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


Join us for 11 weeks of fun at Monroe County YMCA - HTC Center's Summer Day Camp, running from May 28-August 9. Our age-specific adventures, for kids ages 3-15, include daily activities from 9 am-4 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.


Sign up for Day Camp
 

 

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Our trained counselors guide campers through crafts, weekly swimming, outdoor play, games, and other fun activities.


Sign up for Preschool camp

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.


Sign up for Traditional Camp

Fun Club, the Y's Before & After Camp Care, is available as an add-on to all camps at an additional fee. Fun Club allows campers to arrive as early as 7 am and/or stay as late as 6 pm. Fun Club is available for campers ages 3 - 12.


SIGN UP FOR FUN CLUB BEFORE/AFTER CARE

 

Special Interest Camps are designed to offer activities focused on a particular interest while incorporating overall traditional Y camp principles. Camp size may be smaller and may be offered either indoors or outdoors based on the specific interest. From 9 am - noon, campers participate in their special interest camp. From noon - 4 pm, campers participate in traditional camp activities.


Arts & Humanities Camp

Our arts & humanities camps encourage personal expression and the freedom to create, and provide new experiences for kids. Creativity abounds at the Y.

SIGN UP FOR ARTS & HUMANITIES CAMP


Sports Camps

Campers spend their day immersed in a specific sport learning fundamental skills and then applying those skills in a game setting. The focus is on introducing and/or improving skills for each sport with emphasis on individual skill development, teamwork, and building self-confidence in an environment that encourages having fun and making friends.

Sign up for Sports Camp


Outdoor Camps

Our outdoor camps seek adventures that can be found and explored in nearby parks, outdoor fun, and natural resource areas.

Sign up for Outdoor Camp

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at the Monroe County YMCA offers teens ages 13-16 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.

Requirements
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 Kris Fulford at kris.fulford@gwrymca.org

Apply for CIT

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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Sign up for Day Camp

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. 

Apply Now

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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:
Email Kris Fulford, Executive Director
618-281-9622

Click here for directions to the Monroe County YMCA - HTC Center

9514 Caring Way
Columbia, IL 62236


 

Monroe County YMCA 2024 Summer Day Camp Schedule


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

 

Traditional/
Preschool

Arts & Humanities/Outdoor

Sports

May 28 - 31, 9am - 4pm
There will be no camp on May 27th. Fees will be prorated.

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

   
June 3 - 7, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Gardening @ Stuckmeyer's
Ages 6-12

Baseball & Softball
Ages 6-12

June 10 - 14, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Block Construction @ The Way Church
Ages 6-12

Baseball & Softball
Ages 6-12

June 17 - 21, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Art @ Bethany Church
Ages 6-12

Cheer
Ages 6-12

June 24 - 28, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

 

 

July 1 - 5, 9am - 4pm
There will be no camp on July 4th. Fees will be prorated.

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

   
July 8 - 12, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

World Explorers @ The Way Church
Ages 6-12
Baseball & Softball
Ages 6-12
 
July 15 - 19, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Cooking @ TBD
Ages 6-12

Baseball & Softball
Ages 6-12

July 22 - 26, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

 

Basketball
Ages 6-12

July 29 - August 2, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Wizards @ Columbia Public Library
Ages 6-12

Volleyball
Ages 6-12

August 5 - 9, 9am - 4pm

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

  Soccer
Ages 6-12