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Professionally Trained Staff Our caring counselors are professional role models.

Extended Care Available Before and after hours to accommodate working parents.

ACA Accredited We maintain the highest standards regarding program safety and quality.

Field Trips Unique opportunities to explore nature and experience new places.

Swimming Kids cool off in the pool under the close watch of lifeguards. Healthy Kids Focus Dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children. Financial Assistance Available We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience Y camp.

At the McCormick Tribune YMCA, we believe children deserve a fun-filled and meaningful summer day camp experience. Our camp has an expanded outdoor space and provides new opportunities for programming—from sports and gardening to dance and cooking classes. Our programs are committed to providing campers with the chance to grow in spirit, mind and body, and reinforce the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Our staff provide structured activities on YMCA grounds as well as in neighboring parks. For more information, call 773.235.2525.


CAMP SESSIONS Campers can register for one week or multiple weeks.

22 Locations in Chicagoland Close to where you live and work. Inclusion The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago invites persons with disabilities to enjoy Y programs and facilities. If you require a reasonable modification due to a disability to enjoy any of our programs, please answer the request question on the registration form. A member of our Inclusion Team will then contact you. Any questions that you may have can also be sent to OPTIONS: Traditional Camp: 4-5 days per week Partial Day Camp: 3 days per week SESSION 1

DATES Jun 12-16


Jun 19-23


Jun 26-30


Jul 3-7


Jul 10-14


Jul 17-21


Jul 24-28


Jul 31-Aug 4


Aug 7-11


Aug 14-18


Aug 21-25

(Dates subject to change.)

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1834 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60647



Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but extended care is available for no additional fee. It starts as early as 7 a.m. and ends as late as 6 p.m. Extended care is less structured than regular camp hours, but campers will be well-supervised and engaged in a variety of activities.

All weekly camp fees and Action for Children monthly co-pays must be paid the Wednesday before your child(ren) begin.

CAMP HOURS Early Care Core Camp

7-9AM 9AM-4PM

After Care







Full Days, 4-5 days



Full Days, 4-5 days



Partial Days, 3 days



Partial Days, 3 days


A $25 deposit will be required for each session.

We serve youth ages 5-13. Campers must be age 4 by June 1, 2016

OUR CAMPS INCLUDE: • Professionally and thoroughly trained staff • Healthy meals: free breakfast and lunch • Outdoor educational activities • Character development curriculum • Emphasis on healthy lifestyle and activities • Activities to suit every age, ability and interest • Wide range of field trip offerings


Join us at our parent information session: All parent information meetings will be held at the McCormick Tribune YMCA at 6 p.m. We’ll discuss registration procedures and new payment schedules. 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2016 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2016 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Camp Orientation will be held for the purpose of meeting camp staff. Parents can ask questions about program, staff trainings and more.


6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2016

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DATES Jun 12-16

June 14

Jun 19-23

June 21

Jun 26-30

June 28

Jul 3-7

July 5

Jul 10-14

July 12

Jul 17-21

July 19

Jul 24-28

July 26

Jul 31-Aug 4

August 2

Aug 7-11

August 9

Aug14- 18

August 16

Aug 21-25

Deposits: To guarantee a spot in our camp a $25 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per week is required when registering. All deposits must be paid for each week you register your child(ren). Before the camp begins, you may cancel the session or week(s) and receive a refund of the total paid for that session or week(s), minus the non-refundable, nontransferable deposit. If your child is hospitalized or ill for an entire camp week, you may receive a refund for days missed minus the nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit with a doctor’s note. ACA RATIOS Our summer camp is accredited by the American Camping Association and we adhere to ACA staff-to-camper ratios. AGE 4-5






FEE, CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS Before camp begins, you may cancel the session or week(s) and receive a refund of the total paid for that session or week(s), minus the nonrefundable, non-transferable deposit. If your child is hospitalized or ill for an entire camp week, you may receive a refund for days missed minus the nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit with a doctor’s note ACTION FOR CHILDREN The McCormick Tribune YMCA accepts Action for Children certificates. Action for Children is a child care financial assistance program provided by the Illinois Department of Human Service for working families. Families must provide household income information to qualify. The Action for Children applications, redetermination forms and change of provider forms for the McCormick Tribune YMCA site are available at our Membership Desk. Don’t wait! It can take 30 days or more for new applicants to receive approval. We must have an approval letter before the first week of camp. If you are not approved before camp begins and you want your child to start, you must pay $25 per week until approved. Once you’ve been approved, your payment will be credited toward your monthly co-pay. Once you’re accepted, you will be responsible for paying the parent co-pay. The only exception is if the family has an open case and can add the YMCA as an Added Provider. Please note: Applications for Action for Children with our information are available at our Membership Desk and online at Also, you will need information from our center to complete the application. Do not mail applications to the YMCA. Parents are responsible for submitting all information to Action for Children. Please contact Action for Children at 773.823.1100 or for more information.

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE Fees need to be paid prior to starting a session. A deposit guarantees your spot, but the balance must be paid by the Wednesday before the next session. Those campers who register on Thursday or the day of the session will pay 10% more. All campers will not be allowed to attend camp until session is paid. This applies to both private paying members and those receiving assistance from Action for Children. The Action for Children monthly co-pays must be paid accordingly. Payment dates for Full Day Camp



All AFC campers must attend 4-5 days a week. If not, parents will be charged an additional YMCA fee.

