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BEST SUMMER EVER!

We are thrilled to announce that Summer Camp 2021 registration is open at the North Suburban YMCA! Returning families, we cannot wait to see you again this summer. New families, we are excited to welcome you into the NSYMCA family! Our mission, vision, and values are not just words on paper; we are a Y and a camp that is truly for ALL! 

In 2020, we successfully facilitated camp with ZERO CASES OF COVID19 and we received an unprecedented 100% positive experience rating through our family assessments. We are incredibly proud of these accomplishments and strive to achieve this level of success again in 2021. 

For more questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to camp director Ricky Gonzalez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


 

  • ABOUT NSYMCA DAY CAMP

    The NSYMCA Day Camp offers a place where kids can be kids in a safe environment. The YMCA knows children and we know they need to spend time outdoors practicing social, emotional, and problem-solving skills. We know they need to be inspired and mentored. Y Day Camp offers all of these things and more! Our camps have values-based programming focused on caring, honesty, leadership, respect, and responsibility. We look forward to getting to know your children and helping them explore their world.

    • Superior Staff - Amazing staff with extensive training, plus all counselors are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Our senior counselors are experienced college students and graduates
    • Experience - Veteran camp directors oversee all aspects of camp
    • Variety - Many camp options: Preschool, Traditional, Sports, Gymnastics, Art, Dance, Specialty, CIT.
    • Flexible - You can choose different camps over the course of ten weeks, mornings, and afternoons. 3-, 4-, or 5-day options are available!
    • Before/After Care - Available from 7:30-8:45am and 4:10-6pm.
    • Fun - Weekly field trips for full-day.
    • Accommodating - Transportation from many summer schools to the Y.
    • Adjustable - Payment plans are available for members.
  • Ricky Gonzalez, Camp Director at the NSYMCA posing giving 2 thumbs up

    RICKY GONZALEZ

    NSYMCA Camp Director

    Camp Director Ricky Gonzalez is preparing for his second summer at the North Suburban YMCA, where he will manage a staff of 70 and oversee 40 summer camp programs.

    During the school year, Ricky can be found assisting with a variety of youth programming from directing SmartLab to coaching basketball.

    Last year, Ricky successfully directed his first year of camp at the NSYMCA with zero COVID-19 cases and an unprecedented 100% positive experience rating through the post-camp family assessments.

    Prior to working at the North Suburban YMCA, Ricky was the Camp Director for the Evanston Recreation Department for 11 years. Ricky’s substantial background working in youth programming also includes: directing youth sports, coaching youth soccer, basketball and baseball, and teaching preschool and kindergarten.

    Ricky's main goal is to develop a community full of enthusiasm, creativity and passion while keeping a focus on safety, fun, teamwork, inclusion and anti-racism.

    What sets Ricky apart is his ability to put ego aside, listen first and always ask, “What can I do to help?”. Ricky understands the importance of forming meaningful relationships with everyone he works with, and knows that you can accomplish anything as a leader when you ensure your team feels truly taken care of and respected.

    Ricky is from Evanston, IL and graduated from Evanston Township High School earning varsity letters in football and baseball. Ricky went on to play baseball at Linfield College where he graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education.

    In his free time, Ricky helps manage a non-profit comedy theater in Chicago (The Lincoln Lodge) where he also teaches adult comedy classes. Ricky’s hobbies include running local races (including the Chicago Marathon in 2019), hiking and going to the beach with his son Leo and wife Caroline.

    MISSION STATEMENT

    The NSYMCA Day Camp exists to provide children and teens with a safe, fun, inclusive, and rewarding summer camp experience through a wide variety of diverse activities and programming. As a charitable not for profit, the NSYMCA Camp is values based, non discriminatory, and for all; regardless of financial means.

    VISION

    To inspire self confidence, leadership skills, and lifelong learning while fostering valuable character development.

    VALUES

    Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Caring, Honesty, Leadership, Respect, Responsibility

  • Nicole Hatfield - Assistant Camp Director and Camp Registrar

    Nicole Hatfield

    NSYMCA Assistant Camp Director / Camp Registrar

    My name is Nicole and I am the camp registrar and assistant director.

    We understand that camp choices can sometimes be a bit overwhelming; which is why I am more than happy to provide assistance anytime. Our number one priority is helping our families understand our many camp offerings and financial options and accommodations.

    If you have any questions in regards to completing your registration form, please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (847) 272-7250.

    For five years now, I have been working with our families and their children at camp. What I love most is the laughter and smiles that fill our halls. My two children started attending the NSYMCA camp when they were 2 and 3 years old and I couldn’t imagine our family being anywhere else.

    We hope you join us!

