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There is no place like the Y for summer camps, clinics and workshops – a home away from home where kids laugh, learn, explore and grow while creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime.  Kids discover not just the wonders of camp, sports, and the arts but also the joy of exploring their unique traits, talents and interests and the power of sharing their strengths and skills with their peers. 


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SUMMER DAY CAMP
Our most popular camp for summer-long fun

 

 

ARTS WORKSHOPS
STEAM, Theatre and Art workshops

 

 

SPORTS CLINICS & CAMPS

 

 

PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENT CAMPS
Week-long themed camps for preschool-aged children

 

GYMNASTICS CAMPS
Instructional & preschool camps

 


Healthy Kids Day encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long while raising funds for a chosen community organization.


On Saturday, April 27, from 1-3pm the Y is hosting a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active this summer at Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day will feature activities such as open gymnastics, aqua track, arts and crafts, kids fitness demos, sports demos and face time with community organizations who cater to children’s health and wellness. This event is generously sponsored by Northwestern Medicine and Olive Garden.

In addition, the Y is highlighting a local organization whose mission is to foster the learning and growth of all children. The Y is excited to announce the Plano Family Resource Center as the event’s “Chosen Community Organization”. With community participation, the Y will raise funds to help the resource center purchase supplies needed to expand their program by challenging participants to an 8-station obstacle course inspired by 8 preschool developmental milestones.  All proceeds from the obstacle course will be donated to fulfill a "wish list" created by the Plano Family Resource Center

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen,” says Laurel Mateyka, PH Miller Principal. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. Collaborating with Plano Family Resource Center to provide these opportunities beyond the doors of the Y is an important part of fulfilling our mission,” said Amy Peterson, School Aged Child Care Director.

It's easy to donate! Donations can be added to any regular transaction. OR pre-register for the 8-station obstacle course by calling 630-552-4100. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Plano Family Resource Center.


Get all the details for Healthy Kids Day here

Learn more about Plano Family Resource Center here.

SPRING INTO FUN!

MARCH 25-29TH  |  CENTRAL & WEST BRANCH

Gaining skills, making friends and feeling good about themselves can support youth’s continuing positive development while away from school.

Our Spring Break Activity Days, now offered at both Central & with drop-off at West Branch, will be full of fun activities as we partner with our sports, gymnastics and aquatic departments. Registration is required. Children should bring a peanut free lunch. AM and PM Snack will be provided. Please be sure to wear gym shoes and don’t forget to bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register!

WEEKLY CAMP RATE
Students must be registered the Friday before attending to avoid a late fee of $20.
Full-time S.A.F.E. participants: Free
WEEKLY: $140M/$190NM
DAILY: $30M/$40NM

Saturday, April 27  |  1-3pm
All Ages  |  This event is free and open to the public

Celebrate Healthy Kids Day, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. 

Healthy Kids Day (HKD) is a free event focused on inspiring youth and their families to get active and make healthy choices now, over the summer and beyond! The Y will be full of fun activities for the whole family –– the Aquatrack will be up, the gymnastics facility doors will be open, fitness instructors will be leading kids fitness classes and dancers will teaching kids new moves. In addition, exciting community leaders and organizations will be present and healthy snacks will be provided.


 2019 CHOSEN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

We're excited to announce...
Plano Family Resource Center as our 2019 Chosen Community Organization!
with Special Guest Speaker PH Miller Principal, Laurel Mateyka
All proceeds from Healthy Kids Day activities will benefit the Plano Family Resource Center. Details to follow.


HKD FEATURES

😎FREE registration for Summer Camp
😎NO JOIN FEE for membership
😎Healthy snacks sponsored by Olive Garden
😎Opportunities to win raffle baskets provided by your favorite community organizations


 SOMETHING FUN FOR EVERYONE! 

  • Free swim lessons + aqua track
  • Gymnastics open gym
  • Fitness demos
  • Sports demos
  • and more!

