FVFY Receives AED Donation from Second Chance Cardiac Solutions

In this season of giving, Second Chance Cardiac Solutions has generously donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Fox Valley Family YMCA.  The Cardiac Science AED is the second one in service at Fox Valley Family YMCA Central Branch and will be located on the pool deck of the indoor lap and recreational pool.

Use of the pool continues to grow through the Y’s Aquatic Programs including swim lessons, aquatic fitness, special events and Aqua Force Swim Team and this addition will make swimming at the Y even safer. “Having an AED on pool deck increases the safety of the pool – in the event of a cardiac emergency, pool staff will have access to the most effective solution.” Kevin Satler, Aquatics Director.  “We are very grateful for the AED donation from Second Chance.” 

Elizabeth Heriaud, President of Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, stated, “We are thrilled to support our home YMCA with this donation.  Making more AEDs readily available promotes a heart-safe environment for Y members and guests.”  Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, a local AED  supply and safety training company, also provides CPR/AED training for Y staff and community members.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are lightweight, portable devices that deliver an electric shock to a fibrillating heart via electrodes placed on the chest.  AEDs have the potential to restore a normal, effective heart rhythm to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  An AED should be used in combination with CPR whenever available for the victim’s best chance of survival.  Illinois law requires having at least one AED available at all physical fitness facilities serving over 100 individuals and trained staff to be available during every hour of operation. 

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Winter Break Camp


Our Winter Break Activity Days will be full of fun activities as we partner with our Sports, Arts, Fitness, and Aquatic Departments! As always, activity days are held at our Central Branch and registration is required. Students must be registered by Dec. 20 to ensure a spot! Children should bring a nut-free lunch. A light breakfast and PM snack will be provided. Children should make sure to wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register!


For all day care AND a day of sports, sign-up for both activity day and sports camp!  Kids are dropped off in the morning for breakfast with Activity Day and then attend Sports Camp from 9am-2pm.  After 2pm, kids will hop back into Activity Day just in time for afternoon snack. 

December 22, 26-30
January 2-5 


Winter Break Activity only - Daily

Full-time SAFE: free
Other SAFE students: $30
Must be registered to participate, $35 reg. fee required

Winter Break Activity only - WEEKLY (4 day)

December 26-30
January 2-5

$115/week for S.A.F.E./Members
Late Registration Fee: $20 after Dec. 20

Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register!

Simply Well in partnership with Northwestern Medicine


Simply Well

This 4-week program promotes healthy lifestyle changes related to nutrition, physical fitness, and education.  In this individual challenge, find the support and dedication you need to succeed from Northwestern Medicine Community Wellness and YMCA staff.

Must be at least 18 years of age to participate.  Space is limited. Registration required.

What You Get

  • Education
  • Pre and post-event biometric screenings (includes: height, weight, waist circumference, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose)
  • Full access to the YMCA
  • Guidance and support from staff and peers

Kick-off: Thursday, January 18
Finale: Thursday, February 22
Event times: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Valley YMCA West Branch

How to Register
To register, please call: 815.786.3962 Registration Deadline, January 9th*Please note, a pre-and post-event biometric screening is required to participate.  Appointments will be made at the time of registration and will be held at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital.

YMCA members: $30
YMCA non-members: $40
Northwestern Medicine Employees: $20

New Safety-Centric Swim Lesson Curriculum Introduced

In August, the Fox Valley Family YMCA adopted and implemented Y USA’s new safety-centric Swim Lesson curriculum. The updated swim program has evolved to better meet the needs of the people the Y serves.

“I can confidently say that there is no other swim program in the area that exceeds our level of combining safety with proper swim mechanics,” said FVFY Aquatics Director Kevin Satler.

The latest evolution of Y swim lessons accommodates students of varying abilities and helps foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels.

“The new lesson guides make the curriculum easier for instructors to teach and easier for kids to learn. Every lesson is different, which makes it exciting for the kids,” said Alissa Keebler, swim lesson coordinator.

Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. “The new curriculum allows kids to explore in the water – flying like superheroes or pretending to be submarines – in search of the best way to move through water,” said Keebler.

To make this change, FVFY sent swim instructors to training in Iowa to become certified in the new safety-based curriculum. Keebler took it a step further.

Maribeth Mees, the Y USA’s director of leadership development and training, approached Keebler with the opportunity to pursue Swim Lesson Trainer status, in which she would be able to train new staff and staff from other Y’s in the new swim curriculum. Y USA funded the three-day trip to Atlanta.

“Moving forward, we can ensure that all of the new staff we bring on board are receiving the highest quality training in swim safety and instruction,” said Steph Majewski, FVFY interim CEO. “On top of that, we now have the ability to host and train staff from other Y’s. Our goal is not only to teach swim safety in our pool, but to reach other Y’s and their members. Bigger picture is teaching water safety beyond our community.”


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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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.



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.



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. 



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.



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.



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.



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.

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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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