  • Important Dates

    • December 15th Camp Registration Opens
    • March 15th HAWKS Inclusion 1:1 & HAWKS Camp Registration Closes
    • May 1st Last day of early rate.
    • May 2nd Standard rates begin.
    • June 1st Deadline for full refund (minus $25 processing fee)
    • June 7th Camp Week 1 begins
    • August 13th Last Day of Camp
  • Additional Key Information

    • To get the full camp experience you must register for the full day; ½ day campers will not have all the same activities.
    • Financial Assistance and proration does not apply to certain specialty camps. They are noted throughout the camp guide.
    • Campers must attend a minimum of 3 days per week per camp; camp will be prorated.
    • Proration is weighted and not equal across each day.
    • For a list of field trips and special lunches, please see the camp calendar in the Camp Calendar Section.
    • Financial Assistance is available. Click here to download application.
  • What should my child bring to camp each day?

    ☐ Register for camps ☐ Label everything your child will bring to camp
    ☐ Backpack ☐ Water bottle
    ☐ Sunscreen ☐ Swimsuit (All Camps/ Everyday/ AM, PM, Full Day)
    ☐ Towel ☐ Lunch bag
    ☐ Snacks (If your child is attending an AM & PM camp please send multiple snacks for throughout the day) ☐ Change of clothes (All Camps/ Everyday/ AM/ PM/ Full Day)
    ☐ Extra diaper (preschool camps)

    *Do not bring expensive items to camp. The NSYMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

    Do I have to sign-in/sign-out my camper?

    Unless you have submitted a Walker Permission Form online for your 10+ year old, Yes. All campers will be signed in and out. Please be prepared to show ID.

    Can my child be placed in a camp group with his/her friends?

    Friendship requests may be submitted for Y Day Camps and Sports Camp. Due to the unique structure of activities at all other camps, children are placed into camper groupings and friendship requests are not available. The Friendship Request Form is part of the registration form. Request guidelines:

    • Only one friend may be placed with your child, and both must be registering for the same camp for the same days/week.

    • You may only request one friend, and that friend must also request you (you may turn in your requests separately).

    • Friendship requests that list more than one friend will not be honored.

    • Friendship requests are not accepted after June 1st.

    What if my child has food allergies?

    What time do I drop-off/pick-up my camper?

    Full day camp:

    • Morning drop-off begins at 8:45 am. If it is earlier than 8:45 you will be charged for AM extended camp.
    • Pick-up is at 4pm. Campers not picked up by 4:15 will be charged for PM extended camp.

    1/2 day camp:

    • Morning drop-off begins at 8:45 am. If it is earlier than 8:45 you will be charged for AM extended camp.
    • Morning camp ends at 12:00 pm.
    • Afternoon camp starts at 1:00 pm.
    • Afternoon pick-up is at 4pm. Campers not picked up by 4:15 will be charged for PM extended camp.
    • Lunch Bunch pick-up begins at 12:45 pm and ends at 1:00 pm.
    • View the camp guide for further information

    What if I want to extend camp by adding additional weeks?

    You may register through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may submit a new registration form or send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We don’t charge a fee for adding camps.

    Does the NSYMCA offer extended hours for before or after camp?

    Yes, we offer supervised care and playtime from 7:30-9am and from 4-6pm. You must register for extended camp. See page 3 of the summer camp guide.

    Do you have any special services camps?

    We have our HAWKS special needs camps! We will provide a one-on-one aide for your K-8 camper to ensure their success in either day camp or sports camp.We also have HAWKS high school camp for high school age campers. Please view our guide for more information.

    Should I be nervous about my camper swimming without me?

    Nationally, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp and aquatic programs for more than 120 years, and is considered “the gold standard” in aquatic safety.  The Y is the largest operator of swimming pools in the United States, with more than 2,200 pools and is one of the largest providers of camp programs with over 1,920 day camps across the country. Y’s nationwide serve 800,000 participants through summer camp programs. We take the safety of our campers around water very seriously. We increase the staff supervision, add lifeguards and follow all Red Cross life saving policies.

    What Precautions do you take on water park field trips?

    • We bring our own lifeguard staff to supplement the lifeguard staff at the water parks.
    • We always bring additional staff to water parks including our Camp Director and Assistant   Director, to ensure safety procedures are being followed and as an additional pair of eyes to watch the campers.
    • We use the buddy system at the water parks and do buddy checks to make sure all campers are with a buddy at all times.
    • Campers wear our colored wristbands at water parks to visually identify our nonswimmers/ beginners.
    • We bring our own life vests to water parks for our non-swimmers and beginner swimmers.
    • Our staff is stationed in designated areas around the waterpark and performs constant visual checks on that area.

