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Voted Best 2017 Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County

We are excited to announce that we were voted "Best Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County" in the Record Newspapers "Best of the Fox” Readers' Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you for your continued support of Kendall County's largest charity organization! 

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Welcome Our New Staff

Business Manager, Jo Anne Randa

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Jo Anne Randa as our new Business Manager. Jo Anne is a graduate from NIU (Accounting) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Jo Anne has spent the last 17 years running her own accounting practice in Yorkville and she and her family have been very involved here at the Y including special Olympic swimming and gymnastics. Jo Anne enjoys reading, cooking, boating and spending quality time with her family.

 

Sports Coordinator, Ashley Brunoehler

It’s with great enthusiasm that we introduce our new Sports Coordinator Ashley Brunoehler. Ashley has been a staff member at our Y for over 11 years and most recently was our Member Experience Supervisor.  Her experience getting to know our members is an integral part in her new role as Sports Coordinator teaching, organizing and interacting with kids, coaches and parents.  Ashley hopes to, “Create opportunities for every child to excel and enjoy organized sports.” Ashley enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.

Summer Membership Specials

Perfect for both college students and teachers on summer break – take advantage of our SUMMER MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS today! Promotion runs until 9/4/2017. Prices below are a one-time fee and cover membership for the duration of the summer. Read more about membership and all of its benefits here.

 

SUMMER COLLEGE 
(ages 19-24)
$80 NO JOIN FEE
SUMMER ADULT
(ages 25+)
$99 NO JOIN FEE
SUMMER FAMILY $195 NO JOIN FEE

 

Meet Our Summer Day Camp Staff

In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CARLEE!
After Y preschool in 1999, Carlee attended SAFE, swim lessons, and played youth basketball over the years. In 2013, she was hired as a SAFE Counselor. In 2015, she expanded her role to School Aged Child Care Coordinator. Her Y story has built an incredible foundation of community, togetherness, and youth development, which she says has “ultimately guided her career path in School Social Work”. She will complete her Master's Degree in School Social Work this May and says she “will forever value the Fox Valley Family YMCA for all that it has done in my life and the lives of others”.

Hang-out with Carlee at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET BRADY!
Brady first joined the Y in 2003 playing Soccer and Flag Football and then went on to add Basketball and Floor Hockey. This will be his 3rd summer as a camp counselor.  “I really enjoy playing soccer with the kids and helping some learn how to throw a football. The positive atmosphere and energy always get me excited to see everyone the next day,” says Brady. Brady is currently a rising junior studying Industrial Engineering at Penn State - University Park where he carries a 3.0+ GPA as a student-athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams.

Hang-out with Brady at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

Learn, Grow & Thrive in our Community Garden

We're officially excited for summer and the addition of our Community Garden in partnership with University of Illinois Extension - DuPage/Kane/Kendall UnitSeeds were planted by Spring Break Camp kids with help from U of I Extension Office Master Gardeners. In June, when Summer Day Camp kids arrive, they will tend to the community garden daily; learning in and growing with the garden all summer long. Making this summer the BEST SUMMER EVER! Join us, click here to start your summer camp adventure!

  

Why a community garden for Summer Day camp?

Below are just a few of the positive effects a garden has on kids:

• Encourages kids to eat healthier

• Provides engaging exercise and relieves stress

• Develops STEM abilities and introduces them to scientific concepts

• Teaches responsibility and patience

• Planning and organizing builds a sense of confidence

2017 Garden Plan

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Day/week-long Summer Enrichment Programs

Your child is about to embark on their summer adventure, and our Early Learning Academy, Gymnastics, Dance, Music, Cooking, Arts, and Sports Departments have put together a summer full of fun and educational options for you to choose from. From Ultimate Frisbee to ukulele camp, or science-based learning to Lego building, these week-long camps are here to create experiences for your child that inspire, combat summer learning loss, and promote healthy living, all while making strong connections and friendships.

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EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY

Ages 3-5 | $65M/$85NM  |  Central
Set your child off on an adventure in learning and exploring in the context of “first-hand experiences.” The YMCA takes pride in offering program options conducted by experienced, degreed teachers who make learning fun. 

Animal planet  |  June 5-9  |  9am-12pm
Children will gain knowledge and understanding of animals that live here in the Midwest. Camp includes a field trip to Phillips Park Zoo! 

Out of this world  | June 12-16  |  9am-12pm
Has your child ever looked at the night sky and wondered what else is out there? Your child will have the opportunity to satisfy some of their curiosity as they learn and explore astronauts, planets, stars, the moon and our Solar System with a field trip to the Rocket Ship Park.

