Summer Day Camp

From STEM activities to swim lessons, hiking trails to camp cookouts, the Y is here to create experiences that immerse your child in an atmosphere that inspires, builds confidence and creates a sense of belonging. When you count on the Y, you count on a summer of action and achievement all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment. Our programs help continue the socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of all youth so that every summer is their Best. Summer. Ever. JOIN US!

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Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. With daily dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, outdoor pavilion, and 17 acres of outdoor space to make the most of...whether that means practicing a talent show act with friends or grilling burgers for our Camp Cook-Outs.

Our summer day camp also offers enrichment programs in gymnastics, dance, music, and sports that will further enhance your child’s summer. Program instructors will safely escort children to and from any classes they attend. These programs are discounted for Summer Campers. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way!

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NEW! FOR 2017

  • 2nd Location at Grande Reserve Elementary in Yorkville! Starting June 12th, kids will enjoy the same once-a-week field trip opportunities AND swim twice a week at Central Branch. Also, rates, camp information, and schedules included in this pamphlet will also apply to Grand Reserve.
  • Group Text Messages to Parents by Camp Director - Sign-up for this feature at registration.
  • New Field Trips - Bull/Sox Academy, FireZone, Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show, Santa's Village and more!
  • Community Garden - In partnership with the University of Illinois Extension Office and Plano Community Garden, kids will learn to grow and maintain a garden that provides food for camp.   

Y Camp Readers
Back again this summer, the Y is participating in an exciting new program called Camp Readers. Campers will explore reading through a variety of ways including independent reading, partner reading, staff read-aloud, thematic reading and much more. Let's bridge the reading gap together and make summer reading fun and engaging!

Pay for camp online! Download a registration form here.

What can you expect from our day camp program?

  • Professional, energetic, caring staff. All counselors are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED and many have experience working in our before and after school care program.
  • Full-day care from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm with USDA approved lunch and two snacks daily.
  • Daily dips in our indoor pool and use of our Aqua Track
  • Camp Cook-Outs, STEM Activities, Huddle Groups, and more!
  • Weekly Field Trips (Bulls/Sox Academy, Cyberspace Lazer Tag, Joliet Splash Station, and Silver Springs State Park...to name a few)
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for rocket launching, practicing a talent show act, playing soccer, or tie-dyeing
  • Fully air conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Age-specific ratios
  • YMCA day camps are tax deductible and qualify for flexible spending
  • Commitment to your child health, as we participate in the CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health program
  • 2 Convenient drop off locations
  • Plus, YMCA Summer membership conveniently included in camp fee!

 SCRAPBOOK: BEST SUMMER EVER 2016

CAMP INFORMATION

what to bring to camp

  • YMCA Day Camp t-shirt
  • Change of clothes
  • Backpack with name visible
  • Swimsuit, towel and plastic bag for wet swimsuit/towel
  • Water bottle with name visible
  • Sunscreen/sunblock
  • Nut free snack/sack lunch (if needed)

Campers must wear closed toe shoes each day!

WHAT not TO BRING TO CAMP
(unless specified by the day's events)

  • ALL electronics
  • ALL cell phones
  • ALL toys
  • Soda and candy
  • Money
  • Sandals and flip flops (allowed for pool/water park field trips only)

AGE GROUPS

K-1: Children entering Kindergarten or 1st grade

2-3: Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade

4-6: Children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade

CIT (Counselors In Training): Children entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades

DAY CAMP RATES

There is a one-time $35 registration fee for all participants. Free Youth Membership is included in our 3-Day and Weekly rates, as well as a free camp t-shirt, backpack, water bottle and weekly field trip costs.

  • 3-Day: $100 YMCA Members / $80 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
  • Weekly: $130 YMCA Members / $100 CIT (includes Youth Membership)

Payments can be made in person at our Central or West Branch, online, or can be set up for automatic drafts on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. Financial assistance is available and DHS subsidy is accepted.

REGISTER FOR CAMP ONLINE!

camp counselors

You can depend on the Y to make sure that all camp activity areas are well supervised. As role models, camp counselors are selected for sound judgment, maturity, experience, enthusiasm and creativity. All employees are interviewed and go through a complete background check prior to being hired and are trained in CPR, first aid, and child abuse prevention.

The Y and our camp counselors are here to help kids flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, our holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time.

Camp is located at our Central Branch in Plano and Grande Reserve Elementary in Yorkville.  Camp runs Mon-Fri from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm with programming from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Call 630-552-4100 for more information.

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In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CARLEE!
After Y preschool in 1999, Carlee attended SAFE, swim lessons, and played youth basketball over the years. In 2013, she was hired as a SAFE Counselor. In 2015, she expanded her role to School Aged Child Care Coordinator. Her Y story has built an incredible foundation of community, togetherness, and youth development, which she says has “ultimately guided her career path in School Social Work”. She will complete her Master's Degree in School Social Work this May and says she “will forever value the Fox Valley Family YMCA for all that it has done in my life and the lives of others”.

Hang-out with Carlee at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET BRADY!
Brady first joined the Y in 2003 playing Soccer and Flag Football and then went on to add Basketball and Floor Hockey. This will be his 3rd summer as a camp counselor.  “I really enjoy playing soccer with the kids and helping some learn how to throw a football. The positive atmosphere and energy always get me excited to see everyone the next day,” says Brady. Brady is currently a rising junior studying Industrial Engineering at Penn State - University Park where he carries a 3.0+ GPA as a student-athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams.

Hang-out with Brady at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.