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The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana has been providing quality camping experiences for youth for over 100 years. The YMCA’s summer programs offer a variety of opportunities to gain new skills, discover new ideas, grow personally, appreciate diversity, and make new friends in an environment that is safe, structured and stimulating.
YMCA CAMP STAFF
The YMCA Day Camp staff is a carefully selected and trained group of young men and women. Some are returning from last summer; some are new to our YMCA. All staff have been chosen for their experience, special talents, sensitivity, and creativity. Criminal history background checks have been conducted and filed on all employees. All staff receive training in camp programs, age appropriate activities, discipline, and emergency procedures. Our staff is also certified in CPR and First Aid.
SAFETY AND GROUP RATIO
Our primary objective is a positive camp experience in a safe atmosphere. In order to provide maximum leadership and individual attention, no more than 12 campers are assigned to each counselor.
WHAT TO BRING
Please send a sack lunch and drink each day with your child. There will be no refrigeration, so pack lunches that won’t spoil. Water will be provided each day. Also, send a towel, swimsuit, socks, and sunscreen with your child each day. Put your child’s name on all belongings.
Within the available resources of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, we will provide services for anyone who desires to participate, regardless of ability to pay the membership or program fees. Those not able to pay the full fee may receive assistance based on demonstrated need and the YMCA’s ability to fund the subsidy. Applications for scholarship must be returned by April 10th.
HOURS OF SERVICE
Actual camp hours are from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. However, for your convenience, the following early drop off and late pick-up times are available: Evansville locations—6:30 am – 5:30 pm Newburgh locations—6:30 am – 6:00 pm
HOW TO REGISTER
Complete the enclosed registration form and return it during the designated week as listed below with a $20 deposit per child per session (unless otherwise noted) to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, 222 NW 6th Street, Evansville, IN 47708. (DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.) If you are registering for 8 weeks or more, you may mail in your registration beginning March 8. If you are registering for less than 8 weeks, you may mail in your registration beginning March 15. If your registration is post marked prior to the specified dates, your registration will not be processed until all other registrations have been entered.
Payment is due in full on Monday of the week that service is rendered. Any payments made after Monday will be assessed a $10.00 late fee per child. All checks need to be made payable to the YMCA. You are responsible for payment in full for all sessions registered. A three-week written notice submitted to the downtown childcare office is required to cancel or change registration. You will be charged the entire/full program fee if you fail to provide proper notice.
MEMBER FEE VS. NON-MEMBER FEE
In order to receive the member rate for Day Camp or Leadership Camp, your child must have a current YMCA Membership by March 1. If you currently hold an adult membership and wish to add your child to that membership, you must come in and make that addition by March 1 at the YMCA front desk. You must continue this youth membership for one year. The Youth Membership Rates are as follows: Joining Fee: None Monthly Membership Fee: $24.00 (Automatic Bank Draft Only) Annual Fee: $288.00 For more information please call the Downtown YMCA at 423-9622 or the Dunigan Family YMCA at 401-9622.
With the YMCA Day Camp, your children will get a real sense of what summertime is all about. YMCA Day Campers pack more into a summer than they ever thought they could. A series of 10 one-week sessions are offered at six locations all summer long. Girls and boys, ages 5–10, are given the opportunity to meet new friends while experiencing the fun and excitement summertime brings.
Well-planned activities focus around the YMCA core Character Development values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Weekly activities include field trips, crafts, character building, guest speakers, swimming, and much more. Songs, skits, games, and theme days led by camp counselors help the kids meet new people, learn new skills and gain independence.
DAY CAMP PROGRAM FEE:
YMCA Members $95.00 per week / Non-Members $110.00 per week The weekly fee covers field trip fees. A $10.00 deduction is available for the second child enrolled in the same session. If your child is not currently a YMCA Member, and you would like the member rate, you must establish membership by March 1. See the general information section Member vs. Non-Member for details.
LATE CHILD PICK-UP FEE: Parents picking their children up past camp closing will be assessed a late charge of $1.00 for the first five minutes and $1.00 per minute thereafter. Late charges are to be paid upon picking up your child. If a child is not picked up within 45 minutes of closing time, and we cannot reach anyone on the pick up list, we are required to call Child Protective Services. HOW DO I SIGN MY CHILD IN AND OUT EACH DAY? Whenever you drop off or pick up your child, you MUST ENTER THE SITE TO SIGN YOUR CHILD IN/OUT. Insurance requires this procedure and it is for the safety and security of your child. All persons picking up children must be at least 16 years of age and must be willing to show a photo I.D. when asked. We cannot be held responsible for your child unless he/she is signed in and out properly. An authorization sheet is provided in this packet, in the event that someone other than the parent or guardian should be picking up your child. If at any time someone would need to pick up a child but was not included on the authorization form, please follow this procedure: A written note given to the staff when you drop off your child. If your child is already at camp and you need someone to pick up your child, but they aren’t included on the authorization sheet, please contact the staff at his/her camp. The Staff may ask for identification when a person enters the site to pick up a child.
