DAY CAMP AT THE Y!
SUMMER CAMP | JUNE 24-AUGUST 30
Welcome to Summer Day Camp at the Y! We are so excited to kick off the best summer ever at the Mel Korum Family YMCA, and we can't wait to meet your campers this summer. Your kids will have so much fun creating new friendships, experiencing new skills through adventure and exploration-bound activities, all while discovering the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Get ready, as this summer is bound to be one of the most fun around!
Full Day and Camp 56
Morning Activity Camp: 9am-12pm
Afternoon Specialty Camp: 1pm-4pm
Full Day: 9am-4pm
Community Member $172
*Includes Camp 56
*Half Day (Morning or Afternoon)
Community Member $94
*Includes Camp 56
Itty Bitty | 3-day
Community Member $65
Community Member $185
Community Member $60
Week of July 4th
Community Member $138
*Includes Camp 56
*Half Day (Morning or Afternoon)
Community Member $76
*Includes Camp 56
Community Member $148
Community Member $48
*Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. For additional information, please refer to the ‘Payment, Refunds, and Financial Assistance’ section on this page.
Fees: To ensure that we are properly staffed for camp, we do require the balance of all camp fees to be paid in full the Friday before camp begins. We do offer payment plans, in addition to financial assistance. If this is something you would like to inquire further on, please contact your camp registrar to make those arrangements*.
Fees are drafted the Friday a week before, the week of camp your child attends.
* To ensure we are able to accommodate your financial needs, please ensure that you contact us prior to 10 business days to the start of camp to discuss and arrange payments. As we want to make this process and experience as seamless as possible.
Refunds/Cancellations: Refunds for camp fees are available if canceling prior to the draft date of each camp week. If cancelling between the draft date and up to the Thursday before camp begins, a $25 cancellation fee with be applicable. Cancellations requested on the Friday before camp begins and after are not eligible for a refund.
In the case of homesickness, dismissal, or voluntary withdrawal there is no refund of fees. If a child misses camp because of an illness or injury, a written medical verification from an authorized physician will be required to be considered for a refund after the Friday and one week prior to the start of camp.
Third Party Authorizations: Must be paid in full before registering for camp.
Financial Assistance: Thanks to the generous support of donors within our community and our Annual Campaign, we are able to help financially support those who would otherwise not be able to afford the programs, activities, and facilities at the YMCA. If families are unable to pay the full registration fee, they may be eligible for financial assistance. To apply for financial assistance, please visit your branches Membership Desk.
If you would like to sponsor a camper in need of financial assistance, please contact us for more information.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
- *Lunch and extra snacks.
- Filled water bottle
- Swimsuit and towel on swim days
- Plastic bag for wet items
- Closed-toe shoes (please leave flip flops and sandals at home, unless your child is participating in an Aquatics Specialty Camp)
- Small backpack (to hold belongings)
*Please check with your branch to see if they are a part of the Summer Meal Service Program. Branches that are Summer Meal Sites provide free lunches.
Personal Belongings: Please only allow your child to bring items that are necessary for day camp. Money, toys, sports equipment, gum, and makeup are not permitted. Please label all belongings with your child’s full name.
Snacks: Please only send peanut-free snacks with your child, and discuss with them the importance of not sharing snacks because other children may have food allergies. Snacks should not require refrigeration or microwaving.
Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to your child every day before camp begins. If additional applications are necessary, send sunscreen with your child to reapply later in the day. Remember to label the lotion with your child’s full name. Medical authorization forms will need to be completed by parents/guardians of children attending school-based locations.
Dress Code: Dress your child in athletic apparel that allows them to fully participate in camp activities, games and the Specialty Camp they are signed up for. Leave sandals, flip flops (unless participating in the Aquatics specialty camp) and clothes that you don’t want to get dirty at home.
PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF
Signing Campers In And Out: Valid photo ID is required. Parents or guardians are responsible for checking campers in and out by signing the roster. Be sure to indicate the time of pick-up and drop-off. Additional adults must be on the authorized list and also have their valid photo ID. Campers will not leave camp with an unauthorized adult.
Making Changes to Authorized Pick Up: Changes to the authorized pick up list must be done in person by the parent/guardian who filled out the registration form. You will be asked to show valid photo ID. We cannot make any changes to the authorized pick up list over the phone, so please be sure to list anyone who will be picking up your camper on the registration form.
