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Summer Camp

There’s something about summer camp memories that stick with us forever. The friendships we make, the skills we learn, and the confidence we build last long after the summer ends. The Edwardsville YMCA is proud of its long summer camp tradition which continues in 2021! We will be building on our 55+ years of experience as an expert summer camp resource, committed to providing a high-quality, age-appropriate experience for your children with a wide range of activities and adventures to enjoy.

Summer Camp Catalog

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Health & Safety Guidelines

School-aged Child Care Health & Safety Guidelines

Summer Day Camp is scheduled to begin on June 1st at the Meyer Center. Registration will open on March 22nd for YMCA members and March 29th for non-members.

The safety of our campers and staff is our top priority! We are committed to offering school-aged child care to the best of our ability within established social distancing guidelines, for those who need it, with emphasis on health and safety.

We will be following all CDC, ACA, YUSA, local health department and state guidelines, to ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff.

  • School-aged child care will be open 7:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Limited number of total campers due to spacing/occupancy guidelines.
  • Check-in and check-out will be conducted outside in a car line style.
  • All campers will have their temperatures checked at check-in. Temperature must be below 100.4 to remain at camp.
  • We will follow MCHD guidelines for COVID-19 exposure, testing, quarantine and contract tracing issues.
  • Campers must wash/sanitize hands before and after each activity/meal.
  • Camp groups will be limited to a 1:12 ratio.
  • Campers will eat and complete activities with their camp group only.
  • Campers should not bring their own lunches, except with pre-approval in cases of allergies. LUNCHES ARE INCLUDED WITH THE COST OF CAMP THIS YEAR.
  • All campers must bring a refillable water bottle with them.
  • We will not be conducting off site field trips.(To be evaluated throughout the summer)
  • Camp activities will take place primarily outdoors, except in cases of inclement weather.
  • There will be heightened cleaning throughout the day, including daily deep disinfecting for camp areas.

*Subject to change, as necessary. Any revisions to our guidelines will be communicated through email, our website, social media and Kid Kiosk.

Summer Camp Behavior Management Plan

Registration & More


We are encouraging online registration!

Weekly Summer Camp Registration Update
The last day to register for camp weeks is the Thursday before!

  • Week 3 (starts 6/14) • Last Day To Register Is Thursday, June 10th
  • Week 4 (starts 6/21) • Last Day To Register Is Thursday, June 17th
  • Week 5 (starts 6/28) • Last Day To Register Is Thursday, June 24th
  • …And So Forth Thru The End Of Camp

If you choose to register in person, please bring:

  • Completed Registration Form (one per child) REQUIRED
  • Copy of Immunization Records (NOTE: IL State Law requires the YMCA to collect immunization records from each Summer Camper)
  • Credit/debit card to enroll in automatic draft REQUIRED (checking account drafts require a voided check to be attached)
  • $25 non-refundable deposit per week per child REQUIRED
  • There are a limited number of spaces per grade level. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you register for all your weeks at once to guarantee a spot for your child.
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Age & Grade Requirements

Campers must be a minimum age of 5 AND be exiting Kindergarten, while Teens must be no older than 14 AND exiting 8TH grade (entering freshman year). All campers must be potty trained & be able to change into and out of their swimwear independently. Campers will be placed in the grade they just completed.


If medication is necessary during camp hours, the medication, along with a doctor’s note, must be given to the camp nurse by the parent in its original packaging. Campers may not keep prescription or over-the-counter medications with them. Medication forms are available at the Service Desk.

Summer Camp Medication Form

Campers With Special Needs

If your camper has special needs and you believe they will need extra assistance please email our Camp Director, Jason Maclin at jmaclin@edwymca.com to schedule a meeting.
We try to accommodate campers’ special needs whenever possible and would love to meet with you before registration to discuss potential accommodations.

Camp Attire

Face masks will be required indoors.

Due to the high level of physical activity involved in camp every day, we require campers to wear comfortable, closed-toed athletic shoes with socks. PLEASE NO FLIP-FLOPS, SANDALS OR CROCS!

We will provide roller skates for campers or they may bring their skates from home.

Campers swim twice a week & need to bring their swimwear, towel & sunscreen.

