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Greetings! This is a special announcement to inform all Y and community members that we will be running day camp at our facility this summer. The CDC has created a Field Guide for all American Camping Association and Y-USA summer day camps, and we are adapting to meet these safety standards.

More details can be found on our Camp Website in our Parent COVID-19 FAQ. Additionally, we are hoping to release our NEW and updated 2020 parent guide handbook later this week with more details on extra precautionary safety measures.

Camp will now run 7 total weeks (6/29-8/14). You can register for half-day (9 am-Noon or 1-4 pm) or full-day (9 am-4 pm) sessions by camp week. We will not be offering any virtual camps.

For more questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to camp director Ricky Gonzalez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks! 

*Traditional Camps
*Specialty Camps
*Sports Camp
*Open Swim (3 days a week)
*Special Events
*Special Lunch (Fridays)

Your Safety Matters:
We are following CDC Guidelines to keep your child safe:
- Frequent Handwashing
- Daily Disinfecting
- Social Distancing
- Wearing masks when social distancing is not possible

While safety is something we take very seriously, we want to ensure you that camp is all about fun. Our experienced staff and camp leadership team are prepared and committed to helping make our Day Camp the BEST SUMMER EVER.



    The NSYMCA Day Camp offers a place where kids can be kids in a safe environment. The YMCA knows children and we know they need to spend time outdoors practicing social, emotional, and problem-solving skills. We know they need to be inspired and mentored. Y Day Camp offers all of these things and more! Our camps have values-based programming focused on caring, honesty, leadership, respect, and responsibility. We look forward to getting to know your children and helping them explore their world.

    • 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 camp directors oversee all aspects of camp
    • Variety - Many camp options: Preschool, Traditional, Sports, Gymnastics, Art, Dance, Specialty, CIT.
    • Flexible - You can choose different camps over the course of ten weeks, mornings and afternoons. 3-, 4-, or 5-day options are available!
    • Before/After Care - Available from 7:30-8:45am and 4:10-6pm.
    • Fun - Weekly field trips for full-day and PM campers.
    • Accommodating - Transportation from many summer schools to the Y.
    • Adjustable - Payment plans are available for members.
  • Ricky Gonzalez, Camp Director at the NSYMCA posing giving 2 thumbs up


    NSYMCA Camp Director

    After spending last summer working with our camp leadership team; this will be Ricky’s first official summer as camp director at the NSYMCA. During the school year, Ricky is the program director for our SmartLab program, our youth basketball coach, and he is one of our Adventure Guides coordinators.

    Ricky grew up in Evanston, IL and comes to us with extensive experience working 11 years as a summer camp director, youth sports director and program coordinator for the City of Evanston Recreation Department. In addition to this, Ricky has three years of experience in a classroom setting as a preschool and Kindergarten teacher.

    The summer camps he directed had roughly 250 campers per session and a staff of more than 40 employees that he personally hired, trained, and managed. Each summer he would form and cultivate relationships with an average of 1,000 families in the Evanston community. As program coordinator, he managed youth gymnastics, youth basketball, preschool sports, and winter camp programming.

    Ricky’s main goal is to develop a community full of enthusiasm, creativity and passion while keeping a focus on safety, fun and teamwork.

    Ricky was also a former college and semi pro baseball player. In his spare time, Ricky also manages a comedy theater in Chicago on the weekends, teaches adult comedy classes, and is a participant in the Chicago Marathon and other races in the Chicagoland area.

    What sets Ricky apart is his ability to put ego aside, listen first and always ask, “What can I do to help?”. Ricky understands the importance of forming meaningful relationships with everyone he works with, and knows that you can accomplish anything as a leader when you ensure your team feels truly taken care of and respected.