    What should my child wear to camp?

    Each camper should come to camp wearing sneakers and clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the weather. We encourage campers to apply sunscreen each morning. Also, please label all campers’ clothing.  Camp t-shirt needs to be worn on field trip day. You will be charged $5 if we need to supply your camper with a shirt. Specialty Camps:

    • Gymnastics: leotard or shorts and t-shirt, Long hair needs to be tied back with hair tie and clips. Gym shoes for outside games.
    • Dance Camp: Water bottle, snack, ballet to tap shoes (or you can borrow form the donation bin)

    Can my child walk/ride their bike to camp?

    Yes, please fill out a Walker Permission Form by clicking here.

    Does the camp experience change from week to week?

    Yes, each week has a different theme. This means that each week will have different games, projects & activities and field trips. View our camp calendar to see a full list of programs for that week.

    How will I know what is happening today at camp?

    You are welcome to talk to your child’s camp counselor at the end of each day. We will also have a weekly online newsletter to keep parents informed about daily camp activities, reminders and special events throughout the summer.

    Do you serve lunch at camp?

    We have special lunch on Friday! We will provide lunch, a drink and dessert. All other days, your camper needs to bring his/her own lunch and drink. Please use an insulated and clearly labeled lunch box. On fieldtrip days, full day campers need to bring a disposable sack lunch. We also have a special Lunch ordering program run by special partners of the NSYMCA. Click on the Special Lunch Ordering Program tab to learn more!

    Does my camper's lunch sack get refrigerated?

    No, please use insulated lunch box.

    What if I need to pick up my child early?

    If you know in advance that you will be doing this, please send in a note with your child, call the camp office at 847-272-7250 x1233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check in at the front desk and we will have a counselor escort your child and get your sign-out signature. Please note: you will have to get your child from the pool during Swim time.

    What if I need to drop off my child late?

    We understand that occasionally, campers will need to be dropped off late. If this is the case, you must come in and sign your camper in with the team lead. The front desk/camp office will be able to help you find your child’s camp.

    Can I visit my child at camp?

    For safety and security reasons, we do not offer open visitation. This policy has been set up for the safety and security of campers. Camp is about building independence and this policy allows campers to experience the important life lessons we offer such as making choices, building friendships and having a place that is truly their home.

    What happens on extremely hot days?

    In the case of extremely hot weather, the camp director determines whether or not it is safe to remain outdoors. If campers stay outside, all necessary means will be used to keep campers cool. We will participate in water play and will take many hydration breaks. We may modify activities such as offering an extra swim period and rotating activities between the outdoors and indoors.

    What if my child gets sick or hurt at camp?

    We will do everything possible to comfort your child. We will assess the situation and take necessary first aid measure (i.e. Band-Aids, ice packs etc.). In the event of a serious injury, we will immediately call the camper’s parents first and if they are unavailable, we will contact the emergency pick-up contacts. All questionnaires must be turned into the camp office by June 1 st to ensure the safety of your children.

    How do you manage sunscreen application and hydration?

    Please be sure to apply sunscreen on your child before sending him/her to camp. We will reapply during snack and lunch time. Please make sure your child’s name is clearly labeled on sunscreen. We request all campers bring their own water bottle every day, and we have water breaks as often as necessary.

    How do you ensure safety in the pool?

    To ensure safety first, the NSYMCA has put in place multiple procedures to ensure campers’ safety.   Campers are tested during their first visit to the pool weekly.  Any swimmer who does not pass this test must wear a lifejacket and wear a red wristband during any free swim in the pool to identify that they are a non-swimmer/beginner.  This list is shared with all aquatic and camp staff.

    What training do the counselors/lifeguards have?

    All camp staff participate in an intensive training prior to the start of camp. The NSYMCA is committed to water safety and uses a comprehensive, rigorous training program to prepare lifeguards. All lifeguards are American Red Cross certified lifeguards with many holding multiple lifeguarding certificates; Most of our aquatic staff has been working for the Y for five plus years.

  • NSYMCA CAMP STAFF

    Kathy Fielding Chief Executive Officer Email Me!
    Ricky Gonzalez Camp Director Email Me!
    Nicole Hatfield Assistant Camp Director/Program Coordinator/Registrar Email Me!
    Shannon Sliwinski Assistant Camp Director/Youth Development Director Email Me!
    Missy Contri Aquatics Director Email Me!
    Shannon Mundorf Sr. Director of Arts Email Me!
    Ellen Mirochnick Special Services Coordinator Email Me!
    Dawn Irelan Gymnastics Coach Email Me!
    Heidi Busch Membership Director Email Me!