Ready. Set. Summer!

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

 

  • Providing high-quality camps
  • Financial Assistance Available
  • Trained and dedicated staff
  • Promoting social, emotional and educational growth

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

 

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE 20% OFF 3 WEEKS OF CAMP

Register December 27-January 31 and save 20% on up to 3 weeks of camp per child*

Register February 1-28 and save 15% on up to 3 weeks of camp per child*

Register March 1-31 and save 10% on up to 3 weeks of camp per child*

Camps We Offer:

We offer 11 weeks of camp from May 31 to August 13 for ages 3-12. Camp hours are 9 am-4 pm.

In addition, we offer Fun Club, the Y's Before & After Camp Care, which is available as an add-on to traditional and preschool 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.

Camps are located at the Y, unless listed in the grid below.

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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Arts & Humanities: Ages 6-12
Our arts & humanities camps encourage personal expression and the freedom to create, and provide new experiences for kids. Creativity abounds at the Y.

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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Outdoor Camps: Ages 6-12
Our outdoor camps seek adventures that can be found and explored in nearby parks, outdoor fun and natural resource areas.

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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Sports Camps: Ages 6-12
In our half-day camps, campers spend their time 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.

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

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

Location:
Monroe County YMCA - HTC Center
9514 Caring Way
Columbia, IL 62236
618-281-9622

Program Director
Kim Dailey

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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.

Traditional/
Preschool

Special
Interest

Sports

Week 1 • May 31 - June 3

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

   
Week 2 • June 6-10

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Gardening @ Stuckmeyer's
Ages 6-12

Baseball
Ages 6-12

Week 3 • June 13-17

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Drama
Ages 6-12

Building Bricks @ Faith Church
Ages 6-12

Cheer
Ages 6-12

Week 4 • June 20-24

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

 

 

Week 5 • June 27 - July 1

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Cooking @ First Baptist Church
Ages 6-12

Basketball
Ages 6-12

Week 6 • July 5-8

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

   
Week 7 • July 11-15

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Community Helpers @ Faith Church
Ages 6-12
Volleyball
Ages 6-12
 
Week 8 • July 18-22

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Art @ Bethany Church
Ages 6-12

Soccer
Ages 6-12

Week 9 • July 25-29

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

Wizards @ Columbia Public Library
Ages 6-12

Volleyball (Advanced)
Ages 10-12

Week 10 • August 1-5

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

 

 

Week 11 • August 8-12

Traditional
Ages 6-12

Preschool
Ages 3-5

   

 

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.

Begin Your Career in Child Care

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.