Summer Camp

At the B.R. Ryall YMCA summer camps, your kids will make new friends and have tons of fun as they explore new adventures each day. Campers come away with new skills, confidence and friendships that broaden their perspectives and strengthen their character. We provide a safe, affordable and fun summer day camp program for youth and teens to grow and thrive in a positive environment.

RELATIONSHIPS
We inspire kids to work and play together, creating friendships that can last a lifetime.

ACCOMPLISHMENT
We provide kids with opportunities to try new experiences. We show them they can do anything when they believe in themselves.

BELONGING
We make kids feel welcome and comfortable being themselves, to know they are a part of something great.

Camp Benefits

  • Provides Structure and Guidance
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Broadens Horizons
  • Promotes Strong Social Skills
  • Fosters Sense of Independence
  • Encourages Love of Nature
  • Promotes Diversity and Inclusion

ABOUT OUR STAFF
Our trained camp counselors are the key to our success—fostering a sense of belonging and delivering fun experiences that keep families coming back year after year. That’s why we take such pride in hiring staff who are responsible, mature, considerate, enthusiastic and passionate about working with children and teens.

Your child’s safety is the number one priority. Counselors complete a series of trainings that include: CPR, First Aid, bloodborne pathogens, bullying, abuse prevention, pool safety, emergency procedures, customer service, and implementation of age-appropriate games and activities.

Summer Camp Leadership Team

Raquel Despe

Kindergarten
B.R. Ryall YMCA
[email protected]
630.547.2011

Cindy Goss

Grades 1-5
Ben Franklin Elementary
[email protected] 630.547.2015

Jim Powers

Grades 1-5 & Sports Camps
Abe Lincoln and B.R. Ryall YMCA
[email protected]
630.547.2014

Dan Chambers

Grades 6-8
Village Green Baptist Church
[email protected]
630.547.2015

Summer Camp Locations 2024

All camp sites will have access to indoor/outdoor camp space, full playground, basketball hoops, gaga pit and a large open field for endless possibilities for play. Choose your preferred camp location based on grade.

Abe Lincoln
Elementary School

380 Greenfield Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Camp: Grades 1-5

Ben Franklin 
Elementary School
350 Bryant Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Camp: Grades 1-5

B.R. Ryall YMCA
49 Deicke Dr.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Camp: Kindergarten
and Sports Camps*

Village Green
Baptist Church

200 S. Lambert Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Camp: Grades 6-8

*Sports Camps: Due to ongoing renovations at the Y, weeks 1-3 may be moved to Ben Franklin Elementary. We will update you as soon as we have more information on the completion date of the renovations and any changes to the location. 

Summer Camp Overview

TRADITIONAL FULL-DAY CAMPS
Our traditional full-day camps are age-specific to ensure there are appropriate activities and expectations for your camper. Weekly themes are incorporated into outdoor games, sports, crafts, songs and enrichment activities. Swimming, outings to local parks and a field trip round out each week to provide an unforgettable experience. Campers are invited to dress up every Friday to support the weekly themes.

DATES
June 3 – August 9

FULL-DAY CAMP HOURS
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FULL-DAY CAMP WITH EXTENDED CARE HOURS
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CAMP SCHEDULE
*All campers must arrive to camp by 8:45 a.m.

TimeActivityDescription

7-8:15 a.m.

Extended Care

board games, group games, reading, storytelling, drawing

8:15-8:45 a.m.

Opening Rally

announcements, songs, contests/challenges

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Group Games

10:15 a.m. to noon

Activity Time

field trips, volunteer activity, arts and crafts, hikes, camp clubs

Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Lunch

12:45-3 p.m.

Activity Time

reading, journals, STEM projects, camp clubs

3-3:30 p.m.

Break Time

afternoon snack, breaks, cool down time

3:30-4 p.m.

Closing Rally

songs, skits, riddles, challenges

4-6 p.m.

Extended Care

board games, group games, reading, storytelling, drawing

Traditional Camp Weeks, Themes and Field Trips

All field trips are subject to change.  

WeeksThemesKindergarten1st & 2nd Grade3rd Grade4th & 5th Grade6th-8th Grade

Week 1
June 3-7

Summer Blast Off

Bowlero

Blackberry Farms

Red Oak Nature
Center/Island Park

Red Oak Nature
Center/Island Park

Scrims Esports/ Sugar Grove Family Fun Center

Week 2
June 10-14

Sports Extravaganza

Phillips Zoo

Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dogs/
Windy City Curling

Week 3
June 17-21

Imagination Station

Blackberry Farm

Naperville Library
and Splash Pad

Museum of Science
and Industry

Museum of Science
and Industry

Museum of Science
and Industry/ White Sox

Week 4
June 24-28

Beach Week

Cypress Cove

Cypress Cove

Cypress Cove

Cypress Cove

Harold Quarry Beach/
Camp McClean

Week 5
July 1-5*

Pirates 

Brookfield Zoo

Pirates Cove

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Starved Rock/
Mascot Museum

Week 6
July 8-12

 

Out of Space

Kids Empire

MacCaslin Park

Chicago Sky

Chicago Sky

Top Golf/
Chicago Sky

Week 7
July 15-19

Adventure Time

Morton Arboretum

Mary Knoll/Splash Pad

Mary Knoll/
Splash Pad

Camp Duncan

Field Museum/
First Ascent

Week 8
July 22-26

H20

Sea Lion Water Park

Water Works

Water Works

Harold Hall
Quarry Beach

Pelican Harbor/
Raging Waves

Week 9
July 29 - August 2

Time Warp

Naperville Library
and Splash Pad

Little Red School
House Nature Center

Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox

Par King Mini Golf/
Six Flags

Week 10
August 5-9

Royalty

Cantigny

Scene 75

Scene 75

Scene 75

Chicago History Museum/
Scene 75

Week 11
August 12-16
(only available at the Y)

Mismatch Week

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Sports Camp Weeks and Field Trips

All field trips are subject to change. 

