Canandaigua Family YMCA
YMCA

Summer Camp

SUMMER CAMP 2021

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

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CAMP POLICIES

 

CELL PHONE/ELECTRONICS

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.

RAINY DAYS

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.

EMERGENCIES

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:

  • A driver’s license or state non non-driver ID
  • A passport or military ID
  • An employment photo identification card

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.

  • A parent, regardless of custodial arrangements has the authority to obtain the child from camp anytime, unless a copy of the court order is on file at the YMCA Camp.
  • To help guarantee the safety and wellness of your child, please share these procedures with your camper and with the individuals authorized for pick up.
  • If you or an authorized person cannot be reached for pick up within one hour of scheduled pick up, Child Protective Services will be notified.

Safety is our number one priority. Thank you in advance.

MEDICATIONS

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.

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

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:

  • Follow the expectations that counselors set out for each activity, area or project
  • Remain on camp property at all times
  • Use appropriate language and be respectful to staff and other campers
  • Respect facilities and equipment by using it properly
  • Be a positive and active participant in all camp activities
  • Respect other campers by using kind language and keeping hands to your self

Campers and parents must sign Behavior Management Guidelines

SUNSCREEN

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.


WHAT TO PACK

  • Backpack: Sturdy backpack with their name on it
  • Sweatshirt: In case of a chilly summer morning
  • Complete change of clothing: Camp can get messy and sometimes accidents happen.
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle: Hydration is key
  • Lunch: Provide your child with a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated or reheated.
  • Swimsuit and Towel: Include a plastic bag for wet swimsuits and towels

Please add names to everything brought to camp. Dress your child appropriately for outdoor play and send your child in sneakers.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following items are not permitted at summer camp and will immediately be confiscated:

  • Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs
  • Trading/playing cards
  • Valuables (The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items)
  • Electronic games or devices (including cell phones)
  • Personal toys or games
  • Weapons (play or real)
  • Candy, gum, cough drops

SAFETY MEASURES

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:

  • Preschool Camp: Main Street Lobby Entrance
  • School Age Camp: YMCA Main Entrance

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.

MASKS

Masks are mandatory for all campers and staff at summer camp. Campers will be able to request mask breaks if necessary. Masks are not permitted in the pool.

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.


PAYMENT PROCEDURES

SCHEDULED PAYMENTS

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.

REFUNDS/CREDITS

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.


CAMP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • HOW MANY CHILDREN WILL BE IN EACH CAMP GROUP?
    Camp groups will have a maximum of 15 children per group.
  • WILL CAMPERS BE GOING ON FIELD TRIPS THIS YEAR?
    Canandaigua YMCA Campers will not be attending field trips in 2021. We have added in culinary, STEM, P.E., academics and/or on-site special events to keep kids engaged all summer long.
  • WILL CHILDREN BE SCREENED PRIOR TO ENTERING CAMP?
    All campers and staff will answer a daily COVID-19 health questionnaire and have their temperature taken prior to entering summer camp.
  • DO CAMPERS NEED TO WEAR MASKS?
    The safety of our campers and staff is our number one priority. Campers are required to wear masks while at summer camp.
  • WILL SUMMER CAMP STAFF BE WEARING MASKS?
    All camp staff are required to wear masks.
  • HOW ARE CHILDREN GOING TO BE SOCIAL DISTANCING?
    Camp staff is working hard to develop activities that encourage social distancing among campers. We are expanding camp space to utilize more of the YMCA facility to allow for groups to spread out.
  • WHO PROVIDES SNACKS?
    The YMCA school age camp will offer an optional breakfast from 7a-8a each day. A snack for each camper will be provided daily.
  • WHAT TIME SHOULD WE ARRIVE?
    All camps begin at 9am. Please arrive early enough to allow your child to join their group prior to starting their camp day.
  • WHAT IS THE ELECTRONICS POLICY?
    Electronics and toys from home are not permitted for safety reasons. All items must remain with parents/guardians at drop off.
  • WHO PROVIDES SUNSCREEN?
    Families are required to provide their own sunscreen. Sunscreen waivers will need to be completed to allow sunscreen to be applied during the camp day.
  • WHAT CAN MY CHILD BRING FOR LUNCH?
    School Age Campers should bring a bagged lunch each day. Camp staff is not able to heat or refrigerate lunches. Please plan accordingly.
  • WHEN ARE CAMP FEES DUE?
    Camp fees are due two weeks prior to the camp session. Children may not attend camp until fees are paid or a payment plan is set up.