JOY Summer Camp

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

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Here is what a typical day looks like at JOY:

8:45-9:15am: Arrival and Check-In
9:15am: Opening Ceremonies
9:30am: Snack and Bible Discovery
10:15am: Morning Activity #1
11:15am: Morning Activity #2
12:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm: Afternoon Activity #1
2:15pm: Afternoon Activity #2
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
Balance Biking
Adventure Games
Singing and Storytelling
Water Activities
Silly Science
All Camp Games
Adventure Days to local lakes, unique Jackson Hole opportunities, GTNP and BTNF
Campers 6-11 years old will have the opportunity to participate in more advanced activities such as:

Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Extended Nature Explorations
Frisbee Golf
Paddle Boarding
JOY Jr. (Ages 3-5):
Weekly: $275
Monday-Wednesday-Friday: $210
Tuesday-Thursday: $140
JOY (Entering 1st-5th grade):
Weekly: $285
Monday-Wednesday-Friday: $210
Tuesday-Thursday: $140


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 JOY Jr. 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 that 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 applications in both English and Spanish on their website here:
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!
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JOY 2019 Weekly Themes

Week 1: IN IT TO WIN IT! (June 24-28)

Can you get a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands in under one minute? Join us for a fun week of fast paced, outrageous style games and activities that will make you laugh until the cows come home!

Week 2: CARTOONS COME TO LIFE (July 1-3, 5)

Do you have a favorite cartoon character?  Want to play that character?  Well this week is the week for you as we play with and become our favorite cartoon characters!

Week 3: TREASURE HUNT (July 8-12)

Don't miss out on the HUNT for lost TREASURE!  Where could it be? Will your group be able to find it? Arrrr, matey, you'll have to join us to find out!

Week 4: AROUND THE WORLD (July 15-19)

Ever been to Paris, the Great Wall of China, the outback of Australia?  We will visit all of these sites and cultures as well as many more on our Around the World Week.  You'll never know where we might end up!

Week 5: FAIRY TALES (July 22-26)

Let your imaginations go wild this week as camp will transform into a magical place.  Put on your magician wands, knight armor, and princess dresses as we help our fairy tale characters save the kingdom.

Week 6: WILD, WILD, SPACE (July 29-August 2)

What if cowboys and cowgirls of Jackson Hole teamed up with space aliens of outer space to save the galaxy!  Well, par'ner, find out this week as we blast our horses into outer space and round up them space bandits.


It's a mystery! Can you solve the case? Bring your magnifying glasses as we look for clues this week to answer the who, what, where, when and why questions!

Week 8: CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN (August 12-16)

Join us under the Big Top as we participate in the greatest of shows.  Put on your top hats and help the ringmaster create a fantastic show like never before!

Week 9: ROCKSTARS (August 19-23)

This is your chance to be a star and show off your talents or learn a new one.  Join our JOY Summer Camp All-Star band and help us end our season with a bang!


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 these 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.

For Parents

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 and 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.