is an area rich in history with a deep sense of community. Campers at JOY Summer Camp will experience these great attributes by exploring or playing alongside many community centered organizations in Jackson Hole such as:

A variety of JH Museums
Raptor Center
WY Stargazing
Friends of Pathways
Center for the Arts
National Park Service
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Among many more!
Weekly: $275
Monday-Wednesday-Friday: $210
Tuesday-Thursday: $140

Discounts

Early Bird: If you register between February 1st and 28 the weekly rates will drop by $10.
Sibling Discounts: Parents/guardians who have more than one child attending will receive a 10% discount off additional sibling prices.
Multiple Week Discount: Price for weekly rates drops by $15 after the first week. (i.e. the first week a joyJR camper is enrolled will cost $275, all other weeks enrolled will cost $260 for that camper)
Our goal is to make our JOY Summer Camps available to all children from 3-14 years old here in Jackson Hole. We partner with ONE22 a local non-profit who provides an application process for families needing financial help for summer camps in Teton County. If you would like your child to attend but our rates are outside of your budget, please do not hesitate to contact us or ONE22. You can download the application in both English and Spanish below.

ONE22 Summer Scholarship App Spanish
ONE22 Summer Scholarship Application
JOY Summer Camp logo

Environment

We’re here to make JOY Summer Camp the best camp experience for all! We have three top priorities.

First, Fun: And where better to have fun than outside? The vast majority of activities are held either on the church grounds, throughout Jackson Hole, or in the nearby National Park and Forests. Who knows, one may see campers steal stolen pirate treasure, fly a spaceship to another planet, or help the superhero take back the town.

Second, Safety: When a camper feels safe, they are more willing to take healthy risks and therefore grow as a person. All camp staff are well trained and equipped to ensure a safe environment for the campers.

Third, Faith-Based: Our staff and program are rooted in the Christian faith. We rely on God who provides strength, community, stability, and accountability. We hope and pray campers see Christ-like examples in our staff and programming. Through our daily devotionals and experiences in God’s creation, campers leave each day filled with awe, joy, and God’s love.

Growth & Connections

Growth can come in many ways and through many experiences. We focus on three areas of growth.

Skills: Campers develop essential life skills such as responsibility, respect, integrity, and resiliency. Technological toys stay at home and are replaced with creative and imaginative play. Campers pick up collaboration, critical thinking, and social skills.

Relationships: Making new friends can be difficult throughout our lives and keeping good friends even more so. Camp is a fantastic place to acquire and develop these relationships. Campers connect with staff and other campers and grow in their relationship skills.

Faith: There is no better place than Jackson Hole to see God. Campers learn about God and Christ’s great love for them, not only through creation, but also in each other, the staff, through Bible stories, songs, and teachable moments.

Flock Groups: Each day campers are grouped into “Flocks,” consisting of 6-8 campers, which are purposefully arranged by age and/or grade level so as to provide optimal friendship and skill building. A qualified counselor is assigned to each Flock Group for the whole week. In addition, other trained, certified activity leaders accompany the Flock Groups for specialized activities, i.e. adventure games, arts and crafts, and nature hikes.

Shared Experiences: Each week, campers experience many amazing and unique natural wonders in this valley. Campers explore our awe-inspiring landscape through bike rides, horsemanship, hikes, and a variety of other activities. Campers also enjoy Jackson’s great attributes by working or playing alongside community-centered organizations.

Pre-K Class

Camp vs Care: We aspire to create exciting and fulfilling experiences for each camper, where they not only have fun but grow in skills, relationships, and faith. Each activity, both large and small, has a purpose and deeper meaning which are designed to build upon each other throughout their time at camp. The more participation in camp, the more opportunity for growth. We strongly encourage weeklong participation. That said, summertime often provides scheduling challenges for families. So, in addition to a weekly option, we offer two daily alternatives, which maintains both consistency in our program and provides scheduling flexibility for families.   Daily Options include:Monday/Wednesday/ Friday Tuesday/Thursday Subjected to availability. Joy Summer Camp uses a unique software specifically designed for Joy Camp. Parents may sign into their CampInTouch account to make payments, check balances, sign a form, or get news about our program.