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Thank you for another amazing summer at the North Suburban YMCA! Our campers had so much fun and enjoyed our many new activities and some old favorites. We hope you will return for 2019. Please stay tuned for Summer Camp 2019 in late 2018. 

Please enjoy some amazing Summer Camp Highlights below. 

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    The YMCA encourages children to spend time outdoors practicing social and decision-making skills. And we know they need to be inspired and mentored. Y Day Camp offers all of these things. Plus, our camps are safe and include value-based programming focused on caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We look forward to getting to know your children and helping them discover and reach their full potential.

    • Superior Staff - Amazing staff with extensive training, plus all counselors are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Our senior counselors are experienced college students and graduates
    • Experience - Veteran staff directors oversee all aspects of camp
    • Variety - Many camp options: Preschool, Day, Sports, Gymnastics, Art, Dance, Lego, Specialty, CIT
    • Flexible - You can choose different camps over the course of eleven weeks, mornings and afternoon. 3, 4, or 5 day options are available!
    • Before/After Care - Available from 7:30-9am and 4-6pm
    • Fun - Weekly field trips
    • Accommodating - Transportation from many summer schools
    • Adjustable - Payment plans are available 



    Angelica SchabAngelica “Ang” Schab comes to us with over fifteen years of experience in youth development and over ten leading camping programs! She has a BA in Spanish and is currently working on a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration. Her background is in day, resident, and special needs camping and outdoor education.
    Ang loves camp and believes it has a profound effect on the lives of youth. Along with her great enthusiasm and energy, she hopes to bring a touch of resident camp to our day camp and ensure a truly memorable summer camp experience for our kids!
    She’s always here to chat if you have any questions, just stop by her office and say “hi.”
    Contact Ang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-272-7250.

  • Important Dates

    • January 15th Camp Registration Opens
    • January 28th Camp Open House
    • March 15th HAWKS Inclusion 1:1 Aides Camp Registration Closes
    • May 1st Last day of early bird rate.
    • May 2nd Standard rate begins.
    • June 1st Deadline for full refund (minus $25 processing fee)
    • June 7th Camp Meet & Greet/Parent Info Night 6:15pm
    • June 11th Camp Week 1 begins
    • July 4th YMCA closed (all camp fees prorated that week)
  • Important Information

    • Week 4 rates are prorated for the 4th of July holiday
    • Scholarship does not apply to certain specialty camps. They are noted throughout the guide.
    • Campers must attend a minimum of 3 days per week per camp; camp will be prorated. Proration is weighted and not equal across each day.
    • Campers must be registered for full-day camp that week to attend the full day field trip. For a list of field trips and special lunches, please see the camp calendar by clicking the Camp Calendar Tab.

    Click here for Camp Policies

    Click here to download our Parent Handbook

  • What should my child bring to camp each day?

    ☐ Register for camps ☐ Label everything your child will bring to camp
    ☐ Backpack ☐ Water bottle
    ☐ Sunscreen ☐ Swimsuit
    ☐ Towel ☐ Lunch bag
    ☐ Snacks (If your child is attending an AM & PM camp please send multiple snacks for throughout the day) ☐ Change of clothes (preschool camps)
    ☐ Extra diaper (preschool camps)

    *Do not bring expensive items to camp. The NSYMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

    Do I have to sign-in/sign-out my camper?

    Yes, all campers will be signed in and out, unless you send us a note that allows your 10+ year old camper to sign him/herself in and out. Please be prepared to show ID.

    Can My child be placed in a camp group with his/her friends?

    Friendship requests may be submitted for Y Day Camps and Sports Camp. Due to the unique structure of activities at all other camps, children are placed into camper groupings and friendship requests are not available. The Friendship Request Form is part of the registration form. Request guidelines:

    • Only one friend may be placed with your child, and both must be registering for the same camp for the same days/week.

    • You may only request one friend, and that friend must also request you (you may turn in your requests separately).

    • Friendship requests that list more than one friend will not be honored.

    • Friendship requests are not accepted after June 1st.

    What if my child has food allergies?

    What time do I drop-off/pick-up my camper?

    Full day camp:

    • Morning drop-off begins at 8:45 am. If it is earlier than 8:45 you will be charged for am extended care.
    • Pick-up is at 4pm. Campers not picked up by 4:15 will be charged for pm extended care.

    1/2 day camp:

    • Morning drop-off begins at 8:45 am. If it is earlier than 8:45 you will be charged for am extended care.
    • Morning camp ends at 12:00 pm.
    • Afternoon camp starts at 1:00pm.
    • Afternoon pick-up is at 4pm. Campers not picked up by 4:15 will be charged for pm extended care.
    • View the camp guide for further information

    What if I want to extend camp by adding additional weeks?

    Does the NSYMCA offer extended hours for before or after camp care?

    Yes, we offer supervised care and playtime from 7:30-9am and from 4-6pm. You must register for extended care. See page 3 of the summer camp guide.

