Summer wouldn’t be the same without the excitement and adventure of the Canandaigua YMCA Summer Camp! Our camp provides a range of activities that meet everyone’s interest, in a fun and safe environment. We offer swimming, STEM, culinary, art, P.E., and more. Our goal to help each camper make friends, expand their knowledge, and enjoy summer in the safest way possible.
Camp Registration for Past Participants opens February 1
Camp Registration for everyone opens February 15
Cell phones and electronics are not allowed at camp. If a camper brings a phone or electronic device, it will be held by camp staff until pickup. The YMCA is not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal items.
Our camp runs regardless of the weather! A rainy-day schedule, that includes additional indoor crafts and games, is ready in the event we are unable to go outside.
LOST & FOUND
A Lost & Found is available at the YMCA. Please label all items and check items prior to leaving each day.
Our staff is trained in handling a variety of emergency situations. In the event of an emergency, we will make every attempt to notify parents immediately. If necessary, emergency transportation will be handled by 911 and local emergency services.
PICK UP PROCEDURES
The following procedures are in place for your child’s safety and will be in place during the camp season. Anyone picking up a camper MUST be on the camper’s Authorized Pick Up list and MUST present photo identification before a camper will be released. Please help us by reminding authorized individuals to bring an ID when signing a child out of camp.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
No notes will be accepted at the time of pick up. Written notice, one day prior, is required to add or change any authorized pickups.
In the event an individual not named in writing by the parent/guardian attempts to pick up a camper, the parent/guardian will be notified immediately. Local law enforcement may be contacted if necessary.
Safety is our number one priority. Thank you in advance.
The Canandaigua Family YMCA can administer medications during camp hours. All medication dispensed at camp requires a Medication Consent Form to be completed by a parent/guardian AND child’s physician. Medical Consent Forms can be requested at the time of registration.
Camper emergency medication can be dropped off the week prior to camp starting or given directly to Health Assessment screener at check in. All medication must be in its original container and clearly labeled with camper’s first and last name. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MEDICATION THAT ARE NOT IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINER.
Campers with special care needs, including severe allergic reactions, asthma, etc… should contact the Camp Director to develop a plan to meet camper’s needs.
We are dedicated to providing every camper with a positive camp experience. We have developed community behavior standards and expectations for all campers to follow.
At the Canandaigua Family YMCA Summer Camp, we expect campers to:
Campers and parents must sign Behavior Management Guidelines
All campers should apply sunscreen in the morning prior to drop off. Staff will assist campers with applying sunscreen after swim periods. To comply with child abuse prevention guidelines, the application of sunscreen will take place in an open area. Campers should bring a bottle of sunscreen to be kept in their group. Sunscreen should be labeled with their name.
Please add names to everything brought to camp. Dress your child appropriately for outdoor play and send your child in sneakers.
The following items are not permitted at summer camp and will immediately be confiscated:
The safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. Additional measures have been put into place this summer to keep everyone safe and healthy. Your cooperation, patience and understanding is appreciated!
SMALL AND STATIC GROUPS
Consistent groupings (Maximum of 15 campers per group) and a fixed schedule will allow your child to have fun while limited exposure to others. Camps will have separate entrances to reduce the number of families in one location.
Drop off and pick up locations:
School Age Summer Camp will be split into two cohorts with separate drop off and pick up locations if necessary
SCREENING PRIOR TO ENTRY
Each camper will be screened daily prior to entering camp. Screenings include a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire and a temperature check. Each child is required to clean their hands prior to entry. Campers and staff are the only individuals allowed to enter the program space.
SICK CHILD POLICY
Please do not send your child to camp if they are experiencing symptoms of illness or a fever. If a child becomes ill during the day, a parent or guardian will be contacted. Campers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will need to call their doctor or quarantine for 10 days prior to returning to camp.
INCREASED CLEANING AND DISINFECTION
Campers and staff will practice hand hygiene following each activity. Program areas will be cleaned prior to and after each use.
The Canandaigua Family YMCA continues to follow New York State guidelines as we have done since the start of the pandemic. In doing so, with the latest information released on May 24, children/campers at all day camps will not be required to wear a face covering. Children/campers are able to wear masks if that is their family’s personal preference.
All staff, vaccinated or not, working in child care areas (camp, child care, before and after school, child watch) are required to wear masks due to working with campers/children who are ineligible to receive the vaccine. We are asking that our parents follow the same rules – wearing masks at pick up and drop off – for the safety of all our children/campers.
Please note, all children/campers will follow YMCA masking policy for branches when inside.
INCREASED ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING
Activities and small group sizes are designed to encourage a camp feel while promoting physical distancing. Children will spend each day participating in outside play, swimming, culinary, physical education, STEM, art, and a fun academic component to keep their brains working all summer long.
Payments are due two weeks prior to the start of the camp week. All scheduled payments can be set up on a debit or credit card or a bank account on file.
CHANGES IN REGISTRATION
Parents are responsible for informing the YMCA in writing of all changes to summer camp registration and updating contact details including email address, physical address, and phone numbers. Please contact camp administration to make changes.
Please note that we are unable to pro-rate weekly camp fees for any reason. We require written notice of session cancellation no later than Wednesday at 5p the week prior to each camp session to receive a full refund less the session deposit/registration fee. Cancellations received after this time will result in a YMCA credit which can be used toward another camp week or program. Once a session begins, no refunds or credits are given for any reason.
LATE REGISTRATION FEES
There will be a $35 fee for each camper registered after April 1. Registration fees are due prior to the camp week.
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) PAYMENTS
DSS weekly parent fees are due one week before registered camp session. A current “Notice of Decision” or “Letter of Intent” must be on file with the YMCA at the time of registration. Families are responsible for any camp costs not covered by DSS.
YMCA FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Financial assistance for camp or a membership is made possible through generous donations to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Applications for assistance are confidential and available on our website or at the Membership Desk. The amount of assistance granted is based on individual need and family circumstances. All camper financial assistance applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Applications must be completed prior to registration.