Creative Camp Downtown contact is Lisa Parfitt,
Creative Camp Kerasotes contact is
Sarah Brewer 217.679.1625
Half Day Fees: Members, $70/week
Full Day Fees: Members, $120 Week
Public, $148 Week
We offer a variety of performing, visual, culinary and cinematic art camps as well as science and literary-based camps. The camps are designed to immerse each child in theme-related activities to feed a passion or spark a new interest. Each day, campers will learn, create, and experience the magic of the theme they choose. Imaginations are our guide!
We offer something for every young camper. Kids will be divided into age appropriate groups once they arrive each week. Campers will rotate through a set of stations, including activities related to the weekly theme, group games, and outside play.
Due to space constraints there is no before and after care at our Kerasotes Full Day camps.
All About Art (Downtown)
From wearable art like tie-dye, to more traditional art forms
such as painting and sculpting, students will be immersed in art
projects that reflect their own creative talents. This popular camp
is an extravaganza of creativity and fun!
Week 5, July 3 & 5-7: 8-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
NEW! The Artful Experience: Groovy 60’s (Kerasotes)
Campers will spend their week with a focus on arts and crafts
from the 50s and 60’s. Pop Art (Warhol) and Pollock will influence
our art projects. We will weave innovations of the 1960s
throughout our week of arts and crafts adventures. We will also
spend time in the YMCA’s Community Garden, YMCA ROOTS, to
include nature in our art and expand our understanding of being
good stewards of our world. This camp will include an outdoor
water play activity on Wednesdays, and Fridays will be our swim
day. A sack lunch, sun screen, bug spray, and water bottle will be
needed daily for the full day camp experience. A swim suit and
towel will be needed on Wednesday and Friday.
Week 8, July 24-28: 5-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Full Day)
Learn skills to be a safe and effective sitter. We will cover first
aid, emergency procedures, playtime activities and child care.
The responsibilities of having a job and presenting yourself to
potential employers will also be discussed.
Week 3, June 19-23: 11-15 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
Bakery Bliss (Downtown)
Campers measure, mix and decorate their way to delectable
sweet and savory treats in this camp. Creating and tasting their
creations is the highlight. We will also include lessons on safe
food preparation, nutrition and cooking terms.
Week 4, June 26-30: 8-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
New! Behind the Scenes (Downtown)
Calling all make-up artists, set builders and costume designers!
Working collaboratively with Drama Camp, participants in this
camp will work on the nuts and bolts, the paint and fabric or our
production. It takes more than performers to put on a show, we
need creative artists too!
Week 8, July 24-28: 10-14 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
CSI Investigation (Downtown)
Back by demand from last summer, we have more crimes to solve.
Campers step into the mind of a CSI expert and look at forensics,
fingerprinting and DNA to solve crimes. Campers work together
to study clues and solve mysteries. This exciting camp is for the
science minded investigator and detective.
Week 4, June 26-30: 8-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
Dance, Dance, Dance (Downtown)
From ballet to the newest dance crazes, this is the week our
young campers work on their moves! While becoming acquainted
with the most basic of dance steps, campers will put their lessons
into practice by learning a jazz routine. All levels of experience
encouraged. On Friday we will showcase our newfound knowledge
of jazz for friends and family.
Week 6, July 10-14: 5-7 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
New! Drama Camp (Downtown)
Drama Camp is designed to educate campers about theater.
Campers will learn basic acting techniques and theater
terminology. The campers will learn how to work together in
groups, think critically, use their imagination, discover new
ideas, and solve problems. This two week camp wraps up with a
performance that lets everyone have a chance to feel like a star!
Week 7-8*, July 17-28: 8-12 yrs (9 a.m.-Noon)
*Two week camp. Must register for both weeks.
Girl Strong (Kerasotes)
Come join us for fun, fitness, fashion and the celebration of being
GIRL STRONG. Being confident, healthy, and happy is our goal!
Through this girl powered camp we will talk with female role
models, work on building confidence, and participate in activities
ranging from yoga to fashion and jewelry to investigating famous
women throughout history.
Week 5, July 3 & 5-7: 5-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
*CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th*
Hogwarts Adventure (Downtown)
Calling all Harry Potter fans! It’s time to mix potions, study
the care of magical creatures and perfect wizardry skills in this
fantastical adventure camp! Campers earn points for their house
through games and trivia. Camp closes with a delightful
end-of-term celebration. Costumes encouraged. Parents: we will
not teach the Evanesco incantation! We will explore the wizarding
world in the mornings and our afternoons will include lunch, group
games, swimming, and more.
Week 10, August 7-11: 8-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
Jedi Training Academy (Downtown)
Is your camper ready to meet the challenge of our Jedi training
academy? We will work on a variety of skills including light saber
techniques, designing space ships, droids and more. Our final
day will include a graduation celebration featuring some galactic
treats. May the fun be with you!
