Summer Day Camp - Join the Fun!


Click here to download:
Summer Day Camp Brochure
(Includes detailed descriptions of all camp programs and prices.)


Welcome to 2018 Summer Day Camp at the West Communities YMCA!
Going to a summer camp is not only a memory that your child will cherish forever, it also has the potential to change his or her life. Children today are surrounded by modern technology and that is why now, more than ever, it is important for children to spend time immersed in active play and experiential learning opportunites. Summer camp allows your child the opportunity to learn new skills, form wonderful relationships with their peers, and learn more about themselves.

Our day camp program has been given a facelift this year! This summer, we will focus on taking a holistic approach to your camper's experience. Camps will be seperated into age-appropriate groups and include a variety of activities every week, inlcuding games, songs, arts and crafts, team building, fitness and nutrition, sports, character development, fine arts, reading, science, and field trips! We are looking forward to a great summer!

Please visit our helpful info quicklinks in the upper left of this page, view our camp brochure and our FAQs for more info! Happy camping!

Contact Information

West Communities YMCA
6235 S. Homan Ave
Chicago, IL 60629

2018 Session Dates

We offer a variety of camps to meet your child's individual interests and needs. Please refer to the camp brochure for descriptions of activities, session dates, and fees.

Day Camp Activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care hours run from 7:30-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Week            Dates
1 June 4-8, 2018
2 June 11-15, 2018
3 June 18-22, 2018 
4 June 25-29, 2018
5 July 2-6, 2018(Closed July 4)
6 July 9-13, 2018
7 July 16-20, 2018
8  July 23-27, 2018
9 July 30-August 3, 2018
10 August 6-10, 2018
11 August 13-17, 2018 
12 August 20-24, 2018


Registration Dates: In-person registration starts Monday, January 29, 2018.

Program fees: download here
Registration Policies

Open House & Info Sessions

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10-11 a.m.


Participant Emergency Information Packet
[English] [Spanish]
Automatic Payment Form (Draft)
Summer Day Camp Brochure Financial Assistance Application
Summer Camp Parent Handbook  


Payment and Financial Assistance


All campers must be registered and paid in full by the Wednesday prior to attending their week of camp. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required for each week of camp.

Financial Assistance

What to Bring

Summer Camp FAQs

General Information

Location - Where is the camp located?
West Communities YMCA is located at 6235 S. Homan Ave, Chicago, IL 60629

Hours of Camp - What time does camp start and end each day?
Camp activities run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended Care hours are from 7:30-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. and are included in your cost.

Newsletter - How can I stay updated about upcoming camp activities at the YMCA?
Every Monday a newsletter/schedule for the camp week will be available at the sign-in/out table. Activities may vary day-to-day, including but not limited to sports, character development, arts and crafts, games, skits, songs, sports, swimming, rock climbing, field trips, and much more. 

Registration - How do I register for day camp?
All campers must be regsistered for camp prior to attending. Registration begins January 29, 2018. Registration folders are available at the Member Service Desk. All information on the registration forms must be completed prior to your camper attending. 

Refunds - If I cancel a registered week of camp, will I be refunded?
All cancellations and changes must be made 3 weeks prior. No refunds will be given without 3 week’s notice. Camp weeks cancelled by the registrant will be issued a credit voucher for the amount paid which is good towards any YMCA programs minus the $30-per-week deposit which is non-refundable, and non-transferrable.

Health & Safety

Accreditation - Are your day camps accredited?
Yes, our camp is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). This is your assurance that our day camps are committed to the highest standards established for the camping industry. Accredited camps have their operations scrutinized and reviewed by camping professionals who know and value quality camping.

Camp Counselors - What are the qualifications of your camp counselors?
Our counselors receive over 40 hours in training prior to the start of camp. Training incluses CPR, First Aid, child abuse prevention, emergency procedures, water safety, and our camp curriculum including songs and games that incorporate values and education.

Illness/Injury - What happens if my camper is sick or gets hurt?
Parents will be notified by camp personnel if their child has not been feeling well for a period of time and does not seem to be getting any better. Moderate injuries will also be communicated to the parent once proper first aid has taken place. Minor injuries will be communicated at Sign Out. In the case of a severe injury needing professional medical attention, the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately.

Inclement Weather - What is the procedure for bad weather?
At the first sign of inclement weather, campers will be brought indoors and into safety. Inclement weather includes lightning and extreme heat.

