Long Live Summer

We can't wait to welcome your child to enjoy summer as it should be: fun, action-packed, and most of all, safe! At Summer Day Camp, safety is our first priority and we are committed to following the guidelines set forth by our local health officials. Click here to view more information on the safety precautions we will have for camp.


  • Providing high-quality camps
  • Inclusive camps for all
  • Trained and dedicated staff
  • 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 June 1 to August 6 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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2021 Summer Day Camp Schedule

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


Week 1 • June 1-4, 8 am-5 pm


Welcome to Summer
Ages 5-12

Week 2 • June 7-11, 8 am-5 pm


Outdoor Adventures

Ages 5-12

Week 3 • June 14-18, 8 am-5 pm


Culinary Creations

Ages 5-12

Week 4 • June 21-25, 8 am-5 pm


Brain Riddles

Ages 5-12

Week 5 • June 28-July 2, 8 am-5 pm


Discover America

Ages 5-12

Week 6 • July 5-9, 8 am-5 pm


All About Sports

Ages 5-12

Week 7 • July 12-16, 8 am-5 pm


Special Assignment

Ages 5-12

Week 8 • July 19-23, 8 am-5 pm


Science Fun

Ages 5-12

Week 9 • July 26-30, 8 am-5 pm


Water Nation

Ages 5-12

Week 10 • August 2-6, 8 am-5 pm


Camp Rewind

Ages 5-12


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.