Quick Facts & FAQs · EM Downer YMCA
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 EM Downer Family YMCA.
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!
What should I pack? Do you have any tips?
Yes, you will need to pack a lunch, two snacks and a water bottle daily. Campers will spend time outside, so please be sure to apply sunblock each morning and pack extra to be applied throughout the day. It is also advised that you get a backpack to hold your child's belongings and label it with his/her name. Below are some tips on how to pack for lunch:
- Summer days are hot! Freeze a water bottle the night before and pack it in your child’s lunch bag. This way the food stays cold and your child will have an ice cold water for later on in the day.
- Many campers have severe allergies. It is camp policy that there is no sharing or trading of lunches. Please remind your camper.
- Pack a variety of snacks for your child to choose from. Fruit is a great way to stay hydrated!
- Please do not pack any items that require refrigeration or reheating.
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 Thursday.
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).
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.
Do we have to belong to the Y to send my child to camp?
All campers must be a program member ($40/child or $60/family). Membership allows your child to participate in any of our youth programs.
Is there a sibling discount?
At this time, we are unable to offer a sibling discount.
Why are there three prices for the same experience?
You choose the fee that works best for your family, no verification is required. Tier 1: Is the first cost of operating camp. If you can afford to pay this, please do so. Tier 2: Is a scholarship rate designed for those who can pay more, but not the full cost of camp. Funding for scholarships come from our Annual Partner's Campaign. Tier 3: Is more heavily subsidized for families who need more substantial help.
Is there more Financial Assistance (camperships) available?
Yes. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, always has the opportunity to learn grow and thrive. If you need additional assistance (more than our Tier 3 option), please contact us for a financial assistance application.
If my child misses a day or more of a camp week should I expect a refund?
Unfortunately, no. This is because we staff and purchase our supplies based on the numbers enrolled for the week prior to the start of that camp week.
I'm late registering. Is there anyway 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, 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 weeks before the start of each session or the deposit will be forfeited and the reservation cancelled.
Who is 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.