Week 9, July 31-August 4: 5-8 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
New! Jurassic Exploration (Kerasotes)
Campers will take nature walks, learning about creatures and
plants they discover. Our learning and fun this week will focus on
archeology, marine biology, and entomology. We will also spend
time in the YMCA’s Community Garden, YMCA ROOTS, to expand
our understanding of gardening and being good stewards of our
world. This camp will include an outdoor water play activity on
Wednesdays, and Fridays will be our swim day. A sack lunch, sun
screen, bug spray, and a water bottle will be needed daily for this
full day camp experience. A swim suit and towel will be needed on
Wednesday and Friday.
Week 6, July 10-14: 5-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Full Day)
Just Dance (Downtown)
Is your camper into music and always dancing around? We have
the camp and the experienced instructor to work on all the
moves. Campers will learn the basic steps and how to put them all
together in a choreographed hip-hop routine. On Friday campers
will showcase what they have learned and display the funky, fresh,
free-style for friends and family.
Week 6, July 10-14: 8-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
New! Pastry Boot Camp (Kerasotes)
The rare time when you get a high calorie workout. We will enjoy
cake decorating, a day of chocolate, secrets of working with
fondant, sugar paste sculpting and more. This is the perfect for
the camper with enthusiasm to learn and a desire to create. Come
Week 1, June 5-9: 11-15 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
Petite Picasso (Downtown)
This popular camp is for our young budding artists. Campers will
learn basic paint, drawing, and design skills while exploring a
variety of materials to create their next great work of art. Make
sure campers dress for mess!
Week 5, July 3 & 5-7: 5-7 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
*CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th*
New! Pokemon Madness (Downtown)
Campers can bring in their Pokemon Cards and will have the
opportunity to trade, swap and share with their friends. They
will battle wild Pokemon, and do what they can to catch ‘em
all. Campers will also get creative creating their own Pokemon
characters, playing games, and making snacks worthy of a noble
Week 3, June 19-23: 8-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
New! Rebel Alliance (Kerasotes)
Join the Rebellion training camp. Work with Jedi Masters, study
Jedi Padawan training, and help bolster the Rebellion. This camp
is perfect for campers with a love of all things Star Wars and a
special interest in learning the ways of the Force.
Week 3, June 19-23: 5-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
New! Science & Story: STEM Camp (Kerasotes)
Join us for a blend of STEM learning and fun! Make magical
potions like Harry Potter, explore the science of a Zombie
apocalypse, and dip your toes into robotics. Our unique STEM
camp will combine your campers’ love of the sciences with their
favorite stories and themes. This full day camp will spend time
in the YMCA, outdoors at the neighboring park, and visiting the
recreation pool multiple times throughout the week. Sack lunch,
water bottle, swim suit and towel will be needed.
Week 4, June 26-30: 7-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Full Day)
New! Special F/X: Make Up (Kerasotes)
Learn the secrets used by stage and screen makeup artists.
Projects will include creating animal makeup, facial prosthetics,
and yes, a touch of blood & gore. Get ready to wow your friends
come Halloween! Campers will receive individual make up kits. An
additional $20 supply fee is required for this program. This fee
will be included in the camp rate at time of registration. ***LATEX
WILL BE USED. YOUTH WITH LATEX ALLERGIES SHOULD NOT
PARTICIPATE IN THIS CAMP.***
Week 9, July 31-August 4: 11-15 yrs. (9 a.m.-Noon)
New! STEM Camp (Downtown)
Through fun, hands-on investigation, campers experience an array
of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts.
We will offer a variety of activities that will stimulate camper’s
minds and help them explore the endless possibilities offered by
these important disciplines.
Week 2, June 12-16: 5-7 yrs. (9 a.m. - Noon) &
8-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
New! Water World: Atlantis (Kerasotes)
Join us for a fun week of water play and learning about the Lost
World of Atlantis. Discover forgotten wonders, hidden treasures,
and mermen and mermaids. We will enjoy exploring both in and
out of the pool: this full day camp will spend time in the YMCA,
enjoying the outdoors, and of course, engaging in a lot of water
games and fun! A sack lunch, water bottle, swim suit and towel
Week 2, June 12-16: 5-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Full Day)
Water World (Kerasotes)
Join us for our most popular camp at the Kerasotes facility
for two years running! This water filled experience will include
aquatic science, outdoor water activities, games with water, and
of course, multiple visits to our recreation pool. We will be busy
all day! Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sun
screen, swim suit, and towel each day.
Week 10, August 7-11: 5-12 yrs. (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Full
YDC: YMCA Diabetes Camp (Kerasotes)
In Partnership with HSHS Joslin Diabetes Center
This camp offers kids with diabetes a fun week of summer camp.
Campers will play games, make crafts, swim, and learn fitness and
nutrition tips to stay healthy. Volunteer registered nurses, and a
registered dietician will be on hand alongside camp counselors.
Week 9, July 31-August 4: 5-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)
*Special registration forms are required for YDC. Forms
available at both Ys.*
Kids will learn the benefits of yoga and the power of a positive
mind. In addition to journaling and service projects, campers will
do some self expression art.
Week 7, July 17-21: 5-12 yrs. (1-4 p.m.)