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BEST SUMMER EVER 2021!

Are you ready to dive in to the BEST SUMMER EVER? We are so excited to share with you what we have in store for 2021 and guarantee it’ll be a summer you’ll never forget! Our camps have been reimagined this year for children to explore, discover, and challenge themselves. Camps are progressive so campers can continuously explore new adventures and responsibilities as they grow. Check it out for yourself!

Registration & Payment

PAYMENT

A one-time registration fee of $30 is due with your application. The Registration Fee is not refundable or transferrable.

In addition, a non-refundable deposit of $25.00 PER CAMPER AND CAMP SESSION is due with this application. The deposit is applied to your total balance. Balances must be paid in full by the Wednesday prior to your Camp Session starting.

To complete your registration, you have several options for payment:

  • Pay Registration Fee & Deposits at the time of registration and remit payment for the balance through automated payments billed on the Wednesday prior to each camp session start
  • Pay balance in full at the time of registration

 

Register Online     2021 Registration Form     2021 Parent Handbook

 

Options to return forms:

Email completed forms to your Camp Director

Deliver completed forms to your YMCA in-person

Mail completed forms to your YMCA Mailing Address

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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I registered for camp online. Is my registration complete?

Yes. We can’t wait to see you at camp!

What information will I get before camp?

In addition to the Parent Handbook, a pre-camp email is our courtesy communication tool to inform you of the week’s schedule of activities as well as answer any questions you may have. If you sign up for a camp Friday-Sunday the week before camp, you will not get a pre-camp email. If you do not receive a pre-camp email, please confirm your email address with your Welcome Center.

What should I send my child to camp with?

The following items should come to camp every-day, labeled with your camper’s name:

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Swimsuit, towel, and bag for wet items
  • Sunscreen and bug repellant
  • Hats are optional but recommended
  • Complete change of clothes for younger campers
  • A good book
Can my child bring electronics to camp?

No. In an increasingly digital age, we believe in the potential for camps to be a place where children learn more than just sports or swim strokes, but where children can truly interact with their peers and form natural, real relationships with one another. For this reason, we ask ALL campers to leave all non-emergency electronics at home. Additionally, the YMCA assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged electronics. 

Can I transfer from one camp to another?

No problem! There is no fee required to change your camper’s registration; deposits may be transferred for the same participant from one week to another. Transfer requests must be done in writing through your Camp Director. Camp transfers from one session to another or from one program to another will only be made if space is available. If there is a fee difference between the two camps, camper families are responsible for payment of the difference before the start of the camp.

I need to cancel my camp registration. Can I get a refund?

All withdrawals from a camp session and/or refund requests must be done in writing through your Camp Director. Refunds will be issued as follows:

  • A full refund (less the non-refundable deposit and registration fee) will be issued if a written cancellation is received at least 15 days prior to the start of the camp session.
  • Cancellations less than 15 days in advance will be charged a 20% processing fee in addition to the assessment of the non-refundable deposit and registration fee.
  • Cancellations received after the start of a camp are not eligible for refund.
Are meals provided?

Yes, the YMCA of Southwest Florida implements a series of healthy eating and physical activity standards in our programming. The YMCA will provide a nutritious lunch and afternoon snack each day (including field trip days) at no charge. We are committed to serving healthy lunches and snacks, with water being the primary beverage during snack time.

Please inform the camp at the time of registration of any dietary restrictions. Please send additional food options if your child is a choosy eater or requires extra snacks throughout the day. Campers who prefer to bring their own lunch and beverage should be mindful of the following:

  • Due to an active schedule, these lunches must be healthy and nutritious (sodas and candy are not permitted).
  • Lunches are not refrigerated or microwaved, any food items sent from home should be pre-made and non-perishable.
  • Please include a drink and eating utensils  (plastic ware preferred)
How are staff selected?

Each staff member goes through an extensive hiring process including a criminal history background check, reference checks, and an interview. Staff are selected that demonstrate commitment to being positive role models for campers and then receive over 40 hours of training including training in camp program areas, relating to children, licensing policies, and health and safety skills. There are always staff on site that are First Aid and CPR certified.

What happens on rainy or severe heat days?

Camp is held rain or shine and many fun-filled activities are planned for rainy/heat advisory days! Activities are modified outside to fit rainy days but some of the best fun is had on rainy days so campers should dress accordingly for the weather with appropriate rain gear. NOTE: your child may return home wet and muddy.

To keep campers safe during heat advisories, certain activities may be cancelled if they cannot be moved indoors. Campers are consistently encouraged to drink lots of water.

DIVERSE ABILITIES & SPECIAL NEEDS

The YMCA recognizes the strength of diversity in school-age programs and makes every reasonable accommodation for all children’s success.

If you have questions or specific concerns about your child’s needs, please schedule a conversation with your Camp Office to discuss possible adaptations to your child’s program.

NOTE: Although the YMCA does not provide one-on-one aide services, we very openly welcome third party paraprofessionals and/or behavioral therapists to accompany your child in our programs. Need help accessing these resources? Ask your Center Director for help finding these services today!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The YMCA strives to make high-quality programs accessible to ALL families, regardless of financial situation. If you are in need of financial assistance for tuition costs, please review our Scholarship Information and complete an application to be reviewed for eligibility.