  • Monday & Wednesday
    • Kindergarten, 2nd & 4th grade
  • Tuesday & Thursday
    • 1st, 3rd & 5th grade
  • Monday – Thursday
    • Teen Camp: 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Camp Weeks & Themes

The Edwardsville YMCA Summer Camps have provided thousands of children in our community with a camp experience they never forget. We offer a very active on-site day camp, held at the 116,000 square foot Meyer Center, for children from Kindergarten to fifth grade, a Teen Adventure Camp for sixth through eighth graders, and a variety of preschool camps at our Niebur facility. We will be offering a wide range of activities that you have come to expect along with exciting new opportunities to enhance your summer camp experience. Each Friday has a special event or field trip and if that isn’t enough, we also offer over 95 specialty camps for everyone to enjoy!

Summer Camp is a passion of the YMCA and we hope your children become enriched over the summer to explore new areas where they can build a passion, uncover a hidden talent, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Weekly Themes

0 May 27th & 28th
(Activity Day Camp)
Activity Day Camp
1 June 1st – 4th Lights, Camera, Action!
2 June 7th – 11th Invention Convention
3 June 14th – 18th Superheroes Vs. Villains
4 June 21st – 25th It’s A Colorful Life
5 June 28th – July 2nd Celebrate The Stars & Stripes
6 July 5th – 9th Time Is Of The Essence
7 July 12th – 16th Rockin’ Beach Party
8 July 19th – 23rd Secret Agent Training
9 July 26th – 30th Olympic Games
10 August 2nd – 6th Camp Carnival

*Due to the number of snow days, we will have Activity Day Camp on May 27th & 28th. If the number of snow days taken by Edwardsville District 7 increases past their scheduled dismissal at the time of publication, we will not have any camp on those scheduled school days.

Weekly Summer Camp Registration Update
The last day to register for camp weeks is the Thursday before!

  • Week 3 (starts 6/14) • Last Day To Register Is Thursday, June 10th
  • Week 4 (starts 6/21) • Last Day To Register Is Thursday, June 17th
  • Week 5 (starts 6/28) • Last Day To Register Is Thursday, June 24th
  • …And So Forth Thru The End Of Camp

Arrival & Dismissal

Campers may arrive any time after 7:00AM. Campers must be signed out by a parent or guardian by 6:00PM. ($1 per minute per child late fee will be charged for each minute after 6:00PM). For the safety of your camper, guardians must sign their camper in and out each and every time they come to camp.

  • We will use Kid Kiosk again this summer. It is an easy automated system that will help keep the process running smoothly. Each Sunday before your campers signed up week(s), the 2 primary guardians will receive an email with a unique pin
    number in order to sign your camper in and out of camp each day. (Please ensure you provide a correct email address.)
  • We ask all parents/guardians to remain in their car in the “Pick Up and Drop Off Area” located outside the tennis courts.
  • Valid photo ID is required by anyone picking a child up from camp.
  • Anyone picking up a child from camp MUST be on the child’s authorized pick up list.

Ask a staff member or director and we will happily address your questions/concerns.

Field Trips & Lunches

Field Trips

Field trips are usually scheduled on Fridays and campers are grouped as follows:

  • Kindergarten & 1st grade
  • 2nd & 3rd grades
  • 4th & 5th grades

Trip details, departure times and other information will be provided the week of the scheduled trip. A list is available at the camp/service desks and online.

Snacks, Lunch & Menu

A morning and afternoon snack are included in the weekly cost of camp. Campers have two options to choose from at snack time, or they may bring their own from home.

Lunches are included in the price of camp. Lunches may be brought from home, but keep in mind that campers will not have microwave or refrigerator access, nor are they permitted to access the vending machines. A cold
drink is provided at no cost during lunch time.

We have two rotating menus which are published at the camp desk, online and emailed in our weekly newsletter.

