BEST. SUMMER. EVER. Summer Camps with Character 2017
GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA
266 College St., Burlington VT 05401
“Camp is my happy place.” High words of praise, but ones that capture the Y summer camp experience for generations of Vermonters. ABOUT THE Y The Y is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a strong community by involving youth, adults and families in programs and activities that develop spirit, mind and body.
ACHIEVEMENT, BELONGING, AND RELATIONSHIPS We recognize that in the summer kids need a safe and stimulating environment where they can develop skills, have fun, and build positive relationships with peers and adults. At Y camps we provide creative, age-appropriate activities that promote social, physical, intellectual and emotional growth — all through recreational play and hands-on activities.
STAFF We select our counselors for their emotional maturity, experience with children and knowledge of camp. Staff and counselors always model the Y character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and are given additional training in child development, conflict resolution, and behavior modification. Counselors are at least 18 years old. All are certified in First Aid and CPR and lifeguards hold the necessary, additional certifications. A great attitude and enthusiasm are a must. Many are returning counselors!
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Everyone belongs at the Y. Donations to the Y’s Annual Campaign enable us to offer scholarships at our summer camps, when needed, and state subsidies may be available for qualifying families attending Camp KODA. To apply for assistance, please fill out the form online at gbymca.org/FAA.
Registration for all Y camps is open now. Apply online! Applications can be found at gbymca.org/youth-development. • • •
Complete the registration form online. Please contact the Y Business Office at 802-652-8190 if you do not have a billing method on file, or would like to change your billing method. Financial Assistance Deadline: We receive a high volume of requests. An application for financial assistance must be complete, and accompanied by the necessary financial statements, before a request can be considered. Requests are due by May 13th. PAGE 2 | gbymca.org
Y Camps are generously supported by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.
The Y’s Community Partner
All new camp for 2017! Same great location.
The Y provides free bus transportation from the Greater Burlington area. If fewer than 3 children are registered for a stop, families will be asked to pick an alternate location.
Co-ed day camp for kids who are entering 1st - 6th grade.
Bus Stops for weeks 1 - 8 Edmunds Middle School* (South Union Street), Taft Corners (99 Restaurant), and Uncle Sam’s (Route 7 and Church Hill Rd). * Edmunds is the only supervised stop with staff there ahead of time. A parent or guardian must be at the bus stop to pick up their child at the end of the day. Bus schedules will be provided as a part of confirmations.
Tiered Pricing & Registration Camp Greylock is not a State subsidy eligible program. Recognizing that families have differing abilities to pay, we offer three pricing tiers:
Join the spirit Join the adventure
Wow, this is going to be fun! We have reimagined all the possibilities that Camp Greylock has to offer with its Lake Champlain shoreline and 287 acres of green and wooded natural beauty that surround it. Each day will bring an opportunity for hands-on outdoor adventure and each week a new, week-long theme. Long-time favorites like archery and swimming will continue to thrill and entertain campers, and a commitment to fewer campers each week will help Greylock staff to focus on nature and adventure. Doors will open to new opportunities such as canoe trips around the bay with trained instructors; building and cultivating a garden; creating nature-inspired art projects; and ongoing access to a Y counselor trained as a park interpreter, helping campers strengthen their connection to the natural world as they explore neighboring Kingsland Bay State Park.
• TIER A is our historically low rate and does not reflect the true operating cost of camp expenses ($220) • TIER B better reflects our operating expenses including repairs and maintenance ($240) • TIER C helps us to cover long-term depreciation and growth ($265) This program is voluntary and offers an opportunity for families to support the true cost of operating the camp. The tier you choose in no way influences your camper’s experience. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Registration is available online at gbymca.org/youth-development.
Questions? Please contact Camp Greylock Director Maggie Robinson at email@example.com or 802-652-8139.
The thrill of exploring and enjoying the great outdoors is the perfect springboard to building life-long skills, making friends, and developing a sense of belonging. Camp operates Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (not including transportation time). Camp is open and staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the convenience of those who wish to drop off early. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK/YMCA CAMP GREYLOCK PAGE 3 | gbymca.org
A camp for boys and girls who have completed kindergarten on up to 12 years of age. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Camp Koda is hosted in multiple locations including Burlington, Essex, Founders, Georgia, and Waterbury. Camp Koda at Founders School in Essex is a bit different, intended specifically for older children, those who have completed 3rd8th grade. Camp Koda is designed to meet the interests of school age children and places great emphasis on Achievement, Belonging and Relationships. We bring children together around shared interests in ways that foster friendships and create memories. Activities offered each week this summer are inspired by fairy tales! Campers will have the opportunity to read, re-enact, write alternative endings, go on field trips and participate in enriching activities based on a loose interpretation of the story of the week. Our activities will incorporate important literacy activities and STEAM learning initiatives to keep youth fresh in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. While each week includes hands-on learning, there is plenty of opportunity for time-honored favorites including camp crafts, physical activities, games, swimming, field trips, music and drama, team-building activities â€” even special guests!
