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Parent Resources

Everyone should have the opportunity to make
endless summer camp memories.

Parent Resources

Everyone should have the opportunity to make those endless summer camp memories.

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Summer Kids Club:

Designed for children 4-6 years old, who have completed junior kindergarten.

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Swimming Lessons:

Check out the various swim programs we offer for children of all ages.

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Y Kids programs:

Find out more about programs designed just for your children at the Y!

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Day Camp Registration

Registration takes place entirely online! Click here to sign in or create a new family account.
Want more information about how to register? Click here for detailed instructions!

Day Camp Family Handbook

The Day Camp Family Handbook contains all of the information that you need to ensure your camper is ready for their first day of camp. Contact numbers, bus stop locations, packing lists, and the camper code of conduct are just a few of the many topics covered.

Click here to download our Family Handbook

Family Communication

Communication before, during and after your camper’s experience is incredibly important to us. We have a number of different tools and strategies that we use in order to ensure optimum communication between our camp staff, campers, and parents/guardians. These tools include:

Pre-Camp Emails: Prior to your camper’s week of camp you will receive an email with information about the upcoming week. These emails are typically sent out on the Thursday prior to the week commencing.

Phone, Email, and In-Person Updates: Throughout your camper’s week you will receive updates on any need to know information. While most communication takes place in person at sign out, you may also receive a phone call or email if the matter is pressing (e.g. the bus is running far behind schedule). Please ensure we have your correct contact information on file so that you do not miss any updates.

End of Week Surveys: At the end of your camper’s week of camp you will receive an email with a link to our online survey. We use the feedback received through our survey to ensure we are providing the best possible experience for all of our campers.

Camper Code of Conduct

As a camper, I pledge that:

  • I will care for myself, those around me and our environment
  • I will make honesty the basis of all relationships and interactions
  • I will accept all campers and allow everyone equal opportunity to participate
  • I will respect myself, others and the camp environment
  • I will be responsible for my own actions, attitudes and behaviours

If a camper does not follow the code of conduct, we will take the following steps:

Step 1: Staff will redirect the camper to more appropriate behaviour. The camper will be reminded of the code of conduct and camp rules.

Step 2: If the inappropriate behaviour continues, staff will document the situation using a ‘problem solving plan’. This document will include an overview of the inappropriate behaviour, what provoked the situation, and the corrective action taken. Staff will notify the On Site Coordinator of the situation. The On Site Coordinator or their designate will discuss the situation with parents/guardians and provide a copy of the problem solving plan.

Step 3: If the inappropriate behaviour continues, the On Site Coordinator will contact parents/guardians to discuss the situation. Depending on the behaviour, the On Site Coordinator may request that the camper take a short break from camp (e.g. be picked up early, take one day off). If the behaviour continues to interrupt the camp program, the camper may be required to take a longer break or may be removed from camp for the remainder of the summer.

Camper Subsidy

At the YMCA, no one gets turned away for their inability to pay. Through charitable donations, fundraising and other sources, we are able to offer financial assistance so that anyone in our communities can participate in YMCA programs.

Click here to download our Camper Subsidy Application form

Have you been approved for County of Simcoe, District of Muskoka, or District of Parry Sound subsidy? Click here to register. For more information about how to register using your subsidy code, click here.

YMCA Day Camp Inclusion Services

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.

To register for inclusion services, please click here as inclusion registration now takes place on the same website as Day Camp registration.

If you have any further questions, please contact the YMCA Camp Office at 705-325-2253 x641 or sm.camp@sm.ymca.ca.

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