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Summer Camp

YMCA Summer Day Camp 2018

When you count on us, you can count on the best summer ever for your kids. One week or the whole summer. Indoors and out.  Crafts to cannonballs, silly songs to science experiments at Summer Camp your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment.

Character Development:

Our YMCA is committed to Character Development. It is infused into YMCA programs locally and all across the country. The four core values of Character Development are honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility. We believe that shared values hold families and communities together. At YMCA Summer Camp, we incorporate these values in our daily activities.

Mission of the Kishwaukee Family YMCA:

The Kishwaukee Family YMCA is a charitable association whose mission is to promote Christian principles through quality services and facilities. We strive to enrich the Spirit, Mind and Body of all of our participants, especially families and children, regardless of ability to pay.

Camp Vision:

We strive to enrich the Spirit, Mind, and Body of all our participants. In the camp program, we use character development, crafts, active and non-active games, along with a variety of other activities to build strong children both physically and mentally. Strong children are just one piece of the YMCA’s goal of strong children, families, and communities. At camp, we believe that by building strong children we are also helping build stronger families and communities.

YMCA Goals for Summer Camp:
• Help children experience personal growth
• Teach children values
• Support and strengthen the family unit
• Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity
• Assist children in developing specific skills
• Deliver the program in a positive YMCA environment of safety, support, and care.
• Assure that children HAVE FUN!

You can depend on the Y to make sure that all camp activity areas are well supervised. Camp staff are interviewed and background checked prior to being hired. As role models, they are selected for sound judgement, maturity, experience, enthusiasm and creativity. Training occurs before and throughout the summer to ensure attention to detail. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Camp Age Groups: (Grade the child is entering in the fall)

  • Preschool (Scroll down for more information about our half day Preschool camp)
  • K-3rd Graders
  • 4th-6th Graders
  • 7th-9th Graders

Camp Hours: 7:00am-6:00pm
Drop off between 7am-9am
Camp group time- 9am-4pm
Pick up time- 4pm-6pm

Camp Prices:

Registration Fee: $25
Weekly Fee: $150*
Daily Fee: $34/day*

A deposit of $10/week or $2/day will be due at the time of registration. *A nominal Summer Youth Membership Fee for non-members of $50 or choose to upgrade to a Summer Family Membership and pay $99. The summer membership will be valid June 1-August 31st.

ALL INCLUSIVE SUMMER CAMP: One Field Trip every week, Enrichment Programs, Educational Activities, Swimming, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Science Experiments, Great Hours for Working Parents, Lunch and Afternoon Snack provided by VAC

For more questions please contact: Christin LaLonde, Youth Development Director at or 815.756.9577 ext. 13

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Parent Handbook >

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Food/ Meals:
A healthy, USDA approved, lunch and afternoon snack (including field trip days) will be provided, FREE of charge from Voluntary Action Center (VAC) and the Y. A monthly menu will be posted for parents. If an alternative lunch is preferred parents are welcome to pack a nut free lunch and/or snack for their children. Please leave soda and candy at home.

Menu Calendars: (Menus are subject to change)

Lunch Menu (Odd Weeks)

Afternoon Snack Menu (Odd Weeks)

Lunch Menu (Even Weeks)

Afternoon Snack (Even Weeks)

2018 Camp Weeks and Themes:

WeekDatesThemeField Trips
1May 29 - June 1Camp Me-tastic!Sycamore Park (All Age Groups) Thursday
2June 4-June 8Super CampDiscovery Center (K-3rd)
Sci-Tech (4th & Up)
3June 11-June 15Lego's Build It UpKane County Cougars (K-3rd)
Mardi Gras Lanes (4th & up)
4June 18-June 22Let's Get CookingSplash Country (K-3rd)
Phillips Park (4th & Up)
5June 25-June 29Art AnticsBeauty and the Beast- Stahl Theater (All Age Groups)
6July 2-July 6Read, White & BlueSky Zone (4th and Up)
7July 9-July 13Splish, SplashHopkins Park (All age Groups)
8July 16-July 20Winter in JulyCosley Zoo (K-3rd)
Lincoln Park Zoo (4th and Up)
9July 23-July 27Community ConnectionsBlackberry Farm (K-3rd)
Cyberspace (4th & Up)
10July 30-August 3Wild ExplorersStarved Rock (All age Groups)
11August 6-August 10Dance DanceTBD
12August 13 & August 14Summer Camp Memories

What to bring to Camp:
Back Pack
Healthy Morning Snack (fruit, granola bar, fruit snack or crackers)
Swim Suit/Towel
Water Bottle
Plastic Bag for wet swimsuit  and towel
Bug Spray/Sunscreen

Please wear tennis shoes (No sandals or flip flops)

What to leave at home:
All electronics, cell phones, toys, soda, candy, money, sandals  & flip flops unless specified by the day’s events.



Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance for YMCA Summer Camp is available thanks to donations to our YMCA Annual Campaign and the Kishwaukee United Way. The application for financial assistance for summer day camp is below. Information for scholarships will be available 3/1/18. Please note the deadline for applying for financial assistance is 4/1/18 for this summer.

Financial Assistance through Community Coordinated Child Care (4C):
Parents are responsible for completing the 4C application and receiving an approval letter with the Kishwaukee Family YMCA listed as a provider prior to the start of Summer Camp. Parent co-pays must be made through automatic draft on the first of the month. Parents are responsible for any camp fees not covered by 4C.






Preschool Camp (3-5 yrs.)

Summer Camp is fun for the little ones! Children participate in hands-on learning experiences along with all the fun of camp!  Activities include arts & crafts, games, songs, music and nature.


Dates: May 29-August 10

Registration Fee: $25

M/W/F: $38/week*

T/TH: $28/week*

A $5 deposit for the each MWF & TH session will be due at the time of registration along with the $25 registration fee.

*A nominal Summer Youth Membership Fee for non-members of $50 or choose to upgrade to a Summer Family Membership and pay $99. The summer membership will be valid June1-August 31st.

Register Now >

Registration Forms >

Parent Handbook >

Behavior Guidance Policy >