Stretching Imaginations, Learning & Truly Playing
Keeping Children Happy, Safe & Engaged All Year Long
A typical Day Camp schedule includes an ice-breaking welcome activity, hands-on learning time, reading time and unstructured choice time, plus a goal review to wrap up the day! These expertly-crafted schedules provide a balance of growth and learning, and fun and play no matter the season!
Most Summer Day Camps operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration begins March 1 for YMCA of Metro Chicago members and March 15 for the public.
Explore Our Teen Leadership Camps
Leader-in-Training (LIT) is our most powerful program for the development of teens in Metropolitan Chicago. For younger teens (Grades 9-10), LIT is designed to develop the skills needed for success in high school, employment opportunities, and life in general. Applications may be required for participation.
Counselors In Training (CIT) is for teens who want to learn how to be camp counselors. They will work with our site summer camp team to plan and lead camp activities, engage in skill development, and take a deeper dive into what it means to be a professional role model at camp, in a safe and well-supervised environment. Applications may be required for participation.
Check with your local Y for teen leadership offerings and specific application information.
Burn Off Some STEAM With Our Specialty Camps!
Want to step into the shoes of a master tinkerer, a robotics engineer, a chef, or a detective? Interested in building with LEGO blocks, editing movies, or creating masterpieces of art? Exploring topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), these special interest camps are sure to delight, challenge and inspire. Come burn off some STEAM with our specialty camps!
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
- 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.
Whether you want to step into the shoes of a master tinkerer, a robotics engineer, a chef, or a detective, we have Specialty Camps just for the camper in your life! Campers will explore topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Match (STEAM), which are sure to delight, challenge, and inspire. Find the right Specialty Day Camp program and burn off some STEAM!
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.
Fifteen—YES, FIFTEEN—locations across Chicagoland offer Day Camp!
These locations include:
All campers participating in Traditional Day Camp and Specialty 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 campers must be fully paid in full by the Wednesday prior to attending the week of camp. A $15 late fee will be added for 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 for all camps are non-refundable.
- Camp deposits for all camps are non-transferable.
- All specialty camps have a deposit, to be paid like traditional camps.
- All cancellations must be in writing 14 business days prior to the start of registered camp week and will be issued as a voucher for use toward other Y fees. The deposit will be forfeited.
- All cancellations made less than 14 business days prior to the start of registered camp week will be non refundable and non transferable.
- In the event the YMCA cancels a camp week, all money paid, including the deposit is refunded.
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.
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.
It All Starts At Your Local Y
With Day Camp programming across our footprint, let the Y be your trusted partner in keeping your children happy, safe, and engaged. Find a YMCA with Day Camp offerings near you, and give your children a learning experience and wonderful memories that’ll shape their lives for years to come!