Week 1 Menu

Week 1MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Main DishChicken NuggetsHot DogFrench Toast SticksPizzaChicken Nuggets
SideApplesauceFruit SnacksGraham CrackersFruit SnacksApplesauce
SideVegetable BagChipsApplesauceBreadstickVegetable Bag
DrinkJuice or WaterJuice or WaterJuice or WaterJuice or WaterJuice or Water
Weeks: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26

Week 2 Menu

Week 2MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Main DishSausage & Cheese Toasted RavioliHot DogChicken SandwichPizzaMini Tacos
SideApplesauceFruit SnacksApplesauceFruit SnacksApplesauce
SideVegetable BagChipsVegetable BagBreadstickChips
DrinkJuice or WaterJuice or WaterJuice or WaterJuice or WaterJuice or Water
Weeks: June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2

Financial Information

Fee Structure

Weekly Fee (5 Day Week) $150 Weekly Fee (5 Day Week) $200
Deposit $25 Deposit $25
Weekly Draft $125 Weekly Draft $175

There is not a multiple child discount for Non-Members! A Great reason for your family to become members!

Weekly Fee (Per Add. Child) $126
Deposit $25
Weekly Draft $101

Holiday Weeks & Food:

Holiday Weeks: We do not have any camp weeks that are affected by holidays this year.

Members $120
Multiple Child Discount $100.80
Non-Members $160


For YMCA staffing and safety ratio compliance purposes, we require a $25 non-refundable deposit per child, per registered week. The remainder of the week’s camp fee will be automatically drafted from your designated account on the Monday of the week that your child attends camp.

Payment Policy

Required Weekly Bank/Debit/Credit Card Draft

We require weekly day camp fees to be automatically withdrawn from a checking account or debit/credit card. The camp office will contact you to set up your draft. The remaining fee (minus deposit) will be deducted directly from your checking or credit/debit card account on the Friday before each week reserved.

Keep Payments Up To Date

Please keep your card & bank information on file up to date. Declined/expired card transactions or cases of insufficient funds will be assessed a $15 bank handling fee.

Any changes to automatic withdrawal must be received at the Meyer Center no later than close on the Wednesday prior to the week that your child will be attending.

Campers with an outstanding balance due to a declined automatic draft will not be able to attend camp.

Other/Misc. Fees

Changes to Registered Weeks: Deposits are non-refundable; however, they may be transferred from one week to another by submitting a Camp Week Transfer Form (available at Niebur (Esic) or Meyer Service Desks).

Camp Week Transfers must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to week of requested change.

A $5 fee applies to each Camp Week Transfer form submitted.

Each week added after the initial registration must be paid in full (cash, check, or charge) at the time of the addition.

Financial Assistance

We do accept CHASI as a form of payment. Written approval from the CHASI office will be required before the child starts camp. Please submit your CHASI application as soon as possible because approval can take several weeks. Campers using CHASI as payment can only attend the number of days approved by CHASI. Additional days must be paid for by the family separately.

We require that you put a $25 deposit per child per week (refundable upon approval). If you are denied CHASI & still would like assistance with payment, please fill out a Y Camp Financial Assistance Form available at the Service Desk at both our Meyer & Niebur (Esic) Centers.

Teen Adventure Camp


We offer Teen Adventure Camp for those campers that have completed 6th, 7th & 8th grades. It allows teens to take responsibility for themselves & become confident, trustworthy members of our adult community.

The teens begin each day in their private recreational area then they will plan their day with their friends by choosing from a variety of activities. They will also have opportunities to travel out into the community to perform service projects at many local institutions, not to mention other fun traditions like the cardboard boat regatta!

Private Recreational Area Amenities
Lounge • Foosball • Air Hockey • Ping Pong • Pool Table • Four Square • Big-Screen TV With Video Games & Movies

Variety Of Activities 
Skating • Gymnastics • Swimming • Sports • And More!

For lunch, teens have the option to upsize their lunch which provides two servings of the day’s entre, two sides & a drink for a $1 more (payable in cash on that day). Snacks are included with camp registration.

The teen’s field trips are traditionally taken every Thursday to places such as The Edge, Six Flags & Edison’s. We hope to have a few of these fun field trips again later in the summer.

Don’t be bored at home this summer – come join our teens for a busy & gratifying experience!


Summer Camp Catalog

Summer Camp Registration Form

Summer Camp Daily Schedule

Summer Camp Behavior Management Plan

Edwardsville YMCA