Programs

The YMCA's health, fitness and sports programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

A $40 SAVINGS

students enrolled in SAFE (before & After school care) enroll in Summer Day Camp by April 27th and we’ll waive the registration fee! 

This offer is reserved for students enrolled in SAFE (Before & After School Care).  SAFE students must fill out a SAFE to Summer Camp registration form. Return forms to either your SAFE location or the front desk at Central or West Branch.


 2019 Camp Features include

  • Summer Camp at West Branch Campus (628 S. Main St., Sandwich, IL). Children will experience the same once-a-week field trip opportunities AND swim twice-a-week at Central Branch. Rates, camp info, and schedules will be the same as Central Branch.
  • EXPRESS PICKUP through text message! It’s simple, with 10 minutes notice, your child will be waiting at sign out. The express pickup phone number will be provided upon registration.
  • New Field Trips (TBA on Healthy Kids Day)
  • Team Building Tournaments implemented at lunchtime and playtime to promote camp conversation and togetherness amongst campers, counselors, and directors.
  • Kindness pays off this summer with staff and members rewarding outstanding acts of kindness by campers.

SUMMER CAMP 2019 COMING SOON!

Open registration will begin on April 27th from 1-3PM at Healthy Kids Day.


Very few environments are as special as summer camp.  It's a rare experience where kids and counselors become a community.  Our counselors are vested in immersing campers in daily activities that encourage them to try new things while celebrating their talents and gifts.  The YMCA is planning a summer filled with old favorites and new adventures.  Whether your child comes for one week or the entire summer, we invite them to be a part of the YMCA's safe, nurturing and inclusive summer camp.

Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. With daily dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, outdoor pavilion, and 17 acres of outdoor space to make the most of...whether that means practicing a talent show act with friends or cooling off with a ride down the giant slip-n-slide!

Our summer day camp also offers enrichment programs in gymnastics, dance, music, theatre and sports that will further enhance your child’s summer. Program instructors will safely escort children to and from any classes they attend. These programs are discounted for Summer Campers. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way! View last year's Summer Day Camp Brochure here.


What can you expect from day camp?

  • Professional, energetic, caring staff. All counselors are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED and many have experience working in our before and after school care program.
  • Full-day care from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm with USDA approved lunch and two snacks daily.
  • Dips in our indoor pool and use of our Aqua Track
  • Camp Cook-Outs, STEM Activities, Huddle Groups, and more!
  • Weekly Field Trips (stay tuned for exciting field trip announcements)
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for rocket launching, practicing a talent show act, playing soccer, or tie-dyeing
  • Fully air-conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt while supplies last
  • Age-specific ratios
  • YMCA day camps are tax deductible and qualify for flexible spending
  • Plus, YMCA Summer membership conveniently included in camp fee!

 

NEW THIS SUMMER!

  • Kindergarten Camp for children entering Kindergarten in the fall!
  • 2nd Location in Sandwich at our new School Aged Child Care West facility (628 S. Main St., Sandwich, IL). Children will experience the same once-a-week field trip opportunities AND swim twice-a-week at Central Branch. Rates, camp info and schedules will be the same as Central Branch.
  • Express pickup through text message! It’s simple, with 10 minutes notice via text, your child will be waiting for you at sign out. The express pickup phone number will be provided upon registration.
  • New activites including Human Foosball
  • New field trips:  SciTech, Enchanted Castle, Karaoke, Izzy Jumpers, Pottawatomi  and petting zoo with pony rides

  • Kindness pays off this summer with staff and members rewarding outstanding citizenship of campers.  


