Ready. Set. Summer!

Say goodbye to cold weather and hello to the sun-filled, action-packed days of friendship found in Marion County YMCA Summer Day Camp. We're counting down the days until we welcome you! Nobody does Summer like the Y!


  • Icon: 100 Providing high-quality camps
  • Icon: Financial Assistance Financial Assistance Available
  • Icon: Staff Trained and dedicated staff
  • Icon: Growth Promoting social, emotional and educational growth

Check out our weekly camp grid below to register or learn more.


Camps We Offer:

We offer 10 weeks of camp from May 31 to August 5 for ages 5-12. Camp hours are 8 am-5 pm.

Offered throughout the entire summer, these camps are designed for a wide variety of conventional interests that include arts & crafts, group games, nature exploration, swimming, field trips, and more. Camps are themed weekly. Most camp activities are held outdoors with indoor activities provided based on the day and theme. Day campers are divided into groups by the grade level they are entering in the fall.

Registrations must be completed by the Wednesday prior to the camp start date for the week. Registrations made after this date will acquire a $10 late fee.

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Contact Us With Your Camp Questions

Marion County YMCA
101 S. Broadway
Salem IL 62881
618-548-2222 ext. 28

Senior Program Director
Jed Casburn

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2022 Summer Day Camp Schedule

Click on a camp to learn more and to register online!
*Camp not eligible for special pricing discount.


May 30-June 2, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Passport to Summer
Ages 5-12

June 5-9, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Get Your Game On
Ages 5-12

June 12-16, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Young Chefs
Ages 5-12

June 19-23, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Mad Scientist
Ages 5-12

June 26-30, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: H2O
Ages 5-12

July 5-7, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Celebrate the Stars and Stripes
Ages 5-12

July 10-14, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Sweet & Savory
Ages 5-12

July 17-21, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Around the World
Ages 5-12

July 24-28, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional Splish, Splash - Splash!
Ages 5-12

July 31-August 4, 8 am-5 pm

Bummer. It's the End of Summer!
Ages 5-12


Camp Parent Handbook

To withdraw your child from the day camp program, please provide written notice to the Camp Registrar at least one week prior to the last day of attendance. Weekly deposit(s) are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Re-admittance will be based upon space availability.

Camp Lakewood - Our Overnight Camp!

Take the adventure to the next level with our Camp Lakewood overnight camp. With a 360-acre lake and more than 5,000 acres of forest-covered hills, caves, creeks and more, there are many opportunities for natural exploration. Whether it's the campfires, swimming, archery, zip lining, sports, canoeing, cookouts, fishing, inflatable water park and kayaking, every camper delights in waking up with a renewed sense of excitement as to what new activities each day at camp will bring. Y members receive discounts.

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If you have talent, knowledge, and passion for working with children - and you want to work in an organization where you will be rewarded with opportunities to serve, it's time to learn more about what the Gateway Region YMCA has to offer. 

*Summer Day Camp Registration Details:
Savings can be applied to a total of three weeks per child per summer. Discount will be applied in person at the branch or if registering online, the Camp Registrar will notify you through confirmation email that the discount has been applied. The camp deposit is required upon registration. Not all camps are eligible for the special pricing discount, which cannot be combined with any other offer and does not apply to Camp Lakewood, Counselors In Training (CIT), or Fun Club extended care.