Summer Camp

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A Summer Like No Other! Find Your Fun. Find Your Friends. Find Your Y!

So many families have expressed to us how important it is for their children to have a safe outdoor camp experience. Building upon our successful 35+ year reputation, we promise to provide a fun and safe experience for our campers and give them a summer to remember!

The safety of all our campers and staff is our top priority. We follow the most current guidelines from health authorities, the state and local governments, the CDC, and American Camp Association. Our “Best Practices” ensure the safest care. Our school-age camp program serves children going into 1st through 11th grade. Campers will have a great experience building character and independence through a variety of age-appropriate activities led by thoughtful, caring staff.

REGISTRATION, PAYMENT AND PLAYERSPACE

Registration and Payment Information:

How To Register

  • $100 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit per session per child including vacation camp week.
  • Balances due by May 1, 2024
  • Complete the YMCA forms via PlayerSpace. After registration, you will receive an email and must complete the paperwork within 5 days of receiving the link. PlayerSpace is our camp software used for health and medical information, attendance, photos, emergency contact info, forms, e-newsletters, and daily secured check-in/out. You do not see your daily schedule on PlayerSpace.

Deposits and Balances

  • A $100 nonrefundable/nontransferable deposit is required at the time of registration per session for each camper.
  • Balances, minus any deposits, are refundable until May 1, 2024. Cancellations must be sent via email to Andrew Lomauro, Camp Director, at andrewL@Lhymca.com on or before May 1. After May 1, no refunds will be issued.
  • All camp forms must be completed within 5 business days of receiving the link from PlayerSpace. Please note the link in the email is only active for 36 hours. Registration is not complete until all forms have been received via PlayerSpace and approved by the YMCA.
  • Funding applications, for those who qualify, are available below (in the financial assistance tab) or at the Member Services Desk.
  • When registering for camp please submit completed financial assistance application with all required documentation and a $50 deposit non-refundable/non-transferable per session per child.
  • Camp balances are due May 1, 2024.
  • You can manage your balances online and make payments before the due date.
  • Login to your account and pay online by the above due date.
  • If paying with a credit card, there will be a 2.5% service fee.

Financial Assistance

  • Financial Assistance applications, for those who qualify, are available at the Member Services Desk or download a Financial Assistance Application. (for Spanish-speakers, click here for the Spanish Version)
  • Please submit the completed financial assistance application with all required documentation and a $50 deposit fee per session per child.
  • Anyone applying for financial assistance must register in person with the Camp Director or Camp Bookkeeper.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellations must be sent via email to Andrew Lomauro, Camp Director, at andrewL@Lymca.com on or before May 1. After May 1, no refunds will be issued.
  • We do not give refunds for any COVID-related absences.
  • Other medical exceptions will be considered with a doctor’s note submitted via email to Camp@lhymca.com within 5 days of camper’s absence.

PlayerSpace

PlayerSpace is the software we use to organize all camp paperwork, camper information, grouping, and communication. PlayerSpace will allow us to:

  • Quickly access important health and safety information on your camper
  • Carry over information year-to-year
  • Provide an easier process for parents/guardians
PlayerSpace Tutorial

CAMP OPTIONS

For a general camp schedule and detailed information about types of camp we offer, download the brochure here, or pick one up at our Welcome Center.

Preschool Summer Camp – Ages 2 ½ – 5 Years

Our younger campers get to have their own Adventure, with learning beyond the classroom. Our weekly themes promote opportunities to advance their social skills, character values, as well as fostering a love for the outdoors. For more information on Preschool Summer Camp Options contact Michele Leaman at: michelel@lhymca.com.

Day Camp – Campers Going into 1st – 7th Grade

Our Day Camp program focuses on developing skills in a variety of athletic, cooperative, and creative outdoor activities, improving their swimming skills, and continuing to develop their social and emotional intelligence. Summer Camp is where the campers often find their passions and talents by experiencing new activities. Throughout their camp adventure, our campers learn powerful lessons in community, character building and healthy living.