  •  What is new for 2020? New Camp Director. 10 Week Sports Camp. New Specialty Camps. New Swimming Opt in program. Emergency Texting. Full Day Pathfinder. Lunch Ordering Program - Marla's Lunch.
  • Important Dates

    • December 16th Camp Registration Opens
    • January 12th Camp Open House 2-4pm
    • March 15th HAWKS Inclusion 1:1 & HAWKS Camp Registration Closes
    • May 1st Last day of early rate.
    • May 2nd Standard rates begin.
    • June 1st Deadline for full refund (minus $25 processing fee)
    • June 4th Camp Meet & Greet 6:00-7:00 pm
    • June 8th Camp Week 1 begins
    • August 14th Last Day of Camp
  • Additional Key Information

    • To get the full camp experience you must register for the full day; ½ day campers will not have all the same activities.
    • Week 4 rates are prorated for the 4th of July holiday
    • Financial Assistance and proration does not apply to certain specialty camps. They are noted throughout the camp 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.
    • For a list of field trips and special lunches, please see the camp calendar in the guide and in the Camp Calendar Section.
    • Financial Assistance is available. Click here to download application.

    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 (All Camps/ Everyday/ AM, PM, Full Day)
    ☐ Towel ☐ Lunch bag
    ☐ Snacks (If your child is attending an AM & PM camp please send multiple snacks for throughout the day) ☐ Change of clothes (All Camps/ Everyday/ AM/ PM/ Full Day)
    ☐ 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?

    Unless you have submitted a Walker Permission Form online for your 10+ year old, Yes. All campers will be signed 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 camp.
    • Pick-up is at 4pm. Campers not picked up by 4:15 will be charged for PM extended camp.

    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 camp.
    • Morning camp ends at 12:00 pm.
    • Afternoon camp starts at 1:00 pm.
    • Afternoon pick-up is at 4pm. Campers not picked up by 4:15 will be charged for PM extended camp.
    • Lunch Bunch pick-up begins at 12:45 pm and ends at 1:00 pm.
    • View the camp guide for further information

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

    You may register through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may submit a new registration form or send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We don’t charge a fee for adding camps.

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

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

    Do you have any special services camps?

    We have our HAWKS 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 HAWKS high school camp for high school age campers. Please view our 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. We take the safety of our campers around water very seriously. We increase the staff supervision, add lifeguards and follow all Red Cross life saving policies.

    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 nonswimmers/ 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 waterpark 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.
    • Dance Camp: 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, please fill out a Walker Permission Form by clicking here.

    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. View our camp calendar to see a full list of programs for that week.

    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 online 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 labeled lunch box. On fieldtrip days, full day campers need to bring a disposable sack lunch. We also have a special Lunch ordering program run by special partners of the NSYMCA. Click on the Special Lunch Ordering Program tab to learn more!

    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, call the camp office at 847-272-7250 x1233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check in at the front desk and we will have a counselor escort your child and get your sign-out signature. Please note: you will have to get your child from the pool during Swim time.

    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?

    All camp staff participate in an intensive training prior to the start of camp. 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.


    Ricky Gonzalez Camp Director Email Me!
    Kathy Fielding VP of Membership Engagement/Programs Email Me!
    Nicole Hatfield Program Coordinator/Registrar Email Me!
    Shannon Cartier Assistant Camp Director/Youth Development Director Email Me!
    Alex Brodell Operations Coordinator Email Me!
    Ashley Almdale Assistant Camp Director Email Me!
    Kevin Tyner Assistant Camp Director Email Me!
    Lizzie Schack Assistant Camp Director Email Me!
    Missy Contri Aquatics Director Email Me!
    Ellen Mirochnick Special Services Coordinator Email Me!
    Heidi Busch Membership Director Email Me!

    Open positions

    -Camp Counselors

    - Camp Coordinator

    - Lifeguards

    - Camp Specialists

    How to apply to the best summer job Ever!

    Are you a:

    New Staff? Click here.

    Returning Staff? Click here.

    Counselor-In-Training? Click here.

    Fill out the online application!

  • Camper registration begins December 16, 2019. Camper enrollment will be limited: register early to ensure a space in camp. Registration options: walk-in, fax (847-272-7801), or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 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.

    Financial assistance is available.

