Where do I get information about camp?
A: An information packet will be available in early June containing information on special events, field trip permission forms and other camp news.
Do you provide transportation to the YMCA?
A: No. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?
A: A note needs to be given to the camp director that morning telling us the time your child will be picked up and by who.
I have a busy work schedule. What can I do?
A: To meet the needs of a working parent, children may be dropped at camp at 6:30 a.m. and picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. for an extra fee. Structured day camp takes place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Prior to and after this time, campers are encouraged to participate in quiet activities and free play. Parents will be required to sign their child in and out in the morning and evening.
What if my child lives close enough to the Y to walk to camp?
A: If a child is walking to and from the YMCA, please present the camp staff with a written permission slip stating that your child has permission to walk home. Please include the time they are to be dismissed.
May I come to visit my child at camp?
A: Yes, parents are invited to visit the site at any time to observe their child and camp. Parents are required to check in with the camp director.. Invitations are given to parents when special events are planned. If concerns arise or special issues need to be addressed, parents are encouraged to speak personally with their child’s counselor or the camp director.
If I am unable to pick my child up in person, what is the procedure?
A: In the case where you cannot pick up your child and someone else will, we ask that you give a note to the camp director so she will be aware of the change. Your child’s safety is important to us. Unknown persons maybe asked to present an I.D. to camp staff.
In an emergency, who do I call?
A: Call the YMCA at 207-443-4112. Our camp director is routinely available. If we cannot come to the phone please leave a message on voicemail and we will be right back to you as soon as possible.
If my child takes medication, what do I do?
A: As a licensed camp, we must follow strict guidelines. You must fill out a permission form, give the medication to the camp director or first aid provider in the original container, physicians name, dosage, and expiration date. The medication is locked up and the first aid provider will administer the prescription per your instructions from you and your physician.
Does my child need a lunch?
A: Yes. Each day your child should bring a lunch and a morning snack to camp. A lunch box or small cooler is recommended. Clearly mark the camper's name on it. No glass containers! Any food allergies your child has should be indicated on the medical form.
How should my child dress for camp?
A: Dressing your child appropriately is important to ensure that your child has a good time at camp. Shorts, t-shirts, sneakers and a sweatshirt are standard dress. Swimming occurs daily, so a bathing suit and towel are necessary. It is helpful to have children use a backpack of some kind so they can keep track of their belongings. We ask that children not wear their bathing suits all day, so underwear is necessary. Clearly marking your child’s name on all clothing and towels will reduce the possibility of lost items.
What if it is raining?
A: In the event that it is raining at camp, activities will go on as scheduled. Camp is held despite the rain, so it is helpful to send rain gear with your child. Although outdoor activities will be restricted some exciting rainy day activities will be planned. Field trips may be planned during extended periods of bad weather.
Whom do I notify if my child will be absent from camp?
A: Parents should call the YMCA at 207-443-4112 between 7-8:15 a.m.
Is my child required to take swimming lessons?
A: Yes. All campers must attend swimming lessons. Swim lessons are an important component of the camp program and all campers are given instruction.
Does the YMCA provide camper accident insurance?
A: No. In the event of an accident, prompt medical care is arranged through local rescue to Midcoast Hospital. Medical bills are the responsibility of the family.
Should my child pack sunscreen and bug repellent?
A: Absolutely. If your child is sensitive to bug bites and sun, both are recommended. It’s a good idea to put a stick bug repellent vs. a spray and sunscreen in your child’s backpack.
What can you tell me about the discipline policy?
A: It is the goal of the YMCA to provide each camper with a fun, healthy, and safe camp experience. Campers are treated equally and responsibility, caring, respect and honesty are the cornerstone for learning and understanding the camp rules and abiding by them. Campers may be given a time out and the opportunity to discuss the problem with the staff. If progress is difficult we would ask you to help. If this is not productive, a day away from camp will be discussed. Should behavior continue to be a problem after a full day time-out, then the child will be asked not to return to camp.
If my child attends camp, am I able to get childcare tax credit?
A: Always check with your accountant. We will gladly provide you with receipts for your payments and our federal tax identification number so you can receive childcare tax credits.
If I have questions about the camp whom should I speak with?
A: Contact Bob Priest with any questions. He can be reached at 207-443-4112, extension 36 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.