Camp Koda 2017: 150 Years THEN & NOW Sessions and themes Week 1, June 26-30: The Big Climb (Jack and the Beanstalk) Week 2*, July 5-7: Tricks and Treasures (Rumpelstiltskin) Week 3, July 10-14: Run-away Band (Brementown Musicians) Week 4, July 17-21: Transformations (Beauty and the Beast) Week 5, July 24-28: Hooded Heroes (Robin Hood) Week 6**, July 31-August 4: Coming to Life (Pinocchio) Week 7***, August 7-11: Amazing Race (Tortoise and the Hare) Week 8***, August 14-18: Blow You Away (Three Little Pigs) * 3 day option only ** Jay Peak trip for children 9 and older will be during week 6; registration and extra fee required. *** Weeks 7 and 8 are only available at certain sites pending confirmation of the start of the 2017-18 academic school year.
Town Location Burlington Essex Essex Georgia Waterbury
Pomerleau Family YMCA Essex Elementary School Founders School* Georgia Elementary School Thatcher Brook Primary School
* Founderâ€™s School location is specifically for school age children who have completed 3rd-8th grade.
Day In The Life At Camp Koda A typical day includes free play; group games (outside or indoors), quiet times, snacks and lunch (provided from home), and choice time, during which campers pick their own activity among three or four options. Choice time activities include: sports & recreational games, skills building, literary activities, arts, outdoor adventures, nature activities, and quiet activities. Campers will also enjoy extras like swimming at the Y pool or at a nearby beach, partial or full-day field trips, and special enrichment activities such as guest entertainers and visiting artists.
Pricing & Registration Pricing for 2017 is $155 for 3 days, and $200 for our 5 day camp option. Registration is available at gbymca.org/youth-development.
Questions? Please contact Shannon Hickman, School Age Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 652-8152 with any questions you may have.
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Y SCHOOL-AGE SPECIALTY CAMPS
These camps focus their program around a certain activity, subject or event! They tend to be smaller in group size and large in enthusiasm! In addition to the daily themed activities, children will play games (quiet and active) and create works of art to take home! • Pre-Registration is required and can be located on our website at gbymca.org/youth-development • Y Scholarships may be available; State subsidy is not available for Specialty Camps • For a description of the themes, please visit our website
Questions? Contact Katelyn Irwin, Youth Development Coordinator, 652-8153, email@example.com. Location and Date Theme Burlington — Early and Late Summer Camps (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Fletcher Free Library, June 19 - 23, $200 School’s Out Party Bash Fletcher Free Library, August 21 - 25, $200 Adventures Around the World Essex (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Founders Memorial School, June 26-30, $125 Musical Theater Camp: E-I-E-I Oops! Essex Elementary School, July 10-14, $125 Musical Theater Camp: Bugz Essex (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Essex Elementary School, June 26-30, $125
Everything Art Camp
Fairfax (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Fairfax Community Park, June 26 - 30, $200 Fairfax Community Park, July 5 - 7, $150 Fairfax Community Park, July 10 - 14, $200 Fairfax Community Park, July 17 - 21, $200 Fairfax Community Park, July 24 - 28, $200 Fairfax Community Park, July 31 - Aug 4, $200 Fairfax Community Park, Aug 7 - 11, $200 Fairfax Community Park, Aug 14 - 18, $200
Start Your Engines Wheel’s Week! Artrageous Delicious Delights Splash Bash Harry Potter World Treasure Island Spa Science
OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS LEADERS IN TRAINING
Start on your path to being a leader by working with youth in a fun environment, gaining valuable skills and job experience. Participants work alongside counselors and under the direction of the program supervisor. LIT (Leaders in Training) programs are hosted at several Camp Koda locations. Each teen is expected to fill out an application and provide two written references. Interviews will take place upon receipt of a completed application.
This new offering is an extraordinary summer opportunity for teens to join with others teens to learn how knowledge, skills, values and motivation can make a difference in their community! Each one-week session will take on a service project as the springboard to help youth discover the world of service and civic engagement.
A leadership training program for teens at Camp Koda.
Cost: The LIT program is $110 per 1 week session. Requirements: Details and a free t-shirt are supplied upon acceptance. For more information about the Camp Koda LIT program, contact Shannon Hickman at 802-652-8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional opportunity: For information about becoming a Counselor in Training at Camp Abnaki, visit campabnaki.org.
Five week-long camp experiences available for teens to connect with community. Based in Burlington.
