Sign In & Out

Sign In: 8:00am - 9:00am
All campers must be signed in by a parent, guardian, or designated adult. Parent/guardians of children who do not appear on the roster, or who have a balance due, will be asked to resolve the registration issue before the child attends camp.

Sign Out: 4:00pm - 4:15 pm
Campers must be signed out of camp each day by a parent, guardian, or designated adult. For your child’s safety, campers will be released only to those adults appearing on the registration form under the “Child release authorization” section. Please be prepared to present a photo ID each day to ensure that we are releasing each camper to the authorized adult. If you need to add an authorized adult to your campers pick up list it must be in writing, no phone calls will be accepted.

*Important Notice: For safety and scheduling reasons, it is the policy of the YMCA not to allow parents to pick up or drop off children while programs are in transit or on field trips. Your child will not be permitted to participate in the field trip if he/she hasn’t arrived at the designated departure site on time.

Sign Out: Campers entering grades 6 and up
Parents/guardians of campers grades 6–8 can mark the box on the registration form allowing their child to sign him/herself in and out of camp each day. Please be aware that the YMCA is only responsible for the campers while they are signed in. The campers are responsible for themselves once signed out, and will be asked to leave the premises. Campers will not be allowed to sign themselves out without parental permission.

Late Pick-up
A late pickup fee of $1.00 for each minute will be charged after the designated pick up time (4:15pm or 6:00 pm). Camper may be dropped from the program at the Director’s discretion if late pick up persists.

After Care

4:00pm - 6:00pm
$25 per camper per week (additional fee, registration required)

Our aftercare program provides campers with light activities and free time in designated areas. Parents can pick up anytime during the extended care hours at the sign in desk. Registration and payment for extended care is required at time of registration. Space is limited. In order to staff properly for our extended program, we cannot take additional children on a daily basis.

What to Bring & Wear

Please bring a backpack that includes:

  1. A healthy lunch
  2. 2 large snacks
  3. Swimsuit (on designated swim days, goggles are optional)
  4. Water bottle
  5. Sunscreen and/or hat

Please wear:

  1. Closed toed athletic shoes
  2. Comfortable clothing that can get dirty!
  3. Jacket/sweatshirt
  4. YMCA T-shirts

Label all belongings!

Please do not bring: money (unless designated), electronic devices, headphones, trading cards, expensive clothing / jewelry, or toys from home. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Cell Phones: campers may not use cell phones, watch phones, or other similar devices during camp.

Swimming at Camp

Swimming at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA:
All campers have the opportunity to swim at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA facility pools. K-3 grade campers will receive “light” swim lessons provided by YMCA swim instructors. Campers grades 4-8 have free swim time.

Swimming at Public Pools, Water Parks, and Beaches:
Throughout the summer, campers visit facilities where they engage in water activities. These locations provide lifeguards. On these days you will need to send a towel with your child. It is helpful if you send your child to camp in their swim suit (with a change of clothes in their backpack) on swim trip days. Dates for these trips will be indicated on the weekly camp calendars. While visiting water parks, campers are required to stay in swim groups with a camp leader.

Protocol & Behavior

Field Trip Protocol:
Field trips are included in all camp fees and are communicated in the weekly calendars provided online, at the camp sign-in desk, or at the YMCA Welcome Desk. On field trip days, PLEASE BE ON TIME! Late arrivals to camp will be required to find alternate care for the day. Campers may not be picked up or dropped off at the field trip site. Field trips are subject to cancellation or change in location.

Transportation is provided by AC Transit, BART and chartered buses.

Camper Behavior:
All camp staff is trained in positive discipline techniques based on our YMCA character values. In the event of a behavioral problem, written reports will be completed and conversations will be held with the parents to try to resolve the issue. The YMCA reserves the right to contact a parent/guardian at any time for immediate pick-up from camp if necessary. The YMCA may remove any camper from the program at the Director’s discretion if problematic behavior continues.

Medications, Special Needs, and Emergencies

If your child needs to take medication while at camp, please fill out a medication form located here. Please be advised that medication must be in a labeled container with the child’s name, for non-prescriptions the medication must be accompanied by written authorization from your child's doctor that states the dosage of medication, and frequency of administration.
Medication brought in baggies, envelopes etc will not be accepted.

Special Needs:
If your child has any special needs, please inform the Director at the time of registration. If the YMCA cannot serve your child due to a lack of expertise or resources, we will try to recommend an alternate summer program. On occasion, the Regional Center of the East Bay can reimburse the cost of a camp aide. If you are interested in trying to arrange this, please contact us by April 15.

Emergency Procedures:
Each Head Camp Leader carries a cell phone for emergencies. In the event of an emergency that requires medical attention, 911 will be contacted and the camper will be taken to the nearest medical facility. The parent or guardian will be notified immediately. In the event of a natural disaster, campers will continue to be in the care of the YMCA until arrangements are made to return children to their parents/guardians.