YMCA Camp Wa-Kon-Tah has hosted campers for over 60 years at our 26-acre Lake Springfield property. Campers spend their time between our campgrounds and the Downtown branch. Our campers will also go on a variety of age appropriate field trips. Campers are divided into age groups (listed below) and have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the summer.
Monthly calendars with activities and events will be distributed and may be found on our camp website, campwakontah.org.
Adventurers (Ages 5-6)
Our young Adventurers are ready to take on the world in
a supportive environment. Many of our young campers are
embarking on their first summer camp experience. Campers
will spend Mondays and Wednesdays at Camp Wa-Kon-Tah and
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown branch. Campers ages 9+
will experience Field Trip Fridays. Campers 5-8 will have Field Trip
Wednesdays. All campers will experience outdoor exploration, games,
swim lessons and so much more.
Explorers (Ages 7-12)
Our Explorer campers are ready to experience the great outdoors,
learn new skills, make friends and have fun! Campers will be busy
exploring trails, building forts, playing group games, canoeing and
getting creative during arts time. We keep our Explorers on the
move at camp Wa-Kon-Tah, and on Fridays, we take a field trip!
Leadership (Ages 13-15)
Our teen campers are ready to take charge of their camp
experience, navigate new experiences, make new friends and set
and accomplish goals. Of course, they still love Camp Wa-Kon-Tah
and all the outdoor activities. They are not little kids anymore, so
we add extra challenges to their games and activities. Our future
leaders will also complete a “camp legacy project” that they plan
and execute as a team. Their projects will have an impact on Camp
Wa-Kon-Tah for years to come. Always active, our Leadership Kids
will also be setting and achieving personal physical
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.
Wa-Kon-Tah Information Packets: Camp materials may be obtained on this website or at either Y branch. Materials include: health forms (required), travel card (required), parent manual, frequently asked questions, financial assistance application, and accommodations for special needs.
Wa-Kon-Tah Camp Open House, May 26: 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!
Camp Wa-Kon-Tah 5:30-7:30 p.m.
6602 Iron Bridge Road
(Road just south of Iron Bridge over Lake Springfield)
Downtown and 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.
Day Camp contact is Shelby Smith
Fees: Members, $120/week or Public, $148/week