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Summer Overnight Camp

Welcome to YMCA Camp Duncan, where children and teens make lasting friendships, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and experience the summer of a lifetime.


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Overnight camp is the pinnacle of the summer experience. Something magical happens when a child is able to stay at an overnight camp. YMCA Camp Duncan gives children ages 7-17 a safe environment to be challenged to master the high ropes course or to improve their swimming skills. With the great outdoors as a background, staff design activities to teach life lessons like persistence in completing a difficult task, creativity when solving problems, and working together to achieve a common goal.

The cabin experience shows children how to live cooperatively by sharing chores and respecting each other’s differences. Around the campfire, campers are encouraged to tell stories and share their opinions, and be open-minded and supportive as they listen to others.

Campers live in air-conditioned cabins with restroom facilities located nearby.  Campers are grouped according to age and gender with 10-14 other campers and one or more counselors.  Always under the supervision of our college-aged staff, campers choose and attend activities according to their interests. Accredited by the American Camp Association, our exprienced staff ensures that the health and safety of our campers is our top priority. 

Our personalized programming approach to our stunning 300 acres of woodlands, nature trails and lakeside setting, we have endless opportunities for campers to unplug, learn, laugh and make memories that last a lifetime.

“I just think it is a positive experience that all kids should have at least once in their lifetimes!” - Camper Parent
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There is never a dull moment at YMCA Camp Duncan! Campers will choose and participate in activities that promote confidence, cooperation and best of all, are loads of fun!  Some of the activities include:

  • Swimming (indoor pool)
  • Ropes courses
  • Archery
  • Nature hikes
  • Climbing wall
  • Ga-Ga
  • Mountain Biking
  • Boating
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama and games
  • Fishing
  • Sports
  • Horseback Riding ($75/hr)
  • Blobbing

2019 Dates and Rates

Session Dates Check-out Rates
Session1 June 23-July 5 Friday, 9:30 a.m. $1345
Session 2 June 23-June 29 Saturday, 9:30 a.m. $930
Session 3 June 30-July 5 Friday, 9:30 a.m. $870
Mini Session June 30-July 3 Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. $535
Session 4 July 7-July 19 Friday, 9:30 a.m. $1345
Session 5 July 7-July 13 Saturday, 9:30 a.m. $930
Session 6 July 14-July 19 Friday, 9:30 a.m. $880
Session 7* (mini session) August 4- August 8 Thursday, 9:30 a.m. $705

Check-in time for all sessions is Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Please plan to arrive between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

*Session 7 is only for campers aged 7-13, all other sessions are ages 7-15.

2019 Specialty Camp Dates and Rates

Camp Ages Dates Rates
Leaders In Training 15-16 June 23-July 5 $1350
Counselor In Training 16-17 July 7-July 19 $1050
Teen Leaders I* 17 June 23-July 5 $150
Teen Leaders II* 17 July 7-July 19 $150
Family Camp Families August 30- Sept. 2 E-mail for pricing

*Our Teen Leaders is a new program this year focusing on preparing your 17 year old to become a counselor, can attend both sessions!  Call or E-mail for application!

We welcome you to visit the camp for a tour.  Reservations are required; please call Rona Roffey, Camp Director at 847-546-8086 or email her at rroffey@ymcachicago.org.

Register for camp

View Summer Overnight Camp brochure