Kishwaukee Family YMCA

Youth Development Alerts Healthy Living Social Responsibiliy

YMCA Kish Summer Camp: K-5th Grade

Kish Summer Camp


Summer is well on the way, and you know what that means…it’s time to start thinking about how your kids are going to spend their school-free days! No one does summer like the YMCA! This summer you can count on the same safe, high-quality, fun-filled program that you have come to know from the YMCA!

Our Campers 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. Campers 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.  Through directed games and skill-building activities, campers will work on improving their social and emotional skills in a supportive and safe environment.

Days will be filled with:
  • Fun camp activities to engage brains
  • Opportunities to explore, develop new skills, and try new things
  • Plenty of physical activity and games to keep bodies active

Entering K-5th Grade in 2024

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:
K-3rd Grade: Tuesdays
4th-8th Grade: Wednesdays
6th-8th Grade: Mondays

Swim Days:
K-3rd Grade: Mondays 12:00pm-3:00pm
4th-8th Grade: Thursday from 12:00pm-3:00pm

Program Guide Available Soon!

Register for Kishwaukee Summer Day Camp–>Open April 13th 


  • Kishwaukee Summer Camp
  • 4C Financial Aid Application


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.


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, Ry Caldwell, 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.

Application Coming Soon

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!

Questions? Contact:
Aaron Confer
Youth Development Director