I Can Cook  |  June 19-23  |  9am-12pm
This program offers children opportunities to experiment with food, be creative, prepare nutritional snacks, and learn how it contributes to their health and well-being. A field trip to Rosati’s Pizza, where kids will make their own pizzas, will round out the week.

Pirates & Mermaids  |  June 26-30  |  9am-12pm
Ahoy mates and mate-ettes!  Come aboard the YMCA Preschool ship and have an amazing adventure on the sea.  Get those little pirates and mermaids learning about science as they search for lost treasures.  Kids will spend time in the YMCA pool, as well. 

Color me fun!  |  July 10-14  |  9am-12pm
This art camp will inspire kids to reach beyond and create art that is unique to them. By doing so, kids feel empowered to be creative and expressive. It’s amazing to see just what kids design when given the freedom to explore and to express themselves creatively! Imaginations soar! This program includes a trip to Arts on Fire.

Under the Sea  |  July17-21  |  9am-12pm
Let’s explore the deep blue sea! This week the children will discuss those strange sea creatures that live deep under the water and explore what types of creatures swim around the reefs. This field trip will include a trip Prairie Point Splash Pad.

Trolls   |  July 24-28  |  9am-12pm
From the beginning, "Trolls takes you on a vividly colorful musical journey exploring the magic of the Trolls. Enjoy the movie "Trolls" while learning about the message of remembering how important it is to be ourselves and that we all have what we need to be happy inside of ourselves.  This camp will work on social-emotional friendship while incorporating interactive games, art, and songs.  (please bring a white t-shirt to tie dye).

Superheroes   |  July 31-August 4  |  9am-12pm
What's not to love about Super Heroes?  Strength, smarts, super powers, and the ability to conquer any obstacle course in the blink of an eye  Celebrate today's superheroes while learning positive character traits that support the Y's mission.  This field trip will take place at Bounce Town.

Inventor's Workshop  |  August 7-11  |  9am-12pm
Camp Invention provides every child with the opportunity to think the unthinkable, create new possibilities and discover solutions through hands-on learning. This exciting summer day program invites children to let their imaginations run wild through encouraged teamwork, creative problem solving and inventive thinking.  A field trip the Home Depot woodworking department is included.

 

gymnastics

Instructional Camp  |  June 5-8 |  Ages 6+  |  9am-3pm  |  $145M/$280NM
This camp is for girls 6+ and runs 9am-3pm, Monday through Thursday. We will work on all four gymnastics event, plus swim and participate in indoor and outdoor activities each day. New this year, all girls in Instructional Gymnastics Camp will receive a custom-printed leotard.  Campers should bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch, and a change of clothes.

Pre-School Camp|  June 5-8 |  Ages 4-5  |  9am-12pm  |  $80M/$160NM
Girls and boys will work on all four events plus have all the same fun as the older kids, including swimming! Campers should bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch, and a change of clothes.

 

dance

Princess Ballet  |  Ages 3-5  |  $40M/$60NM
June 5-8  |  10-10:45am  |  Central
Each day will include a princess story followed by a dance that will include basic ballet positions, coordination, and rhythm. Get the full princess treatment on the last day of class with princess make-up and crown.

Hip-Hop Camp  |  ages 6-10  |  $40M/$60NM
June 12,14 & 16 - M,W, & F  |  9:15-10am  |  Central
Learn the different styles of Hip Hop at this exciting workshop.

Beginner Dance Workshop  |  ages 6-10  |  $40M/$60NM
July 24-27  |  9:15-10am  |  Central
Learn different styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.  

Bitty Ballerina Camp  |  ages 3-5  |  $40M/$52NM
July 31-August 3  |  9:15-10am  |  Central
Calling all future ballerinas.  This fun camp will teach you fun ballet technique through fun songs and games. 

 

art

Painting camp  |  AGES 5-12  |  $50M/$75NM
June 5-8  |  11:30-12:30am  |  Central
This is a great workshop for creative kids. We'll use paint on different mediums including canvas, tiles, and rocks. 

Kids Art Mix  |  ages 6-12  |  $50M/$75NM
July 17-20  |  11:30-12:30am  |  Central
Create different art projects each day. We will use paint, clay, pencils, and more to create our works of art. 

Young at Art  |  ages 3-5  |  $40M/$60NM
July 31-August 3  |  11:30-12:15pm  |  Central
Our youngest artists will get to draw, paint, and use clay to make their own pieces of art each day.

 

cooking

Kids Cooking Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 5-8  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Kids will make different recipes each day and have an activity to go along with the recipe.

Cooking Around the World  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 19-22  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Take a trip around the world through cooking! Children will make a recipe from a different country each day.

Cooking Road Trip  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
July 17-20  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Travel across America with this cooking camp.  Each day we will “travel” to a different part of the country and make recipes based on the area.