Weeks2nd & 3rd Grade Field Trip4th & 5th GradeField Trip

Week 1
June 3-7

Soccer

McCook Athletic Expo

Flag Football

McCook Athletic Expo

Week 2
June 10-14

Flag Football

Chicago Dogs Game

Soccer

Chicago Dogs Game

Week 3
June 17-21

Sports of All Sorts

Chicago White Sox Game

Sports of All Sorts

Chicago White Sox Game

Week 4
June 24-28

Olympic Week

McCaslin Park & Mini Golf

Olympic Week

Mascot Hall of Fame

Week 5
July 1-5*

Floor Hockey

The Water Works

Ultimate P.E.

The Water Works

Week 6
July 8-12

 

Flag Football

Chicago Sky Game

Soccer

Chicago Sky Game

Week 7
July 15-19

Soccer

Mascot Hall of Fame

Flag Football

Huskie Stadium

Week 8
July 22-26

Billy O'Donnell Camp

The Water Works

Billy O'Donnell Camp

The Water Works

Week 9
July 29-August 2

Ultimate P.E. 

McCook Athletic Expo

Floor Hockey

Camp Duncan

Week 10
August 5-9

Sports of All Sorts

Armstrong Park

Sports of All Sorts

McCaslin Park & Mini Golf

Camps

KINDER RIDGE (KINDERGARTEN)
This camp is designed to recognize and meet the needs of our youngest campers, children entering Kindergarten in the fall 2024. This camp aims to help kids build self-esteem and confidence, while making new friends and having fun. Kinder Ridge campers’ main “base” is located in our Kindergarten classrooms at the YMCA; however, they will also spend time outside under a shelter or at the playground. Campers will participate in games and activities built around our weekly theme, walks to local parks, outdoor water activities and one field trip per week.

EXPLORERS (1ST GRADE)
Camp Explorers is designed to recognize and meet the needs of our younger campers, those children entering first grade. With a year of school and perhaps a year of camp under their belts, this camp aims to help them build self-esteem and confidence, while making new friends and having fun. Campers will participate in games and activities built around our weekly theme, walks to local parks, outdoor water activities, weekly swimming and one field trip per week.

WILDERNESS (2ND GRADE)
Wilderness Camp is tailored for the curious minds of children entering second grade. Campers will engage in fun activities that focus on social, educational, and creative growth throughout the week. Campers will participate in games and activities built around our weekly theme, walks to local parks, outdoor water activities, weekly swimming and one field trip per week.

FORESTERS (3RD GRADE)
This camp is all about helping kids connect with new friends, discover new passions, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Through sports, crafts, fun games and field trips all built around our weekly theme, our counselors teach lessons like caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility throughout the camp day to ensure a fun and welcoming environment for all. Campers will also participate in walks to local parks, outdoor water activities, weekly swimming and one field trip per week.

TIMBER RIDGE (4TH-5TH GRADE)
We know that at this age, children need the opportunity to explore. Timber Ridge focuses on promoting creativity, exploration and independence, while having good role models and a safe place to grow. Campers will participate in games and activities built around our weekly theme, walks to local parks, weekly swimming and one field trip per week.

VOYAGERS (6TH-8TH GRADE)
Camp Voyagers offers incoming 6th – 8th graders the opportunity to learn independence in a safe and fun environment. Throughout the camp week, Voyagers is on the go as they explore local forest preserves, participate in weekly service projects, swim weekly and round out the week with two field trips. They also have time to “chill” and talk with friends.

SPORTS CAMP (2ND-5TH GRADE)
Our sports camps give kids a safe, positive place to play while learning the fundamental skills in a variety of sports. Kids of all skill levels and abilities can choose to explore one of our many sports camps this summer!

Fees

A $20 deposit for each week is due upon registration. Deposits are non-refundable. Rates are listed per week. To receive the member rate, you must have a family membership.

KINDERGARTEN – GRADE 5

$245 member
$300 non-member

Extended Care
$295 member
$350 non-member

GRADES 6-8

$270 member
$325 non-member

Extended Care
$320 member
$365 non-member

SAVE BIG WITH FAMILY MEMBERSHIP AT THE Y
Family membership includes full facility access to our swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group exercise, water fitness and Kids Campus (babysitting while you work out). You’ll also receive discounts on programs like camp, sports and swimming. Learn more about membership. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
We offer financial assistance for those who need help to afford summer camp. Please contact your child’s Camp Director for financial assistance inquiries. We’re able to provide summer camp to those in need thanks to the generosity of many donors who support our Annual Campaign. Please help us help others. Donate to the Y online at www.brryallymca.org/donate.