CAMP INFORMATION

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
  • YMCA Day Camp t-shirt for Field Trips
  • Change of clothes
  • Backpack with name visible
  • Swimsuit, towel and a plastic bag for wet swimsuit/towel
  • Water bottle with name visible (disposable water bottles suggested for field trips)
  • Sunscreen/sunblock
  • Nut free snack/sack lunch (if needed)
Campers must wear closed toe shoes each day!
WHAT NOT TO BRING TO CAMP
(unless specified by the day's events)
  • ALL electronics
  • ALL cell phones
  • ALL toys
  • Soda and candy
  • Money
  • Sandals and flip-flops (allowed for pool/water park field trips only)

  


Camper/Parent Orientation

Kindergarten Camp  |  Tuesday, May 14  |  6:30pm *kindergarten camp is held at Central Branch only
Central Camp  |  Tuesday, May 28  |  6:30pm
West Camp  |  Wednesday, May 29  |  6:30pm
Campers and their parents will meet camp counselors and get the 411 on what to expect at camp. Field trips and weekly schedule information will be provided. Campers will also receive their Summer Camp t-shirt and backpack. Registration will be available before and after orientation. 


AGE GROUPS 

K: Children entering Kindergarten

1: Children entering 1st grade

2: Children entering 2nd grade

3: Children entering 3rd grade

4: Children entering 4th grade

5-6: Children entering 5th & 6th grade

CIT (Counselors In Training): Children entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades


DAY CAMP RATES

There is a one-time $40 registration fee for all participants. Free Youth Membership is included in our 3-Day and Weekly rates, as well as a free camp t-shirt, backpack, water bottle and weekly field trip costs.

  • 3-Day: $110 YMCA Members/$90 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
  • Weekly: $140 YMCA Members/$110 CIT (includes Youth Membership)

Payments can be made in person at our Central or West Branch or online. Financial assistance is available and DHS subsidy is accepted.


camp counselors 

You can depend on the Y to make sure that all camp activity areas are well supervised. As role models, camp counselors are selected for sound judgment, maturity, experience, enthusiasm and creativity. All employees are interviewed and go through a complete background check prior to being hired and are trained in CPR, first aid, and child abuse prevention.

The Y and our camp counselors are here to help kids flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, our holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time.


Y Camp Readers

Back again this summer, the Y is participating in an exciting new program called Camp Readers. Campers will explore reading through a variety of ways including independent reading, partner reading, staff read-aloud, thematic reading and much more. Let's bridge the reading gap together and make summer reading fun and engaging!


View last year's Summer Day Camp Brochure here. 2019 info coming soon!

Summer Day Camp is located at Central and West Branch in Plano and Sandwich, IL.  Camp runs Mon-Fri from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm with programming from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Call 630-552-4100 for more information.

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WHY HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER? 

  • Trainers provide accountability and motivation
  • Trainers provide expertise
  • A trainer will push you just enough
  • A trainer helps you identify and reach goals
  • A trainer will personalize your workout 
  • Trainers can reduce the possibility of injury 

Don’t know where to begin? Lacking motivation? Not getting results? Join us on your journey to health and our Certified Personal Trainers will help you get on the right track. Our trainers will design a program specifically for your individual needs and exercise experience. Purchase packages online or stop by either branch. After purchasing, please call (630-552-4100 x247) or email Michelle LeMaistre to schedule your training sessions. Have a personal training or small group training inquiry? Fill out our form below and email it to Michelle. Click here to meet our Personal Trainers!

PERSONAL TRAINING PACKAGES 30 MIN 45 MIN 60 MIN
 3 SESSIONS $64 $94 $125
 5 SESSIONS $99 $156 $197
 10 SESSIONS $187 $279 $372
 15 SESSIONS $264 $392 $525
 20 SESSIONS $340 $509 $679

PERSONAL NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING
Registered Dietitian, Michelle LeMaistre, will work with you to develop an appropriate, nutrition-based lifestyle change to meet your personal needs. She will consider any dietary restrictions you have, discuss obstacles, and help you get on the right path to living a healthy lifestyle. This is a great addition to a personal training package.
2 pack 30 MIN – $42M/$63NM  60 MIN – $84M/$126NM
4 pack 30 MIN –$80M/$120NM  30 MIN –$160M/$240NM

FITNESS ORIENTATIONS
If you are new to the Y, or are unsure how to use some of the equipment in the fitness center, sign up for a FREE fitness orientation. Y Fitness Staff will help you become comfortable and familiar with our strength and cardio equipment. Please make an appointment at the Membership Desk.

