Camp Watchaug


Camp Watchaug

What a Great Summer we had!

Over 600 children attended YMCA Camp Watchaug this summer and they all had fun, made friends and developed important life skills.  If your child was one of them, please complete our evaluation form.  This helps us to continue to improve!

Family Adventure Program

Sundays, October 5 & 19 , 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 5: Zip Line

Sunday, October 19: Outdoor Cooking

Each week, camp staff will lead adults & children through a new adventure.  Amazing opportunity to spend Family time together in the outdoors!

Camp Watchaug is located at 160 Prosser Trail in Charlestown, RI.

Sign up for individual days: Member: 1 Parent/1 Child Combo $18, each additional child or adult $7 each. Program Participant 1 Parent/1 Combo $25, each additional child or adult $8 each.

All children must be accompanied by an adult over 18 (parent, aunt, uncle, family friend, etc.. – may be a different adult each week — register the child when you register a pair)  Child must be at least 4 years old.  (You may bring children under 4 with you, but attending adult will be completely responsible for the child and the child will not be able to participate in most activities) Register at the Westerly YMCA, 95 High Street or call 401-596-2894 or on-line. 

Registration for the summer of 2015 will open February 1, 2015

2014 Camp Watchaug Brochure 2014 Camp Registration Form rev 5 14 YMCA Camp Watchaug is a 30 acre premier camp on Watchaug Pond that has grown over the years from just 40 campers a day to serving 300 per day. Since its inception, Camp Watchaug has served thousands of children and families in the surrounding community. We look forward to offering this valuable outdoor experience to the next generation of campers this summer. Join us and make summer memories for a lifetime.


To learn more about YMCA Camp Watchaug, please join us for an Open House!  This is a great opportunity to see the facilites, meet the Camp Director and hear about all the opportunites at YMCA Camp Watchaug.  If you can’t make an Open House, email the Camp Director or give her a call at 401-364-6535 to set up a personal tour at your convenience. Camp Watchaug Open House Photos click here


In the 1940’s YMCA Camp Watchaug was founded by the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA. The summer day camp was originally operated on the Burlingame State Park for several years. Graciously, a 30 acre waterfront property on Watchaug Pond was donated to the YMCA allowing the camp to run on its own grounds in 1948. This premier camp has gone from just 40 campers a day to serving almost 300 per day. Since its inception, Camp Watchaug has served thousands of children, families and its surrounding community. We look forward to offering this valuable outdoor experience to the next generation of campers this summer. Become a part of the Watchaug Legacy today by learning more about our programs, enrolling your camper or joining our staff.


In addition to 35 acres of woods, Camp Watchaug is home to:

Main Lodge

Completely remodeled in 2011.  Includes the Camp Office, spacious meeting and rainy day indoor space, fire-place, bathrooms and changing rooms.   Not to mention an outdoor deck overlooking Watchaug Pond.

Arts & Crafts Center

Creativity abounds in this indoor area where campers travel at least once a week to see what amazing project the Arts & Crafts Director has planned for them.

Nature & Science Building

Most of our nature activities take place in the great outdoors.  However, we also have informative displays and activities for rainy days that take place here.

Hummingbird House

Our youngest campers have their own space to play, learn and have fun.


Located right on Watchaug Pond, our H swimming dock, boating dock, sandy beach, sand volleyball court and boathouse all contributre to providing a FUN, safe waterfront experience for all!


Where we gather at the beginning and end of each day to sing songs, see skits and hear important announcements.

Archery, Low Ropes Course, High Ropes Course, Climbing Wall and Zip Line

These all are part of  “upper camp” where campers learn new skills and develop confidence through our “challenge by choice” programs in which counselors encourage (but not force) campers to try activities and step out of their comfort zones.

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.