2-1-18 Press Release: YMCA Camp Kitaki Nurtures Positive Growth In Youth

2-1-18 Press Release: YMCA Camp Kitaki Nurtures Positive Growth In Youth

YMCA Camp Kitaki Nurtures Positive Growth in Youth

LINCOLN, NE [February 1, 2018] — For over 130 years, the YMCA has been recognized as a leader in providing summer camp experiences. Nebraska is home to YMCA Camp Kitaki, a resident summer camp centrally located between Lincoln and Omaha. Camp Kitaki helps kids gain confidence, belonging and interpersonal skills.

“We really try to develop kids into better adults by giving them an independent experience from their everyday by being out in nature with the support of good role models,” explained Jason Smith, executive director of YMCA Camp Kitaki.

Summer camp is designed to be a welcoming environment where everyone is an integral part of the overall camp experience. The culture of Kitaki is about teamwork and face-to-face communication, so kids are taking a break from being plugged into technology and instead focusing on opportunities to experience personal growth in a non-competitive atmosphere. Counselors work closely with campers to ensure that kids are having fun but are also learning to socialize, share and develop new interests.

For ages 7-17, Camp Kitaki offers a variety of themed camps in addition to its week-long summer camp program. Kitaki also offers an Adventure Mini Camp for ages 7-9 that is only a half-week and is great way to introduce a younger camper to the idea of spending a few nights away from home.

Safety is of upmost priority, as well as sharing the educational aspect of nature and the great outdoors. Activities range from horseback riding, a swimming pool and lake recreation area, hiking, archery, a makerspace arts and crafts studio, a 50-foot climbing tower and ropes course, cookouts, summer campfires with sing-alongs, morning and evening reflections, and so much more.

“I truly believe that a summer camp experience is one of the best investments you can give a child,” shared Smith, “the friendships, values, self-confidence and memories gained from a week at camp are truly life-changing. Currently, over 65% of our programs are at capacity, so it’s a great time to plan ahead and secure your child’s spot for making camp memories that will last a lifetime.”

Summer Camp 2018 registration is open to both Lincoln Y members and non-members, and financial assistance is available. For more information, visit ymcacampkitaki.org.


One of Lincoln’s largest nonprofit youth-serving organizations, the YMCA of Lincoln has served the community for close to 150 years—promoting positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all. Today, the YMCA serves over 82,000 people each year with facilities in all quadrants of Lincoln through programs including swim lessons, Youth Sports, Camp Kitaki, after school programs, disease management and more. Everyone is welcome, and Open Doors Financial Assistance is available to those in need. For more information, visit ymcalincoln.org.