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    For more information please contact the Camp Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • Camper registration begins December 15, 2020. Camper enrollment will be limited, so please register early.
    • Registration forms may be submitted in person, by mail, fax or by scanning and emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications must be completely filled out in order to be processed, missing information will delay your registration. Any registration questions will be communicated via email and will delay registration. This includes the registration form with payment information, questionnaire, and membership, financial assistance, and health forms if applicable.
    • Any registrations submitted after May 1st are processed in the order received.
    • Early rate ends May 1, 2020.
    • Registrations received after a camp is full and has reached capacity will be put on the waitlist.
    • $10 multi-child discount will be given. This is forfeited if the registration is withdrawn.
    • All registration/transfer/withdrawal requests must be made in writing.
    • After May 1st, any camp change requests or transfers will accrue an additional $25 processing fee per change per camper and standard rates will apply. A new registration form must be filled out and signed for any changes.
    • Camp registrations for any given week are due by 12 pm on the Wednesday prior to that week. Any registrations after this time will not be accepted. Parents can come in-person on Monday at 9:15am to see if there is space in camp, but space is not guaranteed. There will be a $35 late fee per child and the standard rate will apply.
    • Any cancellations made on/or after June 2, 2019 will forfeit all fees paid to date.
    • A $25 NSF fee will be charged for any payment that is returned by the bank.
    • Refunds may be considered in unique circumstances and granted by the director., at their discretion. A $25 per camper per week will be applied. Refunds are subject to detailed policies outlined in our parent guide.


    Please see the parent handbook for detailed information

    • Membership – Must have 6 months of consecutive membership for member rates.
    • Financial Assistance – If you are interested in a financial assistance, please see the Guest Services desk for an application or download here.
    • Payment Plans – For NSYMCA members only.
    • Age Requirement – Must be the grade they are entering in Fall 19.
    • Special Accommodations & ADA information – The Y is open to all people. For more information, on accommodations, contact Ellen Mirochnick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Special Accommodations & ADA information – The Y is open to all people. For more information, on accommodations, contact Ellen Mirochnick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Requests - Friendship Requests must be reciprocal.
    • Medication Policy - Medications at camp require additional health forms- available online.


    • Campers go where their registered camps goes. They may not change field trips.
    • No pick up/drop off at field trip location permitted.
    • Late campers will not be able to attend camp.


    • Please keep you sick camper at home.
    • To return, campers must be fever/ diarrhea/ vomit free for 24 hours without medication.
    • Please let us know if your child gets lice or a communicable disease like: hand foot mouth, strep throat, pinkeye, etc.
    • Absent campers – Camp fees will not be refunded for absence and days cannot be switched/exchanged.


    The NSYMCA believes in the importance of swim lessons to ensure everyone has a chance to be confident, happy, and safe in the water. We respect that not all parents want their children to participate in swim lessons so we are giving an “Opt-Out” option. All full-day or PM-only campers will receive 1 swim lesson a week unless they opt out. Those who choose not to have swim lessons will play outdoor water games instead.

    • MONDAYS: Swim Testing & Open Swim
    • TUESDAYS/ WEDNESDAYS: Swim Lessons/Outdoor Water Games / Water Safety Activity
    • FRIDAYS: Open Swim


    • Camp Snack Shack – Snacks will be available for purchase. You can put a credit on your child’s account to purchase a punch card.
    • Forgotten Necessities – The camp store will have necessities that campers need for their day. Your account will be charged for necessities like: water bottle, lunch, snack etc. If your child does not have them.


    • Morning drop-off begins at 8:45 am. If you drop off earlier than 8:45 am, your camper will go to A.M. Extended Camp. Charges will apply.
    • Campers not picked up by 4:10 pm go to PM Extended Camp. Charges will apply.
    • PM Extended Camp ends promptly at 6:00 pm. After 6:00 pm, a late fee of $1 per minute, per camper will be charged and automatically to your account.
    • If they are an Extended Camp camper and must be transferred to a NSYMCA class the registrar must be notified.
    • Campers 10 years and older may sign themselves in and out only if we have a signed walker permission form on file.
    • Camper pick up will be in their designated zones, please refer to camp map for zones.
    • Please have your I.D ready the first time you pick-up your camper, allow for extra time.

    We are excited to announce that during summer camp, the North Suburban YMCA will be offering campers the ability to purchase Marlas's lunch Monday through Wednesday (Days not included because Thursday is field trip day and Friday is special lunch).