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!

Registration opens January 1, 2024!

Ages: Entering 1st - 8th Grade
Monday - Friday
June 3 - August 9, 2024
*Extended Weeks may be offered depending on school calendars.

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! 

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) Register

Registration open January 1, 2024!

June 10 - August 9
Monday - Friday
6:45am - 5:30pm
Ages: Entering 1st - 7th Grade

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, Camp Songs, Skits, & Crafts

Please note, there will be no Thursday overnights at our Adventure Camp locations. Register

Registration open January 1, 2024!

June 10 - August 9
Monday - Friday
6:45am - 5:30pm
Ages: Entering 1st - 7th Grade

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, Ninja Gym, Camp Songs, Skits, & Crafts.

Please note, there will be no Thursday overnights at our Adventure Camp locations. 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

Does your camper need a ride to and from Camp Winnebago? We got you covered! Buses are available at our Northeast Family and SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA facilities to transport your camper to and from Camp.

Buses depart from our YMCA facilities at 7:40am and return between 4pm - 4:30pm. Before care is available from 6:45am until the bus departs for Camp Winnebago. After care is available until 5:30pm.

Cost: $15/wk

Please note: There are no buses available back to the Northeast Family or SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA facilities on Thursday afternoons due to our Family Nights at Camp Winnebago. There will be no busing on July 4th. Register

Ages: Entering 9th - 12th Grade
Monday - Friday

The Apprentice Counselor (AC) program is our advanced level of camping and leadership training for teens entering grades 9-12. Apprentice Counselors are immersed into learning the practical concepts of camp's pillars of Achievement, Friendship, and Belonging with an additional concentration on leadership development. Leadership training, team building, skill development, service to camp, and youth development experience are the drivers of profound personal growth witnessed each summer as our teens progress through the AC program, and as they gain confidence and independence.

There is a one-time fee of $35 for this program. Click here for the AC Handbook. For more information or to apply, email us at campwinnebago@rockriverymca.org. 2024 Application