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Download this file (PersonalTrainingInquiryForm.pdf)PT Inquiry Form

 

 

A competitive Youth Swim program for Y members ages 5-21 building strength and endurance while refining technique. Swimmers are grouped according to ability and age from beginner to advanced. The team competes against other area Y’s as well as in District/State meets. Children are empowered by the confidence they develop as they work to swim a mile and beyond while enjoying the water environment so many seem born for.

Aqua Force will offer different competitive swim clinics based on the ability of the swimmer. All are designed to improve stroke technique and increase endurance. These clinics will assist in the development of your technique and endurance. They are also a great way for new and returning swimmers to preview our summer and fall swim team practices.


LONG COURSE SEASON
APRIL 15 - JULY 20
Swimmers must be members of the Fox Valley Family YMCA.
The schedule includes additional dryland training.
BLACK AND SENIOR
M-Th 6-8:00pm | Fri 5-6:30pm | Sat 7:30-10am | $520
PURPLE/SILVER
M-Th 6:30-8:00pm | Fri 5-6:30pm | $400


SPRING SEASON
APRIL 15 - MAY 25
Swimmers must be members of the Fox Valley Family YMCA.
The schedule includes additional dryland training.
BLACK AND SENIOR
M-Th 6-8:00pm | Fri 5-6:30pm | Sat 7:30-10am | $330
PURPLE/SILVER
M-Th 6:30-8pm | Fri 5-6:30pm | $270


COMPETITIVE SWIMMING CLINICS
APRIL 1-MAY 2 | PLACEMENT APRIL 1, 4:30PM
Aqua Force will offer different competitive swim clinics based on the ability of the swimmer. All are designed to improve stroke technique and increase endurance. They are also a great way for new and returning swimmers to preview our summer swim team practices. To ensure optimal coach to swimmer ratios, clinics have limited space. Click to view schedule here.

swim team benefits

Not sure if a swim team is right for your child? Here is a list of the benefits of swimming from USA Swimming:6.13.15 swimmer01 web

  • Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages.
  • Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.
  • Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.
  • Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development.
  • Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants may be 1 or 101 years old.
  • Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports.
  • Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches.
  • Swimming can prevent drowning.

Visit the Aqua Force website for more information or contact Aquatic Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 x237.

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La Premiere Dance Company is a competitive, performance dance company for Y members ages 5-18. As a part of our dance company, your children will not only grow into talented dancers but also learn life lessons along the way. La Premiere competes locally and nationally.

La Premiere is a great starter program for dancers with 1-2 years of experience. This program is structured to accommodate dancers who want to experience competition without the feeling of being overscheduled and overwhelmed. We provide a fun and affordable dance company so all children have an opportunity to dance. As part of our dance company, your children will grow into talented dancers and learn valuable lifelong lessons.

The dance season is year-round, with auditions occurring in the summer. Children should have at least one year of dance experience prior to auditioning. If you have any questions about La Premiere Dance Company, please contact Performing Arts Director, Christine Milakis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Download this file (La Premiere Dance Company Audition Form[1].pdf)2018 La Premiere Audition Form

March 15 - May 3
Fridays  |  $35M/$45NM  |  Central

Ages 7 - 12
Test your throwing and dodging skills on the court in a fun and safe environment. Teams will have a max of nine players and will play up to seven games in 60 minutes. Each team will have a coach to make sure safe play is practiced. Games will take place on Friday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm.   

Register online or at our front desk.

BEGINNER TUMBLING (ages 6+)
For anyone with little to no experience. Skills include Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, backbend, round-offs, handstand fall to bridge, and dive rolls.

ADVANCED BEGINNER TUMBLING (ages 6+)
For anyone with little to no experience. Director approval needed. Skills include Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, backbend, round-offs, handstand fall to bridge, and dive rolls.

INTERMEDIATE TUMBLING (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Beginner and Advanced Beginner tumbling. Director approval needed. Skills include Back extension rolls, front and back walkovers, standing flip-flop, front handspring, fly-spring, aerial cartwheel, round-off flip-flop, punch front, standing back, and power tumbling passes.

