YMCA Camp Leif Ericson - One Week Program


For the past several summers, our 3,000+ YMCA Camp Leif Ericson campers have ranked GAGA as one of their favorite activities. In fact, the demand for GAGA has been so strong that we decided to offer a one-week GAGA Specialty Camp!
This fast paced, high energy sport is played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.  Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout.  Sign up today for a chance to be crowned Camp GAGA Champion!
As part of YMCA Camp Leif Ericson, our values-based program goes beyond simply showing up at the Y.  We strive to incorporate many of the aspects that make our day camp program special, including:
  • Fun activities at camp!  While taking a break from GAGA instruction, campers may ride a horse, paddle in a canoe or enjoy an archery class!
  • Camp energy!  Before starting each day in the GAGA pit, campers enjoy morning skits and songs.
  • Interactions with our world class group of role models - summer camp staff!


  • Build new friendships and learn about how to be a team-member.  
  • Enhance various skills and fundamentals in groups according to age.  
  • Learn the rules and skills of GAGA while practicing techniques in various individual and team competition formats.
  • Practice good sportsmanship and motivate each other to succeed.
  • Engage in various age appropriate activities that enhance social emotional skills, physically activity and self-confidence


  • FREE daily bus transportation for your child to/from YMCA Camp Leif Ericson
  • FREE hot lunch for your child each day
  • FREE daily access to photos through Bunk-1
  • Before and after camp childcare is available (7:30am to 5:30pm)
While campers start and end their day at YMCA Camp Leif Ericson, they are transported to and from the YMCA Youth Performance Center located at 2517 Shirley Avenue in Sioux Falls.  
For more information on GAGA Camp, please contact Mike Murphy at camp@siouxfallsymca.org or call (605) 336-2267.