 

announcing a new charitable partnership with CASA Kendall County called CASA Kids

CASA Kendall County and the Fox Valley Family YMCA are excited to announce a joint initiative, CASA Kids, which is intended to serve children and families in the surrounding community who participate in CASA Kendall County. The goal of the partnership is to bring more opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to children of CASA, ultimately improving children’s lives by providing a secure, intact and nourishing environment.  

“One of the Y’s goals is to partner with other non-profits in our community who share a similar vision.” Stephanie Majewski, Fox Valley Family YMCA CEO. “Taking the thinking from ME to WE, together we can make a bigger, positive impact in our community.”


WE SHARE THE SAME GOAL

Every child deserves to grow up feeling safe and loved. Together, CASA and the Y can help change children’s lives by providing a safe environment to try new things, develop skills, meet new people and show what they’re capable of.

Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

Healthy Living: Improving our communities health and overall well-being

Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors


The new initiative, CASA Kids, will provide opportunities through YMCA membership, child-care, and other programs to expand CASA’s mission. Some of the opportunities available through the initiative are swim lessons, birthday parties, summer camp, before and after school care and more. The goal of these programs is to provide a safe environment for children to try new things, develop skills, meet new people and open their hearts and minds to their limitless capabilities.

The community’s generous support makes CASA Kids possible as well as gifts from YMCA Staff to the Y’s annual campaign and grants and donations from members and donors. Giving to the Y means giving directly to the children CASA and our community, providing a chance for them to learn, grow and thrive.

For more information, click the link to read the brochure or call the Y's Membership Director, Angie Sanders at 630-552-4100 x229.


Photo Caption: Fox Valley Family YMCA presents check to CASA Kendall County. The Y donated 10% of their Black Friday gift card sales to CASA. Pictured from left to right: Sarah Fletcher, YMCA Marketing Director, Jennifer Gilbert, CASA Executive Director, Stephanie Majewski, YMCA CEO and Nikki Osterloh, CASA Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator.

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Download this file (CASA Kids_flyer_print.pdf)CASA Kids Pamphlet

SAFE01Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, and Newark school districts. Plano and Yorkville offer AM and PM care. 

Morning care begins at 6:30am. Afternoon care begins immediately after dismissal until 6:00pm. We offer homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play, and many social opportunities for your child. 

A light, healthy breakfast is served in the morning and a healthy afternoon snack are served. Throughout the year, SAFE students enjoy a variety of themed activities, special holiday parties, and even in-class field trips. Activity Days, Winter Break, and Spring Break camp are included at no additional fee for full-time SAFE students (AM/PM - 5 Days). Plus, all SAFE students will receive a FREE Youth Membership when they enroll (upgrade to a Family Membership for just $44.50/month). Stop by either branch to register your child today.
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"Souls of the Y's" purpose is to shine a light on our member's stories. Stories that we see and hear about every day. They have touched our hearts and have driven home our mission. Whether inspiring or thought-provoking, these are the stories that lift up our Y.


SUMMER CAMPER: SHUBHAM PATEL

Shubham with his fellow campers on a field trip at Santa's Village.

“I’d like to tell you how much my son Shubham enjoyed summer camp.” expressed Komal Patel. Komal continued, “Shubham is special needs and camp keeps him active, social and happy. He’s been following direction better and is happy every day when I drop him off.”

Not only is camp convenient for the Patel’s, Komal says it's been accommodating, “Shubham is a vegetarian but is very interested and insistent on having the provided lunches the other campers are having. So, staff began to swap out the non-vegetarian item in the lunch with Shubham’s vegetarian option. Shubham immediately felt more included at lunchtime.”


"Camp keeps him active, social and happy. He’s been following direction better and is happy every day when I drop him off.”


Shubham with his camp counselor, Carter Hegseth.

GaGa ball, basketball, and field trips were among Shubham’s favorite actives at the Y said camp counselor, Shayla Heery, “He was an incredible addition to summer camp this year. He was always eager tojoin in on water activities, play games with kids and to try new things – like GaGa ball!”

Shubham has made friends with counselors and campers and intrinsically provided them a chance to learn about special needs. Counselor, Carter Hegseth, “Shubham was a blessing because of the way he brought out the best in the other campers. Seeing other kids help him and include him in games and activities is what camp is all about.”