    Do you have any special services camps?

    We have our H.A.W.K.S special needs camps! We will provide a one-on-one aide for your K-8 camper to ensure their success in either day camp or sports camp.We also have H.A.W.K.S. high school camp for high school age campers. View page 13 of the summer camp guide for more information.

    Should I be nervous about my camper swimming without me?

    Nationally, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp and aquatic programs for more than 120 years, and is considered “the gold standard” in aquatic safety.  The Y is the largest operator of swimming pools in the United States, with more than 2,200 pools and is one of the largest providers of camp programs with over 1,920 day camps across the country. Y’s nationwide serve 800,000 participants through summer camp programs.

    What Precautions do you take on water park field trips?

    • We bring our own lifeguard staff to supplement the lifeguard staff at the water parks.
    • We always bring additional staff to water parks including our Camp Director and Assistant   Director, to ensure safety procedures are being followed and as an additional pair of eyes to watch the campers.
    • We use the buddy system at the water parks and do buddy checks to make sure all campers are with a buddy at all times.
    • Campers wear our colored wristbands at water parks to visually identify our nonswimmer/ beginners.
    • We bring our own life vests to water parks for our non-swimmers and beginner swimmers.
    • Our staff is stationed in designated areas around the watermark and performs constant visual checks on that area.

    What should my child wear to camp?

    Each camper should come to camp wearing sneakers and clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the weather. We encourage campers to apply sunscreen each morning. Also, please label all campers’ clothing.  Camp t-shirt needs to be worn on field trip day. You will be charged $5 if we need to supply your camper with a shirt. Specialty Camps:

    • Gymnastics: leotard or shorts and t-shirt, Long hair needs to be tied back with hair tie and clips. Gym shoes for outside games.
    • Ballet, Tap & Tumbling: Water bottle, snack, ballet to tap shoes (or you can borrow form the donation bin)

    Can my child walk/ride their bike to camp?

    Yes, if you provided a note giving your camper permission and that they are 10+ years old.

    Does the camp experience change from week to week?

    Yes, each week has a different theme. This means that each week will have different games, projects & activities and field trips. Click here to view the calendar.

    How will I know what is happening today at camp?

    You are welcome to talk to your child’s camp counselor at the end of each day. We will also have a weekly newsletter to keep parents informed about daily camp activities, reminders and special events throughout the summer.

    Do you serve lunch at camp?

    We have special lunch on Friday! We will provide lunch, a drink and dessert. All other days, your camper needs to bring his/her own lunch and drink. Please use an insulated and clearly labelled lunch box. On fieldtrip days, full day campers need to bring a disposable sack lunch.

    Does my camper's lunch sack get refrigerated?

    No, please use insulated lunch box.

    What if I need to pick up my child early?

    If you know in advance that you will be doing this, please send in a note with your child, or call the camp office at 847-272-7250 x1233. Check in at the front desk and we will have a counselor escort your child and get your sign-out signature.

    What if I need to drop off my child late?

    We understand that occasionally, campers will need to be dropped off late. If this is the case, you must come in and sign your camper in with the team lead. The front desk/camp office will be able to help you find your child’s camp.

    Can I visit my child at camp?

    For safety and security reasons, we do not offer open visitation. This policy has been set up for the safety and security of campers. Camp is about building independence and this policy allows campers to experience the important life lessons we offer such as making choices, building friendships and having a place that is truly their home.

    What happens on extremely hot days?

    In the case of extremely hot weather, the camp director determines whether or not it is safe to remain outdoors. If campers stay outside, all necessary means will be used to keep campers cool. We will participate in water play and will take many hydration breaks. We may modify activities such as offering an extra swim period and rotating activities between the outdoors and indoors.

    What if my child gets sick or hurt at camp?

    We will do everything possible to comfort your child. We will assess the situation and take necessary first aid measure (i.e. Band-Aids, ice packs etc.). In the event of a serious injury, we will immediately call the camper’s parents first and if they are unavailable, we will contact the emergency pick-up contacts. All questionnaires must be turned into the camp office by June 1 st to ensure the safety of your children.

    How do you manage sunscreen application and hydration?

    Please be sure to apply sunscreen on your child before sending him/her to camp. We will reapply during snack and lunch time. Please make sure your child’s name is clearly labeled on sunscreen. We request all campers bring their own water bottle every day, and we have water breaks as often as necessary.

    How do you ensure safety in the pool?

    To ensure safety first, the NSYMCA has put in place multiple procedures to ensure campers’ safety.   Campers are tested during their first visit to the pool weekly.  Any swimmer who does not pass this test must wear a lifejacket and wear a red wristband during any free swim in the pool to identify that they are a non-swimmer/beginner.  This list is shared with all aquatic and camp staff.

    What training do the counselors/lifeguards have?

