Reno Waswil
May 9, 2023

Meet Our Day Camp Team: Reno Waswil

Reno Waswil, STEAM Manager of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and has been working in STEAM education ever since. Waswil has been working at the Y since April of 2019 and loves how the Y sites serve as resources to our communities.

Q: What is your favorite part of working at the YMCA? 

A: My favorite part of working at the Y is being able to help people solve problems and learn new things.

Q: What is your favorite part about Day Camp at the Y? 

A: My favorite part of Day Camp is giving kids the opportunity to make something themselves and seeing their excitement when it is complete.

Q: What is your favorite memory from Day Camp at the Y?

A: My favorite memory of Day Camp was running Zoom pre-camp during Virtual Specialty Camps in 2020!

Q: What are you most proud of in your career so far? 

A: I am proud of developing programming that excites and inspires kids.

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to find out? 

A: I help run a satire science, technology, and horror project with Lumpen Radio.

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be (and why)? 

A: Transportation, so that I would not have to travel.

Q: What’s the last song you listened to? 

A: “A Baby for Pree/Glow Into You” by Neutral Milk Hotel.

Q: What’s one thing on your bucket list? 

A: To perform music live.

The YMCA of Metro Chicago believes in the power of play. We play for fun and for progress. Day Camp at the Y empowers Chicagoland youth to do mighty things — making friends, developing new skills, creating life-shaping experiences, and so much more! 

Our experienced and talented counselors and staff are committed to making sure your camper experiences a full day of play, exploration, learning, and personal growth. Here at the Y, we want to show off our Day Camp team’s amazing talents and contributions to our community — and find even more talented, community-oriented individuals who want to work at the YMCA!