 

fitness

Kids in action  |  Ages 6-12  |  $15M/$22NM
June 12-16  |  11:30-12PM  |  Central
July 10-14  |  10:45-11:15am  |  West
Stay fit and active this summer, join us for a week of kids fitness adventure!  From yoga to sports, Zumba to Werq – not one day will be the same.

 

summer fun

Tie-dye Rainbow Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 12-15  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Children are asked to bring multiple cotton items to tie dye during the week. Items can include shirts, socks, and pillow cases. After this camp, kids will have a collection of tie dye items. There will also be other art projects and cooking activities as well.

Under the Sea Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 26-29  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Take an adventure under the sea; learn about ocean life including, sharks and more. This camp will have craft and cooking activities plus fun ocean life themed games. 

Aloha Ukulele Camp  |  ages 7-12  |  $75M/$100NM
July 10-13  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Get into the tropical spirit and learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Kids will learn a few simple songs and enjoy other Hawaiian activities each day. The class fee includes a ukulele that each student will get to keep. Please register two weeks prior to the start of camp.

Christmas in July Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
July 24-27  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Come celebrate Christmas in July with us. We will make ornaments, decorate Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, and more.

Blast from the Past Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
July 31-August 3  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Each day of camp we will explore different decades.  Kids will craft, make popular era specific recipes, play games, and even watch an episode of a popular TV show.

Mad Science Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
August 7-10  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Mad Science invites you to discover a week of all things science!  Do different experiments each day and discover new things.

 

sports

Volleyball Camp  |  $75M/$90NM
June 12-16  |  July 17-21  |  Central
Ages 8-9 from 9-10:30am  |  Ages 10-11 from 10:30am-12pm
Ages 5-10  |  $75M/$90NM  |  9am-2pm

Super Sports Camp
Ages 5-10  |  $75M/$90NM  |  9am-2pm
June 5-9  |  June 12-16  |  June 26-30
July 10-14  |  July 17-21  |  July 31-Aug 4  |  Aug 7-11
Participants will work on speed, agility, strength and flexibility as well as focusing on a sports specific training. The sports specific training sessions will be for anyone interested in Basketball, Soccer, Football, or T-ball.  

Disc Golf Camp
AGES 11+  |  Central
July 17-21  |  12-2pm  |  $30M/$50NM
Camp will be instructed by a professional disc golf player and equipment will be provided.

 

Friday Movie Fun

Let the kids have fun and relax with us each Friday of the summer.  Each Friday is a different theme.  We will watch a popular movie and do activities based on the theme.  There will be a snack each day.  Please inform front desk of any food restrictions at time of registration.

Zootopia  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 9  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Watch this popular movie and then create crafts and play games based on this fun movie.

The Lego Movie  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 16  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Build and create with Legos, watch "The Lego Movie" and munch on a LLego-inspiredsnack.

Superheroes  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 23  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Every kid is a super hero! Let’s celebrate it by being superheroes for the day.  We will do fun activities and watch the movie, “The Incredibles.”

Finding Dory  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 30  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Explore the ocean at this fun day.  We will watch this popular movie and do fun games and activities.

Trolls  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 7  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Let’s have fun with the trolls!  We will watch the "Trolls" movie and play fun games and activities.

Explore Hawaii  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 14  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Let’s travel to Hawaii with Moana!  We will watch the "Moana" movie and fun Hawaiian activities.

Space Exploration |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 21  |  1-4pm  |  Central
To Infinity and Beyond! We will explore space and watch the movie “Toy Story.”

Sing! |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 28  |  1-4pm  |  Central
We will have fun singing along to "Sing!" and make crafts, as well.

Back to School Fiesta |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
August 4  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Celebrate the end of summer with a fiesta! Kids will make fun crafts and watch the move “The Book of Life.”

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Sports, whether team-based or individual, are a great activity for children that provide a variety of benefits other than physical activity. Participation in sports can help build self-esteem and confidence, can motivate children to excel academically and can help build social skills. Participation also can teach children the benefits of goal-setting and practice. Find one of our sports camps that's right for your child and REGISTER TODAY!

Super Sports Camp  |  July 11-15  |  August 1-5
Ages 5-7 & 8-10  |  9am-2pm  |  $75M/$90NM  |  Central
Participants will work on speed, agility, strength and flexibility as well as focusing on a sports specific training. The sports specific training sessions will be for anyone interested in Basketball, Soccer, Football, or T-ball. 

Volleyball Camp  |  July 18-22
Ages 8-9 from 9-10:30am  |  Ages 10-11 from 10:30am-12pm  |  $75M/$90NM  |  Central
In our volleyball camp, each camper is supported and challenged by our coaches to learn new skills and improve existing ones through drills, competition and instruction. We offer progressive training techniques for all skill levels.

