Camp Shaver | YMCA Of Central New Mexico

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YMCA Camp Shaver is a fun place filled with friendly people. The exciting activities draw people in, but it’s the relationships formed here that cause people to come back year after year.   

Our rich heritage is a testament to what we have done in the past, but no year is more important than this coming summer.  

At YMCA Camp Shaver, we focus on what we call the A, B, C’s of camping. We work to increase campers’ sense of accomplishment and belonging while they learn about positive character traits and values. Our tools are well- trained staff, carefully planned programs, and safe, clean facilities.

toss the water balloonACCOMPLISHMENT

Campers gain a sense of accomplishment by trying activities and developing new skills. For many campers, being away from home for a week is an important accomplishment in itself. We hope these real-world accomplishments will raise the self-confidence and self- esteem of each camper.


Making new friends and being a good friend helps campers learn about a sense of belonging. Living in a cabin with other children and counselors gives each camper a lesson in friendship building and teamwork. Each person has responsibilities and is a valued part of the YMCA Camp Shaver community.

playing in the mud on summer campCHARACTER

We discuss character traits and values in many ways during the week and place an emphasis on learning, growing and doing your best. Our core values are Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

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Our programs are created to help children grow in their sense of belonging as they meet new people and develop life-long friendships. The community created at Camp Shaver is nurtured by our staff. We go to great lengths to find and train the best staff from all over the world. The majority of our team comes from our own leadership development programs, and they understand the values and impact of Camp Shaver.

SKILL-BUILDING PROGRAM AREAS & ACTIVITIES AT CAMP SHAVER • Archery • Arts and Crafts • Basketball • BB Guns • Hiking • Low Ropes • Nature Study • Outdoor Cooking • Outdoor Survival Skills • Rock Climbing • Volleyball • Soccer • Teambuilding • Camping • High Ropes •Extreme Hiking • Axe Throwing • Atlatl • Yoga • Service Learning • Martial Arts and many more.


YMCA Camp Shaver staff  are committed to providing a positive experience for each camper.  We select our summer staff  carefully to ensure that we have a diverse group of skilled and responsible counselors who care about children. Our energetic, enthusiastic staff includes some international counselors… our campers get the best in the world!

Many counselors are college students in education or related social service fields. Before the campers arrive, the entire staff is trained in safety, counseling techniques, conflict resolution, child development, bullying prevention, and camp policies and procedures. Staff are also trained on instilling the values of YMCA Camp Shaver in all aspects of camp.

ropes course and climbing wallbuilding a fort in the woodsOur insistence on the highest standards ensures that we can keep our promise of a fun, safe, and high quality experience for our campers. Our staff undergoes extensive background and reference checks as well as complete training on safety issues, First Aid and CPR. Our four-to-one camper-to-staff ratio ensures that everyone has the best camp experience possible.


Camp Shaver serves three well balanced meals each day for our campers and staff.  Campers eat family style with their cabin mates and counselors.  A salad bar is Available for the campers at lunch and dinner, While at breakfast a cereal bar is available to go along with the hot meal options. If your child has special dietary needs please be sure to inform us so we can meet their needs.

“My children still talk about how great the food was during their stay at camp, Mrs. Kate is awesome”  Camp Parent

To play hard… to reflect quietly… to be heard… to listen… to belong… and to feel the joy of accomplishment.

Contact: Camp Shaver

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