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Camp Big Hollow Summer Day Camp!


Updated 3/20/2024

The Peoria YMCA’s Big Hollow Summer Day Camp is a full-day (6:30 AM – 5:30 PM) enrichment camp focused on quality, small-group, age-appropriate activities for kids! Children will play games, spend time outdoors, make new friends, get lots of exercise, explore their passions, & learn new skills! Camp Big Hollow will be their BEST SUMMER YET!

The Peoria YMCA’s Camp is for children 5-10 years old (entering Kindergarten-5th grade). Click on the links below to explore the Y’s summer camp, find answers to any questions you may have and to register your child for camp.

Questions about Camp Big Hollow? Contact Taylor Simpson, School Age Director, at or 309-692-7631 ext. 104

  • We are only accepting online registrations for Camp Big Hollow.
  • Click here to register today: OPENS MARCH 22ND.
  • Spots will fill up quickly, please register for all weeks you plan to attend!
  • If you need to find the email associated with your online account, please call the front desk at 309-692-7631. The front desk can also send you a reset link for your password to your online account.
  • Please email for any other issues with online registration.
  • The weekly rate for Camp Big Hollow is:
  • $175/week for YMCA/RiverPlex Members.
  • $235/week for Non-Members. (Weekly Rates Only).
  • At the time of registration, each child will be assigned a $25 non-refundable registration fee
  • Spots will fill up quickly, please register for all weeks you plan to attend!
  • Yes! Child Care Connection and/or DCFS is accepted. Child Care Connection/DCFS paperwork must be emailed to or faxed to 309-692-4892
  • You must register your child(ren) to secure your spot, regardless of the status of your paperwork.
  • Full weekly camp fees will be drafted the Monday morning of each camp week; this payment schedule is set up at the time of online registration.
  • A $20 non-refundable NSF fee is charged to accounts if the payment method does not go through on the Monday morning of each week. Please ensure funds are available or your payment methods is up-to-date.
  • Of course! To make payment arrangements please contact Taylor Simpson at or give her a call at 309-692-7631 x 104.
  • A change of status must be emailed to Taylor Simpson at, no later than one-week before the date.
  • Example: I registered by child for Week 3: June 12-16 but can longer attend. The deadline to cancel this week is June 5th.
  • You will be charged in full for the week, if the email is not received by Taylor.
  • Scholarship information is available at the front desk or by downloading our scholarship application here.
  • To be approved, please fax or email all applications and proper documentation to Taylor Simpson.
  • FAX: 309-692-4892 |
  • To use our scholarship for Day Camp, you must be denied by Child Care Connection first.
  • Our scholarship differs from the RiverPlex (Park District), you must apply at the YMCA for our scholarship program. We do not accept the Park District Scholarship.
  • Campers will rotate between various activities, crafts, and games throughout the day. There will also be weekly learning opportunities that relate to the YMCA’s core values, which are Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring. Campers will also be provided with a morning and afternoon snack.
  • Week 1: 5/28-5/31
  • Reminder: No Camp 5/27 due to Memorial Day
  • Week 2: 6/3-6/7
  • Week 3: 6/10-6/14
  • Week 4: 6/17-6/21
  • Week 5: 6/24-6/28
  • Week 6: 7/1-7/5 (No camp available on July 4th).
  • Week 7: 7/8-7/12
  • Week 8: 7/15-7/19
  • Week 9: 7/22-7/26
  • Week 10: 7/29-8/2
  • Week 11: 8/5-8/9 School’s Day Out (registration details to come).**
  • Week 1:  Pirate Week
  • Week 2: Superhero Week
  • Week 3: Nature Week
  • Week 4: Space Week
  • Week 5: Safari Week
  • Week 6: USA Week
  • Week 7: Ocean Week
  • Week 8: Carnival Week
  • Week 9: Camp Olympics Week
  • Week 10: Water Week
  • Week 11: Prehistoric Week. School’s Day Out *Registration Details To Come*
  • Field Trips: Yes, campers will go on scheduled fieldtrips through out the summer – more details to come before the start of camp.
  • Swimming: Yes, campers will go swimming 4 days per week.
  • Additional: We will have community guests that will come to visit the camp throughout the summer!
  • Campers should bring:
  • A backpack
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A swimsuit, towel, and flipflops for swim days
  • A change of clothes for emergencies
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sunglasses/hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Note: Please leave all toys and electronics at home!
  • Camp lunch will be provided for a portion of the summer. Dates offered: 6/3/24-7/19/24
  • Yes, we will have a designated lost and found bin that will be accessible to campers, parents, and staff. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Items will be donated to charity if they are not claimed.

Some YMCAs offer overnight camps that run from a few days to a few weeks in scenic outdoor areas that span from New Hampshire to Hawaii. Camp programs offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide children and teenagers in having an unforgettable experience. Expect new and fun activities that will add not only build skills, but great new friends and character values for life. Here are a few in the midwest.