Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions – Day Camp
YMCA Day Camps offer a positive and inclusive experience for children and youth ages 6 to 16. Age is determined by year of birth, rather than the camper’s age at the beginning of the camp session.
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is pleased to provide up to two weeks of additional support to campers with special needs, whether developmental, physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioural. Inclusion counsellors may work one-on-one with campers to provide the individual accommodations necessary for a successful camp experience. There is no additional cost for the first week of inclusion support. For more information about registration and availability please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only those listed under the parent/guardian and alternate pick up sections of your camper’s registration will be allowed to sign your camper out. If someone else will be picking up your camper, please ensure you provide a signed written note to your camper’s bus monitor, counsellor or On Site Coordinator. Photo identification will be required at every sign out. Please ensure that everyone authorized to pick up your camper is aware of the need to present photo identification.
Please notify your camper’s bus monitor, counsellor, or On Site Coordinator that you will need to pick up your camper early. The day camp staff will arrange for a convenient place to meet and sign out your camper.
Please call the camp office or On Site Coordinator if you will be late picking up your camper. Until you arrive your camper will join the extended care program and participate in supervised drop in activities. If you are late arriving to a bus stop, your camper will remain on the bus and be transported to the next stop while the camp staff attempt to contact you.
Additional charges may be applied for late pick-ups.
Your camper should bring all of the following items to camp: hat, sunscreen, bug spray, reusable water bottle, closed toe shoes, bathing suit and towel, nutritious litterless lunch and snacks, and a supportive backpack capable of holding all items.
Please do not send your camper to camp with any money or valuables (iPods, MP3 players, tablets, DSIs, toys, jewelry, etc.). These items are not a part of our camp program and do not fit into our daily plans.
Most camp activities will continue rain or shine so it is very important that all campers are dressed appropriately for the weather. We recommend that your camper wear easy to remove layers suitable for outdoor play. Remember that campers may get dirty while participating in camp activities – please do not send your camper in their “good” clothes. Closed toe shoes or athletic sandals should be worn at all times.
Medications required by your camper during the camp day should be noted on their online registration form. When sent to camp all medication must be in its original package, stored in a plastic baggie, and clearly labeled with your camper’s name and dosage instructions. Medications must be turned in to the camp staff who will store them in a locked location and assist your camper with administration at the required time(s). We ask that you communicate any specific instructions to the On Site Coordinator during sign in.
Our day camps offer a wide variety or programming from sports and games to arts and crafts. While we encourage campers to participate in all programs in order to make the most of their camp experience we understand that campers may not want to partake in every activity. In these cases alternate programming will be offered in the form of joining another group’s activity, taking on a different role within the program, or participating in a different activity alongside the group.