“It was our goal as staff at summer camp to create an environment that was not only fun but safe and inclusive. I am so proud of the staff and the positivity they emulated as role models to our campers. The residual effect was that campers also displayed those same traits daily. This was evident in their interactions with each other and with Shubham.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., School Age Child Care Director. "We look forward to having Shubham at camp next summer!"


 

Family, Challenges, Triumph: The Divin Family

Fall in love with the Divin's and their story of family, challenges, and triumph. To learn more about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy visit: http://www.parentprojectmd.org/.


The Journeyman: David Thielk

David, Kelly, Eli, Maia and Nevin Thielk

David's family left to right: Nevin, Maia, David, Kelli and Eli

My fitness journey started when I joined the Sandwich Wrestling team at age 13. Wrestling taught me that with hard work and determination I can fight through and overcome anything in life. I graduated high school in 1996 in the best shape of my life, attributed to wrestling. Shortly after high school I got married and started a family with my beautiful wife of 20 years. We have 3 crazy kids. With starting a family came a large responsibility and I thought I had to sacrifice my gym time, which also meant my health, in order to manage it all. For 17 years my attempts at the gym and eating healthy were a yo-yo trick of ups and downs. Once my children entered high school and started working out at the YMCA they became my motivators and the gym became our family time. I/we make time for the gym as a family now. The thing I realized over the past few years is that I deserve gym time and that when I take care of myself I can take better care of my family.


"The thing I realized over the past few years is that I deserve gym time and that when I take care of myself I can take better care of my family."


I am a journeyman/lineman and my job requires me to travel due to storms and other natural disasters. No matter where my job takes me there is always a YMCA for me to workout at. Over the last 2 years, I have stopped at YMCA's all over Illinois. YMCA's in Galesburg, Plainfield, Morris, Kankakee, Plano, Springfield, Rockford and more, they are all amazing and welcoming but West Branch in Sandwich is my home. My job, like others, can make it difficult to get to the gym.

Working on powerlines is exciting and very rewarding! I love what I do for a living and it makes me feel proud to be a part of a brotherhood of the strongest. I love the fast pace, intense demands of focus and the adrenaline working my job; journeyman/lineman is one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs.

David visiting the Haverford Area YMCA in Pennsylvania

The rewarding part of this job is when we go out in a storm to help people that have lost power due to a natural disaster. We are usually sent in before these disasters hit and we ride the storms with the first responders or move in shortly after they hit. I have been to many states for storm restoration including Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and most recently, Florida for Hurricane Erma –– all of which participate in the Y's nationwide membership programphoto caption: David visiting the Haverford Area YMCA in Pennsylvania.


 

"I have the staff at the Y pushing me –– Jackie yelling at the front desk, Nicole’s laugh, Bambi’s smile, and my family by my side to motivate me. This is my Y!"


There are no words to describe what it feels like to ride out a hurricane or any other natural disaster, not knowing the devastation that you will see when it is over. Once the storm calms, our job starts, we work 16 plus hours helping to restore power. The conditions are tough and the tasks are not easy. Hurricane Erma left people out of power for three weeks. Those amazing Floridians were so kind; feeding us and bringing us drinks while we worked despite all they had been through.

Thinking back to my high school wrestling days, I loved being a part of a team and Coach Gerrish pushing us to keep going and never give up. I’m older now and those days are still part of my core values and it is probably why I love working hard at my job, my marriage, and being a good dad. Now instead of Coach Gerrish I have the staff at the Y pushing me –– Jackie yelling at the front desk, Nicole’s laugh, Bambi’s smile, and my family by my side to motivate me. This is my Y!

Learn more about the Y's Nationwide Membership Program here.


Special olympic swimmer: Jessica Grammar

 

SAFE01Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, and Newark school districts. Plano and Yorkville offer AM and PM care. 

Morning care begins at 6:30am. Afternoon care begins immediately after dismissal until 6:00pm. We offer homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play, and many social opportunities for your child. 

