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Summer 2020 Guide

Find full program details in the YMCA Day Camps Summer 2020 guide.

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YMCA Strike Care - The YMCA is working hard to provide support to families during the education sector job action, including providing a limited number of alternate care options for currently enrolled YMCA Child Care families throughout the rotating strikes. For information, please visit YMCAStrikeCare.ca.

It's exciting getting ready to go to camp. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions to help you have the best camp experience.

Day Camps operate Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. If your child is taking a bus to Camp Chippewa, please refer to the busing times. Camps will be closed on July 1, 2020 for Canada Day and August 3, 2020 for the Civic Holiday.

Communication between camp/camp families is key to making this a great summer.  You will receive an email prior to your camp week to share some important information about your camp experience. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

If you require this service, you can add Extended Camp Care through our website when you register your camper(s). If you have already submitted your online registration, please fill out a Change of Status Form and submit it to the YMCA via email at hamburl.daycamps@ymcahbb.ca. Please note it is one form per child.

Drop Off: All campers must be signed in by a parent/guardian over the age of 16. Wristbands will be given to each camper at the beginning of the week to identify your child as a YMCA Day Camper. These wristbands are colour-coded for safety and represent the camp program and bus route. Please ensure your camper keeps the wristband on for the entire week registered.

Pick Up: All campers must be signed out by a parent/guardian over the age of 16. A late fee of $20 for each half hour (or part of) per camper will be levied if a camper is not picked up by the specified time. This fee will be added to the family's account.

If you are not available to pick up your child in the event of an emergency, please ensure that the emergency contacts you have identified are available in your absence.

For the safety of our campers, please call and leave a message if your child is going to be absent from camp. Please leave your name, camper's name, the program and location they attend and your phone number.

  • Hamilton, Burlington, Flamborough & Brantford: 905-317-4929
  • Helping Hands: 905-317-4907

Please label all belongings and dress for the weather - camp operates in both the rain and the heat. To ensure comfort and full participation, each camper should bring the following each day:

  • Running shoes or strapped sandals (no flip-flops)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Bug spray (if attending Camp Chippewa)
  • Nut-safe lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle (drinking water will be available on site to refill)

Campers will be participating in a variety of activities and clothes may get messy.

No electronic devices are permitted i.e. iPods, cell phones, personal gaming devices. Please leave these at home.

For many children going to summer day camp is the first time they will take a bus or meet a new group of friends outside of their school environment. In order to prepare your child for a positive experience follow these tips:

  1. Talk about the camp program and about some of the activities your child will be involved in.
  2. Visit the camp location ahead of time.
  3. If your child is taking the bus, visit the bus stop, drive the bus route and point out familiar landmarks along the way.
  4. Talk about the routine of the day, and get your child involved in packing their knapsack.
  5. Review Behaviour Guidelines with your child.

Should you wish to change any component of your registration (i.e. add/delete a camp or extended care, modify bus stops or emergency contacts or any information related to the camper), please complete a Change of Status Form and send it to hamburl.daycamps@ymcahbb.ca. Changes can be made up until Thursday at 4:00pm (of the current week) for the following week.

Any refunds requested after May 15, 2020 will be subject to a $35 administration fee for each registration. No refunds or cancellations will be accepted if less than 5 business days are given.

All campers are required to bring a lunch to camp every day. With high energy activities, children will require lunches plus additional snacks and drinks. Please send nut free lunches.

  • Please pack lots of extra water and frozen juice boxes
  • 3-4 healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables; lunch which does not require re-heating

Tips for a litterless lunch

  • Purchase a reusable drink container and fill each day with water or 100% fruit juice.
  • Avoid single-serve snack items in disposable packaging. Use reusable containers for snacks.
  • Use an insulated lunch bag to preserve freshness.

While we make every effort to adhere to the bus schedule, we place an emphasis on safety and ask parents to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the bus time and wait until the bus arrives to sign in your camper(s). Please do not leave children unsupervised at the bus stop.

  • Each bus route has a bus monitor that rides the bus from beginning to end. All children under the age of 16 must be signed in/out by an adult (over the age of 16) from this person.
  • Please include cell phone numbers for all authorized pick-ups in the event of a delay.
  • The bus stop selected must be the same for pick up and drop off for the entire week.
  • Buses will wait 5 minutes for children to be signed out at the end of the day before moving on to the next stop. Adults who arrive after the bus has departed must then pick up their child at their local YMCA (for Hamilton - lower city routes will go to the Downtown YMCA; mountain routes will go to the Les Chater YMCA). A late fee of $20 for every half hour (or part thereof) will be applied to the family's account.

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