Summer Programs

Summer at YMS brings many programs:

Summer Adventures

Are you looking a fun, safe, and enriching place for your child to spend their time this summer?

Youth Mentoring Services hosts a free (11:00am-3:00pm)  summer program for youth ages 7-11. The program runs 5 days per week for 8.5 weeks. The program is a combination of structured activities around a common theme and free time.

Theme for Summer 2024: Go for the Gold (Summer Olympics)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the focus for this program. This program also offers wrap around child care for a nominal fee.


Program provides:

  • Free lunch
  • Interactive workshops on topics such as personal empowerment, anger management, social skills, literacy, team building, and how to be healthy
  • Outdoor games, crafts, and activities
  • Prizes and give-aways
  • Socialization with peers under the guidance of trained staff

Registration for program is required.   

**We have reached capacity for our summer program! If you are still interested in applying, we will gladly add you to our waitlist!  

2024 Summer Program Application

*Registration does not guarantee a spot for your child(ren).

Junior Leader Program

YMS offers a Junior Leader program within our Summer Adventures program. Youth in grades 7-12 may apply for the position. Junior Leaders work on a variety of skills throughout the summer, including: leadership, responsibility, communication and patience. These skills are learned not only through real life experience, but they are reinforced in weekly Game of Life Sessions (SEL for teens). Junior Leaders are expected to be exceptional role models! 

Please contact YMS via email ( for more information on our Junior Leader program! 


YMS partners with organizations to provide children and youth who would not otherwise be able to attend, with the opportunity to go to camp for free.  These wonderful opportunities are limited. Children are selected based on criteria for each program, established by each respective camp.

NYS Sheriffs’ Camp

The Sheriffs’ Camp is located in the Finger Lakes region on Keuka Lake in Yates County, NY. It is six miles south of the village of Penn Yan, NY.

Deputy sheriffs play two roles within the camp community. Typically, 4 to 6 deputy sheriffs are in residence during each of the six one-week sessions. They participate in the curriculum and also serve as mentors to the campers. Other deputy sheriffs visit the camp daily to conduct demonstrations of law enforcement techniques and equipment: such as K-9 and scuba diving demonstrations. Each week a deputy sheriff makes a presentation regarding illicit drugs and alcohol use. Visit their site for all the details.

Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camp

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes.

YMS children attend Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camp at Camp Kenthaten (Campbellsville, KY). Activities include swimming, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and archery. Visit for all the details.