YMCA Camps offer participants the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities. These day- or week-long programs are designed to spark imagination and build confidence, independence, and communication skills. Children will get to participate in physical activity, games, hands-on learning, skill development, craft activities and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each of our camps have a different theme, so what they'll do all day varies! At all YMCA Camps, campers move through activities with their counsellors, stopping for snacks and lunch. Throughout the week, they'll have the chance to earn value beads, which promote positive behaviour and are worn to show what we value as a camp community. Throughout a participant's week, value beads will be awarded to individuals for demonstrating friendship, caring, honesty, diversity, social inclusion, responsibility, respect, leadership and excellence.
We are fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in our care. To keep our participants and staff safe and healthy, the YMCA will meet or exceed all provincial health guidelines and requirements, which include enhanced cleaning, hand washing and physical distancing.
To help ensure all children are kept safe at the YMCA, we will ask for Government-Issued Photo ID to be shown for all YMCA Camp and Club pick-ups from the identified parent/guardian/pick-up person on the medical form and sign-in sheet. This is in effect for all YMCA Camps and Clubs.
Parents and guardians will be given all the information they need to feel comfortable and safe before their child's first day of camp.
Transition times are from 8:30-8:45am and 4:15-4:30pm daily. During this time, staff will be moving from their pre-care or to their post-care locations. For the safety of all children in our care, we discourage dropping off or picking up your child(ren) during transition times as you will not be able to drop-off or pick-up your child(ren) during this timeframe.
At the YMCA, we understand that children and youth need positive peer and adult relationships in their lives. All YMCA employees are carefully selected based on their leadership potential, enthusiasm, experiences and ability to role model YMCA values.
All employees have completed day camp training, which includes safety and emergency training, standard first aid, CPR, WHMIS, behaviour management, and physical literacy (NCCP FMS). Employees are also required to pass a Police Security Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search.
Yes, your child(ren) can be accompanied by an aide for YMCA Camps and Clubs, however the YMCA does not offer aide assistance.
The YMCA reserves the right to cancel any programs with insufficient registration. Participant withdrawals up to 24 hours before the start of a program will be subject to a $10 fee. Withdrawals made on or after the first day of the program will be refunded at a prorated amount for the remaining days of the program, less the $10 withdrawal fee. No refunds if the withdrawal notice is given on or after the last day of the program.
Should the Government of Alberta restrict or cancel camps due to COVID-19 public health orders and guidelines, or a participant contracts COVID-19 prior to coming to camp, a full refund will be issued. In the event public health orders and guidelines are changed, the YMCA will ensure program participants are notified about the changes in their camp experience.
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