Nottinghamshire YMCA’s longest running school holiday camp programme for young people across Nottinghamshire. It is held every school holiday and we welcome day or week bookings.
What is Camp Williams?
Encompassing a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, group games, artistic projects, and traditional camp activities such as rallies and campfire songs – Camp Williams is a place where children from all backgrounds and walks of life can come together to form new positive friendships, learn new skills, and build confidence. Sessions are action-packed, adventure driven and experience focused to engage young people.
We believe children with the opportunities to learn through interactive experiences delivered by our role model Camp Leaders will make healthier choices as they grow into adults. Campers receive awards and certificates for demonstrating the four core values of Nottinghamshire YMCA – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
At Camp Williams, different age groups become part of their assigned villages. Each village enjoys a special activity unique to them!
(aged 4 -7)
Our youngest campers are just starting their camp journey. They join in with indoor and outdoor sports, games, arts, crafts, and swimming.
Campers can also perform their newfound skills for parents at Campfire Friday!
(aged 8 – 12)
One-day programme campers can enjoy a range of different activities, including sports, games, arts, crafts and swimming.
They also get the chance to try some of the skills-based activities on site, tailored for their single day.
(aged 8 – 10)
Our full-week campers get to choose their Skill Clinics! Find out more about Skill Clinics below.
In addition to Skill Clinics, Discovery campers can also enjoy sports, camp games, and swimming!
(aged 10 – 12)
Campers can enjoy everything Discovery can access.
Plus, Explorer campers are offered the chance to take their abilities to the next level with Masterclass Skills Clinics (see below for more details).
(13 – 15)
Our oldest and wisest campers who are coming to the end of their Camp Williams journey. Adventure campers become role models for the other Camp Williams villages and have loads of fun along the way. They get to do sports, games, swimming AND Skill Clinics, in addition to taking part in our Adventure Day Trips.
These included trips will be taking place each Thursday at Camp Williams (full week bookings at Summer camp only) and are an opportunity for Adventure campers to take the skills that they learn in their skill clinics out into the world. Adventurers also have the chance to participate in Masterclass Skills Clinics (see below for details).
After enjoying their chosen Skill Clinics each morning, Adventure campers will depart on their trips via YMCA mini-bus. Stay tuned for social media and email communications for this year’s Adventure Day Trips!
What to bring:
- A positive attitude
- Swimming kit
- Loud singing voice
- Creative imagination
- Healthy lunch and snacks
- Clothes you can get messy
- Full water bottle
Arrivals and Departures
Sign-in: 8am-9am every morning – each camper will be welcomed by a member of YMCA staff and introduced to their Village.
Departures: 5pm-6pm every evening – Following the closing ‘camp rally’, a Camp Leader will sign out each child with their parent/carer or onto the YMCA bus with another YMCA staff member.
Camp Williams parent, 2018
“YMCA staff are amazing and Campfire Friday is definitely not to be missed. I’m so pleased to have found a place my child really looks forward to attending every day.”
As well as camp rallies, group games, swimming, performances and more, children aged 8-15 on our full programme at Camp Williams will also take part in our fun and engaging Skill Clinics. Campers choose three Skill Clinics when they arrive on their first day at Camp Williams (allocated on a first-come basis).
*Please note: Skill clinics are subject to change depending on each week of camp and weather conditions. We cannot guarantee all skill clinic activities will be available each week of camp, but we will always make sure there is a great alternative for campers to enjoy! You will receive an email the week before camp to confirm which skill clinics will be available for your booking.
By the end of camp, campers will have developed their skills and leave feeling proud. If you have any ideas for future skills clinics, please talk to our team or sign up to our mailing list.
(summer camp only)
Rather than sampling three different activities, campers from Explorer and Adventure Villages can progress to the next level by choosing one Skill Clinic to master in depth over the course of the week.
It’s hard to miss our climbing wall when you arrive at camp! Campers will be up and over it in no time after a week in our climbing skills clinic. Lock in your karabiner and you’re away!
Learn some new skills, or brush up on existing ones. Later, get involved with a penalty shoot-out and put skills into practice during group matches. Whatever your current level, we’ve got it covered.
Be an archer before you know it. We teach the safest and best way to shoot an arrow – plus playing games and learning the lingo.
Form a band, go solo, pick up an instrument you’ve never tried before, get lyrical and even record new sounds!
Ollies, kickflips and grinds. Street style or long board. Campers will pick up tips and practice their moves with our skating insiders.