Campers are registered and grouped by age and gender. Our Junior Division (kids going into 1st-3rd grade) groups have 10 campers with 1 counselor. Our senior Division (kids going into 4th-7th grade) groups have 15-20 campers with 2 counselors. Please note: If your child receives support services during the school year, please contact the Camp and Program Director as your child may need to be in our Inclusive Campers Program (see Inclusive Camp Program description for details). SCROLL DOWN TO SEE: ABOUT CAMP AND PROGRAM DETAILS FOR MORE INFO ON SUMMER DAY CAMP.

Camp Academy – Entering 4th – 7th Grade – Sessions 1 – 4

This STEAM centered, project driven, curriculum will run from 9:30AM – 11:00AM. During this timeframe, they will participate in one, 30-minute, active, morning rotation. If your camper loves school or would benefit from staying connected to fun, creative and engaging projects in an academic environment while also getting that taste of active day camp fun, then this is the program for them to thrive. After their morning hour and a half session, they join the Day Camp program for afternoon activities and swimming. They will participate in the Carnival and Camp Trip instead of their usual curriculum on those days (refer to Day Camp program description for more details).

Esports Camp Entering 4th – 7th Grade – Sessions 1 – 4

Esports Camp focuses on esports (electronic sports) in the mornings from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Our Esports room is equipped with PC set-ups and Nintendo Switches. Esports comprises of organized, multiplayer online video game competitions and is one of the fastest growing trends for youth engagement. Through our esports camp, campers are welcome to be who they are, excel at what they love, and develop social, strategic, and critical thinking skills. These skills are necessary to grow into thriving adults all in a safe, moderated, and inclusive environment. They will compete in a range of different challenges, tournaments, and competitions. Games that will be featured are Minecraft, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and more. After their morning hour and a half session, they join the Day Camp program for afternoon activities and swimming. They will participate in the Carnival and Camp Trip instead of their usual curriculum on those days (refer to Day Camp program description for more details).

Travel Sports Sampler – Entering 4th – 7th Grade – Session 2

Love a variety of sports and activities? Gear up and take part in different sporty activities off-site. Campers will travel daily in the morning to local venues to engage in laser tag, mini-golf, batting cages, and more. A variety of sports is essential to sparking interest and giving kids a chance to take risks in a healthy and supportive environment. With an open mind and adventurous spirit, are you up for the challenge? After the trip, we head back to camp for lunch and join the Day Camp program for afternoon activities and swimming. They will go on the Camp Trip instead of an individual trip on that day (refer to Day Camp program description for more details).

Travel Basketball – Entering 4th – 7th Grade – Session 3

Calling all basketball enthusiasts! Whether you play for a travel team or enjoy playing just for fun, this two-week intensive morning program will enhance your offensive and defensive skills, and overall gameplay knowledge. Players will be drafted to teams based on skill level for practice and games. Get your jump shot on and dribble, pass, and pick-and-roll your way to the championship. Open to all skill levels. Campers will be transported via school bus to St. Pius gymnasium located in Montville for the basketball camp, then head back to the YMCA for lunch and join the Day Camp program for afternoon activities and swimming. They will participate in the Carnival instead of their usual curriculum on that day (refer to Day Camp program description for more details).

Travel Bowling & Soccer – Entering 4th – 7th Grade – Session 4

Whether you’re a striker in soccer or love the thrill of getting a strike in bowling, join us to develop your skills in both sports. Spend the mornings learning techniques, strategies, and mechanics through practice and games. One week will focus on each sport. Campers will be bused to a local bowling alley and head back to camp for lunch and join the Day Camp program for afternoon activities and swimming. Our soccer program is onsite. Open to all skill levels.

LIT – Leaders In Training – Teen Travel Campers Entering 8th – 10th Grade

This program is a balance of 3 trips each week (6 per session) as well as leadership training and service projects that will give teens the responsibility to help them find success in the future. Teens are expected to participate in both the work and play aspects of the program to bring out the leader in them. The LIT Travel program will include up to 4 service hours each week. Letters are provided upon request by the Camp Director in September based on attendance and participation. Campers must participate in the service component to attend trips. An additional code of conduct and orientation will be required prior to the start of camp.

