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Tri-County YMCA

Summer Camp FAQs


1. What is the registration deadline for camp?  We do not have a specific registration deadline.  We will continue to accept registrations throughout the summer as long as space is available at the particular camp site location.  If you register by May 11th, your child will receive a free camp shirt during the first week of camp. 

2. What ages do you accept for summer camp?  In order to participate in camp, the child must be entering kindergarten this fall through 6th grade.  For instance, if the child is 5 but will be in preschool this fall, the child is too young to participate.  If the child is in 6th grade currently and going into 7th grade in the fall, the child is too old to participate.  

3. How are the campers divided into groups during the day?  Campers are grouped together by the grade that they will be going into in the fall (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th).  There may be times that the campers are combined for a group activity.

4. Do I have to send my child all summer long?  We offer camp all summer long but children are welcome to attend as often as they would like to.  Parents are welcome to register their child(ren) all summer, one week out of the summer, only a couple of days a week, etc.  The registration fee remains the same amount no matter how often your child(ren) attends camp. 

5. Do I pay for the days that my child is not at camp? With our program, our schedule is flexible and parents only pay for the days that their child(ren) attend camp.

6. Who do I pay?  What type of payment method do you accept? All payments will be collected at the end of the week after the services have been provided.  Staff will be accepting payments at camp.  We accept checks or cash.  If paying with cash, the payment must be for the exact amount.  Credit card payment is available upon request. Contact Christine at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the form.

7. What is the difference between the YMCA Member and Program Participant rate? In order to qualify for the YMCA Member Rate, the child(ren) must be on the family/single parent household membership.  Parents who have an individual membership or are not a member of the Y must pay the program participant price for their child's camp attendance.

8. What if my child is first going into kindergarten this fall and I am not sure if we will qualify for the reduced or free lunch at school? If you are not sure if you will qualify for the reduced or free lunch at school, you are welcome to fill out the YMCA Scholarship Form and return it to us.  After we evaluate it, we will contact you with your camp fees for the summer.

9. What are the ages of the counselors? Our staff are 18 years old and older.  Some of them are returning from last summer while some of them are new to the camp scene.  We have some staff who are studying Elementary Education in college, some teachers, and some who are just a kid at heart and enjoy having an impact on the lives of others.

10. What training do counselors receive? All counselors are trained in safety procedures (CPR/First Aid), learning age appropriate games and activities, and behavior management to name a few. The training also focuses on teaching staff how to plan and implement activities and programs that will affect children in a positive way. A background check is completed on each camp counselor before they are permitted to work with children.

11. What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?  At camp, we keep a 1:12 ratio during the structured part of our day (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).  Prior to 9:00 and after 3:30, the ratio is about 1:15.  

12. Will the camp provide lunch/snacks for the children?  No. Each child should bring a lunch, snack, and a drink that does not require refrigeration each day.  The items can be brought in a cooler with ice packs, lunch bags, or in paper bags.  We do not have the capabilities to heat/warm lunches up so please pack lunches that do not require to be hot.  Parents are welcome to send along a morning snack with their child.  We will offer an optional morning snack time for campers who arrive early or who did not eat breakfast at home.  We will also have snack time in the afternoon.  The kids will be active during the day so please plan lunch and snacks accordingly.  Please label the cooler or bag with the child’s name.

**Tell City campers will be utilizing the free lunch program at the High School over the summer and will not need to send a lunch.  There will be a couple of dates that the campers will have to bring a lunch due to the cafeteria being closed.  We will inform parents about these dates as it gets closer to camp.  Parents are responsible for sending an afternoon snack with their child daily.  Snacks will not be provided at camp. 

13.  Where will drop-off/pick-up be?  At Ferdinand, parents will enter the front door and go to the Activity Center to drop-off and pick-up their child(ren).  At Jasper, parents will enter on the northeast corner of the Cabby O'Neill Gym.  At Tell City, parents will enter Door #16 at the Tell City Jr./Sr. High School.  At each location, once you enter the building/room, there will be a table set up with the camp binders.  The kids will be listed in the appropriate camp binder (ACE, HEART, and STAR) and be in alphabetical order.  You will find your child’s name and sign him/her in.  When picking up, you will locate the binders on the table and follow the same procedure for signing your child out.  