    The NSYMCA is committed to water safety and uses a comprehensive, rigorous training program to prepare lifeguards.  All lifeguards are American Red Cross certified lifeguards with many holding multiple lifeguarding certificates   Most of our aquatic staff has been working for the Y for five plus years.

    How do you keep track of the campers during free swim?

    We use a “buddy” system during all free swim times where two or three campers “buddy up.”  Every 10 minutes we perform a “buddy check” where all swimmers exit the pool with their “buddy/buddies.”  All NSYMCA staff ensures that all campers are accounted for before allowing kids to re-enter the water. We have a 1 guard to 25 swimmer ratio during all free swim times but always have at least 3 lifeguards on duty even if the group is smaller. Also all counselors will be in the pool with their group as well as addition jar counselors and staff to ensure safety.


    Howard Schultz President/CEO Email Me!
    Kathy Fielding VP of Membership Engagement/Marketing Email Me!
    Angelica Schab Camp Director Email Me!
    Nicole Hatfield Camp Registrar / Adventure Guides Logistics Coordinator Email Me!
    Shannon Cartier Youth Development Director Email Me!
    Ashley Almdale Assistant Camp Director Email Me!
    Kevin Tyner Assistant Camp Director Email Me!
    Heidi Busch Membership Director Email Me!
    Alex Brodell Sports and Adventure Guides Email Me!
    Roman Edingburg Fitness Coordinator Email Me!
    Missy Contri Aquatics Director Email Me!
    Ellen Mirochnick Special Services Coordinator Email Me!
    Shannon Mundorf Senior Director of Arts Email Me!
    Cathie Winnie Visual Arts Director Email Me!

    Job positions

    -Camp Counselors

              Click here to apply as a New Camp Counselor Job Application

              Click here to download the Returning Camp Counselor Job Application

              Click here to to apply as a Counselor In Training (C.I.T)

    -Unit Leads

    -Specialty Camp Specialists

    How to apply to the best summer job. Ever.:

    -Fill out the online form, drop it off at the front desk or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    -Send resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Camper registration begins January 15, 2018. Camper enrollment will be limited: register early to ensure a space in camp. Registration options: walk-in, fax, or mail. Applications are accepted on first come, first served basis. All applications must be   completely filled out to be processed. This includes the registration form with payment, questionnaire and membership form if applicable. DOWNLOAD A CAMPER REGISTRATION PACKET HERE. Financial assistance is available.

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    All registrations are due by June 1, 2018 to guarantee a quality program for your camper and to ensure proper counselor/camper ratios. Registrations after June 1st deadline:

    • Any registrations after June 1st are first come, first serve upon availability of space.
    • All Registrations after June 1st will require a $25 processing fee per registration per camper. These spots are not guaranteed and you will be contacted if the camp is full.
    • Any Camp Change requests after June 1st will require a $25 processing fee per request per camper. A new registration form must be filled out and signed for changes. To guarantee your campers spot, register early. Please contact our Camp Registrar for payment options.



    Early Bird Registration: Register by May 1, 2018 to take advantage of our early bird discount. Discount may be used if you set up a payment plan option and make first payment by May 1. Not valid with any other offers except for the multi-child discount. One Early Bird Registration per family for Camp 2015.

    $10 Multi-Child Discount: Have more than one child attending camp? We give you a $10 discount each week you have more than one child registered for that week (will be applied to only one child’s camp registration). You forfeit the discount if one of the children withdraws from camp and it will be taken out of the refund.



    All refund requests must be made in writing and addressed to the Camp Registrar.

    Refund Requests prior to June 1st:

    • A refund of all fees (minus a non refundable service fee of $25 per child per week) will  be given if a participant withdraws from camp prior to June 1, 2015. Refunds will be given either by check or NSYMCA voucher to be used within one calendar year. Refunds can take up to 4-6 weeks to process. Returns are non-transferable and not redeemable toward membership.

    Refund Requests June 1st or after:

    • Any cancellations made after the Friday before the week of camp will forfeit all fees paid to date, unless approved by the Camp Director.



    Payment Plan options are available for NSYMCA members. All payments will be set up via draft payment from your membership billing account. Payments will be drafted on the 1st or 15th of the month. All balance dues are to be paid by July 15th, 2018. First payment can be made as early as January 15th. All payments must be paid prior to the weeks attending camp.



    It is the goal of the NSYMCA to offer financial assistance to low-income individuals. If you are interested in financial assistance, please visit the front desk for camp scholarship forms. Financial assistance is limited and first come, first serve due to the high demand. Please apply well in advance. We do offer payment plans.



    On your camp registration form, by signing the transaction line, you agree that when you register for camp, you agree that if you fail to make a payment that your camper(s) will not be allowed to attend camp until payment is made by the Friday before the camp starts or my camper will lose his/her spot in camp. You also understand that if you incur any processing fees either late registrations or change requests, late pick up, t-shirt, or extended care charges, I authorize the North Suburban YMCA to charge my account on file from the camp registration form or membership draft payment on file.