Day Camp

Leave Ordinary at the Door. Extraordinary is in Store.

Day Camp at the Kelly Hall YMCA is unlike any other. It’s a time for youth to stretch their imaginations. Flex their creativity muscles. Learn new and extraordinary skills. Conquer the toughest of challenges. And play until the last whistle blows. 

At the Kelly Hall YMCA, we’re putting play at the center of everything we do. At Y Day Camp, we play for fun and for serious. And we can’t wait to see how youth discover their favorite ways to play all summer long!

Child running through water

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Keeping Youth Safe All Summer Long

Under the supervision of our experienced staff that are trained in first aid, CPR, child-abuse prevention, water safety, and health and safety protocols, youth will experience a full day of play, exploration, learning, and personal growth. Many of our counselors and staff themselves attended Y Day Camp, which has ignited their own passions for helping youth make friends, develop skills, and — of course — have fun. 

Meet Your Camp Leaders

Say hello to the leaders who bring their own passions and enthusiasm to Day Camp every day!
  • Morgan Thomas

    Morgan Thomas

    Youth Development Director
  • Emergency Packet
    2023 Kelly Hall YMCA Day Camp Parent Handbook
    Permission to Dispense
    Draft Form

  • We’ve got the best in the (day camp) biz — and our Day Camp leaders are here to help you navigate our camp offerings and find the best options for our campers! 

    Morgan Thomas
    Youth Development Director, Kelly Hall YMCA
    773-886-1220 | [email protected]

  • The Y’s typical Day Camp schedule includes a welcome activity, opening circle/check-in, experiential learning time, snack time, physical activity, lunch, literacy, intentional choice time, closing circle, and checkout/goal review. Weekly activities may also include swimming and/or offsite field trips — and your Camp Director will have additional information on special activities as the summer approaches!

    Before care typically runs from 7 to 9 a.m., camp programming from 9 to 3 p.m., and after care from 3 to 6 p.m. Please check with your camp site for specific program times. Before and after care are included with your registration at no additional cost.

    • Active, comfortable clothing (anything you don’t mind getting dirty)
    • Close-toed shoes
    • Water bottle 
    • Sunscreen
    • Swimsuit & towel/life jacket if required for swim level
    • Lunch and snack*
    • Mask (optional)
    • A positive attitude and desire to have fun!


    *To find out if your camp will provide a pre-packaged meal or snack for your child, please contact your Camp Director.

  • The YMCA is committed to the health, safety, and wellbeing of all of our campers!

    Sign-in and sign-out procedures at pick-up and drop-off will occur curbside, or outside of the building/camp area. 

    Handwashing procedures are reinforced and integrated into activities throughout the day. 

    Campers should bring a labeled water bottle with them every day. Touchless water filling stations will be made available to campers and staff. 

    Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place, including the frequent sterilization on high touch objects, surfaces, and toys, as well as overnight deep cleaning of our facilities. 

    Staff will go through extensive training to be prepared to carry out all the safety procedures required.

  • Registration can be completed online, at your local Y, or via phone. If you prefer to contact our team, please call 773-905-5115 (Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.). 

  • The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago works to create a positive environment for all of its members, including those with disabilities. If your camper requires a modification due to a disability, our Inclusion team is happy to work with you to create a plan for support. Look for and select the modification request on our registration platforms  online, in-person, and on paper enrollment forms. For more information, please visit our Inclusion Services webpage

  • All campers participating in Traditional Day Camp are required to put down a non-refundable deposit per week of camp. If you are using the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and have a copay under $100 or have siblings with $0 copay, no deposit is needed.

    All Specialty Camp registrations must be paid in full at time of registration.

    All campers must be fully registered and paid in full by the Wednesday prior to attending the week of camp. A $15 late fee will be added for registrations and payments made after the Wednesday before the week of camp, which is due before the first day of the camp week. Vouchers on the account will be applied to childcare balances.

    Once your summer camp week(s) ends and if you do not plan on further using your Y membership, the membership must be canceled by the membership department/front desk. Please note, there is a minimum of 5 business days’ notice before your next drafting date that is required. Any membership cancellation will be effective as of the next billing cycle. The cancellation may be made in person or email with receipt of confirmation. 

  • Camp deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    All cancellations must be requested in writing at least 14 business days prior to the start of the registered camp week, and if approved, you will be issued as a voucher for use toward other YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago fees. All cancellation requests must be in writing, either submitted to the Membership desk or emailed to the camp director

    Refunds required due to third-party approval will be processed two weeks after the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) approval letter arrives at the center. CCAP balances will be the financial responsibility of the parent/guardian.

    No refunds are given for missed days due to camper illness. 

  • All paperwork, including the emergency packet, is due the Wednesday before your child attends camp. Campers will not be permitted into their day camp without receipt of these documents. Documents are provided to you when you register your child(ren). 

    If your camper has a medical need requiring medication during camp (routine or emergency medication), the Permission to Dispense Medication form must be completed and turned into your Camp Director. Additionally, any camper with an allergy requiring emergency medication must have a Severe Allergy & Anaphylaxis form on file as well. 

  • No! The Y is for everyone, and you do not have to be a member to participate in Day Camp. However, members do receive a discount* and early access to registration. 

    *All campers must hold an active and valid Youth, Parent & Child, or Family membership or Youth Program Pass at the YMCA of Metro Chicago to receive the member rate, and it must remain active and valid until at least September 1, 2023. If membership is terminated prior to September 1, 2023, the non-member rate is due on all camp registrations after the date the membership is terminated. 

  • Fifteen—YES, FIFTEEN—locations across Chicagoland offer Day Camp! 

    These locations include: 

    *Day Camp programming is held at neighboring schools throughout the summer. More information will be available as part of the registration process.