14. What are the daily drop-off/pick-up procedures?  The following procedures have been established to provide you and the staff with information needed to protect the health, safety and well-being of your child while in our care:
*Campers may NOT be dropped off and left unattended before 6:00 a.m. at Ferdinand and 6:30 a.m. at Jasper and Tell City.  
*All Campers must be picked up from camp NO later than 6:00 p.m. at Jasper and Tell City and 6:30 p.m. at Ferdinand.
*Children will be signed in and out daily by their parent or guardian each day.  Campers can not enter the building or leave the building on their own.  
*Unless prior written arrangements have been made with the staff, only parents or people listed on the registration form may take a child from the program.

15. With the camp hours being 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., do I need to have my child at camp at 6:30 in the morning if I don't have to be at work until 8:00?  No.  Our camp day (structured activities, group events, camp group specific activities) begins at 9:00.  We ask that all campers be there by 9:00 to be able to fully participate in the activities.  Campers are welcome to leave at any point during the day.  Our structured activities go until about 3:00-3:30.  All campers need to be picked up by 6:00 at Jasper and Tell City and 6:30 at Ferdinand. 

16. My child takes daily medication. Can you help administer it?  If your child has a need for medication to be administered by staff member during the camp day, 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 only send enough medication for one day.  Parents will sign the medication in each day and staff will initial when it is administered.

17. What does my child need to wear to camp?  During Summer Day Camp, children should come appropriately dressed for the weather and daily activities. This will ensure that they may participate in all activities without restrictions. Girls are encouraged to wear pants/jeans, shorts or capri’s instead of dresses or skirts.  Participants are asked to wear socks and tennis shoes in order to be able to fully participate in the activities, such as running and outside play, while protecting their feet. Please leave all hats at home.  

18. What should my child NOT bring to camp?  We ask that the campers leave all toys, dolls, hats, electronics, trading cards, cell phones, and other personal belongings at home.  The YMCA will not be responsible for any lost or stolen personal items.  Children are welcome to bring a book for reading time.

19. What is your sickness policy?  A sick child is to be kept at home for his or her own sake and that of the other children and staff. Any child that demonstrates the signs of fever (100.5o or greater) or illness will be sent home from camp. Please do not send your child back to camp until the symptoms of fever and/or contagious illness have been gone for 24 hours without the aid of medication.

20. What is the camp structure during the day?  In general, the camp day consists of free-time, morning snack time (optional), character development, arts/crafts, games, lunch, academic standards, reading time, group activities, snack, and free-time.  The weekly schedules will be posted on our website and emailed out to parents each week.  We go on a field trip once a week, except for the first week.  Ferdinand campers go on Tuesday, Jasper on Wednesday, and Tell City on Thursday.

21. What are some of your field trip locations?  Each exact field trip location will be listed on the weekly activity schedule for parents.  Some of our past field trips include swimming, Lincoln State Park Nature Center, Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, Dubois County Museum, Bowling, Skating, Parks/Playgrounds, Tri-County YMCA, Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Meinrad Archabbey, Patoka Lake Nature Center, and local fire stations/police stations.  All normal field trip expenses are covered in the cost of camp.

22. My child is not a good swimmer.  How do the swimming field trips work?  On swimming field trips, we have the kids stay in the shallow end of the pool.  If a camper is 8 and older and would like to go in the deep end or off the diving board, the camper must take and pass our swim test.  The test consists of being able to swim the width of the pool both ways without any difficulty.  If the camper passes this test, then he/she is allowed to go in the deep end.  Our staff are in the water with the kids and spread out in the pool to be able to assist all of the campers.  With our young campers, we have them wear a Kiefer swim belt to assist them in the water.  Parents are welcome to send along a life vest for their child(ren) if they wish.  

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. No one will be denied access to YMCA programs or facilities due to an inability to pay.  Funds made available for financial assistance are provided through the generous giving of individuals and businesses to the YMCA's Annual Campaign.  IRS Form 990 Available For Inspection Upon Request.