Inclusive Camp Program – Campers going into 1st-7th Grade

Our Inclusive Camp Program encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities and challenging behaviors in all programs and services. Inclusion in our summer camp means that individuals with disabilities (including but not limited to: ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, Sensory Issues and Spectrum Disorders) are welcome to participate in the same environment as their peers. The Inclusive Camp Program will allow campers to be exposed to the same activities as day camp, but with a customized schedule and one counselor assigned to up to three campers. The counselors of these groups will work with our Camper Care Team to target a wide range of skills including conversations: (i.e., winning and losing, personal space, joining a group, social cues and so much more). Our team of qualified staff ensures that your child has a fun, successful, quality experience within a camp setting.

To register and participate in this program, please fill put and submit this Intake Form. Inclusive campers are not eligible for Post supervision. Space is limited. They will participate in theme days and special events.

CIT (Counselor in Training) – Campers going into 11th-12th Grade

Our CIT program is ideal for teens interested in a career with children. Hands-on training under the supervision of camp staff allows for interaction with young campers each morning. In the afternoon, CITs will take part in informative workshops and assist with hobby time. Post supervision is included at no extra cost for CITs. Must call director for acceptance into the program.

Vacation Camp – Entering 1st – 7th Grade

Vacation Camp is a one-week session that immediately follows Session 4. Vacation Camp is specifically intended to bridge the gap between camp and school for working parents, thus has limited space. We will be having 3 off-site, half-day trips. It will also highlight camp favorites on a smaller scale. To participate in Vacation Camp, your child/ren must have enrolled and participated in at least one other session to be eligible. Camp hours for this program will be 9:00am to 4:00pm. Post supervision is not available during this week.

ABOUT OUR CAMP

Our camp includes swimming, arts and crafts, sports, science, and games. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive, fun day at camp for your child. We want every camper to try a new activity and discover hidden talents and strengths, plus make new friends. The Y teaches and models our character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty. With the elements of Social-Emotional Learning, campers will be able to rebuild relationships in social settings.

At YMCA Summer Day Camp, kids exchange screen time for plenty of fresh air, friends, and active play. Your child will explore nature, discover new interests, build self-esteem, and learn new skills. We energize their summer with a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. Camp is the place to be for messy fun! There is something for every child at YMCA Summer Day Camp! And you will love our caring counselors who create fun, safe environments where kids can flourish.

Camp Communication
2024 Camp Brochure
Register for Camp

Campers Daily Schedules – Daily Group Schedules will be available in June and posted here!

CAMP HIGHLIGHTS AND CAMPGROUNDS

Included in Camp Fee:

  • Daily Activities
  • Swim Lessons 2x per week
  • Treat Tuesday or Foodie Fridays
  • Hobby Time
  • Special Events and Theme Days
  • “Big Fun Time” Events Weekly
  • Ice Cream every day
  • Hypoallergenic Sunblock

Program Features:

  • All staff are 18 years of age or older.
  • Camper Care Team and Zen Zone to support camper well-being
  • Convenient drive through drop-off and pick-up
  • Filtered and chilled water bottle filling stations
  • Post-supervision available
  • Optional caterer lunch program

Campgrounds:

  • Two sports fields
  • Large event tents for extra shade and seating
  • Archery course
  • Parkour course
  • Two gaga pits
  • Air-conditioned gymnasium
  • Picnic Pavilion with water and electricity
  • Bathrooms, changing rooms and shower area (separate from YMCA member locker rooms)
  • Handwashing stations
  • Indoor six-lane pool – Please be aware that this summer, during Session 4, the pool will be closed for renovations. We will be swimming offsite during that time.

FAQS About YMCA Summer Day Camps

Here at the YMCA, our camp counselors attend 30 hours of training before day camp starts. Our training is thorough and includes:

  • Basic First Aid
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • How to be a leader and a role model for kids
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Group Management
  • Risk Management

Campers are grouped by age and gender. Our Junior Division (campers going into 1st -3rd grade) groups have 10 campers with 1 counselor. Our Senior Division (campers going into 4th -7th grade) groups have 15-20 campers with 2 counselors.