Disc Golf Camp  |  July 19-21
Ages 11+  |  12-2pm  |  $30M/$50NM  |  Central
Camp will be instructed by a professional disc golf player and equipment will be provided.

Soccer Camp  |  July 25-29
Ages 4-6 & 7-9 from 9-10am  |  Ages 10-12 from 10:15-11:45am  |  $35M/$50NM  |  Central
Our soccer camp is designed to develop skills and an understanding of the game, but most of all to have fun!

Wrestling Camp  |  August 1-4
Ages 6+  |  1-2:30pm  |  $30M/$45NM  |  West
Wrestlers will work on the fundamental skills necessary for the sport.  We will drill maneuvers, stand ups, holds, shots, and escape moves.

Basketball Camp  |  August 8-12
Ages 4-6 & 7-9 from 9-10am  |  Ages 10-11 from 10-11am  |  $70M/$85NM  |  Central
Camp will focus on fundamentals and offensive and defensive strategies of the game.

See a full listing of all our 2016 Summer Enrichment Programs.

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One day / fun days

Our Friday Fun Day options are a fun and easy way for kids to play and interact without committing to a full week of programming. REGISTER TODAY!

Legos®  |  June 24
Ages 6-12  |  5:30-6:30pm  |  $15M/$23NM  |  Central
Build and create with Legos during this workshop.

Outer Space  |  July 8
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $15M/$23NM  |  Central
Adventure with us as we explore space through crafts and activities.

Princess Day  |  August 12
Ages 3-7  |  11am-12pm  |  $10M/$15NM  |  Central
Girls will decorate their own crowns, make bracelets, and receive princess make-up.

See a full listing of all our 2016 Summer Enrichment Programs.

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The arts benefit children in a number of way, the most obvious being improved self-confidence and personal and artistic development. But a recent UCLA study concluded that consistent participation in the arts greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Students who make time for the arts are also more involved in community service, and less likely to drop out of school. Drawing, painting, acting, cooking - we've got something for your little creator this summer. REGISTER TODAY!

art

Young at Art  |  July 11-14
Ages 3-5  |  10:30-11:30am  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
Each day of camp, students will get to create a different craft and/or art project.

Kids Art Mix  |  July 18-21
Ages 5-12  |  10:30-11:30am  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
Create different art projects each day. We will use paint, clay, pencils, and more to create our works of art.

Be Creative with Tonya  |  July 18 - August 20
Ages 3-9  | Tuesdays  |  $35M/$50NM  |  West Branch
This is a great class for children who love being creative. We will be using various art mediums and tools to create masterpieces of all shapes, sorts and sizes.

  • 11:30am-12pm; Ages 3-5
  • 12-12:30pm; Ages 6-9

Ceramics Workshop  |  July 25-28
Ages 7-13  |  10:30-11:30am  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
We will use air dry clay to create sculptures and projects.

theater

Theater Camp  |  June 20-24
Ages 8+  |  10am-12pm  |  $70M/$105NM  |  Central
Do you love acting and performing? Then Theater Tech is for you. Join us and learn the basics of theater and acting through improv, reading scenes, and more. Our participants will put on community performances.

cooking

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie  |  June 27-30
Ages 3-6  |  1-2:30pm  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
Each day, we'll read a different book from the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series and then incorporate a baking activity to go along with the book.

Cooking Around The World  |  July 19-22
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Take a trip around the world through cooking! Children will make a recipe from a different country each day.

summer fun

Christmas in July Camp  |  July 11-14
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Come celebrate Christmas in July with us. We will make ornaments, decorate Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, and more.

Tie Dye Rainbow Camp  |  July 25-28
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Children are asked to bring multiple cotton items to tie dye during the week. Items can include shirts, socks, and pillow cases. After this camp, kids will have a collection of tie dye items. There will also be other art projects and cooking activities as well.

Camping/Outdoors Camp  |  August 1-4
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Learn and celebrate the outdoors. We will make crafts, have cooking activities, and more. The last day of this camp will be held at Silver Spring State Park where we will have a fishing day. Transportation to Silvers Springs will not be provided by the YMCA.

Aloha Ukulele Camp  |  August 8-11
Ages 7-12  |  1-3pm  |  $80M/$120NM  |  Central
Get into the tropical spirit and learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Kids will learn a few simple songs and enjoy other Hawaiian activities each day. The class fee includes a ukulele that each student will get to keep. Please register two weeks prior to the start of camp.

See a full listing of all our 2016 Summer Enrichment Programs.

(M/NM = Member/Non-Member)