A light, healthy breakfast is served in the morning and a healthy afternoon snack are served. Throughout the year, SAFE students enjoy a variety of themed activities, special holiday parties, and even in-class field trips. Activity Days, Winter Break, and Spring Break camp are included at no additional fee for full-time SAFE students (AM/PM - 5 Days). Plus, all SAFE students will receive a FREE Youth Membership when they enroll (upgrade to a Family Membership for just $44.50/month). Stop by either branch to register your child today.
Click to view Activity Day schedules:

 Visit our Early Learning Academy for birth to age five Child Care and Preschool options.

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Get to know Amy Peterson, our new School Age Child Care Director, and find out about all the exciting things she has planned for Summer Camp this year!

"My name is Amy Peterson and I’m so excited about my new role as School Age Child Care Director here at the Y – it is a dream job for me!  I am always looking for ways to offer child care that gives parents peace of mind as well as promotes family time. For example, in SAFE, our Before and After School Care program, we focus our afternoons on homework and reading in an effort to free up working families nights so that they are able to enjoy quality time together.

I am bursting with excitement for Summer Camp this year!  This summer, I have assigned 2 main goals to the program; 1. kids are excited to come to camp every day and 2. parents feel included and informed.  In order to achieve these goals, we have been working hard to rethink and build on the current summer camp experience.


This summer, I have assigned 2 main goals to the program; 1. kids are excited to come to camp every day and 2. parents feel included and informed.


One of the ways we plan to do this is by introducing a new camp structure focused on 8 unique experiences throughout each day.  Children will rotate through Sand n' Sun, Water Wonder, Calypso Cabin, GaGa Ball, Reading Nook, Racing Alley, Tournament Time and Relaxation Station, while still swimming and participating in field trips.  We will also include stations at our new West Branch location in Sandwich. Children attending West Branch will swim weekly, go on field trips, spend time at the West Branch Y and visit the Sandwich Library for special activities.

To keep parents informed, we are automatically registering parents for Remind App notifications.  This will be the best way to stay in communication with parents regarding weather, upcoming field trips and so much more.  We are also introducing Express Pick-Up –– if you give us ten minutes notice before your pick up time, we will have your child waiting for you when you arrive! To learn more about both these new features, please mark your calendars for Orientation Night: May 21st at Central at 6:30 pm or May 22nd at West at 6:30 pm.

In addition to all of their rigorous safety training and Early Learning education, our counselors are also in training to learn new ways to problem solve, engage children and get to know them and all their unique traits. Also, by rewarding positive attitudes and actions, counselors will promote our new Good Citizenship program.

Together the staff and I are excited to kick off summer and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of your children!"


Ask Amy!

A few fun facts about Miss Amy

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
If I were a crayon color I would definitely be in the fluorescent crayon box.  I'd be Razzle Dazzle Rose although my Assistant, Emily Grace, says I'd be Screamin' Green. Whatever!!

What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is refinishing furniture. 

Three words to describe your personality?
Passionate, excitable, personable

What inspires you?
I am inspired by people who set goals and follow through –– saying and doing are oceans apart!  Those who set goals and create a roadmap to achieve those goals are usually exceptional people.  It takes discipline, perseverance and focus.  All things I strive to improve on!

Who’s your favorite Pokemon?
I don't have a favorite Pokemon, yet! But I am hoping to brush up on it this summer and get back to you in August.


Learn more about all things Summer Day Camp here.

 

We're excited to offer dance classes to Early Learning Academy - West Branch students!

In an effort to provide preschool enrichment programs to children in Sandwich, the Y is now offering dance classes during the preschooler's school day. Teachers conveniently walk your child from ELA West to the West Branch facility for class. Class begins with a circle warm-up where young dancers will engage in sing-a-long songs and rhymes. Students will work on basics such as strong arms, stretching their toes, balance, turning, twirling and jumping. Ballet shoes required. This class is open to boys and girls.


FREE Preview Days - Oct. 17-18th 

Ages 3-5 |  Session I, Oct. 22 - Nov. 23  |  Session II, Nov. 26 - Dec. 21
Wednesdays 2:45-3:45pm or Thursdays 10-10:30am
$28 per session


 Register here or in-person at any Y front desk.