Our camp includes swimming, arts and crafts, sports, science, and games. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive, fun day at camp for your child. We want every camper to try new activities and discover hidden talents and strengths, plus make new friends. The Y teaches and models our character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty. With the elements of Social-Emotional Learning, campers will be able to rebuild relationships in social settings.

The Y facility has one 6-lane swimming pool that camp shares with general membership, summer swim lessons, swim team, childcare and half day camp. Camp uses the entire pool from 1-3:00 pm M-F. Each group has the opportunity to swim 2 times per week. With over 400+ campers per day, we cannot offer more swimming time.

We do not force any campers to swim. Of course, if you would like your camper to swim, please send a note to the head counselor communicating your request and we will try our best to motivate your camper to participate.

Sadly, no. We believe to get the best experience at a summer day camp, campers and counselors need at least a full two weeks to bond together as a group. Shorter sessions would diminish your camper’s positive experience.

We work with our local restaurants and caterers to bring you a daily, individually packaged, lunch. In the price you pay, it includes the lunch itself, catering costs, delivery costs, individual packaging costs, and administration costs. Having to feed 400+ campers every day, we want to keep a high quality of lunch including a main, a side, and a fruit or vegetable.

We do our best to get the cars in and out of the parking lot in a quick and efficient manner. This summer we are trying a new schedule to help alleviate some of that traffic. From 8:00 – 9:15am, we will have over 400+ campers be dropped off for camp. In addition, we have members trying to use the building as well as Fanny Road being extremely busy during that peak traffic time. After you drop off your camper and exit the parking lot, make a right-hand turn to keep the traffic flow. This will help alleviate any unnecessary back-ups in our lot.

No, fees are based on cost per camper. To discount fees for siblings, we would have to increase the basic fee for all.

At the end of every session, our camp media specialist will be posting the session album on Waldo. You will be invited to join the album before the session starts.

Terms, Policies and Procedures

SUMMER CAMP ADD-ONS

EXTENDED SUPERVISION

  • Post Supervision is $100 per session from 3:30 – 5:30PM.
  • Please pack an afternoon snack for your child.

LUNCH PROGRAM!!!

$80 per session – An optional catered lunch program is available for your camper. You must opt in for every day of the session. Lunches must be purchased at the time of registration. Lunch package can be added or removed at least 10 days prior to the start of a session. All lunches are individually packaged for each camper. Menu for this summer is as follows:

  • Monday – Build your own cold sub sandwich, pretzels, and fruit
  • Tuesday – Pasta, bread knot, side of marinara, and baby carrots
  • Wednesday – Chicken tenders, vegetables, and cheese stick (Veggie tenders available)
  • Thursday – French toast sticks, fruit, and sausages
  • Friday – Pizza and salad

OR

You are required to pack a lunch each day for your child. There is no refrigeration/heat up available.

Camp Pics Through Waldo

Waldo is the 3rd party software we use to post all camp pictures. It uses facial recognition technology to scan photos and search for your camper so you can get notifications when we post pictures of them! Once you have registered for camp, you will receive access to join this summer’s album and have a chance to set up your account.

Registration
2024 cAMP Brochure
Camp Communication


STAFF QUALITY COUNTS

Better Camp Counselors Make Better Kids!

The quality of camp staff is an important consideration when choosing the right summer camp for your child. At the Y, we aim to impress with camp counselors who are fun and responsible.

Why Our Y?

Our camp includes swimming, arts and crafts, sports, science, and games. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive, fun day at camp for your child. We want every camper to try a new activity and discover hidden talents and strengths, plus make new friends. The Y teaches and models our character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty. With the elements of Social-Emotional Learning, campers will be able to rebuild relationships in social settings.

HOW WE HIRE COUNSELERS

Every year, the YMCA posts open summer camp positions. We provide growth opportunities for college students planning on working in the field of youth development. In addition, we have experienced camp staff as Activity Leaders in charge of each Division.

Applicants participate in an individual interview. A job offer is contingent on three reference checks and a thorough background screening. Before they begin their job as a camp counselor, they are given a training manual which outlines policies and procedures. All staff are required to complete thirty hours of training prior to the start of camp.n social settings.

HIRING

Looking for a summer job? Click the link to our online application and email it to andrewL@Lhymca.com

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