- Hours of Operation
- Sign In and Out
- Our YMCA Staff Team
- Behaviour Management
- What Your Child Needs to Bring
- Personal Belongings
- Hot Weather Policy
- Medication at Camp
- Grouping Your Child With a Friend
Hours of Operation
Day Camps operate at their location from 9 am - 4 pm. If your child is taking a bus to Chippewa, please refer to the bussing hours. Please note that all Day Camp locations will be closed on Monday, August 5, 2013 for the Civic Holiday.
Sign In and Out of Children
Children must be signed in/out by an adult 16 years of age or older every day. Authorized adults can be declared on the registration form or by calling your local YMCA.
From the traditional outdoor nature camps of Chippewa to camps featuring canoeing and leadership skills (to name just a few), the YMCA has the right Day Camp experience for children of all ages from pre-school through teens.
YMCA Staff Team
Our counselors are university, college and high school students who have a personal interest in ensuring that your child's experience is one that will be cherished and remembered for many years. In addition to refining their leadership and program skills, these individuals also concentrate on developing, improving and preparing the many summer programs offered at our Summer Camps. Several counselors and support staff have been with us for several years. Leaders In Training (LIT) 1, 2 and 3 prepares YMCA camp participants for roles as camp counselors. LIT graduates can apply to fill counselor positions and will be considered based on past performance. These individuals make a wonderful camping experience possible by providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which your child will learn, play and have fun. All counselors are First Aid and CPR certified and have also been trained on Healthy Child Development.
Behaviour Management Procedures
It is the YMCA's goal to provide a healthy, safe and secure environment for all participants. The YMCA teaches the core values through rules based on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Children who attend the program are expected to follow the behaviour guidelines and to interact appropriately in a group.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in suspension or removal from Day Camps:
- People are responsible for their actions
- We respect each other and the environment
- Honesty will be the basis for all relationships and interactions
- We will care for ourselves and those around us
What Your Child Needs to Bring
Campers will need the following items to be prepared for all activities:
- Running shoes
- Light jacket
- Water bottle
- Extra clothing
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Swimsuit and towel
- Nutritious nut-safe lunch and snack *
* Campers are active and busy all day, so please ensure they bring a healthy lunch, snack and drinks (water bottle is best) to nourish them throughout the day.
Please label all of your child's belongings. Please leave all valuables at home.
The YMCA is not responsible for any items your child loses at camp. Please label all clothing and belongings that come to camp. Campers are asked not to bring items of any significant value. The YMCA will not provide refunds for damaged or lost belongings. No electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, etc. ) are permitted at camp.
Hot Weather Policy
YMCA staff will modify camp activities to accommodate for hot weather in order to promote the health and safety of all participants. This will include frequent water breaks, water activities, less active activities and the use of the shaded and cooler areas of the camps. These precautions will allow all campers to enjoy a fun and safe camp experience, even on the hottest of days.
Medication at Camp
Day camp staff will administer drugs/ medication to a child ONLY when the parent/guardian of that child has filled out the appropriate permission form completely. This form will be available online, from bus monitors at bus stops, extended care locations, and at camp. All medications must be in an original bottle. Please send enough medication for the week. Medications will be collected on the first day of camp and returned on the last day of camp.
If your child requires an inhaler complete the same permission form. This will permit your child's counselor to carry the inhaler and administer the inhaler on a schedule or upon the child's request. If you wish your child to carry the inhaler on themselves, the second portion of the permission form must be fully complete, including a doctor's signature verifying the child can self-administer.
If you identify on your child's registration form that they require use of an epi-pen for life-threatening allergies, then your child will need to bring this to camp every day. Children who require an epi-pen, but do not bring it, will not be admitted in to camp. In order to ensure your child's safety and proper communication with staff at camp, an "epi-pen information form" will need to be submitted with your child's registration form. Registration forms identifying an epi-pen, but without this additional form complete, will not be processed. Epi-pen information forms are available on the back of the registration form.
Grouping Your Child With a Friend
If you would like your child grouped with a friend during a camp week, please inform the camp by completing the "group with" portion of the registration form, and then outline the relevant weeks. The camp will attempt to make any special accommodation. However, please note that children with differing ages may need to be separated in order to ensure age-appropriate activities and programming.