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We know, now more than ever, kids need the fresh air, social interaction (with precaution), and growth opportunities only camp can provide right now. We want to help kids get back to a sense of normalcy and make up for time lost.

We are sure you have plenty of questions about how we will create a safe camp community, what camp will look like for your camper, and more. Building on the success of last summer, our track record of effectively adapting and delivering youth development programming throughout the year, and the guidance of our risk management team and subject matter experts, we’re eagerly looking forward to summer 2022.

How do I register for camp?

Registration opens on Monday, January 17th! We encourage all families to register safely and conveniently through our online platform.

If you would prefer to register in-person, or are seeking assistance, you can register in-person or over the phone. Simply stop by one of our Y branch locations and a member service representative can assist you with your registration. Or call our Connection Center for help registering at (215)-220-9199.

Can I take a tour of camp before I register?

This year we will have in-person and virtual Open Houses. Check out the schedule by clicking the button below.

CAMP OPEN HOUSES

What is the last day I can register for camp?

Online registration closes the Thursday before the camp session beings, however there may not be spots left at this time. The earlier you enroll, the better!

After I register, do I need to fill out any additional paperwork?

Yes, you will receive an email to complete your camper's online file, which will include emergency contact, health history, immunizations records and other important information. You must complete this paperwork before your child(ren) can attend Y camp. We estimate this paperwork will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Will my camper wear a mask?

We will follow the guidance of our governing officials and licensing agencies, keeping our campers safety our top priority during camp.

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How will the Y keep my camper safe?

Safety is our top priority. Our Y is accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed via the Department of Human Services. Prior to the beginning start of our summer, each counselor of our camp team goes through about 40 hours of camp training so that we can provide your camper with a safe, fun, and engaging experience.

Learn more about how we plan to keep our camp community safe.

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Learn more about our Y’s commitment to child protection.

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What does a day of camp look like?

Weekly camp activities include arts and crafts, nature and STEM, drama, field games, sports and movement, water play, and theme-related activities. We will offer in house entertainment experiences and field trips as able, as well as special events designed to educate and engage.

Who will be guiding my camper all summer?

Your camper will be guided each week by our trained, caring, and dedicated camp staff including camp counselors, camp supervisors, and camp directors!

At the Y, we believe that staff is our greatest resource. Our camp staff all have prior experience working with children and have camp specific training to ensure they not only provide your camper a fun experience but a safe and educational one as well. 

To ensure your child is in safe hands, all camp staff members must also pass through a rigorous series of background checks including; FBI fingerprinting, National Child Abuse Registry, National & State Sex Offender Registry, and full reference checks.  All staff also receives over 40 hours of pre-camp training on key topics like; Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention, CPR and First-Aid Training, Camp Health & Safety, COVID-9 Procedures, Character Development and Group Dynamics, Diversity and Inclusion Training, and so much more. 

What should my child bring to camp?

A prepared camper is a happy camper! Please be sure to pack every day:

  • Lunch
  • 2 Snacks
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Spare Clothes
  • Swimsuit and Towel*

Please leave all toys and electronics at home! We have many fun activities made available for your camper throughout the day. Bringing personal items adds extra weight to carry around all day! 

 

*At this time we are planning for all YMCA location-based and offsite camps to swim, subject to change depending on current safety protocols.

Is Financial Assistance available for my camper?

Yes, the Financial Assistance Program is central to our mission here at the Y.  You can learn more about the program, find out if your family qualifies for assistance, and apply online!

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What is your cancellation or change policy?

Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits may be transferred between camp sessions until May 31st. On or after June 1st, no deposits may be transferred between camp sessions. Cancellations or changes between camp sessions require at least fifteen (15) days’ notice prior to the start date. After fifteen (15) days prior to camp start date, the entire camp fee is non-refundable. Camp transfers within two (2) weeks of camp start date must be approved by camp leader. When transferring to a camp session of higher value, the difference in the deposit amount is due at the time of the transfer, and remaining balance is due two weeks prior to the camp session, aligning with the camp payment due date. Changes to a program of lesser value will result in a credit to Y account for the difference. No credits or refunds for unused/unattended camp days. No credits or refunds will be issued for camp closures due to inclement weather, maintenance, city ordinance, events, or other closures. Account credit is good for use up to one year from the credit date.

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Who can I contact with other questions I have about camp?

We are here to help!

Please call us at (215)-220-9199 or reach out to via email at DayCamp@philaymca.org. A caring and dedicated YMCA staff member will assist you in making Summer 2022 the best one yet!

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Still have questions?

Check out our Day Camp Handbook!

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