Medication Administration - What is the procedure for when my child needs to take prescribed medication while at camp?
Parents/Guardians must have a signed medication authorization form on file for day camp staff to administer medication. The Authorization to Administer Medication form can be obtained during registration and a copy is placed in the parent packet you receive upon registration. You can also ask any camp director for a copy during the summer. Medication MUST come in the original pharmacy container. It must list clearly the camper’s name, the doctor’s name, the name of the medication, the correct daily dosage, and the correct time of the day the medication is to be administered. Please indicate whether the medication needs to be taken with or without food and/or water.

Ratios - What is the counselor to camper ratio?
The ACA guidelines for counselors to camper ratios are as follows: 1:6 (3 to 5 years of age), 1:8 (6 to 8 years of age), 1:10 (9 to 15 years of age).

Water Safety - Does my camper need to know how to swim?
All campers will be participating in swim lessons. Campers are tested to determine swim ability and if they will be allowed to utilize the deep end of the pool. All lifeguards, both at the pool and at all water parks are certified.

Preparing for Camp

Clothing - What sort of clothes should my camper bring? 
All campers are required to wear their camp t-shirts on field trip days which occur on Wednesdays. Campers should also wear simple, non-restrictive clothing that you do not mind getting dirty, wet, and possibly ruined. Shorts, jeans, and tennis shoes are a good choice. You may want to send along an extra change of clothes, just in case. Only swimwear is allowed in the pools.  Street clothes may not be worn.  Also, flip flops may only be worn on the YMCA’s pool deck and at water parks. Otherwise closed toes shoes are Mandatory.

Items From Home - May campers bring toys and similar items from home to camp?
Campers are not permitted to bring possessions from home (i.e. cell phones, iPods, toys, Gameboys, PSP, action figures, dolls, trading cards, etc). The YMCA is not responsible for any item that is broken, lost, or stolen during camp.

Lunch/Snacks - Does my camper need to bring lunch/snacks to camp?
Each child needs to bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle every day. Lunches cannot be stored in a refrigerator or heated up, so please pack food that will not spoil easily. Freezing juice boxes the night before and using ice packs for children’s lunch is suggested. Please pack a water bottle every day and 2 healthy snacks for morning and afternoon snack time.  

Orientation - Is there an orientation?
Day Camp Orientation takes place Friday June 5th at 6pm. This is for Full Day campers. Half Day preschool orientation will take place Thursday June 4th at 6pm.

Campers must bring Sunscreen everyday! Please apply sunscreen to your child before coming to camp each day. Throughout the day, your child will have frequent opportunities to reapply sunscreen. 

At Camp

Absences - What should I do if my camper will be absent or late?
Please leave a message for the camp directors at the front desk at 773.434.0300. Make sure to leave your name and the camp your child is attending in the message.

Daily Activities - What is a typical day like at camp?
Every week has a weekly theme! Activities, trips and lesson plans are typically tied into that weekly theme. Throughout the day campers will participate in songs, fellowship, arts and crafts, character development, team building, health and nutrition, sports, fine arts, reading, science and much more! Throughout the day there are breaks scheduled for snack time, bathroom time, and sunscreen time!

Field Trips - Does the camp offer field trips as an activity?
Campers will attend a trip weekly. Trips vary from museums, amusement parks, water parks, forest preserves, and more. Some weeks the trip may be brought right to the campers onsite at the West Communities YMCA!

Lost & Found - What if my camper loses an item while at camp?
To minimize the chance of misplaced clothing and other items, PLEASE LABEL ALL CLOTHING AND OTHER PROPERTY CLEARLY.  WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR MISSING ITEMS. There will be a lost and found container under the tent. There is also a lost and found at the YMCA’s front desk.

Parent Visits - Are parents allowed to visit our children while they are at camp?
The YMCA has an open-door policy for the parents or guardians of all campers. Please first speak directly with a camp director to let them know you are visiting. Parents are invited and encouraged to visit the program sites at any time, but must take care to not interfere with or disrupt the on-going activities. Once a child is taken out of camp for that day, they cannot return.

Sign In/Sign Out - What is the procedure for campers checking in and out of camp?
All campers must be signed in and out of camp daily. Parents/Guardians must have a valid ID EVERYDAY at the time of pickup in order for us to release your child to you. Please see the parent handbook for more information.