Drama and Theatre
Time to work on that path to stage stardom. Campers can write, rehearse and perform their own play. Break a leg!
Defence, dribbling, turnaround jump shots, team tactics and more. Basketball was invented at the YMCA so we know our stuff!
Learn tricks and techniques! Varied introductory course travels a route outside of Camp Williams. Campers should be able to ride a bike confidently already but don’t need any experience of mountain biking.
Scratch, block, level up. By then end of a week with our game designers campers will have something to show friends and family. Create an avatar and take it to a whole new world!
From volley ball to badminton and tennis! We’ll be playing team games and honing solo skills. Once campers have mastered the basics, we’ll take part in a mini tournament!
Have you heard of sweep strokes, stern rudders and skulling draws? By the end of the week our campers will be experts. We’ll be kayaking near Camp Williams. Actual kayaking, on our doorstep.
Film and Photography
Lights, camera, action. Delve deep in to the world of films and photography. We’ll plan the shoot, capture the moment, and release a blockbuster!
Children can choose from pottery, textiles and fine arts projects. We’ll be experimenting with colours, textures and patterns to create mini masterpieces.
A new addition to the Skill Clinics.
Learn basic tricks of the scootering trade and take on our half-pipes!
Getting to camp
Nottingham Emmanuel School’s secure grounds offer amazing space and freedom to explore, learn, and play. Encompassing a music suite, dance studios, indoor and outdoor stages, climbing wall, amphitheatre, multi-use games areas, sports pitches, and playing fields – there is ample space to enjoy our varied Skill Clinics!
Nottingham Emmanuel School
Gresham Park Road
YMCA bus timetable
Our YMCA bus stops at locations all over Nottingham to take children aged 4-15 to Camp Williams. Bus transfers are included for campers who have booked a full week during the April and Summer school holidays. Just sign in your child with a camp leader and they will make the journey to camp in style! The bus is not available during half-term holidays or during December holidays. Please specify on your booking form which bus stop your child will be joining us.
Going to Camp Williams
- 07:20 – Arnold Hill Academy
- 07:30 – The Forest
- 07:50 – Kimberley, Sainsburys
- 08:10 – Aspley YMCA
- 08:30 – Eton Grove Bus Stop (Stop WO24)
- 08:50 – Emmanuel School
Returning from Camp Williams
- 17:15 – Eton Grove Bus Stop (Stop WO24)
- 17:30 – Aspley YMCA
- 17:45 – Kimberley, Sainsburys
- 18:30 – The Forest
- 18:35 – Arnold Hill Academy
You can get the Clifton tram to Wilford Village. Camp Williams is just a 5 minute walk from there. There are cycle and foot paths leading towards the Nottingham Emmanuel School. Look out for the playing fields as you approach.
Take B679 (Wilford Lane) from A453 or A60 (Loughbrough Road). Turn into Gresham Park Road near the playing fields and Cadet Centre. There is space for you to park whilst you sign in and out of camp.
You can find more information about YMCA day camps by downloading our ‘Parent Resources’ below. Remember to read the Parent Handbook and sign a media consent form before your child attends Camp Williams.
Contact our YMCA day camps bookings team on:
Phone: 0115 711 7006
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Climbing Wall at Camp Williams at Emmanuel School in West Bridgford
Skating skills clinic at day Camp Williams at YMCA Nottinghamshire
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Does swimming take place on site?
All aboard the YMCA bus! Every week, campers get the chance to go swimming at Portland Leisure Centre. We book out the whole pool to ourselves so there is plenty of time to learn and play in a safe, supervised environment. Please bring your child’s swim kit every day to Camp Williams.
What happens on arrival?
Whether campers are arriving by YMCA bus or with parents/carers, everyone will be introduced to their team and Village spaces. If you have any questions during the day, parents/carers will be given a specific YMCA Camp Williams phone number to contact anytime. Collection is between 5pm-6pm every day.
Is there an age limit on who can take part in Skill Clinics?
Yes. For the safety and enjoyment of our campers, only older children aged 8-15 can participate in Skill Clinics – but don’t worry! Campers in our Kids Zone (aged 4-7) will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy other engaging activities such as clay modelling, slack-lining and rocket building – not to mention creating craft props for their Campfire Friday performances!
What is Camp Fire Friday?
At the end of each week, we invite parents and carers to join us and celebrate the children’s achievements at Camp Williams with a series of performances from each Village. Campers can take to the stage and show off their new skills! A lovely way to round-off their YMCA adventures.
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