YMCA Kamp Kaana
Building Friendship • Getting Healthy



The word “K’aana" is derived from the Alabama Coushatta Indian language and means “health and wellness”. It stands for kids achieving activity & nutrition awareness. Kamp K'aana introduces children, ages 10-14, to the tools they need to learn and love a healthy lifestyle, while offering the fun of an overnight summer camp experience!


This two-week program is held at the YMCA's Camp Grady Spruce, and caters to children who are above a healthy weight. Camp Grady Spruce is located on Possum Kingdom Lake and offers campers lake swimming, arts & crafts, archery, BBs, rock climbing, canoeing, tubing, hiking, sailboating, and so much more outdoor fun!  

Camp Dates: July 14-27, 2024


Kamp K'aana is designed by a team of pediatric specialists and is delivered by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas at Camp Grady Spruce.


Each day campers receive three meals and several snacks in a meal plan designed by dietitians. Meals are delicious, balanced and nutritious with an emphasis on high fiber and whole grains rather than sugar and fat.


Campers are equipped with the tools they need to conquer their weight management issues while at the same time offering an incredible experience that increases self-confidence and builds self-esteem. To be eligible for this specialty camp, children must be in the 95th percentile of Body Mass Index (BMI) for their gender and age. Click here for a BMI calculator.

Kamp K'aana campers have come home with heightened self-esteem and confidence, brand new friends, and about a 5 to 10 pound weight loss each summer, as well the motivation to maintain their weight and obtain long-term results.

For more information, or to sign up for Kamp K'aana, please contact:

Tracey Burns
Director of Healthy Lifestyles 

Financial assistance is available for Kamp K'aana, because at the Y we believe everyone deserves health, education, community, and support.  Click here for more information about our Y For All program or click the links below for our applications for financial assistance.

English application

Spanish application