Very few environments are as special as summer camp. It’s a rare experience where kids and counselors become a community. Our counselors are vested in immersing campers in daily activities that encourage them to try new things while celebrating their talents and gifts. The YMCA is planning a summer filled with old favorites and new adventures. Whether your child comes for one week or the entire summer, we invite them to be a part of the YMCA’s safe, nurturing and inclusive summer camp.
Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. Campers will enjoy weekly dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, and outdoor pavilion. Each day is a new adventure, from challenging friends to a game of Gaga Ball to cooling off with a ride down the giant slip-n-slide; the possibilities are endless.
Fox Valley Family YMCA Day Camp is an outdoor program. On inclement weather days camp adapts their daily schedule to be indoors as much as possible. It is guaranteed campers will participate in crafts, group games and structured activities. Please ensure campers are dressed appropriately for the current weather conditions.
A Day in the Life of a Summer Camper
What to Pack Each Day
Summer Camp runs Monday – Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Campers should bring a swimsuit, swim shirt, towel, sunscreen, water bottle and change of clothes. A plastic bag for wet clothes and towel is recommended. All belongings should be labeled.
Campers should NOT bring food made with peanuts, any food that needs to be heated up, all electronics, toys from home, money and anything of personal value.
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided. Children can bring a sack lunch if they choose to. Reminder: camp is a peanut free environment.
NEW THIS YEAR – to ensure pick-up and drop-off runs smoothly, we are implementing a new procedure. Moving forward, drop-off must be by 8:30 am and pick-up begins at 3:00 pm. Read carefully below for details.
- Drop-off begins 6:30 am but campers must be dropped off by 8:30 am.
- Drop-off is at the south side of the parking lot by the basketball hoop where you will meet our drop-off attendant to sign your child in for the day.
- If your child is not here by the 8:30 am drop-off time, parents/guardians will be responsible for parking, entering and notifying the front desk of a late drop-off.
- Front desk staff will radio your child’s Unit Head indicating your child has arrived. Because groups are involved in their scheduled daily activities it may take longer than anticipated for staff to reach the front desk to sign-in your camper. Parent/guardians are expected to stay with the child until the Unit Head arrives at the front desk to sign in your child.
- Do not drop your child off and send them into the building on their own.
- The YMCA is not responsible for children who have not been signed in by an adult.
- Pick-up is also at the same area as drop-off; the south side of the parking lot and will begin at 3:00 pm.
- Staff will be outside at the pick-up location from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. Please text 630-962-1409 ten minutes prior to arrival.
- On days of inclement weather, drop-off and pick-up will be at the double doors just past the main entrance.
- If you arrive before 3:00 pm, you will need to park, enter the building, and the desk staff will radio for your child out, which may take longer than expected.
- You, and anyone picking your child up, must have a driver’s license or photo ID with them. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- If anyone other than you will be picking your child up from camp, they MUST be listed on the Release Form. Any changes to the pick-up list must be made in advance and made in writing.
Summer Camp is primarily an outdoor camp. Staff is prepared to pivot for inclement weather with alternative plans for rainy days and hot weather days. It should be noted, Summer Camp follows guidelines for inclement weather set forth by ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education).
The Camp Director and coordinators are certified to administer medications.
The Medication Authorization form must be completed prior to camp start. Please submit to the Camp Director. Medications will be administered in accordance with the printed prescription label, which must be attached to the original prescription container. Non-prescription medication must be in its original container, and will be administered in accordance with the physician’s instructions. If there are no manufacturer’s printed instructions for the age of the camper, the program may administer the nonprescription medication in accordance with the written, dated, and signed instructions including a statement that the instructions have been reviewed/approved by the camper’s licensed health practitioner, or with signed, dated, written instructions from camper’s licensed health practitioner.
Summer Camp payments will be drafted weekly on the Saturday morning prior to the week of registered care from the payment method you provide upon registration (credit card, debit card or banking information).
To update or change a registration, please call the front desk at 630-552-4100. All registrations and changes must be made by the Friday before care to avoid being charged a $50 late fee.
To help insure proper staffing any cancellations, schedule changes, or new registrations must be completed by Friday at 8:00 p.m. of the week before care with a staff member. Emails and voicemails after hours will not ensure registration. Any changes, late registration, or cancellation after Friday will incur a $50.00 fee.
Yes, the Y accepts CCAP (DHS) funding. In addition, they Y offers an in-house financial aid option. For more information, contact the Billing Specialist at 630-552-4100 x227.
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Updated for 2023!