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SUNCREEN POLICY: YMCA day camp participants spend a great deal of time in the outdoors and are thereby exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Since it is our commitment to promote healthy spirits, minds, and bodies, we have made the following policies in this regard: All campers will wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on all exposed skin, including lips, daily, even on cloudy days. Parents or legal guardians will be responsible for applying the first layer of sunscreen prior to morning drop off. Please put your child’s name on his/her sunscreen. Parents or legal guardians will be responsible for providing their children with enough sunscreen (in a sealed container) to take with them for later day applications. One container per child, please. Day camp staff will be responsible for ensuring thorough follow-up applications after one hour in the water, after two hours of activity in the sun (due to perspiration), and/or any other time as needed. Please note, this will mean your child will have the sunscreen applied to their shoulders, back and face by the day camp staff, the rest of the body will be the child’s responsibility. Please explain this to your child before camp. For campers who have fair skin, freckles, or numerous moles; have blond, red, or light brown hair; have blue, green, or gray eyes; tend to burn easily and tan little or not at all; and have a family history of skin cancer, we recommend an extra t-shirt be brought to wear in the water for extra protection. The YMCA reserves the right to disallow anyone to participate in the day camp program at any time for failure to comply with this policy. Please note that the decisions were made to protect your child. Furthermore, our staff members have been trained on this subject and understand their responsibilities and the consequences for failure in observing this policy.
DO I RECEIVE CREDIT FOR ABSENCES? The YMCA will not deduct or pro-rate days due to absence. Please notify the Child Care Administrative Assistant, Lesly Hester, in writing three weeks in advance when your child is going to miss a week of camp in which they are already registered. If notice isn’t received, you will be responsible for THE FULL WEEKLY FEE. If you are currently receiving financial assistance and fail to notify us of a missed week of camp you will also be responsible for your entire fee for that week. Three weeks of absence without notice, will result in the remainder of your child’s camp sessions being cancelled. PERMISSION SLIPS: YMCA staff must be given a written notice if a child is not to participate in an activity. Our staff/child ratio is very important and arrangements have to be made in advance, if a child does not wish to participate in an activity scheduled for the week.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS ILL? A sick child is to be kept at home, for his or her own sake and that of the other children. Please call the YMCA camp your child is attending to inform the staff of your child’s absence. Any child that demonstrates the signs of fever or illness will be sent home from camp. We ask that the parent either come for the child or make arrangements for someone to pick up the child within ONE HOUR after contact has been made. If the child is not promptly picked up, we have the right to call Child Protective Services. Please do not send your child back to camp until the symptoms of fever have been gone for 24 hours or the child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours. MEDICATION: If your child has a need for medication to be administered by a staff member, you will need to give us the original container in which the medication was received (child’s name, times to administer, and type of medication). Please fill out the proper section of the registration form. If your child has any type of medical condition, which may require special instructions or consideration, please let us know by filling out the proper section of the registration form.
This camp is designed to target the interests of boys and girls 11–13 years of age. Activities will require the participants to take an active leadership role in developing the camp curriculum under the supervision of YMCA leadership staff. The curriculum will mix leadership development, community service projects, development of weekly schedules, mentoring, field trips, and other activities. This program will require children to accept and demonstrate the YMCA challenge of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.
WHAT KIND OF DISCIPLINE IS USED? There are basic guidelines and rules, which the children must follow. If a child misbehaves, a YMCA staff person may try to redirect them. If this is not successful, the child may be removed from participation in an activity. If the undesirable behavior continues, additional action may include losing certain privileges and ultimately suspension from the program. Parents will be notified of continuing discipline problems. Causes for parent involvement would be: Continued willful disobedience, disregard for authority or disruptions, habitual profanity or vulgarity, damaging YMCA property, acts of threats of violence toward anyone on the YMCA premises or other serious violations of YMCA policy. No persons at the YMCA shall be permitted to use corporal, or other cruel, harsh, or unusual punishment, or any frightening or humiliating methods of control with any child or group of children.
YMCA Members $105.00 per week / Non-Members $120.00 per week
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR TO CAMP? Children should wear clothing that is comfortable for that day’s activities. We recommend no open toed shoes. Please refer to the weekly schedule and dress your child appropriately, if he/she is not wearing proper attire they may be excluded from participating in the activity.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FEE:
The weekly fee covers field trip fees. A $10.00 deduction is available for the second child enrolled in the same session. If your child is not currently a YMCA Member and you would like the member rate, you must establish membership by March 1. See the general information section Member vs. Non-Member for details.
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING TO CAMP? Each child should bring the following items daily: Swim suit, towel, sunscreen, lunch and a drink that does not require refrigeration. We ask that the campers leave all toys and other personal belongings at home; the YMCA will not be responsible for any lost or stolen personal items. PLEASE TAG ANY ITEM YOU CAN WITH THE CHILD’S NAME. THE YMCA WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS LOST OR STOLEN. CHILD PROTECTION GUIDELINES Indiana law requires a person to immediately report suspected or reported child abuse to the authorities. Any person or organization that fails to do so can be prosecuted. The YMCA will follow these guidelines: Staff suspecting abuse will contact the Child Care Director. The Child Care Director will observe and record the signs of abuse and make the decision on calling Child Protective Services. The Director will call Child Protective Services to report the incident if it is deemed necessary.