"Children and recreation, group of happy multiethnic school kids playing tug-of-war with rope in city park. Summer camp fun"

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 2019! We will be building on our 50+ 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.



Registration is done in person only at either the Meyer or Niebur (Esic) Center Service Desks. Registrations will not be accepted by telephone, by mail or online.

Please Bring:

  • Completed Registration Form (one per child) REQUIRED (link to pdf form)
  • 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.

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.

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 (Esic) 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 75 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

1May 28th – 31st
(No Camp May 27th Pro-Rated)*
Adventure Is Out There
2June 3rd – 7thThe Journey Begins
3June 10th – 14thFind Your Crew
4June 17th – 21stPlay To Your Strengths
5June 24th – 28thSeek Out Your Best Route
6July 1st – 5th
(No Camp July 4th – Pro-Rated)*
Explore Our Community
7July 9th – 13thOvercoming Obstacles
8July 15th – 19thDig Deep & Find Success
9July 22nd – 26thFinding The Treasure Within
10July 29th – August 2ndOh The Places You’ll Go
11August 5th – 9thOn To The Next Adventure

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.

Registration Form

Arrival & Dismissal

Campers may arrive any time after 6:15AM. 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.

  • To keep the process running smoothly, we ask all parents/guardians to remain in the “Pick Up and Drop Off area” located directly in front of the camp desk when dropping off.
  • 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.

Week 8 Field Trip Arrival Information:
K – 5th: Bricks 4 Kidz – Lego Adventure (at the Y) – Please be here by 8:30am
Teens: Cardboard Regatta – Please be here by 8:30am

Snacks, Lunch & Menu

For your convenience, morning and afternoon snacks are included in the weekly cost of camp. Campers have two options to choose from at snack time, or they may bring their snacks from home. Lunches may be purchased at the Camp Desk, at the Service Desk, or included in your automatic draft. ($3 each, or upsized for teens for $1 more) Lunches may be brought from home, if preferred, 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 will be available to all campers at no cost during lunch time.

View Lunch Menu

Financial Information

Fee Structure

Weekly Fee (5 Day Week)$140Weekly Fee (5 Day Week)$180
Weekly Draft$115Weekly Draft$155

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
Weekly Draft$101


Holiday Weeks:

Holiday Weeks: The YMCA is closed both days: Memorial Day: May 27th & Independence Day: July 4th

Multiple Child Discount$100.80


2 Snacks – Included In Weekly Fee
Total For Full Week$15



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. When registering, please bring the card you wish to use or a voided check, if drafting from a checking account. The remaining fee will be deducted directly from your checking or credit/debit card account on the Monday of 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 Friday 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.

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