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 11 weeks of camp from June 1 to August 13 for ages 3 - 17. Camp hours are 9 am - 4 pm and sports camp hours are 9 am-12 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 6:30 am and/or stay as late as 6:00 pm. Fun Club is available for campers ages 3 - 12.

Camp locations are listed in 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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Tween and Teen Camps: Ages 14-16
These camps are designed for our older campers and focus on areas of interest such as cooking, various field trips and adventure.

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 6-15
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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2021 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 • June 1-4
Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA
   
Week 2 • June 7-11

Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA



Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA

Gardening
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
Stuckmeyer's

Baseball
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA


Youth Fitness
Ages 9-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA

Week 3 • June 14-18

Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA

Drama
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
Faith Church

 

Cheer
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA

Week 4 • June 21-25

Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA

Block Construction
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
Faith Church
Flag Football
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA


Sports Conditioning
Ages 12-15
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA
Week 5 • June 28 - July 2
Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA
Community Helpers
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
Faith Church

Basketball
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA

Week 6 • July 5-9
Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA
   
Week 7 • July 12-16

Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm

Monroe YMCA

Cooking
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
First Baptist Church
Volleyball
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA

 
Week 8 • July 19-23

Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA



Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA

 

Art
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
Bethany UMC

Soccer
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA

Week 9 • July 26-30
Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA
Wizards
Ages 6-12
9 am-4 pm
Columbia Public Library

Volleyball (Advanced)
Ages 6-12
9 am-12 pm

Week 10 • August 2-6
Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA
Venturing into Business
Ages 13-17
9 am-4 pm
11 South

Basketball (Advanced)
Ages 6-12
​​​​​​​9 am-12 pm
Monroe YMCA

Week 11 • August 9-13
Traditional
Ages 5-12
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA


Preschool
Ages 3-5
9 am-4 pm
Monroe YMCA
   

 

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.