A Quick Guide to Summer Camp

ccy-homeEach and every summer, hundreds of kids come to the Y for our safe, affordable and fun summer camp. What keeps local families coming back? The fact that each of our branches provides a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience. To learn more about what makes each program unique, check out this quick-and-easy guide to summer camp at the Y.

C.W. Avery Family YMCA

The Rundown: From field trips to food fights, there’s constant excitement during Summer Day Camp at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA in Plainfield. We swim nearly every day, have cardboard boat races and let campers pie their counselors in the face—what more could a kid want?

The Kicker: Starting this summer, the C.W. Avery Family YMCA will be offering All-Day Summer Sports Camps. In other words, kids will have the opportunity to gain quality experience and develop their skills in their favorite sports, from AM to PM.

Galowich Family YMCA

The Rundown: For 11 weeks, the adventures don’t stop for our campers. Just ask them—Summer Day Camp at the Y is like having recess every day. Only “recess” at the Y includes crafts and games galore, awesome camp counselors and all the fun of camping with the ability of sleeping in your own bed at night.

The Kicker: What makes the Galowich Family YMCA special is what quietly resides behind its building. Complete with a playground, two baseball fields, two soccer fields and a pond ideal for catching frogs, our backyard is the perfect spot for making summertime memories.

Morris Community YMCA

The Rundown: With Summer Day Camp, 13 Specialty Sports Camps and a Flag Football League, the Morris YMCA offers unlimited possibilities for a fantastic summer.

The Kicker: We know how much the folks in Morris and Grundy County love their sports programs. So we rounded up some of Morris’ finest sports instructors to teach our Specialty Sports Camps. (e.g., PGA golfer Kurt Nolen will teach Golf Camp, former major leaguers Kelly Dransfeldt and Bill Petrick will teach Baseball Camp).

Smith Family YMCA

The Rundown: For its second year of Summer Day Camp, the Smith Family YMCA has a ton in-store. Not only will kids in grades K-8 have the chance to enjoy 11 weeks of summer fun, but now preschoolers can, too.

The Kicker: This summer, the Smith Family YMCA was fortunate enough to receive a grant that provides campers with breakfast and lunch every day. Thanks to the USDA, kids will be fed healthy meals and filled with energy for the entire summer.


Summer Day Camp kicks off June 2, but there’s still time to register. Stop by your local branch today and we’ll help you get setup. Any questions? Give us a call at (815) SAY-YMCA. Financial assistance is available. At the Y, no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. CCR&R and DHS fund are also accepted.