Kishwaukee Family YMCA

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1st-5th Grade Camp

Our Creators will have a summer to remember as the memories and friends that are made will last a lifetime! No two days are the same, and there is never a dull moment. Creators will spend fun-filled days doing group activities, creative art experiences, games, sports, and exploration, as well as an exciting weekly field trip that ties into our weekly themes.  Creators will also enjoy swimming two times per week! Through directed games and skill-building activities, campers will work on improving their social and emotional skills in a supportive and safe environment.

Entering 1st-5th Grade in 2022

Days and Time:

Location: Kishwaukee Family YMCA
2500 W. Bethany Rd. Sycamore, IL 60178

Typical Daily Schedule:
– Drop-Off
– Opening Ceremonies:
Games and songs to energize campers
– Activity Rotation:
Daily Rotations will vary depending on the weekly theme. Includes: Sports, songs, arts & crafts, games, etc.
– Lunch:
After a busy morning everyone is ready to eat
– Activity Rotation:
Daily Rotations will vary depending on the weekly theme. Includes: Sports, songs, arts & crafts, games, etc.
– Closing Ceremony:
Campers will come together to celebrate their awesome day at camp
– Pick-up

Field Trip Days:
1st-3rd Grade: Tuesdays
4th & 5th Grade: Wednesdays

Swim Days:
1st Grade: Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm

2nd Grade: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm

3rd Grade: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm-3:00pm

4th Grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm

5th Grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm

2022 Weeks, Themes & Field Trips

WeekDatesThemes1st-3rd Grade Field Trip
4-5th Grade Field Trip
1May 31-June 3 (No Camp May 30)Summer Camp KickoffNo Field TripNo Field Trip
2June 6-June 10Healthy LivingEpic AirEpic Air
3June 13-June 17Going GreenRed Oak Nature CenterRed Oak Nature Center
4June 20-June 24Music MakersSplash CountryPhillips Park Aquatic
5June 27-July 1Safe Kids WeekMorton ArboretumStarved Rock
6July 5-July 8Artful AnticsBowling at Mardi GrasBowing at Mardi Gras
7July 11-July 15Celebration of NationsBlackberry FarmBrookfield Zoo
8July 18-July 22Symphony of the 5 SensesCypress Cove WaterparkOtter Cove Waterpark
9July 25-July 29Summer ScientistsDuPage Children's MuseumMuseum of Science and Industry
10August 1-August 5Meaningful MindfulnessWelsh ParkRock Cut State Park
11August 8-August 12The Magic of Summer CampSafari LandEnchanted Castle

Registration Forms

Parent Handbook          Registration Date Check-list

After registration Parents will be emailed a link to finalize the required Registration Forms electronically. Documents must be submitted prior to the start of camp.

Creator Camp Fees:

Member Fee:

Weekly (5 days): $190
Daily: (choose your attendance days): $40/day
Non-Member Fee:

Weekly (5 days): $210
Daily: (choose your attendance days): $45/day

*A $25 registration fee and a $10/week or $10/day deposit are due at registration.

Registration Opens March 1
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A healthy, USDA-approved, lunch and afternoon snack will be provided, FREE of charge from Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Y. A 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.

Odd Week Menu              Even Week Menu


The YMCA accepts Child Care Assistance (CCAP) funds, administered through 4C. Child Care Assistance (CCAP) is a child care financial assistance program provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services for working families. Don’t wait! The application process can up to 45 days for new applicants to receive approval. You must apply through 4c, and list the Kishwaukee Family YMCA as your provider. Once you apply for CCAP assistance we require a confirmation receipt that DHS has received your application. We must have an approval letter before you are able to register. After you are accepted into the program you are responsible for paying the parent assigned monthly co-pay each month in addition to the differential. The differential is the daily cost of our program less the daily rate by CCAP. If you qualify, your assistance can be applied for all of our weeks of camp. For questions about 4c please contact, Nichole Elliott, Office Support Specialist at

YMCA Financial Assistance:
If you do not qualify for 4c, you can apply for financial assistance through the YMCA. Assistance is based on annual income and family size. Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for financial assistance complete a summer camp financial assistance application, provide all required documentation, including a copy of your Federal 1040.

2022 Summer Camp Scholarship Application

Camp Staff

Professionally trained and enthusiastic staff are the key ingredient to a positive camp experience. Our staff team is selected based on their skills, maturity, creativity, and sensitivity to the needs of our camp participants.

Many of our staff work during the school year in our before and after-school programs and are familiar faces to the children. Our staff participates in a minimum of 40 hours of training prior to the beginning of camp, so you can rest assured that your child’s counselor will be a caring and positive role model. Many of our camp staff are experienced, returning staff that is 18 or older, and are working on degrees in education, psychology, family, or social services.

All camp staff are:
– Carefully selected and screened
– Put through State and National extensive background check
– CPR & First Aid Certified
– DCFS-Mandated Reporters
– Child Abuse Prevention Trained
– Child Development, Group, and Behavioral Management Trained
– Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness
– Aquatics & Swim Safety Trained
– Bullying & Peer Pressure Awareness Trained
– Field Trip & Bus Safety Trained
– And so much more!

 Interested in becoming a summer camp counselor or director? Click here to apply