Illinois Valley YMCA




Discovery Camp (Half Day: Ages 3-5)

Our Discovery Camp has always been a Y favorite for kids ages 3-5 to continue learning and exploring during summer break! Send your child off on an adventure in learning and “first-hand experiences.” 

Each week’s theme will revolve around our weekly activities…Arts & Crafts, Music & Movement, Outdoor & Sensory Play, and Preschool Enrichment!

Dates: June 3rd – August 8th (Monday-Thursday)
Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Swim Days: Thursdays 12:15 – 12:45pm

**Please Bring a Drink & Lunch Each Day
Cost: Members: Weekly $65 | Daily $20
Cost: Non-Members: Weekly $95 | Daily $30

NO CAMP: 4th of July (7/4/24)

Contact Y-Tykes Director, Nancy Picatto, for more information at [email protected]  or [email protected]

Challenger Camp (Full Day: 1st-6th Grade)

Our Challenger Camp keeps children engaged in various activities throughout the summer along with some fun field trips! Each week they will have the opportunity to participate in an array of organized educational & recreational activities, all of which promote social skills, self-confidence, sportsmanship, character development, and healthy kids!

Dates: June 3rd – August 9th (Monday-Friday)
NO CAMP: 4th of July (7/4/24)
Time: 7:00am-5:30 pm

Ages: 6yrs. old – 12yrs. old

REGISTRATION FEE: Individual- $45 / Family- $90
Drop-In/Daily Rate: Individual- $50/ Non-Members- $60

Cost: Members: 5 Days/Week $165 (1 child) *Additional Child(ren) $145 |      3 Days/Week $130 (1 child) *Additional Child(ren) $120

Cost: Non-Members: 5 Days/Week $215 *Additional Child(ren) $195 |            3 Days/Week $165 *Additional Child(ren) $145

Contact Youth Development Director, Maya Ahlstrom, for more information at (815) 223-7904 ext. 035 | [email protected]

Please note: Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Inquire at 815.223.7904


  • All participants must submit the proper enrollment forms, completed and signed on the first day the child attends camp. This information is confidential to our Staff and the registering parents and guardians.
  • Parents will be required to provide health information about their child/children by completing the proper medical and waiver forms following this policy page. These forms will be kept on file at the Illinois Valley Y and/or program site. It is necessary for the forms to be returned on the first day of camp.
  • Parents will be contacted in the event of sickness or accident involving their child. If a parent cannot be reached and emergency care is needed, such treatment will be provided by the OSF Clinic in Peru, as authorized under the Summer Day Camp medical consent form. Children enrolled in any of our camps are not provided with any health insurance through the Illinois Valley Y.
  • Fees must be paid when registering your child. This is important for us to provide the best camp possible. All checks are to be made out to the Illinois Valley Y and should be paid at the YMCA at 300 Walnut Drive, Peru, IL 61354.

Children should NOT bring personal items, as too many items are lost, broken, or stolen.

The director with parental/guardian consent may distribute any medications your child may need.

The hours of operation for:

  • Challenger Day Camp will be from 7:00am to 5:30pm, Monday-Friday | Ages 6yrs. old – 12yrs. old
  • Discovery Day Camp will be from 9:00 am – 1:00pm, Monday-Thursday | Ages 3yrs. old – 5yrs. old

There will be a sign in/out sheet in the classroom Every camper must be signed in and out each day they attend camp by a parent/guardian of 18 years or greater in age.

If a parent or guardian is late in picking up a child, there will be a $5 late charge for the first 15 minutes plus a $3 charge for every minute after that.

The Discovery Day Camp Director or Youth Program Director has the right to deny privileges or usage to anyone who is continually late in picking up their child or who abuses any of the other rules.

The Summer Day Camp staff will not allow a child to leave the building with anyone who is intoxicated, under visibly apparent drug use, or who may cause immediate harm.

The Y will not turn away any child who wishes to participate in the Camp because of their inability to pay.

Financial assistance is available through the Illinois Valley Y.

The Y, Discovery Day Camp Director, and Youth Program Director have the right to change or add any rules that may improve the overall camp program.

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