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Quick Facts & FAQs · Downtown Oakland YMCA


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This page contains information specifically for Campers registered for this summer's program and their Parents. We are very excited that you will be joining us for a fun-filled Downtown Oakland YMCA.

Should I pack my child a lunch and snack?

Lunch and morning snacks are included! We work with Revolution Foods to serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks as part of every day at camp. Please contact us if your child(ren) has any special dietary needs. If your child will not be eating the meals we provide, please pack a healthy lunch and 2 snacks. 

What should my child(ren) wear to camp?

Campers should be dressed in attire that allows them to play and get messy! Closed toe shoes must be worn daily. Bathing suite and towels need to be packed on all scheduled swim days. Camp shirts must be worn on field trip days!

Do I have to pay for a Camp Tee-Shirt?

NO! To keep campers safe and easily identifiable, we provide 1 FREE camp shirt to each camper per summer. However, additional camp shirts may be purchased for $10.00 each. Campers are expected to wear their shirt on field trip days.

Who can pick-up my child(ren)? 

Only those individuals who have been approved and included by you in your registration paperwork may pick-up your child(ren). NOTE: An I.D. is required when picking up your child.

Is there a minimum number of weeks needed for registration?

No. You are able to sign up for one session or an entire summer, based upon your needs. 

Is there Financial Assistance (Camperships) Available?

The Downtown Oakland YMCA welcomes all who wish to participate. Through our Day Camp Financial Assistance Program, we provide assistance based on individual families’ needs and circumstances. Visit the Downtown Oakland YMCA membership desk to pick up an application. Financial Assistance applications must be submitted by May 8.

I'm late registering. Is there any way I can still get my kid into camp?

For registration less than 2 weeks in  advance, a late registration fee of $10 per  participant will apply and balance must be paid in full by cash or credit card upon registration. To ensure adequate camper to staff ratios and camp meals, the last day to register for each camp week is the Monday prior to each week of camp.

What paperwork has to be filled out prior to dropping off my child(ren)? 

To complete the registration process all campers must have a completed Health History form. Please be prepared to list the following information on the form: parent contact information, 3 emergency contacts, who is authorized pick-up your child, allergies and/or medical conditions, behavior issues, date of tetanus shot, and insurance policy number.

Is there a charge for cancelling or rescheduling a session?

A $25 non-refundable deposit per child for each week will reserve their space in camp. Final payments must be made two week before the start of each session or the deposit will be forfeited and the reservation cancelled. 

Who takes care of my child(ren) if s/he gets hurt?

Your child’s safety is our first priority.  Our staff is first aid and CPR certified.  We are required to attend mandatory training on: safety, child abuse prevention and reporting, age appropriate games and activities, conflict resolution, and positive discipline. To keep your children safe, we take the following steps in our intensive screening of employees: detailed application forms, comprehensive interview process, thorough background check that includes three reference checks and Live-Scan fingerprinting. We are mandated to report any suspected child abuse.





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