Enrolling your child in our camp also gives them the opportunity to participate in our Active Green Space program. Our curriculum focuses on environmental issues, health and wellness, agriculture and horticulture. We encourage campers to interact with their natural surroundings and learn about eating healthy, being outdoors and where our food comes from. We tailor activities to your child’s age and provide them with high-quality programming we’ve designed ourselves!

Payment dates: June 2016, due first day of June attendance July 2016, due July 1, 2016 Aug 2016, due Aug 1, 2016

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP Please label all items with your child’s name. • Gym shoes (no flip-flops or sandals) • Water bottle • Bathing suit and towel labeled with the camper’s name • Protective hat or cap • Sunscreen and bug repellent (bring extra to reapply) • A jacket or sweatshirt if the weather is cool • Camp shirt on field trip days (shirt will be provided)

The Active Green Space allows our campers to participate in the Dig-In program, which includes lessons on health, gardening and nutrition. Youth learn how diet and exercise impact chronic disease through hands-on activities including working in the garden, preparing healthy snacks and participating in other outdoor activities.

WHAT NOT TO BRING TO CAMP • Cellphones • Toys, trading cards or games from home • iPods, MP3 players or digital cameras • Portable/handheld electronic equipment • Money, unless suggested for field trips The McCormick Tribune YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. A Lost & Found table will be set up every Friday, and any items left at the end of the summer will be donated.



All meals are provided to campers at no additional cost. Breakfast and lunch are provided from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the YMCA provides an afternoon snack. Snacks are healthy, and often consist of campers participating in a healthy cooking workshop through fun and engaging classes.

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Our goal this summer is to enhance your child’s view of fun, so we’re creating 3 separate camps in one and focusing our program offerings to include pre-school and teens activities that challenge them to try something new and different. Every activity will be age appropriate. All will follow the YMCA standards and abide by the American Camping Association.

Campers develop motor skills and a love for a variety of sports from basketball to soccer and non-traditional sports of all sorts. This fantastic program builds social skills and sportsmanship in a safe and welcoming environment.

Explorers Camp: Ages 4-5. The Y will provide your child with a safe and fun place to interact with other children, participate in games, songs and structured activities. Other campers will help develop your preschooler’s physical, social and emotional skills. This group will also take afternoon naps and age-appropriate field trips! All campers must be potty-trained. Adventure Camp: Ages 6-10. We provide campers with the opportunity to take part in a variety of classes and activities to grow in spirit, mind and body. Fun games, special theme days, songs, sports, creative art experiences, swimming and field trips are only part of the fun. The trained camp staff works to help campers build self-esteem, experience diversity and develop character. Teen Camp: Ages 11-13. We provide the same structure and variety of classes as Adventure Camp, but campers will also be exposed to more learning and off-site activities. Our trained staff will lead the group on field trips in and around the city.

Ages: 6-10 (6 weeks) Sports of all Sorts: June 6-10 Soccer: June 13-17 Flag Football: June 20-24 Floor Hockey: June 27-July 1st Volleyball: July 11-15 Basketball: July18-22 $200 Member / $240 Non-member per week


Summer 1: (5 weeks) Summer 2: (5 weeks) Creative Movement (Ages 5-7) Ballet-Beginners Level 1 (Ages 8-10) Dancers will learn Level 1 ballet training. Incorporating vocabulary including barre work, across the floor combinations and music/ rhythmic patterns. This class is designed to provide beginner-level ballet technique appropriate to age and skill level. This class will meet twice a week for one hour and will have a culminating showcase where dancers can show off their skills! Ballet (Ages 8-10) 5-6 p.m. Aerobics Room

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For more information, contact Shanelle Smith at or 773.235.2525.

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Looking for an overnight, resident camp experience for your child or your family this summer? The YMCA of Metro Chicago has five resident camp options in beautiful pristine areas sure to provide special memories to last a lifetime.


Since 1921, Camp Duncan has provided safe, quality camping programs for boys and girls ages 7 to 15 and Teen Adventure Camps for 15 to 17 year olds. All activities are geared to the developmental level of the campers. Camp Duncan is a co-ed, summer resident camp located near Fox Lake, Illinois, on 300 acres.


Camp MacLean is located just two miles east of Burlington, Wisconsin, just 20 minutes from Lake Geneva, on 247 acres of woods and grassland property. The camp offers fun and challenging activities such as swimming, climbing, boating, kayaking, archery, hiking, and much more. We also leave room for plenty of traditional programs, including sing-alongs, campfires and campouts.


Traditional but up-to-date, Camp Pinewood features 16 cabins on a private, spring-fed lake, with every activity from sailing to horseback riding. The camp is nestled in the heart of the Manistee National Forest near Muskegon, Michigan. It’s convenient but remote enough to ensure that everyone enjoys the natural beauty of the camp’s 200-acre facility.


Family Camp Nawakwa offers a unique experience- an opportunity to bring together whole families, not just children, through camping. The camp sits on 180 acres of pristine forest lands, and includes wetlands and lakes with abundant wildlife. The camp is nestled in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, which is home to the Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.



Camp Independence is a special place for campers age seven and up with spina bifida. At camp, kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group. We teach self-reliance, a love for nature, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character. Our counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

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