Kishwaukee Family YMCA

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Summer Camp

YMCA Summer Day Camp 2019

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

Full Time:
5 Days per week: $160*

Part Time:
3 Days per week: $105*

A deposit of $10/week 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: Melissa Johnson, Youth Development Director at or 815.375.5406

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)

2019 Camp Weeks and Themes:

WeekDatesThemeField Trips
1May 28-May 31
(No Camp Memorial Day)
2June 3-June 7TBD
3June 10-June 14TBD
4June 17-June 21TBD
5June 24-June 28TBD
6July 1-July 5
(No Camp July 4)
7July 8-July 12TBD
8July 15-July 19TBD
9July 22-July 26TBD
10July 29-August 2TBD
11August 5-August 9TBD
12August 12, 13 & 14TBD

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 3/1/19. Please note the deadline for applying for financial assistance is 4/1/19 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: June 3- August 9

Registration Fee: $25

M/W/F: $40/week*

T/TH: $30/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 June 1-August 31st.