Summer Starts With Us:
Where Every Day is Packed with Fun and Discovery!

Join us for 10 weeks of fun at Marion County YMCA Summer Day Camp, running from May 28-August 2. Our age-specific adventures, for kids ages 5-17, include daily activities from 8 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday — like swimming, games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, plus more!

Registration is open – secure your child’s spot in YMCA Summer Day Camp 2024.

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Offered throughout the entire summer, Traditional Summer Day Camps are designed for a wide variety of conventional interests that may 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 grade level or age.


Salem Community Activities Center
416 Oglesby St
Salem, IL 62881

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The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at the Marion County YMCA offers teens ages 13-15 the opportunity to gain practical experience working with campers while cultivating essential skills and knowledge. The program's primary goal is to empower teens with leadership abilities that extend to their school, home, and community life.

Families interested in the CIT program should submit their applications by April 12, 2024. Once an application is received, the Camp Director will contact the applicant to arrange an interview and screening, finalizing the selection process. It's important to note that due to limited space, not all interviewed applicants will be selected.

Time Period: Minimum of 4 Weeks
Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm
Fee: $45/Week
Individuals who participate for more than 4 weeks, will not be charged for weeks 5 and beyond.
Questions? Contact Jed Casburn at

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Welcome to Inclusion & Adaptive Support Services, whether you're a returning or first-time Summer Day Camp participant. Fostering a supportive and enriching environment for children with diverse abilities is the primary focus of inclusive and adaptive programs. The Gateway Region YMCA provides trained staff and accessible spaces to help ensure camp opportunities for every child. When you register online for Summer Day Camp, indicate any needs your child may have and the branch will email you more information and the required forms.

Key Points to Note:

  • Registrations are processed based on the order of receipt at the branch and subsequently by the organization's Inclusion & Adaptive Support Services department
  • To avoid delay in the registration process, fully complete and provide all requested documents.
  • Please allow at least two weeks for processing, especially during peak Summer Day Camp enrollment times.
  • Your child's start date depends on the staffing and capacity situation at the branch, regardless of their support needs.
  • We ensure information is securely handled per HIPAA guidelines.
  • Additional information may be requested.

The Gateway Region YMCA is committed to serving individuals without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected factor. Our goal is to provide inclusive opportunities for all community members in our programs. While we make every effort to accommodate, there may be situations where a child's needs exceed the scope of our recreational, non-therapeutic programs.

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At the Y, we stand by the belief that everyone should have the chance to be part of the Y, irrespective of their financial means. To make this possible, we offer financial assistance to those who qualify, supported by generous contributions to our Annual Campaign. Access the application here. We encourage you to apply early to allow processing time. Following processing, we communicate the approved amount to applicants, which is then applied to their accounts. 

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​Welcome to the world of YMCA Summer Day Camp, where each day promises a new adventure! We are devoted to creating unforgettable camping experiences, and we have designed our Camp Parent Handbook to be a helpful guide for you.

Camp Parent Handbook 2024


How to Contact Us:
Marion County YMCA
Camp Director, Jed Casburn
101 S. Broadway
Salem, IL 62281
618-548-2222 ext. 28


Marion County YMCA 2024 Summer Day Camp Schedule

(Helpful hint: The schedule below is best viewed from a mobile device when it is horizontal.)



May 28 - 31, 8 am-5 pm
There will be no camp on May 27th. Fees will be prorated.

Traditional: Hello Summer!
Ages 5-12

June 3 - 7, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Color Blast
Ages 5-12

June 10 - 14, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Kids Kitchen
Ages 5-12

June 17 - 21, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Lab Rats
Ages 5-12

June 24 - 28, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Water World
Ages 5-12

July 1 - 3, 8 am-5 pm
There will be no camp on July 4-5th. Fees will be prorated.

Traditional: America the Beautiful
Ages 5-12

July 8 - 12, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: The Food Lab
Ages 5-12

July 15 - 19, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Time Travelers
Ages 5-12

July 22 - 26, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Slip n Slide!
Ages 5-12

July 29 - August 2, 8 am-5 pm

Traditional: Mystery Week
Ages 5-12