Our 2021 Summer Day Camp season officially came to a close earlier this week. And, oh, what an amazing summer it was!
We’d like to thank all of our camp families for spending the summer with us here at the YMCA. We hope you have a wonderful school year and look forward to seeing you back at camp next summer.
We’d also like to thank all of our wonderful community partners who opened their doors and their hearts, allowing us to provide much-needed summer child care at locations throughout Will and Grundy Counties.
Finally, we’d like to thank our top-notch summer camp directors and counselors for their endless energy, compassion, and creativity. Your hard work and tireless dedication helped to ensure that each of our campers has a summer full of fun and memories.
As we take a look back at the summer that was, let’s take a closer look at YMCA Summer Camp By the Numbers:
14 Camp Locations
With a little help from our friends, we hosted camps at our YMCA facilities and at offsite locations throughout the community. Thank you, Salvation Army Joliet Corps Community Center, Messiah Lutheran Church, Saratoga School District 60C, Plainfield School District 202, and Valley View School District 365 for helping us serve families this summer.
We are so proud to provide a memorable camp experience for each and every one of our incredible summer day campers.
256 Camp Counselors
Summer day camp would not be possible without the dedication, versatility, and leadership of our Summer Camp team.
624 Children served by the YMCA’s Safety Around Water Summer Program
Each and every member of our Aquatics Team played a key role in teaching lifesaving water safety skills to hundreds of campers over the last several months. In all, we provided free swim lessons for more than 600 children in our community this summer as part of our YMCA’s Safety Around Water program.
73,263 Meals and 26,051 Snacks Served
We remain dedicated to assisting children who are faced with food insecurity and providing resources that support a healthy lifestyle for growing minds and bodies. This summer, we partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Plainfield District 202, Aramark Food Services, and Valley View School District 365U Nutrition Services to provide daily meals and snacks at many of our camp locations.
Over $28,000 raised by the YMCA’s Send a Kid to Camp Campaign
At the Y, nobody is ever turned away due to the inability to pay. Nearly half the children who attend YMCA summer day camp programs receive financial assistance, and this is made possible by the incredible generosity of YMCA donors. This spring, our Send A Kid to Camp Campaign supporters generously funded nearly 700 days of camp for children in our community.
We look forward to seeing you next summer. Camp registration for the summer of 2022 will get underway in March!