PARENT LETTER

Important letter and survey information for parents attending our Summer Camps is now available.  Download the Parent Letter (PDF) and Parent Check List.

MEDICAL FORM
Each camper must have a completed Medical Form (PDF).

CAMPER SAFETY
YMCA of Northern Alberta is fully committed to safeguard the welfare of all children in its care. To help ensure that all children are kept safe at the YMCA, we will be asking for Photo ID to be shown for Day Camp Pick Up by the parent/guardian/identified pick up person on the medical form and sign in sheet. This mandatory for all YMCA Camps.

ENHANCEMENT WORKERS
If your child requires an enhancement worker to participate in camp, please contact the Preschool, Child and Youth Supervisor at your YMCA centre for important camp information.

LABEL BELONGINGS
Campers’ belongings should be labelled. The YMCA is not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
 
WEATHER SENSE
YMCA Summer Day Camps are outdoor-based programs, so every camper must bring clothing suitable for all types of weather. Sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle are also necessary. Campers must understand the importance of sunscreen and know how to apply it before coming to camp. Due to the nature of sunscreen allergies, YMCA staff will not provide or apply sunscreen.
 
CAMPERS’ BACKPACK ESSENTIALS
Please refer to your receipt/confirmation e-mail for a complete list of backpack essentials.
 
CAMP RECREATIONAL SWIM
For the safety of all campers during recreational swim, campers 3–5 years old will be required to wear a life jacket during recreational swim. Campers 6 years and older must complete a swim test to determine life jacket use.
 
LUNCH AND SNACKS
Campers are required to bring a nutritious and allergen-aware lunch, two snacks, and plenty of cool drinks. Lunch and snacks can also be purchased by parents before camp at the food service kiosks. Please note: microwaves will not be available to heat up food items. Day camp lunch service options are available at the Don Wheaton, Castle Downs, Jamie Platz, and William Lutsky Family YMCAs through Maka Eatery (contact them at makaeatery@gmail.com for more information).

TRANSITION TIMES
Transition times are from 8:30 to 8:45AM and 4:15 to 4:30PM daily. During this time staff will be moving from the pre-care or to the post-care locations. For the safety of your children we discourage dropping off or picking up your children during transition times and you should expect delays during this time.

CAMP SATISFACTION SURVEYS
We will be conducting a Camp Feedback Survey to help us improve on our program quality. Please let us know how we are doing. Camp staff will provide you with the survey and online link. 

CAMP STAFF
Camp staff are carefully selected for their leadership skills, enthusiasm and their ability to work with children of all backgrounds and abilities. All staff members have completed the YMCA Day Camp Training Program, which includes safety and emergency training, standard first aid, CPR, WHMIS, behavior management, physical literacy (NCCP FMS) and YMCA Healthy Child Development. Camp staff are also required to pass a Police Security Clearance and Vulnerable Sector Search.