NINJA TUMBLING (ages 6+)
Try your strength and skills on different obstacles based on the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior. While learning some tumbling to help improve strength and balance.

CHEERNASTICS (ages 4-6)
In this class, students will learn the basics of cheerleading, including arm movements, jumps, and cheers. They will learn a few different dances. The students will also cheer for the youth sports games held on Saturdays during appropriate sessions with corresponding sports programs.

CHEER 1 (ages 6+)
For anyone wanting to learn basic tumbling for cheerleading. Skills include cartwheels on both sides, handstands, dive rolls, handstand fall to bridge, backbends, backbend kick overs, and round-offs.

CHEER 2 (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Cheer 1. Director approval needed. Skills included: Standing flip-flops, front handsprings, and round-off flip-flop.

CHEER 3 (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Cheer 1 and Cheer 2. Director approval needed. Skills included: Connected standing flip-flops, fly springs, punch fronts, Round-off connected flip-flops.

CHEER 4 (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Cheer 1, Cheer 2, and Cheer 3. Director approval needed. Skills included: Standing back tucks, Round-off flip-flop back tucks, Arabians, layouts, fulls, and more advanced skills based on each individual.

Click to register for classes.

Welcome Annette Smith to our Arts Department

Annette Smith is excited to start sharing her love and knowledge of theatre and all things dramatic with the Fox Valley Family YMCA community. She started acting at age 5 and found her passion on stage, spending every summer performing at theatre camps. When she reached high school she focused on theatre - beginning to teach at the same summer camp she attended growing up. When she started her time at Illinois State University she focused on acting and theatre education, wanting to help future generations find a home either on stage or backstage like she did. She also began her study of Shakespeare at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Annette moved to the Fox Valley Area from Chicago with her husband and son to be closer to their family.  She brings her passion for theatre in all its forms, especially Shakespeare and musicals, with her to the YMCA and looks forward to helping build a strong arts department for everyone!

View featured THEATRE WORKSHOPS, including Intro to Theatre and Improv, here.

We offer full day or half day licensed programs for children ages three to five years at Central and West Branch. Our preschool program offers quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. In addition, your child will develop skills to build character values, self-esteem, friendships, and kindergarten readiness skills.

FULL DAY or HALF DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (ages 3-5)
The three to five-year-old classrooms focus on the growth and development of the whole child: physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Activities and classroom centers are oriented to the child’s interest and developmental levels. Our three to five-year-olds are able to make choices in a variety of areas including art and sensory activities, dramatic play, stories and books, music and movement, fine and large motor development and much more.

Our program builds the foundation and prepares children for those skills needed in Kindergarten. Math, science, language areas, and pre-reading and writing are emphasized. In addition, children learn important classroom skills such as taking turns, sharing and cooperation as well as learning to develop socially acceptable behaviors and positive social relationships through cooperative play.  

YMCA Youth Membership is included in all of our Preschool options.

Our Preschool Curriculum includes the following areas: Language Development, Creative Experience, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, iPad Technology, Music/Movement, Science and Discovery, Dramatic and Sensory Play.

Preschool events include School Pictures, Holiday Parties, Recreational swimming, End-of-Year Pre-K ceremony, Spring Recital, Local Field Trips, and more. Additional YMCA Benefits include Indoor gymnasium, music and dance rooms, after-school enrichment programs, USDA-approved lunches and snacks, 17-acre outdoor pavilion, indoor pool, two secure and safe outdoor play areas, "Let's Move Initiative," and a gymnastics center.In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

Click here for information on our before and after school-based program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk and Newark School Districts.

CENTRAL BRANCH PRESCHOOL
630-552-4100
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am-6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (630-552-4100 x230) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3-5 years old
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9-11:30 am and/or 12:15-2:45 pm

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
6:30am-6:00pm


WEST BRANCH PRESCHOOL
815-786-8914
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00am-6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (815-786-8914) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3-5 years old
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9-11:30am and/or 12:15-2:45pm

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
6:00am-6:00pm

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