Camper Release: A release form is required for all campers. Please complete and sign as a parent or guardian. Include at least three people authorized to pick your child up. (Included in registration paperwork for children attending school-based locations)
- Separated Parents: If the parents are separated but not legally divorced, the staff may not deny access to a child by either parent. Appropriate court issued documents are required in order for staff to deny parental access.
- Divorced Parents: Either parent may pick up the child unless a court order indicates limited or no visitation. Custody agreements must be kept on file with the YMCA.
- Guardianship: Copies of appropriate legal documents must be on file with the YMCA.
Change of Camper Information: Changes to authorized adults or their contact information must be made in-person and in writing. Please see a camp director to update.
Late Pick-up Fees: There is a $1 per minute charge after camp closes. Late fees must be paid, or added to draft, before the camper returns to camp. If a camper is not picked up and the YMCA has not been notified by a parent or authorized adult(s) within one hour of camp closure, the YMCA will call local child protective services and sheriff’s department.
100% ID CHECK POLICY
We want to make sure your check-in and out process is as easy as possible. To ensure the safety of our campers, we require 100% ID check for pick-up and drop-off. Please be prepared to show valid photo ID every time you drop-off and pick-up your child from camp. Only people on the authorized pick-up list you indicated at registration are allowed to take your child from camp. Anyone picking up will need to show valid photo ID.
For more information about ID Checks, Drop-Off, and Pick-Up, click below.
Staff: Our staff are trained in working with children, day camp operations, CPR, and first aid. All YMCA staff and volunteers are mandated to report child abuse and any suspected child abuse to the proper authorities. While our camp staff are great with children, they are not permitted to babysit, transport children and youth in personal vehicles, or have contact with campers outside of the YMCA.
Ratios: Camps adhere to the following staff to camper ratios:
- Ages 3-4 1 staff: 7 campers
- Ages 5-6 1 staff: 8 campers
- Ages 7-9 1 staff: 10 campers
- Ages 10-12 1 staff: 12 campers
Group Assignments: Day camp is divided into groups, based on grade and age; campers are grouped within one year of age and one grade school level. Our staff is trained in team-building and in helping campers learn how to make new friends within their group.
Swimming: Not all camps offer swimming. Please check your weekly camp calendar to see what days your camper may be swimming. A swimsuit and towel are required to participate. Campers will partake in a swim test each week in order to participate in recreational swim time. If a camper forgets their swimsuit or does not want to participate, there will be alternative supervised activities on the pool deck.
Behavior: Campers who are unable to abide by camp rules or are disrupting other campers' ability to enjoy camp may be dismissed without refund. The following behavior will result in immediate removal from the day camp program:
- Verbal abuse or bullying
- Physical aggression, verbal threats of harm
- Disruptive, defiant, or blatant disrespect for staff or participants
- Inappropriate touching
- Leaving designated camp area without authorized adult
- Parents who disrespect children, other parents, or staff
Illness: Please do not bring sick children to camp. In the event of exposure to a communicable condition, parents will be notified as quickly as possible. Make sure we have current contact information on file. We will contact you to pick up your camper immediately if:
- Camper is feeling ill for 30 minutes or longer
- Camper has a fever of 100.1 degrees or higher
- Camper is vomiting, has diarrhea, persistent cough, watery or inflamed eyes, acute skin rash, or sore throat
Children absent because of contagious disease may return with a statement from a physician indicating the child is no longer contagious. Children absent because of lice may return when there is no sign of lice. In the case of an injury, staff will make every effort to ensure proper care. Care may include treatment by staff for minor injuries, contacting a parent or guardian, or calling local emergency care providers. Staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian prior to providing treatment.
Supervision: YMCA day camp is not staffed to provide one-on-one supervision. Talk with our camp directors about solutions if additional care is required by your camper.
Medication: All medication must be brought to a camp director in its original container labeled with the following: Camper’s name, date, directions, and physician’s name. A medical authorization form is also required; the only exception is inhalers. If your camper requires an EpiPen®, please see a camp director at the start of the camp session. If medication needs to go home with the camper at the end of each day, the parent must pick it up from the camp director. Unused medications will be returned at the end of the camp session.
Insurance: The parent or guardian is responsible for any medical expenses for an injury incurred at camp.
Emergencies: YMCA staff are prepared and trained to activate emergency procedures in the event of severe weather, fire, building evacuation, or other immediate safety measures. Each YMCA branch has a specific disaster plan and a YMCA Emergency Management Guide.
Every camper must have a 2019 Day Camp registration form on file. To expedite your pick-up and drop-off, please bring your registration form to the Y as soon as possible. No camper will be allowed to be dropped off at camp until we have a completed registration form.
