Many of our past campers return to the Y and become our awesome camp counselors. Y counselors are well-trained and their number one priority is a safe summer, full of exciting activities for all campers. All of our counselors and administrative staff must be at least 18 years old and have documented experience working with children. Y counselors receive 40 hours of training in areas that include, but are not limited to, CPR Pro, First Aid, Child Abuse & Safety, Water Training, and Playground Safety. Our counselor to camper ratio is never more than 1:12 and each camper has an assigned head counselor for consistency.
Wa-Kon-Tah Drop Off and Pick Up Information
We are offering drop-off and pick-up for Camp Wa-Kon-Tah at both the Downtown branch and the camp grounds located off Iron Bridge Road. If you choose drop-off and pick-up at Camp Wa-Kon-Tah, your camper will not swim daily at the Downtown branch. Parents must declare a pick-up and drop-off location when registering for that week of camp. For the safety of our campers, the drop-off and pick-up location must remain the same for that entire week of camp. The last bus will leave the Downtown facility promptly at 8 a.m. every morning. Campers who are not at the Downtown branch at 8 a.m. must be taken directly to camp and signed in at the camp lodge.
Drop-off at Wa-Kon-Tah and Downtown: 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Pick-up at Wa-Kon-Tah and Downtown: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
We encourage campers to leave all electronics at home. Campers are busy with many activities and we want every child to experience all Camp Wa-Kon-Tah has to offer. Campers are expected to keep electronic devices stowed in their gear. The Y is not responsible for any electronic device that is lost, stolen or damaged, including phones, Game Boys, DSs, iPods, tablets, etc.
Wa-Kon-Tah Information Packets
For more information about Camp Wa-Kon-Tah, we advise all parents to read our detailed Parent Manual and Frequently Asked Questions. All campers must have a health form and travel card on file the first day of camp. The travel card will be completed by parents when you arrive on the first day of camp for the most up-to-date information.
Interested families may also apply for financial assistance. Some families may qualify for Community Connection Point and must sign these terms of agreement.
Wa-Kon-Tah Open House, May 25
We encourage your family to visit Camp Wa-Kon-Tah during our pre-camp open house. It is a great opportunity to see our awesome camp site on beautiful Lake Springfield!
6602 Iron Bridge Road
(Road just south of Iron Bridge over Lake Springfield)
Registration opens March 1st.
All camps require a $25 non-refundable deposit
per week, per child at the time of registration. (For example,
if your child is coming to six weeks of camp, a deposit
of $150 is required at time of registration.) Families
receiving CCP, or camp financial assistance must provide
documentation and pay a $5 non-refundable deposit per
week, per child, no exceptions.
Every camper must be pre-registered to ensure
the Y provides appropriate staffing. Remaining balances
must be paid one week prior to the reserved camp week.
Campers with unpaid balances one week in advance of camp
can be removed to make room for those on waiting lists.
Campers who have past-due balances will not be allowed to
participate until payment is made.
We will have Y staff and Community
Connection Point staff available to assist you with finding the
best options for your family. Get the answers you need and
help with the application process.
Downtown Branch: May 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
May 4, 5-8 p.m.
What to Bring to Camp
Full-day campers must bring a
snack, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and bug spray every
day. Due to the high level of physical activity, campers need
to bring a water bottle. Their name should be clearly labeled
on all belongings. All campers must wear athletic shoes
and socks: flip-flops, sandals (open- and closed-toed) and
CROCS are not allowed. If not wearing correct shoes, the
camper will be sent home.
Downtown and Camp Wa-Kon-Tah Meals Provided by the Central Illinois Foodbank.
We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Central Illinois Foodbank. Through the Foodbank, we have a grant to provide daily sack breakfasts, hot lunches on non-fieldtrip days,and sack lunches on fieldtrip days. The meals are
catered in, and because of the grant, there is no additional fee to our participants. At this time only camps based at our downtown facility are eligible. If your child has special dietary needs please provide them with a sack lunch.
Our discipline policy is youth-centered and designed
to achieve a positive outcome to misbehaviors and
conflicts. We acknowledge good behaviors. We respond
to misbehaviors and conflicts in an appropriate manner
and have zero-tolerance for violence and bullying. We
have the right to suspend or expel children from our
programs if they or their families threaten safety or
interfere with the sustainability of a quality program.
It is important that staff maintain good order and
discipline in all programs. Top objectives in all YMCA
programs are safety and a positive atmosphere for
developing social skills. The YMCA makes every effort to
help children understand clear definitions of acceptable
and unacceptable behavior. Full Discipline Policy can be
found in the Parent Handbook.