Service-learning is a strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and self-reflection to support a variety of goals: enhancing academic learning, teaching civic responsibility, developing 21st century skills, increasing global awareness, and strengthening communities.* Questions: Contact Katelyn Irwin at email@example.com or 652-8153. Dates and registration: gbymca.org/youthdevelopment. * www.youth.gov
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Day Camp: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Campers in grades K-4 reap the benefits of camp life while enjoying all the comforts of their own home and bed. This is a great introduction to camp for younger boys. They will have a full day of archery, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, rock climbing and more. Lunch and one snack are included. Transportation is provided by Camp Abnaki with multiple pick up points in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. Overnight Camp: YMCA Camp Abnaki is the camp all boys dream about. Beautiful rustic cabins are set in small villages spread out over rolling acres of green along Lake Champlain’s picturesque shoreline. It is what we call a traditional camp, tailor-made for boys who are eager to explore, challenge themselves, play outdoors as much as possible, and be active. Throughout the week(s), campers participate in archery, swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and much more! Campers learn about themselves, a sense of values, and a positive attitude about themselves and others. Most of all, camp life is about new friendships and having fun.
• Day camp for boys currently in grades K-4 • Overnight camp for boys currently in grades 1-10 Located on the shores of Lake Champlain in North Hero, Camp Abnaki provides a traditional overnight and day camp experience for boys. Each day at Camp Abnaki offers a unique opportunity for personal growth. Campers form friendships, build skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Our structured programs help campers learn that interdependence is just as important as independence. Campers learn how to work together as a group, play cooperatively as a team, and make decisions based on the best interest of the group. Every camper will return home more independent, a little wiser, and as a stronger member of his family.
For more info on our summer camp programs, family camps, or rental opportunities, visit our website at campabnaki.org, find us on Facebook, or contact the camp office. To see camp firsthand, RSVP for our Open House on June 11 or call the camp office for a tour any time of the year. Camp office: 802-652-8180. After May 1st, 802-372-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jon Kuypers, Camp Director.
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SUMMER DAY CAMPS FINANCIAL POLICIES Payment Schedules: To ease the pressure on families of paying for full-time summer camp, the Y does not require full payment upfront. Instead, we have created the following payment schedule:
- A $25/week, non-refundable deposit is due at the time of day camp registration to secure a spot in each session. - For Camps Koda, Greylock, and Specialty Camps, tuition is due on Friday, two weeks prior to the start of camp for each week. - For Camp Abnaki, payment is due May 12th.
Payment Process: Payment must be made by credit card or bank draft from a checking or savings account. Please contact the Business Office at 802-652-8190 to provide a billing method if you do not already have one on file, or to set up a payment plan.
Vermont State Child Care Assistance for Camp Koda: Families receiving financial assistance from the State of Vermont are responsible for confirming that the Y receives a valid certificate. Families are responsible for their copay to the Y (the difference between tuition and state subsidy) as well as any remaining balance if subsidy eligibility is terminated or if the child does not attend as enrolled. All of the payment due dates and payment policies apply to families receiving state subsidy. Call toll free 2-1-1 for assistance obtaining state subsidy.
Financial Assistance: Everyone belongs at the Y. Therefore, financial assistance is available to those who qualify. We welcome you to apply by submitting a Y Scholarship Form found at gbymca.org/FAA. Prior to seeking Y financial assistance, you must apply for state subsidy.
Withdrawals, Schedule Changes and Non-Attendance: Koda, Greylock, and Specialty Camps: Changes after two weeks will be subject to a $10 fee. The $25 per session deposit is non-refundable. If withdrawal occurs after the payment deadlines, tuition will not be refunded. Non-attendance will result in cancellation from all registered sessions if communication with program director is not made within 48 hours of the absence.
Failure to Make Payment: If your payment declines, the Y will attempt to reprocess the payment one time before contacting you. If the account is not paid in full or communication is not made with the Business Office, the Y reserves the right to cancel the childâ€™s enrollment in the program. The childâ€™s enrollment in any other Y program will not be permitted until the account is paid in full. It is the sincere wish of the Y that none of the above steps will need to be taken. We appreciate you keeping your account up to date. Please contact the Y immediately if your financial circumstances change and you are unable to make your tuition payments.
Who to Contact about Billing Questions: Business Office: Boffice@gbymca.org or 802-652-8190.
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GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA
266 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401 802-862-9622 (YMCA) gbymca.org
SUMMER WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. • Camp KODA — A day camp for boys and girls
who have completed kindergarten on up to 12 years of age, in four area communities – Burlington, Essex, Georgia and Waterbury.
• Camp GREYLOCK — All new for 2017!
Smaller groups, greater focus on outdoor adventure. A day camp for boys and girls who are entering 1st 6th grades. Beautiful setting on Lake Champlain.
• Camp ABNAKI — Overnight camp for boys currently in grades 1-10 and Day Camp for boys currently in grades K-4, on the shores of Lake Champlain.
• Specialty Camps — Themed, co-ed day
camps for school-age children, where each week focuses on art, music and more.