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Is my camper the right age for a particular camp?

If he or she will be entering the grade listed under each camp in the upcoming school year, then they are good to go!

How much time will my child spend outside?

Fun in the Sun! Campers will be outside 90% of the day with weather permitting.

What should my child bring to camp?

Most campers bring a backpack or bag to camp that contain the following items:
  • Closed-toe shoes that attach to the foot (please no sandals or shoes with heels)
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent (sunscreen spray is allowed but pour-on lotion is recommended) Please remember that these items should be given to the camp staff on the first day of the week.
  • Swimsuit/towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Healthy lunch, extra snacks & drinks (no sugary drinks or soda permitted at camp)
  • Campers should wear OLD CLOTHES to camp with the camper’s full name clearly marked on every item brought to camp.

When are my payments due?

Below is a calendar showing the camp weeks and the balance due dates. Complete payment a minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of selected camp week.
Payment Schedule Payment Due
Week 0 (May 30-June 2) May 16
Week 1 (June 5-9) May 22
Week 2 (June 12-16) May 29
Week 3 (June 19-23) June 5
Week 4 (June 26-30) June 12
Week 5 (July 3-7) June 19
Payment Schedule Payment Due
Week 6 (July 10-14) June 26
Week 7 (July 17-21) July 3
Week 8 (July 24-28) July 10
Week 9 (July 31-Aug 4) July 17
Week 10 (Aug 7-11) July 24
Week 11 (Aug 14-18) July 31

Do you accept Title XX?

If you are filing for County Subsidized Camper care* assistance it is recommended that your registration and application be turned in as soon as possible. Campers utilizing County Subsidized Camper care will NOT be accepted without a current 310 form on file with us naming your camp (i.e., Day Camp, Sports Camp, etc.) as providers. Click here for our payment policies.

Financial assistance is available for summer camp. To request an application, contact your local YMCA Branch or download one here. Requests need to be made no later than May 15, 2017. Funding is limited so it is to your advantage to apply early.

* County Subsidized Camper Care co-payments will be due the first of the month unless special arrangements have been made with the Camp Registrar. Late fees will begin to incur if the payment is not received by the first of the month.

Are your camps accredited?

The YMCA of Central Ohio is a licensed camper care facility while the Day Camp programs are accredited programs through the American Camp Association (ACA). All YMCA of Central Ohio Camps are registered with the State of Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services. For more information or to file a complaint please contact Job & Family Services at (614) 466-7765.

Day Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. This independent body establishes standards for key aspects of camp operation, program quality, health and safety of campers. ACA accreditation includes an on-site visit every three years. For more information on accreditation or ACA, please go to ACAcamps.org.

Accredited Camps Include:

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
  • Delaware: Mingo Park
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
  • Gahanna: Woodside Green Park
  • Grove City YMCA
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
  • Hilliard: Amlin United Methodist Church
  • Hilliard Presbyterian Church
  • Hilltop YMCA
  • Hilltop: Galloway Ridge Elementary
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
  • Garver: Sycamore Creek Park
  • Liberty Twp/Powell YMCA
  • North YMCA
  • North: St. Anthony School
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
  • Teen Extreme

What should my child NOT bring to camp?

  • Firearms and weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Electronic/valuables: Handheld gaming devices, personal listening devices, cell phones, pagers, jewelry, hairdryers, curling irons, etc.
  • Candy, gum, toys, games, or cards of any kind
  • Matches, lighters, firecrackers
  • Sports equipment, unless specified for Sports Camp
  • Pets
  • Power tools

In the event that any of these items are brought to camp, they will be confiscated by the camp or before and after camp care staff, returned only to the parent/guardian and depending on the item may result in immediate suspension or expulsion from the summer programs without refunds or credits issued.

What does the Y serve at Friday cookouts?

Some of our sites do Friday cookouts. If your site does, a packed lunch is not needed on that day unless there is a dietary concern. Each camper will be asked to bring a healthy item for the cookout to share with the group. Plan on sending enough of the below items for 10 campers. Please check your weekly newsletter for this information as instructions may change each week. Parents are cordially invited to join the camp for the cookout. If there are special diet requirements for your camper, please let us know and plan to pack a lunch for Fridays.

Each camper will be asked to provide one of the following each Friday:

  • turkey hot dogs
  • wheat hot dog buns
  • healthy beverage (no pop please)
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • baked chips or pretzels
  • dessert
  • ketchup and mustard
  • plates
  • cups
  • napkins

If you are sending a dish that requires serving utensils, please provide those as well. If you have questions, please ask your camp staff.