If you are unsure of whether or not you have a registration form on file, please contact Erika Napalan
Registration Forms coming soon!
Medical Authorization Form
If your child has medication that will need to be administered during the camp day, please be sure to complete our Authorization to Dispense Medication form prior to your camper’s first day. Please send the form, along with the medication in its original container with name and dosage.
Medical Authorization Form coming soon!
Day Camp | Ages: 6-12 years
Day Camp provides a safe place for campers to make friends, learn new skills, and stay active. Throughout the summer, campers participate in values-based programs including swimming, sports, arts and crafts, team building games, leadership opportunities, and field trips.
Camp 56 | Ages: 5-6 years
Designed specifically for 5 and 6 year-old campers. Which includes shorter activity times, consistent counselors, and a 1:8 staff to camper ratio.
Campers for both Day Camp and Camp 56 have three options they can select to participate in(Full Day, Morning Camp, and Afternoon Camp).
Full Day Camp | Ages: 6-12 years | 9am-4pm
Campers are assigned to their same age groups (Family Groups) for the session and led by a college age Day Camp Counselor. Mornings are scheduled as Activity Camp programs, with traditional small group games, arts and crafts, and large group games. After lunch, campers will attend Specialty Camps (pre-selected at registration). After Specialty Camp, campers gather again with the Family Groups and prepare for the end of day or transition to Extended Care.
Morning Camp | Activity Camp 9am–12pm
Mornings are scheduled as Activity Camp programs, with traditional small group games, arts and crafts, and large group games with Family Groups.
Afternoon Camp | Specialty Camps 1–4pm
Campers are placed in a Family Group with the majority of the afternoon being designated towards their selected Specialty Camp. Specialty Camp Instructors will lead the camp with the support of Family Group Counselors. At the completion of the Specialty Camp, campers will return to the Family Group for pick-up.
Itty Bitty | Ages: 3-5 years | 9am–12pm
Itty Bitty camp is the perfect adventure for the first-time camper with a 1:7 staff to camper ratio and shorter activity periods. In this half day camp, campers will be introduced to a new theme each week and will also participate in traditional camp activities like story time, camp songs, and free play. Itty Bitty campers must be potty trained to attend camp.
Tween Camp |Ages: 11-13 years | 9am–4pm
For our tween campers, we have planned some awesome adventures! Not only do these campers get to brainstorm and decide on some of the daily activities they want to do, but we also have a great summer line up of specialty activities designed especially for this age group. Each day, campers will select their activities to participate in, and also have supervised free time to hang out with their friends. Field trip opportunities are also available for adventures outside of the Y. *No camp July 4th.
Field Trip destinations will be determined by Saturday April 27.
Summer Teen Volunteer Program | Ages: 13-18 years | June 17-August 30
(10-11 sessions during the summer, depending on the branch schedule)
Monday-Friday | 8:30am–4pm or 8:30am-12pm
Meet teens from other schools, work with college age counselors, gain community service hours for school and/or college applications, and gain invaluable skills working with kids and learning skills to be successful in a workplace. We would love you to join the Summer Teen Volunteer Program and have a fantastic summer! Work alongside fun, like-minded teens and college age counselors. Make an impact in your community by working with kids 3-12 years in a day camp setting. Training and preparation will be provided to prepare teens to be successful working with children alongside the college age counselor.
Extended Care | Ages: 5-12 years | 7am-9am/4pm-6pm
Drop off as early as 7am and pick up as late as 6pm. Normal camp hours are 9am-4pm. Extended Care is a lower activity level as kids get ready for the day or are winding down from a full day of activity. *Not available for Itty Bitty or Half Day Campers.
Summer Meals Program
The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap County provides free lunches and snacks through the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Summer Food Service Program for Children. Meals will be made available at no charge to attending youth 18 years of age and younger. Any Day Camper may have a lunch upon request, no forms or formal request is required. Here is a list of the participating Day Camp locations for this great program:
Most sites located in Pierce County are provided with meals and snacks prepared at the YMCA Camp Seymour location. Franklin Pierce and Bremerton locations are provided with meals and snacks through their designated school districts.
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- Does your camper need a little extra help to be successful in summer day camp? Please mention this on your registration form and our inclusion specialist will be in touch with you to set up a meeting to ensure your camper has the Best Summer Ever! While we are not able to accommodate every special request, we will do our best to make sure all campers have a fun and safe summer.