What's New This Year?!
Back to making new friendships and rekindling old, setting out on exciting adventures, creating a welcoming community while engaging in camp favorites –– Summer Camp is making a BIG COMEBACK!
Welcome our New Camp Director!
JC grew up in Joliet and attended college at Millikin University where he ran Division 3 Track and Field and majored in Health, Fitness and Recreation. After graduating from Millikin in 2017 he moved to the northeast with his then-girlfriend, now wife, Colleen. While moving around the northeast, JC worked as the Program Coordinator for Girls Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire, he got his start working for the YMCA in New Haven, Connecticut as the Assistant Camp Director and most recently worked as the Camp Director in Rochester, New York. After four years of moving, JC and his wife are so excited to be returning home for good with their two dogs, Nike and Briggs.
In his 3 years working for the Y, JC has found a passion for working with young kids and athletics. He himself loved sports at an early age and hopes in his new position as the Youth & Family Director, that he can help young kids find a game they love and give them a strong and safe foundation from which to grow.
Important (And Fun!) Updates Coming to Camp
Back to Basics
Emphasis on NO ELECTRONIC camp experience – kids will be immersed in an active and playful day!
Updating our CIT Program
CIT’s will be assigned daily responsibilities and learn the ropes by working closely with counselors and campers.
Introducing an old favorite, Four Square, and what will surely be a new camp favorite, Nitro Ball!
A Camp Within Summer Day Camp
Learn More about Sports Camp!
A new camp option for Summer Day Campers
New this year, we’ve added a camp option called SPORTS CAMP! Does your child love to stay active, participate in organized sports and enjoy being part of a team? Then sports camp is a great option for your day camper! Sports campers will get to experience all of the fun of day camp including swimming but with a portion of their day focused on learning and playing the sport of the week.
Sports camp is led by staff from our Sports Department. This camp is divided into 2 age groups – 1st-3rd grade, 4th-7th grade.
Register for all 6 weeks of Sports Camp or pick and choose your favorites! View Pricing here.
June 13 – 17: Soccer
June 20 – 24: Basketball
June 27 – July 1: Football
July 5 – 8: Hockey
July 11 – 15: Whiffle Ball (Baseball)
July 18 – 22: All Sports
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical camp day look like?
Every day at summer camp is an adventure! After drop-off kids will immerse themselves in a day full of themed activities, crafts, swim and more!
Does my child need to bring a lunch/snack?
No, lunch and afternoon snacks are provided. But children can bring a snack lunch if they choose to. Reminder: camp is a peanut-free environment.
Can I drop off and pick up at any time?
Yes, just give the counselor at drop-off a heads up so that staff is prepared for an early pick-up. Camp hours are 6:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Will counselors take my child to their Enrichment Programs?
Yes, counselors walk children to their Enrichment Programs and pick them up afterward, as well.
How often do kids get to swim?
Children will have the option to swim 2 days a week with water activities available every day!
What should my child bring to camp?
Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, bug spray, backpack and water bottle. Lots of children like to bring a hat, as well!
Is a Y Membership included with camp enrollment?
Yes, children registered for 8 or more weeks of camp will be set up with a Y membership. With a Y membership, campers enjoy discounted pricing on programs like swim lessons and gymnastics classes.
Can my child register for just a few weeks for the summer or do they need to enroll for the entire summer?
We’re here for all your summer camp needs whether that’s one week or all 11 weeks!