Summer Day Camps

Experience the magic of camp! We pride ourselves in providing excellent role models who celebrate your child’s achievements, demonstrate genuine friendships, and create a space in which each camper feels they belong. Our programs are built upon the YMCA Core Values:

CARING | HONESTY | RESPECT | RESPONSIBILITY | FAITH

Choose the Camp That's Right for You!

Ages: Entering 1st - 8th Grade
Monday - Friday

Located on over 160 acres of woodlands, Camp Winnebago is a hidden treasure of the Rockford area and the perfect place for your child to spend their summer. Our camp grounds offer the complete summer camp package with 3 lodges, 3 open-air pavilions, miles of trails and creeks, a pond, open fields, and marshes. There is always more to explore at Camp Winnebago! Camp is pleased to offer the convenient option of morning and afternoon bus transportation to and from our SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA and Northeast Family YMCA branches each day.

Activities Include: Archery, Canoeing, Black Hole Slide, Climbing Tower, Creek Study, Field Games, Gardening, High Ropes Course, Splash Fountain, Camp songs, skits, & crafts and weekly overnights.

Camp Winnebago campers are organized into grade-dependent groups, called Home Camps, that ensure your camper's experience is appropriate for their age.

Animal Camp (entering 1st - 2nd grade)
Standing Bear Camp (entering 3rd - 4th grade)
Wilderness Camp (entering 5th - 6th grade)
Soaring Eagle Camp (entering 7th - 8th grade)

Weekly Themes are noted below on the page. All home camps (with the exception of Phoenix Camp) will follow the same themes. Register for the whole summer or just your favorite weeks! Register

Ages: Entering 4th - 8th Grade
Monday - Friday

Phoenix Enrichment Camp provides next-level skill development through specialized and intentional programming. In addition to enjoying all of the traditional camp offerings, Phoenix campers will have the opportunity to explore special interests through creative and highly focused activities.

Week 1: Inventor's Workshop
Week 2: Camp's Kitchen
Week 3: Drama Week
Week 4: Learn the Ropes
Week 5: Mission Impossible
Week 6: ​Wild at ARTs
Week 7: ​Sports of all Sorts
Week 8: Survival Week
Week 9: Mythbusters

*Due to the highly specialized nature of the Phoenix program, we suggest that you discuss your camper's interests in each Phoenix theme prior to registering. Register

Ages: Entering 1st - 7th Grade
Monday - Friday

Located in perfect view of the Rockford Rivets Ballpark, Adventure Camp at the Northeast Family YMCA offers all the camp magic of creative play, skits, songs, sports, and more. Adventure Campers also enjoy the unique advantage of having access to all the Northeast YMCA facility has to offer, such as, the indoor swimming pool!

Activities Include: Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Basketball Courts, Outdoor Playground, Archery, Sportscore II Accessibility, Weekly Overnight, Camp Songs, Skits, & Crafts Register

Ages: Entering 1st - 7th Grade
Monday - Friday

Conveniently located at our downtown YMCA facility, Adventure Camp at the SwedishAmerican RiverFront YMCA offers all the camp magic of creative play, skits, songs, sports, and more. Adventure Campers also enjoy the unique advantage of having access to all the YMCA facility has to offer, such as, the indoor swimming pool and climbing wall!

Activities Include: Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor & Outdoor Basketball Courts, Outdoor Sand Volleyball Courts, Archery, Gaga Ball, Climbing Wall, Weekly Overnight, Camp Songs, Skits, & Crafts. Register

Ages: 5 - 6 Years Old (Entering Kindergarten in the Fall and must be 5 years old to register for program)
Monday - Friday

Camp Winnebago is the perfect environment for our littlest campers to explore, learn through play, and experience their environment through hands-on activities and adventures. Our Kinder Camp program nurtures each child’s natural curiosity and instills a love of life-long learning. Register

Choose the Whole Summer or Just Your Favorite Weeks!

Week 1

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Week 1: June 14 - 18

Space is the place! Look up to the skies and what do you see? Stargazing, moon sand, rockets, and more. Explore the unknowns of the universe with us, and watch out for aliens! *Tin foil hats optional

Week 2

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Week 2: June 21 - 25

Baby Shark do do do do do....We're heading for the deep seas this week! Pack your wetsuit and be prepared to explore and learn about magnificent sharks and the many other amazing sea creatures that live in the underwater world!

Week 3

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Week 3: June 28- July 2

Fairy tales, heroes, and Disney- oh my! You'll surely be swept away by this Disney-inspired week in which the stories are fueled by our camper's imaginations. 

Week 4

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Week 4: July 5 - 9

Let's Celebrate! Deck the trails with boughs of ivy (not poison, of course)! This joyous week will blend Camp's traditions with the magic of your favorite holidays!

Week 5

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Week 5: July 12 - 16

Tap into your divine imagination as we set off as Wizards of Winnebago this week! Quidditch and charms, potions and points....which house will rise to the to earn the Winnebago Cup?

Week 7

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Week 7: July 26 - 30

Red? Yellow? Green? Or Blue? Which color will be for you? Winnebago Olympics will be filled with all-camp, fun & friendly competition! Throughout the week, campers will participate in a variety of exciting games and activities to earn points for their team. At the end of the week, we will announce which team will reign as the Winnebago Olympic Gold Medalists!

Week 8

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Week 8: August 2 - 6

Not all heroes wear capes! Campers will learn about heroes right here in our own community, and discover how they can be heroes themselves! This action packed week will be filled with adventure and community!

Week 9

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Week 9: August 9 - 13

Welcome to the messiest week of Camp yet! Dive into slime and mud and gloop and more! A week for the most crafty and curious, there's no limit to what we will create!

Week 10

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Week 10: August 16 - 20

Campers, this is your week! Take the lead on planning your days and most favorite camp activities with your friends! It's camper's choice week because CAMPERS KNOW BEST!

Week 11

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Week 11: August 23 - 27

Camp will be in session at Camp Winnebago to serve Rockford Public School students who are still on summer break. We will continue to offer all the fun camp activities. No bussing is available this week.

Week 12

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Week 12: August 30 - September 3

Camp will be in session at Camp Winnebago to serve Rockford Public School students who are still on summer break. We will continue to offer all the fun camp activities. No bussing is available this week.