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Rates & Financial Aid

2024 Camp Rates

These rates reflect the cost of providing high-quality residential camp experiences and approximately half the tuition of YMCA camps nationally. Tiers 2 and 3 are subsidized by fundraising and are only available to Chautauqua County residents (from where most donations to subsidize the sessions emanate).

Yowidica and Kids and Sibs camps are tuition-free; campers must meet eligibility requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Camp or Program Name Tier 1* Tier 2** Tier 3***
Traditional & Teen Camp; LIT Program $690 $580 $470
Mini-Camp & Day Camp Joheh-goh $345 $285 $225
  • Tier 1: True weekly cost of quality camping.
  • Tier 2: Tuition subsidized by local donors for campers that have permanent residence in Chautauqua County and who need a subsidized rate.
  • Tier 3: Tuition subsidized by local donors for campers that have permanent residence in Chautauqua County and who need a heavily subsidized rate.
Fee Name Fee
Onyahsa Association* $50
Weekend Fee** $150
Transportation Fee*** $150

*Onyahsa Association is an annual fee per participant, which is waived for YMCA members.

**Weekend Fee is optional and only available for campers staying consecutive weeks. A non-refundable $75 deposit is required at booking to hold a weekend registration.

***For one camper's round-trip transportation to/from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport; only available through pre-scheduling for Saturdays/Sundays during specific hours; must pre-approve with Camp Office.

Summer Camp Deposit and Refund Policy

A non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration, and is required to hold the camper’s reservation, for both day and overnight camps.

Deposits are currently $150 for each regular overnight session, and $75 for each day/mini-camp/weekend session.

The balance of the tuition and fees must be paid in full at least two weeks prior to the start of the Camp session to guarantee camper placement.

Cancellations must be received at least two weeks prior to the start of the Camp session to receive a refund of the balance minus the deposit.

No refunds will be granted for children who are sent home for: misbehavior, misuse of cell phone, homesickness, violating the Camp’s Code of Conduct, or other reasons beyond the Camp’s control.

Financial Aid and Discounts

Camp Scholarships

Through the generosity of our local supporters, a limited number of full and partial camp scholarships are available to qualified applicants from Chautauqua County. Applicants should meet USDA guidelines for free/reduced-cost school meal programs, and complete a Financial Aid Form.

Please complete the scholarship application below and return it to the Camp Office. Fully completed applications can be mailed to YMCA Camp Onyahsa, 101 East Fourth St., Jamestown, NY 14701, dropped off at the Jamestown YMCA, or emailedScholarships are based on space and financial capacity; Camp financial aid is not guaranteed. Information regarding the scholarship award decision will be sent via email--please ensure you have legibly listed a valid email address.

The Onyasha Promise

Thanks to benefactors, the Camp’s annual Dinner Dance fundraiser, and local foundations, resident tuition may be reduced for local youth who need a subsidized rate through the Tier 2 and 3 tuition levels described above.

Spiro G. Bello Scholarship Fund

Created by Camp alumni to honor the Onyahsa Director (1962-1984), for local teens who display leadership qualities. Please inquire about an application.

Ambassador Program

Recruit a new full-paying resident camper and receive official Onyahsa merchandise and recognition at your session’s final assembly (day camp) or dinner (resident camp).

Multiple Session Discount / Sibling Discount Program

Take $100 off each resident session after the first session purchased by the same household at its full price, and $50 discount for each mini/day camp session similarly purchased. *Accounts cannot simultaneously receive both a multi-session discount and a sibling discount.*

Start of Summer (SoS) Incentive

Take $110 off each session during Weeks A, B, and C. 

Monthly Payment Program

Regular automated checking account deductions are available.

Register for Camp!

Online Registration

Complete the registration form online. Once the form has been received and reviewed, we will send you a link or information on how to pay tuition fees online.

For questions, call 716-664-2802 ext 238 or email the camp office.